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Day Trip to Martha’s Vineyard, exploring Aquinnah and Gayhead Cliffs

July 26, 2015 by Beth Colt

As a photographer I don’t like to admit this, but I can honestly say that there are some things that just have to be seen in person. These places that defy my desire to capture in a photograph are so magnificent and breathtaking that a picture just can’t do them justice. My day trip to Martha’s Vineyard to visit the Gayhead Cliffs in Aquinnah proved to be one of these places. Last week, my sister Olivia was on the Cape with one of her best friends from school and I wanted to treat them to a day of adventure. My sister and I have made many day trips to the towns on Martha’s Vineyard but had never visited Aquinnah, so we were very excited to get off the beaten path.

We took an early afternoon ferry from Woods Hole and found a great spot up on the top deck to hang out as we crossed the Vineyard Sound aboard the Steamship Authority’s Island Home ($17 passenger ticket RT). The ferry ride itself is gorgeous and it is easy to enjoy the views of the surrounding coast line, Nobska Lighthouse, and Martha’s Vineyard.

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Once we landed in Vineyard Haven we made a quick stop at the Black Dog for lunch. The first year round restaurant on the island started in 1971, this iconic spot on the harbor in Vineyard Haven is worth the trip alone.  The fish and chips were excellent and we were now fueled up for our journey to the cliffs.

I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of use and organization of the public transportation system on the island. The VTA (Vineyard Transit Authority) has published a detailed and intuitive map with bus schedules and extensive routes that take people all over the island. For just $8.00, you can purchase a day pass to hop on and off all day long. We got on the bus in Vineyard Haven, made a switch in Chilmark and arrived in Aquinnah in about 50 minutes.  This day trip to Martha’s Vineyard is inexpensive and convenient as a guest of the Woods Hole Inn, where the Woods Hole ferry terminal is located across the street.

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The Aquinnah bus drops passengers off at the top of the Gayhead cliffs where there is a gorgeous observation deck to view the vibrant multicolored cliffs cascading into the surrounding seas. You can also see the iconic Gayhead Lighthouse which was just recently relocated. Almost $3.5 million dollars were raised to move the lighthouse from the rapidly eroding cliffs, and the elaborate job moving this antique brick structure was completed this spring saving the famous lighthouse from certain ruin within a few years.

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From the observation deck, we made our way down to the beach below where we were able to get a closer look at the clay cliffs. They were saturated with jeweled tones of rust, powdery whites, mustard yellow, and honeydew green. So amazing to have an incredible natural landmark located just a short ride day trip from Woods Hole.  No wonder the Wampanoag’s (native Americans from the Cape and Islands) consider this a sacred spot.

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Although I got some great shots of the cliffs, I know there will always be more ways to capture their natural beauty. I have already started to make plans for my next day trip to Martha’s Vineyard where I will once again challenge myself to fit the feeling of seeing them first hand into a photograph. But in all honesty, you really just have to go see them for yourself.  -Sam Frawley, guest blogger

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Fun at the Falmouth Farmers Market

July 12, 2015 by Beth Colt

If you’re looking for local flavor, there’s nothing quite like wandering around the local farmers market. The Falmouth Farmers Market (just up the road from the Woods Hole Inn in Woods Hole, MA on Cape Cod) has a long standing tradition of attracting farmers and artisans from all over eastern Massachusetts to sell local produce and share rich, unique stories. Boasting a new waterfront location this season (at Marine Park adjacent to the harbor), the Falmouth Farmers Market now has abundant free parking, cool sea breezes and great water views.

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The farm to table movement has blossomed on Cape Cod in recent years, with the Falmouth Farmer’s Market leading the charge.  Many local restaurants and chefs avail themselves of this wonderful weekly tradition, starting at noon on Thursdays in summertime.  How lucky are we to have access to berries picked earlier that morning, fine artisan breads baked right on the Cape, sweet corn ripened at the peak of summer, farm fresh eggs still warm from the nest?

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On a recent visit, I was inspired by the passion and generosity that exists within this community of people. As my brother and I strolled from booth to booth, we were greeted with smiles, free samples and an education about the energy and love that goes into creating this delightful array of goods. I never thought I could be so entertained learning about artisan Balsamic Vinegar. No joke! You have to stop by Tony Melli’s tables and hear about his craft firsthand.

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Each booth overflowed with hand made, organically grown, and fresh baked goods, on which I easily could have blown all of last week’s paycheck.  I’ll be back for the all natural herbal bath and beauty products from Thyme After Thyme, hand made soaps from Woods Hole Soapworks, homemade salad dressings from DD’s Dressing, artisan olive oil and balsamic vinegar from Olio di Melli, craft wines from Westport Rivers Winery, and loads of gorgeous, fresh produce from Allen, Silverbrook, Pariah Dog Farms just to name a few.

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The Falmouth Farmer’s Market convenes every Thursday from noon until 6 p.m from spring though fall. It’s a 10 minute drive to Falmouth Harbor from Woods Hole (which is a village of the town of Falmouth).  This farmers market is a must see for any one interested in communing with the locals and tasting the unique flavors of Cape Cod.  You will find us there procuring herbs and inspiration for the weekend’s breakfasts at the Woods Hole Inn.

— from guest blogger Sam Frawley

Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend on Earth Day

April 24, 2015 by Beth Colt

Women gather around copper beech and hug it before it gets cut down April 2015 Woods HoleEarth Day is always special in Woods Hole, as the village is packed with scientists and others who study, examine, support and cherish mother earth and her oceans.

But this Earth Day was unique, as locals gathered on Challenger Drive to say goodbye to an enormous copper beech tree that has offered shade and comfort for 150 years.  Aborists have determined the tree is beyond saving, and this massive old friend will be cut down soon for safety.

About 40 people gathered as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution leader Susan Avery said a few words about how hard it is to say goodbye to a tree of this stature.  Local theologian Deborah Warner spoke about nature, then read a moving Mary Oliver poem that began, “When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness, I would almost say they save me, and daily.” (From “Thirst, poems by Mary Oliver,” Beacon Press, 2006)

Susan Witzell, a local historian, shared anecdotes about Joseph Story Fay who once owned this property and planted these seedlings back when Woods Hole had been cleared for timber and was mostly meadow used for sheep.  Fay was devoted to planting trees, and along with his gardener Michael Walsh, is responsible for much of the forest that now dominates this end of Falmouth.

In closing, a group gathered around the base for an actual tree hug.  It was such a warm spring day, with long shadows drifting across the impossibly green spring grass.  Susan Avery spoke of planting a new copper beech in the same spot and emotions ran high thinking about this symbolic new era in Woods Hole, a time for saplings, spring and new beginnings.

WCAI also reported on this special day, and you can hear their radio version of the story here.

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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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Photo of the Year, Pick Your Favorite from the 2014 Season

December 20, 2014 by Beth Colt

Call me shutterbug.  All year long, I wander around Woods Hole and snap photos with my iPhone.  I post these photos daily on the Woods Hole Inn’s Facebook page under the moniker “Woods Hole Colors.”  Maybe some of you already follow me there.

As we hurtle towards the New Year, I decided to review 365 days of my photo library and share my favorites.  There are so many breathtaking vistas in and around Woods Hole, but I am always hunting for new light, a new angle, a new take.  Somehow, the scenery manages to change and familiar spots continue to look new to me.

My photo of the year essay starts in the winter, perhaps my favorite season because it is new to me.  As a wash-ashore aka former summer person (the lowliest form of life to a real Cape Codder:), the landscape I know so well never ceases to amaze me when bathed in snow.

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A close second to snow scenes are winter sunsets.  I am not sure if they are more beautiful because we need them to be to keep our spirits up in the cold, or perhaps we are more likely to appreciate them because they come so much earlier in the day.  In any case, the light across the water with storm clouds hovering also captures my imagination.

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When spring comes, I wait for these three cherry  trees to blossom.  You can see them from Woods Hole Road as you drive into town, and their high bloom only lasts a day or so, less if the wind blows hard.  Perched as they are atop a hill in the golf course, these three sisters epitomize late spring for me.

cherry trees on Woods Hole golf club in full pink blossom in springCome summer, I like to visit Menemsha on Martha’s Vineyard.  You can get there via the ferry to Vineyard Haven, then hire a taxi or hop the public bus system.  This spring, I held an iPhoneography workshop at the Inn and on Sunday we visited this tiny fishing village.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a commitment to get all the way out to Menemsha.  Off the grid.  Rustic.  Old school.

Menemsha Fish Market closed for the seasonIn late June, the Corwith Cramer comes back to her home port.  This metal hulled clipper ship sails the seven seas with college kids aboard as part of the “Sea Education Association” (aka S.E.A.).  Her slip in Woods Hole is right across the street from the Woods Hole Inn.  All of a sudden, Woods Hole feels a bit more like the whaling village it once was.

Corwith Cramer from the stern at port in Woods HoleHigh summer, the days are so long it does not get totally dark until after 9 pm.  The view from the Eel Pond drawbridge is beautiful every day, but some days, with the stillness of evening settling the water to glass, a ferry perched on the horizon and the sky tingling with hues of pink and baby blue?  Thank goodness for that iPhone in my pocket!  Poems should be written about this channel, children named after it, world leaders brought here to fill their hearts with tranquility before global negotiations.  I share the immeasurable healing power of a single vista.

Martha's Vineyard ferry in the distance from Woods Hole draw bridge

Summer is a blur of guests from far and near with the streets of Woods Hole packed like Manhattan, the buzz of late night revelers walking in the warm air, buskers, beach days, sailing trips, outdoor showers, sand on the floor, piles of salty towels on the porch, little sleep and lots of fun.

green bike with red wagon on Falmouth MA beach photo by Beth ColtFriends visit: we enjoy restaurant meals, ferry rides, books on the beach and long walks home under the bright stars.

friends gather at Quicks Hole Tavern including Timothy OliphantThe kids love these long days filled with cousins, trips to Cuttyhunk for ice cream, climbing the copper beach in front of Pie in the Sky, trying every item at the penny candy store.

Cuttyhunk ice cream store summer Cape CodSummer is all about parties and invitations.  This was a memorial gathering in the forest outside the house of my friend Jill (a wicked talented architect) who lost her daughter earlier this year.  It was an understandably muted festivity in honor of Lizzie, but there was plenty of square dancing after the pot luck meal.

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Of course there are also spectacular summer sunsets, and many people have roof decks.  Sweet huh.

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Not every day is perfect.  Sometimes the fog rolls in and you can hear the ferries talking to each other with their horns as they pass in pea soup of Vineyard Sound.  A hush seems to fall over the village, even the street conversations are quieter.  OK, you’re right – it’s perfect in a different way.

Eel Pond Channel in fod with red light in foreground and mysterious large ship in the distanceThen with a headlong rush comes fall.  It’s later here because the Gulf Stream keeps temps high until the end of October.  As my kids carved pumpkins on the front porch at Halloween this year, a gaggle of eighth graders came by in towels from a swim at the beach. (I think they were showing off, but whatever.)

Road winding away with yellow leaves and old fashioned fence in Woods Hole MAFor the final best photos of the year, I will take you home to a recent autumn picture of the Woods Hole Inn, where a warm welcome awaits you should you decide to come experience the Cape Cod seasons for yourself.  If you have a favorite from my collection, let me know in the comments below.

Or follow me on Facebook, where I post seasonal images every day, all year long. #WoodsHoleColors

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Propose at Nobska Beach, or the perfect Cape Cod Proposal

December 2, 2014 by Beth Colt

Cape Cod Proposal

Looking for the perfect spot to propose on Cape Cod?  Meet Jeanette and Andres, a couple whose Cape Cod proposal story will warm your heart as much as this incredible photo of them with the sun setting behind them, shot in the very moment that Andres proposed!

In their own words:

“Dear Woods Hole Inn:

We are so grateful for the beautiful moments we have shared with the Inn. Since our first stay in 2013, we haven’t stopped talking about our time in Woods Hole.

Our most recent stay was thanks to our participation in the 2013 photo contest. After learning that we won, we immediately celebrated and planned our return visit to what is now one of the most memorable places in our lives.

Andres and I have been together for 10 wonderful years.  On our last night, Andres proposed to me by the Nobska Lighthouse, which was a recommendation by the staff.  After I said YES, the staff had champagne and a big hug waiting for us at the Inn.

We have traveled all around the world, though it was no surprise that one of the most special nights of my life was shared at Woods Hole Inn. We hope to continue to visit your Inn for many years to come. We wanted to give a special thanks to Joe for all his help and kindness.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

Jeanette and Andres

We are so honored to have this happen right at the Woods Hole Inn, and even better from a winner of our T-shirt contest!  Check Jeanette’s winning photo from last year’s contest here, and see you soon in Woods Hole.

Stormy Cape Cod in November

November 9, 2014 by Beth Colt

Fall comes slowly to Cape Cod, with the height of our foliage season happening now in early November.  As the nights begin to cool, winter storms start to head our way.  We had our first nor’easter of the season last weekend, felt a little early for it especially when the snow began to flurry, but the old timers nodded like this was normal — Cape Cod can be wicked this tima yehr.

My Sunday started especially early as power was out.  Here is the pole I discovered down in front of our neighbors at the Sands of Time.

Woods Hole stormWith the generator humming early, Charlene put out breakfast and hot coffee as the winds howled outside at 50 MPH.  We were able to warm up quiches, cakes and bread puddings and we added a platter of Dunkin Donuts because stormy days require extra fortification (and God forbid that generator did not work — I’m always thinking about the contingency plan:)breakfast Woods Hole Inn Most of our weekend guests headed home as it was a Sunday, but the wind kept blowing all day long.  By nightfall, the Woods Hole Inn filled back up again with islanders stranded in Woods Hole as the ferries stopped running.  There was a really dramatic sunset, all purple and red with only the horizon glimmering with light.  This photo barely captures it’s extreme beauty, but you can see the gusts of wind still moving across the puddles.

storm Woods HoleThe next few days were the most stunning clear weather, and the north wind from the storm gave the trees a major wake up call — time to lose those leaves!  This magical period with bright colors before the leaves tumble are some of my favorite days on Cape Cod.

foliage 1Later in the week, I headed over to Martha’s Vineyard for a cocktail party, boarding the ferry at about 3.45 pm as the gloaming was setting in, and the weather looked extremely ominous once again.   Another storm…already?,  I thought.

storm Vineyard ferry Woods Hole storm storm on Vineyard ferryI must admit, I was happy to be on a vessel this size, and am always confident in the judgement of the Steamship Authority captains who would never head out in unsafe weather.  My thirteen foot Boston Whaler has been dry docked for the season, but I would not venture out with that mean looking cloud hanging over me in a smaller boat.  As it played out, it looked worse than it was, and we had an uneventful passage culminating in this extraordinary view as we entered Vineyard Haven:

Vineyard Haven lodgingThis bejeweled vision really gave me pause.  Like, take a deep breath and relax.  Count your blessings.  Revel in the splendor of nature.   Enjoy getting off the beaten path.  Visit the Vineyard more often.  Get your nose out of the camera phone and just look, take it in, appreciate the gift of this view.

Woods Hole bed and breakfastAdd this moment to the sunset that came two nights later, and I pinched myself for being lucky enough to live in as magical place as sometimes stormy Cape Cod.  The winter winds will come, the leaves will fall, but each sunrise and sunset is it’s own small miracle here on the sand spit we call home.

 

Our 500th TripAdvisor Cape Cod Review

October 9, 2014 by Beth Colt

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As of today, we have received our 500th review on TripAdvisor Cape Cod.  Six years in business, 500 reviews, 96% of which are four or five stars.  Wow, I am grateful for all those guests who shared their experiences with the world.  Sometimes I feel like Sally Fields at the 1984 Academy Awards:  You like me, you really like me.   But the online review system is not just an echo chamber of positives for us.

We use TripAdvisor as a way to listen to our customers, and most of the time they tell us they are happy.  But every once in a while, well ergh, four times since we opened six years ago (but who is counting), they really let us have it.  A “terrible” review can leave me sleepless for more than a few nights, brainstorming about the details and trying to fix every single one of the highlighted issues.  I read a book once called “Every Complaint is A Gift” and the title really says it all (now you don’t have to read the book:)  By studying the meta message in each negative, I know we can consistently improve.

As the old saying goes, the customer is always right.  In this day and age of online transparency, the customer is more than that: our guests are a lifeline to growth and continued business.  So we listen very carefully.

Thank you to each and every customer who took the time to write us a review on TripAdvisor Cape Cod — good, mixed or bad.  We truly appreciate it.  We know that your vacation days are precious, your business travel important.  We care about the details of making your journey special.

One of the most gratifying thing about this zen-like focus on customer satisfaction is that we have a robust list of repeat guests, people who cherish us as much as we cherish them.  They come back, time and again, and bring their friends.   So we thank you all, and we hope to see you soon at the Woods Hole Inn, located in the small fishing village of Woods Hole, part of the town of Falmouth on Cape Cod.

 

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?

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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.

Win a Free Night at the Woods Hole Inn, and other stories of our photo contest Cape Cod

June 30, 2014 by Beth Colt

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Jeanette from Surgery to Stage – won a free night at Inn in any season plus dinner for two at Quicks Hole Taqueria

Each year, the Woods Hole Inn holds a very special contest where we ask guests to wear our distinctive t-shirt to a far flung or unique spot, take a photo and submit it to our Cape Cod photo contest.  We are pleased to share the 2014 winners of this wonderful tradition, who will receive free nights at the Woods Hole Inn and other treats for their efforts.

The 2014 contest wrapped up in April of this year with submissions from far and wide — amazing locations as far away as Machu Picchu (two submissions actually!), the Great Wall of China, and Istanbul.  Others managed to wow us with images from closer to home — up in the rigging of a 126 foot Schooner and aerial yoga were some of the most unique we’ve ever received.  But the winning submission was the one that touched our hearts.

Jeanette is a professional dancer with the Miami City ballet, one of the largest ballet companies in the nation. After visiting the Woods Hole Inn in July 2013, Jeanette experienced every dancer’s nightmare: a torn tendon in her ankle which required major surgery. Her first submission pictures Jeanette in her hospital bed in a Woods Hole Inn tee. And miraculously, just a few short months later, she is back out on the stage performing a grand mattement again wearing her comphy tee. We are thrilled that our simple shirt was useful to her, and came along for the tough ride. I want to take this opportunity to thank Jeannette, once again, for sharing her special story with all of us and we look forward to welcoming her to the inn for her free nights stay plus lobster tacos in our farm-to-table restaurant Quicks Hole Taqueria.

The 2015 photo contest is just getting off the ground with the first entries in this week and posted on our Facebook page!  We look forward to viewing your entries, wild and blustery or beautiful and serene from places as close as Boston to as distant as Timbuktu. Submissions can be made by e-mail or on our Facebook page, and come with your permission to use your image here.  To vote for the audience favorite and see the newest entries to the 2015 contest, please visit this tab at WoodsHoleVacation.com.

Thank you to all who wear our tee to all corners of the world.  Here are the other 2014 winners, with special thanks to all for joining in the fun:

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Brent and Naomi in Cancun – won free night at the Inn and free dinner for two at Quicks Hole Taqueria by winning the Audience Favorite

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Rebecca in Ghorepani, Nepal – won free dinner for two at Quicks Hole Taqueria

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Sue and Marc at Machu Picchu – won free dinner for two at Quicks Hole Taqueria

 

Sushi Cape Cod in Woods Hole at Shuckers Raw Bar

June 24, 2014 by Beth Colt

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Moving from Los Angeles — arguably the sushi capital of America — four years ago, I was somewhat stunned to discover that there was not much sushi on Cape Cod, and none in Woods Hole despite our twelve lovely water view restaurants.  Raw bar, yes.  Ahi tuna on salad, yes.  Ahi tuna in a burrito, yes.  But authentic sushi wrapped in rice and nori sprinkled with a little sesame seed?  Nope.

As of this week, all that has changed!  I am so excited to announce that Shuckers Raw Bar & Cafe on Water Street  — just short stroll down the block from the front door of the Woods Hole Inn — now offers this sublime treat in summertime.

I was there last week and can tell you that the sushi chef is really talented and they have all your favorite items — fresh seaweed salad, edamame, lobster roll with mango and avocado, tuna sushi and sashimi and more.  Platters were attractively plated and loaded high with fresh pink ginger, pert piles of green wasabi.

To sit on the famous Eel Pond overlooking the marina and enjoy roasted eel?  Come on, who does not want to give “sushi Cape Cod” a try?

Photos that follow are from a lovely outdoor evening at Shuckers, our neighbors here in Woods Hole, a village of Falmouth on the Upper Cape Cod.  Oh, how we are grateful for this new Cape Cod sushi option!

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Summer on Cape Cod, Woods Hole is Quintessential Cape Cod Village

June 9, 2014 by Beth Colt

Sunset summer Cape CodSummer on Cape Cod…the smell of fresh cut grass, the whoosh of the surf, a light breeze on hot skin, corn on the cob with butter, tender lobster meat melting in your mouth.  Cape Cod is the essence of summer, and Woods Hole is the quintessential place to enjoy it.

My summer started with a visit to Stoney Beach (an easy walk from the Woods Hole Inn) and my first swim away from the shore.  Looking back at the bay dotted with waterfront estates and sweeping lawns, I felt a release from the worries of winter.  I reflected on all the things I love about our little village — scientists walking around with lanyards, wooden boats bobbing on their moorings, the smell of charcoal from my neighbor’s yard, rabbits that tear around at dusk, twinkling lights of the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard reflecting on the harbor, sunset with music playing at Quicks Hole, warm popovers in the morning from Pie in the Sky, my favorite tea at Coffee Obsession, a cool pinot grigio on the dock of Landfall.

Last weekend, I put all the winter coats in the basement and dusted off the paddle board, the life preservers and my flip flops.  We moved the dinghy to the beach, and collected the Mirror (a tiny wooden sailing vessel popular here) for racing in Great Harbor with the Woods Hole Yacht Club.  I located last year’s stash of sun screen, my summer shorts and t-shirts, swimsuits and coveralls.

Oh summer, with your visitors galore and friends from faraway places.  We wait for you all year, then you are here and we wonder, can it really last through October?  Oh yes… in beautiful Woods Hole, the answer is yes.

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Woods Hole Spring Festival for May Day is Best on Cape Cod!

May 24, 2014 by Beth Colt

May Day spring festival Woods Hole

Ok, I’ll admit I am partial to the events of the Woods Hole social calendar, and think Woods Hole is clearly the nicest small town on Cape Cod.  For the record, the Smithsonian Magazine agrees with me, naming Woods Hole in it’s top twenty best places to live issue this year (at an impressive #5 nationwide!).  In any case, the spring festival on May Day in Woods Hole is one of the finest events of the season, especially when the weather cooperates as it did today.

Imagine a bright green ballpark, full sun shining and huge white clouds drifting across the sky…  A few hundred people gathered in clusters around the lobster roll stand, the hot dog grill, the Maypole…  Kids running and playing, flipping over trampolines, climbing in the “lighthouse” play structure…  Cherry blossom sweetness drifting, salt in the air, a wind cool off the sea still chilly from winter.

The streets are filled with summer people, locals out of their houses to garden, tourists on their way to Martha’s Vineyard.  Memorial Day weekend in Woods Hole feels a bit like someone turned the light switch on, it happens so suddenly that we transform from this sleepy little village to the hustle bustle of summer.

May Day in Woods Hole is a wonderful celebration — from artisans selling wares, to the local preschool lemonade stand, to the jugglers, a pie eating contest, cod tacos at Quicks Hole and so much more.  Make the Woods Hole Spring Festival part of your summer plans, you will not regret it!

Here are some images from this afternoon at the Woods Hole May Day spring festival:

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Soft As A Grape T-Shirts and Sweats Opens Woods Hole Shop

April 24, 2014 by Beth Colt

Shop at the Woods Hole Inn

This month, a new shop called Soft As A Grape opened on the ground floor of the Woods Hole Inn, a great expansion of shopping in Woods Hole.  This is exciting news for all of Woods Hole, as well as for travelers on the Steamship Authority ferries to Martha’s Vineyard as this stylish new shop offers high quality t-shirts, sweatshirts and much more in a convenient location right on the corner of Water Street and Luscombe Avenue, just steps from the ferry terminal.  Stay at the Woods Hole Inn and enjoy this Woods Hole shop!

The new space has been dramatically renovated with new hardwood floors, gorgeous wooden shelving, extensive new lighting and more.  Best of all is the antique boat that dominates the entrance, filled to the brim with sparkling new shirts and insignia clothing.  Want to head home with a memento of your trip to Cape Cod?  Soft As A Grape is the perfect place to find something hip to share the news of your travels at home.

In addition to their line of t-shirts and clothing, the nice folks at Soft As A Grape have dedicated a space for Woods Hole Inn branded merchandise including our famous coffee mugs, handmade starfish soaps, t-shirts and more.  Come into the new shop at the corner of Luscombe and Water Streets in Woods Hole and see for yourself the great energy of this new shop.

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How to Make a Good Photo Great, or Explore Cape Cod on our Photo Safari

February 28, 2014 by Beth Colt

What makes a great photograph?  Makes makes a photo “go viral”?  Is it more beautiful on Cape Cod than other places?  Why are images more powerful than words, especially in social media?  Is there something to the saying about the magic  of Cape light?

Join the Cape Cod iPhoto Safari Retreat (April 4-6, 2014) at the Woods Hole Inn to answer these questions.  We will explore composition, light, editing and graphics all on the smart phone.  Take your photography and social media to the next level while exploring the beautiful vistas of the Cape and islands.  Learn how to connect online, and how to grow your social media presence with amazingly evocative imagery and overlaid graphics.  We will study success stories, share secret apps and illuminate best practices to find the joy in everyday posting.

This retreat is perfect for the lover of beautiful places, or a small business owner looking to grow their business on social media, or a person looking to brand themselves or their blog/book/music/movie/play/coffee shop online, or a grandmother hoping to impress grand kids with snap-chatting.  You will leave knowing more about photography, and have put that knowledge into action as we explore the beautiful surroundings of the Woods Hole Inn.

Beth Colt (owner of the Woods Hole Inn) is on a photo safari every day of the year. She jokes that if it pertains to Woods Hole, she will attend the opening of an envelope.  Take a look at the Woods Hole Inn Facebook page or the Quicks Hole Facebook page ;   the Woods Hole Inn has 500+ Instagram followers, 2,300 Facebook fans and several thousand Twitterati to which Beth largely credits her commitment to shooting with her iPhone everyday.

The schedule of events for the weekend is as follows:

-Friday April 4th, 6 – 7.30: Welcome Wine and Cheese reception

-Saturday April 5th, 10-12 noon:  Secret of Great Photos & Social Media.  Beth will discuss the composition of great photos, how to edit and improve photos, how to add text and graphics to make your photos pop, what makes a photo go viral, how does an idea catch fire online?  In addition, she will explore the best social media outlets for photographers and small businesses/brands, plus how to connect and grow your reach on these important sites.  Most of all, how to do this quickly and joyfully so it becomes an integral and easy part of your day.

-Saturday April 5th, 2 pm: Photo Walk Woods Hole.  Get out and try what you have learned in one of Cape Cod’s most beautiful destinations.  Hedgerows leading to epic summer lawns, lobster traps overgrown with butterfly weed, ferries disappearing into the fog and more await you in this guided photo tour.

-Sunday April 6, 9.30 am: Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard with Beth for a three hour photo safari with vehicular transportation.  Cobbled streets, farm life, whaling churches, the gingerbread cottages and much more over a three hour period with a car and driver facilitating transport to picture perfect corners of the famous island.  A real insiders view of the Vineyard.

This package includes: three days and two nights at the Woods Hole Inn, breakfast served daily, two-course dinner at the Quicks Hole Tavern (not including dessert, drinks, tax or tip), ferry tickets to Martha’s Vineyard, van fees for transportation on the Vineyard, slide lecture on best practices, guided tours of both Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard, a copy of Alison Shaw’s “To the Harbor Light” for inspiration, plus late parking on Sunday all included.

Pricing on rooms and all elements of this package are deeply discounted to encourage you to visit us!

Book online but also call/email the inn for the discount and to register for this package at 508-495-0248.

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Sledding on Cape Cod

February 18, 2014 by Beth Colt

Winter Getaway at Woods Hole Inn on Cape Cod

The cold air biting at your lungs with every deep breath, the weight of the sled in your mitten-ed hand, the bright sunlight glinting off acres of hot white snow, there is nothing better than a clear sunny day right after a deep snowfall for sledding on Cape Cod.

Yesterday was just such a day — six new inches from Saturday’s “ValenBlizzard,”  cousins visiting from Connecticut and a bright blue cloudless sky.  We dressed the crew up with all the gear, grabbed every sled we could unearth amidst sails, paddleboards and other basement debris, and walked over to the Woods Hole golf course.

What vistas are to be had for the intrepid who wander its lush hills and valleys!  In winter, this private club becomes our neighborhood sledding destination, with slopes varying from beginner to what locals call wicked steep.  In a scene reminiscent of Bruegel, we trudged in a single line across the vast meadow of snow towards the peak, top of hole 8, slickest spot on the course.

There was little time to pause and see Buzzards Bay flecked with white caps in the distance, or look the other way to see Martha’s Vineyard dancing across the Sound through bare winter trees — as we rushed to enjoy the epic Cape Cod sledding, the whoosh of speeding down, so exhilarating yet brief, followed by the epic march back up the hill.

Many laughs, selfies and snow heaps of exhausted children later, we piled back down the hill for cups of chowder and hot cocoa all around at the new Quicks Hole Tavern in Woods Hole.  A great winter’s vacation day, sledding here on Cape Cod.

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Professional Development Writers Workshop

December 29, 2013 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole —  long cherished as an epicenter of marine science — is growing in it’s reputation as a place for artists to gather as well.  This year, for the fourth time, the Woods Hole Inn and Woods Hole Film Festival unite with a weekend of professional development writers with exploration in screenwriting and a special focus on television, being held February 21-23 in Woods Hole.

Drama writer P.K. Simonds (Reign, Ghost Whisperer, Party of Five) joins comedy writer Ian Maxtone-Graham (Simpsons, Saturday Night Live) for two days of exploration in screenwriting.  Filled with helpful ideas about how to break in and what to do when the door opens a crack, veterans Simonds and Maxtone-Graham will regale the crowd with stories from the trenches.  How does an episode of TV get plotted, what is the “writers room,”  what kind of spec script should you write to get there?  Professional development for writers rarely takes place in such a beautiful spot, with great leaders and an intimate setting like this one.

The weekend kicks off with a wine and cheese reception Friday night at the Woods Hole Inn.  After breakfast at the inn the next morning, the TV writers gather for professional development writers workshops — with two sessions that day led by Simonds and Maxtone-Graham.  Most of the aspiring TV writers choose to attend “Dinner and a Movie” together on Saturday night at the Captain Kidd (additional fees for this element).  On Sunday, the writers gather once more for a morning session to wrap it all up.

The TV Writers Retreat Fee is $299 per person and applications are being accepted at the Woods Hole Film Festival website (biographical info and a writing sample is required).  The Woods Hole Inn is offering a deeply discounted two night package on this professional development writers retreat where $369 queen and $399 standard king includes the Retreat Fee AND two nights at the Inn.

Comments from previous TV Writer Guests: “I loved that after years of looking into the TV screen, I was brought into the inside and got a chance to see what it is to look out at the audience.”

“I am walking away with a new view on television writing, new contacts, new energy.  I am so thankful for that.”

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Six Reasons to Cycle Cape Cod MA starting in Woods Hole

November 5, 2013 by Beth Colt

bike tour of Falmouth and Martha's VIneyard, Cape Cod activities, cycle cape codCycling Cape Cod MA, especially in the crisp fall weather, is the best way to see the hidden vistas and back road treasures of this sandy peninsula.  But how to make it all happen seamlessly in one killer weekend?  Well, meet our our bike tour package, which answers the question — why cycle Cape Cod starting in Woods Hole?

1) Rail Trails.  The Shining Sea Bike Path — eleven miles of cycling fun each way, connecting Woods Hole to North Falmouth with everything in between — gorgeous vistas, Nobska Lighthouse, downtown Falmouth, Sippewisset Marsh and the cranberry bogs of Bourne Farm — voted one of the best bike paths in America.  Ride hard, feel safe.

2) Free Breakfast.  Enjoy a hearty breakfast, included with the room, to prepare for your Cape Cod cycling adventure.  At the Woods Hole Inn, that means all-you-can-eat quiche, bread-pudding, croissant, fresh fruit, Greek yoghurt and home-made sweet granola plus our fair-trade piping-hot coffee to slosh it all down.  Work hard, play harder.

3) Chillax.   Friday night, the sun sets over the water and you enjoy a wine and cheese reception to warm into your Martha’s Vineyard cycling adventure:  rice crackers, Spanish Manchego, Brie, Marconi almonds and a sprig of fresh rosemary artfully arranged on a recovered slate from the recent re-model of the Woods Hole Library rooftop.  Add your choice of red or chilled white wine?  Great way to start the weekend!

4) Never Get Lost.  Guide Rob Miceli of Cotuit Cycling Tours shares his secret routes,  back roads and amazing views as you explore cycling Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard over two days.  Rob will tell you all about the area, and pace the bicycle ride to meet where you are.  He is great!

5) Escape to an Island.   Across the street from the Woods Hole Inn, the ferry takes you to Vineyard Haven and you cycle with Rob on the bike path past Oak Bluffs to Edgartown and beyond if the group is feeling confident.  Soak in the incredible views over State Beach, past the Jaws Bridge, over Vineyard Sound.  You are on island time now.

6) Lobster Tacos.  Don’t forget dinner at Quicks Hole (also included in the package!) our farm-to-table Taqueria with a water-view deck where the sun sets over the water every night.  If you’re lucky, the band is set up and locals have gathered for a sangria or draft Cape Cod beer.  Close your eyes and you are at one of any of the best end of the road hangouts — Todos Santos, Montauk, Key West, Carpenteria, Laguna, and yes, Woods Hole.

Last weekend, we hosted this special getaway inspired by travel writer Tim Jones, whose blog EasternSlopes.com urges readers that “life isn’t a spectator sport.”   Taking the mystery out of enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the Cape from the seat of your bike, Tim Jones wrote the journey up for the Concord Monitor, and I urge you to read more about his experience here.

So for all you weekend warriors out there, consider joining us next time — we plan to keep the bike tours rolling in the spring and fall so stay posted here or “like” our Facebook page for updates, specials and sales.

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Starry Starry Night, a farm-to-table dinner in Woods Hole

August 13, 2013 by Beth Colt

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We are hosting a James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef dinner tonight, raising money for Falmouth Hospital.  One hundred lucky guests will dine under a tent next to Quicks Hole (our farm-to-table restaurant) overlooking Woods Hole harbor and under the stars.

This will be a summer meal to remember…

The meal is being prepared by Chef Cal Peternell (of Chez Panisse, Berkeley CA), Anna Kovel (former food editor Martha Stewart Living) and our own Stephanie Mikolazyk (executive chef at Quicks Hole).  You can read more about the chefs here.  The guests come from Woods Hole and all over the world, foodies who unite in their passion for fine dining and a great cause.

Preparations for this special meal began over a year ago when I met the amazing and talented Cal Peternell, continued this winter when we went to cook with his crew at Chez Panisse, and heated up this spring with the help of many volunteers who came together to plan all the details for tonight.

Today, the parking lot next to the Inn will be transformed with a tent, shrubs, hydrangeas, long wooden farm tables, linen napkins, stylish rental chairs, flowers.  At the same time, the kitchen will bustle with a different energy as lobster tacos are put away for the day and our crew boils stock, shucks oysters, steams lobster, mixes chickpea flour panisses, prepares smoked blue fish pate and much more.

I am eternally grateful to our sponsors, local companies who understand partnership, ambitious food and creative friendship:  Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, Bank of Martha’s Vineyard, Robert Paul Properties, and the Sea Crest Beach Hotel.

I am holding my breath, fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly….

 

 

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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5 ways Woods Hole is just like PARIS…

April 8, 2013 by Beth Colt

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Last month, my family and I went on a week’s vacation in Paris.  That’s right, Paris, France, home of the Mona Lisa and birthplace of the croissant.   With its’ dramatic wide boulevards, miles of shops and restaurants, triumphant arches and epic churches, it’s fair to say that on the surface of things, Paris does not have much in common with our tiny fishing village on Cape Cod.

But scratch a little deeper and there are similarities, so many that I may start calling Woods Hole the Paris of Cape Cod.

So here we go, countdown style, starting with number five, the things Paris and Woods Hole have in common:

5) IT’S COLD, BUT NOT CROWDED IN MARCH.  Both Paris and Woods Hole are damp in March, prone to spring flurries of snow and dominated by people in rubber boots, blown backwards umbrellas and the scowl that comes from winter lasting longer than desired.  Endure the chilly weather, and visit both places without the crowds.  Here on Cape Cod that means empty beaches, crystal clear waters, open sky and views for miles.  In Paris, you can jostle into the Louvre in less than 10 minutes, and see the Mona Lisa with 100 people rather than 1,000.  Love it!

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4) KILLER PASTRY SHOPS.  OK, Paris has thousands of patisseries competing with each other for the finest tarte citron and mousse au chocolat.  But, here in Falmouth, we have Pie in the Sky bakery offering sweet treats all year long, and the new Maison Villatte, serving French delicacies like croissant au chocolat and palmiers.  Don your bakers hat and let the Parisian bake off begin!

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3) SCULPTURE GARDENS.  Sure, Paris boasts Rodin, Braque and Brancusi… but here in Woods Hole, we have a pretty cool collection of outdoor sculpture.  Check out the placement of simple mill stones in Spohr Gardens, which like the  famous Jardin des Tuileries, is not to be missed in spring plus the collection sprinkled around the MBL on Water and MBL Streets.   Coming soon?  A bronze of Rachel Carson, the famous environmentalist who wrote “Silent Spring,” expected in Waterfront Park.  Take that, Gay Paris!

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2) BIKES EVERYWHERE.  Paris has embraced the bicycle, offering municipal bike rental stations called velib, and creating bike lanes to green up the city.  This is also true here in Woods Hole, where the former train tracks into town have been converted to a dedicated bike path running along beaches, past cranberry bogs and though ancient forests.  Hear, hear to forward-thinking municipalities everywhere.

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Drumroll, please….The number one thing that Paris and Woods Hole have in common is:

1)   BATEAU MOUCHES.  The River Seine is packed with ferries and transport ships, called bateau mouches, some for tourists but many plying the river for trade as they have for eons.  Woods Hole is no different, with a deep water harbor that brought whaling ships here in the 18th century, scientific research vessels in the 19th and 20th.   Ferries also run constantly here, connecting Woods Hole like a tether to the island of Martha’s Vineyard.  The allure of pragmatic boat travel is central to both locales, and ties us to our sister city.

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So there you have it people… why Woods Hole is the Paris of Cape Cod.  If you are having trouble guessing which photo is which, you are not alone, because that is how similar the two places are!

What do you think?

In like Lion, Out like Lamb…

March 10, 2013 by Beth Colt

Spring is in the air, and despite a three day storm where Old Mother Nature huffed and puffed and tried to blow our house down, the crocuses are popping with longer sunnier days reminding me that summer is right around the corner.

I guess that blooming witch hazel in an inch of snow, followed by crazy high tides from our most recent two storms are pretty normal for March on Cape Cod, but sometimes the schizophrenia of season-shifting leaves me scratching my head and wondering … what coat should I wear?  Slushy rain, followed by freezing rain, followed by plain old rain, followed by plenty of mud is about how I would describe it from my shoes point of view.

I am enjoying getting out of the house on long walks with my “Weekend Wellness” guests — customers who bought a two night package including power walks and a wellness seminar.   This weekend, I walked three hours with people from the Inn, showing them all over Woods Hole from Penzance Point to Nobska Lighthouse.  I love the oohs and aahs of newcomers to the dinghy-cluttered yards in town, the massive lawns on the outskirts, and everywhere the vistas with ferries coming and going like toy boats out to entertain us.  Views + fresh air = a clear mind.  Add a camera in my hand and I am particularly happy.

Here is a photo essay of the many facets of weather I have seen just in the last two weeks.  I hope you enjoy it, and maybe consider joining us some day in the fabulously quiet off-season.

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Wellness Weekends

December 27, 2012 by Beth Colt

Beth Colt in lobby of Woods Hole InnStarting in January, as we all kick off those New Year’s resolutions, we are launching themed  “Wellness Weekends” here in Woods Hole.

Where better than Cape Cod to find peace, tranquility, and the quiet restorative power of nature with a walk on the beach, the exploration of a bird sanctuary, or just a few moments at the pier staring into the churning grey ocean as it meets a slate winter sky?

The wellness weekend includes a healthy snack welcome platter (hummus, almonds, fresh cut carrots & more), followed by healthy breakfast options — our private chef is working on gluten free quiche crusts, egg white omelettes and more — and a guided power walk each morning at 7.30 am.  Breathe in the salt air as you explore local beaches, hidden treasures and the stunning views from Nobska Lighthouse while starting the day with a brisk work-out.

On Saturday afternoon, we invite special guest and guru wellness coach Felicia Hilliard (of “Why Weight? Cape Cod”) in to share her nutrition and wellness secrets for one hour.  Felicia has transformed lives with her simple plans, and you will be inspired by what she shares in this seminar which starts promptly at 4 pm in the Inn.

Leave time Sunday to take advantage of our late parking deal, and hop the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard for a day of exploration.  Use this getaway to hit the reset button, move away from the glow of the computer screen and start the healthy habits that will put you on track for the whole year.

The Wellness Package is on sale starting today, only on Groupon.  Certain restrictions apply, and the offer is based on availability, and we expect it will sell out.  We look forward to welcoming you to Woods Hole!

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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Trainman’s Lanterns

October 19, 2012 by Beth Colt

Morning light rakes over Woods Hole Inn near Martha's VIneyard ferry

Everyday, interesting people walk in the front door of the Inn — people from all over the world, coming to get a glimpse of the New England seashore, or experience first hand the heady smell of salty marsh air that comes up off the beach at low tide, or walk in the footsteps of Presidents by touring the island of Martha’s Vineyard.

Sometimes they make plans to come a year in advance, and other times they just walk in the door in the late afternoon looking for a place for the night.  In late September, a couple “walked in” (to use the innkeepers jargon) from upstate, New York.  They had been touring the area and taking their chances…we were happy to have one room left, which they booked.

As they wandered around the inn, they saw an antique kerosine lantern that sits on an old metal safe in one of our living rooms and they asked me a bunch of questions about it.  This lantern actually came out of my grandfather’s barn.  My grandparents lived most of their long lives on a farm in coastal Massachusetts, and they kept a herd of dairy cows there from the 1930s through the late 1960s.

My grandfather bred the cows, and had pictures of his winners hanging on the walls of his 1700’s-era house.  I remember the one called “Larches Pat” posing with her handler, all curried and groomed to perfection with a big ribbon on her halter at the Topsfield Fair.  My grandfather was committed to these cows, he really loved them, and he always said one of the saddest days of his life was in the late 1960’s after the milk distributor stopped coming (“you’re too small to warrant a stop,” they told him); after months of pouring the milk onto the fields, he realized he had to sell his prized herd.

WNew England antiques found at the Woodshole Inn, Cape Cod Lodginghen the barn was cleared out after his death (at the age of 97!), this lantern moved into my mother’s basement.  I liberated it a few years ago and it sits in one of the dining rooms at the Woods Hole Inn, reminding me of my wonderful grandparents and their beautiful farm, where I was lucky enough to spend holidays my whole childhood.

Now enter my walk in guests! (I bet you were wondering when I might get back to that:)   No one has ever asked me about this lantern before, but these guests were very curious, remarking on it’s size and style.  Very unusual, they said.  Don’t see them that large, they said.  Well, there were tons of them in my grandfather’s barn before it was wired for electricity, so they were common at some point, I explained.

Honestly did not think much more about this interaction until this week when this cool Trainman’s Lantern arrived in the mail, one for me and one for Amanda.  It came with a thank you letter from the above-mentioned lantern-curious guests, who it turns out own a lantern company in upstate New York.  The letter tells me that the Dietz Company went out of business many years ago (maker of my grandfather’s lanterns), but their company Star Headlight and Lanterns, has been around for 123 years and is still going strong.  In fact, the owner (our guest) is the fourth generation of his family to run this business!!

Here are some highlights from this delightful letter:

“Anne and I really loved staying at your lovely place.  It was the end of a memorable trip.  Your MapQuest got us perfectly to our sons house, where we saw our grand kids, then flew home.  The enclosed lanterns are used daily by all railroads.  Put one next to your Deitz.  Please see Amanda gets one, she was most helpful.  We look forward to seeing you again sometime.”

 

"David W. Jacobs" owner and CEO of Star Headlight Trainman's LanternWell, so do we!!  These lanterns are sure to be useful in a winter storm when the lights go out!  This is the fun of inn-keeping, meeting interesting people and continually learning things about our fascinating world.  And creating this dialogue between new people, and returning guests, where they can share with us the important things in their lives, while we can offer a restful place to return, hopefully year after year, to find peace and tranquility from the crazy buzz of modern life.

So thank you so much, David and Anne (and all the nice people at Star Headlight and Lanterns),  — we hope to see you soon.

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