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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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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Helping Our Seniors Be Fit

The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce is very happy to welcome Boomer Fit Cape Cod to the area.  Boomer Fit Cape Cod is a fitness center for Baby Boomers and Seniors located at 947 Main Street in Yarmouth Port (formerly Be-Fit Yoga Studio).  The studio will focus on improving the fitness and wellness of our boomers and seniors with unique programs, and instructors that have a passion for fitness and fun.  They’ll offer group training, personal training and workshops, again, all catering to the unique needs of our baby boomers and seniors whether they’re residents, or visiting Yarmouth on vacation.

A fitness center catering to the needs of our baby boomers and seniors on Cape Cod.

A fitness center catering to the needs of our baby boomers and seniors on Cape Cod.

Boomer Fit Cape Cod has their Grand Opening on Saturday Feb. 2nd from 1-4pm and welcomes you to join them.  As part of the grand opening you’ll receive a 10% discount on a 20 time pass, 10 time pass, or monthly unlimited auto pay for the months of February and March.  Be sure to help spread the word and share this post with friends and loved ones.  You can also find Boomer Fit Cape Cod on Facebook at www.facebook.com/boomerfitcapecod as well as the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce at www.facebook.com/YarmouthCapeCod.  Welcome to the chamber!


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Yarmouth Puts The Spotlight On…..Captain Parker’s Pub

It’s a bright and sunny winter day here in West Yarmouth and I have the pleasure of sitting down with Gerry Manning, owner of Captain Parker’s Pub.

Captain Parker's Pub Owned by Gerry Manning







April: How did Captain Parker’s Pub come to be?


Gerry: I was a teacher up in Boston but I’d always wanted to start my own restaurant, to have a place I could call my own.  In 1981 a friend called me about this property for sale in West Yarmouth with a great view on Parker’s River, I could imagine a captain with a ship so Captain Parker’s was actually an easy name.  I intended it to be a seasonal business but once we got going we realized we had a year round business….and we’ve never looked back.  30+ years later and I’m grateful to say, we’re still holding strong.  We’ve added on and expanded but it’s still that same building with the river view.





April: Your chowder has won many awards and has seen its share of celebrity attention.  Tell us about it.


Gerry: I always said two things when I started; the beer has to be really, really cold and we have to have great chowder.  The first was very simple, but chowder is a surprisingly difficult food. I had a great chef and we worked on a recipe and came up with something thick and creamy we liked.


April: So how long did it take to perfect the recipe? If I was here in 86’ would I be eating the same chowder today as I did then?


Gerry: Oh sure, we really had it down probably in 1982. Since then its really been about evolving the technique more than anything.  The vegetable and potatoes have to be cooked perfectly, the base needs to be just so.  We use only fresh local ingredients, chopped sea clams…. fresh, fresh, fresh.


April: So beyond the chowder. I set down to your table, what do I eat?


Gerry: Well we know we can’t be everything to everyone, but we try to do the best we can.  Our broiled scrod is the next best seller. It’s very good.


April: Really though, as the owner you can only eat so much chowder, what do you eat?


Gerry: Chicken Marsala. In fact I really love all our sautéed dishes.  Our chowder and seafood bring people in but there’s usually at least one person in a party that doesn’t eat seafood. Our sautéed dishes and our prime rib are excellent.


April: So what do you think really made Captain Parker’s stand out?


Gerry: The chowder festivals really helped.  For years my team kept getting on me to enter.  Finally in 1998 we entered the Cape Cod Chowder Festival for the first time – and we won.  They were so excited.  The team was really into it.  It was A LOT of work to do right. We really gave it 100% for every one of those.  Lots of hours and lots of investment in, but done right they paid off.


April: Would you recommend your peers, say a baker, enter into contests like this if available?


Gerry: Oh yes, whatever exposure you can get.  Well, that is you have to be confident you have a really great product and can win! The Cape Cod festival attracts about 3,000 people, which is pretty amazing, Boston was about 12,000 people and Newport has about 20,000. The marketing and word of mouth that comes with winning even one award like that, is huge for a small business like ours.


April: And you won them all.


Gerry: Yes, we have really done well with those over the years and they brought so much exposure.  From there it led to what was a great run with the Food Network.  Rachel Ray came and featured our chowder in one of her books.  We even have a Jeopardy question, which is fun.


April: So how have you managed to stay relevant this long?


Gerry: It’s a delicate balance I think.  We have to keep changing but not too much. We have people that come back yearly to visit Cape Cod and always come here.  They need to feel comfortable, like they know us. We’re known for all the patches on our walls.  It’s funny, if people come back and their patch is moved, they want to know where it is!

Patches, Captain Parkers, Yarmouth MA, Cape Cod  Golf Balls, Captain Parker's Pub, Yarmouth MA, Cape Cod






Really we just try to offer great food at a reasonable price, but even that wouldn’t be enough.  I think what’s made this a welcoming place over the years is our staff.  My wife and I try hard to make this a place that people want to work at.  And they do.  We have people that have worked here 10, 15, 20 years, and not just a couple of them.  Our “rookie” bartender has been here 16 years.







April: So what is new then?


Gerry: Well ever since we opened the place I’ve wanted to have an outdoor patio.  Last summer we finally saw that come to fruition.  It’s a great space to enjoy a meal and take in the beautiful view and we’re really excited about it’s potential.  We’re still working on an awning system to keep people comfortable in the sun, all the details are important but that’s probably our biggest change.  We also just introduced a tapas menu for the bar.  Our goal is for our chowder to be a meal in itself if you want, but the tapas menu is a nice compliment for those that want a little more without a huge meal.


April: What would surprise me about Captain Parker’s?


Gerry: All the romance.


April: Did you say romance?


Gerry: Oh yes, lots of romance has started here over the years.  I won’t name names but we have people that have met here as employees, married, and now have children.  It’s been quite a surprise to see, especially with employees who work here as long as ours do.


April: What else might the average person not know?


Gerry: Well for the beer lovers out there, Sam Adams makes a special brew just for Captain Parker’s.  It’s called Ocean Ale.

Sam Adams Ocean Ale, Sam Adams Beer for Captain Parker's





April: Ok that’s pretty neat.


Gerry: Yeah we think so too. We’ve always had a great relationship with Sam Adams.  We’ve also served Cape Cod Beer since the beginning.  I’ll tell you when Todd (the owner) carried the beer in himself I said “gees if he’ll carry his own beer, I’ll buy from him.”


April: So what advice do you have for your other Chamber Members?


Gerry: Oh well I don’t know that I’m qualified to give advice but for us our community is vital. It all comes back to the locals.  We have to be a place locals want to frequent.  When a tourist comes into town and asks the receptionist at the hotel or the person doing their nails where to eat, we want them to say Captain Parker’s.  Word of mouth is still the best advertising hands down and that comes back to our local community.  We serve them well and they’ll serve us well.

 Bar at Captain Parker's Pub





April: So it seems everyone these days always wants bigger and better. How have you not given in to that temptation to expand locations or sell your chowder to a name brand company?


Gerry: You know every year about this time someone comes to me with an idea for expansion, a second location or a way to sell off our chowder.  And you do get really excited.  You like to think you have a great business, that you could weather the storms and still come out ahead and stay grounded.  In all honesty though, this is a tough business.  People want more for less and you want to be able to give that to them.  In the end I’ve been happy just like this.  I’m happy with the expansion of the patio and what that will do for us.  And we have expanded a bit, you can now get Captain Parker’s Chowder in local grocery stores.  You have to really live this business, it’s as demanding as it is rewarding. I’m happy just like this. Captain Parker’s is a special place with great people behind it; I’m happy with that.


April: The crowd is picking up, I need to let you go. Any parting juicy details you can leave me with that no one else knows?


Gerry: Just how grateful we are for the locals and for programs like what you’re doing here. Every dollar put into promoting Yarmouth is a dollar well spent…. And well now that you mention it there is something else I’ve been thinking about that could be coming along.  Nothing like a second location or anything but exciting just the same.  {insert teacher’s voice from Charlie Brown as Gerry tells me what he’s working on!}


April: But I can’t mention that though?


Gerry: Not yet.  I’ll let you know if and when you can release that to your followers.

Captain Parker's, West Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Gerry Manning

So there you go folks.  You’ll just have to stay tuned for an update.  You can post your guesses on what this news might be (or you’d like it to be) in the comments below and check back often for updates. Until then…. my lips are sealed!

See you soon for the next edition of Spotlight On…


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Bass Hole Boardwalk at Sunset (Gray’s Beach)


Bass Hole Boardwalk is one of the best places to catch a sunrise or sunset in Yarmouth and arguably all of Cape Cod. Enjoy these photos taken this evening.  We happened to be driving down 6A and decided to swing in for the view, boy we’re glad we did!

Bass Hole Boardwalk, Cape Cod, Yarmouth PortBass Hole Boardwalk, Yarmouth Port Cape Cod


Given the natural beauty here it’s extremely common to see photographers here taking senior portraits, family photos, and wedding or engagement photos.


If you or someone you know loves Cape Cod and the Bass Hole Boardwalk at Gray’s Beach you might consider purchasing a plank for them.  The Yarmouth Parks and Recreation Department has a Boardwalk Plank Program that allows people to pay special tribute to a loved one, commemorate a vacation or honor a person or pet in their life. Your plank will be engraved with up to 25 letters or characters (including spaces) and will be placed on the Gray’s Beach Boardwalk for everyone to see!  It’s a wonderful program and so fun to read the planks as you’re walking along.









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First Snowfall Of The Season On Cape Cod

What a beautiful wintery snow day here on Cape Cod. The sun was shining and glistened off the water and the fresh packed snow.  It reminds us just how beautiful the winter is on Cape Cod.  If you’ve never visited Yarmouth in the winter, you really should. It’s quiet and serene and full of beauty at every turn.

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New Year’s Eve on Cape Cod

Here are a few ideas of things taking place on New Year’s Eve in Yarmouth, MA.


Bonkerz Party Zone located at 657 Rt 28 Rear West Yarmouth, MA where the Classical Billiards was, is hosting a New Year’s Eve party for kids from 5-8pm.  For details call       (508) 775-1010 or visit them on the web at www.bonkerzpartyzone.com.





Cape Cod Rail New Year's Eve Dinner Train

The Cape Cod Central Railroad is hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala at 8:30pm from their Hyannis station.  The Elegant Dinner Train includes a leisurly 4 hour six course meal with strolling musicians, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.  Learn more on their website, Facebook page, or by calling (508) 771-3800.





Bayside Resort New Year's Eve 2012

The Bayside Resort offers a New Year’s Eve party for families and another for adults.  The family party offers pizza at 7pm, party favors, a dj and a non-alcoholic toast for those that make it to midnight!  The adult party includes champagne and party favors, full course dinner and desert with The Yarmouth House (free shuttle to/from), live entertainment and dancing, a midnight champagne toast, New Year’s Day breakfast and free checkout!  Visit them online to learn more or call (800) 243-1114.


Cape Cod Children's MuseumCome make noisemakers with the Cape Cod Children’s Museum. They will be open from 10am-2pm.  You can learn more by calling (508)539-8788 or by visiting them on Facebook.





The Hearth ‘n Kettle has a special menu in store for New Year’s Eve.  You can find them in Yarmouth at 1196 Main Street South Yarmouth, MA 02664 or on Facebook.





The Old Yarmouth Inn has a New Year’s Eve Lunch from 11:30am – 2:30pm and a dinner seating from 4pm-5:30pm.  Reservations are recommended so give them a call at (508) 362-9962.





If you know of other things happening around town, post them in the comment section.


The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce hopes you have a fabulous New Year’s Eve!  Please remember that Operation Safe Ride Home is in effect on December 31st between 8:00pm and 3:00am.  Any citizen who needs a free and safe ride home from a Yarmouth licensed liquor establishment should call Town Taxi directly at 508.775.5555 for a free cab ride.  The Town and Chamber of Yarmouth wants to keep our residents safe and sound so please take advantage of this great program.  Happy New Year to all.


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A Holiday Gift Idea from Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Member CutUps Hair Salon & Spa

CutUps Hair Salon & Spa is a full service salon located at 845 Rt. 28 Main St., Unit 4, in South Yarmouth, MA.  In addition to basic hair and color services they also offer hair and makeup for weddings and special occasions.  On the spa side they offer facials and hair removal.  As a new customer you automatically receive 10% off your first visit if you mention the special on their website at www.cutupshairsalon.net.  CutUps is currently offering a fantastic deal on gift certificates through January 2013 that we just had to share.  You’ll want to call CutUps at 1-508-394-7109 or visit their Facebook page to discuss these details further with them and of course to purchase one of these great offers:
With the purchase of a Gift Certificate of:

$50 or more get a free mini facial*
$75 or more get a free mini facial and eyebrow waxing*
$100 or more get a free signature facial*
For the month of December: All makeup and skin care products buy 2 get one free!

* Free Services Will Expire and Non-Transferable

So don’t wait.  Visit the CutUps Hair Salon and Spa website, call them at 508-394-7109 or visit their Facebook page to learn more and kick off 2013 in style!  Enjoy.

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The Elf On The Shelf Loves Cape Cod

We know pretty much everyone loves Cape Cod right?  Well it turns out that our Elf On The Shelf Loves Cape Cod too!   Our Elf (Yarmouthy) made his appearance this morning lounging on what we can only assume is one of our beautiful Yarmouth beaches.  We quickly started wondering how many other Elfs out there are showing their love for Cape Cod?

The Elf On The Shelf (ours is appropriately named Yarmouthy) made his appearance this morning by showing himself relaxing on a Cape Cod beach. Smart little elf!


We bet there are a lot, so let’s make a game of it!  The best place to play a photo related game is on Pinterest! So let’s get started.  The details of the game are simple.  We want to see a photo of your Elf On The Shelf showing his or her love for Cape Cod.  Be creative.  Businesses are encouraged to enter too so go ahead and take a picture of your elf at your business.  Email either a photo or a link to your pin, to April@CoastalMountainCreative.com by Dec. 24th at 6:00pm eastern to be added to the Elf on The Shelf Loves Cape Cod board on the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Pinterest page.  Your photo should depict your elf enjoying his or her stay on Cape Cod.  Be creative and have fun but please keep your photos in good taste as we are extremely family friendly!  We’ll pin or repin your photos to our Elf On the Shelf Loves Cape Cod pinterest board. Visit our board frequently to “like” your favorite pin.  The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce will then select one pin that we feel is the most creative and best captures the spirit of the contest.  In addition the pin with the most likes will win too, so be sure to “like” your favorite pins. The two winners will each win a $50 gift certificate to the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Member Business of their choice.


The fine print (there’s always fine pint):  The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to end this game or change it’s rules at any time.  We also reserve the right to refuse to publish a photo we feel is not in good taste or does not reflect the spirit of the game or the values of our audience.  Your photo must appear on the The Elf on The Shelf Loves Cape Cod board on the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Pinterest account to be considered for a prize.  To appear on the The Elf On The Shelf Loves Cape Cod board you must email April@CoastalMountainCreative.com your photo or the link to your pin by Dec. 24th at 6pm eastern.  Your email must provide your name and a phone number to be able to be selected for a prize.  By submitting a photo you agree to receive the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce newsletter which you may then opt out of at any time.  The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce will select the winners by January 7th, 2013.  If there is not a single pin with the most “likes” then the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce will randomly select a single winner from amongst the pins that has the most likes.  The winners must select a gift certificate from a business that is an active member of the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce that offers gift certificates.  If you don’t see your favorite business listed, ask them why they aren’t a member and encourage them to join today!  Pinterest is in no way affiliated with this game and does not endorse it in any way.


So that’s it!  We hope you have fun playing our Pinterest Elf On the Shelf Loves Cape Cod game and look forward to seeing all your fabulous photos.  If you have any questions feel free to comment here or email April@CoastalMountainCreative.com.  Happy Pinning and Happy Holidays from the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce!

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