We are celebrating the Marine Corps Birthday with a new Cape Cod military discount we are calling National Heros & Military Discount
It will be a ten percent discount for two or more night stays by active duty military, firefighters and police. A valid military, law enforcement or firefighter ID is required. This is our way of saying thank you to those who keep us safe.
Each year on November 10th, Falmouth’s Quarterdeck Restaurant celebrates the United States Marine Corps Birthday. There is good food and drink and all Marines both active duty and those who have transitioned to the private life are invited. A good time is had by all.
A Brief History of the Marine Corps
Captain Samuel Nicholas is credited with forming two battalions of Continental Marines on November 10, 1775, in Philadelphia. At that time it was known as “naval infantry”. It was founded to serve as an infantry unit aboard naval ships and was responsible for the security of the ship and its crew. One of their responsibilities was to protect the officers from mutiny. Therefore, the Marine Corps quarters are, to this day, strategically positioned between the officer’s quarters and the rest of the ship. The Continental Marines conducted raiding parties, both at sea and ashore. It was early in the Revolutionary War that the first American amphibious assault landing was conducted. It took place on March 3, 1776. The Marines gained control of Fort Montague and Fort Nassau. The forts were a British ammunition depot and naval port in New Providence the Bahamas. Since that initial attack the Corps mission has expanded and changed with the times. The Corps has served in our country’s every armed conflict. The Marines attained prominence during the Pacific campaign in World War II. The theories and practices that were applied during the amphibious warfare formed the linchpin of the campaign. By the middle of the twentieth century the US Marines had become the commanding theorists and users of amphibious warfare. The Corps ability to respond rapidly and effectively to a crisis situation has had a significant influence on American foreign policy. In September of 2001, I had an opportunity to witness, that rapid response, first hand. We were living in the Eastport section of Annapolis, Maryland. Our home was less than a mile from the US Naval Academy. During my morning walks, I enjoyed passing by the Academy’s Gate One. I would glance past the beautifully designed open iron gate at the magnificent granite buildings, the meticulously manicured lawns and flower beds. Frequently, I would see the midshipmen walking between classes. I took that walk on the morning of September 12, 2001. The gate was closed, as were all of the Academy’s gates. Jersey barriers lined the drive. About fifty yards up the drive was a large truck with, what looked to me, like a battering ram secured to the front. There were many armed Marines in full battle gear guarding the gates. The transformation had happened so fast. That experience was unsettling and comforting all at once. I was glad that they were there. The Marine Corps is the smallest member of the United States Armed Forces. In 2010 there were 203,000 active duty Marines and fewer than 40,000 reserves. Their duties include: During war-time, the seizure or defense of advanced naval bases. The development of tactics, techniques and equipment used by amphibious landing forces and one of the most important duties of the Corps is to support the White House and the State Department. If you are a Marine and you happen to be in Falmouth on November 10, be sure to stop by the Quarterdeck for some good camaraderie.
While all of our rooms have their own historic charm, we recommend the Theodore Roosevelt Room for its Victorian flourishes, the Emily Dickinson Room for its New England charm, and the Richard Henry Dana Room for its nautical theme. All of three of these rooms feature king beds and jetted tubs for complete relaxation after enjoying your days on Cape Cod.