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

Cape Cod Marathon Weekend

Cape Cod Marathon Finishline
Two runners on their way to the Cape Cod Marathon
Two runners on their way to the Cape Cod Marathon

On Saturday October 26, 2013 Falmouth hosted the third Nova Nordisk Cape Cod Marathon Half. On Sunday October 27, 2013 we hosted the 36th. Cape Cod Marathon and the 21st. Cape Cod Marathon Relay. In other words Falmouth is a runners kind of town. If you like to run and like being with other enthusiastic runners, this is the place to be.

Cape Cod Marathon Finishline
Finish line

Bill and I bought the Palmer house Inn nine years ago. At that time we had no idea that this community had such a love of running. The first few years we hosted a few very dedicated marathoners and a few relay teams. Then in 20o9 the half marathon was introduced. This year the inn was full for three days. It was great!

It was a wonderful weekend with lots of energetic folks enjoying our very special town. If you are a runner or a friend of a runner, and want to join us next year, it might be helpful to know that the staff at the Palmer House Inn will be up early to provide a pre-race breakfast to all of our guests. The dining room opens at 7:00 am, on race days and we serve buffet style. The offerings include: an assortment of juices and fruits (yes bananas too), scrambled eggs. corn pudding, bacon, assorted breads, bagels & cream cheese, cereals and piping hot muffins.

The Falmouth track club runs the events. There are hundreds of volunteers who are up and out in the wee hours of the mornings, setting up street barricades, signs, comfort stations to name just a few of the tasks that they accomplish. They are also working long past the end of the races  dismantling and cleaning. The day after the races one would never know that there had been thousands of people attending a major event in this charming town.

Some Race Related Activities

The weekend begins with “The Coffee-O Friday Night Five”. It is a five-mile race for runners and their friends and family. Participants can tune-up with the locals at this weekly Falmouth event. The race begins at 5:30 pm in Town Hall Square off Main Street. It is located just across the street from the Quarterdeck Restaurant. The course is an accurate five miles and all turns and miles are marked on the road. There is no fee and you time yourself. In addition to the run, there is a 2.5 mile walk held simultaneously.

Cape Cod Marathon Behind the Line
Behind the finish line

On Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm the Falmouth Track Club sold a variety of marathon related items, including t-shirts and sweatshirts. The National Running Center also had a large selection of running gear for sale. In addition, many other exhibitors were present.

If the runners were interested in “carbo loading” on Friday and Saturday evenings, they could do just that at a variety of restaurants on Main Street in Falmouth Village and in Woods Hole. The restaurants served up the runner’s favorite pasta dishes.

Cape Cod Marathon: teammates cross the finishline.
Teammates cross the finish line.

There are race lunches after each race. The post-race lunches were sponsored by Sabatino Scafuto a Mashpee restaurant, that is a member of the Mashpee Booster Club. The meals were served on the lower level of the Lawrence School in the cafeteria.The cafeteria is where runners picked up their Race Packets earlier in the day. The lunch for the half marathoners consisted of a bowel of clam chowder or minestrone soup, French bread, salad and fruit. The full marathon runners had the traditional post-race meal of clam chowder, pasta with tomato sauce, salad, French bread and fruit. The meals for the runners were complimentary. Family and friends were asked to contribute $5.00.

There was also a post race party for the runners at the Falmouth Inn where live music was provided by the BaHa Brothers. A good time was had by all.

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Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

The Palmer House Inn is located just a few yards from the finish line. While all of our rooms have their own individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures, 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 day.


Cape Cod Marathon 2011 Athletes at the Inn

Cape Cod Marathon runners at the Palmer House

Cape Cod Marathon runners at the Palmer House
Swedish runners, Kjell and her husband, Cape Cod Marathon 2011 runners.

The Cape Cod Marathon draws runners from all over the world.

This is Kjell, she and her husband are from Sweden. They stayed at the Palmer House Inn this past weekend. Kjell, did the half marathon on Saturday and her husband ran with her on Saturday and then completed the full marathon on Sunday.

This is the first year that Falmouth had runners from all 50 states and many foreign countries.

The Palmer House served a full buffet style runner’s breakfast starting at 7:00 am. each of the days.