Here at Woods Hole Inn, it is our privilege to celebrate the men and women who have sacrificed their own lives and luxuries to protect our freedom. To that end, we show our thanks by honoring them each year with a complimentary stay on Veterans Day, aiming to provide a relaxing and inviting experience from the moment they walk through our door. This year, on a clear and bright November morning, these special guests gathered in our sunny breakfast room, where they enjoyed the panoramic view of Great Harbor and swapped stories of their service.
Their ages and branches differed, but they shared one similar quality – they were all quick to downplay their sacrifice. John, a 26-year Navy veteran, praised his wife, Elaina, for raising their three children and managing the household on her own during his many absences, while being forced to move the family every three years.“My job was easy. You go on a ship and you do what you have to do. It’s my wife who deserves all the credit. She was home doing the hard part,” he said.
Although Don and Debi live in nearby Mashpee, they were grateful for a much-needed and well-deserved staycation. After graduating from Bourne High School, Don spent four years in the Air Force, and then went on to join the 102nd Fighter Wing at Otis Air National Guard Base. Since staying with us last year, Don and Debi have become part of the Woods Hole Inn family, and because they’re Cape Codders, they know the off-season is often the best season, particularly in Woods Hole, when life moves at a slower pace in our seaside village. When asked what he enjoys about their Veterans Day visit, Don answered simply, “Everything. The food, the people. We can’t say enough about it. We’re taking care of aging parents, and I commute to Boston for work, so it’s important to be close to home,” he said. Debi also enjoys the quaintness of Woods Hole. “We love having dinner and drinks right next door at Quicks Hole Tavern, and the fact that we can walk to everything,” she said. Like his fellow servicemen, Don is also hesitant to accept accolades. “I don’t look at it as a big deal. People rise to the occasion when they are needed,” he said.
Innkeeper Beth Colt and the entire staff here at the Woods Hole Inn are grateful for the chance to roll out the proverbial red carpet each November for these distinguished guests.“Veterans Day is one of our favorite times of the year. We all look forward to meeting those who have served our country in the military, and thanking them with a free stay in Woods Hole. Over breakfast, we try to get to know our visitors and hear about their lives,” she said. “It is always a true pleasure making these special connections year after year. And often they have never been to Woods Hole, so introducing them to our wonderful village is also a great joy.”
We already can’t wait for next year!
There are many special things about this town. One of them, which makes top of the list, is a burlesque troupe made up of local ladies and a whole lot of talent. Every show is filled with song, dance, and “chorus line kicks,” and it brings such a wonderful energy and sass to this sea-side town, especially once the chillier, quieter months set in. It’s a perfect way to ring in the New Year Cape Cod style!
Back by popular demand for the third year in a row, we will be offering two complimentary tickets, valued at $60, to the Brazen Belles’ 7th Annual Winter Spectacular (only valid for guests staying at the Inn). Get an early start to the holidays with an inside peek as to what makes this town extra special. Enjoy a delicious housemade breakfast the next morning in our sunny ocean-facing breakfast room — the perfect way (in our opinion) to relax before the craziness of the holidays. Can’t stay two nights, no problem! Queens start at $99 and Kings at $119. Book now, because we have a feeling the Inn will fill up quickly for this special weekend. Call (508) 495-0248 to reserve and see pricing details here.
Top two photos courtesy of Brazen Belles.
Many people flock to Cape Cod for sea and surf, but just as many think the holiday season is the most wonderful time of year! Make Woods Hole your home base to experience all the Cape and Islands have to offer for a quintessential Cape Cod holiday. The Falmouth Chamber of Commerce presents the Holidays by the Sea Weekend, this year from December 7-9, kicking off Friday night with caroling at historic Nobska Light. The fun continues on Saturday morning with the 6th Annual Jingle Jog 5K & Kid’s Elf Run, and the evening will feature an array of activities when Main Street closes to automobile traffic for the Holiday Stroll in Falmouth Village. The shops will be open for special evening hours prior to the Annual Lighting of the Green which features holiday music from the Falmouth Brass Band. Americana at its best!
Nothing says Christmas like an old-fashioned holiday bazaar, and the Renaissance Fair is Woods Hole’s one-of-a-kind version that doesn’t disappoint. This time-honored tradition will be held on Saturday, December 1 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Community Hall on Water Street, just steps from the Inn. Boasting an array of vendors and artisans offering hand-made wares such as pottery, apparel, jewelry, jams and jellies, and art of various media, the event also features singing, children’s games, lunch and baked goods, and a holiday wreath sale. Shop like a local while supporting the Cape Cod art community. Win-win. Take a trip to yesteryear and check out Holidays at Highfield at the 1878 restored estate of the Beebe family, which features a gift gallery and elaborate decorations, on weekends beginning November 30 through December 9. For something totally different, don’t miss the Brazen Belles Winter Spectacular right across the street at the Landfall Restaurant from December 19-21, featuring irreverent entertainment by Cape Cod’s premier burlesque group.
If you’re looking to venture beyond Falmouth, then be sure to check out Gardens Aglow at Heritage Museums & Gardens, located in Sandwich, Cape Cod’s oldest town. The expansive grounds are illuminated from November 23-December 30, and the tour also includes festive indoor holiday decor and numerous activities around the grounds and galleries. While you’re there, be sure to take in Sandwich Glass Museum’s 9th Annual Glassblower’s Christmas, which runs November 12- December 30. For an Island experience, head to the Steamship Authority Ferry Terminal just steps from the Inn, followed by a short boat ride for Christmas in Edgartown, December 6-8. Take a drive to Hyannis where you can pick up either the Steamship or the Hyline ferry for the Nantucket Christmas Stroll, which runs from November 30 – December 2. Contrary to popular belief, the Pilgrims first landed in Provincetown, and their 1620 arrival is celebrated each year starting Thanksgiving week with the annual Lighting of Pilgrim Monument, one of Provincetown’s most photographed landmarks. This year’s event will be held on November 21 from 5 to 7 PM, with the lighting at approximately 6. This iconic symbol of hope and new beginnings will be illuminated until early January.
Whatever you do, don’t miss the highlight of Falmouth’s Holidays by the Sea Weekend, the 55th Annual Christmas Parade, which steps off from Dillingham Avenue on Sunday, December 9 at noon. Known as Southeastern Massachusetts’ largest holiday parade, thousands of spectators pack the parade route each year to take in decorated floats, marching bands from all over the region, costumed characters, and majestic Clydesdales followed by Santa himself. This year’s theme is “Unwrap the Magic of Falmouth,” and is not to be missed! Join us in our seaside village as we celebrate the season with the perfect Cape Cod holiday celebrations.
Celebrating the legacy of environmentalist pioneer Rachel Carson, crowds came out in droves this past weekend in Woods Hole free movie screenings, science in the street for kids, guided bike rides, selfies with a real-life Rachel Carson and most popular of all, the rebirth of the famous “Anything But A Boat” race in Woods Hole’s Great Harbor.
What is “Anything But A Boat” you ask? An Un-Boat is constructed from anything but that which one might imagine you can make a boat — no paddle boards, no surf boards, no fiberglass — you get the picture. Eight intrepid creators entered the race with air mattresses, cardboard, bubble wrap and Styrofoam concoctions on Sunday September 16th at Waterfront Park.
About four hundred people showed up to observe the race which went off at noon led by race manager Shelley Dawicki (from NOAA) and her talented team of volunteers. “Bamboo Banger” captained by Willie Hatfield with Kelly McKeon finished the race well ahead, winning first prize — a free stay at Woods Hole Inn plus a $100 gift certificate from Black Dog Tavern.
The “Warrier Princess” led by Julie Allen raced to honor a daughter fighting breast cancer and finished with a special award for the “Biggest Heart” of the day.
The “Sons of Carpentry” won “Best Engineered” award with this elaborate, unique paddle boat. Led by Captain Zachary Grace, the carpenters are employed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic (WHOI) carpentry shop but were quick to share that materials and effort were all their own. What a great team!
After the awards, viewers wandered over to Luscombe Ave to partake in a block party with free music from Crooked Coast and Brother’s Rye on the shells at both Landfall Restaurant and Quicks Hole Taqueria from 2 – 6 pm.
Beach balls entertained the youngest members of the crowd while beer donated from the Long Trail Brewing Company was sold with proceeds over $800 donated to Falmouth Water Stewards, a local non profit working on water quality issues in Falmouth. The event was produced by the Woods Hole Business Association in collaboration with the science community.
Rooster and Maryanne Fricke of Nobska Farm hot sauce fame danced up a storm, and many party-goers dreamed of a day when we might shut the whole block down for this sort of end-of-summer fun. Maybe next year!!
To close, please enjoy this video of local phenom musician Ben Patterson with his band Brother’s Rye. This photo essay is brought to you by Woods Hole Inn. You will not regret a decision to come visit us in Woods Hole one of these late summer days.
Falmouth Mass on Cape Cod knows how to celebrate the holidays with their annual “Holidays by the Sea” weekend. In early December (Dec 7 – Dec 9, 2018), the whole town rolls out the red carpet with sparkling lights, a marine visit from Santa Claus, local craft sales with everything you need for your Christmas list, caroling at sunset at famous Nobska Lighthouse and of course the Holiday Parade — the largest gathering of it’s sort in southeastern Mass.
Here is a brief run down of some of the highlights of this world class holiday kick off celebration:
Carol Sing at Nobska Light – Sunset Friday, Dec 7th – Join professional carolers as the sun sets over Vineyard Sound and the islands in this unique and solemn gathering.
Jingle Jog and Elf Run – 9.30 am Saturday, Dec 8 – Hundreds of festive runners participate in this 5k jaunt through the frosty streets of Falmouth. The Elf Run is for kids under 12, which is super adorable to see the young runners set off before their parents.
Main Street Stroll – All weekend long, the Falmouth Main Street shops welcome you with gorgeous displays as well as end of season specials. Don’t miss this unique small business community as they show you the best of the best, and help you get into the holiday spirit with their creativity.
Santa Claus arrives by Boat – Noon on Saturday, Dec 8th at Marine Park Falmouth Harbor. You need to see this to believe it, all the way from the North Pole comes Santa Claus rolling into Falmouth Harbor by boat. Time for kids to meet Santa plus the best photo ops of the season.
Falmouth Holiday Parade – Noon on Sunday, Dec 9. More than 50,000 people crowd the streets of Falmouth to enjoy this one of a kind small town parade that kicks off the Christmas season. Led by the Hallamore Clydesdale team, these well-trained animals will take your breath away while the marching bands, baton tossers and inspired floats from local businesses will fill your heart with the warmth of holiday feelings. There is a reason this is the best attended holiday event in Southeastern Mass.
Your perfect lodging for this incredibly delightful weekend is the Woods Hole Inn where we decorate extensively for the holidays to get you in the spirit. Located right on the waterfront, in the middle of Woods Hole village, the Woods Hole Inn is the perfect place to start the holiday season right.
Blue bird skies and puffy white clouds, a steady cool breeze from the southwest and bikes in the back of the pickup … yes, summer is the perfect time to go on a Cape Cod adventure and explore the Cape Cod Canal! My husband, son and I managed to make a day of it today, journeying from Woods Hole to Bourne to bike along this amazing man made structure.
We drove about a half hour from Woods Hole, and got off at the first rotary to avoid possible bridge traffic, taking County Road to Monument Beach. We parked in a lot adjacent to the railroad bridge at the western end of the Canal.
We hopped onto our bikes, exploring east along the canal towards Sandwich. We passed under the massive Bourne Bridge, then followed the meandering curves of this incredible structure. There was no railing which made me a little nervous, but we enjoyed seeing fishermen and sun lovers gathered on the steep slope towards the water.
The wind was strong in our faces heading out, and then pushed us like sails as we returned. There were people walking, jogging, strolling, biking but it was not crowded at all. Boats were moving up and down the canal, some racing with the current and others fighting the decent seas where wind and water churned.
We put plenty of sunscreen on, and took a selfie on the way back with the Bourne Bridge in our sights. Good to already be on Cape, not fighting the traffic up on the bridge.
We worked up quite an appetite with our exploring, and we could have cycled to the nearby Lobster Trap restaurant but I was not sure how far it was so we threw the bikes back into the truck and drove over to this popular hangout. Another option would have been to explore towards Mashnee Island and take a swim in Buzzards Bay, but we were hungry at this point.
The Lobster Trap is perfectly situated on the edge of a gorgeous marsh near a railroad bridge. It’s so busy in summer, they offer valet parking! We strolled inside and were lucky to get a table right away.
This place has long been a locals secret, but it was thrown onto the national map earlier this month when word that Bono and The Edge ate here after performing a private concert in a local backyard. My invitation to that event must have been lost in the mail, but I enjoyed seeing clips of the six songs they sang on Facebook.
You can see why they might have wanted to visit this iconic lobster shack. My son had a killer lobster roll, my husband enjoyed the lobster salad and I shared a few appetizers including excellent tender calamari, creamy fresh New England clam chowder plus an original take on tuna tartar with wontons, seaweed salad and avocado. Yummy!
The view over the marsh with the waters of Buzzards Bay beyond reminds you of how close we are to the excellent fisheries here, and of course why seafood is especially fresh in this locale. Our Cape Cod adventure had come to a close, but there is always tomorrow. We will be back Cape Cod Canal, what a fun way to while away a summer Saturday. Next time, with Bono, right? A girl can dream.
The Winners Have Been Chosen! May 3rd, 2018.
Seriously, our guests have not disappointed with this contest! Our request is simple, a picture of yourself and your Woods Hole Inn Tee in a far-flung, obscure and/or a simply amazing location. Although this was a tough year, the Woods Hole Inn Staff all unanimously agreed that Christine’s picture at the Taj Mahal was the one to take the grand prize cake. Congratulations Christine you have won a free two-night stay at the Woods Hole Inn!*
We asked you to vote, and that you did! With only a little less than a 3% difference between first and second place, the winner of this year’s 2018 PEOPLE’S CHOICE goes to…
Congrats to the winners!
Want to see this year’s entries? Check them out here: http://bit.ly/2ugMNer
Thank you to all for participating.. yet again we have had as much fun as you did, following your travels all over the globe.
*Some restrictions apply. Based upon availability, once booked all cancellation policies apply. Must be used before May 1st, 2019. All other Woods Hole Inn policies apply, see website for details.
Don’t just flirt with Woods Hole. Fall in love.
Join us at the Woods Hole Inn this spring for your “Spring Fling” weekday escape PLUS a complimentary “Oyster Three Ways” appetizer when you enjoy dinner next door at Quicks Hole Tavern, named Best Gastropub by Yankee Magazine. Get a true taste of the Cape with three local oysters prepared to your pleasing — fried, broiled or straight up raw.
Why choose the Woods Hole Inn?
This special spot was named one of the top ten bed & breakfasts in the country by Bed&Breakfast.com, and continues to earn great reviews from Tripadvisor for it’s excellent location and hospitality. Learn more about Cape Cod’s best bed and breakfast here.
*King Room with private bath starting at $149 per night Sunday through Thursday
*Free breakfast, wifi and parking included with your stay
* Includes a free “Oyster Three Ways” appetizer with dinner at Quicks Hole Tavern
Cozy up in a Standard King (Sunday – Thursday) starting at $149 per night plus tax with free WiFi, award-winning breakfast and parking. Upgrade to a Deluxe King for just $20 per night. Reserve online using Booking Code: GLOBE18 or call us at 508-495-0248 to book this special offer today.
*Offer will be valid on bookings up to June 21st 2018; subject to availability and blackout dates; cannot be combined with other offers; new reservations only. Book now, while supplies last.
On Sunday January 21, Woods Hole citizens reported an oil spill in Woods Hole, visible at the Town Dock on Great Harbor next to the NOAA aquarium. Coast Guard, Mass DEP and other first responders jumped to attention, containing the spill with absorbent cotton booms that kept the slick from blowing.
Boats circled the harbor all night protecting the boomed area, and the situation was improved by quiet, calm weather which allowed for better containment. Crews from Clean Harbors worked for the next several days with cotton batting and other absorbent materials to remove the spill and rescue affected wildlife. Truckloads of materials were hauled on and off over the course of several days until the water was clean again.
On January 25th, a press conference was held at WHOI’s Redfield Auditorium, the room filled with concerned citizens, scientists, responders and journalists. The cause of the spill had not yet been identified, but investigators said that analysis of the diesel bilge oil had them close to announcing a culprit. If you are interested in a video of this press conference, please check out this live post from the Woods Hole Inn Facebook page.
Coast Guard reported at this press conference that over 20 sea birds had been found on the shoreline dead, but that due to a recent cold snap it was not possible to say how many were killed by exposure to the oily debris.
On January 30th, the Coast Guard released news that the spill was caused a tug boat Ocean King owned by Patriot Marine. Charges for the rescue and clean up efforts, as well as possible penalties and fines for not self-reporting the spill will be issued to Patriot Marine. Ocean King is a 95 foot tug built in 1950 — see her in her 70 year old glory, tied up at the Woods Hole dock here.
Coast Guard ensign Nathan Mendes led the spill clean up efforts. Stationed right here in Woods Hole, our community is lucky to have these brave men and women at the ready to help with this sort of crisis. A recent trip down to the Woods Hole waterfront shows no sign of the impact of this event, thanks to the readiness and hard work of crews.
Bringing you this news live from Woods Hole, thanks to the citizen journalists of the Woods Hole Inn.
Daffodils, blankets of bluebells, the sweet smell of soil mixed with rain as the lilacs bloom … when spring comes to Cape Cod, she arrives with little fanfare but great flourish. The salt air is filled with the cry of gulls, the breeze comes in from the southwest, the fog lifts and ferry horns blow as ships leave port to Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket.
But how to see the best of Cape Cod spring in a weekend visit? We have the scoop for you here with our top FIVE secrets of spring on Cape Cod.
One – Check Out a Romantic Lighthouse
Cape Cod is sprinkled with lighthouses, perched at the edge of the sea with commanding views over challenging waters. Our favorite is Nobska Light in Falmouth, Massachusetts located just where the ferries leave to go to the island of Martha’s Vineyard. From here, you look out over the Elizabeth Islands, Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound as the ferries chug slowly past. If you love the romance of life at the edge of the sea, explore our top five romantic lighthouses nearby. After touring Nobska Light, don’t miss the amazing popovers and fresh roast coffee at world-famous Pie in the Sky Bakery Cafe around the corner.
Two – Explore JFK’s “National Seashore”
In 1961, President Kennedy permanently preserved a 44 mile stretch of beach from Chatham to Provincetown creating what is now called the “National Seashore.” Henry David Thoreau called this “Great Beach” in his memoir about Cape Cod written after he penned Walden Pond. Scene of shipwrecks, wild storms and centuries of family beach fun, this remote, endless stretch of beach simply has to be seen to be believed.
In the springtime, parking is a cinch at one of many public parking spots starting in Chatham all the way to P-town. One easy and interesting access point is at Coast Guard Beach (exit route six in Eastham) where the old Coast Guard Station and the extensive Nauset Bay marsh are part of the scenery. While in the area, visit the John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis to learn more about our 35th president and champion of open space on Cape Cod. An amazing secret spot for lunch in Hyannis is Pain D’Avignon, tucked near the airport with authentic french food worth driving from Paris.
Three – Tour Oak Bluffs
Martha’s Vineyard is a secret jewel off the coast of Cape Cod, easily accessed with ferry service from Woods Hole. The 45-minute trip is half the fun with open air decks, ice cold beer from the commissary and gulls swooping and calling around you. The village of Oak Bluffs is your destination, packed with handmade fudge shops, ice cream parlors, a marina full of boats, great mementos and many waterfront restaurants. We recommend the Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company for your perfect Cape Cod spring lunch with award winning chowder made from local clams called quahogs (locals pronounce this “ko-hog chow-dah”). While in town, tour the Gingerbread Cottages, a National Historic site with over 300 tiny Victorian houses surrounding a revival tent that was a Methodist summer camp back in the 1860’s. Country Living Magazine calls this the “quaintest place on Earth.”
Four – Sunset over the Water
Cape Cod is one of only a few spots on the East Coast where the sun sets over the water to the west. Painters, writers, poets and musicians have struggled to capture the beauty of the light on Cape Cod which reaches a sublime apex at sunset each evening. Framing the foreground in silhouette, stunning you into silent reverie, creating a moment of awe, these Cape Cod sunsets have a magical power to clear the brain — as long as you can bring yourself to put the camera phone down long enough to actually soak it in. Looking for the perfect perch for your sunset viewing? Don’t miss the Landfall Restaurant where you can dip your toes into Vineyard Sound while enjoying a freshly squeezed fruit cocktail in the Cape Cod spring breeze.
Five – Dine on Local Seafood
The sea-to-table scene is alive and well on Cape Cod, where your favorite restaurant is about as close to the real fishery as physically possible. Fresh lobster, clams of many kinds, oysters, cod, haddock, squid and more are all harvested daily from these Cape Cod waters. You get the fish fresh to your table before they travel, and that freshness alone is part of the charm. For farm-to-table flair we recommend Quicks Hole Tavern, named one of the top ten dining destinations on Cape Cod by Open Table. From your waterfront perch overlooking the harbor, you will enjoy well crafted salads, fresh local seafood, killer burgers and a well curated local beer list.
Where to stay for Cape Cod spring?
Woods Hole Inn is your perfect launching pad to explore all of Cape Cod and the islands in spring. Located in the center of a tiny fishing village, this B&B was named top ten in the US by BedandBreakfast.com for amazing service, a convenient location and excellent free breakfast. Book online today or call the front desk where they will craft the perfect itinerary for your time on springtime Cape Cod. Open year round at 508-495-0248.
Looking to bring the kids and save a few bucks on your trip to Cape Cod? Check out the new Treehouse Lodge in Woods Hole, located within walking distance of Woods Hole village and the perfect jumping off point to explore all of Cape Cod and the islands. Book online or call the front desk at 508-548-1986. Opens early April for the season.
Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or absolutely loathe it, the holiday is the perfect opportunity (or excuse!) to get away. This year, we’re doing something special, with steep discounts on all the rooms and too-good-to-pass-up add ons. Join us for two nights and you’ll have a bottle of chilled Prosecco waiting when you arrive, an order of “Oyster & Pearls” plus two craft brews at Quicks Hole Tavern, and a hearty breakfast to start the day in our sunny reading room. Plus, we’ll let you decide which weekend is better for you — the one before or the one after — Valentine’s Day. Check out the pricing here.
So, pack your bags, bring your loved one, and enjoy the peace and quiet of Cape Cod in the winter! Woods Hole Inn is across the street from the Martha’s Vineyard ferry terminal, so adventurous souls need not feel restless. Other options: the best pastries on Cape Cod at Maison Villatte (we recommend the chocolate chip cookies, chocolate almond croissants and olive cheese bread), a picturesque sunset walk on the Knob, or a day trip to the National Seashore.
For those of you inclined to stay inside, we’ve got you covered with 600 thread count sheets and all the rom coms you could ever want. 🙂
See pricing details here, and call (508) 495-0248 to book today!
Middle image via Falmouth Bed and Breakfast Association.
St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, which we would argue is the perfect excuse to celebrate the fun holiday all weekend long! We’ll be “cheers-ing” with cold beers at the Tavern (right down the road), and we’re inviting you to join in on the fun, Cape Cod style.
Book your visit at the Woods Hole Inn and receive 10% off your stay, plus 2 Guinness beers and a small Charcuterie plate at Quicks Hole Tavern, just a skip and a hop from the Inn and across from the Martha’s Vineyard Steamship Authority. Take a stroll down picturesque Falmouth Main Street, or venture to the Vineyard for a sneak peak at the cozy off season (we’ll direct you to our favorite lunch spots). Who would say no to a yummy weekend on the Cape, right as the weather starts to warm up, and the salty spray from the ocean smells of summer?
Woods Hole Inn honors our veterans each year with free rooms at the Inn on Veteran’s Day. This year was no different with a bundle of couples traveling to Woods Hole for some well-deserved R&R with our luxurious rooms, amazing breakfast and wonderful warm welcome.
Thanks to our inventive staff, no detail was left to chance. We stand together honoring our veterans, thanking them for their incredible service to our country.
Extra time and thought goes into our continental breakfast on this special day, and each of us takes pride in seeing that this free event goes as smoothly as possible for our Veterans.
Most gratifying is the relaxed smiles on our happy patrons in the morning. See you next Veteran’s Day in Woods Hole! Free rooms are offered first come, first served to those with military ID’s. We thank you for your service.
The invitation comes in your mailbox, hand written with neighborly love. A simple message — join us on Saturday afternoon for the annual Woods Hole cider press. Bring your own apples, but only if they are free. The Saturday in question dawns unseasonable warm, so you stroll over to this casual gathering on the lawn near the Woods Hole Oceanographic Challenger House.
Safe to say, le tout Woods Hole is in attendance. Dad’s with baby’s strapped on, kids of all ages chasing a sugar high, grandparents struggling with the old wooden press and shoveling apple remnants into a well worn Garden Way cart. Even a few guests of the Woods Hole Inn, welcomed like old family friends with fresh pressed cider with maybe a nip of good bourbon.
Long afternoon shadows and views out over Little Harbor with Martha’s Vineyard island shimmering in the distance. A nice breeze coming in from the southwest. A few of the old salts talking about how it would have been a good day for a knockabout race, but who knew it would remain this warm so long this year? Still in shirtsleeves.
An endless supply of fresh pressed cider is passed around and the sweets table is laden with home made goodies as well as a box or two of Dunkin Donuts. No one wants to show up to the Cider Press empty handed. Don’t miss Jenny’s apple spice cake — it’s the bomb, says her friend.
Time to walk home, sugar buzzed and happy. What a great community is drawn to the surrounding natural beauty of Woods Hole. What fun at the end of a busy summer to reconnect at an authentic local cider press. Feeling pretty lucky to live in Woods Hole Cape Cod on a day like today.
Tropical Storm Philippe hammered Woods Hole all last night and today with sad results out on Great Harbor where a fishing boat broke loose from the town dock and swept two house rafts off their moorings onto the beach. Sustained winds of about 40 mph were observed, with highs at 60 mph clocked at Nobska Lighthouse and mid 70’s out on the Vineyard. Ferries were cancelled all morning due to the high winds, and the coffee shops of Woods Hole were abuzz with all the storm news — gossip of tree limbs, roads blocked, cars obliterated.
By late afternoon the winds has subsided somewhat, and marine salvage experts were working with dive gear to get the stranded fishing vessel off the sand and back into deeper water. Wind continued to drive into Great Harbor from the south with crews racing against the dusky end of day, making it difficult to imagine the situation will be resolved this evening.
Many of Woods Hole’s year-rounders were clustered around the spectacle, hushed voices shared concern. “Not sure how well lashed she was,” one person remarked of the large metal hulled fishing boat. “Fog just upgraded that raft this season,” clucked another.
As the sun set and clouds raced across a newly blue sky, locals wandered back to bail their dinghies then off to warm kitchens and more talk of storm news over suppertime, the end of another stormy day on Cape Cod.
At the height of the storm mid morning, it was raining and the sun was out. White caps were bursting across Eel Pond as the boats moored there quivered and dove on their moorings. A huge flock of cormorants was clustered in the middle of the pond, and at certain points they dove through the waves fishing for minnows. Here is a snippet of video from this exciting day of storm news:
Stevens Doherty has been our jack of all trades here at the Woods Hole Inn for the past several years. Stevens is a breakfast cook, housekeeper and valet during the summer, so one day he might park your car, the next he might serve you breakfast but always with a big ol’ “Good Morning” smile. “My first role here is to go above and beyond for our guests,” which he does on a constant basis!
What is the best part of the job? Interacting with people is the best part of the job. I love seeing that look on their face when you go above and beyond.
What is your favorite breakfast item at Woods Hole Inn? It has got to be the quiches, specifically the bacon.
What is your biggest accomplishment? My son.
What is your favorite place on Cape Cod or the islands? Lower Cape beaches, like Eastham and Wellfleet with my son, or any golf course.
Fun Fact! Steve used to be a firefighter in New Hampshire.
What is the best place you have traveled so far and why? Probably Paris. It is just beautiful – the museums, the artwork, the people.
With the heat and humidity carrying us into September, we can’t help but fantasize about the chillier months here on Cape Cod, when sipping hot chocolate in front of a fire and knitting our new relatives teeny tiny hats is the best way to spend a winter weekend.
What better way to experience the Cape Cod winter land than with a December weekend trip to the Woods Hole Inn? By booking the first weekend of December, you’ll get to experience a true gem: the Renaissance Fair, right in the heart of Woods Hole. The Cape Cod craft fair is somewhat of an institution Cape-wide, but this is one of the best.
Every year, the Woods Hole Community Hall is filled to the brim with locally crafted goodies (think award-winning homemade hot sauce, gorgeous nautical prints, handcrafted ornaments, beeswax candles, letterpress stationary, and local honey). A visit to the Woods Hole Renaissance Fair is the perfect way to complete your holiday shopping with unique, hand-made items.
The mood is festive with live music all day. It’s something we look forward to every year, and always encourage our guests to check out! Head home with a hand-crafted holiday wreath, made on frames of dried grape vines with locally cut greenery. Or try the soups and tasty breads offered from our local church – an amazing selection of home made delights sure to warm your heart.
This year, we’re taking it a step further with our first ever “Renaissance Fair Weekend Special.” Book your two-night stay from December 2nd-4th and get a Standard King for $399 or a queen for $379 queen, plus $25 worth of “Woods Hole Inn Bucks” to spend at the fair.
The Renaissance Fair is open to the public from 10 to 3 pm on Saturday December 2, 2017 and located at 68 Water Street in Woods Hole. There is plenty of street parking in Woods Hole. Parking is included for guests of the Woods Hole Inn.
Thanksgiving on Cape Cod, a time for long walks on quiet beaches, great conversations with friends & family, memorable meals including our favorite — freshly baked pies with home made crusts and plenty of real whipped cream.
Ahh, the holidays are upon us with all their festive glory. Here in Woods Hole, we like to celebrate Thanksgiving Cape Cod-style — adding to our sea glass collection, picking up the turkey from our local farm, making relish with cranberries just harvested off the Falmouth bogs, taking long walks in Beebe Woods with friends.
The very first Thanksgiving happened just a few miles from here at Plimouth Plantation, and so we consider it fitting to break bread in the shadow of our forefathers, on this sandy spit we call Cape Cod. It’s a great time of year to visit Plimouth Plantation , an easy drive from the Woods Hole Inn.
Fall is especially beautiful, with sunsets coming earlier each day — the glowering orange orb glowing off the water at last light. Local dining options abound including Quicks Hole Tavern, Water Street Kitchen, Captain Kidd, and Landfall all open in Woods Hole. Both Seacrest Hotel in North Falmouth and Harborview Hotel in Edgartown (a short ferry ride away) offer excellent banquets on Thanksgiving Day.
Join us for Thanksgiving this year in Woods Hole and experience our new PIE EXTRAVAGANZA, which you can read all about here. Call to book today 508-495-0248.