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Take a Break from Exams with a Getaway to Cape Cod

November 14th, 2016 by Beth Colt

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With exams quickly approaching, we wanted to do something for all of the hard-working graduate students who pour their energy into research and learning. Something that would offer a beacon of hope amidst the all-nighters and endless hours at the library. So, we came up with our “Grad School Special.”

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That’s right: take a step away from your busy life and join us in our quiet, restorative seaside village of Woods Hole. Studies have shown the psychological benefits of both gazing upon an ocean’s horizon (which we have plenty of here in Woods Hole) and feasting on a pizza (which we will offer as part of your package), so there is no reason to skip this awesome special which will be available for a limited time!

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Beat the exam blues with this quick escape to the Cape, or, bring your study materials with you and enjoy the quiet peacefulness of your surroundings while you prepare for your tests. Either way, it will be a well-deserved night or two (or three!) away before the end of semester and kick off of the holidays.

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Online booking is available here (with pricing details) or feel free to call the inn at (508) 495-0248 for more information.

Note: this special will be available Sunday-Thursday nights. 

A Knitting Weekend in Woods Hole with Norah Gaughan

October 31st, 2016 by Beth Colt

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For avid knitters out there, we have wonderful news: renowned knitwear designer Norah Gaughan will be joining us in Woods Hole for a knitting workshop weekend, February 3-5th, 2017. This is a wonderful opportunity for knitters who want to learn a new stitch, improve on their technique in a supportive environment, and have a cozy weekend in our charming seaside village of Woods Hole. Yarn will be available for sale in advance, supplied by Black Purls Yarn in Sandwich, MA.

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The weekend schedule is as followed:

Friday Evening
Arrival/check in starting at 3 PM
6 PM — Meet Norah over wine and cheese at the Woods Hole Inn.  Join us for this “try-on trunk show” and book signing with Norah (no cover charge for workshop attendees, this event is open to the public).
Dinner on your own: Try one of Woods Hole’s wonderful local restaurants or drive into Falmouth (three miles) for many other choices.
Saturday
9.30 AM: knitting session with Norah, followed by pre-fixe lunch at Quicks Hole Tavern (included in package price)
1.30 PM: Open knitting in the afternoon
Dinner on your own: Try another one of Woods Hole’s wonderful local restaurants or drive into Falmouth (three miles) for many other choices.
Sunday
9.30 AM: knitting session with Norah followed by pre-fixe lunch at Quicks Hole Tavern (included in package price)
 Note: Our famous breakfast will be served both mornings starting at 8 am at the Woods Hole Inn. Check out on Sunday is before Norah’s session, with free parking offered in our adjacent lot until 2 pm Sunday. 

It will be a weekend full of knitting, learning, and chatting, and we can’t wait!

See pricing details here or please call (508) 495-0248 to book your weekend with us.

Ring in the New Years with the Brazen Belles and a Mimosa Brunch!

October 12th, 2016 by Beth Colt

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There are many special things about this town. One of them, which makes top of the list, is a burlesque troupe made up of local ladies and a whole lot of talent. Every show is filled with song, dance, and “chorus line kicks,” and it brings such a wonderful energy and sass to this sea-side town, especially once the chillier, quieter months set in!

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For the first time ever, we will be offering two complementary tickets, valued at $50, to their 5th Annual Winter Spectacular, which occurs during the New Years Weekend (only valid for guests staying at the Inn). Ring in 2017 with an insider’s peek as to what makes this town extra special, then sleep in after the show. We’ll be serving a leisurely New Year’s Day mimosa brunch in our sunny ocean-facing breakfast room — the perfect way (in our opinion) to start a new year. It sounds far away now, but the holiday season, believe it or not, is just two short months away! Book now, because we have a feeling the Inn will fill up quickly for this special weekend. Call (508) 495-0248 to reserve and see pricing details here.

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Top two photos courtesy of Brazen Belles. 

Staff Spotlight – Meet Jonathan Winkler

October 5th, 2016 by Beth Colt

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Jonathan Winkler, Valet & Front Desk

Jonathan has been working at the Woods Hole Inn for the past four years.  Last year, he moved into the staff quarters so now he enjoys views of the water and fresh ocean breezes everyday!

What is the best part of the job? Meeting new people everyday is the best part of my job. I love talking to guests and learning where they are from, what they like to do, how I can help them have fun while they are here on Cape Cod. Making the best of your Cape Cod vacation is my number one goal while you are here at the Woods Hole Inn.

What is your favorite breakfast item at Woods Hole Inn? The home made vegetable quiche, it is delicious.

What is your favorite place on Cape Cod or the islands?  I love Edgartown on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. It is just the most beautiful place to walk around. I enjoy the historical houses, cool shops and great restaurants.  Living here at the Woods Hole Inn, a trip to Edgartown makes for an excellent day off because I just walk across the street to the ferry.

What is your biggest accomplishment? My biggest accomplishment is finding a job I love. Not to mention it is located in a beautiful place where I truly love to live.

Fun Fact! My favorite color is pink.  You’ll catch me in my pink board shorts in summer.

What is the best place you have traveled so far and why? I am a huge fan of the Bahamas because I love spending time out on a boat. The aqua blue water is the most beautiful I have ever seen.  Sometimes in high summer season here on Cape Cod, we get a hint of those Caribe blue waters here too.  I love that!

 

A Woods Hole Farewell

September 10th, 2016 by Julia Pearl

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I have had the tremendous opportunity to adventure around Cape Cod all summer, while living in the quaint village of Woods Hole as the summer intern at the Woods Hole Inn. What a treat!

I came from a small town in Vermont, so upon arrival in early May, I felt instantly at home here. I am captivated by the ocean, and aspire to live near the water when I settle down someday. I have been spoiled, living right here overlooking Vineyard Sound with Buzzards Bay around the corner. 

Leaving this all behind will be very difficult. Not only am I going to miss the epic sunsets at the Knob, my lunch breaks swimming over at Stoney Beach, or my late night bites at Pie in the Sky, but the people within this town have also imprinted on me. My days here were nothing but beautiful skies and smiling faces.

The summer months in Woods Hole are always busy —  bustling with vacationers, summer visitors, locals, and of course all the science residents.  I loved gazing out my kitchen window on the top floor of the Woods Hole Inn, imagining the stories of each pedestrian below.  I saw families with wild children running down the sidewalk for ice cream. I saw local teens staring at their phones, giggling and sharing videos.  I saw sweet couples walking hand in hand maybe on their anniversary, or a vacations away from the kids. 

Perhaps the best summer development was my new road biking hobby, with a sweet bike lent to my by my cousin for my blogging adventures. I biked to almost every Falmouth beach, and explored most of Martha’s Vineyard too. Man was that fun!

I am going to miss this little town and all the Woods Hole Inn staff. Cape Cod was a great adventure, and as I head back over to Germany this October on my next adventure, I will be bringing a little piece of Woods Hole with me…

A Woods Hole cap of course!

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I hope you have enjoyed my take on the Cape. This is not good bye, this is a see you later!

 

Top 5 Romantic Lighthouses on Cape Cod

September 10th, 2016 by Julia Pearl

 Here is our recent wrap up of romantic lighthouses on Cape Cod.  Looking for romance?  Look no further than our top five romantic Lighthouse Cape Cod list that follows . . .

#1 Nobska Lighthouse

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Nobska Lighthouse is a classic New England style lighthouse, poised on a hill top looking out over Vineyard Sound, Martha’s Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands.  Recently sold to the Town of Falmouth, and about to be restored by the “Friends of Nobska Light,”  this extraordinary location offers epic sunsets.  Better yet, stay up all night and share the dawn here.  Kissing in the lighthouse shadow is said to be good luck, and the view alone will fill your year with joy.

Nobska is an ideal location for special moments in your life. Check out Chad and Kendall’s elopement at Nobska, a special day photographed by the Woods Hole Inn. Parking is limited at the lighthouse itself, or walk fifteen minutes from the bike path in Woods Hole on Church Street.

 

#2 Edgartown Lighthouse

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Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

The Edgartown Light is at the end of North Water Street, across from the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard.  A short walk from the center of the village past rows of beautifully restored historic whaling residences, the Edgartown Light boasts an incredible vantage point between the harbor and the sea.  With deep water on both sides, this delicate peninsula has survived centuries of storms, welcoming sailors back into the protected harbor.  Drift knee deep into Nantucket Sound and grab your perfect summer selfie with the lighthouse behind you.  Romance, Cape Cod style!

The Lighthouse is open to the public daily from June 27th – September 5th.  Parking is limited, or it’s a ten minute walk from where the bus drops you in Edgartown.  Check out our suggestions for a great bike trip to Edgartown here.

 

#3 East Chop Lighthouse

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Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard,  MA

The East Chop light sits on a hill guarding the eastern entrance to Vineyard Haven Harbor on Martha’s Vineyard. Ferries, antique clipper ships, speed boats and sleek modern sailboats zip by this glorious vantage point looking out both at Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds.  The lighthouse is located on East Chop Drive, half way between Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs by car.  There is street parking in this residential neighborhood of million dollar homes.  Hop out and enjoy the view.  Take a minute to dream about your future home by the sea, hold hands and make a wish together.  Everything is easier with a partner at your side, especially exploring Cape Cod’s finest lighthouses!  Look here for more details on your fun day exploring Oak Bluffs.

 

#4 Gay Head Lighthouse

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Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Perched above the sacred red clay cliffs of the Wampanoag, the Gay Head Lighthouse is located in Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard. From here, you are gazing west towards Block Island, with Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands to your north.  Still a working lighthouse, you can walk down to the beach below and pay your respects to John Kennedy Jr and his wife Carolyn Bessette whose plane crashed in the ocean near here on July 16, 1999.

The Gay Head Lighthouse has been recently relocated at great expense ($3.5 million), due to the rapid erosion of the cliffs.  Turn your head towards the Southwesterly breeze for the perfect wind-swept romantic selfie in this extraordinary locale.  An easy day trip from most of Cape Cod, more photos and how-to details for your trip are here.

 

#5 Wings Neck Lighthouse 

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The Wings Neck Light marks the channel to the Cape Cod Canal at the tip of Wings Neck, a promintory in Buzzards Bay.  With a huge view of the bay, Bassetts Island, Abiels Ledge, Cleveland Ledge and the busy freighter traffic of the canal, Wings Neck Light is not to be missed.  A short stroll from “The Big House” memorialized in George Colt’s epic book about 100 years in the life of a summer house, many Cape Codders have found romance here over the last hundred years.  If you appreciate “The Big House,” then the Wings Neck lighthouse should be on your bucket list.

Many of the houses adjacent to the lighthouse are also available for rent by the week in summer, so for true lighthouse lovers, this is a great option for your vacation rental on Cape Cod.

 

 

 

A Cozy Winter Weekend of Crafts in Woods Hole

September 7th, 2016 by Beth Colt

With the heat and humidity carrying us into September, we can’t help but fantasize about the chillier months here on Cape Cod, when sipping hot chocolate in front of a fire and knitting our new relatives teeny tiny hats is the best way to spend a winter weekend.

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What better way to experience the Cape Cod winter land than with a December weekend trip to the Woods Hole Inn? By booking the first weekend of December, you’ll get to experience a true gem: the Renaissance Fair, right in the heart of Woods Hole.  The Cape Cod craft fair is somewhat of an institution Cape-wide, but this is one of the best.

Every year, the Woods Hole Community Hall is filled to the brim with locally crafted goodies (think award-winning homemade hot sauce, gorgeous nautical prints, handcrafted ornaments, beeswax candles, letterpress stationary, and local honey).  A visit to the Woods Hole Renaissance Fair is the perfect way to complete your holiday shopping with unique, hand-made items.

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The mood is festive with live music all day. It’s something we look forward to every year, and always encourage our guests to check out!  Head home with a hand-crafted holiday wreath, made on frames of dried grape vines with locally cut greenery.  Or try the soups and tasty breads offered from our local church – an amazing selection of home made delights sure to warm your heart.

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This year, we’re taking it a step further with our first ever “Renaissance Fair Weekend Special.” Book your two-night stay from December 2nd-4th and get a Standard King for $399 or a queen for $379 queen, plus $25 worth of “Woods Hole Inn Bucks” to spend at the fair.

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The Renaissance Fair is open to the public from 10 to 3 pm on Saturday December 3, 2016 and located at 68 Water Street in Woods Hole.  There is plenty of street parking in Woods Hole.  Parking is included for guests of the Woods Hole Inn.

Our “Same Time Next Year” Special

August 28th, 2016 by Beth Colt

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With the years flying by faster than ever, it gets harder and harder to find the time for a pause, no matter how brief. At the Woods Hole Inn, we want you to be able to treasure your stay as much as possible, so we’ve created our “Same Time Next Year” special with that in mind; just ask for a piece of our beautiful custom paper, find a quiet reading spot at the Inn (or settle into one of our Adirondack chairs on the deck) and write a letter to your future self. We’ll keep it tucked away for safe keeping until you return. And by booking your next year’s stay now, we’ll honor the current rate, plus take 10% off. Consider it the best gift you could give your future self, and a well-earned moment of reflection.

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We love being your letter’s safe haven, but the the best part by far is seeing all your smiles as you pass them over!

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How to Explore Chappaquiddick Island, Edgartown MA in four steps

August 23rd, 2016 by Julia Pearl

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Chappaquiddick Island, the island off of Martha’s Vineyard

Located off Martha’s Vineyard is Chappaquiddick Island, or Chappy as the locals call it.  Barely connected to the main island by a thread of beach, often breached in storms, the main way to Chappy is by ferry from Edgartown. Exploring this remote island is one of the highlights of a visit to Cape Cod and can be accomplished in four easy steps from the Woods Hole Inn.

1 — Take the Martha’s Vineyard Ferry 

The ferry terminal is about 100 steps out the back door of the Woods Hole Inn, with ferries departing to Oaks Bluff and Vineyard Haven regularly from 6am- 9:30pm. The trip takes about forty minutes ($17 RT passenger fare plus an additional $8 for your bicycle).  My friend and I hopped on the 9:30am ferry to Oaks Bluff to start our bike adventure to Chappaquiddick Island.

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2 — Ride the Beach Street Bike Path 

Once in Oak Bluffs, we hopped onto Beach Street.  This six mile bike path takes you along stunning Joseph Sylvia State Beach, right onto the center of upscale Edgartown, MA. It is a beautiful ride of about 45 minutes, and we successfully resisted diving off the famous Jaws Bridge — saving that for the way back.

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3 — Find the Chappy Ferry 

The Chappy Ferry is located right next to Memorial Wharf, off Dock street in Edgartown. The ferry travels 527 feet, lasts about 2 minutes and delivers you to a whole other world ($6 round trip with a bike). The ferry is called “On Time” as it has no official schedule, just goes back and forth all day.  We enjoyed the brief ride, waved to the ferry driver and zipped out the only road.

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View from Wasque Point

4 — Explore Chappaquiddick Island

We biked about four miles on pavement before the road turned to dirt. Wobbling over pebbles and spinning out in sand pockets was a bit tricky in our street bikes, but we managed. After about a mile, we crossed a small bridge which opened up to the gorgeous Wasque Point, facing the Atlantic to the southeast.  From here, it’s clear sailing, blue sky ocean as far as you can see, next stop Spain.

Our Chappaquiddick Island adventure took us to a whole other world with 38,000 acres of pure nature, conservation lands and unparalleled ocean views. The Island is larger than you think, so I highly recommend taking your bike over — maybe with tire repair kit for that sandy road.  Bikes are also available for rent in Oak Bluffs.

Next time, we will visit Poucha Pond at the Mytoi Japanese Gardens or find the famous Cape Poge Lighthouse.  There is much to see on Chappaquiddick, the island off the island, a memorable day trip from the Woods Hole Inn.  I called them four easy steps, but only you can be the judge of the “easy” part.  Enjoy exploring!

Thanksgiving Cape Cod

August 22nd, 2016 by Beth Colt

Thanksgiving on Cape Cod, a time for long walks on quiet beaches, great conversations with friends & family, memorable meals including our favorite — freshly baked pies with home made crusts and plenty of real whipped cream.

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Ahh, the holidays are upon us with all their festive glory.  Here in Woods Hole, we like to celebrate Thanksgiving Cape Cod-style — adding to our sea glass collection, picking up the turkey from our local farm, making relish with cranberries just harvested off the Falmouth bogs, taking long walks in Beebe Woods with friends.

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The very first Thanksgiving happened just a few miles from here at Plimouth Plantation, and so we consider it fitting to break bread in the shadow of our forefathers, on this sandy spit we call Cape Cod.  It’s a great time of year to visit Plimouth Plantation , an easy drive from the Woods Hole Inn.

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Fall is especially beautiful, with sunsets coming earlier each day — the glowering orange orb glowing off the water at last light.  Local dining options abound including Quicks Hole Tavern, Water Street Kitchen, Captain Kidd, and Landfall all open in Woods Hole.  Both Seacrest Hotel in North Falmouth and Harborview Hotel in Edgartown (a short ferry ride away) offer excellent banquets on Thanksgiving Day.

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Join us for Thanksgiving this year in Woods Hole and experience our new PIE EXTRAVAGANZA, which you can read all about here.  Call to book today 508-495-0248.

 

Visit Nantucket Island from Woods Hole

August 15th, 2016 by Julia Pearl

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Nantucket… the Grey Lady…  #ACK… Whatever you call this island thirty miles off the coast of Cape Cod, a trip here will change you.   Known for cobblestone streets, elegant shopping, and surf-raked beaches, Nantucket Island is a unique place that should be on your bucket list.

I could not spend the summer on Cape Cod without exploring this famous destination.  From Woods Hole, my friend and I drove an hour on a weekday to Hyannis to catch the 8 am high speed ferry (passenger tickets are $50 Monday-Thursday, $77 otherwise).

Nantucket Fast Ferry: Hyannis

Parking in Hyannis is offered offsite at multiple locations ($15 parking fee per calendar day) with a free shuttle to the ferry dock.  You can pay more to park across the street in private lots, if there is room left.

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Nantucket Main Street

The cobble stone Main Street is lined with high end boutiques, beautiful flower displays, old school street lamps and expensive restaurants. Many of the shoppers were tricked out in high prep –  nantucket red shorts, pants with whales, pink sweaters and blue blazers — great fun people watching.  The streets are lined with antique Cape Cod style saltbox houses left over from Moby Dick’s era, back when Nantucket was a metropolis of whaling fortunes.  For history geeks, be sure to add the Old Whaling Museum to your itinerary.

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Handlebar Cafe

An old friend with #ACK cred recommended the Handlebar Cafe which was easy to find, made a sweet cup of Joe and offered healthy breakfast options at a reasonable price.  Got to love their Instagram feed too!

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Surfside Beach

Near the coffee shop, we hopped on the Nantucket WAVE. This local bus system runs regularly to all the island hot spots. We decided to explore Surfside Beach on the south side of the island, a fifteen minute bus ride from the center of town ($1.25/person).  Surfside Beach is a great place for a long stroll searching for shells, sand dollars and Nantucket blue sea glass.
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Cisco Brewery 

We soaked our share of sun, took a dip in the salty Atlantic then decided to head back to town for a cold one at the Cisco Brewery.  On the free shuttle service which departs from Federal Street every 20 minutes, the brewery driver gives you fun facts including his tongue -in-cheek warning to watch out for loose kids, saying “…this is the time of year where a lot of families come out and pretend they have never even had children…”  He did a great job welcoming us to the Cisco vibe.
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Enjoying our flight of beer samples, the bartender taught us a dice game, adding a playful touch to the beer tasting experience. We attempted to roll high and lost, but someone was bound to get lucky and win a pile of nickels!

Wine Tasking at Cisco Brewery

Even if you are not a huge beer drinker, there are also wine tastings, the Triple Eight distillery and some great ciders on draft. With live music, food trucks and a super fun atmosphere, it was hard for us to leave authentic Cisco Brewery.

The fast ferry home gave us time to reflect on our trip to Nantucket Island.  The Grey Lady is a place of extraordinary physical beauty, great people watching and lots of fun destinations.  Another amazing day trip from my perch this summer at the Woods Hole Inn.

Staff Spotlight- Meet Amanda Benoit

August 12th, 2016 by Beth Colt

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Amanda Benoit, Manager of the Woods Hole Inn
Amanda has been working at the inn for over six years, managing it for the last three.

What is the best part of the job? Our guests are my favorite part of this job. Meeting such interesting, warm, happy people from all over the word makes it not only a fun place to work but creates a great positive atmosphere.

What is your favorite breakfast item at Woods Hole Inn? I’m a dessert person, so the maple bars are my favorite. In a close second, the home made quiche because it is some of the best I have ever had.

What is your favorite place on Cape Cod or the islands?  I love the beach. I like taking short boat trips to the surrounding island beaches.  We are lucky to have a boat to access to these sandy island beaches — so remote that they are usually empty which is amazing.

What is your biggest accomplishment? Mothering two healthy, beautiful children.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.  I love to make my own jewelry.

What is the best place you have traveled so far?  St. John in the Caribbean. Such a beautiful island.  In summer, Woods Hole’s Gulf Stream waters remind me of my favorite place.

 

5 Best Honeymoon Destinations on the Upper Cape

July 18th, 2016 by Beth Colt

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Planning a honeymoon on Cape Cod? With its sandy beaches, fresh squeezed summer cocktails, and picturesque bike paths, the Cape has always been high on the list for newly-weds looking for a romantic and restorative honeymoon. Below, we’ve rounded up our five favorite lodging options for the Upper Cape, your honeymoon Cape Cod dream locale. Starting with…

The Captain’s Manor Inn

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Conveniently located just steps from Falmouth’s Main Street, this upscale Bed & Breakfast has a classic, 1950’s elegance — with rooms that will make you feel both comfortable and special. Breakfast can be enjoyed on the expansive veranda overlooking the grounds and gorgeous greenery. We recommend their made daily and in-house blueberry scones, perfect destination for your honeymoon Cape Cod style.

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The Nobnocket Boutique Inn

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Want something a little more modern? The Nobnocket Inn, newly restored with a contemporary, British flare, is Vineyard Haven’s best new Bed & Breakfast, and the perfect excuse for the forty-five minute ferry ride over. You won’t want to leave once you arrive, and owners Simon and Annabelle will instantly make you feel at home. Spend your honeymoon window shopping the adorable (Obama approved!) shops in Vineyard Haven, or take a day trip down island for a chance to enjoy the many picture-perfect beaches. See our complete tour of the Inn here.

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The Belfry Inn and Bistro

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At the Belfry Inn & Bistro in Sandwich, every room is different. Once a Catholic church with high, vaulted ceilings, you’ll have a chance to sleep in a king bed below a magnificent stained glass window! Gold Winner of Cape Cod Life’s best Bed & Breakfast — the Inn also houses one of the Cape’s finest restaurants, where an evolving menu offers a fresh and seasonal take on American cuisine. Try the local burrata with eggplant Caponata, or the Belfry burger with tomato jam and crispy Prosciutto.

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Camping on Sippewissett Campgrounds

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Sticking to a budget, or more of the outdoors-y types? Rent a tipi at Sippewissett Campgrounds, which offers 100 sites equipped with picnic tables and fire pits — and even a laundromat. Take advantage of the campground’s free daily shuttle to the beach and ferry, or rent bikes for a scenic trip into Woods Hole for hot coffee and Popovers at Pie in the Sky. A honeymoon Cape Cod complete with s’mores and catching fireflies in a jar could be yours!

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Woods Hole Inn

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And last but not least — the Woods Hole Inn. We could go on and on about the romantic charm of this bustling port town — from the waterfront restaurants to the sweet seals at the aquarium to the best lobster tacos on Cape Cod — all just walking distance from the Inn. Take a trip to the Vineyard (the Inn is just steps from the Steamship Authority ferry terminal), or keep it local with lots of beaches, a bike path that hugs the shore, and evenings sipping champagne on our private water-facing deck. We can guarantee you’ll fall in love with this place we call home.

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My Edgartown Bike Trip, a day on Martha’s Vineyard

July 12th, 2016 by Julia Pearl

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My Edgartown bike trip started with the short pedal from the Woods Hole Inn to the Martha’s Vineyard ferry terminal across the street.  It was the perfect day to explore the island, leaving from Woods Hole to the port of Oak Bluffs.

Ferry ride in to Oaksbluff

Ferry to Oak Bluffs

The ferry was about forty five minutes but it didn’t feel long with the cool ocean breeze, the view of distant shores and plenty of boats to watch from the ferry deck (passenger ticket $17 plus $8 for the bike).

Beach street Bike Path

Once in Oak Bluffs,  I took the scenic Beach Road towards Edgartown.  The five mile ride along Joseph Sylvia State Beach takes about an hour …  if you can resist stopping to dip your toes in those clear Atlantic waters.  The path does run along the main road, but don’t worry, it’s pretty flat with guardrails to separate bikes from vehicular traffic.

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Jaws Bridge

The “Jaws Bridge” marks the Edgartown – Oak Bluffs line. As I neared the bridge made famous by the Steven Spielberg film, I saw shirtless beach lovers on the railings ready to jump. The Jaw’s Bridge is on the bucket list of many visiting Edgartown (Martha’s Vineyard) and you too can ignore the signs and leap into Nantucket Sound in this glorious location.

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Beach Street flowed into Upper Main Street and the center of Edgartown where I found upscale shops, local galleries, epic summer flower displays and many friendly faces.  My favorite was the Backwater Trading Company, full of local crafts, designers creations, silly cards and original t-shirts.  What a hoot!

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Edgartown Lighthouse

My Edgartown bike trip would not be complete without a jog over to the Edgartown Lighthouse Beach — less than a mile from the center of town.  A short walk out on a sandy peninsula, the lighthouse was smaller then I imagined, but still an incredible vantage point between the harbor and the sea. With many tourists milling about,  I had to wait for my perfect empty shot!

Atlantic Fish & Chop House

Atlantic Fish & Chop House

Before making the trek back, I decided to re-fuel with a lobster salad at the Atlantic Fish & Chop House. Their patio seating was an ideal spot to watch the high end yachts and old wooden sailboats jostling through ritzy Edgartown Harbor.

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I feel lucky to be spending the summer day-tripping from the Woods Hole Inn to cool places like the bike path between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown , a convenient place from which to explore all of Cape Cod and the islands.

Want to follow in my footsteps?  Enjoy lunch at the Atlantic Fish & Chop House in Edgartown as part of a special package, details here.

Staff Spotlight — Meet Kaylee Costa

July 11th, 2016 by Beth Colt

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Kaylee Costa has been working at the Woods Hole Inn for several years now, and you may know her as the superstar who saved another employee’s life last year.  (And if not, read all about that right here.)

What is the best part of the job? The people!  I love meeting people from all over the world and hearing about their faraway lives. My goal is to visit everywhere at least once. I am currently taking notes for my bucket list.

What is your favorite breakfast item at Woods Hole Inn? The tomato soup cake because it is vegan and really good!

What is your favorite place on Cape Cod or the islands?  I love driving Route 6A from Barnstable to the Sagamore Bridge.  I recommend it to guests who want to explore towards the outer Cape.  It’s one of America’s oldest roads (sometimes called the Old King’s Highway)  with antique houses lining this winding original cow path.  I have picked out many of my future homes along that drive.  It really gives you an authentic sense of the history of Cape Cod.

What is your biggest accomplishment? In my off time, I enjoy competitive racing. I recently did a “Spartan Sprint,” an extremely hard challenge but I finished it.  I was able to complete a lot more obstacles than I thought possible. It was a goal of mine for 2016.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.  I love to read. I have finished 36 books since January 2016.

What is the best place you have traveled so far?  I love Prague. I visited for a month once with a college group.  We went to five countries and I knew the least about Prague before I got there.  Just showing up with zero expectations was the best part. I loved everything about it!  Prague is a beautiful old city with this huge stone bridge filled with artists,  not to mention — the food was amazing. Rome is a close second.  I have been there twice and really love it too.

Tour the New Research Vessel R/V Neil Armstrong, an insider photo essay

June 26th, 2016 by Beth Colt

new research vessel in Woods Hole

Woods Hole officially welcomed a new $100 million dollar research ship called the R/V Neil Armstrong on Saturday June 25th.  Over 25 years in the planning, this gleaming new floating laboratory was open for the day, with thousands of lucky visitors (including me!) invited on board for a full tour.

Woods Hole is the NASA of the ocean.  Led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, our tiny village is a world leader in understanding everything about ocean science.  I have been looking forward to my VIP insider tour since the invitation arrived weeks ago.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution WHOI

Our tour was led by Cyndy Chandler, longtime WHOI scientist and veteran of many “cruises” which is what the scientists call a research trip out on the boat.

new boat in Woods HoleOur group was pretty stoked as we boarded, looking up at this huge ship loaded with high tech gear.

Woods Hole research boats

Check out the Bridge of the R/V Neil Armstrong

First stop was the bridge, where we learned the ship is controlled by the tiniest wheel plus a couple of joysticks like a video game console.  The navigator explained that the technology of the ship’s engines allows them to remain in an exact location within a few inches if the seas are calm.

inside tour of research vessel in Woods Hole

What about inside the ship?

We traveled up and down the ship’s hallways, seeing bunk rooms, a floating hospital room, a fully handicap accessible room, recreational spaces and laboratories where the scientists do their work at sea.

R/V Neil Armstrong in Woods Hole

Cyndy explained how communications at sea have changed since she started at WHOI in the 1970’s.  She said the new internet connection was great for morale as shipmates can communicate regularly with loved ones, but sometimes she missed the quiet of leaving distractions behind.

Woods Hole scienceShe told us the labs were stripped of gear as each science cruise brings their own computers and equipment aboard.

research vessel in Woods Hole, interior

See the Galley of the R/V Neil Armstrong

The galley is where the 40+ scientists and crew eat all their meals.  The chef talked about the challenges of cooking and serving meals when the boat is in a rough sea.  I appreciated the small plastic sign he had over the serving area (“free beer tomorrow“) which he removed from the former vessel R/V Knorr before it was sold to the Mexican Navy.

visit inside the RV Neil ArmstrongOutside, we looked back at the Woods Hole waterfront from on high.  The ship feels at least four stories tall,

Woods Hole newsand I spied Quicks Hole Tavern and the Woods Hole Inn from this cool new vantage point.

visit to the research vessel Neil Armstrong

On the aft deck, they explained how experiments start with a huge crane that can lower equipment into the water as well as an ingenious system of deck bolts for ever-changing special gear.

visiting a research vessel in Woods Hole

Back on the Docks

Back out on the docks, there were exhibits, t-shirts, photo-ops and more.  I looked at the “CTD” device that measures conductivity, temperature and depth — one of many things lowered off the ship to collect data.

RV Neil ArmstrongGuides were wearing purple t-shirts with a graphic image of the new ship and the slogan “R/V Neil Armstrong — one giant leap for the ocean.”  In many ways, the mysterious ocean is one of the last unexplored corners of planet earth, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole is much like NASA in it’s mission to understand the darker corners of the deep blue sea.

exploring the RV Neil ArmstrongGoofing around at the end of the tour of the R/V Neil Armstrong with one of the divers suits, I am deeply appreciative of WHOI for their generous welcome, this amazing tour, and the ongoing science to which they are so dedicated.

Welcoming World Class Scientists, Everyday

It’s pretty cool living next door to all the big things happening at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  It can sometimes be a little intimidating to welcome these world-class scientists to the Woods Hole Inn, but we are reminded that while our research is focused on simpler things like good linens, spotless rooms and the world’s best home made granola, everyone needs a good night’s rest.

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Daytrip to Provincetown from the Woods Hole Inn

June 14th, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Everyone says, a Cape Cod summer is not complete without a daytrip to Provincetown,  known for its beaches, arts, and fabulous gay community.  Even though I have only been in Woods Hole a few weeks, I put a day visit to P-Town at the top of my summer bucket list and headed off with my friend John early Saturday morning.

Welcome to Provincetown

The drive from the Woods Hole Inn was about an hour and a half with no traffic, which I am told is record time for the 100-mile journey. We took Route 28 up to Harwich for the scenery,  then cut onto Route 6 from there. Once past Wellfleet, the view from Route 6 between Truro and Provincetown was incredible, with the sea on both sides, sand dunes rolling alongside — it made me feel like I was out west again.

Commercial street P-town

A warm June day, just a bit over cast, was perfect for our walk along Commercial Street, the central destination for shopping, people watching, and finding a bite to eat. The street was full of art galleries of all styles, historic buildings decorated with flair and unique shops filled with one of a kind items.  There was also every sort of food imaginable, from super cute bakeries and coffee shops, to a huge range of fine dining including fresh steamed lobster, sushi and raw bars, Italian and much more.

Sushi Boats in P-Town

With so many choices, we finally decided to sit up on the balcony at a sushi bar called Saki so we could continue to watch the parade of interesting people strolling through town.  Overlooking Commercial Street, we both enjoyed the sushi and drinks.  Saki is the perfect spot to fuel up for a beach exploration, and we loved the energetic, fun vibe.

The Purple Feather

Of course, we also had to tame our sweet tooth at one of the many ice cream parlors/bakeries lining the street. After much consideration, we were sucked in by the aroma from a crowded place called ‘Purple Feather.’  With a great selection of decadent pastries, fudge and gelato, we felt we made the right choice.

The Salt Water Marsh

Well fueled for further exploration in our epic daytrip to Provincetown, we drove to the tippy top of Cape Cod, where we discovered a gorgeous view of the salt marshes and estuaries.  From there we continued on to the open expanses of Race Point Beach, the northernmost tip of the Cape Cod peninsula.  This beach is known for it’s proximity to Stellwagen Bank, a national marine sanctuary and whale breeding ground, so it is not unusual to see whales swimming close to shore here, but we were not so lucky.

Race Point Beach

While rain clouds rolled in, nothing could stop us from putting our toes in the warm Gulf Stream waters of Cape Cod while also experiencing the vast, dramatic beauty of this preserved land called the “National Seashore” and taking a moment to thank to President John Kennedy for giving us this legacy.

National Seashore

A visit to this divine beach was the perfect counterpoint to the hustle and bustle of Commercial Street Provincetown, it’s harbor packed with fishing boats and ferries from Boston (only an 1-1/2 hr ferry ride across Cape Cod Bay and Boston Harbor).  This point-counterpoint is perhaps the secret to Provincetown’s unique draw — a place of extraordinary physical beauty at the end of a long road.

Provincetown Fishing Boats

Our daytrip to Provincetown was a great success, and I would definitely suggest the unique experience to any traveler to Cape Cod. Judging from the crowds, this journey is once made and many times repeated as it’s a village at the edge of the world filled with fun personalities, artsy funk and a vast stretch of beach whose beauty simply has to be seen to be believed.  Visiting Provincetown on Cape Cod is one of many great day trips from the Woods Hole Inn, located on the water in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a part of New England, USA.

Fall Beer Bed & Breakfast Weekend (Nov 4-6th, 2016)

June 6th, 2016 by Beth Colt

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Summer has just begun, but fall is around the corner and we are partnering with the Cape Cod Chamber to create a fabulous “Beer Bed & Breakfast” weekend on Cape Cod in November (4th – 6th, 2016).  As the season comes to a close, true Cape Cod lovers will gather for a fall weekend filled with romance, respite, delicious breakfasts and a killer craft beer dinner at Quicks Hole (Saturday Nov 5th at 7 pm).

You can read all about the menu here.  This craft beer noshfest will feature local draft beers, lobster taco bites, chicken tacos and a kale, corn & beans salad with cumin corriander lime dressing.  Finish the evening off with a taste of our famous “bag of donuts” all while looking over the ferry terminal from our year-round restaurant Quicks Hole Tavern, located next door to the Woods Hole Inn.

Woods Hole craft beer tasting

Fall in Woods Hole is all cozy & romantic, with low light, fireplaces lit and long walks on empty Cape Cod beaches.  Or hop the ferry across the street and visit Martha’s Vineyard after the crowds have moved on and sales are in full swing.  Cape Cod is fall’s best kept secret, but now you are onto it, so book today as this fab Woods Hole Beer Bed & Breakfast weekend will sell out for sure.

Details and pricing here.  The value of this craft beer dinner is $40 pp, but pricing is included in your two night stay. A limited number of seats will be sold to locals as supplies last.  Please call the restaurant 508-495-0048 to reserve.  Please note that service is not included, and we encourage you to tip your servers.

Craft Beer tasting at Quicks Hole Tavern

 

Water Street Kitchen – new fine dining in Woods Hole

June 5th, 2016 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole food newsIn the heart of Woods Hole stands a charming old fish shack which has for decades operated under the name The Fishmonger but has recently been re-modeled, re-conceived and re-launched as the Water Street Kitchen & Public House.  Buzz on the street has been excellent, and I finally had some down time this weekend to catch a meal at the bar, less than a block from the Woods Hole Inn.

The old Monger  — as locals liked to call it — was rich with lore.  People still talk about the thick cut fresh toast, inventive pies baked daily, piping hot coffee served on wooden tables.  In it’s heyday in the 1970’s, the Monger was at the center of local life in Woods Hole.

So, it is totally fitting that the group behind this transformation are led by Molly and Chelsea Doohan (who grew up right here in Woods Hole) along with Molly’s husband, the talented chef John Wilson.  This new restaurant is truly a Woods Hole family affair, and you can feel the genuine warmth the minute you walk in the door.

new restaurants in Woods Hole

The dining room has been painted a glam slate grey, lit with low light creating a romantic atmosphere.  The curved bar is well stocked with craft and vintage bottles, and small plates are from a Victorian grandmother’s collection which when combined with delightfully chilled cocktail glasses add to the the authentic family feel.

Views are as dramatic as always, with the building perched on the waterfront close to the drawbridge.  The night I was there, the fog rolled in and created a seaside ambiance which made a great backdrop to attentive service.

new food in Woods Hole

And then there is the food.  Chef Wilson is a man of considerable talent, and his unfettered vision is in full swing here in the Water Street Kitchen menu.

Water Street Kitchen in Woods Hole

We started with the house baked bread with radish butter ($4), and added several “small plates” including a revelatory warm goat cheese in olive oil with a spicy cranberry relish and freshly sliced toasts ($8).

Water Street Kitchen Woods Hole

Then we tried the pan fried shishito peppers with a nori aioli ($9) and the yellowfin tuna tartare subtly flavored with Nobska Farm chilis, olive oil, lemon and sea salt ($15).  Both dishes were excellent, with well balanced flavors and just the right size portion.

Water Street Kitchen a new restaurant in Woods Hole Cape Cod

We opted to share the Water Street burger which is ground beef and brisket plus a braised short rib served on a sweet bun with a roasted tomato and a slice of gouda cheese ($17).  The inventive and delicious “togarashi frites” are on the side, and it’s worth a visit just to try these beauties.

Water Street Kitchen

While we were quite full, it was not possible to leave without trying the dark chocolate pretzel tart ($8), which was a salty sweet dream — crust made of crushed pretzels, rich dark chocolate and a peanut butter mousse filled with strawberries on top.  No Saturday evening is complete without an aperitif of which there is a thoughtful list — I went with the Burmester Ten Year Tawny Port – perfect preparation for the foggy walk home.

Woods Hole restaurants

The log line at the Water Street Kitchen is “modern flavor, local roots” and that does a good job of capturing the experience of eating here.  Check out the whole menu, and start dreaming about your next visit to our charmed village by the sea.

romantic dinner at the Water Street KitchenWe are excited to welcome the Water Street Kitchen to the roster of waterfront restaurants that cluster the harbor here in scenic Woods Hole.  Woods Hole Inn guests (and locals like me!) are lucky to have this option for fine dining during a stay in the Cape Cod village of Woods Hole, MA.

And best of all, the spirit of the Monger lives another day.

 

 

 

Daytrip Martha’s Vineyard – my tour of the fabulous new Nobnocket Inn

May 8th, 2016 by Beth Colt

the Doctors House on MVMother’s Day in Woods Hole, rainy and overcast with teenagers sleeping in … the perfect day for a little “me” time!  Walked across the street to the ferry to daytrip Martha’s Vineyard and visit our friends Simon and Anabelle, who have just purchased a fabulous property in Vineyard Haven called the Nobnocket Boutique Inn.

Martha's Vineyard ferryMy trip over on the ferry was uneventful – I enjoyed the hot tea available from the commissary on the upper deck, and watched the fog roll over and back across the islands. Lots of lovely wooden sloops back in the harbor — despite the relentlessly chilly spring weather we are having, someone must believe summer is around the corner.  The ferry ride is one of the best parts of the daytrip Martha’s Vineyard, a forty five minute boat ride across Vineyard Sound (passenger ticket $17 round trip).

Visit Martha's Vineyard

The Nobnocket Boutique Inn is about ten minutes walk up the hill from the ferry landing, through a charming residential neighborhood.  Simon and Anabelle told me it was once the island doctor’s residence, and in an earlier incarnation was a B&B called “The Doctor’s House” that had an unusual reliance on busy wall paper.

new bathroom marble Nobnocket Inn

All that is the distant past with Simon and Anabelle’s tasteful renovation.  With newly polished hardwood floors, plenty of fresh white paint, fabulous modern tiles, sparkling new large bathrooms — the Nobnocket is a fantastic luxury property that is sure to wow the Vineyard visitor.  I simply can not wait to recommend this to Woods Hole Inn guests headed over to the Vineyard for a few days.

Nobnocket, a neighbor to the Woods Hole Inn on Martha's Vineyard

The common areas are large and attractive, with an indoor sun room that feels like you could be in a swank London boutique hotel.  From every window, you look out over the large property offering true Martha’s Vineyard quiet and tranquility, all within a close walk to the restaurants, beaches and hustle bustle of Vineyard Haven.

Nobnocket Boutique Inn on Martha's Vineyard

After a nice hot cup of tea (and some innkeeper to innkeeper chat:) with Simon and Anabelle, I wandered the short walk back to Vineyard Haven to survey the shops and restaurants near the ferry terminal.  I love this one just for the name…and it was an appropriately rainy day to stop in and explore as travelers have done since 1973.

gerat shopping on Vineyard HavenI am always impressed in Vineyard Haven by the consistently adorable window dressing, which was true of most of the shops along this stretch — art galleries, jewelry stores, t-shirt shops, a killer bookstore where President Obama shops every August, interior design, fabulous furniture, housewares and much more to explore just steps from the ferry landing.

day trip from Woods Hole InnA quick stop into the Waterside Market for their popular “Cab” sandwich (ciabatta with chicken, avocado, bacon $11) reviewed last summer by Guy Fiore of Diners Drive-ins & Dives fame is a MUST… super yummy, great place, busy even on a rainy Sunday in May.

lunch on a daytrip to Vineyard Haven

Then finally the ferry ride home, still a bit foggy but starting to burn off, the end of my daytrip to Martha’s Vineyard from Woods Hole.  What a fantastic way to spend Mother’s Day — enjoying some quiet time visiting friends and shopping the charming town of Vineyard Haven.

Woods Hole Inn daytrips

And don’t forget to check out the Nobnocket Boutique Inn.  Simon and Anabelle are the nicest, and this place is sure to knock your socks off.  Day-tripping to Vineyard Haven from the Woods Hole Inn is one of my favorite activities.  Perhaps it will also be one of yours.

a new B&B on Martha's Vineyard

Room 7 After Photos – a Cape Cod renovation story

April 22nd, 2016 by Beth Colt

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After nearly three months of renovations, room seven at the Woods Hole Inn is complete! With new floors, new windows, beautiful marble tiles, a glass rain shower, and built-in air conditioning — it now stands refreshed and polished, and ready for a busy summer! Scroll down to see some “after” photos. To see the “before” photos on this Cape Cod renovation, click here.

IMG_8203Prior to this Cape Cod renovation, Room Seven at the Woods Hole Inn was a bit creaky, with funky old hardwood floors, windows that were hard to open and a bathroom with pink tiles that dated to the 1950’s.  This queen room deserved a new floorplan, new hardwood floors, new insulated walls and (drumroll please…) a built in air conditioning system.  And best of all, a brand spanking new bath with marble glass shower with the rain style shower head for complete relaxation and immersion in the shower.

IMG_8199The new room is still sunny and bright, but now has our signature hardwood head board with with linen curtains, matching bedside tables from a furniture dealer we love in Kingston MA called Dovetails, and vintage flower prints that we stumbled upon while shopping the vibrant New Bedford antiques scene.

IMG_8214Fresh flowers make any room sparkle, and no Cape Cod renovation is complete without them!

IMG_8225Jute rugs soften the hardwood floors, and vintage furniture upholstered with our favorite teals and beige modernist prints.  Visit us in Woods Hole, and experience this vintage restored Cape Cod renovation first hand.

3 Reasons to Visit Woods Hole in the Spring

April 18th, 2016 by Beth Colt

landfallYes, there’s nothing quite like summer in Woods Hole. We won’t deny it, and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t counting down the days! In the meantime, spring feels like a best kept secret around here. As the weather warms up, the daffodils bloom, and Eel pond slowly but surely fills with boats, the town comes alive again. If you haven’t visited, you must — now’s the chance to get a popover at Pie in the Sky without the wait, or score front row viewing of the seals having their lunch at the aquarium. Just in case we haven’t convinced you yet, here are three more reasons…

A New Restaurant 

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This winter, the town of Woods Hole was all a-buzz as Phusion restaurant underwent a serious makeover. With a new name, a new chef, and a new menu, the 41-70 offers inventive dishes with the same gorgeous backdrop to match. Word on the street is that the brunch is to die for.

Landfall re-opens for the season

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Some things don’t ever need to change. Case in point? The Landfall. You can now go to the local-favorite restaurant for a fresh squeezed cocktail and enjoy the view of the ferry coming and going from the back dock. Did we mention that the drinks are the best in town?

Baby sheep at Peterson Farm

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In need of a cute fix? Peterson Farm is just an easy six minute drive down the road from the Inn. You’ll feel transported to the English country side, and even better — if you come in the next month or so, you’ll be able to see the baby sheep (they are as cute as they sound). Come soon though, they grow up fast!

(Top photo via the 41-70)

Renovation Woods Hole Inn style, with secrets found in the walls

March 18th, 2016 by Beth Colt

renovation Woods Hole Inn

When we first bought the Woods Hole Inn, it suffered from what is politely referred to as deferred maintenance — peeling paint, broken windows, a Byzantine layout. Many people saw a tear down, but we appreciated it’s Victorian charms and renovated over several years (the epic adventures of renovation 2012 are here before, and duringduring and after) to create the vibe and atmosphere our guests have come to love.  We like to call it vintage restored, and to be honest we felt that we were “done” with renovation Woods Hole Inn.

Then along came a recent acknowledgement as one of the top ten B&B’s in the country.  And with that, we began looking with fresh eyes at every corner of the property.  Room Seven is located on the first floor, and while it’s uneven floorboards, 50’s era pink tile, and plywood closet seemed quaint, in the stark light of our new honor, it just felt … (sigh) tired.  Here is what it looked like after we cleared all the furniture but before we started renovating this January 2016:

Woods Hole Inn pre-renovation photos

We felt we could live without this built-in bureau, a remnant from a time when this was the innkeepers quarters.  You can barely see the pink tile in this photo — but it’s safe to imagine that Gloria McLean (innkeeper of the 50’s) chose it.

renovation Woods Hole Inn

And so we commenced a major rehab to make Room Seven larger with a new floor plan, brighter with new windows, and more chic with marble tile and a glass rain shower.  Along the way we were also able to upgrade the floors, add a real closet and put in built-in air conditioning.

Room Seven cleared out before renovation

We kept the charming bulls eye moldings, the solid brass door hardware and other touches which you have come to expect from our aesthetic.  There was plenty of work involved — demo, plumbing, wiring, changing the sprinkler head locations, new recessed lights and more.

renovation Woods Hole Inn

Renovation of an old building is not for the faint of heart as you never know what you will find that requires an expensive upgrade — and this time was no different as the rough plumbing had to be totally re-worked (ouch).  But there are often wonderful surprises as well, like this old newspaper which if you look closely is dated April 22, 1910 (Good news, the Red Sox won that day:) which was found in the walls.

old newspaper

I also love the headline (“Perhaps Washington Will Know Better Than to Start Anything Like That Again”) which in light of the political drama so far this season seemed almost contemporary.

Here is a sneak peek of the results of renovation Woods Hole Inn 2016, with more to come next week.  Stay tuned for the renovation “after” photos by signing up for our newsletter,  or following us on Facebook.

glass shower at the Woods Hole Inn

Enjoy this snowy view of Eel Pond, as we worked through the winter to keep the Woods Hole Inn special for you.  Hope to see you soon!

sunset in snow Eel Pond Woods Hole

Soul in the Hole; a new restaurant in Woods Hole

February 18th, 2016 by Beth Colt

With flair, fanfare and an unexpected wedding, “The 41-70” — a new restaurant in Woods Hole on Water Street — opened last night.  Le tout Woods Hole was in attendance for the opening party to wish owner Carol Grigas, and co-chefs Brandon Baltzley and Laura Higgins a fine welcome to the 2016 season, enjoying live music and great company on a relatively warm February evening on the Eel Pond.

new restaurant in Woods Hole

What nobody knew was that Baltzley and Higgins intended to tie the knot in the late afternoon just before the party began!  So in addition to delicious lobster sliders, freshly shucked oysters bathed in a warm buttery mignonette and exquisite stuffed quahogs called “Laura’s Stuffies” on the menu, there was wedding cake, champagne and lots of well-wishes.

new restaurant in Woods Hole

The foodie movement in Woods Hole has taken a sharp turn towards experiential fine dining with the arrival of Baltzley and Higgins, with major food blogs like Eater plus the cover of this week’s Boston Globe food section crowing about new found soul coming to the area.  Woods Hole has long benefited from it’s unique waterfront location in attracting top of the line culinary talent, and we are excited to watch this take flight.  Grigas was all smiles, welcoming the crowd to the warm boat-like space (formerly known as “Phusion”) and watching them enjoy live music, good company and tasty cuisine.

new restaurant in Woods Hole

Woods Hole Inn guests can add The 41-70 — located a short walk from the front door of the inn — to the list of excellent waterfront establishments from which to choose in the village of Woods Hole.  So exciting to have a new restaurant, and if rumor holds true there is more to come . . . so stay posted to the Woods Hole Inn blog for all your breaking Woods Hole restaurant news.

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Woods Hole Inn named in Top Ten B&Bs in the US

January 16th, 2016 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Inn was named one of the top ten B&B’s in the US by prestigious BedandBreakfast.com for 2015.  This is a SERIOUS honor, and we are so grateful for the acknowledgement.

Back in 2008 when we bought the property, then a somewhat dilapidated house, I do not think many people might have imagined that the building could ever achieve such an honor.  But thanks to the hard work of many — a talented architect, a loyal builder, amazing managers, breakfast, housekeeping and front desk staff — here we are, deeply grateful for this extraordinary shout out.

I do feel the accolades also belong to the village of Woods Hole itself, a small but vibrant place with unique geography that draws all sorts of brilliant people into it’s web of wonder.  With a deep water harbor one of the best on the Cape, waterfront farm-to-table dining, great shops and world class science, Woods Hole is truly unique and should be on your bucket list.best inn in America

I am also grateful to the really cool panel of judges that created the list: Caroline Morse, senior editor for SmarterTravel, Stirling Kelso, freelance travel writer and editor Jessica Plautz, travel editor for Mashable,  Laura Motta, director of publishing for ShermansTravel and Jo Piazza, managing editor for Yahoo Travel.  They have cool jobs, and I respect the amount of research they must have done to make the decision.  It goes without saying that all five of you are welcome at the Woods Hole Inn anytime, just give us a call.

Being named in the top ten B&B’s in the US?? I feel a bit like Sally Fields when she won the Academy Award for Norma Rae: I haven’t had an orthodox career, and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you really like me!

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Here’s hoping we see you soon in Woods Hole.  Check out our vintage restored rooms here and knock this one off your bucket list:)

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