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... the second time that I've felt that this week, the first time being on the beach in Chatham, another small town further down the Cape where we had the most amazing evening stroll in the warm air (it's also the summer playground of the great white shark BTW). I guess I've been hoping for some kind of epiphany on this trip. The ah-ha moment when I realize the meaning of my life or the direction I should take. Instead, I find myself experiencing these little moments of bliss and I ...
... to describe the place is eccentric. The shops all had an air of intrigue. Not least the "Marine Specialties" store. If it has been made, they sell it there. The place had replica cannons, anchors, life-rafts and torpedos hanging off the ceiling; full ceramic sets from American Airlines 1st class; and SWORDS. There was also the Toys of Eros shop; there was a lovely sex swing in the window that would've been a perfect gift for the grandparents. It ...
... Primary (like my school back home). It was COLD in Chatham - very cold. but we still looked around the streets and visited the park which had a great display for Halloween. From here we drove to Provincetown at the end of the Cape.
Saturday we went over on the big ferry to Martha's Vineyard (an island off Cape Cod). It was so windy and cold, but we had a good time.
... kinda place. Woods Hole last, but not least. The entire town is a research center with a few restaurants thrown in to feed the tourists who feed the parking meters... The aquarium and museum are small but first rate. Got lotsa fish pics I know you'll enjoy. This is the final hurrah for the Cape, next it's off towards Wash. DC, but first we've got to get around or through ...
... local Wampanoag natives called it Patuxet. We toured the Plimoth Plantation, a recreation of the original settlement and also a native homesite. It features locals dressed in period costume and speaking as 17th century English. They professed no knowledge of anything beyond "their" times. Very cool. W e missed the Nye Barn which had heritage breeds of the animals the Pilgrims had. Sad, because I know how hard it is to find a good Gravenstein ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Beaconlight Guesthouse Provincetown
If you have stayed at the Beaconlight in the past and have not yet experienced it under the new ownership, here is what to expect. The warm welcome is gone. The comfortable common room and drawing room furniture is gone. The fresh baked breads and cakes are gone. The complimentary sherry, port and glass of wine are gone. The prompt cleaning of your room while you are at breakfast is gone. The Gilchrist and Soames toiletries are gone. The afternoon home baked cookies are gone. The guaranteed parking for your car is gone. Use of the first floor bathroom is gone. Even decaf coffee is gone. The pampering and care of the owners are gone. The level of comfort and service is gone.
What a disappointment
Having stayed at the Beaconlight in previous years and being pampered with the same high standard and wonderful hospitality each time over and over again I made a reservation hoping for just another fabulous stay. You shouldn't think that new ownership could make such a difference - but no more warm hospitality, no more high standard or trying to make a guest feel at home. I have stayed in several guesthouses in Provincetown and chose the Beaconlight as my home away from home in Provincetown.
Now I have to say "never again" and try to find a new home. What a shame!
A great dissapointment
I must concur with previously posted pans of the new ownership. Staying at the Beacon Light in the past was like staying with two favorite uncles. My stay early this summer was like visiting with unloved in-laws. The new furniture is fussy and unwelcoming as is one of the new owners. The other never spoke so I don't have an impression of him. One is lectured at breakfast rather than entertained. The Beacon Light is everything I do not like about a bed and breakfast. It makes you feel like you are squating in a stranger's house.
This review is difficult for me to write, as I have been a long-time fan of the Beaconlight and enjoyed 12 wonderful years of visits. Both the Beaconlight and the Oxford were regarded as the best houses in Town, with Stephen and Trevor running premium-level homes filled with warmth and charm.
The Beaconlight was a disappointment! My job requires a lot of traveling and I found the Beaconlight guesthouse to be just as cold and unfriendly as so many of the hotels that I have stayed in over the years. It was obvious that the new owners did not care about me and my much needed vacation. I had a feeling that the owners had taken on a large mortgage and the only way they could run the place was to cut corners (even though I had paid $200.00 per night plus I was asked to leave a sizable gratuity to the staff). My room smelled moldy and I discovered that the dresser must have previosly been stored in a damp warehouse and was never fumigated properly; therefore all my clothes smelled as did the room! I would leave the air conditioner on low to clear the smell but the staff would go in my room while I was out and turn off the air to save money. I always felt I was in the way when I would go into the common areas especially the kitchen and many times I took my breakfast up to my room. Unfortunately, by doing this, I missed out in meeting others and this made my stay seem like all the other unfriendly, stuffy cold establishments I am used to staying at during the year. If you're looking for fun and meeting others at an upscale guesthouse, DON'T STAY AT THE BEACONLIGHT!
Having been a regular at the Beaconlight for years, I have grown to know hospitality, service, and friendship. This year the owners (Trevor & Stephen) decided to sell the Beaconlight in March, but continue to run the Oxford Guesthouse. With some trepidation, but an open mind, we maintained our reservations and appeared at the Beaconlight's door in August.
I will never stay anywhere else!!
The Beacon Light is wonderful. The guest house is beautiful, rooms are diverse. The house staff were great, the sweetest bunch of guys. The food was amazing. All around perfect experience. We stayed there for our wedding. I love it and can not wait until I go back!!
We stayed at the Beaconlight Guesthouse during February 2005. We arrived later than planned and called them first and they kindly left a key for us to collect so that we could get in after they had retired for the evening.
Fab, Homelike Guesthouse
I've stayed at the Beaconlight three times: in early November 2003 and 2004 and the week after July 4, 2004. The owners Trevor and Stephen have done an outstanding job of creating a warm, and homelike atmosphere. Many guests return, particularly in the summer. Staff are friendly and helpful; location is great and quiet: very close to Commercial St. in the heart of P-town. Mussel Beach gym is only a five-minute walk, and bike shop is closeby too. Highly recommended!
We stayed here a couple of years ago and I remember it as very nice.
The rooms are off a living room type room with a piano and I loved the breakfast/kitchen room. They had a hot tub that we didn't try. A little too close for me in a B&B situation but I only tried them once and it was awhile ago.