Jim and I got a chance to hit the bike trails again last week. We decided to do the stretch from Harwich Center to Chatham. Though not officially a part of the Cape Cod Rail Trail, you can access the this stretch from the Dennis end of the CCRT. Since time was limited, we decided to drive from the Inn on Route 124 to maximize our time on the Harwich-Chatham trails.
As you can see, there are a lot of things to see and do. Our entire round trip took just about 2 hours, with few stops, but this can easily be a full day of sightseeing, perhaps a dip in White Pond, a lunch at the Chatham Train Museum, or travel just a little further down to Chatham Harbor. No matter what you eventually do, this is a relatively easy bike trip and we highly recommend it.
Each year, this popular attraction provides a picturesque setting to view art made by both man and nature. A visit to the artist shanties guarantees a cultural experience that is unmatched! This is a unique opportunity to meet Cape Cod artists and watch them work along the inspiring backdrop of Hyannis harbor.
Works vary and include photography, painting (acrylics, oils, pastels, watercolors), handmade jewelry from metals, gemstones and glass to beach stones, ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, mosaics, mariner knot work, photography, wood carving, tapestry, fiber art and much more!
Visitors to the shanties can make a day of it – stroll along the boardwalk, visit artists, have a picnic in the park! There is no fee to browse but if you enjoy fine handmade local arts and crafts or giving them as gifts, it’s a terrific place to shop. It’s a perfect place for a picnic or there are plenty of waterfront restaurants at the harbor and many more right on Main Street.
weekends Friday-Sunday, and Monday, Memorial Day, May 17th-June 23rd 11AM-5PM seven days a week, beginning June 28th, 11AM-8PM seven days a week, September 2nd-29th, 1AM-5PM
The present Nauset Lighthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is made of cast iron with a brick lining and stands 48 feet high. It was built in 1877, and was located in Chatham as a twin to the one that is there today. In 1923, the smaller wooden lighthouse in Eastham was retired, and the north tower in Chatham was dismantled, moved to Eastham, and reconstructed about 200 feet from the edge of the cliff near the relocated keeper’s house. In the 1940s, Nauset Light was painted red and white as a daytime indicator of the red and white beacon.
Coastal erosion continued to plague the lighthouse, and by 1996, it was dangerously close to the edge of the cliff. Less than 35 feet remained in November 1996 when Nauset Lighthouse was moved in one piece approximately 300 feet to a new site across the road.
The NLPS provides public tours of Nauset Lighthouse and the oil house on Sundays May through late October and also on Wednesdays during July and August. A full schedule of tours can be found at http://www.nausetlight.org/NLtours.htm
For a limited time at our historic Cape Cod inn, sample the unique flavor of Cape Cod wines with this special package highlighting Truro Vineyards and the Grand Cru Wine Bar. Price per couple: $450.00 (tax included)
You’ll spend two nights at our Cape Cod MA Bed & Breakfast in one of our king bedrooms with private bath (other rooms available for an upcharge). On your arrival, you’ll find a bottle of Truro Vineyards signature lighthouse bottle of wine (either blush, white, or red) to enjoy. Each night will be followed by a great 3 course home-cooked breakfast. On Saturday, you’ll enjoy a private tour of the vineyard and winery including a history of the property, explanation of the grape growing process and a little introduction to fermentation and wine making. After the tour enjoy a selection of 5 wines to taste and a sample of local artisan cheese paired with the wine. You get to take their souvenir glass home with you. This private tour takes about 1 hour. On your return to the Inn, you’ll want to freshen up before heading to the Grand Cru Wine Bar in Hyannis. Enjoy great food and wine with a gift certificate provided in this package.
The deadline for the May 10th Weekend is May 3rd. Or plan ahead and reserve for our September 13th Weekend.
We are proud to announce that the Sea Meadow Inn has now been certified a GREEN property and operation by two independent certification programs. Through our continuing efforts, we look forward to improving our green practices to achieve higher levels in the Cape & Islands Green Initiativeand the Trip Advisor GreenLeadersprograms.
Cape & Islands Green is an environmental initiative organized by a committee of representatives from the business community with support from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce and Sandwich Chamber of Commerce to help Cape & Islands organizations and businesses earn a green verification. Cape & Islands Green began its work in the fall of 2008. Since then, the group has developed a program to guide businesses through a verification process. The program has three levels, each with criteria for the business to achieve in order to gain recognition from the program. The Sea Meadow Inn has completed Level I and is well on the way to achieving Level II status.
The Cape & Islands Green mission is to educate and encourage people in their places of work to engage in better practices which reduce our collective impact on the natural environment.
Similar to many of the certification programs in our industry, GreenLeaders scores a property based on its green practices. There are numerous categories in which one can score points—Energy, Water, Purchasing, Waste, etc. All qualifying properties must have a basic set of green practices in place: use at least 75 percent energy-efficient bulbs, have current and active towel and linen re-use plans in place, recycle at least two types of waste, offer staff training on green practices, and offer guest education on green practices.
Four Levels of GreenLeader Status
As a GreenLeader one can achieve Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum status. To be a GreenLeader, one must meet the program’s basic requirements and achieve at least a 30 percent score on the Green Practices survey. The Sea Meadow Inn has been awarded Silver status. All participants must reapply on an annual basis to ensure their continued enrollment in the program, and to maintain the GreenLeader award on their property’s page.
We invite all our guests to participate in our environmental and ecological efforts during their stay. Feel free to ask how you can help or make suggestions to improve our efforts.
When two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, thousands of people ran for their lives and others ran straight into the chaos to help.
Carlos Arredondo and his wife were in a VIP section passing out U.S. flags to National Guard runners with Run for the Fallen Marine, an organization established to honor Marines who have been killed since the 9/11 attacks, when one of the bombs exploded right in front of them.
The Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, from 04/26/13 to 04/27/13 at 7:30pm
Gloriae Dei Cantores (Singers to the Glory of God) holds a passionate dedication to illuminate truth and beauty through choral artistry, celebrating a rich tradition of sacred choral music from Gregorian chant through the twenty-first century. The choir has received extensive critical acclaim for its artistic elegance, performance authenticity, and compelling spirituality. Sharing its vision of inspiration and hope, Gloriae Dei Cantores has toured extensively, touching the hearts of audiences in 24 countries in Europe, Asia, and North America.
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Last weekFodor’slisted Provincetown as one of its choices for Best Small Towns in America. This week, the town at the Cape’s tip has been added to another high profile list, Smithsonian’s 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013.
For their April edition, Smithsonian hand-picked 20 towns from sea to shining sea with Provincetown coming in at #10, right between Sitka, AK (#9) and Galena, IL (#11).
To make the grade, towns were chosen based on what Smithsonian calls their “cultural blessings”.
If you doubt that Ptown, as it’s known, is radiantly beautiful, flip through Cape Light, featuring photographs by Joel Meyerowitz, one of the many artists who have gravitated there.
Better yet, go: in season when day-trippers head for National Seashore beaches and mob downtown, or out of season when geese cry and time slows, leaving the village to residents and artists and writers on retreat. They come from afar to seek inspiration at the Fine Arts Work Center, and in historic National Park Service-administered shingle shacks on the dunes where Jack Kerouac made notes for On the Road.
But it wasn’t history or fried clams that created Ptown in all its singularity. It was the artists from World War I-torn Europe who found safe harbor on Cape Cod Bay, establishing the venerable Provincetown Art Association and Museum, where American Post-Impressionism met Modernism. The organization still sponsors lectures, garden tours, concerts and exhibitions like last year’s “Robert Motherwell: Beside the Sea.” Artists and art-lovers gather at Beachcombers Club clambakes to shoot the breeze about new shows at the galleries on Commercial Street.
As the bohemian art colony took shape, Provincetown laid cultural claim to its position on the outré edge of the Outer Cape. “This is the freest town in America,” resident Norman Mailer once said. The town’s gay and lesbian community helps set it apart. The December light festival, Holly Folly, has all the trappings of similar events in other small towns, except it’s sponsored by the gay and lesbian Provincetown Business Guild. How to Survive a Plague, a film about AIDs activism nominated for a 2012 Oscar for best feature documentary, got its launch at the Provincetown International Film Festival.
P-Town is an easy 45 minute drive from the Inn. Come stay with us and enjoy P-Town during your Cape Cod getaway.
It has taken us awhile, but we’ve now joined Pinterest and look forward to sharing pictures of the Inn, Cape Cod, and our goodies. We hope you’ll contact us so we may add your email address to our pinning list. This will allow you to post YOUR pictures on our boards and share your Sea Meadow Inn experience with others. Or just click on the picture below and you will be taken to our boards to enjoy. Please remember that you must join Pinterest in order to do anything.
The 9th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival will be held on August 17 & 19, 2013 at the Provincetown Town Hall and at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, both located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The following is the schedule for the festival:
The Provincetown Jazz Festival is a guitar extravaganza with 5 different jazz guitarists making their debut at the festival!
The New Guitar Summit with JAY GEILS, HOWARD ALDEN from the Newport All-Stars, and Guitarist & Vocalist GERRY BEAUDOIN from the Boston area.
Two other guitarists appearing for the first time are JANE MILLER from Berklee College of Music and FRED FRIED from Cape Cod.
Also making their debut at the festival are Jazz Vocalist DONNA BYRNE, Tony Bennett’s bass
player MARSHALL WOOD, TIM RAY who is best known as Lyle Lovett’s pianist, CERCIE MILLER on sax from the Berklee College of Music, DAVID CLARK & MICHAEL LAVOIE on bass, and MIKI MATUSKI on drums.
And returning f
estival favorites BRUCE ABOTT on sax, RON ORMSBY on bass, and BART WEISMAN on drums.
Tickets are $25.00 per concert and can purchased without service fees. A portion of the proceeds from the festival are donated to worthy causes.