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5 Best Honeymoon Destinations on the Upper Cape

July 18, 2016 by Beth Colt

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Planning a honeymoon on Cape Cod? With its sandy beaches, fresh squeezed summer cocktails, and picturesque bike paths, the Cape has always been high on the list for newly-weds looking for a romantic and restorative honeymoon. Below, we’ve rounded up our five favorite lodging options for the Upper Cape, your honeymoon Cape Cod dream locale. Starting with…

The Captain’s Manor Inn

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Conveniently located just steps from Falmouth’s Main Street, this upscale Bed & Breakfast has a classic, 1950’s elegance — with rooms that will make you feel both comfortable and special. Breakfast can be enjoyed on the expansive veranda overlooking the grounds and gorgeous greenery. We recommend their made daily and in-house blueberry scones, perfect destination for your honeymoon Cape Cod style.

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The Nobnocket Boutique Inn

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Want something a little more modern? The Nobnocket Inn, newly restored with a contemporary, British flare, is Vineyard Haven’s best new Bed & Breakfast, and the perfect excuse for the forty-five minute ferry ride over. You won’t want to leave once you arrive, and owners Simon and Annabelle will instantly make you feel at home. Spend your honeymoon window shopping the adorable (Obama approved!) shops in Vineyard Haven, or take a day trip down island for a chance to enjoy the many picture-perfect beaches. See our complete tour of the Inn here.

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The Belfry Inn and Bistro

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At the Belfry Inn & Bistro in Sandwich, every room is different. Once a Catholic church with high, vaulted ceilings, you’ll have a chance to sleep in a king bed below a magnificent stained glass window! Gold Winner of Cape Cod Life’s best Bed & Breakfast — the Inn also houses one of the Cape’s finest restaurants, where an evolving menu offers a fresh and seasonal take on American cuisine. Try the local burrata with eggplant Caponata, or the Belfry burger with tomato jam and crispy Prosciutto.

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Camping on Sippewissett Campgrounds

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Sticking to a budget, or more of the outdoors-y types? Rent a tipi at Sippewissett Campgrounds, which offers 100 sites equipped with picnic tables and fire pits — and even a laundromat. Take advantage of the campground’s free daily shuttle to the beach and ferry, or rent bikes for a scenic trip into Woods Hole for hot coffee and Popovers at Pie in the Sky. A honeymoon Cape Cod complete with s’mores and catching fireflies in a jar could be yours!

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Woods Hole Inn

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And last but not least — the Woods Hole Inn. We could go on and on about the romantic charm of this bustling port town — from the waterfront restaurants to the sweet seals at the aquarium to the best lobster tacos on Cape Cod — all just walking distance from the Inn. Take a trip to the Vineyard (the Inn is just steps from the Steamship Authority ferry terminal), or keep it local with lots of beaches, a bike path that hugs the shore, and evenings sipping champagne on our private water-facing deck. We can guarantee you’ll fall in love with this place we call home.

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Woods Hole Historical Museum’s Biennial Auction and Tag Sale

July 16, 2016 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole Historical Museum’s Biennial Auction and Tag Sale. The auction is Saturday, July 16, and the tag sale is Sunday, July 17. One of the museum’s biggest fundraisers of the year.

The events take place on the museum’s grounds at 579 Woods Hole Road in Woods Hole. Parking is at the WHOI Challenger lot, next to the museum.

Auctioneer is the colorful Phil Stanton

Viewing at 9:00 a.m.

Bidding at 11:00 a.m.

Extensive selection of boats, maritime items, furniture, artwork, collectibles and more.

MBL Friday Evening Lecture

July 15, 2016 by Beth Colt

“Bacteria as Master Regulators and Aphrodisiacs” Nicole King, University of California, Berkeley; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Creating Ships in a Bottle – Demonstration

July 13, 2016 by Beth Colt

Join Gerald Ross in an artsy Demonstration for your own nautical DIY projects at the Woods Hole Historical Museum!

 

Building Ships in a bottle 11 AM- 1 PM

Staff Spotlight — Meet Kaylee Costa

July 11, 2016 by Beth Colt

FullSizeRenderKaylee Costa, Front Desk & Red Chair Travels Coordinator
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.

MBL Friday Evening Lecture

July 7, 2016 by Beth Colt

“Digging for Genes that Affect Behavior” Hopi E. Hoekstra, Harvard University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Music at the Festival 2016

June 30, 2016 by Beth Colt

Saturday, July 30th – Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys kick it off at 11 p.m. at the Captain Kidd, 77 Water Street, Woods Hole.

Sarah Swain and the The Oh Boys feature Sarah on guitar and vocals, slide guitar virtuoso Jerry Smith, “Rocket” Ron Siegel on upright bass and Liam Hogg on drums.

Their set features Sarah’s original compositions, mixing in old Wanda Jackson and other classics as well as some lost garage rock nuggets. It’s rockabilly with a splash of soul…and a vibrant energy that’s downright contagious.

 

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.

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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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The Village Market, Woods Hole

June 25, 2016 by Beth Colt

Creative arts and fresh local produce in the heart of Woods Hole village every weekend from June through October.

Woods Hole has all the feel of a Cape Cod fishing village, and is still home port to a commercial fleet.  It is full of world-renowned scientific institutions such as the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

It is at the end of the Shining Sea Bicycle Path and is the way to Martha’s Vineyard.  With lots of fine dining as well, Woods Hole is visited by many during the summer.

If you are here on a weekend we hope you will drop in to the Market, located in the Old Fire Station Building next to the Community Hall on Water Street.

And, if it’s a bright day, you might be greeted by a pirate captain at his table of treasures from the deep, as you cross the bridge !

Friday Evening Lecture Series: “Fishing for the Secrets of Stickleback and Human Evolution” David M. Kingsley, Stanford University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

June 24, 2016 by Beth Colt

Lecture Abstract:

How do new traits evolve in nature? Can we find particular genes and mutations that underlie dramatic differences in colors, or skeletal structures, or the nervous system in wild species? Are evolutionary mechanisms predictable, or are there many different ways of evolving new traits? For many years the answers to such questions were largely unknown. However, in recent years, new methods have begun to reveal the detailed genetic and genomic basis of evolutionary change in natural species. Dr. Kingsley will describe the insights that have come from his pioneering genetic and genomic studies of very young fish species that adapted to many new environments around the world. He will also illustrate how the lessons learned from this system can now be applied to many other organisms, including studies of modern human variation, and the search for key mutations that have contributed to the unique traits and capabilities that have evolved in the human lineage.

WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center

June 20, 2016 by Beth Colt

Welcome to the Ocean Science Exhibit Center at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Visitors to the Ocean Science Exhibit Center will learn about the Institution’s ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by WHOI engineers and scientists for use in that research. Visitors will also find WHOI merchandise in the Gift Shop located in the Ocean Science Exhibit Center.

Located at 15 School Street, Woods Hole, the center is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

The Irvin Isenberg Lectureship- From Woods Hole and back: how an ordinary scientist navigated scientific mazes”

June 20, 2016 by Beth Colt

The Irvin Isenberg Lectureship – “From Woods Hole and back: how an ordinary scientist navigated scientific mazes” Wenying Shou, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Father’s Day Brunch at the Quicks Hole Tavern

June 19, 2016 by Beth Colt

Lets celebrate Father’s Day with a delicious brunch at the Quicks Hole Tavern!  Please call 508-495-0048 for reservations.

The Village Market, Woods Hole

June 18, 2016 by Beth Colt

Creative arts and fresh local produce in the heart of Woods Hole village every weekend from June through October.

Woods Hole has all the feel of a Cape Cod fishing village, and is still home port to a commercial fleet.  It is full of world-renowned scientific institutions such as the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

It is at the end of the Shining Sea Bicycle Path and is the way to Martha’s Vineyard.  With lots of fine dining as well, Woods Hole is visited by many during the summer.

If you are here on a weekend we hope you will drop in to the Market, located in the Old Fire Station Building next to the Community Hall on Water Street.

And, if it’s a bright day, you might be greeted by a pirate captain at his table of treasures from the deep, as you cross the bridge !

Daytrip to Provincetown from the Woods Hole Inn

June 14, 2016 by Julia Pearl

Everyone says, a Cape Cod summer is not complete without a daytrip to Provincetown,  known for its beaches, arts, and fabulous gay community.  Even though I have only been in Woods Hole a few weeks, I put a day visit to P-Town at the top of my summer bucket list and headed off with my friend John early Saturday morning.

Welcome to Provincetown

The drive from the Woods Hole Inn was about an hour and a half with no traffic, which I am told is record time for the 100-mile journey. We took Route 28 up to Harwich for the scenery,  then cut onto Route 6 from there. Once past Wellfleet, the view from Route 6 between Truro and Provincetown was incredible, with the sea on both sides, sand dunes rolling alongside — it made me feel like I was out west again.

Commercial street P-town

A warm June day, just a bit over cast, was perfect for our walk along Commercial Street, the central destination for shopping, people watching, and finding a bite to eat. The street was full of art galleries of all styles, historic buildings decorated with flair and unique shops filled with one of a kind items.  There was also every sort of food imaginable, from super cute bakeries and coffee shops, to a huge range of fine dining including fresh steamed lobster, sushi and raw bars, Italian and much more.

Sushi Boats in P-Town

With so many choices, we finally decided to sit up on the balcony at a sushi bar called Saki so we could continue to watch the parade of interesting people strolling through town.  Overlooking Commercial Street, we both enjoyed the sushi and drinks.  Saki is the perfect spot to fuel up for a beach exploration, and we loved the energetic, fun vibe.

The Purple Feather

Of course, we also had to tame our sweet tooth at one of the many ice cream parlors/bakeries lining the street. After much consideration, we were sucked in by the aroma from a crowded place called ‘Purple Feather.’  With a great selection of decadent pastries, fudge and gelato, we felt we made the right choice.

The Salt Water Marsh

Well fueled for further exploration in our epic daytrip to Provincetown, we drove to the tippy top of Cape Cod, where we discovered a gorgeous view of the salt marshes and estuaries.  From there we continued on to the open expanses of Race Point Beach, the northernmost tip of the Cape Cod peninsula.  This beach is known for it’s proximity to Stellwagen Bank, a national marine sanctuary and whale breeding ground, so it is not unusual to see whales swimming close to shore here, but we were not so lucky.

Race Point Beach

While rain clouds rolled in, nothing could stop us from putting our toes in the warm Gulf Stream waters of Cape Cod while also experiencing the vast, dramatic beauty of this preserved land called the “National Seashore” and taking a moment to thank to President John Kennedy for giving us this legacy.

National Seashore

A visit to this divine beach was the perfect counterpoint to the hustle and bustle of Commercial Street Provincetown, it’s harbor packed with fishing boats and ferries from Boston (only an 1-1/2 hr ferry ride across Cape Cod Bay and Boston Harbor).  This point-counterpoint is perhaps the secret to Provincetown’s unique draw — a place of extraordinary physical beauty at the end of a long road.

Provincetown Fishing Boats

Our daytrip to Provincetown was a great success, and I would definitely suggest the unique experience to any traveler to Cape Cod. Judging from the crowds, this journey is once made and many times repeated as it’s a village at the edge of the world filled with fun personalities, artsy funk and a vast stretch of beach whose beauty simply has to be seen to be believed.  Visiting Provincetown on Cape Cod is one of many great day trips from the Woods Hole Inn, located on the water in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a part of New England, USA.

Concert: Hungrytown

June 11, 2016 by Beth Colt

Folk duo Hungrytown, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson met in New York City, where they had already been performing regularly–Hall as a jazz singer, and Anderson as a drummer for a variety of garage bands. Their introduction to folk music came later, when a close friend entrusted to them her collection of 1960s folk albums and her guitar. Inspired by the grit and true-to-life experiences she heard in these traditional ballads, Hall was inspired to write the lyrics that later became her first songs, aided by Anderson’s flair for musical arrangement. Soon afterwards, Hall released two solo albums, Sings! (1999) and Sunday Afternoon (2002), both produced by Anderson. In the winter of 2003, the duo quit their boring desk jobs, moved to the green hills of Vermont, and decided to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians. “In addition to their superb performances (she has an attractive pure voiced alto, he’s an accomplished multi-instrumentalist) and the fluidity of their melodies, is that they pull off the trick of sounding both like traditional English folkies and old school Appalachians, often at the same time.”

The village market, Woods Hole

June 11, 2016 by Beth Colt

Creative arts and fresh local produce in the heart of Woods Hole village every weekend from June through October.

Woods Hole has all the feel of a Cape Cod fishing village, and is still home port to a commercial fleet.  It is full of world-renowned scientific institutions such as the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

It is at the end of the Shining Sea Bicycle Path and is the way to Martha’s Vineyard.  With lots of fine dining as well, Woods Hole is visited by many during the summer.

If you are here on a weekend we hope you will drop in to the Market, located in the Old Fire Station Building next to the Community Hall on Water Street.

And, if it’s a bright day, you might be greeted by a pirate captain at his table of treasures from the deep, as you cross the bridge !

Fall Beer Bed & Breakfast Weekend (Nov 4-6th, 2016)

June 6, 2016 by Beth Colt

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Summer has just begun, but fall is around the corner and we are partnering with the Cape Cod Chamber to create a fabulous “Beer Bed & Breakfast” weekend on Cape Cod in November (4th – 6th, 2016).  As the season comes to a close, true Cape Cod lovers will gather for a fall weekend filled with romance, respite, delicious breakfasts and a killer craft beer dinner at Quicks Hole (Saturday Nov 5th at 7 pm).

You can read all about the menu here.  This craft beer noshfest will feature local draft beers, lobster taco bites, chicken tacos and a kale, corn & beans salad with cumin corriander lime dressing.  Finish the evening off with a taste of our famous “bag of donuts” all while looking over the ferry terminal from our year-round restaurant Quicks Hole Tavern, located next door to the Woods Hole Inn.

Woods Hole craft beer tasting

Fall in Woods Hole is all cozy & romantic, with low light, fireplaces lit and long walks on empty Cape Cod beaches.  Or hop the ferry across the street and visit Martha’s Vineyard after the crowds have moved on and sales are in full swing.  Cape Cod is fall’s best kept secret, but now you are onto it, so book today as this fab Woods Hole Beer Bed & Breakfast weekend will sell out for sure.

Details and pricing here.  The value of this craft beer dinner is $40 pp, but pricing is included in your two night stay. A limited number of seats will be sold to locals as supplies last.  Please call the restaurant 508-495-0048 to reserve.  Please note that service is not included, and we encourage you to tip your servers.

Craft Beer tasting at Quicks Hole Tavern

 

WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center

June 6, 2016 by Beth Colt

 

Welcome to the Ocean Science Exhibit Center at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Visitors to the Ocean Science Exhibit Center will learn about the Institution’s ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by WHOI engineers and scientists for use in that research. Visitors will also find WHOI merchandise in the Gift Shop located in the Ocean Science Exhibit Center.

Located at 15 School Street, Woods Hole, the center is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

Live Music at Offshore Ale

May 24, 2016 by Beth Colt

Join us at Offshore Ale Tuesdays for live jazz from 6:30-9pm with  Jeremy Berlin + Eric Johnson.

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Quicks Hole Tavern

May 8, 2016 by Beth Colt

Lets celebrate Mother’s Day with a delicious brunch at the Quicks Hole Tavern!  Please call 508-495-0048 for reservations.

Trad-Stroll Woods Hole

May 7, 2016 by Beth Colt

An afternoon and evening of traditional music in Woods Hole. The Stroll begins at the Woods Hole Public Library then moves along the streets of Woods Hole to hear nine traditional music groups play. End the day listening to an open session and then take to the floor of the Community Hall to twirl to the music of John Alden and the Woods Hole Folk Orchestra. All music is free. www.artsfalmouth.org

Island Stories from the Museum

May 5, 2016 by Beth Colt

The Museum published Island Stories: Highlights from the MV Museum in June 2015, which includes fifty storied objects from the collection. Dive into the stories behind ten of these objects each month all winter long. This month, join Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy at the Edgartown Library, and learn about ten objects from the book.

Highfield Hall Meet the Chef Series: Stephanie Mikolazyk of Quicks Hole Tavern

May 1, 2016 by Beth Colt

This exclusive series features chefs from regional restaurants. Enjoy demonstrations, meet and talk to the chefs, and hear what goes on in the kitchen and how the magic happens. These programs sell out fast – please register early to avoid disappointment. Contemporary New England fare from Quick’s Hole Tavern in Woods Hole

Yoga with Annie

April 25, 2016 by Beth Colt

Head to the old Woods Hole Fire Station for Yoga with Annie!

Mondays from 530-730pm

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