- Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival 2015
Here’s a breath of fresh air on a chilly fall day. The first-ever Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival is currently being planned for July 10 through 19, 2015. Hoping to turn this event into an annual affair that will cover the second and third weekends in July, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce is promoting this new happening as a way to share the beauty of Cape Cod and its signature blue, pink, and white blossoms with visitors from around the world.
The gardens featured during the Hydrangea Festival will be sponsored by non-profit organizations throughout Cape Cod. Planners envision garden tours, educational programs, lectures, sales, demonstrations and possibly even special menus at restaurants. Gardens on tour will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and entrance to each garden will be $5.00 per person. Not all gardens featured will be on tour every day. Proceeds from the event will benefit the non-profit sponsoring organization.
The hydrangea courtyard at the High Pointe Inn will not be on tour during the festival, in part due to a shortage of parking but primarily to protect our guests’ privacy. So if you want to see our gardens in bloom you better book your reservation now.
Details of this exciting event are still being planned so check back often for updates and tour schedules. We’ll be putting a special “Hydrangea Package” together for this event as well, so stay tuned for further information as this event takes shape.
- 2014 Holiday Happenings on Cape Cod
Looking for an excuse to come to Cape Cod for the holidays? Don’t worry, we’ve got a million of them, Well, maybe not actually a million, but certainly a dozen or so really great ways to get you in the spirit and enjoy a little R and R too!
Let’s start with Thanksgiving… On Wednesday, November 26 the lighting of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown officially starts the holiday season with a special ceremony at 5:00PM. Our Moonglow and Sea Dream rooms have a view across Cape Cod Bay to the Pilgrim Monument, so if you can’t make the ceremony itself, have your own ceremony in your Deluxe Ocean-View room at the High Pointe Inn.
On Friday, November 28, the Heritage Museums and Gardens opens its “Gardens Aglow” event, which will run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night through December 28 from 4:30 to 8:30 PM. Thousands of tiny lights and holiday decorations festoon the extensive gardens, and music and dance performances will punctuate the evening at various venues throughout the grounds.
On Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30 the Tilden Arts Center at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable (just down the street from our Inn) will play host to the “Sea Captain’s Nutcracker“. This innovative version of a holiday classic is set in a Chatham Sea Captain’s home in the 1800s and uses local history and folklore to retell the story with a Cape Cod theme.
Holidays at Highfield will return to Falmouth’s historic Highfield Hall with top designers showcasing their talents via holiday decor in the elegant rooms of this noted mansion. Beginning Saturday, November 29 and running through Sunday, December 7, the event will also feature a tea shop, gift gallery, and wreath display.
Brewster, Yarmouthport and Falmouth will host special holiday happenings during the weekend of December 5-7 allowing visitors and locals alike a chance to celebrate the season with carol singing, craft sales, inn tours and more. Dennis, Mashpee, and Chatham save their holiday events for the weekend of December 12-14 that showcase parades, bell ringers, hayrides, among other things.
The Hyannis Main Street Stroll and Harbor Lighting/Boat Parade takes place on Saturday, December 6. Beginning with Breakfast with Santa at 8:00 AM and culminating with the festive boat parade, this event is sure to bring a smile to your face and something sweet to your lips.
Special First Night Events will take place in both Chatham and Sandwich on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2014 with town-wide performances, and activities for all ages. Promoted as alcohol-free, family friendly events First Night is a wonderful way to ring in the New Year.
We are offering several special packages around the holiday season, to lure you to Cape Cod for our special brand of hospitality. And be sure to check out our website for exclusive Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings.
Happy Holidays Everyone! Let’s go out and make them truly special.
- Celebrate the Holiday Season with us on Cape Cod
As we approach the holiday season here on Cape Cod we turn our attention to giving thanks and celebrating with friends and family. This year we’ve put together two great getaways we think our Inn guests will enjoy, both centered around fabulous food and drink, of course, from our kitchen at the High Pointe Inn, and that of our favorite Cape Cod restaurant just down the street from us.
The Cape Cod Holiday Season Getaway is available throughout the holiday season (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza) and offers our guests savings on gift shop items, gift certificates, and future stays. The New Year’s Eve Celebration Package, available December 29, 2014 through January 1, 2015 combines warm and cozy accommodations with fun festivities like dancing the night away.
Come join us for one of these special packages that we hope will help you enjoy the spirit of the season without breaking the bank.
Cape Cod Holiday Season Getaway
Celebrate this festive holiday season by treating yourself to a seaside getaway designed to help you relax, unwind, and renew. In the true spirit of Cape Cod, we’ve bundled the best of our High Pointe Inn hospitality into one spectacular holiday gift for you. From $499 – $599* per couple, depending on room choice. This complete getaway package includes:
- Two nights in a spacious ocean-view room or fireplace suite
- A 3-course gourmet dinner for two one night
- Bottle of wine in your room on arrival
- Full breakfast by candlelight each morning
- Afternoon baked goods
- 24-hour coffee and tea service
- Complimentary after-dinner drink from our cordials bar
- 10% off all Inn gift shop items purchased during your stay
- 10% off all Inn gift certificates purchased during your stay
- Voucher for 10% off a future 2-night stay
*Add a one hour in-room side-by-side couples massage for an additional $199.00.
New Years Eve Celebration Package
Enjoy a romantic seaside interlude to welcome in the New Year. Two-night package includes a 4-course gourmet dinner on New Year’s Eve with champagne toast and dancing until 1:00 AM, full breakfast each morning, plus afternoon tea and treats, evening cordials, and a bottle of bubbly in your room on arrival. From $599 – $699 per couple, depending on room choice
- Two nights accommodations in a ocean-view deluxe room or garden fireplace suite
- Full cooked-to-order breakfast each morning, with a choice of at least 6 entrees
- 24-hour coffee and tea service
- Afternoon baked goods
- Complimentary after-dinner drinks from our cordials bar
- 4-course romantic dinner for two on NYE with champagne toast and dancing
- Welcome bottle of bubbly in the room on arrival
- Cape Cod Restaurant Week 2014
Cape Cod Restaurant Week returns October 13-19, 2014 and with it brings a bounty of fabulous restaurants to try for $25, $30, or $35 per person for a 3-4 course meal. High on my list this year is Oak and Ember in Mashpee, a self-proclaimed whiskey bar that opened a year ago and has been receiving some pretty good reviews from our Inn guests. But I would also gladly return to the Naked Oyster, Five Bays Bistro, the Ocean House, or the Old Yarmouth Inn.
The best part of Restaurant Week is that it’s happening at the peak of fall foliage on Cape Cod and the weather has been absolutely delightful lately. Warm days and cool nights and far fewer cars on the roads so no traffic to contend with.
To celebrate this wonderful time on Cape Cod, we are offering a really special “Hot Deal” to entice you to come visit us in October. Stay 3 nights anytime in October, weekday or weekend, and get the 3rd night at 50% off. That’s a significant savings that you can put towards trying some of the great restaurants offering the Restaurant Week deal. But you’d better call and book soon, as there are only a select number of rooms available at this rate and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
You can book online or call us tollfree at (888) 362-4441. But be sure to mention the “Hot Deal” to get the discount. Valid on new bookings only and may not be combined with other offers or special packages.
- Top Ten “Don‘t Miss” Experiences on Cape Cod
In honor of our 10th anniversary of innkeeping at the High Pointe Inn, I thought I’d start a series of “Top Ten” lists. We’ve certainly made a few of these lists during our stewardship here on Cape Cod. We were named to the list of Top Ten Inns in North America 2005, Top Ten Inns in the U.S. 2008, Innkeepers of the Year 2009, Top Ten Romantic Inns 2012 and 2013. David Letterman has nothing on us!
First in the series? Top Ten “Don‘t Miss” Experiences on Cape Cod. We are often asked what to see and do by our guests, so we have some expertise when addressing the topic. The island is 65 miles long and 20 miles wide at its widest, but in some spots that narrows to 1-2 miles wide. Though it seems relatively small to traverse, in reality there is much to see and do beyond the beaten path and even more that you won’t find in a guide book. So here, in no particular order are the 10 most truly Cape Cod experiences to seek out when visiting this beautiful part of the world.
- Drive the length of scenic Route 6A, the Old Kings Highway. Designated one of the 10 most scenic byways in America, the long and winding road will lead you through most of the towns and villages of the historic north side of the Cape, past old sea captains mansions, lovely shops and boutiques, and unique galleries.
- Climb a lighthouse. Our favorite is Highland Light in Truro, where if you’re lucky you’ll spot a whale or two breaching off the coast from the top.
- Take a picnic to Fort Hill in Eastham and walk the trails through Nauset Marsh.
- Go on a whale watching excursion to Stellwagen Bank to see humpbacks, fin backs, and minkes. An awe-inspiring adventure that will most likely be the highlight of your trip.
- Visit one of the National Seashore beaches. Play in the sand and frolic in the waves. Be a kid again.
- Watch the commercial fisherman offload their catch of the day at the fish pier in Chatham. Keep an eye out for the gray seals that swim up to get a piece of the action.
- Eat lobster and fried clams outside at an authentic “clam shack”. Roll up your sleeves and be prepared to devour every last succulent morsel. It’s definitely worth the effort.
- Get out on the water in a boat, kayak, or sightseeing tour. Cape Cod is surrounded by the ocean and it greatly influences our weather and lifestyle. See for yourself the magic of “simply messing about in boats”.
- Ride one of the many beautiful bike paths. Our favorite is the Shining Sea trail that traverses 11 miles from North Falmouth to Woods Hole passing through a cranberry bog, marshland, and forest and along both Buzzards Bay and Nantucket Sound. Pack a lunch or eat at the Fishmonger at the draw bridge at Eel Pond in Woods Hole.
- Take in a live performance at one of our iconic theaters. Cape Playhouse showcases live theater and the Melody Tent spotlights musical talent from Rock to Country and everything in between.
Of course if you want even more ideas for how to spend your days and nights book a stay at our lovely Inn. We’ll serve you a fantastic breakfast and help you plan the perfect day on Cape Cod.
- What’s New on Cape Cod’s Food Scene 2014?
Rich and I consider ourselves “professional eaters”. Evidence of our forays around the Cape Cod food scene can be found in other blog posts I’ve written about local restaurants, as well as in the bevy of menus we keep handy for guests of the High Pointe Inn to enjoy. We make an effort to try the latest entrants as soon as the pocketbook and waistline allow. This year the list of new restaurants is long, and as usual time is short as the spring and summer seasons unfold. We’ve made it to two of the ten on our list so far and can say that we’ve been impressed with each.
Crisp on Main Street in Osterville is destined to be a hot local hangout, with a long bar inside and a new outdoor bar with fire pit. Specializing in organic wood-fired flatbreads. The night we went the bar inside was hopping and most of the tables were occupied as well. We opted to start with their charcuterie board that came ladened with local cheeses, homemade pickles and marinated olives along with house-cured duck bacon, and a selection of meats. Rich was in hog heaven with the duck bacon and the cheeses were the perfect accompaniment to my wine choice. We shared the short rib pizza that featured root-beer braised short rib, chipotle BBQ, aged gruyere, and caramelized onions. Yum. We can definitely recommend this place, but be forewarned there will be a wait, but it’s worth it.
We joined Rich’s son and daughter-in-law for jaunt to try C Salt in Falmouth recently. Small in size, but big on flavor, the ambiance is a nice blend of east and west coast influences, as is their menu. Cocktails were imaginative, and I absolutely adored their twist on Caesar salad. Dressed with blue cheese and sporting ample bits of smoked bacon and a hard boiled egg it was enough to split, though I didn’t and, with the addition of one of several choices of protein, it would have made a nice entrée. The calamari appetizer was especially interesting with the addition of grapefruit, mango, peas shoots and cashews. The main menu offered a few flatbreads that sounded appealing in addition to a dozen or so entrées that would satisfy the desires of a vegetarian, someone craving seafood, or the most dedicated carnivore. Wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable, and the other diners were clearly enjoying the experience, as did we, though at peak dining hours the noise level is challenging.
What’s next on our list? Hard to say, but by the end of the season we hope to get to all of the following in no particular order:
- Local Break, Eastham; upscale bar food
- Guapo’s, Orleans; Mexican street food
- Mac’s, Provincetown; specializing in fish, sushi, and raw bar
- Rock Harbor Grill, Orleans;;eclectic menu encompassing everything from pizza to classic entrées
- The Canteen, Provincetown; soups, salads, sandwiches, and light bites
- Oak & Ember, Mashpee; combination whisky bar, steakhouse, and southern barbeque joint
- Vers , Chatham; offering a patisserie, light snacks and sandwiches, and modern coastal cuisine
- Quicks Hole Tavern, Woods Hole; fresh catch seafood and comfort food
We’ll keep you posted on anything else we discover as we roam the Cape for new and interesting places for our guests to try.
- Welcome to Spring on Cape Cod
When winter wanes and hope springs eternal for warmth to return to Cape Cod, the hardy souls that endured the cold and gray eagerly watch for their favorite harbingers of the coming season. For us it is the first time we spot a bright yellow feather among the khaki ones on the male goldfinches, the opening of our favorite clam shacks, the return of the ospreys to their nests, and the song of the spring peepers. These transitional weeks are full of anticipation as we watch the sun ooze its shine to entice the crocuses to bloom and buds to form on forsythia and hydrangea bushes. The penultimate thrill is the day the street sweeper creeps its way up our hill to rid the road of the sand that kept us safe from mother nature’s snow and ice.
As innkeepers, however, spring means something entirely different. Now is the time for touch-up painting, window washing, rug cleaning, and garden prepping. The phones are jingling to life with guests planning their summer and fall vacations.
Our favorite attractions are opening this month as well.
- Truro Vineyards opens this weekend, April 4th, with wine tastings every 30 minutes.
- The Steamship Authority’s fast ferry returns to service on April 14th.
- The Edward Gorey Museum opens on April 17th.
- Heritage Museum and Gardens opens for the season on April 19th.
- Cape Cod Railroad is offering its Easter Brunch Train on Sunday, April 20th.
- The Hyannis Whale Watcher sets sail from Barnstable Harbor on April 22nd.
There is definitely a buzz in the air on Cape Cod and we are happy to see the sun, the greening grass, budding trees, and blooming flowers. And we are looking forward to seeing our loyal guests at the High Pointe Inn this year, and meeting new friends as well.
Welcome spring! We’re glad you’re back.
- Sage Advice from a Travel Expert: Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
Arthur Frommer, the legendary travel guidebook author known for his iconic “Europe on $5 a Day” guide, offered some sage advice on how to travel intelligently and economically in a recent interview in AARP magazine.
“Experience new ideas,” he says. “Stay in a bed-and-breakfast. Meet the owners, and guests from other countries. You’ll save money and have a better vacation.”
Music to my ears.
In the 15 years we have been innkeeping, we have witnessed thousands of interactions among guests of varying cultures, ethnicities, economic status, and sexual preference. Winter, spring, summer or fall, guests gather around our breakfast table, out on the deck, or in front of the fire to eat and drink, share stories of their travels and offer opinions on everything from the best seafood restaurants to the most remote beaches.
We have seen friendships form among strangers and have forged fast friendships ourselves with guests we may never have encountered had it not been for the commonality of our Inn.
Apart from the obvious creature comforts offered–a comfortable bed, private bath, home-cooked breakfast–a stay at a bed and breakfast inn is an opportunity. An opportunity to engage your hosts and elicit insider information on the area your visiting. An opportunity to expand your horizons by interacting with guests from foreign lands. An opportunity to share insights and exchange ideas with visitors young and old, world-travelers and neophytes alike.
It’s inspirational when I see guests sharing email addresses for future contact with people they’ve just met. And when handshakes turn into hugs and goodbyes leave the promise of hellos I know that my guests have experienced a phenomena that has added significant value to their stay…a chance encounter with a kindred spirit. And it happened at a bed and breakfast inn.
- February Happenings on Cape Cod
February may be the shortest month of the year, but Cape Cod is not short of fun things to do and see in the month that brings us Valentine‘s Day, President‘s Day, and Ground Hog Day. Once Punxsutawney Phil predicts if an early spring is in the offing this year or not we can turn our attention to more important things like music, love, chocolate, and boats.
On February 7-9, the 8th annual Boatbuilders Show returns to Cape Cod via the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis. Billed as “the best little boat show in the Northeast” it’s the perfect opportunity to start dreaming about warmer weather and, to quote the Wind in the Willows, “believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” On tap will be an array of custom and limited-production sail and power boats, both small and large, fashioned in wood and fiberglass.
If boating is not your thing, then consider attending the Osterville Chocolate Fest held this year on Saturday, February 8th. Everything from steaming cups of hot chocolate to decadent chocolate desserts and candies will be front and center in the shops and business of the lovely village of Osterville. Festivities begin at 9:00 AM and continue throughout the day.
On February 14-16, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra presents “Piano Men,” a multimedia rock-musical-tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John. Featuring hits from the 70s including “Rocket Man”, “My Life”, “Only the Good Die Young”, and “Crocodile Rock”, guest artist Jim Witter and his band will join the orchestra for what proves to be a rollicking good time. Tickets are selling fast for this one, so book early and come “Just the Way You Are”.
Of course, the High Pointe Inn should be your headquarters for all of these events, so we’ve created the perfect two night package for you and your honey to enjoy on Valentines Day or anytime in February. We call it the “February is for Lovers” package.
So sweep your Valentines off their feet with this romantic getaway. Choose a deluxe ocean-view room or a spacious fireplace suite and pamper yourselves with luxury. Your two night Cape Cod escape includes breakfast by candlelight, a bottle of chilled champagne and chocolates in your room on arrival, a romantic couples massage, and a 3-course gourmet dinner for two one night. Rates start at just $699 per couple complete.
- Cape Cod Vacation: Ahhhh…Summer at Last
When I was a little girl my family took a two week Cape Cod vacation every summer in a little cottage in Brewster right on Cape Cod Bay. Those two weeks were always magical. Days were filled with visits from family and friends, lots of lazy hours exploring the tide pools in front of our cottage, and evenings punctuated by the sweet smells of sand and sea wafting up from the beach. I remember weekly band concerts on the town green, fishing for flounder in Town Cove in Orleans, and the drive-in movie theater in Wellfleet. We never missed an opportunity to see the sunset over Rock Harbor, enjoy an ice cream treat at Cobie’s, or shop for penny candy at the Brewster General Store. Those memories are among my fondest, though decades have passed since we last vacationed here.
Now as innkeepers on Cape Cod, Rich and I are in the position of helping create memories for our guests at the Inn. Each morning at breakfastwe inquire what folks have planned for the day and offer up dozens of possibilities for those who ask for our assistance. Looking for the perfect beach? No problem. We’ve got you covered. We even have printed directions for those who need it, a cooler if necessary, and of course beach chairs, towels and totes. Feel like an adventure on the high seas? Slam dunk. Whale watching on the Hyannis Whale Watcher out of nearby Barnstable Harbor. We can even save you the price of parking by providing a voucher for a discount. Think a ferry to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard might be the perfect daytrip? Give us a second and we’ll book your ferry tickets online and produce directions to the satellite parking area. Perhaps you’d like to do a driving tour of the lower Cape and check out a lighthouse or two; take a bike ride on one of the paved bike trails; kayak the Great Marsh; or shop ‘til you drop. We’ve got a map, blog article, or brochure that will point you in the right direction. Need recommendations for lunch, dinner, the closest farmer’s market, or the best clam shack? Been there, done that.
Our guests are often amazed at the wealth of information we provide, the amenities we offer in the rooms for their convenience, and the honest-to-goodness joy we take in sharing our knowledge of Cape Cod with them.
Both Rich and I are “from away” though each Massachusetts natives. We choose to live on Cape Cod and built a business here that allows us to do so year-round. Our guests visit for just a few days, though we are convinced that you could spend weeks here and not see all that the Cape has to offer. If we can help to make your vacation a memorable one, one that you will think back on often and smile, then I believe we have served you well. And perhaps you will return again and again.