Happy Mother’s Day from Our Inn on the Cape
Bill and Pat O’Connell and the staff at the Palmer House Inn wish all mothers a happy and healthy Mother’s Day filled with the love and joy that only our children can bring.
This year one of our daughters sent this lovely bouquet. It is on the front porch for this photograph, but we have placed it in the parlor for everyone to enjoy.
A Mother’s Touch in the Inn’s Parlor
This room is one of our favorite spaces in the Inn because of the lovely morning light that streams through the windows, and because of the special antique items it contains.
The antique dutch extension table, carved sideboard and carved china cabinet were purchased by my mother. When I was small we lived in a pre-revolutionary colonial house on the Merrimack River in Massachusetts. My mother had a keen eye for antiques and these pieces were a wonderful foundation for many family events in that old house, and now at the Inn on Cape Cod.
The rose-colored, cut-glass punch bowl is also a family antique that originally belonged to my mother’s mother. She and my grandfather lived in a Victorian house very much like the Palmer House Inn. It was located on Tower Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. This has been the centerpiece for many elegant gatherings and weddings for years.
The last piece I enjoy seeing every time I walk into the parlor is the chandelier. This was a brilliant find when, as an adult, we moved to Maryland. All it needed was a good cleaning and this beautiful piece has shined ever since. When we moved to the Inn, Bill found the perfect plaster molding circular surround and we completed the look with a Victorian chain cover. We enjoy adding flowers and decorations to it for weddings, elopements or red lamp shades for the holidays.
In the afternoons coffee, assorted teas, ice water, candies and homemade cookies are provided in the parlor. Iced tea, lemonade, hot mulled cider, or hot chocolate are also offered in season.