New Ownership at Palmer House Inn!

                              Hi Everyone!

On May 31, we took over the ownership of the Palmer House Inn, and made the move from busy Cambridge, Massachusetts to lovely Falmouth!   We arrived and immediately set out to work to learn what we needed to know about running Palmer House.  Since then, we have made some changes which we very much hope will add to your comfort and to your enjoyment of your stay with us.  Here’s a partial list of things we have done:

Television sets in all rooms have been replaced with flat-screen smart TV’s.

We have installed a fire pit with a comfy sitting area towards the back end of the property on the knoll above the parking lot.

A program is underway to install central air conditioning with individual thermostats for each room.  Installations are being made in the guest house first, with the third floor of the main inn next on the schedule followed by the second floor of the inn.

Rooms in the guest house are now dog-friendly, for those of our guests with four-legged family members.

Six of our guest rooms have been redecorated in restful, relaxing Cape Cod colors with simple, pleasing decor schemes.  For those of our guests who loved the existing Victorian decor, a number of our guest rooms will remain as they were.

The inn itself continues to be a 1901 Queen Anne Victorian, its detail, woodwork and stained glass windows carefully curated to ensure that they will be here for generations to come.   The staff you have come to know and love over the years has remained and is here to help keep you comfortable.

Palmer House Inn will continue to offer special attention to guests celebrating birthdays, weddings, elopements and anniversaries, with an array of delicious pastries and tempting goodies to mark your special occasion.

Our kitchen crew has worked hard to bring you additional dishes for breakfast. Already, our bread pudding has garnered accolades and requests for more from guests.  Our singularly exclusive breakfast granola, made in house has generated rave reviews.  And don’t forget our special Palmer House blend of gourmet coffee, which can’t be found anywhere else on the planet, and which has had guests clamoring for more!

Lastly, we have been hard at work to develop an optional concierge program for you.   Our first available item on the menu is customized cruises for you to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket on a 60′ luxury sailing yacht!  We will have more to say about this in an upcoming post.

We are dedicated to making your stay enjoyable and relaxing.  At any time if there is anything you need, please come see any of us.  We are here for you.

Your new hosts,

Billy, Audrie and Tom and the Palmer House Staff


Cahoon Museum of American Art

Cahoon Museum of American Art

By Pat O’Connell

Photos by Pat O’Connell

fireplace Cahoon Museum of American Art

In the second half of the 18th century, Ebenezer Crocker built seven homesteads in the village of Cotuit. One of those homesteads, located at 4676 Falmouth Road, is now the stately two story colonial that houses the Cape Cod Museum of American Art. This house is a a Palladian or Georgian style and was constructed about 1782. At that time Cape Cod was just beginning to adopt the Georgian style. It has a classic symmetrical design with the placement of it’s windows and doors. Also, the capped pediment doorway  the small-pane flat toped window casings and gabled roof add to the traditional design. Clapboards were chosen to emphasize the horizontal lines of the design. The dark red color was chosen to make it look like the more extravagant brick homes in the cities.

In the interior there is an abundance of wood work. This includes paneling, wainscoting and an occasional entire wall usually one with a fireplace. During the time period that this house was built, mantles were only found in the most elegant homes, however, frequently they were added at a later date.

The kitchen is located, at what originally was the rear of the house. It has one of the paneled wood walls with a walk-in fireplace with a beehive oven at the back. It has a wide hearth so that the user can reach the oven. (As I was admiring the lovely brick work I was reminded of the statistic that I once read about early American life,  it said that the leading cause of death for women at  was, burning. Their long skirts would catch fire while they were cooking.)

In the early nineteenth century, the house was made into a tavern and was a overnight stop of the Hyannis-Sandwich stagecoach line. One

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Bicycle Tour Cape Cod tour guide

Discovery Bicycle Tours Cape Cod, “Your next great adventure starts here.”

The Palmer House Inn has been affiliated with Discovery Bicycle Tours for four years. We always look forward to the arrival of the cyclists, it is our unofficial start to the summer season. This June they will come to stay with us for two nights starting on June 10th and then again June 24th. The complete tour includes two additional nights on Martha’s Vineyard. The total cost of the trip is $2,395.

Bicycle Tour Cape Cod setting out
Setting out.
Shining Sea Bike Path
Shining Sea Bike Path in Fall

During the days spent in Falmouth on Cape Cod, they follow beach roads and “The Shining Sea Bike Path“. These roads and paths weave through salt marshes, cranberry bogs, bird sanctuaries, barrier beaches and tidal flats. The sanctuaries are filled with geese, egrets, red winged black birds, osprey and  many species of ducks. For lunch you will dine at Dana’s kitchen, one of Falmouth’s best known eateries. The evening meals will be at The Quarterdeck Restaurant that is known for its outstanding seafood offerings., however, they have a complete menu of steaks chops and even vegetation dishes. On the second evening you will dine at Osteria la Civeta, a charming northern Italian restaurant located in Falmouth Village and just a seven minute stroll from the Palmer House Inn.

Bicycle Tour Cape Cod planning
The planning meeting, in the Palmer House Inn’s parlor, before setting out for a day of cycling.

You begin your third day with a sumptuous breakfast in the Palmer House dining room. Then you ride to a scenic ferry that takes you to Martha’s Vineyard. While on the Vineyard you will visit the elegant town of Edgartown. It was a colonial seaport with rows of 18th century homes that are a reminder of the great prosperity of the early whaling era. The beautiful bicycle route that Discovery has chosen, takes you past the three-mile barrier beach of Katama and then on to West Tisbury. Then you will take short ferry ride to Chappaquiddick Island. Where you will bike around the island. Next is a visit to the town of Vineyard Haven, where you will ride past historic West Chop Light and bike “up island”to the legendary Aquinnah Cliffs. The next destination is the charming fishing village of Menemsha and lovely Menemsha beach. Menemsha is working village with its own fleet. Its claim to fame is that it is where the 1971’s motion picture “Jaws” was filmed.

You will also visit the town of Oak Bluffs where you will explore the famous labyrinthine streets that are lined with small rainbow colored, Victorian, gingerbread style cottages.  You will also see the nations oldest Flying Horses Carousel.

More information on Martha’s Vineyard

Bicycle Tour Cape Cod tour guide
Toni, the woman in the blue shorts is one of the guides.

In the nineteenth century, Oak Bluffs started as a place where religious revival meetings were held. There was a large tent in the center for the meetings, and smaller tents formed a circle around the large tent. As time passed, the central structure was made of iron and on the wooden tent platforms the little houses were constructed. As one would expect, a town formed around the harbor area close to the camp grounds. The town had hotels and taverns. This was not acceptable to the religious community who frowned upon the use of alcohol. As a result, a fence was built around the their community and the gates were closed and locked each evening.  Remnants of that fence can still be found to this day.

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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 guestrooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day exploring Cape Cod’s history, 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.