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!