Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas on Nantucket

David and I escaped to Nantucket for a couple of days and it was wonderful!  I'm thinking this may need to be an annual tradition.  Nantucket had their Christmas stroll the previous weekend but this past weekend, most of the shops were still open and had steep discounts (in the 50% to 75% off range).

We stayed at the Carlisle House Inn which is a short walk to the shops and restaurants.

Our fireplaced room at the Carlisle House Inn (sigh)

The off season gives a whole different feel to Nantucket.  We walked along the cobblestone streets and drank in the beauty of the architecture.  

Wishing you and yours a peaceful 
and joyful holiday season!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Holiday Home Tours on Cape Cod

It is that wonderful time of year when you can take a break from work, shopping and baking to visit beautiful homes decked out for the holidays.  There are two coming up on the upper cape:

Bourne Historical Society, Inc.
Bourne’s Hidden Treasures &
Holiday Homes Tour
{self traveled}
Take a tour of the “Villages of Bourne”
Tour beautiful homes of history and elegance
As we celebrate Christmas in Old Bourne Village
December 7th 2013
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Tickets $20
For reservations contact Diane (508) 759-6123, Maureen at (508) 759-2762, email the clerk:  bhsclerk@verizon.net  

And the following weekend in Sandwich:

Sunday, December 15th
Homes Open: noon - 4:00pm
Celebrate Sandwich’s long history of community spirit, neighborhood charm and gracious homes.
See how homeowners and innkeepers, along with area designers, florists and retailers decorate Sandwich’s finest homes as a welcoming celebration of the season.
Stunning homes, both historic and new, will open their doors.
Docents will be stationed at each home and Bed & Breakfast to point out historic or architectural features, unique furnishings and special decorations.

Special appearance and holiday decorating ideas from stylist and author Matthew Mead!
A portion of the proceeds go to Sandwich's 375th celebration.www.sandwich375.com

Tickets are $20 pre-purchased or $25 the day of the event.

For more information:

Sandwich Holly Days Home Tour

Monday, September 2, 2013

Charming Cottage with a Spectacular Marsh View in Historic Sandwich Village

Warm wood floors in the living room
9 Georges Rock Rd., Sandwich, MA

This adorable cottage is blessed with sweeping marsh views.  Sited on a quite lane, it is a short walk to beautiful Sandwich village and the renowned Sandwich boardwalk.

Smaller homes have become increasingly desirable due to their small carbon footprint and ease of upkeep.  And of course, the greenest home is the one that is already built.  While this 18th century home has a long history, it was renovated in the 1970's with new wiring, insulation, and plumbing.

Additional updates were made recently with a new heating system.

There is some remaining work to be done on the exterior, but given the location, it would be well worth the effort.
Upstairs bedroom with wide pine floors

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath
offered at $289,900

Please contact Lisa Hassler for more info or
for a showing at 774-994-1337,

Upstairs bedroom
Bring your kayak

Friday, July 12, 2013

Historic Home Tour in Sandwich Village, 8/4/13 - Noon to 5 PM

Sneak peak video below!

You are invited to a very special event:  A tour of historic private homes in Sandwich, Cape Cod’s Oldest Town.

Walk the lovely tree lined streets of the village, enjoy lemonade and cookies in a charming cottage garden and admire architectural details from a bygone era.

The Historic Home Tour is a benefit for events
for the Sandwich 375th Anniversary and
the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are limited and are $20 in advance,
$25 on the day of the tour.

Tickets may be purchased online at
or by cash/check at the following locations:

                                                      Beth’s Bakery and Cafe’
                                                      Heart of Stone
                                                      Splash Stationers
                                                      The Spotted Cod
                                                      Thru the Years

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Trolley Tour highlighting Bourne's History, July 9, 2013

Briggs-McDermott House,
22 Sandwich Rd., Bourne Village
The Bourne Society for Historic Preservation will hold a trolley tour highlighting the town's history from 9 AM to 3 PM, July 9th.  The tour will take passengers to Bourne Village, Mashnee Island, Gray Gables, Monument Beach, Pocasset and Cataumet, providing insight into the places, people and stories of Bourne's past.

Lunch is included and will be served in the art gallery.  The cost of the tour is $50

Meet at the Briggs-McDermott House at 22 Sandwich Road in Bourne Village.
For more information or reservations, call 508-563-5786 or 508-360-5459.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hearth & Home Tour, 6/15/13, Plymouth

Hearth & Home Tour
Saturday, June 15th, 
10 am to 4 pm

Visit a Plethora of Contemporary 
& Historic Houses!

For our 8th Annual Hearth & Home Tour,
we present a captivating assortment of
private residences and special showings. You
are invited to explore a delightful assortment
of historic and contemporary local homes, and
enjoy a sneak preview of a major Manomet
restoration in progress. Fiber artists host a
spinning bee exclusively for Home Tour guests
at the colonial Harlow House. Encounter the
best of Plymouth’s past and present during
this one-day only event!

Tickets: $35 per person; $30 Antiquarian
Society members and by advance purchase.
Your ticket includes a luscious afternoon tea served
from 2 to 4 pm at the Hedge House Museum.
Space is limited, so purchase your tickets early!
Advance discount available. Advance ticket orders must
be received by June 8th for discount to apply.
Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the event at
the Hedge House Museum from 9 to 11 am.
All tickets non-refundable.

For reservations and more information, contact the Plymouth Antiquarian Society
P. O. Box 3773, Plymouth, MA 02361
www.plymouthantiquariansociety.org pasm@verizon.net 508-746-0012   

Monday, April 22, 2013

Bourne Historical Society Live Auction



WHEN:  Saturday, April 27, 2013
Viewing from 3-4:30PM
Auction will begin promptly at 4:30PM

Where:  On the Grounds of the Aptucxet Trading Post
Under the “Big White Tent”
Overlooking the Cape Cod Canal
6 Aptucxet Road, Bourne, MA 02532

Why:  To benefit the Bourne Historical Society’s mission to preserve, protect and educate the community on our rich historical background and
to record our history today.
The Bourne Historical Society is a non-profit 501[c][3], funded only by donations and volunteers.

Auctioneer:  Charles A. Lewis
License Number A11 2724

Cash & Personal Checks [pre-approved]

We will have vintage art & furniture, one of a kind items, items especially created for this event by local artists, entertainment, food & drink for your enjoyment.
Fun for the entire family while supporting the work of the Bourne Historical Society.

Come as a group of friends, as a family or by yourself.

Plan to attend!

Please call Diane at 508-759-6123 with any questions

●Reserve your seating by contacting the Auction Committee●

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Historic Home for Sale in Andover MA

43 Abbot St., Andover, MA for sale at $1,279,900 by Lillian Montalto Signature Properties

We're taking a little field trip today to Andover, MA.  A previous client who purchased a very lovely historic home on the Cape is selling their fabulous historic home in Andover, MA.  It is offered at $1,279,900 by Lillian Montalto of Lillian Montalto Signature Properties in Andover.  This beautifully restored 1890 home has 6 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths and won a preservation award by the Andover Historical Society and the Andover Historical Commission.  Sitting on .88 acres, the home is in close proximity to renowned Phillips Academy.

For more information, please visit the listing broker's website.

Please enjoy the photo tour below.