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Category Archives: Falmouth

St. Patrick’s Day Special!

February 17, 2017 by Beth Colt

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? 

To book your visit online, use code “Lucky,” or call our front desk to make a reservation (508) 495-0248. See pricing details here. 

Valentine’s Day at the Woods Hole Inn

January 31, 2017 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, 12 Washburn Island Oysters to enjoy during our “Happy Hour,” a hearty breakfast to start the day in our sunny reading room, and a box of our favorite local chocolates. Plus, we’ll let you decide which weekend is better for you — the one before or the one after — Valentine’s Day. 

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. ūüôā

See pricing details here, and call (508) 495-0248 to book today! 

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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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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

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.

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Ride the Carousel of Light in Falmouth MA Cape Cod

August 20, 2014 by Beth Colt

Romance Cape CodThree miles up the road from us in Falmouth, summer people and locals are flocking to a new attraction — the Carousel of Light.¬† The brain child of artist and sculptor Lance Shinkle, this extraordinary wooden carousel is fun for young and old.¬† Each horse was hand carved by Shinkle, and the exterior of the carousel is painted with scenes of summer fun right here in Falmouth MA Cape Cod.

Resurrected this summer from twenty years of storage in Shinkle’s garage, the Carousel of Light is once again open and running until late August.¬† The Carousel is located in the parking lot in front of the Mullen Hall School on Katherine Lee Bates Road, just a half block off charming Main Street Falmouth MA.

Looking for the perfect romantic fun on Cape Cod?¬† I suggest walking Main Street to check out the shops and restaurants.¬† Stop into any one of the great bakeries, coffee shops or ice cream parlors for a special treat (I am partial to lobster ice cream at Ben and Bill’s ice cream or a pain au chocolate from the authentic french bakery Maison Villatte), then stroll past the library to the carousel.

Three dollars a ride gets you up and circling the parking lot on your trusty steed.¬† You will be amazed by the detail of these carved, painted horses as they serenade a clever mermaid with flowing hair to the tinkling sound of old Cape Cod themed songs.¬† With the southwesterly breeze blowing and big white puffy clouds floating overhead, you might experience a sort of Cape Cod Nirvana — peace, tranquility and carousel happiness all melded into one.

Try it!¬† The Carousel of Light is located in Falmouth MA.¬† Woods Hole is a village of the town of Falmouth MA Cape Cod, located at its’ southwestern most tip.¬† The Woods Hole Inn is a great jumping off point for all of Falmouth, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod.

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Visiting Falmouth Main Street, Old World Shopping at Cape Cod’s Best Main St

June 28, 2014 by Beth Colt

Woods Hole is a village of Falmouth MA on Cape CodWoods Hole is a village of the town of Falmouth, and three miles up the road is the center of town which we call Falmouth Main Street.¬† Crowded with year-round restaurants, adorable shops, candy stores and ice cream parlors, Falmouth’s Main Street is a nice bike ride from the Woods Hole Inn, where we offer bicycles to our guests.¬† It’s also an easy drive, and Main Street Falmouth has plenty of parking with no meters.

If you choose to bike from the Woods Hole Inn, hop on the bike path in front of the Steamship Authority and enjoy the three mile journey with vistas towards Martha’s Vineyard and several good spots to stop for a swim.¬† Once in Falmouth, head off the bike path at Depot Avenue (you will see the Falmouth Bus Depot filled with green Peter Pan buses there) and ride past the Queens Byway onto Main Street.

There are dozens of locally-owned restaurants on this historic stretch which like Woods Hole has been protected and preserved as a historic district.  You can choose from Indian, Mexican, Italian, Traditional Cape Cod, fabulous French bakeries, brunch spots, delis and much more.  There really is something for everyone on Main Street Falmouth, MA.

Then of course, the shopping.¬† Fancy upscale stuff at Lily Pulitzer, Maxwell & Co, Pilgrim and others.¬† Great summer finds at Port Cargo, Green Eyed Daisy, Cape Chic Co and more.¬† Gift shopping too at Celebrations, Treasure Chest, Pink Polka Dot.¬† Real old time shopping from small vendors who know their customer — and that customer is you.

Don’t leave Main Street in Falmouth without a visit to one of the many patisseries, candy or ice cream shops.¬† Perhaps a taste test is in order?¬† There is Gelfi’s, Ben and Bill’s, Tisberry Yoghurt, Cupcapes of Cape Cod and the fancy French bakery called Maison Villatte for starters.¬† Don’t miss Coffee Obsession or Pies a la Mode, at either end of this long stretch of charming shops.¬† Main Street is really a great hang out for the sweet tooth in us all.

Enjoy your exploration of our quaint town.  Falmouth Main Street is famous for being one of the nicest shopping and dining experiences on Cape Cod.  Here are photos of some of my favorite Main Street Falmouth MA spots.  Or click here for more info and a map of the area.

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