Palmer House Inn, The

81 Palmer Ave , Falmouth, MA 2540 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


A romantic Cape Cod bed and breakfast in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The Palmer House Inn is a well-loved mainstay of Falmouth’s picture-perfect Historic District, clustered around a quintessential New England Village Green. Carefully curated to preserve its historic character, the bed and breakfast has been updated to provide you with the modern comforts you would expect. Our Queen Anne Victorian inn offers 17 rooms (4 of them dog-friendly) each with private bath, air conditioning, and its own individual charm and unique architecture. A delicious breakfast is served each morning in our dining room. The daily selection includes a fruit-based dish, a home baked or locally prepared bread or bread dish, & a main entrée. We are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions with advanced notice at check-in. Falmouth is a Currier & Ives Cape Cod Victorian seaside resort with a storybook Main Street that features artisan shops, international fine dining, theatre, opera, a harbor and ten beaches! Main Street, bike trails, bus depot and a host of other destinations are within walking distance of our quaint Massachusetts getaway.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Love Palmer House!

4.6 on December 17, 2017

This was our third stay at the Palmer House Inn. We love the location near Falmouth center (wonderful restaurants and shops). The owners, Pat and Bill,and their staff are so helpful and nice. The food at breakfast is always delicious. Everything was outstanding.

Our Thanksgiving Stay at The Palmer House

4.6 on November 29, 2017

The hosts were magnificent and couldn't of been more helpful or friendly. The Inn was immaculate and beautifully appointed. Can't wait to go back!

Palmer House Bridal Party Location

5 on November 15, 2017

We used the Palmer House for the bridal party and bridal suite and truly enjoyed our stay. The breakfast in the morning was superior and the rooms provided the close-knit environment we wanted. The inn is close enough to everything to be convenient but far enough away to be relaxing. The owners are accommodating without letting guests inconvenience each other. We truly enjoyed our stay here and will do so again at any opportunity in the future. Thank you very much for an enjoyable and memorable wedding experience!


5 on October 29, 2017

We do a lot of long rtoad trips throughout the US and Canada and ususally stay in B & Bs and small inns. The Palmer House met and exceeded our expectations. The location is terrific—3 or 4 blocks to the center of tow. In Keepers with a wealth of knowledge and lots of suggestions, extremely spacious and comfortable accommodatioins and super good breakfasts. We were even comped tickets to a music festival at the local museum. This area of Cape Cod is derserving of three or four days and if you go the Palmer House is the only place to stay. Five stars all the way.

The Palmer House, Cape Cod

5 on October 25, 2017

This was in Internet find, and we couldn't have been more pleased. The Inn offered everything you could ask of a B&B: lovely accommodations, staff and surroundings. Walking accessibility to both the town and bus shuttle service to the beaches and ferries. Would absolutely staff there again and recommend it.

Best First Experience at a B&B

4.6 on October 23, 2017

Adorable B&B in a fantastic location. We were a 5 minute walk from downtown Falmouth, a 5 minute walk to the Martha’s Vineyard shuttle, and nearly next door to a bike rental location. The Palmer House provided an excellent breakfast. My only suggestion for improvement is to provide some non-dairy options. I had to drink my coffee black & couldn’t have most of the breakfast on either day because I’m lactose intolerant and no non-dairy options were provided when asked. Other than that, we loved our stay!


5 on October 18, 2017

Charming place and charming people. Our cottage was clean and comfortable. Old school. Food at breakfast was creative gourmet and served with a friendly smile.

Palmer House Inn

4.8 on October 13, 2017

These was an elegant inn. The innkeepers responded to our every need. I would highly recommend a stay.


5 on October 05, 2017

If I could give the Palmer House ten stars I would. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay wonderful. We have stayed at the cottage previously and stayed in the cottage again this past weekend. The rooms, the food and the ambiance make the Palmer House the perfect getaway.

Annaversary stay 2017

4.4 on September 27, 2017

My wife and I had a wonderful stay. The weather left a lot to be desired but The Inn experience more than made up for it. The owner operator gave really good advice for alternative activities. Nancy and I love you guys.

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Rooms & Rates

Henry David Thoreau Cot.

This quaint two-bedroom stand alone cottage suite is a unique feature of our B&B. The primary bedroom is furnished with a king bed, a whirlpool (jacuzzi style) tub and a television with a DVD in the room. The second bedroom is smaller with a queen bed. A sitting area joins the two bedrooms, it opens onto a private deck and garden. The sitting area has a mini fridge and a coffee maker. There is a full bath off the sitting area with a tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Harriet Beecher Stowe Rm

This is a spacious premium room located in the B&B’s Guesthouse. The king bed and gas fireplace makes this one of our more requested rooms. The private bath has a whirlpool (jacuzzi style) tub. This room is appointed with an abundance of details for your convenience such as a mini-fridge and coffee maker.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Theodore Roosevelt

This spacious room is located in the B&B’s Guest House. The carved mahogany king canopy bed has a crocheted coverlet and a cozy ivory duvet. It has a gas fireplace and a private bath with a whirlpool (jacuzzi style) tub. You will also find a mini fridge and coffee maker. The Roosevelt room is designed in shades of hunter green, Cape Cod cranberry red, and ivory.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Emily Dickinson

This spacious premium room is located on the second floor of the Main Inn. It welcomes you with a carved mahogany king canopy bed, television with DVD, mini fridge, coffee maker and a private bath with a whirlpool (jacuzzi style) tub. The Dickinson room is designed in soft fanciful shades of blue, pink, rose and white. The colors of the lovely floral print comforter are echoed in an antique framed Radoute botanical print that hangs on the north wall.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Henry James, Penthouse

This is a spacious premium room located on the third floor of the main house of the B&B. It has a romantically draped four poster king bed with a double whirlpool tub in the bedroom. Over the tub is a cathedral ceiling with a sky light for stargazing. The private bath is appointed with a romantic double shower. A flat screen television with DVD, mini fridge and a coffee maker complete this room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Richard Henry Dana Rm

This is a spacious premium room located on the third floor of the Main Inn. It has a king bed with a white iron bed. A mini fridge, coffee maker, private bath with a whirlpool (jacuzzi style) tub, which makes this a favorite with returning guests. The Dana Room is designed in shades of wine, dark green and ivory. A model of the sailing ship “Pride of Baltimore II” adorns the antique dresser.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

Historic, Cape Cod, Oceanview, Small town, Village


Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 79 miles

Directions to property:

From Bourne Bridge to Falmouth: Follow Route 28 South – divided highway will become a 2-lane road. Continue straight through traffic signal at Jones Road for approximately 1/2 mile. Route 28 (Palmer Ave.) turns left towards the center of Falmouth. Palmer House Inn is first house on the left past the shops. Driveway is before the Inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Boating, Bicycle Trails, Bird Watching, Whale Watching, Plymouth Plantation, Hiking Trails, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , ADA Room with private access.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Fishing, Fishing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3pm-6pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: During peak season
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: First two nights of a stay are applied to card at time of reservation.
  • Cancellations: A full refund minus a $20 service fee with two weeks notice. With less than two weeks notice a refund will be provided if we are able to resell the room.
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Pat and Bill O'Connell, Mary

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About the innkeepers

We love the dynamic New England seasons, from the warmth and freshness of spring to the vibrant colors of fall. Sharing our passion for the Cape with guests and friends has been a great joy.

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Full Gourmet

  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten-free

Signature Dish

Cape Cod Sunrise
Chilled fresh squeezed orange juice with Cape Cod cranberry juice ice cubes.


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