A mid-winter wassail with Solstice Singers, renaissance song, instrumental music, readings of the season and English sword dancing and a newly crafted mummers play.
A Fine Winter’s Night Sunday, December 21st, 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm Highfield Hall & Gardens A Fine Winter’s Night, the holiday concert from Irish duo Matt & Shannon Heaton, features original and traditional music to help usher in the winter holidays. With an appealing blend of voices, guitar, bouzouki, Irish flute and whistle, the Heaton’s music and stage show is simultaneously homegrown, refined and timeless. Having built their act from years of touring together, the husband-and-wife Heatons have grown into thoroughly entertaining performers. They bring to the stage a depth of shared experience, a love for Irish music and a fondness for their audiences nationwide. The concert will also include a lively performance of traditional Irish step dancing with Boston-based Kiernan Jordan. Hot cider and homemade cookies round out this heart-warming seasonal program. $35/$30 members. Contact highfieldhall.org for further information or call 508-495-1878, ext. 2. Highfield Hall & Gardens, a beautifully restored 1878 mansion and estate, is Cape Cod’s premier historic site and a magnificent setting for experiencing the arts and exploring nature. Surrounded by spectacular gardens and woodlands, Highfield hosts art and history exhibitions, music concerts, culinary classes and public programs. The Hall is available year-round for programs and functions and will re-open for regular visitation on April 1, 2015. The grounds may be enjoyed any time. Highfield Hall is located at 56 Highfield Drive in Falmouth. Directions and information about programs and private rentals can be found at highfieldhall.org or by calling (508) 495-1878, ext. 2.
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.
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.
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.
Come 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.
In 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.
High 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.
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.
Summer 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.
Of course there are also spectacular summer sunsets, and many people have roof decks. Sweet huh.
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.
Then 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.)
For 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
Purchase artwork and original hand-crafted gifts including jewelry, pottery, scarves, hats, sculpture, quilting, stained glass, greeting cards and decorated table top trees from 9:00am until 4:00pm on Monday through Saturday and 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Sunday.
Join us for some painting at the pub. Details: $45 per person; to sign up or to see what you’ll paint, visit: https://www.paintnite.com/pages/events/view/capecod/853767
Join us January 23 – 25, 2015 in Woods Hole for a knitting weekend in conjunction with our friends at Sage Yarns Falmouth.
Our Knit Cape Cod gathering kicks off on Friday night with a free wine and cheese welcome mixer at the Woods Hole Inn. On Saturday, Knit Cape Cod continues with two workshops plus lunch overlooking the waterfront at the new year round restaurant Quicks Hole Tavern (next door to the Woods Hole Inn).
Sunday is reserved for a knitalong on the Martha’s Vineyard ferry with plenty of time to explore the Vineyard Haven shops, visit the Alpaca Farm, enjoy lunch at the Black Dog Tavern or whatever your heart desires on the island. Extended parking in Woods Hole is offered as part of the package, to make this Sunday visit seamless for you. Who knew knitting across Vineyard Sound on the ferry could be so much fun?
You can read the entire itinerary for Knit Cape Cod with all the details right here. Rooms at the Woods Hole Inn (including TONS of extras) start at $369 for three days, two nights on the waterfront in stunning Woods Hole.
Locals are also welcome to join the Knit Cape Cod fun! Check out the packages page for all the details about booking for the Saturday Knit Cape Cod seminars and lunch.
Book this unique “Knit Cape Cod” weekend today by calling the Woods Hole Inn (508) 495-0248.
Come to listen to up and coming talent!
Join us for some painting at the pub. Details: $45 per person; to sign up or to see what you’ll paint, visit: https://www.paintnite.com/pages/events/view/capecod/853767
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.
Directed by Laura Sciortino and choreographed by world class dancers Catherine Batcheller, Joseph Cipolla, and Laura Sciortino with set and costume designs by London
stage designer, Jean Marc Puissant.
This production is an innovative version of the classic holiday favorite. Set in a Chatham Sea Captain’s home in the mid-1800’s, the script, written by local author Anne LeClaire, will take us on an enchanting journey through local history and folklore invoking elements of the natural environs of Cape Cod.
The cast of over 80 dancers will include professional dancers from major U.S. ballet companies as well as prominent local citizens and students from Cape Cod!
November 29th at 6:00 PM and November 30th at 1:00 PM
at the Tilden Arts Center
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 BedandBreakfast.com, 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 BedandBreakfast.com, 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 BedandBreakfast.com Getaway Gift Card®, which never expires or declines in value and has no blackout dates.
“BedandBreakfast.com is delighted to, once again, provide luxury B&B vacations as special prizes on the Wheel of Fortune,” says Matt Laessig, general manager of BedandBreakfast.com. “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 BedandBreakfast.com 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 BedandBreakfast.com.
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”!
Featured soloist is Stephanie Weaver of the Cape Conservatory. She will play Beethoven’s Piano Concert No. 4.
The orchestra will also perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, and Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances from the opera “Prince Igor.”
Admission is by donation at the door…suggested donation is $20 for adults and $5 for children.
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.
With 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:) 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.
The 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.
Later 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.
I 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:
This 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.
Add 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.
A unique recital/lecture exploring the life of Duke Ellington with Robert Wyatt at Highfield Hall.
Girls just want to have fun or so my father likes to remind me. Although I am a serious college student during the rest of the year, I am an unabashed pleasure-seeker in the summer. And this summer at the Woods Hole Inn, my work and my play mingled most affably.
One might think that having grown up in Woods Hole, I’d be tired of the tourist scene. But for me, the bustling street life, the teeming beaches, and even the long lines for my double iced soy latte are all part of summer, and, seeing it all from the perspective of a Woods Hole Inn guest and blogger, I totally understand why our guests keep coming back.
Thanks to the Woods Hole Inn, I explored (and savored!) the restaurants, historic tours, and local museums and events through the eyes of a visitor and couldn’t have been more delighted. Early morning donuts at the Black Dog in Vineyard Haven, an afternoon lesson on Walsh roses at the Woods Hole Historical Museum, and one of the best sunsets over Eel Pond “on assignment”; who wouldn’t want to be a tourist or a guest blogger!
As my summer comes to an end, I would like to thank the pleasant and helpful staff at the Woods Hole Inn for giving me the chance to simultaneously work hard, learn tons, and play local traveler. It was a fantastic summer in Woods Hole!
-Guest Blogger, Gwen Martin
MV Chilifest (also known as the Big Chili Contest) is right around the corner on January 24, 2015 this year! Start getting excited for the fun of the ferry ride packed with happy people headed to the big tent with all you can eat chili donated from local restaurants, live music and plenty of cold beer. Sponsored by mvyRadio, this day of wintery fun and games benefits the local Red Stocking Fund and raises over $30,000 for local charity.
The ferries leave Woods Hole starting early with eager restauranteurs carting hot chili for the MV Chilifest. There are free buses on the Martha’s Vineyard side to the PA Club in Oak Bluffs where the crowd gathers under a huge tent with heaters. About 3,000 people attend, and the party lasts most of the day, at least until all the soups are consumed and prizes handed out for winners. Tickets to the Martha’s Vineyard Big Chili Contest are hard to get, mostly sold at local bars and hangouts both on the island and in Falmouth.
This year, the Woods Hole Inn is offering a special MV Chilifest package with free Chilifest and ferry tickets included in your two night stay. Conveniently located across the street from the Steamship Authority ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, our two night package is a great deal. You can see all the details on our specials page. Book now while supplies last.
Here are some snapshots of all the fun from prior years, or go ahead and dive into the blog archive for the full story.
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
There are so many fun things to do in summertime on Cape Cod, but one of my favorites is a visit to the Woods Hole Historical Museum in Woods Hole, MA. This small gem of a collection is housed in an adorable 18th century farmhouse draped with rambling roses and accompanied by an equally charming barn filled with old sailboats, models and memorabilia.
This season, there are two exhibits at the Woods Hole Museum — one on the history of businesses in the village and the other a series of life-like drawings of fish and sea creatures by James Prosek, a noted artist, author and naturalist. His paintings are incredible, and made me think of a modernist Audubon. See more on his work here.
I took a special interest in the “Businesses of Old Woods Hole” exhibit, as I recently gave a talk on being an entrepreneur in the village of Woods Hole so I am aware of some of the incredible leaders that have made this little village what it is today. Lining the walls are biographical material and photos of small-town luminaries such as Elijah Swift, Walter Luscombe, Prince Crowell and others who built whaling ships, created the guano factory that once operated here, started the first banks and more. It’s really interesting (and inspiring!) to think about the challenges they faced, especially as so much has changed since then.
There are a few exhibits that never change at the Woods Hole Historical Museum — the small boat museum is essentially an old barn lined with the hulls, models and detritus of small wooden sailboats. There is a retired mirror dinghy (this class of boat developed in the 1930’s is still sailed on Saturday mornings at the Woods Hole Yacht Club), a Hereshoff or two and more. Best of all is a moment in the cool shade of this quaint barn, looking out at the sunny Cape Cod weather just thinking about all the happy hours sailors spent on these vessels before they were retired to this perfect spot.
There is also a model of the village of Woods Hole, a brilliant creation of miniature houses, docks, ships capturing Woods Hole in the 1890’s. It was made one winter by a crew of enterprising villagers, and it offers a birds eye perspective on the village that is well worth seeing.
When you come to Cape Cod in summer, don’t miss a visit to the Woods Hole Historical Museum located at 579 Woods Hole Road. Check their website for access and hours which are significantly greater in the summertime.
Woods Hole is a village of the town of Falmouth, and three miles up the road is the center of town which we call Falmouth Main Street. Crowded with year-round restaurants, adorable shops, candy stores and ice cream parlors, Falmouth’s Main Street is a nice bike ride from the Woods Hole Inn, where we offer bicycles to our guests. It’s also an easy drive, and Main Street Falmouth has plenty of parking with no meters.
If you choose to bike from the Woods Hole Inn, hop on the bike path in front of the Steamship Authority and enjoy the three mile journey with vistas towards Martha’s Vineyard and several good spots to stop for a swim. Once in Falmouth, head off the bike path at Depot Avenue (you will see the Falmouth Bus Depot filled with green Peter Pan buses there) and ride past the Queens Byway onto Main Street.
There are dozens of locally-owned restaurants on this historic stretch which like Woods Hole has been protected and preserved as a historic district. You can choose from Indian, Mexican, Italian, Traditional Cape Cod, fabulous French bakeries, brunch spots, delis and much more. There really is something for everyone on Main Street Falmouth, MA.
Then of course, the shopping. Fancy upscale stuff at Lily Pulitzer, Maxwell & Co, Pilgrim and others. Great summer finds at Port Cargo, Green Eyed Daisy, Cape Chic Co and more. Gift shopping too at Celebrations, Treasure Chest, Pink Polka Dot. Real old time shopping from small vendors who know their customer — and that customer is you.
Don’t leave Main Street in Falmouth without a visit to one of the many patisseries, candy or ice cream shops. Perhaps a taste test is in order? There is Gelfi’s, Ben and Bill’s, Tisberry Yoghurt, Cupcapes of Cape Cod and the fancy French bakery called Maison Villatte for starters. Don’t miss Coffee Obsession or Pies a la Mode, at either end of this long stretch of charming shops. Main Street is really a great hang out for the sweet tooth in us all.
Enjoy your exploration of our quaint town. Falmouth Main Street is famous for being one of the nicest shopping and dining experiences on Cape Cod. Here are photos of some of my favorite Main Street Falmouth MA spots. Or click here for more info and a map of the area.
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!
Springtime on Cape Cod invokes images of fields germinating, baby lambs darting across meadows, the bright green of fresh grass and of course the ubiquitous daffodil, a harbinger of summer which is right around the corner. The best place to see fields of waving daffodils is on a drive to Woods Hole where they will entice you all along Woods Hole Road and lead you right into the incredible six acre Spohr Gardens, one of the loveliest small public gardens on Cape Cod.
This land was placed into conservation by a very generous couple, Margaret and Charles Spohr, and a non-profit group called Friends of Spohr Gardens maintains it. From the parking lot, a gentle sloping path leads you past thousands of daffodils nestled in the trees amid a series of grist mill wheels artfully placed. At the bottom of the hill, enjoy the view of Oyster Pond where you might see a swan or two swim past. From here, you can smell the salt water as the southwest wind blows the spray off Surf Drive and across the pond.
Walk out onto the small dock and look back at the reinforced shoreline which has been arranged with old anchors and ship detritus painted jet black. If you are lucky an osprey will swoop past. Or a butterfly will alight, resting for a moment from the breeze. Consider bringing a kayak for a paddle around this lovely pond, where on the opposite side you will find a bird sanctuary. Birders delight in this kind of quiet locale where Cape Cod birds tend to gather in droves, in springtime the swans nest and you might see their cygnets.
Spohr Gardens is a short walk or drive from the Woods Hole Inn, and is especially appreciated by locals and guests at this time of year. Don’t miss a visit to this special place in spring 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.
I am constantly bragging about how mild the weather is here, how rarely we get snow, how when we do it melts right away. Readers of this blog must have heard me reference the warm “gulf stream waters” dozens of times and even heard me lament the brief sledding opportunities, the short pond-skating season.
Not this year: snowed yesterday, snowed last week, going to snow tomorrow. It’s been so snowy, most people are officially done with small talking about it, annoyed with the over-reporting of it all and beyond the bend about shoveling their driveway “One. More. Time.”
So this blog is NOT about snow.
No, this blog is all about dreaming of summer. Walking down my street in this snow scape, it’s really hard to remember that in just a few months my neighborhood will transform — with clusters of kids giggling and snapping their towels, summer people perched at the waterfront with lobster dipped in butter dripping off their chins, Woods Hole Inn guests sitting on the deck watching cloud banks drift over Vineyard Sound, the strum of cicadas at twilight, the feeling of dusk on a sunburn, the glow of fireflies as open mic night gets cranking at Pie in the Sky. Oh yes, a girl can dream.
So as the wind blows outside and we brace for another nine inches tomorrow, please enjoy these classics from the dreams of my summers past.
Oceanside holidays are often glamorized in places like St Barths and Key West. But people forget that the beaches of Cape Cod — especially if we are lucky enough to get a dusting of snow — are perhaps more spectacular than any other time of the year. Consider spending your holiday Cape Cod with us at the Woods Hole Inn!
Empty beaches, wide open vistas, Nobska lighthouse with a wreath, Victorian cottages dressed up with lights and Christmas bows are the touchstone of a Cape Cod Christmas. Snuggling by the fire with a snifter of brandy while the winter wind whistles outside, your Cape Cod holiday is cozy, romantic and lots of fun.
Add the great local restaurants that stay open (Glass Onion, Landfall, Coonamessett, Seacrest and more) with holiday specials, plus our hearty breakfast served daily and you start to get a sense of real Cape Cod holiday cheer.
We encourage you to book early, and stay longer for the full effect that the holidays on Cape Cod can offer — a feeling of total relaxation and fullness that comes when you commit a few precious days to sharing your holiday by the sea. Our special holiday offer is good while supplies last, so call us today to book your winter getaway.