Where is the best beach in town? This is a question I hear regularly around town and especially at the Inn. Since our village is peninsular, you can’t walk 5 minutes in any direction without seeing the ocean and waterfront property is not exactly hard to come by. And although much of the ocean front real estate is private, the public beaches in Woods Hole each have something different to offer to both visitors and locals.
Confusing because of its name, “Stoney Beach” or “Stoney” (by the locals) is actually the sandiest beach in Woods Hole. Sheltered from the prevailing southeast sea breeze, Stoney is the perfect place to spend a day at the beach without getting sand in your sandwich, and by the middle of summer, the water is warm and welcoming for even the most novice ocean swimmers. Nestled between weathered cottages, Stoney is setback from the road, and, because it is an official town beach, a Life Guard is on duty during the day.
Venture a little bit farther in the opposite direction, and find the most scenic beach around just below Nobska Lighthouse with gorgeous views of the Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, and the entrance to Woods Hole Harbor. The consistent southwest breeze makes Nobska Beach the perfect balmy day hang out spot and if you need some extra cooling-off, take a dip in the crisp water. Make sure to take a quick walk up to the Lighthouse to snap some pictures of the ferryboats going by.
Want to bring your dog to the beach? Or watch the sun set over the water from your car on a chilly evening? Then the “Town Landing” opposite Park Street is for you. It is somewhat hidden from the road, down a lengthy stone road, and, although the beach looks unappealingly rocky from first glance, swimming is actually a breeze because of its lack of sand bars and quick drop-off. You can venture out on the jetty too and slide into the cool, refreshing water.
No matter what you are looking for, the beaches of Woods Hole are sure to please. So grab a beach towel from the front desk and make your way to any one of these walkable beaches from the Woods Hole Inn. You can grab on iced coffee from Coffee Obsession (or an iced soy latte, my personal favorite) and the locally inspired “Bourne Farm” sandwich from Woods Hole Market on your way. — from guest blogger Gwen Martin
Woods Hole has the most distinctive Fourth of July parade in America. Organized by the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), this gathering of young scientists celebrating our nations birth is filled with costumes, dancers, and balloons. Representing things like cell reproduction, neurobiology, marine resources and much more, student laugh and dance their way down a spectator-packed Water Street.
Tossing candy along the path, the parade takes starts at noon every year and takes about fifteen minutes. One fun tradition is that after students cross the drawbridge, they break into a serious water-balloon fight, a nice respite from a hot Cape Cod day.
On the porch of the Woods Hole Inn, we offer cool lemonade, iced tea and Charlene’s fresh baked cookies to as many people who will fit. It’s a great birds-eye view of the whole event.
Half hour later, the streets are empty as people dash back to the beach. Ahh, Cape Cod summah.
Hope to see you there next year! Happy Fourth.