Friday, July 7, 2017

BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF FORT HILL B+B AND FORT HILL AREA



Amazing views of the National Seashore's Fort Hill Area, including the very special Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast with its Nantucket Cottage.  Take look at the overhead shots 



and the  Youtube video and then compare them with the whimsical painting of the area done by local artist, J.T.V. Kilson.  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

How about a Dune Tour in Provincetown?

Unforgettable Cape Cod!


Art's Dune Tour

One of the most exciting, unique experiences visitors to the outer Cape can have is taking a Dune Tour  with Art's through the huge sand dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore's Provincelands.  The awesome size of the sand "hills", with professional narrative by the tour guide, provides for an unforgettable Cape Cod experience! 


Art's Dune Tour...sunset tour to Bay

 For a special treat, sign up for the sunset tour and clam bake.   Yup...a real lobster/clam bake on the beach.  





Looking for a romantic spot to stay for 3 to 7 nights?


Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast- Main House with 2 suites and one ocean-view cottage


It's not too late to book unique lodging: a private suite or ocean-view cottage in the historic Fort Hill Area of National Seashore Park.  Eastham has a central location that allows visitors to enjoy all the Cape has to offer, including whale watches, quant towns, and ferries to the islands.  Check out our reviews and give us a call.   At the Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast we treat all our guests to outstanding hospitality and some of the best breakfasts they have ever eaten.  Really.  


Main House/Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast
We offer adults the opportunity to experience the peace and serenity of staying inside the protected lands of the Park. Come join us this summer.

Cape Cod at its best! Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast in the National Seashore.

Scenic Fort Hill Area ...Amazing!


Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast in foreground: Clockwise from top; Main House with 2 private suites, ocean-view Nantucket guest cottage, Barn/workshop.  Colorful, historic Captain Peniman House across the street


You know that summer will arrive any day now...don't be caught trying to make last minute plans for your vacation only to be disappointed.  You can stay in a unique, scenic, seaside location, at a 5* rated Bed and Breakfast.    

Nantucket ocean-view cottage living room.
We have the perfect, private, romantic cottage for you.  The ocean-view Nantucket Cottage has all the luxury you need: AC, kitchenette, free wifi, cable TV/DVD, private patio and more.  Available for July 23-29 on a weekly or nightly basis (5-night minimum).
Suites in the Main House may still be available for 3-night stays.
Check out our availability calendar here or give us a call.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What's going on this spring near Eastham?




Spring.  Finally.  That means the outer Cape is a burst of color--green, pink, blue, and smells--lilac, honeysuckle, peony, freshly mown grass and salt air!  



A magical time to celebrate the season and see the sights!




But there are attractions, besides the National Seashore, that make spring a special time to visit Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast

 Here is a sampling of a few events coming up during the next few weeks.  Check them out and give us a call if you can sneak away for a couple of nights to celebrate the season.  We would love to host you!

Concerts at the First Encounter Coffee House

Cape Cod Restaurant Week

Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theater

Heritage Museum and Gardens

Cape Cod National Seashore

Provincetown


Friday, March 31, 2017

Treat yourself to a stay in the Nantucket Cottage...at Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast.




The Nantucket ocean-view Cottage at the Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast

Luxury, comfort, quiet and total privacy or warm, unobtrusive hospitality....with ocean views, self-catering or breakfast included.  Inside the scenic, historic Fort Hill Area of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham, MA.  We still have a couple of weeks left in the summer...shorter stays too!  Give us a call. (2 Adults, no pets, no smoking, as a B+B or Guest House accommodation)
Nantucket ocean-view Cottage
Nantucket cottage living room with gas stove (seasonal).

18' X 20' with ocean view, AC and comfy seating

This sofa opens to a queen bed (in case one of you snores!)  

The bedroom is on the second floor and has its own whisper-quiet ductless AC.

The perfect place to watch the sunrise over the ocean with your morning coffee.

Plenty of books, games, puzzles, DVDs 

Original artwork by local artist is for sale 

Nantucket Cottage kitchen has an induction burner, pots and pans and utensils.


Microwave, Keurig coffee maker, farm sink.  

Inside the island you will find drip coffee maker, tea kettle, waffle maker, salad spinner and more!

This handy convection toaster oven will allow you to roast as well as broil if you desire.

Bedroom has queen bed. We provide fine linens...you provide the romance.

Sitting area in the cottage bedroom.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

What's for Breakfast?

Here at Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast we serve a full, hot breakfast cooked especially for our guests from fresh, local ingredients.  The entree may contain fresh herbs or vegetables from our organic garden.  This morning we offered one of our signature dishes: Cheesy chive egg soufflĂ© along with  fresh fruit cup and herbed heirloom tomatoes. 




Blueberry cake adds another dimension for those with a sweet tooth.  








And, as usual, the sideboard holds our home-made almond-maple granola and freshly made yogurt.  Sound good?  Why not join us one morning  here on scenic Fort Hill, in the National Seashore, overlooking Nauset Marsh and the Atlantic.



Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sitting on a pot of Gold: Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast, Overlooking the Atlantic





A picture really does not do this awesome sight justice.  It was a fast moving thunderstorm, leaving a clear, cool blue sky behind it that produced a double light-show rainbow.  We feel so lucky to live and work here at Fort Hill.  How many people can look out their kitchen window and know that they are sitting on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

You could be lucky too!  We still have a few vacancies in the house and cottage.  Give us a call before we are full!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

June in Bloom!




Here at Fort Hill we brave the winds of winter, always looking forward to June...the garden month!  The organic veggie garden is in (more about that later) and the perennial garden is strutting its stuff.  


Come see it in person. We have vacancy for June 8-10 in Emma Suite.  We are just 10 minutes from Wellfleet Center and a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life! 












Warm hospitality, a gourmet full breakfast and private, top notch accommodations...Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast, overlooking Nauset Marsh and the Atlantic!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Emma Suite June 8,9,10,11...Join Us!

If you are looking for a lovely, spacious, private suite for a  2-4 night stay you are in luck.  A last minute cancellation has opened up the gracious Emma suite for the nights of June 8-11. We serve a great full breakfast and can help you plan your day.  Our location in the National Seashore on Fort Hill is second to none!  Read our reviews to see what others say about us and then contact us.




Emma Suite (2 adults) offers:


  • Warm, yet unobtrusive hospitality from seasoned, professional hosts
  • Direct access to National Seashore Fort Hill Area (scenic views and trails)
  • 3 acres of gardens/lawn
  • Tastefully decorated rooms with quality furnishings, wood flooring
  • Queen Bed 
  • Quality cotton bed linens
  • Private bathroom with full size, modern fixtures
  • Cast-iron soaking tub/tile shower combo
  • Fluffy towels, Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes
  • Daily light housekeeping
  • Quiet ductless AC 
  • Ample lighting, books, 2 Comfortable chairs 
  • Separate, private sitting area 
  • Piano 
  • Quiet, Adult-only, pet-free environment
  • Cable TV, flat-screen with DVD
  • AM/FM radio 
  • Free high-speed WiFi
  • Guest Refrigerator
  • Beach towels, chairs, umbrella
  • Early morning beverage (coffee/tea)
  • Light daily housekeeping
  • Complimentary, served 3-course breakfast 
  • Organic herb, vegetable, flower gardens
  • 24 hour Tea Cart 
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Free ample parking

Thursday, April 28, 2016

How about your own ocean-view cottage...with luxury?



Greetings from Gordon and Jean at Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast,

Gordon and I are wishing you all a Happy Spring. It is time for us to start “gearing”up for the arrival of our B+B guests, trying new recipes, washing windows and spring cleaning the house and yard! We want everything to be perfect for you, our best guests!

We want to let you know of the improvements we have made in the Nantucket cottage to make that popular, cozy space even nicer for a 3-6 night stay, or for a weekly stay this summer either as a B+B accommodation or as a self-catering Guest House accommodation. Some of you already have made your reservations and we want you to be aware of the improvements before you arrive. If you have not made a reservation yet, we hope that Fort Hill B+B will be in your vacation plans this year if you are able to sneak away to Cape Cod!



*The cottage is now air conditioned with the installation of 2 powerful, whisper quiet, ductless units installed in the bedroom and the living room. Each indoor unit has its own thermostat and operate so efficiently and quietly that you will never want to leave! We hope these additions will make your stay in the cottage during the increasingly hot, humid summers more comfortable.



















*The Kitchen can now live up to its name as a place to prepare an entire meal....not just breakfast or a snack! Once the weather breaks I will be planting some herbs by the cottage door so you can help yourself! And of course, the organic veggie garden is aways just a few steps away.

*New for 2016 is the addition of a butcher block island with an induction burner and pots and pans....perfect for boiling, sauteing and simmering! The pull up table under the windows has been outfitted with stools for dining. Or, the table in the living room and the outdoor table give a couple of other options for sitting down to an eat-in meal.




*In addition to the existing microwave drip coffee maker and refrigerator, the kitchen now also boasts a convection toaster-oven and Keurig coffee maker. We will provide a few starter k-cups with a variety of flavored coffees for the Keurig and encourage guests to use the refillable single cup holder with their own favorite coffee.

If there is anything else you can think of that would make your stay in the cottage more comfortable we would love to know. In the meantime, we will be posting pictures on our Facebook page which you should all be able to access.



Stay well. We hope to see you soon!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The National Seashore Beach belongs to all of us.....on foot.

An open letter to anyone who loves the National Seashore Beach in Eastham,

As a long-time resident of Eastham, in a location which overlooks Nauset Marsh and Coast Guard Beach, I would like to express my dismay at the prospect that, contrary to Eastham's bylaws, vehicles may be allowed to drive on Eastham's portion of Coast Guard/Nauset Beach. While others in Orleans may bemoan the closure of the vehicular access at the Eastham line, I applaud it. The spit belongs to all of us, on foot or by boat...not exclusively to Orleans residents who want to drive on Eastham's section of the fragile spit.

Granted, I have a vested interest in seeing the pristine sand spit remain free from the hoards of vehicles that populated it before Eastham enforced its bylaw against vehicles on the beach last year. For over 28 years we have looked out from Historic Fort Hill in the National Seashore to much the same seascape that was witnessed by Captain Edward Penniman in the early 1900's. It is a rare and lovely sight to see... the rolling farm fields, marsh, sand dunes and ocean in their natural form, with walking beachgoers,  picnickers, fisherman and boaters enjoying the serenity of the spot.



Contrast that with the view (after the break moved further north) of the same section of beach in Eastham , populated with vehicles from Orleans. 


The portion of beach shown in both photos above is in Eastham as seen from Fort Hill. When the “break” was further south, several year ago, there was a long section of Eastham's beach north of the break; ALL visitors and residents of Cape Cod had access to the beach and “break”, by foot or by boat. The historic view from Fort Hill was serene.

When Mother Nature shifted the sands to move the break further north several years ago, Eastham's access to its own beach became limited to boat access only, and encroachers in cars and trucks from Orleans moved onto the spit, claiming ownership. The historic view is destroyed....the beach became a parking lot for Orleans residents.

The beach in question is in Eastham. Eastham has a bylaw prohibiting vehicular access, preserving one of the most precious scenic views in the National Seashore. The National Seashore and Eastham are in agreement...no vehicles on the Eastham section of Nauset Spit.  


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Wellfleet Audubon Sanctuary....a peaceful escape.



We were tourists yesterday!  Yup, we got away from the Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast to take a nice long walk in the Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary, an Audubon area on the Bay side encompassing acres of marsh and upland in North Eastham and South Wellfleet.  We came across this shorebird that gave a surprising flash of white when it flew off.  A Willet?  That's what we are thinking....any better ideas?


Monday, August 25, 2014

Our favorite walk to Coast Guard Beach




Walking through Paradise on the way to Coast Guard Beach in Eastham!

 This is one of our favorite walks because it always changes with the season and it directly connects to our favorite beach, Coast Guard.  Notice the goldenrod in the foreground and the pale golden hue in the marsh....just magnificent!  Of course, Fort Hill is our favorite walk, with vistas out to the sandy beach and Atlantic ocean, wildflower meadows, and forest, but for a beach walk we always choose to walk to Coast Guard Beach in the National Seashore.  

Here at Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast we still have vacancy in our ocean view Nantucket Cottage, as a guest house accommodation (self-catering),  for Oysterfest weekend, October 16-20.  Send us an e-mail if you are interested in staying in this fully heated, luxury cottage with gas fireplace.  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Best Lobster Shack on Cape Cod

Looking for some of the best Lobster in New England?  Right here in Eastham, just a couple of minutes from the Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast, you will find one of Yankee Magazine's Top Picks for the Best New England Lobster Shacks.  Yum...butter dripping down your chin and maybe even a round of miniature golf and and ice cream cone to cap off the summer season!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Breakfast Delight...Panna Cotta at Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast!

It's a busy time here at Fort Hill...the summer has been glorious and the beaches at their best! This morning we had home-made vanilla bean panna cotta and fresh fruit topped in a berry compote as a first course. it was a big hit! Here is a before and after picture as well as an easy recipe I picked up while we were in Italy last fall. I double the recipe for the B+B gang.

Fort Hill Panna Cotta

Serves 4-5

1/2 cup half-and-half
1 envelope unflavored powdered gelatin
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup plus 2 Tb. Sugar
2” piece vanilla bean, split
grated zest of 1 lemon or 1 small orange, optional

Butter five 1/2-cup ramekins.
Pour gelatin on half-and-half. Stir to dissolve.
In medium-heavy saucepan, mix cream, sugar, vanilla bean and gelatin mixture.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, until the mixture begins to boil. (Don’t boil over pan!)
Cook until the mixture begins to thicken slightly, then remove the pan from heat and discard the bean.
Stir in lemon zest if desired.
Pour into ramekins, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set (5 hours) or overnight.

To un-mold: run a knife around the sides of the ramekin. Place a serving plate on top and invert the mold on the plate. Or dip each mold quickly in hot water and then invert.
Serve with fresh fruit, shaved chocolate or make a caramel sauce.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Best use for Garlic Scapes!

It's garlic scapes time! Here's one of our favorite recipes...among several that use garlic scapes.  Don't you just love the way these tender green shoots look in a harvest basket?  They taste even better than they look and are prized for their delicate garlic flavor.  We grow our own organic garlic and harvest their tender green shoots in June.  

Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast's  
Cannellini Bean and Garlic Scapes Dip

Ingredients:
15 ounces cannellini beans, canned, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup garlic scapes, chopped
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
1/2 cup very good extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon joice
1/4 teaspoon seas salt (or to taste, depending on beans and cheese)
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:
1. Add beans to bowl of food processor and pulse 3 or 4 times. Add the garlic scapes and olive oil. Process for 30 seconds.
2. Add the lemon juice, sea salt, and black pepper and process until the dip is thick and creamy and the garlic scapes have been incorporated into the beans. If the dip is dry add a bit more oil. Serve with whole grain crackers or sliced baguette.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CNN: 20 Best Places to Visit in USA.....Cape Cod is #12



Wow! CNN thinks Cape Cod is #12 on the 20 Best Places to Visit travel guide. The picture in the article is of the Eastham Coast Guard Station on Coast Guard Beach. Yup...that's the beach we look at here at Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast and the one pictured below, taken by Gordon.

We have vacancy in the ocean view cottage from June 29-July 5 with a 5-night minimum. Come on Down!!  Full Breakfast, great beaches, lots to do...what's stopping you?


Coast Guard Beach in Eastham