Blizzard of 2015

Falmouth Main St in snow
Falmouth Main St in snow blizzard of 2015
Falmouth’s Main Street

The National Weather Service predicted a “potentially historic blizzard” to hit eastern Massachusetts, the Cape and Islands starting on Monday night and continuing into Wednesday.

On Monday I decided to do a narrative of the blizzard of 2015’s progress at the Palmer house Inn and in Falmouth Village.

The area was under a Blizzard Watch and the National Weather Service predicted that some areas may get as much as two feet of snow. The service said, “To put that into perspective, that is more than half of what Boston gets in an average winter.”

“Travel may become impossible and life threatening across the entire region. This has the potential to be a historic storm.”

Monday night through Tuesday afternoon was predicted to be the worst of the storm. Our area could experience white-out conditions during the height of the blizzard.

The snow was forecast to be wet and heavy and could cause power outages due to downed trees and electric lines.

Along with the heavy snow we are having damaging winds with gusts 60-70 mph. The prediction was that there would be moderate coastal flooding. Fortunately the Palmer House Inn is 18′ above sea level so we will not have a problem in that department.

Pete Bouchard who is with Channel 7 news in Boston said, ” Fifteen  to twenty-four inches of snow across the entire region is likely except for the Cape, which will get closer to a foot of snow.”

Boston’s Channel 7 News said the top snowstorm in Boston on record was 27.5 inches during a storm on Feb. 17-19, 2003.

Bouchard said there could be major flight delays and cancellations and suggested people leave on Sunday or early on Monday if possible.

“Don’t take this one lightly. Tempests like this only come around once in a while. Heed the advice of the authorities and chill out at home,” said Bouchard.

It is now 11:30 am on Monday January, 26th. I have just come back from a stroll to Main Street and the first flakes are beginning to fall.

By 2:00 pm on the 26th. Governor Baker declared eastern Massachusetts to be in a state of emergency and he issued a travel ban to begin at midnight. There was only about an inch of snow on the ground at that time, however, it was beginning to accumulate rapidly.

At 5:00 pm or sundown the snow depth was only 3″ when we went out to dinner, however, when we walked out of Anejo at 7:00 pm there was 6″ on the sidewalk. The forecasted high winds had not started, however, the snow is wet and heavy. That is one of the disadvantages of living close to the ocean. Our plow man is lined up to come in the morning. All is well.

After we were snugly settled in our Owners’ Quarters at the Palmer House Inn the wind began to blow with great gusts. It continued to blow through the night. At 5:30 am, I was awakened to the sound of honking geese. During a major storm like this one the Canada Geese gather in open fields and at dawn they sound the alarm. They were in a nearby school playground. We had over a foot of snow at that time and the prediction is that the storm will linger into tomorrow. It is difficult to tell how much snow has fallen because of the drifting.

The news channels say that there are over  10,000 households without electric power on Cape Cod. The towns include Provincetown and the entire island of Nantucket. We are lucky, we still have electricity.

At 4:00 pm, the snow was falling at a rate of 2″ per hour and the wind gusts had increased. The snow has been drifting in fanciful forms and the forecasters say that it will continue throughout the night. I wanted to go out to take some photos on Main Street but it was too dangerous. The Governor’s travel ban was not lifted until 12:00 am.

The wind gusts and snow stopped some time during the night, then the temperature dropped. When I went outside to take photos at 7:00 am, the temperature was 13 degrees and the wind was blowing steadily out of the west. Our electricity was uninterrupted. It is difficult to tell because of the drifting but my best guess is that we got about 30″ of snow.

All of the stores on Main Street were closed yesterday. That is the first time in the ten years that we have owned the Palmer House Inn. As I walked down the street people were beginning to dig out. The town was coming alive.  Two more storms are predicted for Thursday and Sunday of this week.

This has been quite an adventure and it is only January.


Winter Wedding Elopement

Winter wedding elopement champagne toast.

We recently had a wonderful winter wedding elopement for an elegant same sex couple. Best wishes to Mary and Drey, and thank you for spending your special day with us.

Winter wedding elopement champagne toast.
The champagne toast.


More information on winter wedding elopements (or any time of year)

Please contact us at or by telephone 1-508-458-1230 for pricing and special requests.


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 our rooms have their own romantic charm, 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.

5 Crowd Pleasing Holiday Breakfasts

Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

As the holidays approach, we think about the wonderful feasts we will prepare for our evening meals. However, what does one do for those out of town guests who stay overnight? Here are a few tips for breakfasts that will help you hold it together and maintain your cool while serving a crowd each morning.

Eggs Benedict Casserole Recipe
Eggs Benedict Casserole Recipe
  1. Black Friday Prep:  Freshly brewed Eight O’Clock coffee, choice of fresh fruit juices (orange, cranberry, apple, or grapefruit),  Broiled Grapefruit, Egg Bake Casserole with Cranberry Tomato Chutney, applewood smoked bacon and Buttermilk Biscuits.
    Broiled Grapefruit Recipe
    Broiled Grapefruit Recipe

    This combination is a favorite because the Broiled Grapefruit is quick, easy, light and can be prepared while the casserole and biscuits are baking. The Egg Bake Casserole can be prepared the evening before, and kept in the refrigerator.  I make the base mix and put it into a large wide-mouthed plastic bottle. In the morning I pour it into the greased casserole dish, add the vegetables, sprinkle with paprika, then pop it into a 350 degree oven for an hour. The chutney can be made ahead and it will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator or can be frozen to extend its life even longer. The protein from the eggs and bacon will be exactly what is need to sustain you through that hectic day of shopping or visiting Holiday activities and displays.

  2. Fresh Berry Fruit Cup, Gingerbread Pancakes with Lemon Sauce and grilled sausages.
    This is one of our most requested breakfasts. The berries are simply washed, cut into bite sized pieces and placed in individual serving dishes, however, we encourage our guests to be creative. We always have yogurt, honey and cereals on our buffet. We tell the guests to mix them any way that they like. The dry mix for the pancakes and the lemon sauce can be prepared a day in advance. In the morning pour the lemon sauce into a double boiler to heat and using an electric emersion blender, mix the wet and dry pancake ingredients. We serve this dish with both the lemon sauce and maple syrup. We have found that most Americans just have to have maple syrup with their pancakes.

    Gingerbread pancake recipe
    Gingerbread pancakes with lemon sauce.
  3. Christmas Day: Poached Pears with Salty Cape Caramel Sauce, Crustless Quiche with red and yellow peppers, Broiled tomatoes, Corn Muffins and applewood smoked bacon on the side.

    Pear. Copyright L.V.O'Connell.
    Pear. Photo L.V.O’Connell
    Salted Cape Caramel Sauce
    Salted Cape Caramel Sauce

    The pears can be cut and placed cut side down in the brown sugar the evening before. I leave them covered with towels on the counter. In the morning I add the orange juice, butter and spices. Then I put them into the oven until they are fork tender. The quiche premix (everything except the half & half and eggs) can also be made the evening before and kept in the refrigerator in covered bowels. In the morning whisk in the half & half, eggs and vegtables. Pour the mixture into a greased pie plate and bake at 350 degrees until a knife comes out clean when inserted into the center.

  4. Boxing Day: Cranberry Sorbet, steaming Maple Oatmeal with warm Apple Muffins
    Recipe for Maple Oatmeal
    Maple Oatmeal with Fruit and Nuts
    Cape Cod Cranberry Sorbet.
    Cape Cod Cranberry Sorbet.
    Cape Cranberry Nut Muffins
    Cape Cranberry Nut Muffins

    This is another breakfast where the work is done ahead and your guests will marvel at your ability to whip up an amazing meal.

  5. Each fall during the Cape Cod Cranberry Harvest, we make many batches of sorbet and keep them in the freezer. Therefore, we have this delightful treat to serve right through the following summer. During sorbet making time the entire inn is filled with the aroma of boiling cranberries. It is heavenly. The tartness of the sorbet is a delightful complement to the Maple Oatmeal. The oatmeal ingredients can be placed into a slow cooker the evening before. It will be ready in the morning. More importantly your guests can serve themselves as they wake. The apple muffins served with local honey is a real treat. If desired, applewood smoked bacon can be served as a side.
    * Cranberry recipes.
  6. New Year’s Day Brunch: our signature juice, the Cape Cod Sunrise, Baked Apples, and Eggs Benedict Casserole.

    Hollandaise Sauce Recipe
    Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

    The baked apples and casserole can be prepared a day ahead and refrigerated. Be sure to put a few extra glasses with cranberry juice in the freezer on prep day too (our guests frequently ask for seconds).

    Tip: Add a bit of champagne to the Cape Cod Sunrise for a delightful New Year’s Day celebration mimosa.

All in all the above are what we have found to be five crowd pleasing breakfasts that are easy and fun to prepare and serve. Enjoy! Bill and I and the staff at the Palmer House Inn wish you all a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season.

A holiday breakfasts favorite Cape Cod Sunrise
Cape Cod Sunrise.

As always have fun, enjoy the process. In the end it is all about good friends and family, and good food.

More Crowd Pleasing Holiday Links

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 festivities on Cape Cod, 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.