November & December Guest Reviews

11.6 Thank you for a wonderful stay. We’ve never had accommodations with so much good will and hospitality. And you rooms are so well equipped – not lacking for a thing!! Our daughter had a wonderful wedding and we are all appreciative of all the small touches that made it possible. – Bonnie and Jim

11.13 After a very difficult two years, with the loss of my father and very good friend, we needed to get away and reconnect. The Palmer House was just what we needed! This inn and our room was more than we had hoped for. Thank you for your hospitality! We truly enjoyed our stay and we are looking forward to another stay next year! – Lisa and Michael

11.13 Beer/Bed/Breakfast Weekend was amazing. We had such a wonderful time, can’t wait ’til we come back. The Palmer House is the only real place I can take a step back and relax. Thanks Pat and Bill. – Chris and Jackie

11.15 We had a very nice stay here at the Palmer House celebrating our 18 year anniversary. Thank you for welcoming us. – Tim and Carrie

11.15 Bill and Pat, we have been coming here since 2012. We absolutely love it here and all the personal touches. We came for ‘Beer B&B Weekend’ which included many fun themed perks and an incredible night at Liam Maguire’s pub with a 3- course meal with paired beets at each course. We loved this weekend and hope the inn participates again! See you next year! Fondly, Rabia and Dan

11.25 Dear Pat and Bill, Thanks for making our short stay here so amazing. We wish we had more time to just stay and relax. This is such a beautiful home and you guys made us feel very comfortable. The breakfast was amazing too! Hopefully we can make it back one day! – Lindsay and Kyle

12.6 Dear Bill and Pat, Thank you so much for your hospitality. The inn is beautiful with such attention to detail. What a beautiful weekend. We hope to come back next year. – Susan and Timmy

12.6 Thank you Pat and Bill for making our elopement weekend beautiful and flawless. All of the little touches didn’t go unnoticed, down to the monogrammed napkins at breakfast. We couldn’t have imagined it any more special. We can’t wait to come back to celebrate our first anniversary with you both! Thank you again! Warm regards, Lisa and Tom

12.5 Dear Pat and Bill, Richard and I have stayed at many bed and breakfasts in our day but I have to say the Palmer House Inn has to be one of the most elegant, with all of the special touches to make your stay memorable and relaxing. We have been to many Christmas strolls in New England but I have to say AGAIN the Falmouth Village and the Palmer House Inn is our favorite! The suite with whirlpool welcoming after the stroll!! The inn had a lovely Christmas tree and decorations. Thank you for your gracious hospitality and best wishes to you. – Rick and Holly

12.14 What a beautiful place you have here in one of the best “downtown” areas on the Cape! Thank you for a wonderful stay and so many nice little touches and extras. It certainly made a December birthday more of a special occasion for my husband. – Elizabeth and Joshua

December Reviews

Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Rose

Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Reviews

12.6.2014     We chose to have a little get away and could not have chosen a better place. We were well taken care of, great attention to detail, and the warmth and coziness of the Inn all helped make it such a wonderful stay. Thank you so much.     -Dan and Linda

12.6.2014     Splendid. I own a rental property in Falmouth and often visit throughout the year. This is my first, but definitely not the last stay at the Palmer House Inn. Perfect spot for the annual lighting of the Green and truly delightful stay!     –Christine

12.25.2014   Thank you so much for the wonderful, relaxing vacation experience. We loved our stay with you.    – Carol and Dustin

12.26.2014    Pat and Bill, Thank you for your gracious hospitality over the Christmas holiday. The bed was very comfortable and breakfasts were delicious. Best to you both in 2015!     –Louise and John

12.29.2014    We wanted to give ourselves a post Christmas holiday gift after our kids left….so we came here. The room is serene and furnished in a lovely way. The skylight, the candles, the big tub, and very comfy bed were very helpful in lessening our stress. Sunday night we walked the Boardwalk and watched the sunset in Sandwich. This evening we saw an even more glorious sunset at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown. I was disappointed by how built up Cape Cod has become since I was last here (1975) but it still has charm and beauty. Especially the National Seashore. The Henry James room allowed us a tranquil spot for marriage renewal (32 years and counting).    –Kim and Peter

Highfield Holidays

Doll Collection

Highfield Holidays and the Palmer House Tree

Doll Collection
Doll Collection
Highfield for the Holidays
Highfield for the Holidays

This year’s Holiday exhibition at Highfield Hall features dolls from around the world. Although the dolls are owned by different people, most of them belong to Mary Lou O’Rourke. Ellen McLaughlin a relative, began the collection almost sixty years ago. It represents three generations of collectors. Ellen started the collection when she was a young woman teaching abroad. Throughout her life, as she traveled the world, she added to the collection. She visited over one hundred and twenty countries. The dolls come from every continent and each doll is labeled with the name of its country of origin. I found many of them to be easily identifiable even without the labels. There is an entire Asian doll section and all of the European countries are represented. Much of the clothing is intricately designed. The hairstyles, jewelry, shoes, buttons and fabrics are very detailed and appropriate to each region. As one might expect, there are a variety of dolls that represent each region of the United States.  One of my favorites is an Amish doll without facial features. She is dressed in the classic Amish bonnet and smock. In addition there is a lovely African-American doll with intricately sculpted facial features.

In addition to the doll display there is also an extensive decorative Santa collection. A number of Falmouth residence have combined their collections to create this impressive display. The exhibit combines more than one hundred Santa Claus figures that vary in size, shape and color.

Deirdre's Doll Ornament
Deirdre’s Doll Ornament

It is difficult to believe but this is Highfield Hall’s eighth holiday season. Each year it becomes more extensive and more beautiful. Since the first year Bill Hendel’s extraordinary cheche display has been presented. In addition there is a gift shop filled with hand crafted items. That is where the grandmother in me comes out. There is also a little tea shop where one can stop and enjoy a hot drink and freshly baked pastries.

Each Christmas season at the Palmer House Inn, I unpack our family Christmas treasures. We have dolls and toys that belonged to Bill and me when we were children and of course we have toys that belong to our daughters and grandchildren. There is a spinning top and a jack-in the-box from the 1950’s and Cabbage Patch dolls from the 1980’s. When it was time to distribute the items from my parents house, some of the items that I chose were my grandmother’s cookie cutters. I decided to make tree ornaments out of them. I tied burgundy ribbon around the handles and hang them on the tree. There is one doll that I particularly enjoy finding a special spot. When our youngest daughter, Deirdre was five, I gave this doll to her because she looked so much like her. When I place the doll on the tree each year, the memories of our dear little girl, who has become a wonderful woman, fill my head. Our middle daughter Lauren is a designer and one could see that in her future by looking at the intricate ornaments she created. I think of her making the beautiful cut and folded paper designs as I place them on the tree.  We also still have the first ornament that we gave to our oldest daughter on her first Christmas. These are the reasons that Christmas has always had a special time at our home.

Highfield Hall is located just a short walk from the Palmer House Inn. They have many festive events planned for the holiday season.


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 our rooms have their own individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of holiday 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 and a relaxing stay before and after your day.