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Top 5 Romantic Lighthouses on Cape Cod

September 10, 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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Woods Hole, MA

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

Edgartown Light

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


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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Bourne, MA

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.




Our “Same Time Next Year” Special

August 28, 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.


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!



Water Street Kitchen – new fine dining in Woods Hole

June 5, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.




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

January 16, 2016 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Inn was named one of the top ten B&B’s in the US by prestigious 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 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:)

Holiday Season at the Woods Hole Inn

December 15, 2015 by Beth Colt


Happy Holidays from the Woods Hole Inn! We hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season. Here on Cape Cod, we are experiencing some unusually warm weather, and without the giveaway of bare tree tops, you would think spring is here.


Despite the lack of fresh snow and blistery winter wind, there is no shortage of festive cheer. Our decorations are in full swing throughout the Inn…

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We are certainly getting in the spirit with a sparkly blue nutcracker and brightly glowing Christmas tree.


Outside our doors, Woods Hole is adorned with lights, wreaths, and candle-lit windows. Children pop into Pie in the Sky after school for a hot chocolate, and Trivia returns to The Fish Monger as a fun winter event.



Down the road, Quicks Hole Tavern gets bathed in warm sunlight during the lunch rush…


And just the other weekend, the town of Falmouth put on their annual Holiday parade:

We hope everyone is having a joyous and spirited Holiday Season!

Snow Photos 2015 from Woods Hole, Cape Cod

February 28, 2015 by Beth Colt

view of Stoney Beach winter 2015 with open water and hashtag snowThis winter brought more snow than usual with the month of February racking up over 100 inches in Boston, breaking snowfall records all over the region.  Our snow photos always intrigue summer visitors who only see Cape Cod at 80 degrees.  It’s hard to imagine Coast Guard ice cutters crisscrossing the Hole, intrepid explorers out seventy five feet on Buzzards Bay, MBL scientists enjoying pick-up hockey on Eel Pond, ferries dodging ice cakes clogging the Passage, massive navigational buoys drifting like toy boats.

My quest for snow photos typically involves rushing out the minute it starts, as the snow always seems to melt within a few minutes.  Not so much for snow photos 2015.  We have been covered in a decent blanket since the first blizzard hit in late January.  Since then, I have lost count of how many more days it snowed, although I remember Valentine’s Day — soft quiet accumulation all night with a dramatic blizzard slamming like a hangover in the morning.  These winter storms had romantic names like Neptune and Juno, Greek reminders of god-like forces greater than us.

In addition to the relentless snow fall, cold air blasted us for most of the month.  We now have significant sea ice formed all along our shores rendering the landscape at water’s edge into something otherworldly, arctic.  If you have not seen satellite photos of this phenomena, check this out, as it appears to be frozen at least half way across Buzzards Bay.

To keep the harbor open, the US Coast Guard sent ice cutters to maintain the ferry system connecting us to Martha’s Vineyard.  Out on Nantucket, a local photographer captured slushy waves that made the New York Times, while here in Woods Hole we watched, mesmerized, as the ice floes and some of the buoys moved through the currents of the Woods Hole passage.

When the Eel Pond froze over earlier this week, the first intrepid explorers were scientists from our local labs in special suits designed to prevent drowning.  But once it was proven solid, lots of Woods Hole lemmings (including me) rushed out to experience the feeling of walking and skating in the middle of the village.

I particularly love this birds-eye-view film shot by my neighbor Brian Switzer (a wonderful director and inspired teacher in our local public schools) of Woods Hole in these extraordinary conditions.  I think you will enjoy it, and perhaps the snow photos 2015 in my photo essay that follows.  For daily photos, check out my Facebook page #WoodsHoleColors.

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Finding Fame on “Wheel of Fortune”

November 28, 2014 by Beth Colt

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The Woods Hole Inn has been selected as a luxury bed and breakfast to be featured on the Wheel of Fortune during the show’s “Bed & Breakfast Week” in early December. It is among only five luxury bed and breakfasts prize packages, averaging $7,000 each, offered by, the most comprehensive global site for inspiring, planning and booking bed and breakfast properties.

“We are honored to be included among the prize packages for ‘Bed & Breakfast Week’ on the Wheel of Fortune, the most successful syndicated program ever,” says Beth Colt, owner of the Woods Hole Inn. “We hope the guests who have stayed with us as well as our friends in the community will watch the show to see if any contestants win this special luxury getaway at the Woods Hole Inn.”

During “Bed & Breakfast Week,” airing December 1-5, Wheel of Fortune contestants have the opportunity to win B&B vacations, with airfare and ground transportation provided by, to five locations around the world:

  • Agriturismo Marciano, Tuscany, Italy
  • Woods Hole Inn, Woods Hole, MA, USA (Diamond)
  • Marcels Creative Exchange, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Inn of the Patriots, Grover, NC
  • Abbeymoore Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn, Victoria, BC, Canada (Diamond)

They also have a chance to win a $1,000 Getaway Gift Card®, which never expires or declines in value and has no blackout dates.

“ is delighted to, once again, provide luxury B&B vacations as special prizes on the Wheel of Fortune,” says Matt Laessig, general manager of “The more than 9 million people who watch Wheel of Fortune per show will see the unquestionable beauty and luxury features of these amazing bed and breakfasts all over the world.”

Woods Hole Inn is one of two of the featured inns which are part of the Diamond Collection™, an exclusive group of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns that offer 24-hour access to service or staff, free Internet, flexible check-in or guaranteed late arrival, and maintain a 4.0 or higher out of 5.0 consumer review rating on

Boston and Cape Cod viewers should tune in to WBZ-TV Channel 4 on Wednesday Dec. 3rd at 7 pm to see the Woods Hole Inn featured on this famous show.  Others, please check your local listings.

Did you know that “Wheel of Fortune” is one of the most watched programs on television with an average of 11 million viewers per day?

Here is a clip from the show when it first aired December 3, 2014. Thank you “Wheel of Fortune”!

Breakfast at the Woods Hole Inn, featuring Rachel Ray

August 31, 2014 by Beth Colt

Rachel Ray Romantic Meal for Two

When Rachel Ray calls, you answer, right? Last week, we heard she was looking for special romantic breakfast recipes, and what’s more romantic than breakfast for two at the Woods Hole Inn?

Woods Hole Inn's breakfast

So, close your eyes and imagine a perfect parfait of fresh cut berries, layered with thick greek yogurt, and house-made granola, the fragrance of savory bread pudding wafting from miniature cast iron pans, and a warm muffin dusted lightly with powdered sugar.  How about the steam off a hot cup of coffee, served in a thick pottery mug that rests softly in the heart of your hand?  Plus the smell of salt air fresh off the harbor?  Hmm, now that sounds nice.




Romantic Meal for Two, Woods Hole Inn, Rachel Ray

Open your eyes and look out over Woods Hole Harbor with ferryboats bustling and cumulous clouds floating over distant islands. Spend a moment dreaming about your perfect Cape Cod vacation day — sleeping late in your comfortable bed, walk to the beach, take a long swim, stroll along the harbor, savor a lobster dinner, sip a nightcap with your feet in the Atlantic.   Cape Cod vacation perfected.





Rachel Ray Romantic Meal for two

But how should we relate all this back to Rachel Ray? Enter Charlene, our world class breakfast chef.  Her vegan “Tomato Soup” muffins are notorious up and down the East Coast, and we felt confident that Rachel Ray would be suitably impressed by her perfect breakfast spread.


Breakfast at the Woods Hole Inn – always a work of art.

The Woods Hole Film Festival

July 28, 2014 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole Film FestivalIf variety is the spice of life, Woods Hole and its film festival are hot! The village is home to world-renowned scientific institutions and historic buildings and a plethora of delightful eating establishments, beaches, and cultural events like contra dancing, jazz and folk concert series, art shows, and the Woods Hole Film Festival. And the film festival is a delectable mix of feature length narrative films, documentaries, animation, and “shorts,” and the content and settings of these mostly independent films are wildly diverse.

A few unconventional and intriguing ones that I plan to catch this year include Wicker Kittens, Marmato, and Antarctica. Just the title, Wicker Kittens, is enough to awaken curiosity, but an annual jigsaw puzzle competition in Minnesota – that’s a must see phenomenon! More seriously, Marmato, set in a 500 year old mining town in Columbia, is a film described as “a canvas of magic realism and the confrontation with globalized mining.” Antarctica, on the other hand, captures the issues of data recording in the frozen tundra with limited time – should be a packed audience, so get your tickets early! There is lots of light-hearted fare as well, like on Kids’ Day. This year, this fun event features a movie inspired by the famous children’s series, “The Boxcar Children.”

Don’t miss what Movie Magazine calls “one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world.” The Woods Hole Film Festival runs until Saturday, August 2nd, and, there is much more than films with music, parties, and filmmaker discussions to round out the week. Check out the full listing of movies and events at -from guest blogger Gwen Martin



James Cameron comes to Woods Hole

July 2, 2013 by Beth Colt

James Cameron loves Woods Hole.  He has been coming here for decades, first to meet with Bob Ballard and the team that discovered the Titanic for his hit film of the same title, later to research the underwater sequences for the international blockbuster Avatar.
When Cameron crossed the line from film-maker to explorer to built his own deep-sea submersible called the Deepsea Challenger, he became one with the scientists and engineers here, and his visits increased culminating in the donation of his incredible vessel to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

In Woods Hole last month with his whole team, Cameron talked about the team of engineers and his solo dive to the Mariana Trench, one at 11,000 meters one of the deepest places in the ocean.  His exciting journey to the bottom of the sea (think Abyss, literally)  gathered video and samples allowing for the identification of over 60 new species!

Cameron’s vessel Deepsea Challenger will live next door to us here in Woods Hole, where WHOI scientists can make the most of this incredible vehicle.   Here are a few photos of the donation ceremony, as well as a link to more information on the WHOI website.

We hope Cameron returns to Woods Hole to visit Deepsea Challenger, and that the legacy of this extraordinary gift to humankind continues it’s reach.  Woods Hole — a picture postcard village, postmarked around the world.

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Woods Hole Inn, Baby

December 13, 2012 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole Inn photo contestWoods Hole Inn guests Joe and Colleen Klinker had every intention of entering our annual photo contest by wearing their Woods Hole Inn t-shirt to the birth of their third baby.  Great idea!

But they could never have imagined that baby Noelle, born at Mass General Hospital yesterday on 12.12.12 at 12 minutes past 12 noon would end up on yesterday’s TV news and splashed all over the local papers with happy Mom proudly wearing her Woods Hole Inn t-shirt in every shot!

When guests check out of the inn, we encourage them to enter our annual photo contest and say “Wear it in an interesting or unusual location and the most interesting will win a two night stay at the Inn.”  You can see photos from prior years here.

Last year’s winner was on top of a mountain near McMurdo Station in Antarctica.  Another group of happy guests wore their t-shirts on the Times Square Jumbotron for their 15 seconds of fame — inventive, we thought and they received a prize.

Wow!  The Klingers have taken our contest to a whole new level.  Game on!  We are still accepting entries, and will do so until end of March 2013.  Keep the photos coming people, or check this link out to vote.   It’s not over til it’s over…

We are sending our very best to the Klinker family as they settle into their lives with this gorgeous new baby.

What a joyous way to ring in the holidays!

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Jud’s Museum

October 14, 2012 by Beth Colt

Dublin, New Hampshire with Judson Hale, editor of Yankee



The Red Chair is a great way to meet new people.  I know, that sounds really strange but it’s so true!

My humble red chair (rescued from the Falmouth dump, more context here)  is making a tour of all the best Inns and B&B’s in New England, and because of that, it was invited to meet the editors of Yankee Magazine.  And I got to tag along.

Yankee Magazine is headquartered in the village of Dublin, New Hampshire.  In the shadow of Mount Monadnock, this is a classic New England spot if ever I saw one with a white-spired church, petite village green, tiny sandwich shop and miniature rotary.

Blink and you will miss it.

We were ushered in the hallowed halls of this iconic spot, and amazingly enough, retired editor Judson Hale was there!  What an incredibly warm and charming fellow he is — curious about the Red Chair and eager to show us his famous “Museum,” a collection of objects gathered over the 50 plus years he has worked at Yankee, many of them as it’s editor in chief.

Red Chair visits Yankee Magazine

Jud’s Museum is irreverent, historical and downright hilarious.  He has a splinter of the sinking of the Maine (1898) which a man from Cuba claims to have rescued from Havana Harbor, a glove mold from the old runner factory next to “The Balsams” in Dixville Notch, NH and even a crows foot Jud says was stolen from the dead body of Sitting Bull.   He asked for Einstein’s brain but never got it, and that kind of detail does not set Jud back —  he has a fake.

You will enjoy his whimsy in this YouTube clip talking about the contents of his famous office.  I did get the sense he had told the stories he shared with me and the Red Chair a few times before, but you too can experience it with the magic of the internet:)

Here are a few more images from this special visit, one that both the Red Chair and I will cherish forever:

Hanging out outside the building, waiting to meet the Editors.







Contents of Jud’s Museum, up close and personal.








Close up of the fragment of the “Maine” — “How do I know this is a splinter from the sunken ship?” Jud asked me, looking coy.  “The man who gave it to me told me so.” he answers himself with a wry smile.








While the exact historical relevance of each the objects in Jud’s museum may be a bit suspicious, one thing is surely true — Jud has enjoyed collecting them, and there would be no better tour guide to this rare space than the inspired collector himself.  You can read more about our visit in the Yankee Magazine blog written by Heather Atwell.  Check it out!