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Honoring our Veterans

November 15, 2018 by Beth Colt

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!

 

Winter Spectacular featuring the Brazen Belles

October 6, 2018 by Beth Colt

Brazen Belles in Woods Hole

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!

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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.

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Top two photos courtesy of Brazen Belles. 

Secrets to Celebrating the Holidays on Cape Cod, Your Cape Cod Holiday

October 4, 2018 by Beth Colt

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bike the Cape Cod Canal

July 21, 2018 by Beth Colt

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.

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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.

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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. 

Bikes on Cape Cod Canal

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.

Bourne Bridge and cyclists on Cape Cod canal

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.

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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.

Cape Cod Canal adventure

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Secrets of a Great Visit to Cape Cod in Spring

January 28, 2018 by Beth Colt

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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. 

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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. 

 

Valentine’s Day at the Woods Hole Inn

January 22, 2018 by Beth Colt

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

Thanksgiving Cape Cod

August 22, 2017 by Beth Colt

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.

Cape Cod holiday destination

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.

Woods Hole, Cape Cod thanksgiving

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.

Cape Cod thanksgiving

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.

Woods Hole dining options

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.

 

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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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.

Daytrip Martha’s Vineyard – my tour of the fabulous new Nobnocket Inn

May 8, 2016 by Beth Colt

the Doctors House on MVMother’s Day in Woods Hole, rainy and overcast with teenagers sleeping in … the perfect day for a little “me” time!  Walked across the street to the ferry to daytrip Martha’s Vineyard and visit our friends Simon and Anabelle, who have just purchased a fabulous property in Vineyard Haven called the Nobnocket Boutique Inn.

Martha's Vineyard ferryMy trip over on the ferry was uneventful – I enjoyed the hot tea available from the commissary on the upper deck, and watched the fog roll over and back across the islands. Lots of lovely wooden sloops back in the harbor — despite the relentlessly chilly spring weather we are having, someone must believe summer is around the corner.  The ferry ride is one of the best parts of the daytrip Martha’s Vineyard, a forty five minute boat ride across Vineyard Sound (passenger ticket $17 round trip).

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The Nobnocket Boutique Inn is about ten minutes walk up the hill from the ferry landing, through a charming residential neighborhood.  Simon and Anabelle told me it was once the island doctor’s residence, and in an earlier incarnation was a B&B called “The Doctor’s House” that had an unusual reliance on busy wall paper.

new bathroom marble Nobnocket Inn

All that is the distant past with Simon and Anabelle’s tasteful renovation.  With newly polished hardwood floors, plenty of fresh white paint, fabulous modern tiles, sparkling new large bathrooms — the Nobnocket is a fantastic luxury property that is sure to wow the Vineyard visitor.  I simply can not wait to recommend this to Woods Hole Inn guests headed over to the Vineyard for a few days.

Nobnocket, a neighbor to the Woods Hole Inn on Martha's Vineyard

The common areas are large and attractive, with an indoor sun room that feels like you could be in a swank London boutique hotel.  From every window, you look out over the large property offering true Martha’s Vineyard quiet and tranquility, all within a close walk to the restaurants, beaches and hustle bustle of Vineyard Haven.

Nobnocket Boutique Inn on Martha's Vineyard

After a nice hot cup of tea (and some innkeeper to innkeeper chat:) with Simon and Anabelle, I wandered the short walk back to Vineyard Haven to survey the shops and restaurants near the ferry terminal.  I love this one just for the name…and it was an appropriately rainy day to stop in and explore as travelers have done since 1973.

gerat shopping on Vineyard HavenI am always impressed in Vineyard Haven by the consistently adorable window dressing, which was true of most of the shops along this stretch — art galleries, jewelry stores, t-shirt shops, a killer bookstore where President Obama shops every August, interior design, fabulous furniture, housewares and much more to explore just steps from the ferry landing.

day trip from Woods Hole InnA quick stop into the Waterside Market for their popular “Cab” sandwich (ciabatta with chicken, avocado, bacon $11) reviewed last summer by Guy Fiore of Diners Drive-ins & Dives fame is a MUST… super yummy, great place, busy even on a rainy Sunday in May.

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Then finally the ferry ride home, still a bit foggy but starting to burn off, the end of my daytrip to Martha’s Vineyard from Woods Hole.  What a fantastic way to spend Mother’s Day — enjoying some quiet time visiting friends and shopping the charming town of Vineyard Haven.

Woods Hole Inn daytrips

And don’t forget to check out the Nobnocket Boutique Inn.  Simon and Anabelle are the nicest, and this place is sure to knock your socks off.  Day-tripping to Vineyard Haven from the Woods Hole Inn is one of my favorite activities.  Perhaps it will also be one of yours.

a new B&B on Martha's Vineyard

Cape Cod sunset sail on the Liberté

August 7, 2015 by Beth Colt

If you’re looking to get out on the water and do it in style, you’ve got to book a ride on the Liberté. Watching the sunset over the westernmost part of Cape Cod from the deck of a beautiful 74’ three-masted schooner is easily one of my best memories from this summer.

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My friend Bonny and I had been waiting for some good weather to go out for a relaxing evening after work, and last Thursday turned out to be the perfect day. The air had that perfect end-of-July warmth, and there was enough wind to fill the sails and keep us cool as we made our way out into the Vineyard Sound. The crew was composed of Captain Chris and two experienced and friendly young women. Their teamwork allowed us to get our sunset sail underway quickly, and all we had to do was sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds while reclining in one of the boat’s many comfortable seating areas.

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Once we were out of the harbor and all the sails had been raised, the crew offered full bar service with a selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. With glasses of pinot grigio in hand, Bonny and I toasted to the dog days of summer and laughed as we listened to Captain Chris’s tales from his time at sea.

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Captain Chris Tietje and his wife Jane had this sail boat designed and built just for them, and they live on it for most of the year. In the summers, they keep the boat docked in Falmouth Harbor (a 10 minute drive from the Woods Hole Inn) and take people out for a one-of-a-kind Cape Cod sailing experience. While on the boat, Captain Chris treats the passengers to stories about the birth of the Liberté and the history of Martha’s Vineyard and the surrounding waters.

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There were about 35 other passengers with us that evening, but the boat never felt crowded. It seemed that each separate party was able to have their own intimate moments while still harmoniously coexisting with the rest of the group on board. There was plenty of room to move around, and I made sure to get photos from each part of the top deck.

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The Liberté sails three times a day, seven days a week throughout the summer and can be booked for private charters or parties. If you’re looking for a memorable Cape Cod sailing experience, you don’t want to miss out on a chance to ride aboard the magnificent schooner, Liberté. Check out www.theliberte.com for more information about the Liberte and how you can plan your sailing trip.

— from guest blogger Sam Frawley

Cape Cod Cocktails, the best of Woods Hole summertime concoctions

June 24, 2015 by Beth Colt

There’s certainly no shortage of places to sit down and enjoy Cape Cod cocktails in Woods Hole.  However, given so many good options it can be a daunting task to choose the right beverage for you. Don’t fear! This past week, a couple friends joined me for a Cape Cod cocktail tour and we did the “work” for you. Below you will find our favorite drinks at each of the seven waterfront restaurants we visited – all of which are walking distance from each other. Hope you enjoy and remember to read responsibly.

LANDFALL

Drink of choice: Bloody Mary

Secret house recipe served with Spanish olives and celery.

Notes: If you’re waiting for the afternoon ferry and you need something to tide you over before dinner the Landfall is the place to go. Their Bloody Mary is the best around and its zesty, savory, and spicy flavors will keep your mouth entertained until the very last drop. It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere!

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CAPTAIN KIDD

Drink of Choice: The Tarpaulin Brothel

House-made Privateer Spiced Rum, Angostura Bitters, Rinse of Absinthe, twist of orange

Notes: This drink is an adventure in a glass. If you’re feeling the winds of good fortune at your back and the call of the open seas then you’ve got to dive in. This bold drink from a watering hole that’s a self described “pirate bar” features Captain Kidd’s special house-made spiced rum and a dash of absinthe. Before long, it will have you wanting to chase buried treasure and hoist the main sail. If you’re looking for a drink to get you in touch with your inner Jack Sparrow then this drink is the “X” that marks the spot on Captain Kidd’s menu.

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QUICKS HOLE TAVERN

Drink of Choice: Little Harbor Lavender

Muddled Raspberry, lavender infused Grey Goose, St Germain, and fresh lemon

Notes: Fresh, sweet, and modern like the new restaurant that serves it, this drink has a pleasing and relaxed flavor. Quicks Hole Tavern opened it’s doors last year and has quickly become a favorite with an innovative and imaginative menu. Looking to view the harbor as if from the prow of a ship?  Sip your Little Harbor Lavender and watch your ship come in with the best view of the Martha’s Vineyard ferry in Woods Hole.

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QUICKS HOLE TAQUERIA

Drink of Choice: House-made Sangria

Secret blend of red and white wines, fresh squeezed lemon and orange juice

Notes: One of my very favorite things to do in Woods Hole is to grab some friends and post up at the Quicks Hole Taqueria for some chips and salsa and their fantastic house-made sangria. They sell it by the pitcher and it’s the perfect complement to kicking back on a sunny afternoon and people-watching in the heart of Woods Hole. If you swing by on a Friday or Sunday evening, you can even catch one of the fantastic local bands that perform for free in the parking lot next to the restaurant.

PHUSION

Drink of Choice: Ruby Red Crush

Absolut Ruby Red Vodka, fresh mint, Combier Pamplemousse Grapefruit Liqueur, fresh lemon.

Notes: As this restaurant’s name would lead to you to believe, Phusion’s menu consistently presents interesting blends of different international flavors and styles. This French-influenced beverage features imported grapefruit liqueur and fresh mint that was picked from the restaurant’s in-house herb garden moments before it was added to our drink. The Ruby Red Crush is a light and refreshing drink that will have you crushing on summer and saying “au revior” to all your troubles.

Phusion

 

FISHMONGER

Drink of Choice: Mongerita

Tequila, Cranberry Juice, Triple Sec, Fresh Lime juice, Agave Nectar

Notes: This drink is the Fishmonger’s Cape Cod twist on a classic margarita. The addition of cranberry juice fills this cocktail with the tart refreshment you need on a warm summer day. Also, if you happen to be in Woods Hole on a Thursday evening, Fishmonger is a must – thanks to their Thirsty Thursday free appetizer special and great selection of draft beers.

fishmonger

SHUCKERS:

Drink of Choice: Shucker’s Smash

Vodka, Dark Rum, fresh squeezed orange juice, pineapple juice, lemon, and Grenadine.

Notes: In addition to recently being featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, Shuckers boasts a world famous raw bar, sushi and a great waterfront location. We asked for something summery and I think they found a way to fit summer into a mason jar. This drink was just the right amount sweet with a fresh squeezed citrus twist to keep you feeling like you’re sippin’ on sunshine, Cape Cod cocktail style.

Barnstable Harbor Cape Cod Ecotour

June 16, 2015 by Beth Colt

Cape Cod has so many great places to explore, but my friend Bonny and I were looking for something that could be described as a Cape Cod ecotour — you know, a fun day in the sun with a little learning and an eco twist.

Enter Captain Joe, who along with his staff at Barnstable Harbor Eco-Tours, offers a leisurely cruise around the harbor aboard a charming pontoon boat called The Horseshoe Crab.  Packed with a wealth of interesting information about the history of the harbor and natural life, the tour was guided by expert naturalist Phil Kyle. Bonny and I really enjoyed Phil’s enthusiasm for history, especially his tales about the Prohibition-era rum running from this storied harbor.

Sam and Bonny ready for the tour aboard the Horseshoe Crab

Barnstable Harbor itself is gorgeous, well worth the trip. On one side it is bordered by the white gold dunes of Sandy Neck Beach, a six mile long barrier beach, and on another there is a large field of marshland which draws myriad species of shorebirds which we learned about from Phil.  Sandy Neck Light

Might not sound much like a Cape Cod ecotour, but the best of the day was views of the Cottage Colony at the very end of Sandy Neck Beach. The Cottage Colony is home to a collection of beautiful beach cottages as well as Sandy Neck Light – a picturesque lighthouse marking the end of the peninsula. The cottages are in the historic district of the peninsula and most are more than 100 years old. As the boat neared the Colony it appeared we were visiting an idyllic little seaside kingdom, best captured from a boat.

Sandy Neck Point

There were many opportunities to take photos of the harbor and I couldn’t help snapping a couple gorgeous shots for my Instagram, and I thought about coming back another day and exploring Sandy Neck on foot to see more of this stunning harbor and unique ecosystem system from the land.  Well, there is always next year.

 

Buoy returning to Barnstable Harbor

Barnstable Harbor is approximately a 50 minute drive from the Woods Hole Inn. Tours last about 2 hours and are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Woods Hole Inn concierge staff would be happy to assist guests in scheduling a day like this one on Barnstable Harbor.  Or call Captain Joe @ 508.221.6162 for more information or to schedule your Cape Cod ecotour – what a great way to spend the day exploring Cape Cod!  — from guest blogger Sam Frawley

Captain Joe, Phil Kyle, and the Horseshoe Crab

Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend on Earth Day

April 24, 2015 by Beth Colt

Women gather around copper beech and hug it before it gets cut down April 2015 Woods HoleEarth Day is always special in Woods Hole, as the village is packed with scientists and others who study, examine, support and cherish mother earth and her oceans.

But this Earth Day was unique, as locals gathered on Challenger Drive to say goodbye to an enormous copper beech tree that has offered shade and comfort for 150 years.  Aborists have determined the tree is beyond saving, and this massive old friend will be cut down soon for safety.

About 40 people gathered as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution leader Susan Avery said a few words about how hard it is to say goodbye to a tree of this stature.  Local theologian Deborah Warner spoke about nature, then read a moving Mary Oliver poem that began, “When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness, I would almost say they save me, and daily.” (From “Thirst, poems by Mary Oliver,” Beacon Press, 2006)

Susan Witzell, a local historian, shared anecdotes about Joseph Story Fay who once owned this property and planted these seedlings back when Woods Hole had been cleared for timber and was mostly meadow used for sheep.  Fay was devoted to planting trees, and along with his gardener Michael Walsh, is responsible for much of the forest that now dominates this end of Falmouth.

In closing, a group gathered around the base for an actual tree hug.  It was such a warm spring day, with long shadows drifting across the impossibly green spring grass.  Susan Avery spoke of planting a new copper beech in the same spot and emotions ran high thinking about this symbolic new era in Woods Hole, a time for saplings, spring and new beginnings.

WCAI also reported on this special day, and you can hear their radio version of the story here.

Woods Hole Cape Cod Trees with blue flowersWoods Hole copper beechgreen spring grass in Woods Hole photo 4(1)Deb Warner and Susan Avery on Earth Day April 2015Cape Cod blue flowers in Woods Hole

Saying Goodbye to Summer in Woods Hole

September 14, 2014 by Beth Colt

Summer in Woods Hole, MAGirls just want to have fun or so my father likes to remind me. Although I am a serious college student during the rest of the year, I am an unabashed pleasure-seeker in the summer. And this summer at the Woods Hole Inn, my work and my play mingled most affably.

One might think that having grown up in Woods Hole, I’d be tired of the tourist scene. But for me, the bustling street life, the teeming beaches, and even the long lines for my double iced soy latte are all part of summer, and, seeing it all from the perspective of a Woods Hole Inn guest and blogger, I totally understand why our guests keep coming back.

Thanks to the Woods Hole Inn, I explored (and savored!) the restaurants, historic tours, and local museums and events through the eyes of a visitor and couldn’t have been more delighted. Early morning donuts at the Black Dog in Vineyard Haven, an afternoon lesson on Walsh roses at the Woods Hole Historical Museum, and one of the best sunsets over Eel Pond “on assignment”; who wouldn’t want to be a tourist or a guest blogger!

As my summer comes to an end, I would like to thank the pleasant and helpful staff at the Woods Hole Inn for giving me the chance to simultaneously work hard, learn tons, and play local traveler. It was a fantastic summer in Woods Hole!

Guest Blogger, Gwen Martin

Things to do in Woods Hole

Relax in Edgartown, nearby Edgartown MA lodging

August 11, 2014 by Beth Colt

 

Relax in Edgartown MA

Sea-washed shingles, neatly trimmed cottages, cheerful flowerbeds, and a scenic harbor full of yachts and sailboats make Edgartown one of my favorite spots to visit on Martha’s Vineyard. Edgartown seems to emanate summer and relaxation, beckoning me back every year.

Ferry boat to Martha's Vineyard from Woods HoleThe easiest (and most economical) way to get there is to take the Woods Hole Steamship Authority ferry to either Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven, which is the perfect solution for finding Edgartown MA lodging. From either of these Vineyard towns, catch Martha’s Vineyard bus #1 or #13; they leave every fifteen minutes and cost a few dollars.

 

 

 

Coffee in Edgartown MAOnce in Edgartown, I head immediately to Murdick’s Café for a perfectly brewed iced coffee and a taste of their homemade fudge. The chocolate peanut butter variety is decidedly indulgent, but who can argue with a recipe that dates back to 1887!

 

 

 

Things to do in Edgartown MALikewise, Edgartown is arguably one of the best places for boutique shopping: luxuriant cashmere sweaters donning nautical patterns at 20 Main, sailboat-embroidered shorts at Island Outfitters, and uniquely Vineyard necklaces and bracelets at numerous fine jewelry shops. There are also preppy name-brand stores like Jack Wills, Lilly Pulitzer, and Vineyard Vines. My favorite store is Backwater Trading, featuring outerwear, fishing paraphernalia, and casual beach attire – summer anyone?

 

 

Delicious food nearby Edgartown MA lodgingFor classic Vineyard fare, wander down Dock St. to the Seafood Shanty. Their calamari is fresh and local and delicious and the rooftop dining provides spectacular views of the harbor and the Chappy Ferry’s “back and forth” between the Vineyard and Chappaquiddick Island, a 527 foot passage!

 

 

 

Edgartown MA lodgingI discovered two new treasures this year in Edgartown: Edgartown Books and the Edgartown Lighthouse. The bookstore is located right downtown and was a welcomed oasis from the bustling town. Cozy seating areas tucked between aisles of this historic building brings browsing for the perfect beach read to a new level. And don’t miss the awesome stairs! After unwinding, I was ready for a trek to Edgartown Light, my first time to venture out to this totally picturesque lighthouse. Wandering past the historic Edgartown Public Library, stately seaside homes, and the gorgeous Harborview Hotel makes the trip even more worthwhile.

 

Woods Hole InnBefore catching the bus to Oak Bluffs for the ferry and to complete my summer escapade, I grabbed a freshly made frozen “Arnold Palmer” from MacPhail’s Corner Café – refreshing! So, whether you want to walk along the harbor or spend the day browsing boutiques, Edgartown will become your summer pleasure. –Guest Blogger, Gwen Martin

 

 

 

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Chappy Ferry

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Ferry boat to Vineyard Haven

The Woods Hole Film Festival

July 28, 2014 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole Film FestivalIf variety is the spice of life, Woods Hole and its film festival are hot! The village is home to world-renowned scientific institutions and historic buildings and a plethora of delightful eating establishments, beaches, and cultural events like contra dancing, jazz and folk concert series, art shows, and the Woods Hole Film Festival. And the film festival is a delectable mix of feature length narrative films, documentaries, animation, and “shorts,” and the content and settings of these mostly independent films are wildly diverse.

A few unconventional and intriguing ones that I plan to catch this year include Wicker Kittens, Marmato, and Antarctica. Just the title, Wicker Kittens, is enough to awaken curiosity, but an annual jigsaw puzzle competition in Minnesota – that’s a must see phenomenon! More seriously, Marmato, set in a 500 year old mining town in Columbia, is a film described as “a canvas of magic realism and the confrontation with globalized mining.” Antarctica, on the other hand, captures the issues of data recording in the frozen tundra with limited time – should be a packed audience, so get your tickets early! There is lots of light-hearted fare as well, like on Kids’ Day. This year, this fun event features a movie inspired by the famous children’s series, “The Boxcar Children.”

Don’t miss what Movie Magazine calls “one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world.” The Woods Hole Film Festival runs until Saturday, August 2nd, and, there is much more than films with music, parties, and filmmaker discussions to round out the week. Check out the full listing of movies and events at www.woodsholefilmfestival.org/. -from guest blogger Gwen Martin

 

 

Day Trip to Historic Sandwich Village from Woods Hole, nearby Sandwich MA lodging

July 24, 2014 by Beth Colt

Sandwich MA lodgingEver drive a distance for a scone? You will for fresh blueberry or ginger ones from the Brown Jug Café in Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod.  Although the memory of the scone with a dark roast coffee on the café’s secluded patio persuaded me to make the trip, Sandwich has other treasures that will satisfy your curiosity just as well as the scone will satisfy your hunger.  Sandwich is a short jaunt from the Woods Hole Inn, which is your perfect solution for Sandwich MA lodging.

 

 

 

 

lodging sandwich cape codA five minute walk from the Brown Jug are two marvelous Sandwich MA historical sites:  the Hoxie House and the Dexter Grist Mill. The Hoxie House is one of the oldest surviving houses in Massachusetts, dating back to 1675. Perched atop a knoll overlooking the Shawne Lake, the traditional saltbox house preserves the ambiance of a bygone era with massive open fireplaces, leaded windows, and wide-planked “windfall” floors. I almost expected Mr. Smith (the first owner) or Mr. Hoxie to walk in as the tour guides set the scene of the time. The guides’ enthusiasm was contagious and I left both amused and better informed about the history of the time.

 

 

Sandwich MA lodgingThe bubbling brook from Shawne Lake feeds the wooden water mill at the Grist Mill, and, although most of the mill machinery is not original, it is true to 18th century New England technology. The rushing water and hum of the grindstones set a fine backdrop to the subtle sweet aroma of the ground cornmeal spilling from the chute. (The cornmeal is available for purchase for those who want to have a taste of history — bring some back to the Woods Hole Inn and our private chef will bake it up into something delicious for you the next day!)

 

 

 

romantic getawayThe pleasant stroll whetted my appetite, and, as I walked along the tree-lined streets, I entertained my options, from sandwich joints (no pun intended, of course) to more upscale venues. The Belfry Bistro, a renovated church with a stately belfry and spacious patio seating set back from the street, drew me in and I was not disappointed! I feasted on the Bento box special, which featured yellow tomato gazpacho, ham and swiss panini, and summer greens salad. It was a delicious way to sample a few of the bistro’s specialties; my favorite type of meal.

 

 

 

Woods Hole Day TripsOn the drive back to Woods Hole, I dropped by the Thornton Burgess Society’s Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen on Route 6A. The center is a tribute to Burgess, author of the classic children’s tales of Peter Rabbit (and his friends) and long-time resident of Sandwich. Just as I remembered from my childhood, the fragrance of steaming blueberries permeated the bright and cheerful jam kitchen and the color of orange swamp lilies brightened the wildflower garden.

 

 

 

Other options in Sandwich for the historical minded are the Sandwich Glass Museum, the Heritage Museum and Gardens and the historic Sandwich Boardwalk.  Whatever you choose, Sandwich will bring you back in time and bring you back for more.  Visit Sandwich MA for the perfect day trip from the Woods Hole Inn, and a great place to find Sandwich MA lodging.  – from guest blogger Gwen Martin

 

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