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Cape Cod’s Provincetown MA: Prince Albert Guest House

Filed under: B&Bs Around the World,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 12:09 am on Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Month of May is certainly the time of year to head to the popular tourist destination of Cape Cod’s Provincetown in Massachusetts. We headed to Cape Cod without considering the need to have our accommodation planned in advance. Jan and I knew that the tourist season had not really begun yet for the Provincetown folks.

There are literally 100 accommodation options all along the Cape Cod Coast line. We still had time in our driving day so we headed for Provincetown MA. Driving into the village along Commercial street we considered only accommodation near the centre of the village. With a number of options available one of the ones that stood out as our choice was the Prince Albert Guest House. So we had arrived to 164 and 166 Commercial Street two historical house merged into one Guest house now know as the Prince Albert Guest House.

Cape Cod, Provincetown MA: Prince Albert Guest House boast of having "one of Provincetown Massachusetts' largest outdoor living areas located on Commercial Street and the homes are historical landmarks once belonged to sea captains from the whaling days!" Well no wonder it is known as "Provinvetown's Crown Jewel". Sitting in the comfy and relaxing court yard we soon realized this was the best location in PTown to let the world pass by, people watch, and to enjoy the harbor views. We clearly scored one of the best.

Stephen, the owner and innkeeper, welcomed us making us feel that we were long lost friends. Following orientation of the house and the town we set out on foot to explore the village. We were with in walking distance of many terrific restaurants, art galleries, tourist shops and the nightlife. As we were staying only two nights at Prince Alberts Guest House we asked our host for his favourite places to have dinner. Without hesitation Stephen recommended Jimmy's Hide Away and The Lobster Pot. Both offered amazing food....the very best burger,fries and salad and the second night I got my lobster fix. We learned long ago in our B&B travel accommodation history to follow the innkeepers lead and we ended up eating the very best food overlooking the sea.

Each night following our exploration of the Provincetown village we headed back to the luxury setting of the Prince Albert Guest House. We had Room 1 just in side the front door...convenient for me not to have to travel the stairs. We soon learned that if you leave the door open Shelby the puppy would come and visit and offer her goodnight hugs and kisses...she too was a very welcoming host.

Our room was one of the 17 guest rooms with private bath, an oversized bay window with a water view. Just outside our door was a private patio. Our suite had a flat panel HDTV, ceiling fan, mini-fridgeand WiFi so we could plan our next days journey. Beautifully landscaped gardens are found amidst the patios along the front of the inn, as well as private patios in the rear where there is a large hot tub. In May one does not think of bringing a bathing suit to enjoy the hot tub. We will be sure to remember next time.

We sort of took the long way to get to Cape Cod amd Ptown, stayed only two days and then drove all the way home. A whirl wind 5 day adventure put 27 hours of driving, 2,600 klms, many fond memories, lots of pictures, plenty of culunary delights to tell others about and many new friends. You know what...we forgot to dip out toe in the cold ocean waters...meaning we are destined to return to Cape Cods Provinvetown for longer next time.

If you find your way to The Prince Albert Guest House to visit Stephen please tell them that Sally and Jan of the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario Canada sent you.

Cape Cod’s Provincetown Massachusetts USA: Land’s End Inn

Filed under: B&Bs Around the World,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 7:13 pm on Monday, May 16, 2011

Land’s End Inn: Provincetown Massachusetts USA
On a recent 5 day holiday Jan and I “escaped everyday life as we know it” and headed on a driving tour into the USA which lead us to Cape Cod Massachusetts. While in Provincetown Cape Cod we visited and toured an Inn that has the same “WOW” qualities that our Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario.

Jan and I had no accommodations planned so we drove up and down Commercial Street and Bradford Street in Provincetown. Two Inns made impressions on us The Prince Albert Guest House Inn and the Land’s End Inn. As we had a limited time visit and wanted the Centretown experience, walking through the galleries, stores and eating at a couple of village restaurants we ended up staying at the Prince Albert Inn. However we asked Stephan, our innkeeper/owner of the Prince Albert Guest House Inn, to contact the owner/Innkeeper of the Land’s End Inn and ask if we could visit and tour. Our request was honoured and Joe, an Innkeeper/associate of the Land’s End Inn took us on a very extensive tour.

When Jan and I arrived to the Land’s End Inn we parked the car on the Commercial Street road side and ascended the stairs to the most incredible view. With each step up came another and then again another “WOW”. Both Jan and I were in “AH” of the view. Mmmmm….It was at this point that we were reminded that this is the same ‘WOW” our guests experience when they arrive at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast. In both environments guests/visitors must get out of their parked car, walk the stairs or onto the higher ground to see what sets both B&B’s apart from all the other Bed and Breakfasts in our respective areas.

We were struck by the blue of the ocean, the view, the solitude of the space, the view, the collection of comfy sitting areas, and oh…did I mention the view!

This is a quote from the Land’s End Inn Website:

“Set high atop a hill in Provincetown’s charming West End, Land’s End Inn offers exquisite inn accommodations with panoramic ocean views. The New York Times describes Land’s End Inn as “a lavishly decorated outpost atop the West End with extravagant views and gorgeous grounds.” Seventeen luxury guests rooms commanding ocean views, just steps to the beach and just a short walk to downtown Provincetown makes Land’s End Inn the perfect place for romance and relaxation. has Michael Macintyre created a signature destination that is like no other. Treat yourself, or a loved one to some of the finest luxury lodging accommodations available on Cape Cod.”

You will notice that I rave about the view and have not at all talked about the interior of this incredible Inn. With the exception of maybe two rooms Joe, Jan and I visited the bedrooms. I was invited to take picture if I liked. I did take a few however they we amateurish. So I would like to lead you to see the video that the Land’s End Inn has on their website. This Land’s End Inn video takes you inside and out.

Owner/Innkeeper Michael MacIntyre has certainly made the decore work for this property. There are things everywhere in the colloection of neat things from all over the world.

For those who know Sunny Rock B&B and who might want to travel to Cape Cod and Provincetown there are interesting parallels to be drawn between the Lands End Inn and Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast: each have a “WOW” view, a very large house with interesting nooks and crannies, decks/padios with a view and a breeze, beautifull room decore and bed settings, ensuite bathrooms, breakfast nook and deck sitting for breakfast and a hospitality package that includes first class service and a value added experience.

Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve, The Forest FestivalConcert Line Up: August 17-21, 2011

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Jul Aug Sep — Sally at 11:05 am on Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Forest Festival Announces 2011 Concert Line Up at Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve
Wednesday August 17 – Sunday August 21, 2011
“A rich mixture of the performing and visual arts within
the incomparable wilderness beauty of Haliburton Forest.”

Haliburton Highlands, Ontario – Fabulous musical artists, performing in a spectacular wilderness setting, this is The Forest Festival (www.theforestfestival.com).

Opening the evening of Wednesday August 17, 2011, this annual festival of open-air concerts that links nature, ecology and music, will run for 5 days and feature seven unique musical performances. The 2011 concerts will be held at two venues in Haliburton Forest — the stunning, lakeside amphitheatre that overlooks serene and isolated Bone Lake, and at the historic Logging Museum located at Base Camp. Once again, Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve (www.haliburtonforest.com) , located in Haliburton, Ontario, will host this popular outdoor concert series, providing a stunning stage of majestic forests and sparkling lakes for the extraordinary Canadian musicians and artists that are scheduled to perform.

Wednesday, August 17, Bone Lake Amphitheatre 8:00pm
John Terauds of The Toronto Star has written “TorQ Percussion Quartet can stand proud among the growing throng of chamber percussion ensembles around the world.” TorQ constructs a world of sound based on rhythm, with virtuosic command of a bewildering variety of plucked, struck and even bowed instruments from around the globe.

Thursday, August 18, Bone Lake Amphitheatre 8:00pm
Bluegrass is irresistible, feel-good acoustic music and The Spinney Brothers are the real deal, with a list of East Coast bluegrass and country awards as long as your arm. They play music that matters, directly from their heart to yours.

Friday, August 19, Bone Lake Amphitheatre 8:00pm
Russell deCarle has a great voice-a familiar voice that’s helped Prairie Oyster round up four number one country hits over the years, several gold and platinum CDs plus Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards. He will be accompanied by ace guitarist Steve Briggs and accordion whiz Denis Kelkie.
Saturday, August 20, Historic Logging Museum 2:00pm
At age seventeen Patricia O’Callaghan decided she should become an opera singer (she previously couldn’t decide whether to become a rock star or a nun). Today, she is your ideal introduction to the world of cabaret-a world that Billboard Magazine, reviewing one of her discs, called “serious but satirical, seamy yet sophisticated…..” With Greg Oh, piano and Joe Phillips, bass.
Saturday, August 20, Historic Logging Museum 8:00pm
Once again, Saturday night means party night at The Forest Festival. Grooveyard, a sizzling and soulful Toronto band with an eclectic repertoire, draws heavily on classic funk and soul, reggae, disco, jazz and ’80’s new wave. This outfit puts a distinctive stamp on the music it performs-and on your feet, which will hurt in the morning…

Sunday, August 21, Historic Logging Museum 2:00pm
Dave Young (with Kevin Turcotte, trumpet; Robi Botos, piano, Reg Schwager, guitar; Terry Clarke, drums) is a quiet, deferential man with a twinkle in his eye. But with a deeply burnished double bass fiddle in his hands he can suddenly and miraculously channel the true and authentic spirit of jazz. He’s a multiple winner of National Jazz Award’s “Bassist of the Year” and has been named Member of The Order of Canada. Come to the concert. Sit close.

Sunday, August 21, Historic Logging Museum 5:00pm
The doors will be wide open and admission free when Porkbelly Futures founder and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Laughton (no stranger to The Forest Festival) steps forward to sing from his constantly evolving collection of favourite songs. Threatening to steal the show at all times will be master pedal steel guitarist Burke Carroll and the incomparable Dave Young on bass.
Sunday, August 21, Bone Lake Amphitheatre 8:00pm
“Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity”, Sultans of String, perform fiery violin dances with rumba guitar while a funk bass lays down an unstoppable groove. Six-string violinist and bandleader Chris McKhool, along with 4 other virtuosic musicians on bass, percussion and guitar complete an ensemble that comes as close as any to embracing “the world in one band.”

In addition, come and explore The Land Art Project, a site-specific wilderness
art installation along forest trails just north of the Haliburton Forest Base Camp,
curated by renowned artist, Reinhard Reitzenstein.

www.theforestfestival.com

Community Ticket Outlets:
-The Rails End Gallery and Arts Center 705-457-2330
-The Art Hive 705-754-0021
-The Haliburton County Folk Society 705-754-3655
-The Dominion Hotel 705-286-6954

Contact:
Sean Pennylegion

General Manager
the Forest Festival
www.theforestfestival.com705.754.2198 office
705.457.1174 home
705.854.9411 mobile

Accommodation is available at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast. Call Toll Free 1-888-786-6976.
Stay for three or more nights and mention the “Forest Festival Special”.