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How to Elope on Cape Cod

August 1, 2017 by Beth Colt

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Lovers, take note: The Woods Hole Inn is your one-stop shop for a stylish New England elopement — whether you tie the knot on a chilly winter day with a dusting of snow atop your bouquet, or climb the Nobska Lighthouse hill on a warm summer night to say “I do,” you can have the wedding you’ve dreamed of, and we’re making it easy to elope Cape Cod style! 

Join us at our quaint Inn at the center of picturesque Woods Hole. With vintage-restored guest rooms, home-made breakfasts each morning and three beaches within walking distance, we are confident your stay will be everything you’ve dreamed of. 

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Our Cape Cod elopement package includes:

*Advice in choosing a nearby location for your Cape Cod elopement and a recommended list of officiants

*A bottle of Prosecco to toast your new life together

*A photographer to capture a portrait of you at the Inn and share digital images of your elope Cape Cod moments with you

*A dozen red roses to adorn your vintage restored modern room

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Escape for the day to Martha’s Vineyard, explore the sea shore on our bikes or just settle in the room and enjoy the smell of salt-spray off the sea. There’s a reason why this town attracts those in love — come see for yourself!  Woods Hole is the perfect spot to elope Cape Cod style! 

Call us today to book your special weekend (508) 495-0248. 

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. 🙂

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

Middle image via Falmouth Bed and Breakfast Association

First Winter Storm of 2017

January 9, 2017 by Beth Colt

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Everybody loves a Cape Cod winter storm, especially when it arrives on a Saturday. The storm season began in style this weekend as “Helena” rolled over, dumping at least a foot of crunchy, white snow.

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As the Nor’Easter started, we spied a row boat drifting around Eel Pond, a paddle here, another paddle there, the rower just watching at the world.  Mesmerizing, peaceful and brave.

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There was no street noise, the hush of drifts against the front door as we shared a hot cup of black tea with milk and sugar in the warmth of the house.  Our fingers were crossed that the power might remain on (it did!) but we were ready either way with flashlights and generator.

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In the morning, we woke early to dig out. The north-easterly storm wind cleared out the driveway but packed drifts up against the front steps of the Woods Hole Inn.  Everything looked different with the frosting of ice — like a whole new world to appreciate.

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Looking up Water Street from the drawbridge, the world glinting in the morning light, streets still snowy from the overnight cold.

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Over by Shuckers Raw Bar, we marveled at hulking, mysterious forms hidden under mounds of snow.

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Near the Marine Biological Lab parking lot, several skiffs bobbed in the water, now rendered into floating tubs of sculpted ice. On School Street, the Children’s School of Science was lit as if for a movie moment.

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It was a wonderful day to walk around the village of Woods Hole just after the first Cape Cod storm of winter 2017.  If you enjoy our photo essays, please consider following us on Facebook where we post regularly to keep you up to date on life at our Cape Cod bed and breakfast.  @WoodsHoleInn

A Knitting Weekend in Woods Hole with Norah Gaughan

November 20, 2016 by Beth Colt

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For avid knitters out there, we have wonderful news: renowned knitwear designer Norah Gaughan will be joining us in Woods Hole for a knitting workshop weekend, February 3-5th, 2017. This is a wonderful opportunity for knitters who want to learn a new stitch, improve on their technique in a supportive environment, and have a cozy weekend in our charming seaside village of Woods Hole. Yarn will be available for sale in advance, supplied by Black Purls Yarn in Sandwich, MA.

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The weekend schedule is as followed:

Friday Evening
Arrival/check in starting at 3 PM
5:30 PM — Meet Norah over wine and cheese at the Woods Hole Inn.  Join us for this “try-on trunk show” and book signing with Norah (no cover charge for workshop attendees, this event is open to the public).
Dinner on your own: Try one of Woods Hole’s wonderful local restaurants or drive into Falmouth (three miles) for many other choices.
Saturday
9.30 AM: knitting session with Norah, followed by pre-fixe lunch at Quicks Hole Tavern (included in package price)
1.30 PM: Open knitting in the afternoon
Dinner on your own: Try another one of Woods Hole’s wonderful local restaurants or drive into Falmouth (three miles) for many other choices.
Sunday
9.30 AM: knitting session with Norah followed by pre-fixe lunch at Quicks Hole Tavern (included in package price)
 Note: Our famous breakfast will be served both mornings starting at 8 am at the Woods Hole Inn. Check out on Sunday is before Norah’s session, with free parking offered in our adjacent lot until 2 pm Sunday. 

It will be a weekend full of knitting, learning, and chatting, and we can’t wait!

See pricing details here or please call (508) 495-0248 to book your weekend with us.

Five Star review from TripAdvisor:  “Room very comfy, cozy, and clean. Cozy, yes, but not too small. Was a bit chilly, called front desk and heat was immediately raised. Inn was welcoming and warm. Plenty of areas to sit and knit in comfort. Program was awesome with the famous Norah Gaughan! I hope they offer something like this again. Breakfast yummy. Food at Quick’s Hole was delicious. Lovely inn in a quaint village. Lots of fun. Highly recommend!”

— Stephanie N from Sandwich

Ring in the New Years with the Brazen Belles

October 12, 2016 by Beth Colt

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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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For the first time ever, we will be offering two complementary tickets, valued at $50, to their 5th Annual Winter Spectacular, which occurs during the New Years Weekend (only valid for guests staying at the Inn). Ring in 2017 with an insider’s peek as to what makes this town extra special, then sleep in after the show. We’ll be serving a leisurely New Year’s Day mimosa brunch in our sunny ocean-facing breakfast room — the perfect way (in our opinion) to start a new year. It sounds far away now, but the holiday season, believe it or not, is just two short months away! 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. 

Take a Break from Exams with a Getaway to Cape Cod

October 7, 2016 by Beth Colt

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

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

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

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

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

A Woods Hole Farewell

September 10, 2016 by Julia Pearl

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Woods Hole cap of course!

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

 

Our “Same Time Next Year” Special

August 28, 2016 by Beth Colt

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

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

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How to Explore Chappaquiddick Island, Edgartown MA in four steps

August 23, 2016 by Julia Pearl

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Chappaquiddick Island, the island off of Martha’s Vineyard

Located off Martha’s Vineyard is Chappaquiddick Island, or Chappy as the locals call it.  Barely connected to the main island by a thread of beach, often breached in storms, the main way to Chappy is by ferry from Edgartown. Exploring this remote island is one of the highlights of a visit to Cape Cod and can be accomplished in four easy steps from the Woods Hole Inn.

1 — Take the Martha’s Vineyard Ferry 

The ferry terminal is about 100 steps out the back door of the Woods Hole Inn, with ferries departing to Oaks Bluff and Vineyard Haven regularly from 6am- 9:30pm. The trip takes about forty minutes ($17 RT passenger fare plus an additional $8 for your bicycle).  My friend and I hopped on the 9:30am ferry to Oaks Bluff to start our bike adventure to Chappaquiddick Island.

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2 — Ride the Beach Street Bike Path 

Once in Oak Bluffs, we hopped onto Beach Street.  This six mile bike path takes you along stunning Joseph Sylvia State Beach, right onto the center of upscale Edgartown, MA. It is a beautiful ride of about 45 minutes, and we successfully resisted diving off the famous Jaws Bridge — saving that for the way back.

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3 — Find the Chappy Ferry 

The Chappy Ferry is located right next to Memorial Wharf, off Dock street in Edgartown. The ferry travels 527 feet, lasts about 2 minutes and delivers you to a whole other world ($6 round trip with a bike). The ferry is called “On Time” as it has no official schedule, just goes back and forth all day.  We enjoyed the brief ride, waved to the ferry driver and zipped out the only road.

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4 — Explore Chappaquiddick Island

We biked about four miles on pavement before the road turned to dirt. Wobbling over pebbles and spinning out in sand pockets was a bit tricky in our street bikes, but we managed. After about a mile, we crossed a small bridge which opened up to the gorgeous Wasque Point, facing the Atlantic to the southeast.  From here, it’s clear sailing, blue sky ocean as far as you can see, next stop Spain.

Our Chappaquiddick Island adventure took us to a whole other world with 38,000 acres of pure nature, conservation lands and unparalleled ocean views. The Island is larger than you think, so I highly recommend taking your bike over — maybe with tire repair kit for that sandy road.  Bikes are also available for rent in Oak Bluffs.

Next time, we will visit Poucha Pond at the Mytoi Japanese Gardens or find the famous Cape Poge Lighthouse.  There is much to see on Chappaquiddick, the island off the island, a memorable day trip from the Woods Hole Inn.  I called them four easy steps, but only you can be the judge of the “easy” part.  Enjoy exploring!

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

June 26, 2016 by Beth Colt

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

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

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

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

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Check out the Bridge of the R/V Neil Armstrong

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

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What about inside the ship?

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

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

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

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See the Galley of the R/V Neil Armstrong

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

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

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

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

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Back on the Docks

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

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

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

Welcoming World Class Scientists, Everyday

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

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Room 7 After Photos – a Cape Cod renovation story

April 22, 2016 by Beth Colt

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

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

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

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

3 Reasons to Visit Woods Hole in the Spring

April 18, 2016 by Beth Colt

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

A New Restaurant 

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

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

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

(Top photo via the 41-70)

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

March 18, 2016 by Beth Colt

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

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

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

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

Room Seven cleared out before renovation

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

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

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

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

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

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Holiday Season at the Woods Hole Inn

December 15, 2015 by Beth Colt

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Happy Holidays from the Woods Hole Inn! We hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season. Here on Cape Cod, we are experiencing some unusually warm weather, and without the giveaway of bare tree tops, you would think spring is here.

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Despite the lack of fresh snow and blistery winter wind, there is no shortage of festive cheer. Our decorations are in full swing throughout the Inn…

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We are certainly getting in the spirit with a sparkly blue nutcracker and brightly glowing Christmas tree.

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Outside our doors, Woods Hole is adorned with lights, wreaths, and candle-lit windows. Children pop into Pie in the Sky after school for a hot chocolate, and Trivia returns to The Fish Monger as a fun winter event.

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Down the road, Quicks Hole Tavern gets bathed in warm sunlight during the lunch rush…

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And just the other weekend, the town of Falmouth put on their annual Holiday parade:

We hope everyone is having a joyous and spirited Holiday Season!

Saved A Life Yesterday

November 7, 2015 by Beth Colt

We work really hard to keep it fun behind the scenes at the Woods Hole Inn, enjoying each others company, sharing a laugh or two, supporting each other to make sure we deliver the best possible guest experience.  But yesterday, teamwork moved to a whole new level.

Kaylee saved Dan’s life.  Literally.

handyman at the Woods Hole InnAt the Woods Hole Inn, Dan Doughty does a little bit of everything.  If the sidewalk needs shoveling after a big snow, if a room could use a new coat of paint, if a door handle breaks, if an air conditioner starts to rattle — Dan gets things back in order, stat.  In an old building like ours, there is always something for Dan, and we are forever grateful for his expertise and good spirit keeping us ship shape.

Kayle Costa works at the front desk, checking guests in, making reservations and answering all your questions.  She is warm, knowledgeable and wonderfully competent.  We are so lucky that our small business continues to attract star players like Kaylee.

So what happened??  OK, yesterday Dan and Kaylee were alone at the inn.  Kaylee told Dan to take a candy from the Halloween jar, joking that she did not want to eat the bowl herself.  Dan chose a Three Musketeers Bar and as the warm sugary chocolate started to melt, it slipped down his throat in an odd way.  He laughed, everything was fine, it was just a small one, a mini bar.  But the chocolate only seemed to lodge further.  Now he started to cough.  “You OK?” said Kaylee.  He spit what remained out, but he could not clear his airway, wheezing, gasping, no air coming in or out.  “Oh my God,” said Kaylee, seeing his eyes start to bulge. “Do you need the Heimlich?”  Yes, he nodded, yes, NOW.

Kaylee at the front desk of the innSeveral frantic attempts ensued before the chocolate popped out like a cork.  It turns out in addition to Kaylee’s other great qualities, she took CPR rescue in high school. Wow, thank goodness she was there as the world is definitely a better place with Dan still in it.

We back each other up, everyday, 24/7.  Most days that means sharing hot water for tea, covering someone’s shift, grabbing a broom when housekeeping is short staffed, or a shovel when the snow falls too fast, or the phone when it rings off the hook.  In a pinch, we all pitch in.

Yesterday, Kaylee went a giant step beyond that level of team work and saved a life.  WOW!  Thank you, Kaylee.  I know Dan thanks you, but we all do, as you exemplify calm in the storm and great team work.

We are so lucky to work together.

 

Fall Fun on Cape Cod, Woods Hole style

October 20, 2015 by Beth Colt

We hope everyone had a wonderful end of summer. Here in Woods Hole, fall is well underway, and we greet the crisp air (and available parking!) with open arms.  Hello to fall fun on Cape Cod.

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Pumpkins on porch of Woods Hole InnVibrant pumpkins replace flip flops and beach towels on the patio of the Woods Hole Inn…

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An empty Stoney Beach is shocking to the eyes, especially in contrast to busy peak summer when families are packed to the brim along the shore.

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Coffee Obsession returns to its quirky off-season hours…

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And the infamous Quicks Hole Taqueria crawdad gears up for winter storage.

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It’s hard to imagine that only a few months ago, this very road held over 12,000 Falmouth road race runners.

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But, despite the lull and quiet peacefulness that autumn brings, there are still signs of life! Pie in the Sky forever stays open, epicenter of fall fun on Cape Cod, serving their renowned popovers and locally roasted coffee….

And tourists and sightseers continue to frequent Nobska Lighthouse.

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Last but not least, Quicks Hole Tavern donuts hit the spot on a chilly weekday lunch.

Looking for fall fun on Cape Cod?  Piping hot donuts in hand, you may have hit the jackpot.

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Day Trip to Martha’s Vineyard, exploring Aquinnah and Gayhead Cliffs

July 26, 2015 by Beth Colt

As a photographer I don’t like to admit this, but I can honestly say that there are some things that just have to be seen in person. These places that defy my desire to capture in a photograph are so magnificent and breathtaking that a picture just can’t do them justice. My day trip to Martha’s Vineyard to visit the Gayhead Cliffs in Aquinnah proved to be one of these places. Last week, my sister Olivia was on the Cape with one of her best friends from school and I wanted to treat them to a day of adventure. My sister and I have made many day trips to the towns on Martha’s Vineyard but had never visited Aquinnah, so we were very excited to get off the beaten path.

We took an early afternoon ferry from Woods Hole and found a great spot up on the top deck to hang out as we crossed the Vineyard Sound aboard the Steamship Authority’s Island Home ($17 passenger ticket RT). The ferry ride itself is gorgeous and it is easy to enjoy the views of the surrounding coast line, Nobska Lighthouse, and Martha’s Vineyard.

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Once we landed in Vineyard Haven we made a quick stop at the Black Dog for lunch. The first year round restaurant on the island started in 1971, this iconic spot on the harbor in Vineyard Haven is worth the trip alone.  The fish and chips were excellent and we were now fueled up for our journey to the cliffs.

I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of use and organization of the public transportation system on the island. The VTA (Vineyard Transit Authority) has published a detailed and intuitive map with bus schedules and extensive routes that take people all over the island. For just $8.00, you can purchase a day pass to hop on and off all day long. We got on the bus in Vineyard Haven, made a switch in Chilmark and arrived in Aquinnah in about 50 minutes.  This day trip to Martha’s Vineyard is inexpensive and convenient as a guest of the Woods Hole Inn, where the Woods Hole ferry terminal is located across the street.

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The Aquinnah bus drops passengers off at the top of the Gayhead cliffs where there is a gorgeous observation deck to view the vibrant multicolored cliffs cascading into the surrounding seas. You can also see the iconic Gayhead Lighthouse which was just recently relocated. Almost $3.5 million dollars were raised to move the lighthouse from the rapidly eroding cliffs, and the elaborate job moving this antique brick structure was completed this spring saving the famous lighthouse from certain ruin within a few years.

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From the observation deck, we made our way down to the beach below where we were able to get a closer look at the clay cliffs. They were saturated with jeweled tones of rust, powdery whites, mustard yellow, and honeydew green. So amazing to have an incredible natural landmark located just a short ride day trip from Woods Hole.  No wonder the Wampanoag’s (native Americans from the Cape and Islands) consider this a sacred spot.

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Although I got some great shots of the cliffs, I know there will always be more ways to capture their natural beauty. I have already started to make plans for my next day trip to Martha’s Vineyard where I will once again challenge myself to fit the feeling of seeing them first hand into a photograph. But in all honesty, you really just have to go see them for yourself.  -Sam Frawley, guest blogger

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