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. 

Supporting the West Falmouth Library

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.

Supporting the West Falmouth Library

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.

Oyster Symposium

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The view was breathtaking from the windows of the Ocean Room at the Sea Crest Beach Hotels  for the 6th International Oyster Symposium, Grand Tasting event.  Described simply as a “Gastronomic Celebration of Oysters.”

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Oyster enthusiasts came from all over the world for the event, including the oysters!

The oysters were the star of the show with such flavors as cape cods, Vers’ prosecco foam and sweet gelee (Above) or Pan D’avignon’s Oyster Stew, and our own Red’s Restaurant & Lounge fried oyster tacos.

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Our sister property on Martha’s Vineyard, the Harbor View Hotel showcased their island local Honeysuckle Oysters sous vide and pickled with pork belly, brioche crumbles, radish, and American trout roe.

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Included in your ticket price was a glass of champagne which paired ever so nicely with the oysters (Below.)

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Brittish Sculptor Andrew Nichhols displayed his 1/8th size model of his Giant Oyster Sculpture lined up next to a large line of raffle entries.

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The group discussed the importance of oysters to our environment and the nutrients they hold for us when consuming them.  So not only are they delicious but they are good for you too!

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Large paintings of oysters in all their glory were found throughout the room (Above.)

While enjoying each expression of the oyster guests could also enjoy LIVE music from Fred Clayton Jazz Trio (Below) and if that wasn’t enough the Cape Cod Beer company brought tastings of all their varieties of beer.

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The night ended just as it had began with a brilliant view over Old Silver Beach!

With Love, ~C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Cod Scallop Festival

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This past week we had the pleasure of attending the 45th Annual Scallop Festival at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds.  People from all over the country attended the over 50,000 patron event in 3 fun filled days.

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Our bean bag toss game was a hit… (Above)

and the Food Court had something for everyone!

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…Chowder, Lobster Rolls, Raw Bar, Hotdogs, Burgers, Salads, Wraps, and even Fried Dough.

The most popular items were of course the Famous Fried Scallops & Herb Roasted Chicken Dinners.

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Guests of the festival could enjoy both indoor and outdoor markets filled with juried Arts & Crafts or listen to LIVE Music from the nearby amphitheater.

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The carnival rides, games, & cotton candy were the perfect excuse to go out with the kids for some fun!

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All entertainment was included in the General Admission price of just $6 per person, Children 6-12 just $2 and 5 & Under, Enter FREE!… and the Festival is held Rain or Shine.

So be sure to mark your Calendars and join us Next Year for this Spectacular Annual Event!

With Love,

~C.

 

 

 

Bachelorette Getaway

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel is the perfect place to getaway with your closest friends.

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Check in to any one of our spacious guest rooms.

It’s the ideal location for a toast of bubbly to begin your trip…

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For that pre-party glow, begin your Bachelorette Getaway on the private white sand beaches of Old Silver Beach like these lovely ladies (Above)…or take a dip in our two large saline pools and hot tub.

Katie and her friends enjoy some sunshine before a big night out.

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Once everyone’s all checked in and ready to see the sights head into town for some shopping on Falmouth’s Main Street or plan a trip on a custom yacht like the Liberte’, The Schooner.

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Once you return to the hotel, get all dolled up and head to Red’s Room or our Private Dining Room with views of the ocean for a memorable meal.

For Katie’s Bachelorette, her friends reserved Red’s Room and decorated the entire room in a nautical beach theme with a cake to match (Above)

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Katie and her friends enjoying dinner and cocktails at Red’s in their own private room.  (Above)

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Look how good those cocktails looks…  They’re bound to make you feel like you’re on vacation.

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Make your Bachelorette uniquely your own with personalized gifts.

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… and to help with recovery from such a fun filled weekend, custom ‘hangover kits’ to ease the pain!

Book your Bachelorette Getaway today and make memories of your own at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel... you’re always welcome back for the Wedding.

With Love,

~C.

There Are Plenty Of Fish In The Aquarium

Waking up bright and early Gretta, Lucas and I were excited to get to the mainland and spend a day in the Falmouth area exploring all of the things that it offered.

We were hoping for sun, but ended up being fortunate for the rainy day because it is why we ended up at the Woods Hole Aquarium. After all, a trip to an aquarium is a perfect rainy day activity.

Just a short drive from Sea Crest into Woods Hole, where we parked and followed signs through the town to the aquarium. The first thing that caught my eye was the 17,000-galloon pool, which was home to two non-releasable seals. A sign said that the aquarium does two seal feedings a day at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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We waited in a line that we assumed was for buying tickets to enter, but when we got to the front a friendly gentleman asked us to sign our names and informed us that the aquarium is owned by the federal government and is free to the public. He pointed to an adorably decorated donation box next to the front desk with a sign encouraging any type of donation.

Once we moved passed the sign in desk I could see the first big fish tank, and although all I wanted to do was run to it and aggressively tap on the glass, I tried to show some maturity and at least pause for a few seconds to notice the informational posters along the wall that explained the history of the aquarium and what we were about to discover inside.

I found myself standing in front of the posters for a while. I learned that the aquarium is operated by NOAA’s Nation Marines Fisheries Service in partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratory, and that it is home to 140 species of fish and invertebrates that are found in New England waters, including any tropical fish that can be found in the Gulf Stream every summer.

The aquarium seemed to be one floor with the walls made of huge fish tanks full of all the marine animals. On the opposite side of the fish tanks there were dry exhibits, non-living exhibits, on whale protection, marine turtles, the science of “aging” fish, the New England marine environment, and the history of science in Woods Hole. Of course we spent multiple minutes in front of each tank searching for every thing inside and yelling to each other when spotting something first.

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As I walked away from the last fish tank and thought all the fun was over, there was a staircase at the end of the hallway guiding visitors upstairs. The second floor was like a sneak-peek into the behind the scenes of an aquarium where we could see into the fish tanks from above. We were told that this was known as the “work area” and where visitors can talk to staff as they prepare fish food, feed animals, and clean tanks. I though that feature alone made this the coolest aquarium I’d ever been too, until I came across the “touch tank.” The touch tank is a long shallow tub filled with different types of marine animals and where I found myself fighting children for a turn at petting a lobster. According to the website, the touch tank is always filled with a variety of animals that may include labeled shells, lobsters, horseshoe crabs, spider crabs, helmet crabs, whelks, sea stars, and fish that don’t mind being touched.
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I said goodbye to my new friend the lobster, and was sad to see the next thing was an exit sign above a backdoor. Visitors can either exit through the door to a staircase that will take them back towards the road and on with their lives, or they can circle back for a second turn at the touch tank like I did.

Eventually we made our way to the exit and outside to the seal pool. Although there was no seal show at that time, the friendly seals were putting on a little show of their own for anyone watching. They swam around doing spins and circles and would come up for air next to where visitors were standing. It was a great way to end an awesome experience.

The aquarium is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm and I strongly encourage everyone to go visit the aquarium and donate anything to the donation box.

XOXO,
Carly