Memorial Day Weekend on Cape Cod is an official kick-off to spring! You don’t want to miss this celebration of sunshine and beach time. When you stay at any of the Falmouth Bed and Breakfast Association’s stunning spaces, you’ll enjoy beautiful days, and relaxing nights. Memorial Day Weekend on Cape Cod offers endless ways to enjoy the long days of what we on the Cape like to call “almost-summer”. Here are just a few ideas for you this Memorial Day:

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The 45th Annual Figawi Race Weekend is recognized as a top sailing event not only on the east coast but is known nationally as well as internationally. Figawi Race Weekend kicks off the the Cape Cod and Nantucket summer season. Entries include sailors from several states 240+ boats (including 30 power boats) and over 3,000 sailors and visitors, as well as locals, attend this event.

Cape Cod Railroad

maxresdefaultGet up close with the hidden beauty of the Cape aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad. The classic two-hour excursion ride brings passengers up close and personal with the beauty of the Cape including woodlands, sand dunes, cranberry bogs, salt marshes and the famous Cape Cod Canal. On board narration adds another dimension, keeping guests informed and entertained throughout the duration of their journey. The three-hour Cape Cod Dinner Train is a true culinary journey. This train travels through quaint villages accompanied by romantic music and soft candlelight. As guests soak in the splendor of the seaside community, a fresh, delicious meal is prepared.

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Enjoy a day steeped in American history and valor at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. Each Memorial Day, the 65 mile cemetery hosts a ceremony honoring the more than 46,000 veterans buried there.Unknown

 

Many towns on Cape Cod are extremely seasonal, and seem largely vacant in the off season. Woods Hole and Falmouth are definite exceptions to this perception. When you visit our slice of Cape Cod, you’ll be able to experience incredible dining opportunities regardless of the time of year! Even in the winter months, you can feast on local, fresh cuisine that will warm you to the core. Here are a few of the year round options:

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The Captain Kidd is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, year round. In addition to local seafood, mouth-watering steaks and a wide array of appetizers, raw bar, daily specials, pizza and more – you can enjoy breathtaking views of Eel Pond Harbor from any one of their comfortable dining areas. Choose from a number of hand-crafted cocktails or from the twelve beers on tap at their century old bar.

 

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Open every day except Christmas, Pie in the Sky Bakery & Internet Cafe is right at the end of the Shining Sea Bike Path
and just a one minute walk from the Martha’s Vineyard ferry terminal. Open until 10pm every night, this cafe has got the fix for any craving you might be having. Their coffees, espresso, and cocoa drinks are made from freshly ground, 100% Organic & Fair Trade Dean’s Beans that they roast themselves. The hearty, made to order sandwiches together with homemade soups, quiche, and salads make the perfect addition to any adventure, regardless of the season.

 

 
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Main Street in Falmouth offers many year round dining options, like La Cucina Sul Mare, which offers flavors of Northern Italy and the Mediterranean. Their signature dishes prepared by chef/owner Mark Cliffone include classics like lasagna al forgo, braised lamb shank, oso buco, lobster far diavlo over linguine, zuppa de pesce, rigatoni a la vodka, chicken parmesan and veal piccata.

The interior of the space is richly decorated with hand painted murals, classic tin ceilings and picture windows that overlook the hustle and bustle of main street. When dining at La Cucina, be sure to save room for one of their outstanding homemade desserts.

 

 
aIn the mood for Mexican? Main Street in Falmouth is also home to Anejo’s Mexican Bistro and Tequila Bar. Open year round, you can be transported to the warm flavors of Mexico regardless of the season. Locally sourced, authentic south of the border cuisine paired with unique and inspired cocktails like the cucumber margarita, will make any night in February seem as warm as a night in July. In addition to incredible food an drink, Anejo Mexican Bistro is proud to display the works of renowned local artist, Sarah Holl. Sarah is a principal in the family owned Scargo Pottery & Art Gallery in Dennis, and was recently commissioned to produce large scale ceramic tile installations for both Cape Cod Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Regardless of the season, you certainly won’t go hungry in Falmouth or Wood’s Hole. This part of Cape Cod is proud to play host to a vibrant year round community of people who love good food almost as much as they love the beach. Join us this off season, for a quietly delicious stay on Cape Cod.

New Year, New Experience!

New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t feel like items on a to-do list, they should infuse your life with passion and excitement for all that is to come. We invite you to begin 2016 by resolving to have more experiences that will eventually become beautiful memories. Book a long weekend at any one of the Falmouth Bed and Breakfasts and you’ll have a bevy of amazing experiences to choose from. One experience we highly recommend is a self guided lighthouse tour! It’s the perfect way to spend a day. Travel from Wood’s Hole to Provincetown and enjoy some of the most beautiful views on Cape. Here are a few of the must-sees along the way.

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Nobska Lighthouse, 1828

Start with one of Falmouth’s crowning jewels, the Nobska Lighthouse (pictured to the left) which sits 87 feet above sea level. Since 1828, when the original lighthouse was first constructed, this has been a “familiar beacon for all those that go down to the sea in ships”. It has also remained a familiar beacon for all those who travel to and from Wood’s Hole! Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views that this icon has to offer.

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Sandy Neck Light was first established in 1826. The current tower was built in 1857 and strengthened in the 1880s. It was discontinued in 1931, replaced by a skeleton tower, which was discontinued in 1952. The light was relit as a private aid to navigation in 2007.

 

 

 

Chatham Light, known as Twin Lights before 1923, is near the “elbow” of the Cape. The only thing you’ll love more than the beauty of this incredible structure is the history. Inn keeper Samuel Nye was appointed by President Jefferson in 1808.

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Nausea Light,1838 is always a crowd pleaser. The historic lighthouse in Eastham was rescued from the edge of a sixty foot high eroding cliff in November of 1996. The tower has moved approximately 300 feet to a new location across the road and has now been restored. Knowing the back story makes seeing the tower in person that much more impressive.

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Race Point, 1816 was the third lighthouse on Cape Cod The original light was a 25 foot rubblestone tower that featured one of the earliest rotating beacons, which distinguished it from others on Cape Cod. In 1858 the light got a fourth order lens and, in 1874, a second keeper’s quarters. In 1875, after significant deterioration of the original tower, it was replaced with an iron tower lined with brick. The original keeper’s house was rebuilt as part of the project. The station was electrified in 1957. The larger keeper’s house was removed in 1960 and the other was updated. Enjoy the unbeatable views Race Point has to offer, the last stop on the Cape!

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Begin your new year with a sight seeing trip up the Cape. Take a bunch of photos and create your very own ‘Lighthouses of Cape Cod’ book! At the end of the day, return to your cozy B&B for a hot drink on a cool night! Nothing will beat the memories you’ll take home with you!

Five Great Places to Leaf Peep

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Get a completely different Cape Cod experience than you’re used to at Nickerson State Park where you’ll be completely surrounded by woods. Nickerson’s 1900 acres offers eight miles of roads, hiking trails, and an eight mile bike path that connects to the 22 mile Cape Cod Rail Trail. The woods slope down to eight crystal clear ‘kettle ponds’ which are among more than 300 formed as glaciers retreated from the Cape over 10,000 years ago.

2. Old King’s Highway (6A)

Route 6A, which is on the northern, or bay side, of Cape Cod, winds its way through some of the oldest villages in America, including Bourne, Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster and Orleans. Many of the homes and churches along this tree-shaded road are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are also several beaches nearby including Sandy Neck and Sandwich Town Beach if you’d like to stop for a picnic with a view.

3. Waskosim’s Rock Reservation, Martha’s Vineyard

Remnants of the 17th century homestead of James Allen, the first patentee of Tisbury, can be found in the spacious fields of Waskosim. This is the perfect spot for nature study, hiking, picnicking, mountain-biking, horseback-riding, dog-walking (leashes required within half-mile of trailhead), and leaf peeping.

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Thee Knob, continues to be a major attraction to the public for its nature walk, birding, marsh, coastal bank and its spectacular views of Quissett Harbor and Buzzards Bay. Walk along the winding trails, stop at the end for a panoramic view of the ocean.

5. Waquoit Bay National Estuarine, Falmouth & Mashpee

The best of both worlds, the sand and the land can be found at the various properties that make up the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine. There are marked walking trails located at the Reserve Headquarters, the Quashnet River area, South Cape Beach State Park, Abigail’s Brook, and Washburn Island (click here for Tour of the Reserve locations). Try one or two, or spend a day enjoying them all!

 

Farmer’s Markets are one of the most delicious parts of Cape Cod, and Falmouth is no exception. All week long, there are farmer’s markets across the area with the freshest local foods and most unique handmade wares. Because of the uncharacteristically long winter, many local farmers are finding their crops are a bit delayed which means we will be enjoying a beautiful summer bounty into the fall.

The Falmouth Farmer’s Market takes place each Thursday through October 8th from 12-6pm at Marine Park. The market features products exclusively from FFMCape Cod and Southeastern Mass. Enjoy locally grown and artisanally crafted vegetables, fruits, cheeses, lobsters, breads, pies, pastas, smoked fish, herbs, vegetable starts and ornamentals.

The Falmouth/Mashpee Green Harvest Organic Farmer’s Market happens on Tuesdays through October 13th from 12-4pm at the Cape Cod Fair Grounds. You’ll find local organic veggies, herbs, fruits, greens, pickles, organic/vegan gluten-free baked goods, olive oils, fruit tarts, wild picked berry jams and jellies, edible and medicinal mushrooms, local honey, artisanal cheeses, farm-fresh eggs, seafood, herbs, vegetables and organic/fair trade coffees. In addition to those irresistible edibles, there are flowering plants, locally made home goods and treats for kids and pets.

The Woods Hole Craft and Farmer’s Market takes place in the heart of Woods Hole Village every Saturday from 8am-3pm through October. This farmer’s market is home to creative arts and fresh local produce. Woods Hole village is located at the end of the Shining Sea Bike Path, a wonderful treat after a day of cycling! Tour the many artist’s tables and find the perfect piece of jewelry to commemorate your time on the Cape.

Make your stay in Falmouth last by taking home something fresh!

 

 

 

 

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Falmouth’s Fourth of July festivities are unlike any other. The day will begin with a recitation of the Declaration of Independence outside the bookstore, and end with what Travel and Leisure Magazine named one of the top ten fireworks displays in the country. From start to finish, July 4th is one of the best days to be in Falmouth.

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Embrace your patriotic side and don your flag themed garments at the bike and carriage parade which begins at 10am at the village green. In addition to outfits, participants are invited to deck out their bike, wagon, scooter, or carriage in red white and blue and follow Uncle Sam down Main Street. The parade culminates at Peg Noonan Park where awards are given to parade participants. Main Street has plenty of al fresco dining so you can also opt to watch the parade from the comfort of a cocktail.

When dusk falls, the Falmouth skyline will explode with color in a truly impressive fireworks display. More than 50,000 people will travel to Falmouth to watch the show, which originates from Falmouth Heights Beach but can be seen throughout the town. The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate and honor our country and what better place than Massachusetts – the place where it all began.

 

Street of Tents and Shoppers MarjiEnjoy a three-day culture fest this June in downtown Falmouth. Arts Alive is a vibrant (and free) event thatDSC_0019 includes sixty performances ranging from theatre and spoken word to dance and music. In addition to performances, fifty artisans and craftspeople will exhibit and sell their works across from the library lawn.

This year’s festival takes place June, 19 from 5pm-9pm, Saturday, June 20 from 10am-9pm and Sunday, June 21 from 11am-5pm. Friday night’s performances include a drum circle, jazz band and a town dance with music from the Bart Weisman Group. Saturday will be an all day, all night affair and include a rock fest in the performance tent, Amy Larkin and Friends in the music tent, the Woods Hole Theatre Company in the library tent and much more. Sunday will conclude with Falmouth Fiddlers, Vic Solo (Elvis) and Eric Treehouse. A full lineup of performances and artists can be found here.

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The festival will take place in beautiful downtown Falmouth – the perfect place to dine alfresco, visit unique boutiques and museums rich with Cape Cod history. Arts Alive is sponsored by Arts Falmouth, a non-profit membership organization that celebrates and promotes arts and culture in and around Falmouth.

 

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FHBOne of the things we love most about Falmouth is that it’s a peninsula which means we can enjoy the most beautiful beaches on both sides of town. Falmouth Heights Beach is very popular in the summer months; warm waters and soft sand attract tourists and townspeople alike. Despite how desirous it is, there is plenty of room for beach goers to play games or lounge in the sand since it’s such a long arc of coast.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite at the beach you can simply walk across the street to the British Beer Company to get some lunch. You can dine in and enjoy the ocean view, or grab some sandwiches to go and dine alfresco. As the sun is about to set, we suggest heading to the upstairs deck at Casino Wharf to grab a cocktail. The ocean views are completely unobstructed and unparalleled.

Metered parking is offered along the street (Grand Ave.) and daily parking is $10/day when you stay locally at a B&B. The beach offers bathrooms, concession, and showers. Walk along the beautiful jetties and enjoy the calm waves of the Nantucket Sound at one of Falmouth’s most beautiful open ocean oases.

 

Memorial Day Weekend is the official kick-off to summer here on the Cape, and Falmouth is no exception. With 68 miles of coastline, Falmouth is the destination for those who love the sea. There is no shortage of fun activities for the whole family!

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Get the full cape cod experience on the 10.7 mile long Shining Sea Bikeway. Whether you cycle or saunter, you will be immersed in quintessential Cape Cod vistas as the path ambles around ocean side coves, through salt marshes and even through a working cranberry bog.

 

 

 

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If exploration is your calling, you’ll love the fact that with four local ferry services to choose from, spending the day on Martha’s Vineyard has never been easier! Enjoy a day of sight seeing and shopping before returning to Falmouth for a remarkable dinner.

 

 

 

 

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Whether you’re in the mood for the freshest of seafood from a true seafood shack or a white linen experience, Falmouth’s dining destinations will satisfy the most discerning of palates. Whether you dine outside on iconic Main Street, or at one of Wood’s Hole’s incredible water front spots, you will not leave hungry.

 

 

 

 

Experience the rich history of the area at the many museums like Woods Hole Historical Museum, Falmouth Museums on the Green, or Highfield Hall and Gardens. Of course, no trip to Falmouth would be complete without a family photo in front of the Nobska Lighthouse!

Memorial Day is the perfect time of year to celebrate the winter’s end and what better place to do that than Falmouth, Cape Cod?

Wine Weekend is upon us; experience Cape Cod like never before. The first-ever wine weekend will take place the weekend of April 24-26. Many of the B&B’s are offering incredible packages that all include tickets to the anchor event happening Saturday night at the Cultural Center of the Falmouth Museums on the Green. This event will feature eight carefully selected wines from Harborside Wines each paired with unbeatable cuisine from the award winning Eat Your Heart Out Catering. Wine weekend is the perfect time to experience the Cape before summer is in full swing.

 

 

The Captain’s Manor Inn is offering a wine reception on Friday night from 5-7 in their beautiful bistro area.

Baily’s By the Sea will have a wine and cheese social on Friday night with water views that can’t be beat!

Inn at Siders Lane’s package includes a “Welcome Wine and Cheese” gathering on Friday night as well as full breakfast each morning.

The Palmer House Inn will host a wine and cheese reception Friday night as well as a classic Cape Cod savory breakfast Saturday and a special Sunday breakfast.

 

 

Tickets to Saturday night’s event may be purchased outside of packages from The Captain’s Manor Inn.

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