Road Trip to Martha’s Vineyard

We recently had a day where all our guests’ needs were taken care of rather early, so we decided to go on an adventure.  We hopped in the car, drove down to Woods Hole and took the ferry (with our furry pup, Spirit) to Martha’s Vineyard.

We were lucky that the weather was spectacular!

We started our adventure  in Oak Bluffs.  We walked around the shops and stopped by one of our favorites call Sanctuary.  We took a stroll through the campgrounds where more than 300 brightly decorated gingerbread cottages are settled around the Tabernacle.

Then we headed to Edgartown (via Seaview Avenue) where we had a delicious lunch at Among The Flowers Cafe.  We had two great salads – the Power Salad and the Seared Tuna Salad.  After our awesome lunch, we took the very tiny, 3 car ferry over to Chappaquiddick (known to the locals as Chappy) and drove around.

Once returning to Edgartown on that very tiny ferry, we drove west, across the island via Edgartown Road, State Road and S Road just checking things out.  We stopped at Morning Glory Farms (Edgartown) for a snack.  Although we just got a cookie or two, they are really known for their Zucchini Bread. Along the way, we also stopped at Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury.  They claim to be dealers in “almost everything.”  We can say, there was a lot of stuff in there!

Continuing west, we made it to one of our main stops – Aquinnah (Gay Head) – home of the famous Cliffs and Lighthouse.  Definitely one of the highlights.  The cliffs are amazing, and the red brick lighthouse was unique and worth seeing.

Next, we were off to Menemsha in hopes of arriving before sunset.  We made it in time – Yeah!  It was crowded, but we found a parking spot, grabbed our beach chairs, and just enjoyed ourselves.   Spirit got lots of attention as we chatted with some lovely tourists.  It turned out to be an incredible sunset – just perfect!

By the time we arrived back in Vineyard Haven (arriving and departing port), most of the restaurants were closed.  So we grabbed a slice of pizza, and got onto the ferry back to the Cape.

Home Sweet Home!

For more images of our Martha’s Vineyard adventure, Click Here to visit Marc’s photography website.

 

The Kennedy Legacy on Cape Cod

The Kennedy Legacy on Cape Cod

Clam chowder, blue hydrangeas and the Kennedys are all iconic symbols of Cape Cod. One of the most frequent questions we get is “how far away is the Kennedy compound? (It’s 3 miles from the Inn).

Today, May 29, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth. And although the Kennedys had several homes, Cape Cod was where their hearts lived. The Kennedy clan has lived in Hyannisport, a sleepy seaside village, for 90 years. JFK’s presidential campaign was launched from Cape Cod and he used the compound as his campaign base. The entire Kennedy family spent election day 1960 here and JFK gave his victory speech in Hyannis.

President Kennedy was successful in passing legislation for the Cape Cod National Seashore. This protected area includes more than 40,000 acres of forest, marshland, bogs and salt ponds along with nearly 50 miles of untouched beach.

JFK frequented Four Seas Ice Cream (a stone’s throw from the Long Dell Inn) and his favorite flavors were vanilla and peach. The President enjoyed golfing at the Hyannis Port Club (where he would call to schedule his own tee times) but his true love was sailing the waters of Cape Cod.

JFK once said “I always go to Hyannisport to be revived, to know again the power of the sea and the master who rules over it and all of us.”

To commemorate the centennial of his birthday, there are many scheduled celebrations on the Cape. Today we will attend a special program at the John F. Kennedy Museum (jfkhyannismusuem.org) where they will be unveiling a new exhibit and then get a bite a eat. Some local restaurants will be celebrating with themed cocktails and special menu items.

The Kennedy legacy continues to be intertwined with Cape Cod.

For information on the Kennedy Legacy Trail, please click on the following link (kennedylegacytrail.com).

 

Yogi’s Visit to the Church of the Transfiguration

Yogi, the Long Dell Inn Travel Ambassador, finally made it to The Church of the Transfiguration.  Located adjacent to Rock Harbor in Orleans right here on the Cape, this place was a surprise.  Yogi tried many tia2m8a6373yogimes to visit since the spring, but for some strange reason, the times he could make it always turned out to be a Wednesday – the day they are closed.  But he got here, and it was so worth the visit.

The church itself is somewhat contemporary, but the tile mosaics, frescos, stone carvings, etc. are absolutely amazing.  The amount of planning, thought and purpose that went into creating the church and the beauty within boggles the mind.

Although one typically comes to Cape Cod for natural outdoor beauty, a visit to see the artwork in this church is something you should consider – even if it’s not raining or overcast.

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These images were taken by Marc.  If you want to see a few more images, check out the Marc Jacobson Photography website (click here).

For more information about the Church of the Transfiguration, check out their website at www.churchofthetransfiguration.org.

Newest Member of the Long Dell Inn Family

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We would like to introduce the newest member of the Long Dell Inn family  .  .  .  Yogi the Yoga Frog!

Yogi is our Travel Ambassador and he will be taking you to some of his favorite spots on Cape Cod.

So where will Yogi start his Cape Cod adventure? Well, at the Long Dell Inn, of course!

It is officially summer and everything is in bloom here – the window boxes are flowering, the waterfalls cascading, the fish are happily swimming, the frogs in the pond are leaping and the hydrangeas are bursting forth – what more can you ask for???

Yogi looks forward to sharing his adventures with you!

See you soon!

Unraveling Long Dell Inn’s Past

Long Dell Inn Pre-1967
Long Dell Inn Pre-1967

We had the awesome pleasure of meeting Dick and Val. They owned the Long Dell Inn for 35 years. Purchasing the Long Dell Inn back in 1953 while on their honeymoon, they raised their children on the property before selling the Inn in 1988.

Marc Donna Dick and Val, 30 October 2014
Marc Donna Dick and Val, 30 October 2014

As custodians of the Long Dell Inn, their business model was a bit different than what the Long Dell Inn is today. When they began, they merely rented rooms. There was no food or beverage service. At some point later, they added coffee service. They typically rented rooms out by the week and did accept shorter reservations if the room had not yet been rented out. Back in 1953, large rooms went for $6/day while a smaller room was $3/day.

Living Room/Foyer, Main House, 1st Floor

There used to be a foyer just inside the front door. This foyer had an entryway into the living room, along with door access into a small bedroom. That small bedroom is now part of Captain’s Quarters (Room 1). Also off the foyer were the stairs going to the second floor, and a coat closet underneath the stairs. Evidence of the coat closet still exists. You can see where the modeling is patched in. Also, when looking from the interior of the Room 1 closet, you can see the doorway was just covered over by sheetrock with some of the door’s molding still visible.

Room 1, Captain’s Quarters

The “bed” side of the room was originally part of the dining room. The other part of the room was a small bedroom with a closet (which is now the bathroom). This small room was most likely some type of servant’s quarters, as there was a door in the room which led to a butler’s pantry. You can clearly see were the room used to be divided.

Kitchen/Butler’s Pantry

The kitchen area now encompasses what was a butler’s pantry. The former butler’s pantry space is now the home of our refrigerators and Room 1 bathroom shower. The small butler’s pantry had two doors and a pass-through window. From the pantry, you could access the dining room and servant’s bedroom via doorways, and the kitchen was accessible via a pass-through window. From the kitchen, there also used to be a stairway upstairs to access one of the common bathrooms.

Gallery/Dining Room

The Gallery area used to be part of the Dinning Room along with the “bed” side of what is now Room 1, Captain’s Quarters. You can tell this based on where the electric is coming out of the ceiling in the Gallery – relatively close to the wall.

Room 2, Tradewinds

This bedroom with en suite used to be two separate rental rooms. These rooms could be rented individually or together as they were adjoining.

Room 3, Down the Shore

This bedroom with en suite used to be a bedroom and common bathroom. The bathroom was originally accessible from the hallway.

Room 4, Grenville

This bedroom with en suite used to be a bedroom and common bathroom. The bathroom was originally accessible from the hallway.

Attic

The two rooms in the attic, also used to be rented. Since the house had two common bathroom’s this now makes sense.

Owner’s Quarters

This area was added in 1967.

Carriage House (Rooms 5, 6 and 7)

These rooms were finished back in the early 1960s.

Welcome to our new website & our 1st blog entry!

Since the Inn now has a new look and a new website we thought we needed new names for our newly renovated rooms. So several weeks ago we asked family, friends and those who have “Liked” the Long Dell Inn (LDI) on Facebook for their assistance. We thank everyone for their input.

In the end, we thought it best to honor ourselves and the Long Dell Inn by using room names that had special meaning to each.

Here’s what we came up with:

Room #1 – Captain’s Quarters.

We thought it appropriate to retain the current name in honor of Captain Reuben Jones who built the house in the mid-1800’s. He definitely deserves some recognition.

Room #2 – Tradewinds.

We met at a concert being held at the Tradewinds in Sea Bright, NJ.

Room #3 – Down The Shore.

The Jersey shore is a place of so many childhood (and adult) memories.  It’s also a lyric in the song Jersey Girl sung by Bruce Springsteen. And when one from New Jersey says “down the shore” we say it as if it’s one word!

Room #4 – Grenville.

After we got married, our wedding brunch was held at The Grenville in Bay Head, NJ.

Room #5 – Seabird.

Again, we thought it appropriate to retain the current name as this was one of the ships Reuben Jones’ captained.

Room #6 – Sugar Magnolia.

Marc is a big Grateful Dead fan and this room is named after one of their songs.

Room #7 – The Nest.

The Nest because being on the top floor of the Carriage house feels like you are up in the trees with all of our wonderful feathered friends.

Stay tuned for future blogs about the Long Dell Inn and Cape Cod!!