TGC Grille

Beautiful plate. TCG Grille
View from the patio.
View from the patio.

It’s a bit off the beaten path but well worth the trek to North Falmouth. Chef/owner Jonathan Philips and his wife Jill have done it again. Their flagship restaurant C Salt, on Davis Straits in Falmouth is among the finest on the Cape and now they have opened their newest venture the TGC Grille at The Golf Club of Cape Cod in North Falmouth. Both locations are  trendy, Cape Cod restaurants and wine bars, blending American Cuisine with French and Asian influences. The restaurants feature full bars along with various wine and food pairings to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets.

C Salt Wine Bar & Grille and the TGC Grille specialize in exceptional food, an extensive wine list and great service.

Beautiful plate with greens.
Beautiful plate with greens.

The Golf Club of Cape Cod partnership with Falmouth’s acclaimed, award-winning C Salt Wine Bar & Grille provides members and their guests with exemplary service, a relaxed atmosphere and exceptional food. From a masterfully prepared three-course meal to the new lunch and light fare menu the Grille is outstanding but the best part is that it is open to the public. Diners are invited to make reservations to dine.  Casual elegance and world-class meals are the hallmarks of the dining experience.

Chef Philips’ menu for the TGC location will be different from the original Falmouth location, but the concept of Contemporary American Cuisine with French & Asian Influences will remain consistent.  Don’t be surprised ,however, if some of his signature dishes can be found across town.

TCG Grille Pre-opening party
Pre-opening night party in the dining room at the TGC Grille.

Cape Cod evokes, a casual, relaxed atmosphere that is an important element of the TGC Grille’s mission. The casual atmosphere gives the diner the opportunity to escape the busy life. This presents a challenge to traditional dress code policies. At TGC, members, and guests are permitted to wear denim at lunch and on casual nights. It is only on Friday and Saturday evenings that traditional country club casual attire is required.

The restaurant hours are:

TGC Grille menu
Menu

Lunch
11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Wednesday though Sunday

Pub Menu
3:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday though Saturday

Dinner
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Wednesday and Thursday*
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Sunday
*Live Music Thursdays with Harry French

Reservations are strongly recommended by clicking here, or by calling Ron Nichols at 508.457.7200, Ext 2.

For all event inquiries, contact Kate Wolstenholme at TGC Grille by C Salt, 508.457.7200, Ext 111.

The C-Salt Story

As Executive Chef at TGC prior to establishing C Salt Wine Bar & Grille in Falmouth, Chef/Owner Jonathan Philips made a name for himself among Falmouth locals and tourists. In 2015, Boston Magazine recognized C Salt as “Best Cape Cod Restaurant” and with the aid of Maitre d’/Sommelier Errol Joseph, Wine Spectator Magazine gave C Salt’s Wine Program it’s prestigious “Award of Excellence”.

“TGC Grille by C Salt is a second C Salt concept open seasonally from mid-April through October. While the golf course remains private, TGC Grille by C Salt offers lunch & dinner to the public.  Reservations are encouraged.

Directions to the The Golf Course of Cape Cod and TGC Grille from the Palmer House Inn:

Turn right as you exit the driveway. At the blinking yellow light turn right onto Route 28. Follow Route 28 until you come to Route 151 towards Mashpee/Hyannis/New Seabury. Turn slight right onto MA-151/Nathan Ellis Highway and follow for 1 mile. Turn right onto Falmouth Woods Road.

TGC

132 Falmouth Woods Road
East Falmouth, MA 02536

Reservations Suggested

508-457-7200 x2


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Spice & Tea Merchants

Spice & Tea Merchant Sign

Spice & Tea Merchants

Falmouth has a wonderful new shop where one can buy spices, teas and gifts from around the world. It is the Spice & Tea Merchants (website) at 245 Main Street and is located less that a ten minute walk from the Palmer House Inn. Browsing through this store is truly like stepping back hundreds of years in time. It takes the shopper back to the days when sailing ships traveled the earth’s oceans in search of spices, teas and exotic items.

Spice & Tea Merchants shop
Spice & Tea Merchants

There are history books that tell about wars that were fought to control the spice routs. Many fortunes were made by people who imported exotic herbs. Imperial China once kept its tea hidden under lock and key in its closed kingdom. And here it all is right here in Falmouth Village for us to enjoy.

This unique store has teas from every corner of the earth. They are there for all to sample. They are also expert in advising shoppers of the benefits of tea.  With over 175 different teas that include green, white, black and oolong blends, chamomile, pu-erh, hibiscus, rooibos and turmeric teas

There is a “Spice of the month Club”, that patrons can join. In addition to the spices and teas there is an assortment of Chocolates and cocoa. Their collection includes Taza Mexican chocolate  Cocoa Niles and Dulched Cocoa powder in addition to the exotic Siena Cocoa powder.

Vanilla Display, Spice & Tea Merchants
Vanilla Display

Extracts are also featured. They have almond, chocolate, coffee and orange extracts, to name but a few. They also have a variety of top quality vanilla extracts that come from Madagascar, Mexico and Tahiti.

To celebrate autumn they are featuring the fall spices, rubs and dried fruits. Those featured are Vietnamese cinnamon, clove & cinnamon blend sugars, dried cranberries and cranberry & maple rub. They are also have mulling cider and pumpkin pie spices. There is also a savory nut seasoning and a dried spiced plum herb blend. The list goes on to include a sumptuous  pumpkin chowder mix.

Shoppers will also find a wide variety of grains and pastas, such as Stanish rice & orzo, Middle Eastern couscous, Flax seed, Mediterranean orzo, orzo porcini, sweet potato orzo in addition to black, golden and red quinoa. In the rice category, one can find brown Basmate rice, carmague French rice, Chinese black rice, Rice gaba, green bamboo rice, red Himalayan rice, pican rice and purple sticky rice. Saffron and Thai jasmine rices are also available.

Wooden elephant, Spice & Tea Merchants
Wooden elephant.

In the unique gifts category, there is a beautiful display of “Himalayan Pink Salt Slab” products. Last summer when one of our daughters was visiting from California, she became enamored with the concept of of cooking and serving on these unique slabs. She thought that it was a bit to much to spend at the beginning of an extensive summer vacation. I remembered her interest, however, and when their anniversary arrived in September, I bought one of the round slabs and a book with the history of the slabs and how to use them.  She was thrilled with the gift. Because they live in southern California, they can use the slab on their grill year round.


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

While all of our guestrooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day exploring tea houses on the Cape, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Cape Cod Museum Trail – Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Monarch butterfly exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.

Exploring the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

By Mary Moran | Photos by Pat O’Connell

Continuing on to the lower cape area of the Cape Cod Museum Trail will lead you to the exquisite Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Originally created in 1954, the museum members met at Brewster Town Hall. From there, the museum’s directors  established themselves in a small building on an 80-acre area of salt marsh on Cape Cod Bay in 1960. Today, the  museum has expanded into a 17,000 square foot building that sits adjacent to over 400 acres of magnificent conservation land, This preserve includes,  salt marshes and pristine beaches.  All of this beautiful property is owned by the museum itself.

Whale exhibit at the Museum of Natural History.
Whale exhibit.

The 400-plus acres that are owned by the museum is located in Stony Brook Valley and the town of Brewster. The conservation land includes: Wing’s Neck Island, a salt marsh and the beach along Cape Cod Bay between Quiett and Pain’s Creeks.

The mission of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is to inspire appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural environment through discovery and learning.

Here, at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, visitors of all ages can engage in a variety of workshops, classes, lectures, exhibits, walks, films, field trips, panel discussions, interactive exhibits and tours. The goal is to teach visitors to explore the diversity of the natural world here on the Cape. At the nature center, one can explore his/her potential as a citizen scientists or amateur naturalists.

Bees Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Bees.

Exhibits currently at the museum include Archaeology, Honey Bees, Biomimicry, People of the Land, Preserved Bird Collection, the Marsh View Room, Natures-cape Gallery, Butterfly House, and more. The grounds also have a wildflower garden and three separate nature trails to explore and learn about the abundance of plant, animal, and marine life existing in the region. Interactive exhibits and educational films are two more exciting options to explore while visiting.

The museum has collections based exhibits, that include live marine science exhibits that include whales and birds. There are also many off-site nature tours. The grounds of the museum include in addition to the three nature trails  a wildflower garden.

The most popular field walk is the “John Wing Trail”. It is 1.3 miles in length and passes through a coastal pitch pine woodlands, across the salt marsh to Wing’s Island and goes down across a salt marsh swale to a barrier beach with tidal pools on Cape Cod Bay.

The butterfly house opens on June, 1 and closes on September 3. There is an additional charge to go into the house and to participate in the feeding.

For reservations call: 508-896-3867  X 133

The museum also focuses on the interactions and impacts that humans have upon nature and vice versa. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is a “must-visit” while sightseeing through the breathtaking areas of the lower cape.

This museum is located on the Kings Highway, Route 6A, about a ninety minute drive from the Palmer House Inn. It is a wonderful place to spend a afternoon while visiting the Cape.

For business hours and admission information:

Visit their website at www.ccmnh.org or give them a call at 508-896- 3867.


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

While all of our guestrooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day exploring this Cape Cod museum, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.


Mary Moran is a Falmouth native and knowledgeable about Cape Cod. In addition to writing for the Palmer House Inn, she’s also frequently at the inn and available  to answer quest’s questions. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time exploring Falmouth’s coastal waterways.