Friday, April 29, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Starts it All

Summer is almost here!! You may be wondering if I have my dates confused since the first day of Summer doesn't actually begin until June 21st, 2011. As that fact is true, still for many businesses, vacationers, locals and schools, the unofficial season kicks off on Memorial Day Weekend each year.

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. Originated in the years following the Civil War, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971. Every year the holiday falls on the last Monday of May, a time when many show their commemoration by visiting cemeteries or memorials, gatherings between friends and family, and participating in parades. Some Parades and Ceremonies for this Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, 2011 include:
  • Memorial Day Parade; Ceremony, 9:45am. Village Green and Main Street, Falmouth.
  • Memorial Day Ceremony, 10am-11am. World War I Memorial, Main Street, Chatham.
As most of us do take this long, usually warm, weekend to gather friends and family for: barbeques, vacations, time spent on the beach, shopping and eating out. We treat this three-day holiday as if it does mark the onset of the season, there is so much to do rain or shine, it is sure to be a great getaway for the weekend.  How do you plan to make the most of your Memorial Day Weekend? I've put together a few suggestions to help you out:

  • Spend a day at one of the 115 beautiful Sandy Beaches of Cape Cod, build sandcastles, swim, or just lay out and enjoy the sun. A must see is the Cape Cod National Seashore which consists of forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs which offer a glimpse of Cape Cod’s past and continuing ways of life.
  • Get up close and personal with some of the world’s largest and most majestic creatures, when taking a whale watching cruise. One of the most unique and exciting things to do while on Cape Cod, a whale watching excursion should be a must do, on your list.

  • Ride along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which consists of 22 miles of paved surface with a few hills, and well-marked automobile crossings making it ideal for cyclists along with a wide unpaved surface to accommodate horseback riding, walkers, and runners, through the towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet.

  • Eat ice cream at one of the many ice cream shops along Rte. 28 or tucked away in various locations close to beaches, shops, and other town center locations.

  • Take a ferry or plane ride to one of Cape Cod's Islands. Whether choosing to tour Marthas Vineyard and learn of its rich history, thriving culture, or taking in its miles of seemingly endless pristine beaches, clay cliffs and plentiful bird watching, or partaking in the diverse outdoor activities or the many artists, handcrafts and one-of-a-kind boutiques, the Vineyard provides these and so much more. Or maybe a day visit to Nantucket, which is known for its historical integrity, natural beauty, cultural offerings, world-class dining or shopping. Simply the relaxed atmosphere and island-style way of life may appeal to you.

  • Cape Cod's colorful history is the reason why the Cape contains so many great museums today.  A visit to one of Cape Cod's museums is a great family outing (children are specifically catered to at many museums) and can also satisfy the most inquisitive history buff. Whether it’s a solemn remembrance at the John F. Kennedy museum or exploring treasures from the authentic pirate shipwreck The Whydah, Cape Cods museums will both educate and delight the entire family.
  • The rhythm of the train and the spirit of the crew will whisk you away on an exhilarating journey along beautiful cranberry bogs, natural woodlands, lush marshes and more while aboard the Cape Cod Scenic Railroad. Enjoy these scenic views between Hyannis and the Cape Cod Canal with sounds of the chugging train and whistle blows. Whether with children, couples or single passengers, there is variety of scenic excursion options to include meals as well, while on this fun-filled two-hour trip.

  • Enjoying a play at one of the many local theatres is sure to be a great time for both children and adults. Whether giving youth the oppurtunity to develop a love and appreciation of theater while at the Harwich Junior Theatre. Or going to theatres to experience the birth of new plays before they move on to major stages around the country, such as the Cape Cod Theatre Project. Be one of the first to give your applause to a production well done!  
There's no doubt that Cape Cod has these listed activities and so much more to offer such as: jet skiing, kayaking, Shopping, Antiquing, Fishing, Miniature Golf, etc. Look out for further articles highlighting some of our local favorites. All in all, however you and your family choose to spend this Memorial Day Weekend make sure you have fun, share laughs, and explore all that Cape Cod has to offer. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Family Fun on Cape Cod at the Lighthouse Inn

You are guareenteed to enjoy a time away from home, at the Lighthouse Inn. Where family and friends gather and build lasting relationships and memories that proceed long after the vacation has ended.

Just to list a few of the activities available at the Lighthouse Inn during our full season (mid May to Columbus Day):
    Pirate Ship playground ,
    children enjoy being Captain of their own ship
  • Tennis
  • Playground
  • Shuffleboard
  • Miniature Golf
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming in o
  • and so much more...

You are bound to have a time filled with laughter and fun amongst friends and family of all ages. Whether playing a competive game of tennis, a round of ping pong in the game room or relaxing on the private sandy beach or poolside, there is always something to do at the Lighthouse inn...

Meet new friends to share in the summer fun
Just imagine going on vacation and not having to use a car once arriving on property, we are talking about the ultimate place to have a complete relaxing vacation for all. With so much to do, you might not want to leave!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Spring on Cape Cod is here!

SPRING is upon us, flowers blooming, grass greener, and the sun making an appearance longer. It may have seemed to begin a little late (with snow the first few days of Spring and all), but it is here and just in the knick of time to start another great season at the Lighthouse Inn.

Opening our doors for the 73rd season on Friday, May 20th, 2011, we look forward to welcoming both past and new guests to help kick off the season.