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 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 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  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

2/16-3/3 9:30-4PM Zooquarium Open 508-775-8883

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  We also invite you to Follow our Facebook page at and our Twitter page at For stunning photos you can find us on Pinterest at

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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  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.


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).

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 or on Facebook at 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… 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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