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Business Spotlight on….The Inn at Lewis Bay

The Inn at Lewis Bay

Today we feature The Inn at Lewis Bay,  one of only a handful of Bed & Breakfasts in Yarmouth.  The owner and host Teresa Stigura is active with the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and an avid user of Social Media.  I’ve run into her several times at Chamber events and follow her cute and candid Facebook posts and have been excited to check out her B&B in person.  I made my way over to visit Teresa and tour the Inn on a breezy summer day during Yarmouth Summer Celebration.

When you take the turn off Route 28 you start getting excited and your expectations rise, the drive is through a quaint little residential community right on the bay.  The houses are beautiful and while you have easy access to 28 you’d think you’re miles and miles away given how quiet and calm it all feels.  When you arrive you realize you just passed the beach.  It’s like right there!  Better still, you’ll soon find out there’s no parking fee (not that you need to park since you’ll be walking) and the beach is not used nearly as much as the others in town.

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Then you pull up to the inn and smile.  It’s WONDERFUL!  Like postcard quality “I wish I could live here”, wonderful.  A big dark wood deck with comfy chairs and tables, perfect for an afternoon chat session with a girlfriend or loved one.  A bright green lawn with inviting Adirondack chairs that beg for a glass of wine and a good book.  It’s all there waiting for you!

Relaxing at the Inn at Lewis Bay

At this point I meet Teresa and she takes me inside for a tour.  The inside of the “home” is everything you’d expect and more.  I say home because it really feels so homey in there.  All of the rooms are uniquely designed with personalized accessories, and a few have beautiful wall murals.  It’s like what your house would look like if you could bring your Pinterest board to life!  Each room (six in all) have their own bathroom, TV and Keurig coffee maker as well as an “around town” book with local brochures and info about the Inn.

Picket Fence room at the Inn at lewis Bay

Bird Song room at the Inn at Lewis Bay

Small touches at the Inn at Lewis Bay

Coffee, water and more at the Inn at Lewis Bay

While the rooms really are lovely I think the common areas are even better.  This place is perfect for a weekend getaway.  The halls and walls are adorned with comforting accessories, the furniture in the living room is inviting, the games are waiting to be played.  It all just works and Teresa tells me she’s designed it to “feel like home, without any of the responsibilities.”

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Afternoon Snack at the Inn at Lewis Bay

Home accessories at the Inn at Lewis Bay

Grand Staircase at the Inn at Lewis Bay

Teresa manages the property herself.  Personally my head spins at the thought of keeping every inch of your house that clean on a daily basis but she admits to being one of those people that just loves cleaning. I wish some of that had rubbed off on me, but alas, it did not!  When I asked her how she manages it all she simply tells me that she “loves to tend a house, so it doesn’t feel like work.”  The cooking and cleaning and entertaining have always been something she’s enjoyed.

In her past life Teresa was a dental assistant (which she also loved).  She grew up in England and met her now husband (an American) while he was there working in avionics.  They moved back to the United States and opened a shop in PA. They often came to the Cape for vacations and both loved it here.  Teresa says it reminds her of England.  As they thought about their future they knew they wanted to make their life here and so they began looking for a B&B. Teresa chuckles when she tells me how the photos online at the time just didn’t do the Inn at Lewis Bay justice.  The realtor asked them to come take a look at it and thankfully they agreed because they knew instantly this was their home.

Listening to Teresa talk about the Inn you can tell she really loves it here.  She speaks fondly of making different breakfasts for guests each morning and how she loves adding the little touches like putting out fresh lemonade and cookies for her guests in the afternoon or being able to offer people bikes to ride around while they stay.  She does all the cooking too and exudes a “jack of all trades” boundless energy, with her British accent and bubbly personality.  She and her husband Keith live on the third floor which she admits has the best views of Lewis Bay.  She describes the Inn like it’s “going to your best friend’s house”.  When I asked her what she’d want to tell people she just says “Come to my little home off of Rt. 28, step away from the hustle and bustle of town and see what you’re missing over here.”

Teresa says that she repeatedly has her guests tell her the Inn at Lewis Bay is a “little gem”.  I’d have to agree.  It has a great location, a beach in walking distance, a great host, well appointed cozy rooms, yummy food…..the list goes on an on.  If you’re someone that enjoys a B&B and you’re thinking of a trip to Cape Cod, you just have to check out The Inn at Lewis Bay.  Teresa says not to be scared of the shoulder or off season. She says September and October are great and she has a few quilting groups that come in the winter and love it.  So go check out The Inn at Lewis Bay online or in person and be sure to tell Teresa we sent you and don’t forget to post a comment here on our blog after your stay!

~April

The Inn at Lewis Bay is located at 57 Maine Ave. West Yarmouth, Cape Cod, MA 02673 Phone 1-855-394-7229 or online at www.innatlewisbay.com.

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Beautiful touches at the Inn at Lewis Bay

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The First Annual Sandy Feet 3 Mile Run Creates New Memories For One Family

It’s Summer Celebration Kick-Off Week in Yarmouth which means boatloads of fun events and entertainment for the family, much of which is free to attend.  A new addition to the calendar this year is a 3 mile fun run on Bass River Beach…..yes that’s 3 miles entirely in the sand!  The event was organized by our local running store; Bayside Runner located in the Yarmouth Shopping Center at 484 Station Ave in Yarmouth.

I arrived at the Sandy Feet 3 Miler ready to take some photos and help promote the event in the hopes that it would do well and become a regular part of Yarmouth Summer Celebration festivities.  It was a nice afternoon, it wasn’t too hot and a nice breeze was blowing over the beach.  The first runner to return to the finish was none other than Bayside Runner’s co-owner Adam Stuhlfaut.  Bayside’s other co-owner Tom Pena finished in the top four as well.

The Sandy Feet 3 Mile Race was held entirely on Bass River Beach in Yarmouth, MA

The Sandy Feet 3 Mile Race was held entirely on Bass River Beach in Yarmouth, MA

 

After taking a few photos of the kites I decided to wait at the finish for more people to come through.  It was then that I struck up a nice conversation with a gentleman named Ray Hodorski. Ray crossed the finish with a young boy and the two of them were congratulating each other and talking about how great the run was.  I thought to myself how nice it was to see them running it together.  I soon learned they had a whole crew of family members there with them.  My simple inquiry tuned into a lovely conversation and I quickly realized that this family is the exact reason we hold summer celebration in the first place!  Let me tell you more about Ray and his family and you’ll understand why.

Ray and ten of his family members converge at the Riviera Beach Resort as a kick off to summer.  Their family has been doing this for seven years!  With two teachers in the family and family members spread across Florida and Connecticut they say “We always come up here to the Cape first before spending a few weeks in CT and use it as our summer kick off.”  Sure enough, one by one another nine family members would eventually make their way to the finish of the race (Ray’s brother Joe wasn’t able to participate).

Thankfully a few of the family members were walking and it gave me more time to connect with Ray.  As we’re chatting I learn that they happened upon the Yarmouth Summer Celebration Kick Off Week three years ago and have been making it the center of their family vacation ever since.  Ray said the kids look forward to it every year and he feels like they’ve grown up here. They love the Riviera Beach Resort and all the activities it offers.  With kids ranging in ages from 16 to 9 they always find something for everyone to do.  Aside from a few day trips to the National Seashore or Martha’s Vineyard, the family finds they have everything they need for a great vacation right here in Yarmouth, including the Skipper Restaurant which they admit to eating at, at least three or four times every year saying “The food has been consistently excellent and the staff always makes the kids feel welcome.”

When the family arrives at the Riviera they always get a list of activities. This year they were excited to see the Sandy Feet 3 Miler as a new addition to the events. “We saw the Sandy Feet Run and decided it would be a great activity for our entire group” said Ray.  We couldn’t agree more!

Watching these family members come in was a real treat.  As each family member approached the end of the run the others already there were cheering and waving them in.

Young girl finishes Sandy Feet 3 Miler

 

It was a wonderful sight to see such a supportive family working together.  In fact one of the children twisted an ankle somewhere out there and I had to chuckle as I heard one of the other children tell everyone in an authoritative voice that they all had to make sure they cheered him on extra loud because he was hurt and a little upset.  As a mom of two young kids I have to say that I hope and pray I’m succeeding at instilling this caring nature and strong family ties in my own children, as these adults obviously have in theirs.  They are clearly a tight knit unit.

From a distance we then all see the flag that many of us around Yarmouth have come to recognize as Steve Xiarhos, a member of the Yarmouth Police Department.  Only Steve isn’t carrying the flag this time, a young boy is.  That young boy turns out to be Ray’s ten year old nephew!  I have to tell you the whole family (and pretty much everyone in the general area) thought it was pretty neat to see this ten year old running with the flag with pure pride and determination on his face.  He kept running with that flag right past the finish all the way to the jetty!

10 Year Old Runs with Flag at Sandy Feet 3 Miler

 

Shortly thereafter the last of the Hodorski/Theroux crew arrives.  With high fives and congratulations all around and the promise of ice cream soon to come, I ask if I can take a family photo and email it to them as a memory of their inaugural race together.  They were gracious enough to let me publish them here in our blog.

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This is what Yarmouth Summer Celebration Kick Off is all about, good old fashioned fun and spending time together as a family.  Ray’s story is exactly what we strive for here, creating experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime; “My ten year old nephew was given the opportunity to carry the American flag across the finish line at the end of the race and that was an honor he will never forget.  In fact, he is already planning for the race again next year so we hope this will become an annual event and new tradition for our families.”  To that I say Thank You Ray! Thanks to you and all your family members for sharing your experiences with me and providing a shining example of why we love Yarmouth Summer Celebration and look forward to it every year as the kick off to summer and memory making on Cape Cod.  With about 60 runners participating this year, we’ll hope for an even larger turnout next year.  You can bet we’ll be looking for the Hodorski/Theroux crew at the start!

~April

 

Learn more about all the great businesses and events in the post on Facebook:

Yarmouth Summer Celebration Kick Off

Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce

Bayside Runner

Riviera Beach Resort

The Skipper Restaurant

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After Work Is Done It’s Time For Some Business After Hours Networking Fun!

Members of the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce got together for another Business After Hours Networking event.  Our location this month was the Cape Cod Inflatable Park.  Boy was it fun!  The Cape Cod Inflatable Park has been investing time and resources to extend the size and offerings at the park and it REALLY paid off.  What a great time we had touring the inflatable equipment and the grounds!

Visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the sheer size and variety of inflatables at the park.  There’s something for almost everyone.

Cape Cod Inflatable Park

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In addition to the inflatables, the park also has an entire arcade inside with games provided by Ryan Family Amusements.

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All in all it was a great night. Chamber members enjoyed playing games, eating and networking and we thank everyone for their participation. See you next time!

 

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Yarmouth Summer Celebration 2013

The Yarmouth Summer Celebration is Back!  2013 promises to be just as great as last year.  The event has extended to nine days this year from June 21st-June 29th leading up to the July 4th holiday week.

One of the main attractions for the celebration is the commission of 36 sand sculptures around Yarmouth.  The sculptures are created by professional sand sculptor Greg Grady of Hampton Beach, NH and have vastly different designs.  You can find additional details about the sculptures and their locations on the Yarmouth Summer Celebration website at http://yarmouthsummercelebration.com/events/sand-sculpture-map/

Yarmouth Summer Celebration Sand Sculpture Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other free events lined up for the week include a fishing derby with a team led by Riverview Bait and Tackle, Kite flying with Archie Stewart & Friends, Salsa by the Sea and Nature Walks with Naturalist Connie Boyce.

You can also take in not one but two Y-D Red Sox Games at D-Y High Field. The Y-D Red Sox are again the non-profit sponsor host of the Yarmouth Summer Celebration Kick-Off with funding provided by the Town of Yarmouth’s Tourism Fund and proceeds going to the Y-D Red Sox.

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On Wednesday people can participate in a fun run on the beach called the Sandy Feet 3 Miler with Bayside Runner.  After the run, cool down with the always popular Ice Cream Social.  For $5 people can sample 5 scoops of ice cream from the Cape’s best ice cream shops.  It’s a win-win event, get your exercise on and then be rewarded for your efforts!

The celebration caps off on Saturday night with a Y-D Red Sox game and a family movie night with the cartoons on the big screen at D-Y High Field followed by a fireworks display set to music.

All in all it’s a fantastic time to visit Yarmouth.  Many of the lodging establishments and restaurants have specials and the weather is fabulous.  It’s quintessential Cape Cod fun for the whole family and we hope to see you there!  We can’t forget to say a BIG thank you to our presenting sponsor the Cape Cod Irish Village who has been so generous in support of this event.

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Yarmouth Seaside Auction – Largest Fundraising Event of the Year for Chamber

The Yarmouth Seaside Auction takes place May 29th at the Red Jacket Beach Resort. The event is the premier fundraising event for the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce each year and hopes to draw a great crowd this year as well.  The event not only benefits the Chamber, half of ticket sales and select auction items will benefit three local organizations: The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Katelynn’s Closet and The Yarmouth Food Pantry.

The evening begins at 5:30pm with Hors D’oeuvres, a cash bar, entertainment and a silent auction.  At 6:45pm the live auction begins with auctioneer John Terrio.  Tickets to the event are $25 with half of the ticket fee going to the charities mentioned above.

The event is always great fun and last year over 140 businesses contributed to the event.  This year the event is being hosted by the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, Petal & Stem Florist, Rockland Trust and Red Jacket Resorts.  Please join us in supporting your local chamber at what is sure to be a great night out.  You can purchase tickets by calling 508-778-1008 or email rsvp@yarmouthcapecod.com.

We’re excited to offer a wide range of items up for auction at this year’s event.  Here’s a small sample of what you’ll be able to bid on.  You can’t bid if you don’t attend so be sure to join us at 5:30pm on May 29th!

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Yarmouth Business Owers Ben Surro & the Zambellis Family Recieve The Cape Cod SCORE Awards

The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce offers our heartfelt congratulations to Ben Surro & the Zambellis Family owners of DiParma Italian Table for receiving a Build a Better Mousetrap award from Cape Cod SCORE. DiParma Italian Table opened at the height of the economic crash 5 years ago and quickly has become a favorite restaurant of both travelers and year-round residents in Yarmouth.  At a time when many business owners scale back, Ben Surro and the Zamellis Family invested heavily in their community.  They continue to be dedicated supporters of numerous events, activities and causes for Yarmouth and Cape Cod and we are grateful for their participation and commitment.

Ben Surro Receiving the Build A Better Mousetrap Award from Cape Cod SCORE

Here’s an excerpt from the SCORE press release describing the award:

“Top honors at the SCORE awards breakfast go to the Small Business Owner of the Year who is selected from among the counseling organization’s small business clients. Various chambers of commerce select those who receive SCORE’s Build a Better Mousetrap Awards which this year will go to 16 small businesses that have survived the critical first five years of operation and appear to be headed for long-term success.”

To learn more about Cape Cod SCORE and/or the Build A Better Mousetrap award contact Jim Garpow at 508-240-2366 or jegarpow@comcast.net

To learn more about DiParma Italian Table visit their website or Facebook page.  Be sure to congratulate Ben, the Zambellis Family and their entire team the next time you visit DiParma for a great italian meal.

 

 

 

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Searching for the perfect gift for mom? You have plenty of options right in Yarmouth and certainly on Cape Cod.  We hope you’ll remember this Mother’s Day to shop small and shop local.  To help you out we’ve created a Mother’s Day Gift Idea board on our Pinterest page.  You can find it at http://pinterest.com/yarmouthchamber/mothers-day-gift-ideas/. Our Mother’s Day Gift idea board on Pinterest links directly back to the website of the company mentioned making it easy for you to find the location, view product details or view other ideas from that merchant.

Our Mother’s Day Gift Ideas board includes Cape Cod themed jewelry, spa services, handmade gifts, home accessories, flowers and services such as maid cleaning, makeup application and more.  For the ultimate gift, give the gift of time and relaxation.  We’ve offered a few options for places to send Mom locally for a night or weekend.  Whatever you decide to do for Mom this Mother’s Day, make it heartfelt and keep it local.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mom’s out there!

Here are a few ideas from our board:

Give the gift of relaxation!

Give the gift of relaxation!

A family photography session would make a great Mother's Day gift

A family photography session would make a great Mother’s Day gift

You can't go wrong with flowers!

You can’t go wrong with flowers!

Cape Cod Jewelry

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Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Business Spotlight on Howl-A-Day Inn Doggy Day Care of Cape Cod

Welcome to the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Business Spotlight On….Howl-A-Day Inn Doggy Day Care of Cape Cod where their tagline is “Heads and tails above the rest!” Howl-A-Day is entering their third summer on Cape Cod.  Susan, the owner, purchased and redesigned Howl-A-Day, calling on a collective 30 years of experience in the industry to be a safe, fun and dependable place for people to leave their dogs for a day or an extended stay.  Their model is simple – “clean, dependable and fun.”

Howl-A-Day Inn Doggy Day Care of Cape Cod

Howl-A-Day caters to the people that live, and work here on the Cape, and is proud to offer a place for dog owners to feel confident leaving their favorite pals.  As Susan says “We’re not the biggest, or the cheapest but we’re a little bit different in all the right ways.”

This would seem a perfectly fitting description.  After spending some time with howl-a-day the one thought I kept coming back to was that howl-a-day is run remarkably similar to a children’s daycare!

You enter the day care and everyone has their own place for their stuff…

Howl-a-Day Inn Doggy Day Care of Cape Cod

Everyone has their own bed.  (At Howl-a-day there is actually a scheduled nap time for the dogs to rest.)

Nap area for dogs at Howl-a-Day Inn Doggy Day Care of Cape Cod

No one is ever left unattended.  Really, there is always someone in with the dogs…. just hanging out and playing with them!  All. day. long. How excited would you be?!

Love for dogs shows through at Howl-A-Day Inn Doggy Day Care of Cape Cod

Dogs are grouped by age and size,  (are you seeing the similarities yet?) and each week they work on an agility and command with your dog….that’s helpful now isn’t it?

Practicing their manners - Dog obedience at Howl-A-Day Inn Doggy Day Care of Cape Cod
Everyone has to conduct a temperament assessment and Susan says she is a real stickler for medical releases. (sort of like when the school tracks you down for your child’s yearly physical.)

Doggy love at Howl-A-Day Inn Doggy Day Care of Cape Cod

So, how do you sign your child…eh dog up you ask?  Well the process is simple yet thorough.  Every owner must fill out a form and complete a temperament assessment on-site with staff.  At that time you tour the facility to make sure you’re all a good fit for each other.  If everyone is happy and all shots and medical releases are up to date then you’re in!  Howl-A-Day is open 7am-6pm Monday through Friday and summer Saturdays.  They also offer overnight boarding (complete with movies for the doggies, just like a slumber party).

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In talking with Susan you could see her enthusiasm for the dogs and for her staff.  In fact, no less than three times she mentioned how her success is attributable to her staff.  One of her staff has been a Vet Tech for over 15 years. Her pride in their passion and their love for animals shows through when she speaks about her business.  The dogs enjoy being there because they are cared for and played with and attended to constantly.  No wonder, it sounds much better than being home alone while mom and dad are at work now doesn’t it?

In addition to all these great amenities are the added offerings Susan provides to her day care clients.  Each month Susan schedules Aussie Pet Mobile to come to Howl-A-Day so that her client’s owners don’t have to take time off of work or spend part of their weekend having their dog groomed.  She also brings in a certified animal massage therapist, Beth DiGiulio once a month to take care of any doggies that might need a little extra TLC.  She often holds American Red Cross CPR for K-9 training, estate planning for pets, and other workshops throughout the year.

Howl-A-Day also gives back the community in several ways. Not only do they work with high school work study and intern programs, they spend a lot of time raising funds for organizations like the Sampson Fund, CARE and The Last Gasp.  In talking with Susan you can hear her passion for these causes and for the local community and projects like the Barnstable County Dog Park which she supports.

It was a pleasure visiting Howl-A-Day Inn Doggy Day Care. We hope you give them a call the next time you need a place for your four legged friend to hang out.  You can find them on the web at www.howladayinncapecod.com or on Facebook.  Of course you could also give them a call at 508-790-HOWL (4695) or go the old fashioned route and stop in and see them at 12 Industrial Park Road West Yarmouth, MA.

In the mean time we invite you to say hello to Susan in the short video below!

 

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Business Spotlight on Ann & Fran’s Kitchen

Ann & Fran's Kitchen

Ann & Fran’s Kitchen found at 471 Main Street West Yarmouth, MA on Cape Cod

Ann & Fran’s Kitchen, located at 471 Main Street in West Yarmouth opened in 1975.  Current owner Debby Duarte purchased the popular Yarmouth eatery five years ago and runs it with her son Tyler (the chef) and daughter, Kayla.

 

Chef Tyler, Ann & Fran's Kitchen

Chef Tyler, hard at work at Ann & Fran’s Kitchen in West Yarmouth, MA

Kayla from Ann & Fran's Kitchen in West Yarmouth, MA on Cape Cod

Kayla serving up a cup of coffee at Ann & Fran’s Kitchen

 

 

A quick search online finds that Ann & Fran’s is rated number two for restaurants in West Yarmouth (TripAdvisor) with a 4.5 out of 5 star rating.  In the summer it’s common to drive by and see groups of people outside at the picnic tables, chatting with others, while waiting for a seat.  With food this good though, it’s rarely a problem for customers.  Regulars know to expect a wait and talking with other patrons is just part of the atmosphere. Inside the restaurant, Ann & Fran’s has a homey feel that makes you feel immediately comfortable. It’s a place you can bring your kids or your grandma and soon find yourself striking up a conversation with the table next to you. While many locals visit more frequently during the winter months when it’s a little slower, many travelers consider themselves “regulars” and return year after year during their summer vacation.

Ann & Fran's Kitchen

A warm atmosphere welcomes you at Ann & Fran’s Kitchen.

Daily specials at Ann & Fran's Kitchen

Daily specials await at Ann & Fran’s Kitchen.

 

Ann & Fran’s serves a menu of breakfast and lunch items with favorites including Kale Soup, Eggs Benedict, lobster benedict, and their summer Lobster Roll.  The ingredients are fresh and the food is simply amazing.  Come June, the restaurant starts offering their chowder and lobster rolls, which are a huge, hit.  This season Chef Tyler is also hoping to try adding some new sandwiches but has no plans to mess with customer favorites (good thing!).

Lobster roll at Ann & Fran's Kitchen

The lobster roll is a summer favorite at Ann & Fran’s Kitchen.

Linguica Benedict at Ann & Fran's Kitchen

Linguica benedict from Ann & Fran’s Kitchen is a year round favorite.

 

If you’ve never been to Ann & Fran’s Kitchen its certainly one to add to your list.  If you’re a local, head on over now.  Vacationers, Debby tells us that things really start picking up during the week in June, and the weekends start picking up a little earlier.  Regardless of when you’re in the Yarmouth area, Ann & Fran’s Kitchen is a “must visit”.  Call them at 508-775-7771 or follow them on Facebook.

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Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce April Business After Hours Networking Event

We love networking nights and our April event was no exception.  The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce held our April Business After Hours networking event on Tuesday the 9th.  The event was jointly sponsored by DiParma Italian Table and WeNeedAVactation.com.  The event was held at DiParma and also served as a celebration for WeNeedAVacation.com who is celebrating their 15th year in business serving Cape Cod.

Business After Hours, WeNeedAVacation.com

WeNeedAVacation.com celebrates 15 years on Cape Cod at the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours April Networking Event

 

WeNeedAVacation.com founders Joan and Jeff Talmadge created the business as a way of matching vacationers and homeowners, and now lists over 3,500 properties on Cape Cod and the islands.  They spoke a few minutes about their love of Cape Cod and how much they’ve enjoyed growing their business and serving the needs of renters and vacationers.  With such a large audience and robust data WeNeedAVacation.com can offer excellent insight into the tourism and rental market from year to year.  It was positive to hear them report that the summer season of 2013 is up 3+ percent and more interestingly that vacationers are booking later into the shoulder season, than they’ve seen in the past.  This is excellent news for our local businesses!

Joan and Jeff Talmadge

Joan and Jeff Talmadge, founders of WeNeedAVacation.com

The event also featured the amazing culinary work of DiParma Italian Table, widely recognized as one of the most popular Italian restaurants on Cape Cod.  We recommend following DiParma on their Facebook page as they often have great contests and discounts.

DiParma Italian Table

Amazing Food Provided by DiParma Italian Table

Members enjoyed networking with friends and discussing the 2013 summer season.

April 2013 Business After Hours

Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Members at Business After Hours

 

 

Yarmouth Business After Hours Networking Event

Other items discussed at the event included the upcoming St. Patrick’s 5k road race taking place on May 4th at 11am.  This is the Sons of Erin Cape Cod’s First Annual St. Patrick’s Beach.  They’re offering shirts to the first 200 registered.  Participants can Meet, Great and Run with Boston Marathon and Hawaii Ironman Legends Dick and Rick Hoyt.  It will be a great event and you can find out more (and register) at http://stpatricks5kbeachrun.org.

Since this is our blog we’ll also put out a request for information which we mentioned at the event.  If you own a business on Cape Cod that is opening for the summer season, or you have a special event or offering, we encourage you to email that information to our Social Media coordinator April Merrill at april@coastalmountaincreative.com.  We’d love to help promote your business!

Finally, as always we’d like to remind you to follow the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce on all of our social networks.  We’re working hard to increase our communication online and encourage all of our members, travelers and residents to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  We use these platforms to share travel and business related information pertaining to Yarmouth and Cape Cod.  They are your best resource for up to date news and offers.  Follow us today!

One last (last) thing!  Don’t forget to visit and share our Online Guest Guide!  We work hard to produce this guide each year and want to do everything we can to promote the businesses advertising in it and make sure everyone has a chance to benefit from the information and coupons it offers.  Find it online at www.capecodwithinreach.com.  Please add it to your social networks and share the link as often as you can.

 

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New Photos of Cape Cod

It’s time to update the cover photo on our Facebook page.  Our existing photo of Bass Hole Boardwalk is beautiful, but we’re ready for change.  This seemed like the perfect time to get out there and take some new spring photos.  We decided to go ahead and ask our Facebook fans what they’d like to see a photo of and let that guide us.  You can see the post here, but the requests ranged from daffodils to “a field of cranberries” to Judah Baker Windmill.  It’s a great list, and it’s fun to see what people miss about Yarmouth.  We didn’t hit everything on the list yesterday but we’ll be back out to shoot the remaining requests in the next few days.

So off we go, out and about town.  Here are a few of the shots that were taken.

Windmill Beach, Weather on Cape Cod in April

What a gorgeous April day we’re having here on Cape Cod This one is from Windmill Beach in South Yarmouth.

Judah Baker Windmill

A beautiful day in April at the Judah Baker Windmill in South Yarmouth, MA

Windmill Beach in South Yarmouth, MA Cape Cod

Windmill Beach in South Yarmouth, MA Cape Cod

Cranberry Bog in Yarmouth, MA Cape Cod

A “Sea of Cranberries” in Yarmouth, MA Cape Cod

Finally we did use one to update the cover photo of our Facebook page which you can view at www.facebook.com/yarmouthcapecod or  here.  We selected a patch of daffodils that just shouted ‘Spring on Cape Cod!’  We hope you like it, tell us what you think in the comments below.

daffodils on Cape Cod

The daffodils are popping up in Yarmouth to welcome spring to Cape Cod.

Are you someone that doesn’t get to visit the Cape often? Is there a photo you’d love to see?  We’d love to help you out!  Comment below or send an email april@coastalmountaincreative.com and let us know what you’d like to see photos of on our blog or other social media pages and we’ll do our best to go out and snap those photos for you.

 

 

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Spotlight On The Historical Society Of Old Yarmouth

The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce recently had the pleasure of touring the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum located on Strawberry Hill Common in Yarmouth Port, MA.  Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum is the only fully furnished sea captain’s home on Cape Cod that is regularly open to the public.  For just $3 for adults and $.50 for children this is a wonderful way to experience history and the life of a sea faring family from the 19th century.

sea captain's home, Captain Bangs Hallet House

The Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. The perfect place for individuals or bus tours to learn about the history of Yarmouth and the life of a 19th century sea captain’s family.

The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth offers tours of the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum for individuals or bus tours on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 1 through October 15, with tours at 1, 2 & 3 p.m.  Upon entering the Captain Hallet House you view the formal room where all of the best china and furniture would be displayed.  As you move through toward the back of the house to the family room, dining room, small kitchen and eventually upstairs to the living sleeping rooms.

The house currently displays a wonderful collection of clothes, furniture and accessories.  The guides are incredibly detailed in their description and knowledge of historical fact and the day to day life of families during this time period.  It’s fascinating to learn about art made out of human hair (common with those who could not have photographs taken), the gorgeous silk fabrics and the maps within the home.  A large original 1858 map of Cape Cod hangs in one room.  Then there are other items such as a glass walking stick manufactured in Sandwich, MA and original top hats worn by the captains and the children’s toys on display.  Put together, these items are an impressive glimpse into life during this time period.

Outside the home sits a gorgeous old weeping beech tree, one of only a few here on Cape Cod. In the summer the tree will be spectacular with sweeping branches that will almost hide it’s trunk entirely, well worth the trip itself!

weeping beech tree cape cod

One of only a few weeping beech trees on Cape Cod.

 

weeping beech tree trunk, Yarmouth Port MA

Trunk of a weeping beech tree at the Captain Bangs Hallet House in Yarmouth Port MA

The Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum is a great stop for bus tours.  People interested in history, 19th century living, Cape Cod history and the life of Sea Captains and their families will find the Captain Bangs Hallet House fascinating and the rich history entertaining and educational.

The museum is fully funded by donations and memberships.  Memberships include free entrance to the Captain Bangs Hallet House and the nature trails surrounding the building as well as invitations to the member’s tea and tour, fall annual dinner meeting and more.  Full details can be found on the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth website. Those interested should note that in September the Captain Bangs Hallet House will host 20 stunning, antique wedding gowns. This event is set to take place the first two weekends in September and is sure to be a large draw.

Buses are encouraged to schedule their stops in advance and may do so by calling 508-362-3021.

 

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Yarmouth, MA Town Hall Has All New Yarmouth Branded Merchandise For Sale

If you haven’t been to the Yarmouth Town Hall in awhile then you probably haven’t seen the new little store we have set up.  Town Hall, located at 1146 Route 28, South Yarmouth, MA 02664 is now selling Yarmouth branded merchandise including t-shirts, coffee mugs and re-useable Eco-friendly tote bags.

Yarmouth TShirts, Yarmouth Coffee Mugs, Yarmouth eco-friendly bags

Head to Town Hall to purchase T-Shirts, eco-friendly bags, coffee mugs and beach stickers.

These items are perfect for residents and also for visitors to remember their Cape Cod vacation.  The coffee mugs are a great gift idea for year round use and are a beautiful blue color.  Purchase one today, the items range in price from $2-$15 and can be purchased year round from 8:30am-4:30pm at Town Hall.

Yarmouth, MA Coffee Mug

Show your love of Cape Cod every day with a Yarmouth Coffee Mug.

 

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A Cape Cod Winter Video On The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce YouTube Channel

Have you visited the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce YouTube Channel yet?  You can find it at www.youtube.com/user/YarmouthCapeCod.  We just added a new winter video highlighting winter scenes from our last snowstorm in Yarmouth, MA.  We hope you enjoy it.

On our YouTube Channel you’ll find playlists for various video categories including:

Places to Stay on Cape Cod – Yarmouth

Just A Day At The Beach! Yarmouth, MA Cape Cod

Things To Do In Yarmouth, MA Cape Cod

Yarmouth Cape Cod Restaurants

Yarmouth Cape Cod School related videos

Yarmouth Cape Cod Seasonal Videos

This Is Yarmouth – Cape Cod Within Reach with Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce related videos

Yarmouth Cape Cod Events

Our YouTube Channel is a great place to learn more about Yarmouth, MA and all the great things to see and do here.  Be sure to subscribe to our channel (and our blog) to stay up to date on all the great things happening around Yarmouth and Cape Cod.  Feel free to let us know if you have videos from around Yarmouth that we should add to our playlists.

 

 

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February School Vacation Activities on Cape Cod – Yarmouth

Cape Cod is bustling with things to do over February Vacation.  Below is a great list of ideas to keep your family entertained and engaged with all that the Cape has to offer.  Many of the Yarmouth area hotels have fantastic packages lined up and a full activities schedule to go with it.  In fact it would be too much to add in this post so we’ll just provide a few examples and links to some of the hotels.

The Cape Point Hotel in West Yarmouth, MA is offering: A reptile show, juggling clown, ice cream socials, movie nights, cupcake decorating, a puppet show, pizza parties and more! 508-778-1500

The Bayside Resort also in West Yarmouth, MA is offering: Scavenger hunts, PJ movie parties, pizza parties, mad scientist discovery shows, kid’s karaoke, adult happy hour and more! 508-775-5669

The Cove at Yarmouth is offering pool activities, arts & crafts, jewelry design and more! 508-771-3666

Cape Cod Irish Village is offering clown shows, rain forest animal show, arts & crafts, face painting, puppet show, talent show and disco party and a huge video arcade room. 508-771-0100

Specific events and activities for February Vacation Week on Cape Cod include:

2/16-2/23 Cape Cod Museum of Natural History School Vacation “Animals in Action” Rte. 6A Brewster 508-896-3867 www.ccmnh.org

2/16-3/3 9:30-4PM Zooquarium Open 508-775-8883 www.zooquariumcapecod.net

Open every day Mon-sat 10-6 Sun 11-6 Bonkerz Party Zone 657 Rte. 28 (across from Captain Parkers in back) 508-775-1010  www.bonkerzpartyzone.com

Open every day mon-sat 9-midnight sun. 9-11PM Ryan Family Amusements 1067 Rte. 28 S. Yarmouth 508-394-5644 www.ryanfamily.com

2/17 1-5PM AMVETS POST 333 “Chili Fest”  Cape Cod Irish Village 822 Rte. 28 S. Yarmouth 508-240-7378 www.capecodamvetspost333.com

2/17 2:30PM Music & More An Afternoon of Standards with Society by the Sea  @ The C. C. Museum of Art 60 Hope Lane off of Rte. 6A Dennis 508-385-4477 www.ccmoa.org

2/17 1:30 PM Cape Cod National Seashore Winter Film Series “Finding Nemo” “Free” Salt Pond Visitor’s Center Rte. 6 Eastham

2/18-2/22 Cape Cod Maritime Museum open 10-4PM (spec. prog.) 508-775-1723 www.capecodmaritimemuseum.org

2/18-2/22 Cape Cod Children’s Museum spec. programs 577 Great Neck Rd. Mashpee 508-398-8788 www.capecodchildrensmuseum.org

JFK Museum & Cape Cod Baseball Hall of Fame vacation hours 10-4 Sun. 12-4       508-790-3077 www.hyannis.com

Cape Cod Museum of Art open Wed –Sat. 10-5PM Sun. Noon -5PM 508-385-4477 www.ccmoa.org

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod open Mon-Fri 9-5 Sat 11-5 Sun. 12-5 508-394-7100 www.cultural-center.org

The Gorham Cobbler Shop open 9:30-3PM Tues & Thur. throughout the year             508-362-3021 www.hsoy.org

Taylor Bray Farm (weather permitting) Bray Farm Rd. off of Rte. 6A Yarmouth Port www.taylorbrayfarm.org

Mass Audibon’s Long Pasture Wild Life Sanctuary (weather permitting) 345 Bone Hill Rd. Cummaquid 508-362-7475 www.massaudubon.org

We hope you have a fantastic February Vacation. Remember you can always reach out to us at the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce for advice and tips by calling 508-778-1008 or visiting our website at www.yarmouthcapecod.com.  We also invite you to Follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/yarmouthcapecod and our Twitter page at www.twitter.com/yarmouthcapecod. For stunning photos you can find us on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/yarmouthchamber

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Snowy Beach Scenes Highlight the Serenity & Beauty of Yarmouth, MA

Just a few days after the Blizzard of 2013, Yarmouth, MA was blanketed with a few inches of fresh snow.  The calm waters and an overcast sky really highlight the serenity and beauty of Yarmouth.  Soon the beach will be full of friendly travelers reveling in the summer beauty.  Until then, enjoy these images of the pristine Yarmouth beaches of winter. Do you have photos you’d like to share?  Comment below or email images to april@coastalmountaincreative.com.  And don’t forget, if you’re considering your next vacation we hope you’ll choose Yarmouth….Cape Cod Within Reach.  Visit us at www.yarmouthcapecod for lodging and restaurant directories, and travel related information.

 

Snow Covered Beach Sun peaks through the clouds above a snowy beach Lifeguard Chair Bass River Beach Jetty Bass River Beach Snow Scene

Yarmouth....Cape Cod Within Reach

Yarmouth….Cape Cod Within Reach

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Blizzard of 2013 Yarmouth Cape Cod Updates

Yarmouth and all of Cape Cod are beginning to dig out from the Blizzard of 2013.  Crews continue to work hard to clear roads to make them safe for residents to drive.  While the statewide driving ban has been lifted, people are urged to stay off the roads if at all possible to allow crews to continue working.  Below is an updated media release from Barnstable County Regional Planning Committee regarding the status of local shelters in the aftermath of the storm:

BCREPC Media Release 2013-01-003
February 9, 2013
For Immediate Release
Update: 12:30 p.m. shelter update

BARNSTABLE – The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC) announces the following status of the regional shelters and the procedure for those seeking transport to the shelters.

Shelter Status:

1.  The Sandwich High School regional shelter will close.

2. Clients currently at the Sandwich High School shelter will be transported to the Falmouth High School shelter.

3. The Falmouth High School shelter will be upgraded from a community shelter to a regional shelter.

4. The Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School regional shelter will maintain its current status.

5. The Nauset Regional High School regional shelter will maintain its current status.

Transporation:

The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will provide transportation to expedite the movement of clients to and between shelters.

Anyone in need of transportation to the regional shelter system should contact the RTA at the following number: 508-385-1437. (Police and fire personnel make take the information and relay to the RTA.) When calling for transportation be prepared to provide the following information:

1. Name and phone number of person requesting transport
2. Exact address with town and cross street if possible
3. Client mobility–does the client require a walker or wheelchair
5. Medical needs including the use of oxygen
6. Will the transport of a pet be required

For those seeking sheltering , the American Red Cross suggests clients have enough of what they need for  three days and suggests bringing the following items to the shelter: medications, glasses, emergency contact card, flashlight, sanitation/personal hygiene items, cell phone and charger, emergency blanket, extra cash, and pet food/kitty litter for those with pets (caged or on leash).
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In addition the Yarmouth and Cape Cod Chambers of Commerce have been busy locating available hotel rooms for NStar utility repair crews. This is a challenge given that many of our hotels do not have power or phone service.  Thankfully we’ve been able to identify enough available hotel rooms to meet their needs.  Crews have a lot of work on the Cape to restore service and they are meeting that challenge by allocating significant resources to Cape Cod and Yarmouth.  Please be patient and know that help is on the way and everyone is doing the best they can to restore your roadways and utilities to normal as soon as possible.

Stay safe everyone and work together.  Think about how you can help your neighbors in need whether it be with a little extra energy behind a shovel or perhaps the offer to charge a cell phone or warm up in front of your fire.  Working together as a community we’ll soon all be looking back, telling our stories of the Blizzard of 2013!

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Ryan Family Amusements Hosts Junior Bowling League For Local Youth

Ryan Family Amusements offers a Tenpin Junior Bowling League for youth ages 7-17.  It’s the perfect activity between soccer and baseball.  The program runs Saturday mornings starting at 8:15am through March 2013.  Simply stop in to their So. Yarmouth location at 1067 Rt. 28 South Yarmouth, MA or call 508-394-5644.  You can also visit them on the web at www.ryanfamily.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RyanFamilyAmusement. Each week children will be paired into teams of four based upon their age (no skill necessary), or grab some friends and bring your own team!  The program is designed for fun and to enhance team building skills.  The price is just $9 each week including shoes and each child that attends at least 3 weeks during the program will receive a free bowling ball. What a great offering from one of our valued Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce members.

Ryan Family Amusements Junio Bowling League

Register your 7-17 year old for the Ryan Family Amusements Junior Bowling League taking place Saturday mornings.

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A beautiful, snowy (Super Bowl) Sunday in Yarmouth

We woke up to a beautiful snowfall this morning.  It wasn’t much, just enough to make everything look crisp and pretty and remind us why we love Cape Cod in the winter.  I decided to bundle my son and I up and head out to take a few photos.

Snowfall at Seagull Beach

I just love looking at shells in the snow, this one was peaking out perfectly.

Seashell In Snow

The lifeguard post won’t be seeing any action for a few more months, but the view from the top was nice a much better vantage point.

Seagull Beach Lifeguard Tower

After playing around on the beach we were hungry for a good breakfast.  There are several options in Yarmouth but we ended up choosing Ann & Fran’s Kitchen and weren’t disappointed.  The food was wonderful.

French toast, egg whites, bacon and sausage....Yum!

French toast, egg whites, bacon and sausage….Yum!

It’s not often I eat everything on my plate but my son and I both cleared ours and it wasn’t because there wasn’t enough food.  We both left stuffed and satisfied.  The french toast was just perfect, as were the eggs, and the bacon…..it all was.  Stop in and try it out for yourself.  You can find Ann & Fran’s Kitchen at 471 Massachusetts 28, West Yarmouth, MA 02673. Tell them the chamber sent you :-)

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Show Your Love on Valentines Day With An Engraved Boardwalk Plank at Gray’s Beach

Show your loved one how much they truly mean to you and surprise them this Valentines Day with an engraved boardwalk plank at Gray’s Beach. Visit the Yarmouth, MA town website to learn more about the Boardwalk Plank Program.

Gray's Beach Boardwalk Plank Program

Surprise your loved one this Valentines Day with an engraved boardwalk plan at Gray’s Beach in Yarmouth Port, MA

Chocolates, pint glasses, flowers, cufflinks and jewelry are all standard “go-to” gifts for Valentines Day. Sure, your guy or gal will probably be happy getting any of these items but if you really want to think outside the valentines box then take a look at the Boardwalk Plank Program offered by the Town of Yarmouth.  The plank program was started to offer people and businesses a way to commemorate a loved one, pet, business, event or even a family vacation or memory.  The planks can be engraved with up to 25 characters (including spaces & icons) and will replace one of the existing plain planks on the boardwalk at Gray’s Beach for all to see.

Surrounded by stunning views and amazing sunrises and sunsets, an engraved plank for your loved one will be viewed by the hundreds of residents and tourists that visit the Gray’s Beach Boardwalk on a daily basis year-round.

Gray's Beach Boardwalk

The beautiful boardwalk at Gray’s Beach is a popular destination to catch a stunning sunrise or sunset on Cape Cod

You can purchase your plank online via the Yarmouth Parks and Recreation registration site (“Main Menu” second item down is “Register for Activities” click “Boardwalk Planks”) or by visiting the Town of Yarmouth Website and downloading a mail in application.  If you’ve been to the boardwalk you know how fun it is to read all the planks people have dedicated to loved ones.  Imagine the surprise and excitement when your loved one sees a message there for themselves!  An engraved boardwalk plank from Gray’s Beach Boardwalk would make a truly remarkable and unique gift for Valentines Day that your loved one won’t soon forget.  Young or old, near or far, show your love on Valentines Day with an engraved boardwalk plank at Gray’s Beach.

Yarmouth Boardwalk Plank Program

Surprise a loved one with an engraved plank from the Gray’s Beach Boardwalk.

 

 

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