Palmer House Inn

The Palmer House Inn, a Romantic Victorian Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast in Falmouth-By-The-Sea, New England

Come home to the year 1901, the Gilded Age, the age of gracious Victorian homes, of elegant family living, of unhurried holidays by the sea.

The Palmer House Bed and Breakfast Inn is a well-loved mainstay of Falmouth’s picture-perfect Historic District, clustered around a quintessential New England Village Green. Carefully curated to preserve its historic character, the inn has been updated to provide you with the comforts you would expect.

July on Cape Cod!  What could be more breathtaking than oceans of flowers, white and blue puffballs of hydrangeas innocently displaying their summer exuberance?

From white to deep blue, these spectacular flowers let you know that you’ve come home — to Cape Cod!

Summer mornings on Cape Cod are characterized by richly perfumed air,   deep green foliage, and a warm ocean with easy swimming for all.

The waters off the southern beaches of Cape Cod are unique in their direct exposure to the Gulf Stream.  Result?  Mild water you can really enjoy!

Falmouth is particularly blessed with not one, but TEN beaches, each with its own unique attractive qualities!

Gorgeous, life-guarded Surf Drive Beach is a mere mile away from The Palmer House Inn and has some of the best ocean swimming anywhere in the Northeast.

Falmouth itself is a Currier & Ives Cape Cod Victorian seaside resort with a storybook Main Street with artisan shops and international fine dining, theatre, opera, a harbor and ten beaches!

Victorian decor, stained glass windows, porches with comfortable rocking chairs and wicker furniture, verdant gardens with unexpected plantings of flowers and herbs, there is plenty for you to explore!

We haven’t forgotten the Breakfast part.  Enjoy home cooked Breakfasts in cool comfort in our dining room.  Gluten-free or vegetarian meals are cheerfully prepared for you upon request.  All we ask is that you let us know of dietary needs at the time you check in.

Al fresco breakfasts?  Yours to savor on our deck.

As with any proper 1900’s home, the porch is the place to gather on warm summer days.  We can offer you two porches plus a deck and various additional outdoor seating areas.

Four legged family members:  Have you been turned down by other inns for wanting to bring your favorite dog in the whole world with you?  Have you had doors slammed in your face?    Well, we agree that isn’t fair, and to address the situation we have four dog friendly rooms available to guests with well behaved, house trained, well socialized dogs.  There might even be a playdate with our huge but kind and gentle Brody in the cards!    Here he is pictured in his doggie kingdom at Palmer House Inn.

Don’t be fooled by our quiet and romantic setting.  A short stroll of less than five minutes will take you to Falmouth’s most romantic restaurants, cafés, bakeries, and boutiques.

Bicycle rentals and our scenic Shining Sea Bikeway are equally close.  The ocean itself is a mere twenty minute walk or three minute drive from the inn!

When you’re back home after a busy day exploring, we’ve got just the place for you to relax.

Over a series of visits, many of our guests have come to love the Victorian tradition and room decor of the Palmer House Inn.  For those guests we offer the Classic Series of rooms, which faithfully retains the look and ambience of the long-held Palmer House Inn tradition.

Some of our guests have expressed an interest in a more relaxed, casual style of bedroom decor.

For these guests we now have the Deluxe Series of rooms, decorated in pastel Cape Cod tones with a restful, stylish array of furnishings designed to help you unwind.

Room 2, with marvelous sunlight and traditional Cape Cod charm.

Room 12, one of our premium rooms with sitting area with cathedral ceiling.

Room 9, freshly redone and as restful as can be

Our brand new firepit!  Yours to enjoy!

Please enjoy our sunshine and clean Cape Cod air.  Palmer House Inn is a clean air facility and is a no smoking zone both in the buildings and on the grounds .

We look forward to  seeing you soon.



Some of our guests have spoken to us about the work that has been going on at Palmer House Inn.

Since taking ownership on May 31 of this year, we have embarked on an ambitious program of making improvements and upgrades to the Inn on all levels.  Some of those changes have been so subtle that a number of our guest have not realized that anything specific is different, but have rather remarked that this room or that item feels very right, very comfortable.   We have a talented and considerate work crew on site, which operates during hours during which our guests are generally out exploring Falmouth and its beaches.

For instance one day one of the old light fixtures in the new dining room was not functioning correctly.   We replaced all lights in the dining room.

In the old dining room, we were concerned about the appearance of clutter and decided we needed additional storage and serving space for afternoon coffee, cake and lemonade.  We were able to source two glorious antique buffets right here on Cape Cod!

There has been furniture replacement in a number of areas of the Inn, from Ethan Allen living room furniture……

….. to an antique wrought iron bed from France.

In the guest house, a generic entry chandelier was replaced with a vintage 1926 Art Deco chandelier.   A 1926 theatre sconce is still being restored and will add to the entry’s Art Deco theme.

Many of the improvements will go unnoticed by our guests.  These include a series of new comfort height water-efficient toilets, new shower heads and faucet aerators as well as new water sprinkler heads for the grounds which are 37% more efficient than the units they replace.  Cape Cod has had frequent water shortages, so responsible water consumption is an ethical issue for Palmer House Inn.   An industrial washing machine has been purchased to take the place of three residential units.  It will save the laundry crew time and perform more efficiently than the units it replaces.

At the same time, central A/C installation is underway for both the comfort of our guests and quiet and efficiency of operation.  The new system is up and running in our guest house and is scheduled for installation in the Main House this fall.

Lastly, there has been exterior restoration.   The Main House had decrepit cedar shingles on its front façade which have been replaced with new ones.

The worn roof on the turret has been replaced.

The front porch was an additional problem area which is being addressed at this time.  Underneath its attractive antique surface lay a deteriorated structure which is being completely replaced with sturdy new components which should last into the next century.

Why all this work to an inn that was already popular with guests over the years?  It’s simple.  We are perfectionists.   We’d like systems to work properly, and for components to the Inn to complement its architecture and history.

Does this mean the inn is perfect at this point?  Not at all.  This improvement process takes time and will continue.  In the meantime, this process is a partnership between our guests and ourselves.  Within the next six to eight weeks the intensity of work should diminish and next year the heavy phase of work should be complete.   We would like to thank you, our guests for bearing with us during this stage of improvement.   It is being done for your comfort and safety.

Falmouth, Cape Cod, Victorian Bed and Breakfast Rooms

Beautiful bed and breakfast bed chambers and a secluded cottage suite pamper you in an atmosphere of comfort and tranquility.

Romantic laces, scented fine linens, plump pillows, ice buckets and firm Posturepedic mattresses blend today’s conveniences with yesterday’s elegance.  Room D in our Guest House is ADA compliant. All the rooms at our Cape Cod accommodations are named after famous authors, and you will find one or more volume(s) by the author in their respective rooms.

Cape Cod Weddings

Intimate Cape Cod Weddings & Events

We offer attentive service to make your intimate Cape Cod Wedding unforgettable. Let the traditional elegance of this Queen Anne style Victorian home be the backdrop for your special day. You and your guests can relax at the inn with a Cape Cod Gourmet breakfast and afternoon refreshments are served each day.  


For more information email or call Bill at 508.548.1230.

Cape Cod Weddings
Cape Cod Weddings

Cape Cod Tesla and EV Charging

Tesla Charging for our Registered Guests

The Palmer House Inn, luxury Select Registry lodging is now a destination charging location on Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Tesla Charging

Any registered guest who has a Tesla or any other Electric Vehicle will be charged for free, no minimum stay and in any room.  The charging stations are for the exclusive use of our guests, so there’s typically no wait time to use the station!

The Palmer House Inn is located in the historic district of Falmouth Village. It is within easy walking distance of Main Street with its unique shops and international, award-winning “restaurant row”. Falmouth is also home to many great activities including: beaches, bicycling, Fall foliage cycling, hiking, golf, sailing, and whale watching.

Tesla and EV sharging stations
Tesla and EV sharging stations at the Palmer House Inn.

In our commitment to preserving the environment we’ve installed 2 shiny new charging stations. With two stations, bring a friend.

The Tesla destination Cape Cod charging stationFor more information please contact us at tel. 508-548-1230 or by email at



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