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.

August’s Guest Reviews

Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Rose

August 10, 2015

Cape Cod B&B Dressed for Memorial Day
The Inn.

Jamilla and I would like to thank you and your staff for making our stay in Falmouth so wonderful. The cozy comfort, quiet, and cleanliness is ideal for what we were looking for just to get away! Will come again, and will recommend to friends.

Thank you,
Jamilla and O


August 7, 2015

Dear Pat and Bill,

We had a wonderful stay. Everything was lovely. The staff is amazing- so friendly, and the breakfasts were delicious. We look forward to a return visit the next time we come to the Cape.

All the best,
Frances and Stan


August 11, 2015

Pat and Bill,

Keep doing what you are doing!! Thank you for a most pleasant stay; everything was lovely! Your care and good taste reflects in every detail from the garden to the quality and presentation of the delicious breakfasts.

Fondly,
Bryan and Ginny


August 9, 2015

Bill and Pat,

Henry James, The Penthouse
Henry James, The Penthouse

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your beautiful inn. The Henry James room is lovely and the rest of the inn was beautiful and comfortable. We were very impressed by all the little extra touches and fine attention to detail. We will certainly be back and we will be recommending your beautiful inn to other. Thank you for all that you do, and for keeping such a hard working, capable staff. Mary, in particular, handled her concierge duties well and was a pleasure to talk to. Thank you for everything and we hope to see you again soon!

Sincerely,
Joe and Jillian


August 11, 2015

Pat and Bill,

You have made such a warm and inviting place for us to feel comfortable and pampered. Such attention to detail in every aspect of our experience at the Palmer House Inn. The grounds are gorgeous. We enjoyed talking to you both and appreciate the recommendations for things to do and places to eat. May God richly bless you both. Your love is evident in what you do and what you have created for us to enjoy!

– Randy and Becky.
P.S. Love your morning breakfasts. Delicious!


August 9, 2015

Porch of a Cape Cod guesthouse.
Guesthouse porch.

Your willingness to accommodate a family of 15 is so appreciated! We loved all 7 of the rooms, the dedicated use of the Guest House porch.

We chose you because you are the Best!
– Sharon and Donn.
P.S. access to bikes was a real bonus. Much thanks.


August 4, 2015

Enjoyed our visit to Falmouth, we’ve ha a really great time and want to thank you for your wonderful hospitality. Your home is beautiful and your staff very helpful. We have loved staying here and would come and stay again if ever we get the opportunity.

All best wishes,
Aline and Ed


August 19, 2015

This has been another (I think our fourth) charming stay at the Palmer House. Though brief, it was a lovely respite in an otherwise busy summer.

– Marty and Kathy
P.S. Thank you for the fabulous anniversary champagne and yummy chocolates! We hope to return.


August 14, 2015

A huge thank-you to the Palmer House Inn. A wonderful elopement and delightful stay. The Emily Dickinson room was elegant and romantic. The staff was perfectly accommodation and a pleasure. The wedding ceremony was quaint and perfect. Thank you Bill and Pat for a wonderful stay and romantic getaway. A great way to start our new lives together. We will also remember this week and you will be apart of our lives.

Sincerely yours,
Rodney and Jennifer


August 2, 2015

Thank you so very much for our wonderful stay. You made our 1st year wedding anniversary extra special.

– Lauren and Matt


August 5, 2015

Our honeymoon was absolutely amazing thanks to the Palmer House Inn. Thank you for everything- we can’t wait to come back!

Love,
Michael and Jeanne-Marie


August 14, 2015

During breakfast this morning, speaking with other guests, everyone shares the same thought “Hate to leave and can’t wait to come back.” That’s what the Palmer House means to everyone who has the pleasure of staying here. Bill and Pat, we can’t say enough to show our appreciation for you and your staff in making our stay wonderful as always! Again, can’t wait to come back!

Stay well and thank you again.
– Elsy and Steve


August 16, 2015

Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Porch
Rocking chairs and hanging flower baskets on the porch.

We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend getaway at the Palmer House Inn. It is so peaceful here; we felt very comfortable and right at home. Whether strolling to town for some shopping, or relaxing on a rocking chair on the porch with a cup of coffee, we were relaxed and enjoyed every moment.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful inn with us!
– Cathy and Dave


August 17, 2015

Dear Bill and Pat,

Little things mean a lot! And you do all the “little things!” Thanks also for the “Quarterdeck” recommendation- it was our second home!

– Don and Sherry


August 14, 2015

A little bit of heaven!! First time here and will be a definite destination in the future. So beautiful and comfortable!

Thank you for the hospitality.
– Linda and Jerry


August 22, 2015

Thank you Bill and Pat for your gracious hospitality. I came here on a whim to rest my body and restore my soul. The last few days did just that! Expect to see me again and I’m telling my friends and family about my wonderful stay.

All the best,
Stacey.
*Pat those plums for breakfast were divine!


August 23, 2015

Dear Bill and Pat,

As always, my wife and I enjoyed the wonderful hospitality that you always provide your guests. Every detail is provided by the both of you. The room is delightful and comfortable and the breakfasts were fabulous. This is our fourth stay at the Palmer House and look forward to many, many more.

See you soon.
– Allen and Martha


August 12, 2015

Everything about Palmer House is certainly wonderful. Absolute perfection!

My many, many thanks.
– Jean


August 18, 2015

Dear Pat and Bill,

I had never been to a B&B before. My sister brought me here for my birthday. I have had a wonderful experience at your lovely inn.

Thank you so much.
– Colleen


August 23, 2015

Thank you Pat and Bill for this wonderful stay! Our honeymoon was made so special and we are starting our marriage full of love, memories, and happiness. From the beautiful roses to the cake and champagne, you made us feel as though we were the most special people around. A week with my new husband and a stay at the Palmer Inn has made my day, week, life.

Thank you,
Shannon and Paul


August 27, 2015

Pat and Bill,

A wonderful stay – your inn is beautifully managed and elegant to look at and stay in. We have loved being here, that you for a most memorable few days.

– Caroline, Jeremy, Abby, and Sebastian


August 17, 2015

A lovely location. We had a wonderful stay and will definitely be back. The staff is wonderful, very attentive. Bill and Pat you have a lovely home.

– Ed and Margaret


August 22, 2015

A treat to live for a few days in your lovely home which reminded us of our own beloved home of many years ago. Here for a family wedding/reunion in an amazing setting.

– Bob and Stephanie


August 27, 2015

Dear Bill and Pat,

Thank you for helping make our first stay on the Cape a wonderful one! The beautiful inn felt like a home away from home. We started our vacation in Boston, and are glad we ended it here in relaxing Falmouth. Thank you for your attention to detail and all of the helpful tips about what to do, where to eat, etc. Special note to Stanislava! She was so very sweet and helpful.

Hope you see you again.
– Nathan and Pandia


August 30, 2015

Dear Bill and Pat,

Mike and I had a wonderful stay here at the Palmer Inn. We made a vow to come here every year so we will definitely see you soon! Thank you for your hospitality. We may be in touch should we have more questions on inn keeping.

All the best,
Stacey and Mike


August 29, 2015

Our 12th wedding anniversary could not have been spent at any finer place; relaxing, romantic, and special in every way. Enjoyed the gardens, antique show, the beach, and shopping. The poached pears were wonderful as were the homemade cranberry nut muffins.

Loved our stay!
– Anne and Ed


August 28, 2015

Dear Pat and Bill,

This was our first bed and breakfast experience and we loved it! It was a pleasure to spend our first couple days as newlyweds at your inn. Thank you for the bottle of champagne, chocolates, and cheer. Mark and I have already discussed coming back; our experience was memorable.

Best,
Saba and Mark.
P.S. the sheets were the softest I’ve slept on in years!

 

 

May Bed and Breakfast Reviews 2015

Thank you to our amazing guests for all the warm and wonderful reviews.

May 3, 2015

To say that we enjoyed our stay at the Palmer House Inn does not quite describe how delightful it’s been. The love and thoughtfulness you place in every detail is amazing. The whole is much more that the sum of its parts. Our experience was much like staying with old friends, even though this was our first visit with Bill and Pat. We’ll look forward to seeing you again when we are next on the Cape. Thank you for your hospitality!

Love,
Ed and Judy


May 3, 2015

Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

It was one of the best birthday gifts I have ever had. My husband brought me here for a romantic, quiet birthday weekend. Bill and Pat, you are such nice people and provide your guests with maximum comfort!

Thank you so much for everything!
– Sena


May 3, 2015

Girl’s Weekend Getaway was a huge success thanks to Pat, Bill, and Mary at the Palmer House Inn. None of us had ever been to a bed and breakfast before so the weekend was a nice treat in many ways.

Thank you all very much for the quaintness of your place and all around hospitality.
– Tracy, Diana, Mimi, and Judy


May 9, 2015

Daffodil Days Beautiful Spring DaffodilsWhat a beautiful time of year to be in Falmouth – all the daffodils and fruit trees in bloom. Congratulations to Palmer House for winning first prize in the May Basket competition.

Always a pleasure to be at this well run B&B.
– Nancy and Bob


May 12, 2015

Thank you for a wonderful stay! The entire inn is beautiful, immaculate, peaceful. Pat and Bill are delightful, food is delicious.

I hope to return!
– Kathleen


May 14, 2015

Thank you so much for making our stay in Falmouth simply perfect. We loved every part of our time at Palmer House! The breakfast was outstanding and the porch is ideal for relaxing at days close.

– Lorri and Dan


May 15, 2015

We are enjoying the sea breezes and local haunts! Fine accommodations.

Thank you for a lovely time.
– Steve and Barbara


May 16, 2015

We packed a lot of fun into one overnight stay. Thank you for the beautiful accommodations and peaceful atmosphere. We did not want to leave! Your inn is idyllic and the town is inviting. We will definitely be coming back!

Thank you for your hospitality!
– Christine and Wayne


May 17, 2015

Dear Pat and Bill, We enjoyed our first stay at your lovely inn and plan to book a reservation for next year!

Everything was just perfect!
– John and Madelyn


May 20, 2015

Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Lees Family pancake
Pancakes and fresh strawberries.

Thank you so much for making your inn such a wonderful place to stay in. Every nook and cranny is filled with delightful things to discover. The whole inn is always clean and charming. The atmosphere is restful and relaxing. Breakfast is delicious.

We plan to continue staying here every year.
– Rick and Nora


May 24, 2015

Great to stay in a place that still pays so much attention to detail- from the soft sheets to Q-tips… plus the delicious breakfast.

Wonderful experience!
– Jean and David


May 25, 2015

Happy Birthday to me!! My boyfriend surprised me with a weekend here at the Palmer House Inn. We explored the town, Vineyard Haven, and had an amazing dinner with friends.

Hope to return again.
– Amy and Sam


May 28, 2015

Thanks to Pat and Bill and Mary and the staff for an extraordinarily wonderful anniversary stay! The room, amenities, breakfasts, conversations, the little touches- all exquisite.

‘Til the next time!
– Adrienne and Cecil


May 29, 2015

Cape Cod Elopement champagne and bouquet
Bouquet and champagne on the parlor table.

We are married! We had a beautiful wedding ceremony! Bill and Pat did a wonderful job making our day perfect! The inn is beautiful and we look forward to coming back for our anniversary!

The Vineyard was beautiful, as was Falmouth.
– Kevin and Claire


May 31, 2015

Thank you for a wonderful stay. Delicious waffles.

You’ve thought of everything!
-Lydia


May 31, 2015

We had a wonderful stay here! Everything was comfortable and well thought out. The extra touches were very pleasant and made us feel very special. Thank you Pat and Bill for helping us plan our trip. Special memories were made during our stay.

Thank you!
– Morris and Tanya


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 sights, 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.