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LODGING NEWS
Some changes are in the works for Nantucket Island Resorts. Twenty new luxury units are being added to White Elephant Hotel Residences’ (50 Easton St., Nantucket; 508-228-2500; www.whiteelephanthotel.com) main building. “Family bookings are particularly strong at the White Elephant and White Elephant Hotel Residences, and these new units will only enhance our offerings for families and groups,” says Khaled Hashem, managing director of Nantucket Island Resorts. In addition to the 14 new one-bedroom suites and six new guest rooms, the company plans on building a centralized lobby for the property, which will house a reception desk, concierge and retail space. Other amenities included will be a lounge and business center. Renovations should be completed in time for the 2012 season. Not surprisingly, this past year the White Elephant Hotel was voted as one of the 50 top family hotels in the U.S. and Canada by Travel + Leisure magazine.

The Comfort Inn (1470 Iyannough Rd., Hyannis; 508-771-4804; www. comfortinn.com) just got even more comfy. The 104-room hotel remodeled the lobby area and enlarged their popular breakfast nook, which now seats up to 45 hotel guests. Forty of the guest rooms were also upgraded and now gleam with a summery Cape Cod feel, from the brand-new carpeting to the freshly painted accent walls and contemporary bathroom tile. The Comfort Inn is open year round.

One of Cape Cod’s historic landmarks is undergoing another round of renovations. Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club (2907 Main St., Brewster; 508-896-9000; www.oceanedge.com), which has in recent past unveiled a new Nicklaus-designed 18-hole golf course, a 5,000-square-foot ballroom and the rooftop Ocean Terrace restaurant, is redecorating the 90 guest rooms in the Mansion wing and will be adding a brand-new 5,000-square-foot state-of-the-art health and fitness center for private golf and sports club members. While the new fitness club won’t be complete until July, guests will be able to stay in the redesigned guest rooms beginning in March. Bryan Webb, director of sales and marketing for Ocean Edge, describes the new guest rooms as contrasting the nostalgia of a Cape holiday with a fresh, modern approach to color and styling; romanticized toile wall coverings depicting scenes of the days at the beach share space with large-scale vanity mirrors, sparkling pendant lighting and flat screen TVs, to create a warm and effortlessly elegant seaside suite.

Hyannis will be the new home of the first and only DoubleTree by Hilton (287 Iyannough Rd., Hyannis; 508-771-1700; www.capecoddoubletree.com) property on Cape Cod. The new DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Cod - Hyannis (formerly the Radisson Hotel Hyannis) has been undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation and is scheduled to open in spring 2012. The DoubleTree will offer upscale and contemporary accommodations and amenities including 160 guest rooms and a new outdoor pool to complement the newly redone indoor pool and expansive fitness center. The award-winning Hilton HHonors® guest reward program and DoubleTree’s signature warm chocolate chip cookies will welcome guests upon arrival

The romantic Red Horse Inn (28 Falmouth Heights Rd., Falmouth; 508-548-0053; www.redhorseinn.com) in Falmouth was recently purchased by Bill and Linda Zammer from its previous owner, Hanish Homan. The Red Horse is not the first property for the Zammers who also own the Coonamessett Inn and the Flying Bridge Restaurant in Falmouth, and Tugboats Restaurant in Hyannis. The property includes 22 guest rooms and is located steps from The Island Queen Ferry and is central to Falmouth and its beaches.

Donna and Byron Cain recently purchased The Captain Freeman Inn (15 Breakwater Rd., Brewster; 508-896-7481; www.captainfreemaninn.com) and have lovingly restored the grand sea captain’s home.  Elegant architectural details abound with tall ceilings, ornate moldings and herringbone wood floors.  Many rooms include private sun rooms, king beds, fireplaces and soaker tubs. Similar luxurious amenities: afternoon tea, truffles and the popular farm-to-table breakfasts that have been so popular at the couple’s sister property, Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa, are also included. The inn features a wraparound porch and swimming pool with beautiful gardens.

In an effort to make Cape Cod’s fun and beauty available to all, there is a new, affordable place to stay in Hyannis. Hostelling International Cape Cod (111 Ocean St., Hyannis; 508-775-7990 or 877-683-7990; www.capecod.hiusa.org) or HI-Cape Cod is part of HI-New England, a collection of hostels throughout the area that provide amenities for travelers who don’t require all of the luxuries of the Cape’s many resorts, but just need a safe, clean place to bunk for the duration of their stay. The new Hyannis hostel, which was transformed by A+E Architects into a stunning Capestyle retreat, is one of five HI-Cape Cod locations. It will be open May-October in 2012 with beds ranging between $29-$39 each night.

Martha’s Vineyard Hostel (525 Edgartown-West Tisbury Rd., West Tisbury; 508-693-2665; www.capecod.hiusa.org) was honored with a “2011 High 5ives! Hostel Award” by the non-profit Hostelling International New England. Guests ratedthe hostel as the “friendliest” out of 1,800 hostels worldwide. The award is given in just five categories: Best Hostel, Most Efficient, Most Comfortable, Best Hostel Country and Friendliest Hostel. Of over 60 hostels in North America, Martha’s Vineyard Hostel is the only one to win a “2011 High 5ives! Hostel Award” this year. Located between the villages of Edgartown and West Tisbury, the Martha’s Vineyard Hostel won Hostelling International’s “Most Efficient Hostel” in 2010 and has been a favorite of hostellers for more than 50 years. Open late spring through Columbus Day weekend.

New to the scene in Provincetown is the 19-room Sage Inn & Lounge (http://sageinnptown.com) on Commercial Street. The former Vixen Nightclub/Pilgrim House Hotel has undergone a complete transformation since being purchased by partners Diane DiCarlo and Jeanne Leszcynski. Renovations to the first floor, which now features wide-open spaces and a soothing palette of greens, were conceived and overseen by Boston-based designer Nichole Carroll. At the helm in the kitchen is Chef Lucio Garnica, most recently of Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. Chef Garnica’s menu offers dishes with a strong emphasis on locally procured ingredients.

The Rainbow Falls Heated Outdoor Pool is the latest edition to the already-luxurious Cape Codder Resort and Spa (1225 Iyannough Rd. & Bearses Way, Hyannis; 888-297-2200; www.capecodderresort.com). Open year-round (it is the only year-round outdoor pool on the Cape) the pool features a waterfall, a native garden, and an environmentally friendly selfcleaning system to provide a healthy and beautiful spot to get away from it all. It sits tucked away from the ever-popular wave pool and main courtyard, making it an ideal place to relax. At night don’t miss the LED lightshow that adds a touch of romance to your evening swim.

What used to be The Sandpiper Inn (16 Bank St., Harwich Port; 508-432-2900; www.innonthebeachcapecod.com) is now Inn on the Beach. The oceanfront property, which is just a 5-minute walk to downtown shops and restaurants, is under new ownership and has recently undergone renovations that include a new roof, cedar siding and shingles, updated heating and electrical systems, unit entry doors, outside lounge area set up and new blankets and linens for all bedrooms and baths. Left unchanged, however, were the room rates, which will stay at the 2008 level. The inn’s operating season is April through the end of October.

RESTAURANT NEWS
Hemisphere Restaurant Beach Bar (98 Town Neck Rd., Sandwich; 508-888-6166; www.hemispherecapecod.com) has supplemented their beachside views with a new deck overlooking the sandy shores of Cape Cod Bay. The upper Cape’s only bar located along the edge of a sand dune is open noon to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Serving a full menu and full bar all day, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a sunset cocktail. And the kids love to play on the beach before, after and sometimes during dinner or lunch while their parents watch from the comfort of their table. Regular entertainment, such as steel drum players, adds to the restaurant’s fun, easy vibe.

The owners of The Yarmouth House and DiParma Italian Table opened Red Face Jack’s Pub & Sports Bar (585 Main St., West Yarmouth; 508-771-JACK; www.redfacejacks.com) in October at the old location of Molly’s Bar & Grill. Equipped with a sports lounge and a traditional dining-room, the restaurant caters to both beer-loving sports fanatics and families who have a hankering for classic, affordable all-American comfort food such as Yankee pot roast, barbequed baby back ribs, hamburgers and sandwiches. Bound to become a local favorite, the lounge is decked out with a pool table, dart boards and plasma screen HDTVs to watch the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, or your favorite college home team.

There is a new face on the Cape’s restaurant scene. Renowned chef James Hackney, formerly of Boston’s L’Espalier if you are trying to place the name, has taken over the kitchen of Wequassett Resort and Golf Club’s (On Pleasant Bay, Chatham; 508-430-3000; www.wequassett.com) twenty-eight Atlantic, the resort’s signature fine dining restaurant. “James brings the perfect mix of passion and vision that will impress the discerning guests of twenty-eight Atlantic, who have come to expect the finest cuisine on the Cape here at Wequassett. This summer will bring many new exciting additions to the twenty-eight Atlantic experience,” says Mark Novota, managing partner at Wequassett.

A restaurant with locally sourced food and live entertainment has opened in Dennis. Summer Stock (36 Hope Ln., Dennis; 508-385-8300; www.summerstockrestaurant.com), owned by Joe and Beverly Dunn, offers a separate bar and lounge called Bar Lilly and a swinging band every night. It is located in the building that used to house The Center Stage Cafe Restaurant in the Cape Cod Center for the Arts. Summer Stock will reopen in the spring of 2012, but offers limited hours and entertainment in the off-season. Check their website for details.

EVENTS/ENTERTAINMENT
Taylor-Bray Farm (108 Bray Farm Road North, Yarmouth Port; 508-385-9407; www.taylorbrayfarm.org), a local gem with a lot of history, is rehabilitating its 200-year-old farmhouse, keeping in mind a goal of saving as much of the original materials as possible. The farmhouse will then be used as a museum and learning center, educating the public on town history and conservation. After finding a plethora of artifacts during the initial phase of the renovation, Taylor-Bray Farm Preservation Association has started an exciting archaeological excavation project at the site.

Attend the biggest birthday bash of the century: the town of Chatham is celebrating its 300th Anniversary in 2012 with 300 days of community-led fun. The entire town will be abuzz with public events, walking tours, art openings, film screenings and fun lectures and seminars on the village’s unique history, spanning from Chatham’s earliest inhabitants, the Monomoyicks tribe, to the modern-day seaside seekers and visitors who have found their way to this part of the Cape. Highlights include a performance by Cape Cod Opera, banquet and tercentennial ball on opening weekend (March 9-11); Founders Day (June 11), the town’s actual birthday, which will have special events and a commemorative presentation recognizing Chatham’s 300 years as an incorporated town; Chatham Arts Weekend (Sept. 1-3.) will feature art-related events and a town-wide picnic at Hardings Beach; and a memorable conclusion at First Night Chatham (Dec. 31) with a surprise grand finale you won’t want to miss. For full details, visit www.chatham300.org.

Grab your best pint glass and head to the second annual South Shore Cape & Islands Beer Week on May 14-19. The local beer festival made its debut last year, much to the delight of beer buffs and draft connoisseurs around the region. Last year over 150 events were held, from craft beer tastings at local pubs to seminars about the flavorful brews history to special menus paired with the perfect beer at local restaurants. For a full list of events, visit www.greatbrewers.com.

An Inflatable Water Park? Of course! A sister location to the Cape Cod Inflatable Park, the Cape Cod Inflatable Water Park features a variety of water slides and water games. With an arcade and food stand on site, this is a cool place on a hot day! 518 Route 28, West Yarmouth; 508-771-6060. Open seven days a week 10am – 8 pm, June through Labor Day weekend.

The popular Cape-wide Fall for the Arts Festival, organized by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, has grown from one week to a full month. From September 29th to November 4th, the family-friendly festival will showcase more than 200 cultural events spanning the arts, including a masquerade ball, gallery tours, open studio nights, theatre productions, outdoor concerts, plein air painting sessions and kids events, such as storytelling, arts and crafts and more. You won’t want to miss it. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.artsfoundation.org.

Truro Vineyards (11 Shore Rd., North Truro; 509-487-6200; www.coastalwinetrail.com) has teamed up   with eight other vineyards in Southern New England to offer a “passport” program where wine enthusiasts can try wines at each of the vineyards and get their “passport” stamped. Get your passport stamped at all nine vineyards along the Coastal Wine Trail and be entered to win in all four contest drawings, including the grand prize, a 7-night cruise to Bermuda. Truro Vineyards hosts wine tastings daily from April to December at their 1830s farmhouse and free tours Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

People from all over the world take programs for personal and professional development at Gestalt International Study Center (1035 Cemetery Rd., South Wellfleet; 508-349-7900; www.gisc.org). This summer, the public will be given the opportunity to participate in their new summer series (July 8th to August 26th), which will include 11 workshops that will vary in length, from two to five days. The programs are designed to focus on holistic body-mind awareness and energizing practices for deep discovery that can be used to address the ever-changing situations that participants face in their everyday life. Taught by the center’s renowned faculty as well as guest leaders from the world of Gestalt and other areas of transformative learning, the integrative workshops are built around embodied practice, meaningful explorations and personal development. For those who are looking for a change this season, Gestalt International Study Center might be your answer.

This year marks the inaugural Southern New England Home & Garden Show, organized by Lighthouse Publications. For anyone who is interested in building or remodeling their home, this event is an efficient and relaxed way to learn about and explore options with local professionals in the industry. The event, which takes place October 6th and 7th at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, will include informative seminars, raffles and prizes. Call 508-534-9291 or visit www.lighthousemags.com for additional info.

Last summer, UK Sports Development Cape Cod (774-408-0084, www.uksd.org) burst onto the soccer scene. The popular program was developed to allow kids and teens to run their own alternative soccer club, under the supervision and tutelage of trained coaches. The fun yet disciplined soccer program keeps kids healthy and active, builds confidence and athletic skill and is a great opportunity for kids and teens to have fun and make new friends. All profits from the Atletico Skill Skools and clinics are to be placed back into the club to create merit-based soccer teams, which then are entered into beach, street or futsal soccer tournaments throughout the year. Through fundraisers, UK Sports Development hopes to keep cost to players and parents to a minimum. To sign up, visit www.uksportsdevelopment.org and for a list of beach soccer clinics, check out this year’s calendar.

AWARDS
The Blue Rock Golf Course (39 Todd Rd., South Yarmouth; 508-398-9295; www.bluerockgolfcourse.com) has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top 10 par-3 golf courses in the world. The magazine recommends: “If you’ve got a golf itch to scratch on Cape Cod, tee it up at this woodsy, par-54, 1962 Geoffrey Cornish design. The 169-yard ninth remains the standout, with its healthy poke over water to a kidney-shaped green.” The Blue Rock Golf Course is an 18-hole par-3 course in South Yarmouth featuring a 44-room resort, pro shop, lounge, clubhouse serving breakfast and lunch, clinics, golf schools and private lessons.

In other news, Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club (2907 Main St., Brewster; 508-896-9000; www.oceanedge.com) was recognized at Philanthropy Day on Cape Cod for their outstanding commitment to more than 200 Cape-based nonprofits annually, including their support of Latham Centers in Brewster, a program that helps provide treatment and residential programs for children and adults with behavioral, developmental and physical disabilities. E.J. Jaxtimer and his wife Terry, owners of E.J. Jaxtimer Builder (48 Rosary Ln., Hyannis; 505-771-4498; www.jaxtimer.com), were also honored at the award ceremony and were named Philanthropists of the Year.

SHOPPING NEWS
Studio Brush (Merchant’s Square, Sandwich; 774-836-5514; www. studio-brush.com), a laid-back art gallery known for its welcoming and accessible approach to art, has turned its first floor into a showcase for functional art for the home. While the second floor retains a more traditional art gallery full of paintings, photography, sketches and sculpture, the first floor is devoted to hand-crafted sinks and countertops made from recycled material and layered in resin, three-dimensional ceramic tile murals, and examples of custom painting work, from traditional murals to painted furniture pieces. Owner-artist Cristina Reverdy, who has worked as a color, space planning and design consultant, says, “If you can dream it, we can do it.”