The Humble Innkeepers’ Garden

Cape Cod Herb Garden Basil

By Pat O’Connell

Photography By Pat O’Connell

Cape Cod Herb Garden Basil
This past year I chose some miniature basil along with some more traditional verities.

There are many locations on the Palmer House Inn’s property where I enjoy spending time, however, without a doubt, our herb garden is my favorite. When we first bought the inn the basic design of the garden had been laid out. There were eight four by four foot plots that had been outlined with cobblestones by the previous owner.  Some of them had been planted with perennials that were well established. There also were two rectangular granite posts at the entrance. However, the entire garden had been neglected for several years. It just looked like a large tangle of leaves and stems. I was not sure where to begin but over the years with lots of trial and error, the design has evolved. I have been to lectures and done some reading and had advice from knowledgeable friends and guests.

The choice of the name for the garden goes back to a time when I had the opportunity to travel in China with one of our daughters. One of the most beautiful places we visited was “The Humble Administrator’s Garden”. It is located in the city of Suzhou and is a miniature garden. It is said to be one of the most beautiful gardens in China. I decided to name our garden in memory of that wonderful trip.

 


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 guest rooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day exploring the workshops of our Cape Cod craftsmen, 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.

The Clam Shack at Falmouth Harbor

Fried clams on the picnic tables.

A True Cape Experience, the Clam Shack at Falmouth Harbor

Fried clams on the picnic tables.
Fried clams on the picnic tables.
Outside the Clam Shack in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.
The Clam Shack

For those of you who want the true Cape Cod food experience, in Falmouth, we have the Clam Shack of Falmouth. It is located at the very end of Scranton Avenue at the entrance of Falmouth Harbor. It is Falmouth rustic dining at it’s best. It does not have a bar or even a liquor license, just coffee, tea, bottled water or a variety of soft drinks. You will not find fine china, napkins or elegant eating utensils. Your meal is served on a plastic tray, in a paper basket or plate. Plastic knives, forks and spoons are provided with paper napkins. The atmosphere is casual although shoes and shirts are required. It is literally a shack made of weathered boards. with fishing and lobstering artifacts hung from the rafters to add to the nautical surroundings. The menu is written on a chalk board.

Scallops
Scallops

The specialty of the house are the “Plates”. They have clam (with or without the bellies), scallop, shrimp and fish & chips plates. the plates consist of an overflowing portion of the clams, shrimp,or scollops; fries and coleslaw.  However, for those in your party, who do not want seafood, the kitchen also has wings and chicken tenders plates. Hamburgers, cheese burgers and franks are also offered.

What would an, on the water, Cape Cod restaurant be without lobster, clam and scrimp rolls? The Clam Shack has them all.  In addition the clam chowder is excellent as are the onion rings. Your group has a choice of dining inside or out on the dock where the schooner Liberte is docked from the July fourth weekend to Labor Day weekend. Perhaps the best compliment to the tasty food is the view. One can sit at a wooden picnic tables and watch the activities on bustling Falmouth Harbor.

On nautical charts, the harbor is known as Falmouth Inner Harbor. It is mostly a man-made harbor with a mean low water depth of 10 feet. In 1907 an inlet was created through a barrier beach that divided a fresh water pond from Nantucket Sound. Engineers dredged and widened the harbor to give it the rectangular shape that it has today. This harbor is a wonderfully protected location for boaters to weather one of our legendary coastal storms.

Five marinas and many fishing boats are located along the harbor and the Island Queen ferry-boat to Martha’s Vineyard is docked on the eastern side. The Island Queen runs from early June through to Columbus Day.

Fishermen come from all over to use the harbor as a jumping-off location for fishing trips to the Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard sound inshore fishing grounds as well as offshore grounds. One of the best known local fishing fleets is the Patriot Party Boats that sail out of the harbor. They specialize in deep-sea fishing, bottom fishing and sport fishing.  For more info: www.patriotpartyboats.com or call: 508-548-2626.


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 suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures sampling Cape Cod’s finest cuisine, 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.

Fantastic Cape Events This Fall

3 Fantastic Cape Events this Fall in Falmouth, Cape Cod.

3 Fantastic Cape Events This Fall

Festivals, fine music, and frights for everyone.

3 Fantastic Cape Events this Fall in Falmouth, Cape Cod.
3 Fantastic Cape Events this Fall in Falmouth, Cape Cod.

Scallop Fest 2015, September 18, 19, 20, 2015

Scallops by the sea, Cape Cod
Scallops by the bay.

50,000+ Patrons over 3 fun-filled days! Famous Fried Scallop & Herb Roasted Chicken Dinners, a Food Court – Beer & Wine, Chowder, Lobster Rolls, Raw Bar, Hotdogs, Burgers, Salads, Wraps, Fried Dough, a Juried Arts & Craft Show, Fantastic Entertainment, an Inflatable Ride Park & Obstacle Course, and more. Held at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds, just 15 minutes from the Palmer House Inn.

www.scallopfest.org

JazzFest Falmouth, September 26 – October 4

JazzFest Falmouth
JazzFest Falmouth

Our second fantastic Cape event this Fall is wonderful, JazzFest Falmouth, an eight-day celebration of a uniquely American art form presented by ArtsFalmouth. There will be lectures, recitals, concerts, a Jazz Stroll, a Jam Session, and a jazz brunch. 

We will have cranberry oatmeal cookies and cider as afternoon refreshments. By the way, the Friday evening entertainment starts at the Queen’s Buyway shops with entertainment in the shops. Then they stroll past the Palmer House to the Museums on the Green where there will be more entertainment, then down to Main Street for an evening where the shops stay open late with entertainment.

www.jazzfestfalmouth.org

Falmouth Village of Scarecrows, October 2015

Each fall for the last few years, one by one the scarecrows begin appearing throughout Falmouth Village, MA.  See if you can find all them all. We’re also looking forward to Falmouth’s annual Halloween festivities: the Trick or Treat Stroll, A Visit with the Night Watchman at the Museums on the Green, and Halloween Spooktacular at Highfield Hall.

Falmouth Village of Scarecrows, Palmer House
Falmouth Village of Scarecrows, Palmer House

 


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 suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures on Cape Cod, 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.