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Fall fun down Falmouth way

Posted by Paul Kandarian  October 19, 2013 12:59 PM

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If you find yourself down Falmouth this fall, you may want to check out the Sea Crest Beach Hotel, which underwent a $15-million renovation two years ago, and has a few chilly weather offerings going on. Those wanting to check out foliage along the Shining Sea Bike Path can opt for the resort’s fall bike package, which gets you two nights, a day’s bike rental for two, a bike map and breakfast for two each morning. Rates for this deal start at $129 a night. There is also a fall B&B package, rates starting at $189 per night, which is available for midweek stays. Both packages are good through Oct. 17.

If you’re a guest or not, you can kick back at the hotel’s Red’s Restaurant and Lounge, which is running food specials through October, including Monday night all-you-can-eat buffalo wings for $9.99, Tuesday night Red’s signature angus burgers for $5, with purchase of any beverage, and Wednesday night mussels, a local favorite, for $9.99. Red’s is named after legendary Boston Celtic coach and president, the late Red Auerbach, one of the Sea Crest’s original owners.

The hotel also has a Thanksgiving Day buffet Nov. 28, with Executive Chef Daniel Kenney’s menu reflecting local twists on traditional fare, such as local sugar pumpkin bisque, cider-glazed organic whole turkey with Cape Cod cranberry sauce, and desserts such as fresh chocolate waffles. The feast costs $43 for adults and $19 for kids under 12, not counting taxes and tips.

And it’s a pretty cool place just to absorb history. In 1927, The University Players Guild (among the group were Henry Fonda, James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan) created a summer playhouse and tea room on Old Silver Beach, where the hotel now stands. The playhouse burned in 1936 and was replaced by the Old Silver Beach Club, that getting blown away two years later in a hurricane. In 1942, The Latin Quarter went up, managed by Lou Walters – father of journalist Barbara Walters. It shut down for a spell during the war, and by 1963 was bought by Auerbach, with partners Kenneth Battles and Steve Hill, who converted it to a year-round resort in 1971. It is now owned by Scout Real Estate Capital LLC, which acquired it three years ago.

For information and reservations, visit www.seacrestbeachhotel.com, or call 800-225-3110.

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