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Dinner & A Movie

April 22, 2017 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Film Festival presents Dinner & A Movie 2016/2017.  Prior to each screening guests are welcome to present their tickets to the film for discounts and special offers at participating restaurants, such as our own Quicks Hole Tavern!  Screenings to be held at WHOI’s Redfield Auditorium.

 

Tonight’s feature:

Seed: The Untold Story

Read all about this film and watch the trailer on the WHFF’s link below.

Dinner & A Movie

April 8, 2017 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Film Festival presents Dinner & A Movie 2016/2017.  Prior to each screening guests are welcome to present their tickets to the film for discounts and special offers at participating restaurants, such as our own Quicks Hole Tavern!  Screenings to be held at WHOI’s Redfield Auditorium.

 

Tonight’s feature:

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Read all about this film and watch the trailer on the WHFF’s link below.

Dinner & A Movie

March 11, 2017 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Film Festival presents Dinner & A Movie 2016/2017.  Prior to each screening guests are welcome to present their tickets to the film for discounts and special offers at participating restaurants, such as our own Quicks Hole Tavern!  Screenings to be held at WHOI’s Redfield Auditorium.

 

Tonight’s feature:

The Music of Strangers: Yo-yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble

Read all about this film and watch the trailer on the WHFF’s link below.

Dinner & A Movie

February 18, 2017 by Beth Colt

 

The Woods Hole Film Festival presents Dinner & A Movie 2016/2017.  Prior to each screening guests are welcome to present their tickets to the film for discounts and special offers at participating restaurants, such as our own Quicks Hole Tavern!  Screenings to be held at WHOI’s Redfield Auditorium.

 

Tonight’s feature:

The Peacemaker

Read all about this film and watch the trailer on the WHFF’s link below.

Dinner & A Movie

January 28, 2017 by Beth Colt

 

The Woods Hole Film Festival presents Dinner & A Movie 2016/2017.  Prior to each screening guests are welcome to present their tickets to the film for discounts and special offers at participating restaurants, such as our own Quicks Hole Tavern!  Screenings to be held at WHOI’s Redfield Auditorium.

 

Tonight’s feature:

Landfill Harmonic

Read all about this film and watch the trailer on the WHFF’s link below.

Luke Vose

December 29, 2016 by Beth Colt

Live music at the Quicks Hole Tavern, walking distance from the Woods Hole Inn.

Luke Vose

December 15, 2016 by Beth Colt

Live music at the Quicks Hole Tavern, walking distance from the Woods Hole Inn.

Luke Vose

December 1, 2016 by Beth Colt

Live music at the Quicks Hole Tavern, walking distance from the Woods Hole Inn.

Dinner & A Movie Series

November 19, 2016 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Film Festival presents Dinner & A Movie 2016/2017.  Prior to each screening guests are welcome to present their tickets to the film for discounts and special offers at participating restaurants, such as our own Quicks Hole Tavern!  Screenings to be held at WHOI’s Redfield Auditorium.

Tonight’s feature:

A Man Called Ove.

Read all about this film and watch the trailer on the WHFF’s link below.

Take a Break from Exams with a Getaway to Cape Cod

November 14, 2016 by Beth Colt

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

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

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

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

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

3rd Annual Beer, Bed & Breakfast Weekend

November 4, 2016 by Beth Colt

A Fall Tradition on Cape Cod!

Stay at one of our beautiful inns (including the Woods Hole Inn) on Cape Cod during the fun and informative weekend and you could discover your new favorite micro brew, learn how the best beer is crafted and meet the folks who make beer magic!  Taste the food that amazing chefs will pair with world-class beers!

 

Woods Hole and Falmouth area will be featuring dinner at the Quicks Hole Tavern.  See all of the details here: http://www.quicksholewickedfresh.com/events/beer-b-and-b-dinner-november-2016/

Staff Spotlight – Meet Jonathan Winkler

October 5, 2016 by Beth Colt

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Jonathan Winkler, Valet & Front Desk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A Woods Hole Farewell

September 10, 2016 by Julia Pearl

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Woods Hole cap of course!

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

 

Our “Same Time Next Year” Special

August 28, 2016 by Beth Colt

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

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

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Visit Nantucket Island from Woods Hole

August 15, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Main Street, Nantucket Island MA

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

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

Nantucket Fast Ferry: Hyannis

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

Nantucket Streets

Nantucket Main Street

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

Handle Bar Cafe, Nantucket

Handlebar Cafe

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

Surfside Beach, Nantucket

Surfside Beach

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

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

Wine Tasking at Cisco Brewery

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

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

Staff Spotlight- Meet Amanda Benoit

August 12, 2016 by Beth Colt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Comedian Steve Sweeney at the seacrest

July 16, 2016 by Beth Colt

Sea Crest Beach Hotel
350 Quaker Road
North Falmouth, MA 02556

Flap Jack Comedy Productions Presents Steve Sweeney, also featuring Dave Russo and Preston Simpson

Steve Sweeney, the man, the myth, the legend, known nationwide for his roles in “There’s Something About Mary”, “Me, Myself & Irene”, This guy’s also been on Comedy Central, Letterman and more.

Dave Russo, recently named best male comic in Boston, you know Dave from NESN, NBC, FOX, and Last Comic Standing All Stars.

Preston Simpson, the host we all know and love, comin’ to us from Late Night with David Letterman & some pretty awesom flicks too.

Seating is limited.  Reserve your spot and buy tickets atwww.flapjackcomedy.com or calling 508-274-2190

Cape Cod Theater Project- Burying Augustus

July 16, 2016 by Beth Colt

Burying Augustus
by Ryan King
directed by Mike Donahue
July 14, 15 & 16 at 8 p.m.

Ricky is on a secret mission. But two girls he works with at the Sonic Drive-Thru are looking for a final night of adventure before they graduate, and they want him to drive. As earthquakes rock the Texas Panhandle and a destructive breed of ants eats trailers piece by piece, saying goodbye to an old friend ends up being anything but simple.

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

July 12, 2016 by Julia Pearl

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

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Ferry to Oak Bluffs

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

Beach street Bike Path

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

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Jaws Bridge

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

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

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Edgartown Lighthouse

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

Atlantic Fish & Chop House

Atlantic Fish & Chop House

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

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

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

Staff Spotlight — Meet Kaylee Costa

July 11, 2016 by Beth Colt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 26, 2016 by Beth Colt

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

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

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

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

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Check out the Bridge of the R/V Neil Armstrong

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

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What about inside the ship?

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

R/V Neil Armstrong in Woods Hole

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

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

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See the Galley of the R/V Neil Armstrong

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

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

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

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

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Back on the Docks

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

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

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

Welcoming World Class Scientists, Everyday

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

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Water Street Kitchen – new fine dining in Woods Hole

June 5, 2016 by Beth Colt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Street Kitchen Woods Hole

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Room 7 After Photos – a Cape Cod renovation story

April 22, 2016 by Beth Colt

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

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

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

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

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

3 Reasons to Visit Woods Hole in the Spring

April 18, 2016 by Beth Colt

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

A New Restaurant 

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

Landfall re-opens for the season

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

Baby sheep at Peterson Farm

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

(Top photo via the 41-70)

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

March 18, 2016 by Beth Colt

renovation Woods Hole Inn

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

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

Woods Hole Inn pre-renovation photos

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

renovation Woods Hole Inn

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

Room Seven cleared out before renovation

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

renovation Woods Hole Inn

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

old newspaper

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

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

glass shower at the Woods Hole Inn

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

sunset in snow Eel Pond Woods Hole

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