Sugar Pumpkin Bisque Recipe

Nothing says fall quite like leaves crunching under your shoes, nights by the fire, holiday gathering, and pumpkin flavored everything! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, our Executive Chef Daniel Kenney is sharing his Sugar Pumpkin Bisque recipe with you.  Serve this delicious bisque with a buttery Chardonnay at your next holiday party and become the talk of the town!

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Sugar Pumpkin Bisque

Recipe yields 4 hearty portions


3 pounds peeled, skinned and de-seeded sugar pumpkin flesh

3 large shallots

6 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon chili flakes

2 bunches fresh thyme

4 fresh bay leaves

1 bunch fresh sage

4 teaspoons soft goat cheese

3 teaspoons toasted pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)

2 teaspoons pumpkin seed oil

4 small pumpkins, top and seeds removed

2 large carrots

2 stalks celery

1 each celery root

2 large parsnips

1 large Spanish onion

Sea salt

Olive oil

Unsalted butter

Cinnamon powder

Fresh cracked black pepper

½ gallon chicken stock


Begin by rubbing the inside of the 4 small pumpkins with soft butter and cinnamon, place in 350 degree oven and roast (with covers/tops of pumpkins) cook approximately 20 minutes (or until the pumpkins begin to get color and begin to soften). Do not cook until pumpkins are completely cooked through as these will be used as serving vessels and will need to have strong walls and bottom in order for the soup not to leak out. Reserve and keep warm for serving.

In a large stock pot, begin sautéing the celery, celery root, onions, carrot, garlic in olive oil. When tender add the pumpkin meat, chili flakes and chicken stock. Wrap the thyme, sage, and bay leaves in cheese cloth or butchers twine to create a bouquet garni. Add the bouquet garni and simmer the soup until all vegetables are fork tender, approximately 45 minutes. Next, remove the bouquet garni and purée the soup smooth, season with sea salt and cracked pepper and ladle into roasted pumpkin bowls. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil and crumbled goat cheese.


30 Things To Do in Falmouth

Are you visiting Falmouth on Cape Cod this summer? We’ve listed our top 30 things to do in Falmouth – everything from where the best eating, shopping, and relaxing is!

30 Things To Do Falmouth This Summer

30 Things To Do In Falmouth, Cape Cod

  1. Rent a bicycle and ride the Shining Sea Bikeway.
  2. Take a selfie with the Nobska Lighthouse.
  3. Enjoy a French-inspired baked good at Maison Villate.
  4. Watch the sunset on Old Silver Beach.
  5. Visit the Woodshole Aquarium.
  6. Grab a lobster taco at Quickshole Taqueria for lunch.
  7. Tour the exhibits at the Woodshole Oceanographic Institution.
  8. Walk around the Falmouth Museums on the Green.
  9. Spend a morning exploring the Woods Hole Historical Museum.
  10. Do a wine tasting at the Cape Cod Winery (over 21+).
  11. Visit Coonammesset Farm and pick your own fruits & vegetables.
  12. Go bowling at Trade Center Bowling Alley.
  13. Take a sailing cruise of Falmouth Harbor on the Liberté Schooner.
  14. Relax at a spa day at Belleza Spa on Main Street.
  15. Wade around Wood Neck Beach on a sunny day.
  16. Take a Stand Up Paddle Board lesson with Cape Cod Windsurfing.
  17. Bring a picnic to Falmouth Heights Beach.
  18. Hike the trails at the Ashumet Holly Wildlife Santuary.
  19. Camp out on the Sippewissett Campgrounds.
  20. Window shop down Main Street Falmouth.
  21. Scoop up some ice cream from Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium.
  22. Watch the ferries come and go while having a cocktail at Quickshole Tavern.
  23. Take a painting class at Paint It Falmouth.
  24. Indulge in a dozen cupcakes from Charlie’s Cupcakes on Main Street.
  25. Support a local bookstore like Eight Cousins and read a book on the beach.
  26. Obtain a fishing license at Falmouth Town Hall and fish the day away.
  27. Play a round of golf at the Falmouth Country Club.
  28. Shop for local produce at the Falmouth Farmer’s Market.
  29. Take a horse riding lesson at Haland Stables in West Falmouth.
  30. Have dinner overlooking Old Silver Beach at Red’s Restaurant.

Riding the Shining Sea Bikeway

Riding the Shining Sea Bikeway this Summer

One of the best things you can do while on Cape Cod is to rent a bicycle and ride the Cape Cod Shining Sea Bikeway, a 10.7 mile ride that takes you in and out of woodland, around cranberry bogs, and along the sea coast. Gorgeous views of crystalline water, sightseeing cranberry harvests during the fall, and even spotting some wildlife while on your bike are all things you can encounter on your ride. The Boston Globe recently said, “One of the great things about biking on Cape Cod is the many wonderful places to ride: quiet back-country roads, dirt trails, and paths that go from your cottage to the beach.” 

One of America’s first 500 rail trails, it was originally the rail bed for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company (no longer in service). Dive into the history of the bikeway by reading “A path through the natural history and cultural heritage of Falmouth on Cape Cod“.

Perfect field trip for the family, it is considered as nature’s classroom. Ride the bikeway and discover wooded area, ponds, saltwater marshes, and even swamps. Along with these natural settings, families will be entertained with nature’s creatures. For example, you’ll be able to watch wildlife in their natural environment, such as bluefish, Great Blue Herons, red-tailed hawks, osprey, turtles, red foxes, and deer. A learning opportunity for young and old, it’s a fantastic moment to connect with nature!

Since it’s the only bikeway on Cape Cod that rides along the seashore, it’s a great idea to take a ride on a sunny day when you’re visiting. If you need to rent bicycles, contact Corner Cycle Cape Cod or Art’s Bike Shop for more information or contact the Front Desk so we can make your bike reservation and have them delivered to the hotel at your convenience.

Introducing Red’s New Menu

Today, we are excited to introduce our new menu for the spring and summer 2015 season! Our Executive Chef Daniel Kenney and his culinary team have been hard at work creating and testing recipes that are bound to become family favorites this season. The goal of this menu is to showcase the freshest produce, grass-fed beef, local cheeses, and nearby seafood in the simplest ways. Our chefs have achieved incredibly flavorful recipes that we are sure you will enjoy! Start with our Chili & Soy Marinated Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi served with seaweed salad, cucumber carpaccio, and a black sesame tahini. The flavors are inspired by the clean ingredients and techniques of the Far East, with a hint of Middle Eastern influence from the tahini.

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While you’re visiting Cape Cod, you cannot leave without tasting our local oysters. Shucked to order, these are the most delicious oysters you’ll ever taste. Our oysters are sourced from various local oyster farmers throughout Cape and Islands.

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Craving a light lunch, our Baby Iceberg “Wedge Salad” is the perfect option! Still hearty enough to fill you up, this salad is extra special as our chefs use Great Hill Blue Cheese, a cheese made at a dairy farm on Buzzard’s Bay just 30 minutes from our hotel! Paired with smoked bacon, red onion, and ripe tomatoes, it’s a salad you’ll love!

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If you’re a meat lover, you must order one of our steaks! Hand-cut steaks sourced form local family farms in the Northeast, the cattle are raised without any growth hormones and graze on fresh grass and hay. These are some of the best steaks you’ll ever taste, cooked to your liking and served with potatoes, asparagus, and tomatoes.

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Come in with the family and enjoy a pizza night, without the hard work! We’ll make your pizza to order, rolling and tossing the dough, layering the perfect ingredients, and baking it in our brick oven. Our Red’s Margherita Pizza focuses on the amazing flavors of fresh mozzarella, garden basil, virgin olive oil, and grans padano cheese – it’s a taste of Italy on Cape Cod!


Be sure to save room for dessert. Our new dessert menu is packed with goodies like these Baby Ice Cream Sandwiches! Double chocolate, vanilla chocolate chip, and summer berry ice creams are sandwiched between two buttery shortbread cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate shortbread! The perfect sweet ending to any meal.

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Make sure to check out our complete menus online (see below) and we hope to see you at Red’s this season!

One-of-a-Kind Cape Cod Gifts for Mom

Mother’s Day is May 10th and instead of heading to the mall to shop for the same old gifts, why not stroll through the local Cape Cod towns and online shops that support local and gift mom with a handmade treat that she would love? Here’s our list of some of our favorite locally made gifts, as well as one spot where you can shop all things local in Hyannis!

1. Mermaid Sea Glass Wristlet by Cape Cod Bag Company

This wristlet is the perfect size for when you don’t want to carry around a ton of things – just throw your phone, cards, and a bit of cash in there plus the essentials like chapstick and sunglasses and you’re ready to go! Visit their studio in Provincetown, MA or shop online.

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2. Ruby Red Grapefruit Candle by Cape Cod Soy Candle

All mothers love a fresh smelling home and with this locally made candle that burns a juicy and zesty grapefruit smell for over 90 hours, it’s the perfect gift! Find it at The Little Beach Gallery, West Main St., Hyannis (check out other stores on the Cape here) or shop online

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3. Cranberry Strawberry Jelly by Cape Cod Cranberry Harvest

This jelly is a blend of sun-ripened strawberries and native Cape Cod cranberries that make a sweet and fruity treat, perfect for moms that love to bake! A dollop of this jelly on cheesecakes, cakes, or slathered on freshly baked bread is the way to go. Shop online or find them locally at the Coonamessett Farm in East Falmouth. 

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 4. Cape Cod Sea Bubble Glass by Michael Magyar

Glass blowing is an art that can be found all over the world, but only on Cape Cod can you find glass bubbles filled with local beach sand and tiny shells! Stop by the glass blowing studio in East Sandwich and pick up a sea bubble for the beach loving mother, while you watch the glass blower at work and admire the their craft.

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5. The Little Beach Gallery

One of our favorite local galleries to stop by for gift ideas is The Little Beach Gallery in Hyannis. Showcasing over 60 New England and Cape Cod artists, you’re bound to find something perfect for the moms in your life! Some ideas include tea towels, hand painted maps, and block printed notebooks.

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6. Shift Eco Boutique

Shift is geared towards women of all ages who consciously want to enjoy purchasing quality wardrobe staples as much as couture clothing and having some sort of a connection to what they wear”. We love that they partner with tons of local Cape Cod artists and it’s a place where you know you’re getting quality clothing on the Cape.


Want to gift mom with an experience instead of a gift? Book her a Belleza & The Beach Spa Package or a Beach Stone Package at our hotel! The packages include one-night stay at our beach resort, spa-inspired gift bag, and the relaxing massages and/or facials.

If you’re staying at our hotel and want to stop by for a great last minute gift, come and explore our hotel gift shop, which is packed with gifts for every budget and personality! These ShoreArt Gifts nautical inspired earrings would make the ideal gift for the mother that loves interesting jewelry inspired on Cape Cod!

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Leave a comment on this post letting us know how you shopped local for mom this year! 

2015 April School Vacation

April School Vacation took place last week and we entertained kids for an entire week of fun! 

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This year we had a jam-packed schedule of events for children of all ages for their April School Vacation week that just passed – the hotel rate included daily activities such as live entertainment, board games, arts & crafts and more!


Our staff was excited to entertain your children with arts & crafts, along with professional entertainers, Magician Evan Northup and Mike the Bubble Man.


Whether with bubbles or magic, the kids had so much fun interacting with the shows – even the parents watching were laughing and giggling!



One of the most popular and favorite of the kids was the “Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae” event, where kids of all ages had a chance to sprinkle, drizzle, and scoop their favorite ice cream flavors and toppings! The creations were unbelievable – the children had great imagination playing around with the toppings.

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Run 4 Your Life – Women’s Cancer Awareness

This upcoming Mother’s Day weekend, join Team Maureen in a four-mile annual fun run/walk event at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel. Bring the special women in your life to run/walk with you! 


Once again, Sea Crest Beach Hotel will celebrate women everywhere as the location for the annual family-friendly “Run 4 Your Life” supporting women’s cancer research. This event will bring participants of all ages and fitness levels together for a four-mile run, two-mile walk/run and kid’s fun dash to benefit Team Maureen, a non-profit launched by West Falmouth resident Eileen Duffey-Lind in memory of her sister, who died of cervical cancer. Team Maureen raises funds for gynecological cancer awareness and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The schedule are as follows:

Registration: 8 – 9:15 a.m.
Kid’s Fun Dash: 9:30 a.m. start
Four-Mile Run: 9:45 a.m. start
Two-Mile Walk/Run: 10 a.m. start

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The Maureen E. Russo Nonprofit Organization was founded as a promise and in memory of Maureen E. Russo, a loving sister, daughter, wife and mother who passed away from relapsed cervical cancer at the age of 37. To honor that promise and keep Maureen’s competitive spirit alive, Maureen’s family and friends founded Team Maureen in 2007 as a Pan Mass Challenge cycling team to raise funds for cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston, MA. That fundraising has grown to form a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting and preventing cervical cancers and enhancing the lives of those who live with the disease.

We are honored to host this run and be part of this event. Please register online for the run/walk and consider getting involved with the organization by volunteering, being a donor, or participating in the event itself. Make sure to like Team Maureen on Facebook as well! 

Cape Cod Comedy Festival 2015

The third annual Cape Cod Comedy Fest is heading for the shores of Falmouth again this year featuring stand up, musical comedy and a recent winner of the Boston Comedy Festival! 

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The Nauset Conference Center at the newly renovated Sea Crest Beach Hotel will once again serve as the host location for this unique and diverse comedy line-up. A night you won’t forget because you’ll be laughing all the way home! The Cape Cod Comedy Festival takes place April 11th and is the perfect excuse to get out of the house for an evening with friends and laughter.

About the Performers:

Tom Briscoe: After a ridiculous number of false starts in other careers – from billboard painter to national sales trainer to beer truck driver – he has gained the comedic fodder for his critically acclaimed and appropriately named 1 Man Show: So…I Got Fired From THAT Job!

Hilarious slants and rants on trying to be a manly-man in a girly-girl house with his wife, two daughters and a spoiled little dog keeps audiences laughing and his career flourishing. If he’s not at one of his home-town comedy clubs in New York, he can be seen headlining shows nationwide, performing at corporate events and on cruise ships worldwide. His travels have brought him to over ninety countries and he is allowed back into seventy-three. He can be heard on XM Radio and seen on The Comedy Channel in Canada. He also regularly performs in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The Tom Briscoe Comedy Show is hilarious, original stand up comedy from One Of The Best.

World Gone Crazy: World Gone Crazy rocks today’s news for laughs! Launched 5 years ago for lovers of stand-up comedy and live rock & roll song parodies – there is simply no other live show like World Gone Crazy…period! Now one part original (Gary “Stickyfoot” Michaels), 2 parts inevitable (Will E. Focker & Joe Long) and one part adorable (Monica Saviolakis) – it’s loyal following continues to grow as it tours resorts, casinos, spe- cial events and fundraisers.

What is the World Gone Crazy Comedy Band (or a comedy band in general for that reason?) This side splitting show skewers today’s current events and issues with rapid fire song parodies, stand-up comedy, hysterical impressions, audience interaction and commercial spoofs all performed by a live band. Think of it as a rock & roll version of Capital Steps or a comedic version of Bare Naked Ladies! If you love live mu- sic, stand-up comedy and therapy ALL performed by 4 extremely funny comedic personalities World Gone Crazy is the show for you! Special guests and stand up comedians all tend to show up on World Gone Crazy’s stage – you never know who will join the party!

Al Park: Al Park has quickly emerged as a rising talent on the national comedy scene. He recently won both the 2014 Boston Comedy Festival and the 2014 Cleveland Comedy Festival. In 2013 he was the Comic-in- Residence at the legendary Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA, and won the annual Summer Showdown Comedy Contest at the Rhode Island Comedy Connection. Additionally he has been a featured performer at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival and North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. He now travels the country captivating audiences with his world-wise attitude and storytelling flair. Blending personal observation and cultural satire into a unique, authentic comic voice, Park delivers a show that will make you think, feel, and laugh the whole time.

Produced by Harmon Marino Live

Since January 1995, live-show production company Harmon-Marino has produced over 800 comedy, music multi media and theme events. Our clients are the resort, corporate, special event and fundraiser / benefit markets.

We’ve also worked with major Hollywood Studios, producing casting showcases for Disney-Touchstone, Car- sey-Werner and 20 Century Fox Studios. As an agency Harmon-Marino has worked with such artists as co- median Dane Cook, NBC Sports’ Matty Blake and frequent White House performer Jon Stetson.

In 2004, Harmon-Marino launched its own national non-profit aimed at getting children and adults healthi- er. Thus far the Generation Excel Foundation has produced 4 breathtaking campaigns across the country reaching over 80 million Americans. These inspirational, educational and colorful campaigns have been fea- tured in USA Today, People Magazine, FOX News as well as multiple appearances on ABC’s “Live With Regis & Kelly”.

Book a Comedy Weekend Package at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel! 

For those looking for a weekend escape to the Cape, Sea Crest Beach Hotel is offering guests a Comedy Weekend Package including two tickets to the show, an overnight stay on Saturday, April 11th, two complimentary cocktails, and an order of Wings from Red’s Restaurant & Lounge with rates starting at just $209 per night. Sunday night stays are also available with rates starting at just $99. For more information, call 1-800-225-3110 or book online.

Buy Tickets

Yu can buy tickets to the Cape Cod Comedy Festival here.

Supporting the West Falmouth Library

” Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” - Vera Nazarian

This past January 22nd we had the pleasure to present the West Falmouth Library with a check to aid in their library needs. This check, for the amount of $2,000, was sourced from proceeds of our New Year’s Eve Party at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel.  Our very own Clark GuinnRegional Director of Operations of Scout Hotels, hand delivered the check to the library on a sunny January day. 

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The vision of the West Falmouth Library is: “A thriving library that is an integral part of the lives of the community” – and one we agree with 100%. Talking to Clark as we walked into the library, you could sense that books meant the world to him and as Regional Director of Operations for Scout Hotels, he wanted to make sure that the Sea Crest Beach Hotel was giving back and supporting its local community.

Supporting the West Falmouth Library

The West Falmouth Library’s focus of mission is rooted in its history as a local library and community meeting place in the village of West Falmouth. Throughout its history it has served the village and the greater Falmouth community with library services and educational, informational and entertaining events. We are so very proud to have this outstanding library in our area, for it not only provides books to individuals, but a personal sanctuary to those in need of peace and quiet.

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Clark spoke fondly of books, remembering how in the past books would always elevate his mood, create an escape for when times were tough, or just guided him during personal times. A man that reads countless books a year, Clark talked about how he has educated his children and family on the importance of reading and making time to read, no matter how busy you are. Because we know that next to the word “busy” in the dictionary, Mr. Guinn’s photo is shown, thus his stance on making time to read, no matter what.

Supporting the West Falmouth Library

We hope that the next time you visit Sea Crest Beach Hotel, you’ll make time to stop by the West Falmouth Library. It’s the perfect place for rainy day activities, quiet time with kids, and in general, the perfect space to treat yourself to a good book. You can check out their annual events, as well their library services. Leave a comment below letting us know what you’re currently reading!

Massachusetts Lobstermen Weekend

This past weekend we were host to the  Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s 2015 Annual Weekend and Industry Trade Show and it was a fantastic success! 

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A little background information on this association: The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association is a member-driven organization that accepts and supports the interdependence of species conservation and the members’ collective economic interests.

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The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association was established in 1963 by the fishermen, for the fishermen, and is presently the leading commercial fishing industry association in New England. On behalf of the 1,700 members, the MLA works to maintain both the industry and the resource. The MLA strives to be proactive on issues affecting the lobster industry and is active in the management process at both the state and federal levels.

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Our Executive Chef Dan Kenney executed a delicious lobster cooking demo, where our guests had a chance to ask questions about how to cook the best lobster, as well as other seafood techniques.

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His recipe for lobster risotto with shaved winter asparagus salad and warm lobster vinaigrette can be found below – it’s a recipe that takes a bit of time, but is well worth the effort!

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For the past 51 years, the MLA has become a trustworthy voice for the industry on important issues, and is looked to by both the fishing industry and the management community. We are honored to be able to host them.

For photos of the weekend, click here to check them out on Facebook.