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The annual Lower Cape “herring run”

April 23rd, 2014 by parsonageinn

DSC_0405This annual “pilgrimage” takes place from mid April for about a month and indirectly announces the beginning of warmer weather.  Last year we experienced it for the first time, I am not sure what we were expecting, but I can say we were not prepared for what we witnessed.

Herrings are anadromous, meaning that although they spend most of their lives in the ocean, they return to the same fresh water ponds or lakes where they were born to spawn. By mid April those ponds have a water temperature of around 55f and the schools of herring navigate up the streams and brooks to their spawning grounds.  On the way and at many spots on route, they gather in shallow ponds before continuing their leaping up the waterfalls and “ladders” to their final destination.  One such spot on route is Pains Creek directly across from Stony Creek Grist Mill.  This all seems fine for the herring, tiring yes, but really a piece of cake, right, that is until you introduce the seagulls into the equation.  DSC_0398Waiting in the shallow ponds and approaching almost in fighter formation, the gulls dive bomb and gorge themselves on the herring, flicking them in the air and swallowing head first in one motion!   It’s an extraordinary sight.  Thousands of herrings patiently waiting their turns and the squawking and squabbling gulls.

Heading down 6A, the Old King’s Highway from Orleans and through Brewster you take a left at the fork by the sign for Stony Brook Road. Less than a mile up the road, you’ll see the spot.

You won’t be disappointed!

Planning your summer on the Cape

March 12th, 2014 by parsonageinn

footprints on the beachWith March finally here we can say with some certainty that this winter is one for the record books.  Snow and lots of it, freezing temperatures and lots of them!

But March means Spring, daylight time is rapidly lengthening, temperatures are rising (55f today!) and all around us businesses seem to be getting a fresh lick of paint.  Nauset Farm Shop will be re-opening in a couple of weeks, completely renovated, Zia’s likewise is expanding, and there is an air of anticipation.

There is truly an abundance of things to do and see in New England.

Here on the Cape we are spoilt for choice.

  Our beaches and the National Seashore are up there with the best,

our natural environment, includes bird watching, whale watching, seal watching,

our choice of restaurants including both established and several new eateries, offer everything from casual to fine dining experiences,

and finally a rich history of the Arts, for example, Orlean’s fine galleries, its Academy Playhouse and live music

We’re spoilt for choice!

Jo and I are constantly amDSC_0812azed at the number of people who have been coming to the Cape, often for generations.  It seems that once you have experienced summers here on the Cape, you become hooked and it becomes an annual event, passed down, generation to generation. Summer cottages that have been “in the family” for 40 or 50 years.   We experienced this directly last year where grandparents stayed with us, while their children and grandchildren stayed at the family home.  It was a win/win, the grandparents were able to enjoy Jo’s delicious breakfast, relax, read the newspaper in the mornings, then go home and enjoy their families during the day.

Here on the Lower Cape there is something for everyone, whether it’s Harwich, Chatham, Orleans or Eastham.  The key is location, location, location and it’s all here.

Wherever your final location is, have a wonderful summer, and enjoy everything that we have in New England and specifically Cape Cod.

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Fall is for Festivals on Cape Cod!

September 10th, 2013 by parsonageinn

Think of Cape Cod and perhaps you imagine the outdoors, gorgeous weather,the national seashore, abundant wildlife, sailing, biking and of course wonderful restaurants.  However all this does not end on Labor Day, in fact on the contrary, some of the best weather can be found in September and October, the beaches are not crowded, the bike trails are not like the “beltways’ or “turnpikes”, and you can eat without queuing for an hour!

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Add to the mix a wonderful variety of Fall Festivals and you have the perfect recipe for a short break.

  • Nauset Surf ‘n Music Festival, September 26 – 28.  http://orleanscapecod.org/nauset-surf-n-music-festival/ Featuring award winning surf films, an authentic Cape Cod Clambake, lots of local live music and art exhibitions near iconic Nauset Beach!
  • Provincetown Food & Wine Festival, October 4 – 6.  http://www.festandfestivals.com/ where you can “immerse yourself in all your culinary fantasies”.
  • Wellfleet Oyster Festival, October 19 – 20.  http://www.wellfleetoysterfest.org/ two day event brings together locals and visitors alike for a weekend full of hometown flavor and big time fun
  • Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Take Off 2013/2014 season. http://www.capesymphony.org/   a series of autumn and winter concerts with something for everyone.

So what’s stopping you.   If you only want beaches and bikes, check the weather reports and head on out to the Cape and enjoy all the fall festivals we have to offer.  And if you’re looking for a quiet, romantic and cozy place to relax, with gorgeous breakfasts served personally on the patio (weather permitting) look no further than us at The Parsonage Inn.

Jo-Anne and Richard

 

Wide-eyed and speechless!

August 29th, 2013 by parsonageinn

There is literally nothing to compare the sight of humpback whales gently swimming alongside your boat and then gracefully diving.  Apart from the gasps from fellow whale watchers, it really does leave you speechless.

After our first season at the Inn and some wonderful recommendations from our guests, we were finally able to experience for ourselves the joys of whale watching from Provincetown.   And we weren’t disappointed! Nothing prepares you for the first sighting of a humpback whale blowing and its tail as it dives.  We booked on the 2.15 trip and after a very foggy hour getting out to the primary viewing area off the Stellwagen Bank, the fog cleared and we were treated to an hour of sightings, several whales only 50 feet from the boat.  At one time three large humpback whales were casually swimming together and you could clearly see their long white pectoral fins.

The typical whale watching season runs from April until mid October and the variety of whales seen depends on the time of the season.   Right whales arrive early in the season and at this time of the year August/September you can expect to see humpback whales and increasingly dolphins as you head into October.

There is still time this year to experience these remarkable mammals.  There are multiple daily departures from Provincetown which is a short 30 minute drive from the Parsonage Inn.  We’re happy to look at schedules and organize bookings.  We used whalewatch.com, but there are several to choose from. Finish the evening people watching on the main street and dining at one of Provincetown’s many fine restaurants.

Come spend a weekend on the Cape (at the Parsonage Inn of course!) and have a truly unique experience.

Not just a pretty face!

July 19th, 2013 by parsonageinn

It’s an interesting thought, but when one considers a break on the Cape, plans or activities that immediately spring to mind might include; the wonderful beaches and dunes, the salty air, fabulous trails, spectacular sunsets, or an abundance of fish restaurants.

Perhaps the arts should be added to that list. Whether it’s an outdoor and often free music concert during the summer season, or a variety of drama theatres, the Lower Cape has something for everyone.

The Nauset Beach Concert Series offers everything from acoustic, to rock, to reggae, every Monday night, running to August 26 at the Gazebo on the beach.

Step back in time and spend an evening at an original drive-in theatre. http://www.wellfleetcinemas.com/drive-in-theatre

One of the highlights of the summer season has to be the 24th Annual Cape Cod Five Pops in the Park where the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra perform classics under the direction of Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director and Conductor. http://artsfoundation.org/pops-in-the-park

For those who are looking for drama, you’re spoilt for choice, with theatres in Dennisport, Brewster, Chatham and Wellfleet. However on our doorstep and just a 10 minute walk from the Parsonage Inn is the Academy Playhouse http://www.apacape.org/wp/. Summer performances include, Chicago and Les Miserables. A perfect end to a perfect day.

Join us at the Parsonage Inn, where we’re not just a pretty face.

Parsonage Inn website re-launched!

July 19th, 2013 by parsonageinn

Dear Guests,

We are Jo-Anne and Richard Hoad, innkeepers of the Parsonage Inn on Cape Cod, and we are thrilled to announce the launch of the new website for our Inn.

As the new Innkeepers of The Parsonage Inn on Cape Cod, the list of urgent projects and renovations was daunting and at times overwhelming. Once we had the room design clear in our minds and work underway, menus ready for testing with friends and family, the vital and in many ways the crucial part of the jigsaw puzzle was getting our message out to guests through our website. Our old website was developed back in 1998 and served the Inn well. However, it was showing signs of age and was difficult to manage and update.

We believed a new approach was needed for our website, one that inspired and captured the essence of the Inn. Each of the rooms has a unique feel, offering a bright, fresh, slightly more contemporary feel. We also wanted to retain that warm, cozy feel of our historic home. Our new website needed to encompass those attributes.

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Together with photographer Beth Campbell, InsideOut Solutions embraced the challenge and we are thrilled with the end result. As our kids would say, “It’s awesome!”

Go to our website http://parsonageinn.com/, see the rooms, experience the breakfasts online, and come visit Cape Cod. We would love to meet you!

Hope to see you soon,
Jo-Anne and Richard Hoad
Innkeepers of the Parsonage Inn at Cape Cod

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