Cape Valentine Getaway Guide

From cozy fireplaces, to warm pubs, to miles of pristine seashore, the Cape has a fantastic array of romantic sights and cozy nooks for you and your love this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Cape Valentine Getaway Guide white wine

White wine by a fireplace.

Thursday, February 14, 2013 – Valentine’s Day

Fire in the parlor fireplace.

Fire in the parlor fireplace.

Your Cape Valentine Getaway Guide starts Whisk the object of your affection away to our romantic B&B on the Cape. With the Palmer House’s Cape Romance package - arrive to romantic accommodations complete with a split of champagne and fine chocolates. Spend the afternoon sipping tea by the fire in the parlor and settling into the charming room of your choice. While all of our rooms have their own romantic charm, we would suggest the Harriet Beecher Stowe Room, the Theodore Roosevelt Room, or the Emily Dickinson Room for our February is for Lovers Package.

Then head to one of Falmouth’s fine restaurants for delightful Valentine’s Day cuisine. You and your love can walk to a number of romantic restaurants from the Inn. If Italian is what you desire  La Civetta and La Cucina are wonderful; if fusion fits your fancy the Glass Onion is superb; for a more casual atmosphere try the Stone Oven Pizza Co or Liam Maguire’s; and if a little spice is what you love Anejo Mexican Bistro & Tequila Bar is the choice for you. Falmouth restaurant map.

Friday, February 15 – Valentine on the Vineyard

Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard from the Cape Cod Ferry

Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard from the Ferry

After breakfast at the Palmer House, take the 10:45 am ferry to Martha’s Vineyard (Steamship Authority Schedule). Snuggle with your Valentine inside the cabin, as watch the waves crash outside. When you arrive at Vineyard Haven (11:30 am) hop on a bus to tour the small towns of Martha’s Vineyard. Be sure to stop in Edgartown for lunch at the Newes From America Pub at 23 Kelley Street or the Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven Harbor.

With the warmth from the pub inside you, wander the small town New England streets and explore sea captains homes with your love. After you’ve worked up an appetite, share an evening meal on the island (Martha’s Vineyard restaurants). The last ferry is at 8:30pm. After your sumptuous meal, return to your room for a relaxing soak in one of the Inn’s jacuzzi-style tubs.

For more information on a Martha’s Vineyard Day Trip, view notes from the innkeeper’s diary.

Saturday, February 16 – Romantic Cape Daytrip

Bristol Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod.

Bristol Beach.

Take a daytrip drive along the coast to the small Cape village of Woods Hole. Start your trip with a stop on Falmouth’s Main Street for Bill & Ben’s Chocolate Emporium to stock up on Valentine’s Day sweets for the road (and maybe a few extra to take home).

Then head towards Woods Hole. Take leisurely drive along Surf Drive to admire the New England coastline. There is a small area for parking next to Salt Pond. Take a walk on the beach looking for seashells and taking photograph souvenirs.

Captain Kidd, Woods Hole, Cape Cod

Captain Kidd

After arriving in the village of Woods Hole have lunch at the Captain Kidd pub. Sit by the stove on the enclosed porch and views the boats on Eel Pond.

After your meal, walk over to the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. This “small public aquarium that displays approximately 140 species of marine animals found in Northeast and Middle-Atlantic U.S. waters. The aquarium is designed for self-guided tours of the main exhibits and a behind-the-scenes look at aquarium operations.” -WHSA
There are frequently rescued seals in the pool in front of the aquarium. Seal feedings are at 11 am and 4 pm daily.

Nobska Lighthouse

Nobska Point Light

Next head to Nobska Point Light for a romantic sunset at 5:34 pm. Built in 1829, this lighthouse was rebuilt in 1876 as the iconic cast iron and brick lighthouse you see today. It is closed to tours for the season but it is a romantic spot to watch the ferries from Woods Hole.

After watching the sunset at Nobska you can return to Falmouth Village And the Palmer House Inn. You can refresh yourselves, then stroll down Palmer Avenue to Main Street for one last romantic Valentine’s evening meal.  It is just a seven minute walk back to the Inn and your cozy bed chamber for your last evening of your Valentine’s getaway.

Sunday, February 17 – With Love

Cape Valentine Getaway Guide heart shaped french toast.

Two french toast hearts.

Enjoy the last morning of your romantic Cape Valentine’s  getaway savoring a leisurely Cape Cod gourmet breakfast. At that time you can depart for home, relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated to begin the new week refreshed.

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