Michael Kasparian and many friends from the Falmouth Chamber came by this week for a ribbon cutting to officially welcome Treehouse Lodge into the Famouth community. We are blessed to have a wildly supportive group of fellow business owners here in Falmouth, so it was no surprise that with short notice the Chamber rallied with their oversized scissors to help us inaugurate the new business with a bang. Check out this historic moment LIVE here on video:
Also in the house for this visit were former owners Judy Ernst and Sandee Parmalee, representing decades of leadership at the former Sleepy Hollow Motor Inn. It was quite an honor to show them the new rooms and gardens. Everyone paused to appreciate the amazing Copper Beach tree that dominates the property. Just gazing at it's lush foliage one feels more relaxed.
With Quicks Hole donuts and coffee in the lobby, we admired the red vinyl chairs that have graced this space for more than a decade. Some things never change.
Join us this summer at Treehouse Lodge for a game or two of Corn Hole Toss. We light the fire ball on summer evenings, and guests gather in the garden for conversation and fun. Check it out!
No matter who wins, it's always a fun time at Treehouse Lodge, a new place to stay in Falmouth MA on Cape Cod, walking distance to the ferry to Martha's Vineyard in Woods Hole.
One of the highlights of our outdoor area here at the Treehouse Lodge is our new, marine-themed Fireball. With some newspaper, chopped wood and sticks gathered from nearby woods, a few determined staff members took on the task of creating the first fire. It was difficult in the beginning; the wood was damp from previous days of rain and we had to repeatedly fan the fire to keep it alive.
With some tips from a knowledgeable Treehouse guest (Thanks, Sam!), we kept the fire going by feeding it Japanese knotweed found nearby on the property. This invasive bamboo-like plant, she informed us, was the perfect way to nourish a fire. Once our wood was situated and a good base fire was created, we continuously added the knotweed to keep it going strong.
With the fireball finally coming to life, we look forward to the summer nights ahead full of s'mores, good company and campfire songs!
You can travel many, many places and not find one as uniquely beautiful as Woods Hole. A mecca for science. Surrounded by ocean beaches. Cluttered with waterfront restaurants. Busy like Times Square with travelers to the Vineyard. Free concerts spilling out with happy people dancing in the streets. But peaceful too.
So here is your moment of zen, when fog rolls through sunshine on the first warmish day of June 2017.
Although the weather has been colder than usual, we have scampered about quite a bit the last two weeks making the final preparations in order to open Treehouse Lodge to the public. And drumroll please....that's right we did it! Treehouse Lodge is open with all 24 rooms available for booking this season. Please see Rooms for photos of the renovated rooms, new gardens and more.
With lots of help from Shannon, Casey, LaDonna, Kelly, Amanda, Ben, Dan, Eric and so many more people, we scrubbed, hung curtains, swept, cleaned windows, put together new furniture, washed new sheets, then cleaned, cleaned and cleaned some more!
And now we are open. Come see us this summer at Treehouse Lodge, a new place to stay in Falmouth MA. The front desk is open every day from 8 am to 8 pm so please feel free to drop by and someone can give you a quick tour of the property. Thanks for your interest in Treehouse Lodge!!
Artist, architect and sculptor Sandra Vlock spent summers in Woods Hole as a child, and her aesthetic is defined by a love of and respect for the ocean. Her brother Dan now has a house here in Falmouth, and we connected with her to commission a Treehouse Lodge fire pit that would do our new garden justice.
The Fireball arrived on a pick up truck yesterday, driven by fellow sculptor Joe Sorge who helped us gently roll this celestial orb off the back of his truck into it's new place.
One of our guiding ideas was that parents are looking for a comfortable place to gather and enjoy the end of the day, after the wee ones have worn themselves out at the beach. An ideal setting for this kind of hang out is one where the kids rooms are within eyesight, which is part of the beauty of the Treehouse Lodge layout.
We dream that as the sun sets behind the copper beach and the fireflies come out, you will circle up around this fire for the kind of longer, relaxed conversations that only happen on vacation, that this relaxed evening leads to a restful sleep in anticipation of the delightful day ahead.
Join us this summer at Treehouse Lodge, a new place to stay in Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod. For rates & reservations, look at our availability calendar here.
Read more about Sandra Vlock on her website.
From the beginning, I had a vision that a central garden could be the defining part of Treehouse Lodge, a cool gathering place in summer with shady trees. An oasis where parents might sit for a few moments with their morning coffee, or kids would clutch beach towels before strolling to Nobska Beach, or Grandpa might watch the kids run around before walking down the hill to dinner. A safe beautiful place, organic in size but also structured like a French garden.
It is exciting to see this vision coming to life as landscapers descend onto the property with excavators, rocks, cobbles, rich loam and new birch trees. I am grateful to the excellent advice of Thomas Berkley, Christian Valle, Dave Foster, Mike McGrath and Sandra Vlock (and others) in coming up with outside the box solutions and breakthrough visions for this new space. It takes a village!
I am reluctant even to share these photos as it is so incomplete -- missing a unique fire pit that is in the works offsite, as well as plants, hedges and other elements that will bring it all together. I know when the ancient copper beach buds into its rich dark leafy show, the space will changed overnight from this glowery April day into the glamour of summer in all her glory. But the real magic happens when you arrive, then the real vacation karma begins.
Inside, the rooms are almost done and the lobby is looking sweet with new paint, flooring. I am excited that this space feels welcoming and will offer piping hot coffee each morning at breakfast from a new counter top bar.
The lobby still needs a unique front desk, more to come on that topic! Stay tuned.
The pool at the former Sleepy Hollow Motel was removed this week to make room for a new garden. This was a big step to take, but we felt strongly since we are about a quarter mile from Nobska Beach (just one of the most beautiful spots on Cape Cod), that most guests would appreciate the change. The garden will feature shade trees, a gathering place with fire pit, outdoor tables and chairs, adirondacks for lounging and more.
By the end of the week, the pool was gone. We meet tomorrow with landscape architects to explore and develop the new garden plan. We are intent on creating a Treehouse feeling with a place to savor a hot cup of coffee, room for kids to run, hide and play, and outdoor games.
And there is always the sea beckoning you from just down the street. Choose between Buzzards Bay (at Stoney Beach) or Vineyard Sound (at Nobska Beach) -- having so many beaches close by is one of the many benefits of life at the end of the peninsula.
Time to jump in! Ahhhhh.
On the topic of home improvements, my friend Chris says you have to break a few eggshells to make an omelette. This is always a hard step for me, having been raised by Depression Era parents for whom the phrase "perfectly good" was coined. And there is so much at the old "Sleepy Hollow" that is perfectly good!
And yet, to birth the new Treehouse Lodge, we felt we had to move on from some of it. So we gathered a great crew earlier this month to empty about half the lodge rooms to prepare them for renovation.
Step one was calling our friend Liz who came to recycle as much of the material as possible for further use -- TV's, curtains, light fixtures, wall art, pool equipment, furniture and more went to her for up-cycling and re-use. Why toss that which is perfectly good! Liz makes going green easy.
Here is what a typical Sleepy Hollow Motel queen room looked like before we stripped to get ready for new flooring. (Wouldn't it be cool if objects could levitate for a few days so that flooring crews could work without clearing a room? OK, I get it, that's a little too sci-fi for this blog but a girl can dream: )
Here we are mid stream, curtains down but plenty of stuff still to move. Doing the right thing for the environment is important to us so we paid to have the older tube TV's disposed of properly.
Once empty, a demo crew came in to rip out carpets and prep for painting. Look at them eggshells!
Wall units with heat and AC were pulled to be replaced by energy efficient mini split systems for more modern heating and cooling systems in each room.
And now we start putting it all back together again! Flooring will go in, new paint, new headboards, new furniture, new curtains, new mini-fridges and more! Stay tuned on this blog for more details, and look at our "Rooms" page to see inspiration layouts and drawings of the future look and feel of the Treehouse Lodge.
In the end, we hope to serve you an excellent omelette.
The Sleepy Hollow Motor Inn has been operating in this location since the 1950's. Early postcards boast of a "spacious motor court offering privacy, hospitality and comfort." A central pool dominated the property, and the postcard offers rooms at $8 per night in the high season.
In the last fifteen years, the Sleepy Hollow was ably managed by Sandee Parmalee and Andy Mattox. This fall, the property was purchased by Beth Colt and PK Simonds who plan to run it under a new name, Treehouse Lodge.
Renovations began in earnest in February 2017 to be open in time for the summer season. Plans include removing the central pool and replacing it with a lovely garden and gathering place, upgrading rooms and baths with new fixtures and decor, opening up the lobby for a more comfortable welcome experience, and connecting to the fastest fiber optic internet for blazing connectivity.