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A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay

Talk of the House  A Little Inn on Pleasant BayWe haven’t looked at an inn in awhile, but I think today is a good day to enjoy one.  I just know you are going to love this one! 🙂  Several years ago, my husband and I traveled to Cape Cod.  I had done tons of research to decide where we should stay.  (There were like five bazillion choices!)  After hours and hours of internet browsing, A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay met all my requirements and more. (Yes, that is really its name.)  Normally when I share an inn with you, I begin with the exterior architecture or the rooms, but not here, and it’s not because those aren’t pretty – quite the opposite in fact.  Since I have been on a gardening kick for the last week, I really want you to see the grounds first.  They are amazing.

A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay outside

A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay

Aren’t they simply breathtaking? It made me want to plant hydrangeas all over our yard (until my husband reminded me that Georgia’s climate is nothing like that of Cape Cod. 🙁 ) So let me tell you about A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay.  First, it is situated next to a real cranberry bog that is actually harvested each year.

A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay main buildings

There is a main building that dates back to 1798 (and some research suggests that the house was used at one point as a place to hide slaves as part of the Underground Railroad.)  One other building has rooms that overlook both the gardens and Pleasant Bay, and there is also a carriage house with two rooms.  Here is the view of the bay from the inn.

A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay view of the

A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay

Wouldn’t you like to be sitting in one of those chairs?

adirondack chairs at A Little Inn on Pleasant

Now let’s visit the inside of the main house.

A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay

candles at A Little Inn on Pleasant

A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay lounge

The inn is run by two sisters from London, Pamela Adam and Sandra Arnold, along with Sandra’s husband Bernd Zeller, from Germany.  Together they operate the inn as a bed and breakfast, serving a large  European breakfast buffet each morning for their guests.  We had a choice of dining in the dining room, out on the terrace overlooking the garden, or on another terrace that overlooks the bay.


You have a choice of nine rooms in the inn, all named after sailboats that sail along Pleasant Bay. Here are a few of the rooms:

Knockabout An Little Inn at Pleasant

room at A Little Inn on Pleasant

A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay

The inn is located between Orleans and Chatham, Massachusetts.  There was a very delicious coffee/ice cream/dessert place called Hot Chocolate Sparrow we visited one night in Orleans.  If you are in the area, definitely check them out.

Hot Chocolate Sparrow Orleans

And charming Chatham was one of my favorite places on our trip.

Chatham MA gazebosource

(The shopping was a lot of fun in that little town too!)

Chatham shoppingsource

If we return to Cape Cod, I’d love to stay at A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay again.  It’s a beautiful place in a wonderful location, and it really has the feel of old Cape Cod.  Perhaps they can give me some gardening tips while we are there!

A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay

Oh, and one more thing…I don’t normally purchase souvenirs from hotels or inns (cookbooks – yes, souvenirs – no.) But the little vase at the top of this post, the vase that looks like a bag?  That I could not resist.  I thought it was just so cute, and don’t my daisies work perfectly in it? 🙂

bag vase

 I hope you enjoyed touring A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay. Wouldn’t it be nice to be visiting there, looking out across the water?

Until next time…

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Gracia @ Gracious Offering - June 14, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Kelly, a friend of mine recently found your blog and told me to check it out. I love your style! Love your posts with all the photos. I’m glad or see that you love some color, buffalo checks, and even furnishings that are not all painted grey :). I’ve really enjoyed going through your older posts and catching up with all you have done on your home! Looking forward to following you this summer…Warmly, Gracia

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - June 12, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Who needs a travel agent when we have you!!..What a fabulous place….I will be sure to check it out when we one day get to Cape Cod…..gorgeous, gorgeous inn…and I would have bought that “vase” too!!!

Jenb - June 12, 2014 - 1:13 pm

I’m supposed to be in Cape Cod right now! We ended up having to cancel our vacation due to childrens sporting events. But thanks for giving me a few minutes of feeling like I was there…

Charlene - June 10, 2014 - 10:53 pm

Absolutely love this blog. Love Cape Cod also. My husband and I honeymooned on Martha’s Vineyard 25 years ago this October. I was interested in seeing about A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay to visit for our anniversary this year, but I noticed that they close for the season after September 23rd. 🙁 Also wanted to let you know that we are building a new deck on our house and have been looking for a dining set for it. We are getting the one that you have this weekend. It is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for such a great, informative, top quality site! Hope you are enjoying your summer break. Mine started today. 🙂

Paula B. - June 10, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Sending Cape love right back to you. When I read the title of this post in my RSS feed, I thought, hmm, I know that place, but Kelly wouldn’t be writing about Cape Cod. Or, would she? This place looks amazing and it is located in my favorite part of the Cape: the Chatham/Harwich/Orleans area. And, Main Street in Chatham just can’t be beat – you even have a pic of my all-time favorite destination! (shhhhh, it’s Candy Manor, enough said) I, also, frequent Chocolate Sparrow because they also have ice cream. I’m going to brag and say there is no better place for hydrangeas than the air and soil of the Cape! I hope you will return here someday soon and I will treat you to lunch at the Impudent Oyster or Chatham Bars Inn. And, take you to some of my favorite little shops along Route 6A. What fun we will have!

Jayne - June 10, 2014 - 6:36 pm

I feel like I take a mini vaca every time your share an inn you have stayed in. What a cute little vase! Love it! So many different ways you could us it! Pencils/pens, for holding silverware… is it big enough to hold a hand towel and some lotion to set in a guest bathroom? That would be cute! Everything was so lovely. The house, the grounds. I would probably choose to eat outside, weather permitting of course. Thanks for sharing!

Penny - June 10, 2014 - 10:35 am

How beautiful those gardens are! I’ve only been to the cape once and after reading this, I’m itching to go back. (While in Maine, I, too, purchased a “canvas tote” vase, except I use it as a pencil holder.) Speaking of Hydrangeas, they always look so beautiful in photos of New England, but I grow lots of them in my yard. (Charleston, SC, HOT and humid!) I have several varieties, from lace cap to French hydrangeas, but the key is planting them in the shade. A couple of them now get afternoon sun, since I lost a few limbs, and those do wilt.
I loved loved Maine! What a good idea to use the little vase as a pencil holder. I just might have to steal that idea Penny. 🙂 We had our hydrangeas planted under the shade of river birch trees, and they wilted every single day in the afternoon. I just couldn’t keep up watering them daily. I think if we had put a drip irrigation system on them, they would have done better. Glad yours are doing well.

Garden, Home and Party - June 9, 2014 - 4:04 pm


I love this inn. The inside as well as the grounds are both fantastic. The view is beyond wonderful. I’ve been to MA and even to Chatham but never Orleans. That Trip Adviser picture of the entry with the hydrangea is what I wish my house could look like!
Great post, as usual.
Karen, you need to add this place to your travel list. You would soooo love it! Perhaps you can get hydrangeas to do that in your climate. We tried them in our front beds for a couple of years, but they required daily watering. It just gets way too hot here in the summer for them to hold up the flowers.
Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

Dawn - June 9, 2014 - 3:37 pm


Thank you for the lovely tour of your vacation to Cape Cod. It looks divine. Do they serve any dishes with cranberries in them? I love cranberries. We just had a girls weekend at the lake house and I made cranberry, white chocolate, macadamia nut cookies for us. I would love to sit in those crisp white Adirondack chairs and enjoy the view, sip coffee or wine and read.
Dawn, I don’t recall them serving a cranberry anything when we were there in the summer, but I can easily see them doing a cranberry bread at some time…especially when the berries are being harvested. Your weekend and your cookies sound wonderful. Cranberries, chocolate, and nuts all in a cookie…yum! Those would not last long around here.

Jennifer - June 9, 2014 - 12:21 pm

After a particularly busy couple of weeks I checked your blog last night. I may or may not have squealed with delight when I saw I had several posts to read : ) Thank you for letting us live vicariously through you with your travels. Love Katrina’s idea of your publishing a book one day…
Sorry you have been so busy Jennifer, but I am glad you have time to read the posts now. (May is a crazy time for me as well.) Publishing a book…hmm…I will have to think on that one. Katrina seems to always be a great cheerleader for me, but glory, she comes up with more for me to do! LOL

Louvina - June 9, 2014 - 9:29 am

Nice! nice! New England is calling me! I do have a longing to go there–but the next best thing is seeing it through TOTH. Remember, you need to go back in the winter so you can go on that one horse open sleigh ride!! Right? Loving the gardens –just planted my old black coal bucket with red, white and blue flowers to go along with my flag bunting on the white picket fence. Getting ready for Flag Day, the 4th and summer time– all decorations are in that color scheme and I love daisies which I used in our wedding– 50 year anniversary this August as well as my 50th class reunion!! A BIG year for us—1964 was the best — but went by so quickly in many ways. Life is good!:)
Louvina, New England is always calling me, and I keep trying to talk one of our sons into moving there (so I will have a good excuse to travel there!) But both of our boys want to live on the west coast for some reason. Yes, that winter sleigh ride is still on my bucket list. 🙂 Your flowers and flag bunting sound like the perfect summer touches. Congrats on the big big big events! Those are major. You should be celebrating them all summer long!

Debra - June 9, 2014 - 8:48 am

What a wonderful Monday morning wake up. Oh, to visit Cape Cod! You know it is on my bucket list. This place looks so charming. It must have been so lovely there. Thank you for the tour this morning. I so enjoy and look forward to your posts, always. Have a wonderful week ahead Kelly.

It was such a beautiful place. I would definitely recommend going when the hydrangeas are blooming. They were unbelievable. So be sure you remember that for your bucket list Debra. 🙂 Hope your week is wonderful too.

Katrina - June 9, 2014 - 8:48 am

Oh what beautiful pictures to start the week with! You and you hubby sure go on fascinating trips ( add writing a book of lovely places to visit to your list of things to do when you retire) My friend and I are flying to Rhode Island on Thursday to visit a friend who recently moved to New England. Our plans include Newport , Martha’s Vineyard, Cambridge and Boston. I am so excited! Yea Kathy, maybe we can fit in trying to find Pleasant Bay. If I do, I’ll send you and Kelly a pic of me and Josie sitting on those great white adirondack chairs!!
Writing a book…glory! I can’t even keep up with the house and blog and comments as it is now! Guess I should just hire an assistant. LOL Your trip sounds like HEAVEN!! Can I fit in your suitcase? Please? Definitely send me photos from the places you visit..especially Martha’s Vineyard. I hope you have gorgeous weather all the way.
Jealous jealous.

Arlene@Nanaland - June 9, 2014 - 8:16 am

This is just what I picture when I think of Cape Cod Kelly!! A return visit to New England is on my bucket list!!
It was the epitome of Cape Cod (at least in my mind.) Yes, you need to make a return trip to New England and stay there. It was unbelievably beautiful. I know you would love it Arlene.

Kathy - June 9, 2014 - 7:27 am

OMGoodness! How beautiful! I would love to take a little vacation there and sit out in those chairs by the bay with a cup of coffee and a good book. Then, I would go to Hot Chocolate Sparrow and sample every piece of cheesecake with a chocolate shell on top. (OH, I just got an idea! I have those molds, I am going to put chocolate shells on my cheesecake. I ALWAYS get ideas from your blog!) Katrina, can you and Josie visit this inn when you go up to New England?
A sampler tray from Hot Chocolate Sparrow would be delicious Kathy!! Great idea! And I do hope Katrina and Josie can visit A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay. The owners there are wonderful folks too.

Gail - June 9, 2014 - 6:48 am

Kelly: Thank you again for taking me on a wee vacation to Cape Cod. How very beautiful! You’re so very blessed to be able to visit these marvelous locations and we your readers are really blessed to be able to tag along with you on your adventures. So thankful each time I open my email to see Talk of the House there. Blessings…Gail
Yes, we are most certainly blessed to be able to take a trip like that one. I am so happy that you enjoy the virtual vacations, and I wish I could take everyone on some of these. Thank you so much for reading and for leaving such encouraging comments Gail. I appreciate it so much. 🙂

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