October 2015 Guest Reviews

10.9 Dear Bill and Pat, we enjoyed our stay and the wonderful breakfast. We loved the charm of your B&B. We decided to head to the Cape on a whim and we certainly chose the right place. Thank you for your hospitality. We will recommend it to our friends and family! – Jerilyn and Jonathan

10.7 This was the most comfortable place we have every stayed. Everything was so homey and clean. We were able to relax and enjoy. -Jim and Diane

10.6 Pat and Bill, Thank you very much for a nice stay at your beautiful inn. And thanks for the breakfast – delicious! The blueberry pancakes today were a great pleasure. We hope to come back some day. -Annette and Peer

10.5 Pat, Bill, and all Palmer House staff, Thank you so much for your hospitality and comforts during our three-night stay in your beautiful home. We came to celebrate Kate’s birthday early and have thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Sadly the weather wasn’t too kind but we hope to return some day and maybe get to see some Cape Cod sunshine next time! A special mention to your great kitchen team and breakfast room servers, they do a great job! – Ian and Kate

10.3 Bill and Pat, we have been visiting the Cape since we were little, but neither of us spent much time in Falmouth. We were here over the weekend for a wedding and are so happy we could experience staying here- the service, food, and attention to detail were all wonderful. We enjoyed our time here and will be back for sure. Thank you for making our trip so great! – Jeff and Andrea

10.4 Dear Pat and Bill, the thoughts that come to mind are not adequate to describe our stay at your beautiful inn. 5 star, royal, excellent, and beyond expectations. You and your staff made everything so special and grand. Thanks so much. – Bob and Pat

10.12 Dear Bill and Pat, well that’s it as  another holiday draws to a close after three weeks and almost 1600 miles as we prepare to take the last day of our trip back to Boston Airport and our flight home later today to the UK. It has been a great holiday. We have been to some wonderful places, seen many wonderful sights, and stayed in amazing accommodations, and throughout have received nothing but warm and friendly hospitality. The weather has been out of this world, the downside being a late start to “the Fall,” but we have been more than compensated to the lack of color in many other ways. We have been lucky to have ended our stay here at the Palmer House Inn. Everything about the “inn” highlights the quality of service and the accommodation we have experienced throughout New England. All the staff are friendly, wonderful people who can’t do enough for you, but all the time remaining highly professional. Everyone here has made our stay one we will remember for a long time. If we do come back to this wonderful part of the USA, then Palmer House Inn will be high on our list for a return visit. Best wishes to everyone. – Peter and Jeannette

10.12 We spent four great nights at the inn. Breakfasts were not what we expected – they were more than sufficient to set us up for days of exploring. Staff members and proprietors were welcoming and cheerful at all times making the whole experience a pleasure and a privilege. Falmouth is a perfect place for exploring locally and for the Cape over-all. This was supposed to be R&R but there is so much to see and do! Wonderful! – Pete and Liz

10.12 Dear Bill and Pat, we truly enjoyed our stay here! It was wonderful; your hospitality, kindness, etc. was impeccable. We will definitely be back. Thank you!!! – Jeanne and John. P.S. We have three kids in college and have not been able to travel much, this was wonderful!

10.9 Dear Pat, Bill, and girls, you have made us feel so welcome and comfortable in your beautiful home, a perfect end to our two week “road trip” of New England. Thank you very much. All the nice little extra touches were perfect. Best wishes- Carol and Nigel

10.8 Lovely place, lovely service, delightful experience. Thank you to Pat, Rosy, and all other staff members who helped create this lovely stay. – Helen and Prem

10.13 We just completed a 15 day vacation throughout New England, Nova Scotia, Niagara Falls, and finally Cape Cod. During that time we stayed in five B&B’s. 81 Palmer was the best of all – location, staff, food, assistance, and “attention to detail.” Could not have asked for a better way to complete our trip. Thank you for a memorable stay. – Gerry and Libby

10.11 45th wedding anniversary. An excellent base from which to explore Cape Cod. – Moya and Mike

10.16 First time at Palmer House Inn and will not be the last! We all enjoyed the charm that Bill and Pat have put throughout this lovely home! Thank you all, and Mary, and the kitchen staff, and the lovely woman who cleaned my room and did my laundry. Thanks to everyone for making our stay special!! The very best to you all. – Joan, Paul, Patti, and Joe

10.10 We had a beautiful stay at your beautiful home. We would encourage anyone who wanted a restful, welcoming place to stay – come to the Palmer House. Thank you for everything. – Joe and Marie

10.18 We had a lovely stay here. Breakfast was delicious and all the staff were friendly and helpful. – Ralph. It was simply delightful to spend my birthday here. Thanks to my husband for the thoughtful gift and thank you all for taking such lovely care of us. – Sharon

10.8 Dear Pat and Bill, Thank you for a very pleasant and comfortable stay. We are from Malaysia and we have loved Cape Cod and Falmouth, as well as Martha’s Vineyard. Such a lovely part of the U.S. and would love to come back. If we do, we would certainly make Palmer House our first choice to stay. Best wishes. – Amy and Ai

10.11 Bill and Pat, Thank you for a wonderful place to stay, so relaxing. A great place to spend an anniversary weekend. We will be back. Best wishes, Jerry and Siobhan.

10.22 Thank you so much for a truly lovely stay. The staff was amazing, the food was delightful. You are doing a wonderful job! – Rob and Jessica

10.26 Another year coming back to this charming B&B. It always feels like coming home to a dear friend of ours. Will it be a sixth time next year? – Ann-marie and Kjell

10.23 This was truly a lovely experience! There is so much to say, it wouldn’t all fit on this page! You’re the best! – Rob and Elaine

10.24 Thank you so much for being our base for the Cape Cod Half Marathon. We love Falmouth and the Palmer House! – Kellie and Todd

10.24 My husband and I have enjoyed our three nights at the inn. The fall colors are gorgeous! We rented bikes at the corner shop for two days. First, we rode to Woods Hole, about 3.5 miles. It’s a quaint and interesting town. On the second day, we rode to the cranberry bogs, around 5 miles. Beautiful woods, homes, ponds, marshes. You don’t NEED to go all the way to the bogs. We had a lovely meal at the Glass Onion. It’s within walking distance. Highly recommended. Lovely inn. – Dave and Lisa

Woods Hole’s Rachel Carson

Looking out on Woods Hole Passage

The Woods Hole’s Rachel Carson Memorial

” I had my first prolonged contact with the sea at Woods Hole. I never tired of watching the tidal currents pouring through the Hole – that wonderful place of whirlpools and eddies and swiftly racing water.”    – Rachel Carson

Woods Hole's Rachel Carson Memorial
Woods Hole’s Rachel Carson Memorial
Rachel Carson - Scientist, Writer and Colleague at MBL, NOAA and WHOI.
Rachel Carson – Scientist, Writer and Colleague at MBL, NOAA and WHOI.

Earlier this month a new bronze memorial statue was unveiled at Waterfront Park in the Woods Hole section of Falmouth. The statue depicts Ms. Carson sitting on a bench while comfortably resting her back against a wooden piling. Her hair is pulled back and she is wearing a simple blouse, skirt and loafer style shoes. She looks calm, composed and content as she jots notes on a pad and gazes out over the waters of her beloved Woods Hole Passage.

Looking out on Woods Hole Passage
Looking out on Woods Hole Passage

Woods Hole’s Rachel Carson, author of “The Sea Around Us”, “The Edge of the Sea”, “Under the Sea Wind” and “The Silent Spring”, is credited with advancing the global environmental movement. She was born in 1907 and grew up on her family’s 65 acre farm in Springdale, PA. She held degrees from Pennsylvania College for Women, now known as Chatham University where she graduated with a degree in biology and Johns Hopkins University where she earned a masters degree in zoology.  She had planned to continue for a doctorate but found it necessary to leave Johns Hopkins to find full time employment to support her family. Her undergraduate mentor, Mary Scott Skinner, persuaded her to take a position as a copy writer for a radio broadcast that was funded by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries. The shows name was, “Romance Under the Water” and it was a series of fifty-two, seven minute programs that focused on  aquatic life. Its goal was to generate public interest in fish biology and the work of the bureau. Her work was a success and she began to submit articles on marine life in the Chesapeake Bay area based on her research, for a series of local newspapers and magazines. In 1936 she became the first woman to be hired by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries for a full-time professional position, as a junior aquatic biologist. In 1937 she wrote an essay for a fisheries brochure. Her supervisor thought that it was too good for that purpose and in July of that year a revised version of the article, “Undersea” was published in the Atlantic Monthly. It marked a turning point in Carson’s career. The publishing house Simon & Schuster, suggested that she expand the assay into a book. Several years later, in 1941 she published “Under the Sea Wind”. It received excellent reviews but sold poorly.

Her widely praised 1951 best seller “The Sea Around Us” won her the U.S. National Book Award, recognition as a gifted writer. It also provided her with financial security. She then wrote “Edge of the Sea” and reissued her first book “Under the Sea Wind” that also became a bestsellers. This amazing sea trilogy talks about ocean life in its entirety.

Rachel Carson Memorial at a Woods Hole park.
Rachel Carson Memorial at a Woods Hole park.

In the late 1950’s Ms. Carson started to devote all of her energies to conservation, with an emphasis on environmental problems. In 1962 she published “Silent Spring” the book that is widely credited with launching the environmental movement. Although “Silent Spring” was met with strong opposition from chemical companies, it inspired a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to the nationwide banning of DDT and other pesticides and inspired a grass roots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. Carson was awarded the presidential medal of Freedom by President Carter.


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Cape Cod’s Stowe Room, A

Woods Hole is one of the villages of Falmouth and located a short drive from the Palmer House. While all of our rooms have their own individual charm, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room or the Emily Dickinson room. Both rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your adventures around Falmouth and Woods Hole.

Woods Hole Film Festival Concludes Their Dinner & a Movies Series on April 30th

The Woods Hole Film Festival Winter Film Series Dinner & a Movie concludes for the season on Saturday, April 30th, with a screening of the feature documentary BURNING IN THE SUN.

The series takes place at the Cap’n Kidd, Waterfront Dining Room. Dinner & a Movie is a great way to enjoy a night out with friends and family.  The Cap’n Kidd offers a community table as a great way to meet new people.

Go to the Woods Hold Film Festival for more information.