Falmouth, MA: A Hotspot in the Winter
O’Falmouth Village Celebrates St. Patricks Day
You won’t see children holding their melting ice cream cones while attempting to lick up the slow stream of Vanilla heading for the ground. And you likely won’t see long lines inside Eight Cousins Books, usually overflowing with families in the summer. But this doesn’t mean there’s a lack of animation in the off season.
Innkeepers Bill and Pat O’Connell are heading into their tenth season as owners of the historic inn and have learned what vacationers are really looking for in the decade since they took the reigns.
The O’Connells and their housekeeper Rosie were the only ones working at the inn during my stay, but in the summer months, and entire staff moves in.
“The staff are wonderful. We’re bringing over students from Romania again this year and they are all so helpful and attentive. They allow Bill and I to mingle among the guests during breakfast to really see what their questions are and help them plan their days. That’s our favorite part about running the inn,” said Pat.
A Close Community
I toured the museums after the demonstration and got to take in some impressive Falmouth history. I learned of Katherine Lee Bates, one of Falmouth’s most notable residents, who is famous for penning “America the Beautiful,” whose house still stands on the village green and is a private property.
The bell in the steeple of the First Congregation Church on the Falmouth Village Green rings too often for some of the Palm
“Some guests tell me they can hear it in their rooms in the summer, even with the windows closed and the AC on,” said Pat.
Historic Highfield Hall welcomes visitors for all sorts of occasions, from weddings to dinners. Highfield was the first summer vacation home on Cape Cod. The estate sits on 700 acres that was built by James Madison Beebe in the late 1800s as railroad service from Boston to the Cape began. Many performances are also held at Highfield, and Beebe woods is a great place for a leisurly stroll on a warm summer’s day.
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