350 Quaker Road
North Falmouth, MA 02556
Flap Jack Comedy Productions Presents Steve Sweeney, also featuring Dave Russo and Preston Simpson
Steve Sweeney, the man, the myth, the legend, known nationwide for his roles in “There’s Something About Mary”, “Me, Myself & Irene”, This guy’s also been on Comedy Central, Letterman and more.
Dave Russo, recently named best male comic in Boston, you know Dave from NESN, NBC, FOX, and Last Comic Standing All Stars.
Preston Simpson, the host we all know and love, comin’ to us from Late Night with David Letterman & some pretty awesom flicks too.
Seating is limited. Reserve your spot and buy tickets atwww.flapjackcomedy.com or calling 508-274-2190
My Edgartown bike trip started with the short pedal from the Woods Hole Inn to the Martha’s Vineyard ferry terminal across the street. It was the perfect day to explore the island, leaving from Woods Hole to the port of Oak Bluffs.
Ferry to Oak Bluffs
The ferry was about forty five minutes but it didn’t feel long with the cool ocean breeze, the view of distant shores and plenty of boats to watch from the ferry deck (passenger ticket $17 plus $8 for the bike).
Once in Oak Bluffs, I took the scenic Beach Road towards Edgartown. The five mile ride along Joseph Sylvia State Beach takes about an hour … if you can resist stopping to dip your toes in those clear Atlantic waters. The path does run along the main road, but don’t worry, it’s pretty flat with guardrails to separate bikes from vehicular traffic.
The “Jaws Bridge” marks the Edgartown – Oak Bluffs line. As I neared the bridge made famous by the Steven Spielberg film, I saw shirtless beach lovers on the railings ready to jump. The Jaw’s Bridge is on the bucket list of many visiting Edgartown (Martha’s Vineyard) and you too can ignore the signs and leap into Nantucket Sound in this glorious location.
Beach Street flowed into Upper Main Street and the center of Edgartown where I found upscale shops, local galleries, epic summer flower displays and many friendly faces. My favorite was the Backwater Trading Company, full of local crafts, designers creations, silly cards and original t-shirts. What a hoot!
My Edgartown bike trip would not be complete without a jog over to the Edgartown Lighthouse Beach — less than a mile from the center of town. A short walk out on a sandy peninsula, the lighthouse was smaller then I imagined, but still an incredible vantage point between the harbor and the sea. With many tourists milling about, I had to wait for my perfect empty shot!
Atlantic Fish & Chop House
Before making the trek back, I decided to re-fuel with a lobster salad at the Atlantic Fish & Chop House. Their patio seating was an ideal spot to watch the high end yachts and old wooden sailboats jostling through ritzy Edgartown Harbor.
I feel lucky to be spending the summer day-tripping from the Woods Hole Inn to cool places like the bike path between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown , a convenient place from which to explore all of Cape Cod and the islands.
Want to follow in my footsteps? Enjoy lunch at the Atlantic Fish & Chop House in Edgartown as part of a special package, details here.
Kaylee Costa, Front Desk & Red Chair Travels Coordinator
Kaylee Costa has been working at the Woods Hole Inn for several years now, and you may know her as the superstar who saved another employee’s life last year. (And if not, read all about that right here.)
What is the best part of the job? The people! I love meeting people from all over the world and hearing about their faraway lives. My goal is to visit everywhere at least once. I am currently taking notes for my bucket list.
What is your favorite breakfast item at Woods Hole Inn? The tomato soup cake because it is vegan and really good!
What is your favorite place on Cape Cod or the islands? I love driving Route 6A from Barnstable to the Sagamore Bridge. I recommend it to guests who want to explore towards the outer Cape. It’s one of America’s oldest roads (sometimes called the Old King’s Highway) with antique houses lining this winding original cow path. I have picked out many of my future homes along that drive. It really gives you an authentic sense of the history of Cape Cod.
What is your biggest accomplishment? In my off time, I enjoy competitive racing. I recently did a “Spartan Sprint,” an extremely hard challenge but I finished it. I was able to complete a lot more obstacles than I thought possible. It was a goal of mine for 2016.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself. I love to read. I have finished 36 books since January 2016.
What is the best place you have traveled so far? I love Prague. I visited for a month once with a college group. We went to five countries and I knew the least about Prague before I got there. Just showing up with zero expectations was the best part. I loved everything about it! Prague is a beautiful old city with this huge stone bridge filled with artists, not to mention — the food was amazing. Rome is a close second. I have been there twice and really love it too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
and I spied Quicks Hole Tavern and the Woods Hole Inn from this cool new vantage point.
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.
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.
Guides 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.
Goofing 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.
In the heart of Woods Hole stands a charming old fish shack which has for decades operated under the name The Fishmonger but has recently been re-modeled, re-conceived and re-launched as the Water Street Kitchen & Public House. Buzz on the street has been excellent, and I finally had some down time this weekend to catch a meal at the bar, less than a block from the Woods Hole Inn.
The old Monger — as locals liked to call it — was rich with lore. People still talk about the thick cut fresh toast, inventive pies baked daily, piping hot coffee served on wooden tables. In it’s heyday in the 1970’s, the Monger was at the center of local life in Woods Hole.
So, it is totally fitting that the group behind this transformation are led by Molly and Chelsea Doohan (who grew up right here in Woods Hole) along with Molly’s husband, the talented chef John Wilson. This new restaurant is truly a Woods Hole family affair, and you can feel the genuine warmth the minute you walk in the door.
The dining room has been painted a glam slate grey, lit with low light creating a romantic atmosphere. The curved bar is well stocked with craft and vintage bottles, and small plates are from a Victorian grandmother’s collection which when combined with delightfully chilled cocktail glasses add to the the authentic family feel.
Views are as dramatic as always, with the building perched on the waterfront close to the drawbridge. The night I was there, the fog rolled in and created a seaside ambiance which made a great backdrop to attentive service.
And then there is the food. Chef Wilson is a man of considerable talent, and his unfettered vision is in full swing here in the Water Street Kitchen menu.
We started with the house baked bread with radish butter ($4), and added several “small plates” including a revelatory warm goat cheese in olive oil with a spicy cranberry relish and freshly sliced toasts ($8).
Then we tried the pan fried shishito peppers with a nori aioli ($9) and the yellowfin tuna tartare subtly flavored with Nobska Farm chilis, olive oil, lemon and sea salt ($15). Both dishes were excellent, with well balanced flavors and just the right size portion.
We opted to share the Water Street burger which is ground beef and brisket plus a braised short rib served on a sweet bun with a roasted tomato and a slice of gouda cheese ($17). The inventive and delicious “togarashi frites” are on the side, and it’s worth a visit just to try these beauties.
While we were quite full, it was not possible to leave without trying the dark chocolate pretzel tart ($8), which was a salty sweet dream — crust made of crushed pretzels, rich dark chocolate and a peanut butter mousse filled with strawberries on top. No Saturday evening is complete without an aperitif of which there is a thoughtful list — I went with the Burmester Ten Year Tawny Port – perfect preparation for the foggy walk home.
The log line at the Water Street Kitchen is “modern flavor, local roots” and that does a good job of capturing the experience of eating here. Check out the whole menu, and start dreaming about your next visit to our charmed village by the sea.
We are excited to welcome the Water Street Kitchen to the roster of waterfront restaurants that cluster the harbor here in scenic Woods Hole. Woods Hole Inn guests (and locals like me!) are lucky to have this option for fine dining during a stay in the Cape Cod village of Woods Hole, MA.
And best of all, the spirit of the Monger lives another day.
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.
Prior 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.
The 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.
Jute 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.
Yes, 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
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.
Landfall re-opens for the season
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?
Baby sheep at Peterson Farm
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)
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 during, during 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
With flair, fanfare and an unexpected wedding, “The 41-70” — a new restaurant in Woods Hole on Water Street — opened last night. Le tout Woods Hole was in attendance for the opening party to wish owner Carol Grigas, and co-chefs Brandon Baltzley and Laura Higgins a fine welcome to the 2016 season, enjoying live music and great company on a relatively warm February evening on the Eel Pond.
What nobody knew was that Baltzley and Higgins intended to tie the knot in the late afternoon just before the party began! So in addition to delicious lobster sliders, freshly shucked oysters bathed in a warm buttery mignonette and exquisite stuffed quahogs called “Laura’s Stuffies” on the menu, there was wedding cake, champagne and lots of well-wishes.
The foodie movement in Woods Hole has taken a sharp turn towards experiential fine dining with the arrival of Baltzley and Higgins, with major food blogs like Eater plus the cover of this week’s Boston Globe food section crowing about new found soul coming to the area. Woods Hole has long benefited from it’s unique waterfront location in attracting top of the line culinary talent, and we are excited to watch this take flight. Grigas was all smiles, welcoming the crowd to the warm boat-like space (formerly known as “Phusion”) and watching them enjoy live music, good company and tasty cuisine.
Woods Hole Inn guests can add The 41-70 — located a short walk from the front door of the inn — to the list of excellent waterfront establishments from which to choose in the village of Woods Hole. So exciting to have a new restaurant, and if rumor holds true there is more to come . . . so stay posted to the Woods Hole Inn blog for all your breaking Woods Hole restaurant news.
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.
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…
We are certainly getting in the spirit with a sparkly blue nutcracker and brightly glowing Christmas tree.
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.
Down the road, Quicks Hole Tavern gets bathed in warm sunlight during the lunch rush…
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!
If you’re looking for local flavor, there’s nothing quite like wandering around the local farmers market. The Falmouth Farmers Market (just up the road from the Woods Hole Inn in Woods Hole, MA on Cape Cod) has a long standing tradition of attracting farmers and artisans from all over eastern Massachusetts to sell local produce and share rich, unique stories. Boasting a new waterfront location this season (at Marine Park adjacent to the harbor), the Falmouth Farmers Market now has abundant free parking, cool sea breezes and great water views.
The farm to table movement has blossomed on Cape Cod in recent years, with the Falmouth Farmer’s Market leading the charge. Many local restaurants and chefs avail themselves of this wonderful weekly tradition, starting at noon on Thursdays in summertime. How lucky are we to have access to berries picked earlier that morning, fine artisan breads baked right on the Cape, sweet corn ripened at the peak of summer, farm fresh eggs still warm from the nest?
On a recent visit, I was inspired by the passion and generosity that exists within this community of people. As my brother and I strolled from booth to booth, we were greeted with smiles, free samples and an education about the energy and love that goes into creating this delightful array of goods. I never thought I could be so entertained learning about artisan Balsamic Vinegar. No joke! You have to stop by Tony Melli’s tables and hear about his craft firsthand.
Each booth overflowed with hand made, organically grown, and fresh baked goods, on which I easily could have blown all of last week’s paycheck. I’ll be back for the all natural herbal bath and beauty products from Thyme After Thyme, hand made soaps from Woods Hole Soapworks, homemade salad dressings from DD’s Dressing, artisan olive oil and balsamic vinegar from Olio di Melli, craft wines from Westport Rivers Winery, and loads of gorgeous, fresh produce from Allen, Silverbrook, Pariah Dog Farms just to name a few.
The Falmouth Farmer’s Market convenes every Thursday from noon until 6 p.m from spring though fall. It’s a 10 minute drive to Falmouth Harbor from Woods Hole (which is a village of the town of Falmouth). This farmers market is a must see for any one interested in communing with the locals and tasting the unique flavors of Cape Cod. You will find us there procuring herbs and inspiration for the weekend’s breakfasts at the Woods Hole Inn.
— from guest blogger Sam Frawley
Come watch family friendly movies projected over Peg Noonan Park each Wednesday, in the historic downtown Falmouth area. Grab dinner and some ice cream, and sit back to relax in the festive main street atmosphere. Chairs or blankets recommended. Begins at dusk.
Feast on a fine Jamaican buffet of locally produced food, in the Cape Cod night air, while listening to the upbeat sounds of steel drum music by Vernon. Explore the beautiful grounds of Coonamessett Farm complete with Alpacas and countless rows of delicious veggies.
Wednesday Evenings through September 16th
5 – 8 pm
From-the-grill: Jerk Chicken and Pork with fresh fruit salsa
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Woods Hole Theater Company will present the musical “Godspell” at the Woods Hole Community Hall
June 11-27, Thursday to Saturday, at 8:00 PM
Sunday June 21 at 2:00 PM
The Woods Hole Theater Company will present the musical “Godspell” at the Woods Hole Community Hall
June 11-27, Thursday to Saturday, at 8:00 PM
Sunday June 21 at 2:00 PM
The NLPS provides public tours of Nauset Lighthouse and the oil house on Sundays May through late October and also on Wednesdays during July and August. Educational groups can arrange special tours of the lighthouse at any time of the year by emailing NLPS or calling our message service. Volunteers provide the historic background of the lighthouse station and conduct tours to the top of the tower. Tours are free and open to the public (donations accepted).
The tower will be open for tours in 2015 every Sunday from May 10 through October 25 as well as Wednesdays in July and August. Our annual moonlight Full Moon Tour will close our season on Tuesday, October 27.