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, no rx you’ll enjoy beautiful days, viagra 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.

Massachusetts National Cemetery

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, order 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, diagnosis 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, page 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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Nauset 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!

Celebrate spring and Mother’s Day in Falmouth! The Falmouth Village Association has a number of activities happening during the first two weeks in May. Specifically for Mother’s Day weekend a few of the events include:

May 9th Vagabond View is previewing a very special photo exhibit called “The Locket Project”. A gallery event and cocktail reception will take place on May 9th from 6-9 pm at Vagabond View located at 95 Palmer Ave Queens Buyway in Falmouth Ma. The Locket ProjectFalmouth Village Blooming is an intimate display of the special bond that mothers and daughters share. Special photos will be on display that capture these wonderful relationships. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Children’s Cove which is a Cape and Islands Advocacy Center. The exhibit will then be on display at Highfield Hall from May 12th until May 31st.

On Mother’s Day May 10th there will be a Bed & Breakfast garden tour that will be free. Exhibits at the participating Bed & Breakfasts will include a fairy cottage garden display, ambulance a 2 hour special garden transformation and an herb garden container garden exhibit. There will also be events at the Falmouth Museums on the Green, tadalafil Flower Power Happy Hours at participating restaurants and other retail store specials on Falmouth Village Main Street.

Read all about Falmouth Village Blooming on the Falmouth Village Association Website.

Knob beachSmThere are few places on the earth more beautiful than along the shores of the ocean.  The complex ecosystem that makes up the world’s shorelines is both a marvel and a miracle.  Falmouth is blessed with 65 miles of shoreline along Buzzards Bay and Nantucket Sound, visit the most of any town on Cape Cod.  It is this complex and uncommon system of living plants and fauna that call millions of travelers to the seaside.

On April 22, and the world acknowledges the wonders of nature and celebrates Earth Day.  Falmouth is rich in those wonders and provides access to nature via strolls on the Shining Sea Bikeway between  North Falmouth and Woods Hole, walks to the Knob in Quisset, Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary, Spohr Gardens, Beebe Woods and the Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary, just to name a few.

The Woods Hole Science Aquarium, the oldest marine aquarium in the nation, provides a unique look at both the marine species of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, but the research that goes into their study.  Celebrate the wonders of nature and the enduring shoreline on Earth Day with a visit to Falmouth and Woods Hole.

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September is the perfect time to hop the Steamship Authority ferries in Woods Hole and visit the village of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.  The ferry ride takes about 45 minutes, stomach and the Oak Bluffs port drops you right at the junction of a lovely beach, visit this and open park and the center of this charming village by the sea.

Wander in past the shops and t-shirt stores to the “Gingerbread Cottages” which were built as a revivalist campground in the 1870’s.  Here you will find tiny Victorian houses all jammed together in concentric circles surrounding a large open air wooden “tent” that is used today for gatherings, readings and concerts.  This amazing collection of structures (which is now a National Historic Landmark) is painted many different colors and you will see the lucky residents of the Campgrounds lounging on their porches and enjoying the hustle bustle of the day.

There are many restaurants to choose from in Oak Bluffs, but try the MV Chowder Company which is right near the ferry dock and serves an award winning authentic New England clam chowder.  Across the street from this, ride the 100 year old Flying Horses Carousel, a step back in time that you will surely enjoy.

On the way home, maybe you will get lucky and see the hot red sunset as you steam back across Vineyard Sound.  A day trip to Oak Bluffs is a fun way to spend your visit to Falmouth.

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Gingerbread Cottages in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard

 

 

 

 

 

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View from the Steamship Authority ferry from Oak Bluffs to Woods Hole

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large ferry to take you from Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs, great daytrip from Falmouth

WH film festivalThere’s still time to take in some great independent films, more about meet filmmakers, this participate in a workshop, viagra buy and just enjoy the ambiance of Woods Hole at the annual Woods Hole Film Festival.  Now in its 22nd year, it is the oldest film festival on Cape Cod and the Islands.

This year’s offerings include more than 100 documentary, animated, and narrative films from around the world, with an  emphasis on local filmmakers. For instance, “By Way of Home”, tells the story of a woman who returns to the Cape to work in the family restaurant.  “The Golden Scallop” is about the finalists in a seafood shanty contest.  With a nod to the renowned scientific community that hosts the Festival, several films have a science theme.  “Atlantis/Earth” was filmed aboard the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s research ship Atlantis and features local oceanographers and a unique look at their life at sea.

The fun runs through Saturday, August. 3. Tickets are available at the Festival  box office at 72 Water Street.   The 2013 Woods Hole film Festival concludes with an awards ceremony at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Redfield Auditorium, followed by a closing night party at The Waterfront.

falmouth hospitalFalmouth is in the midst of a summer-long celebration of the 50th birthday of Falmouth Hospital.  This outstanding community hospital has 95 beds, what is ed the latest in diagnostic imaging technology, page surgery and outpatient surgery, and a maternity center.  Providing more than 40,000 visits a year, its emergency room is among the busiest in all of Massachusetts during the summer months.

Our town is fortunate to have such a community resource.  Thanks, Falmouth Hospital, for taking good care of the residents and visitors to Falmouth!

Heritage Gardens 1 Need a bit of a respite from a hot summer day?  Pay a visit to Heritage Museums & Gardens in nearby Sandwich.  In these   hundred acres of trees and shrubs, visit this gardens, and expansive lawns, you’re sure to find a cool spot to relax, take in the scenery, or enjoy a picnic lunch.  While most known for their spring rhododendrons and flowering trees, the Gardens are a showcase all year long.

Heritage offers something for young and old.  Hidden Hollow, a certified Nature Explore Classroom, is tucked away in a kettle hole and offers families the chance to explore, play, climb, build, and create in a unique, natural setting.  Ride the hundred-year-old hand-carved carousel.   Exhibitions include American Folk Art, the Automobile Gallery, and a variety of traveling exhibits.

 

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Make sure to see the spectacular Flume Fountain, a two-foot wide mirror of water that glides for more than 200 feet through mature plantings.  It ends with a  dramatic 26-foot waterfall that drops into an oval pool.

A visit to Sandwich and the Heritage Museums and Gardens is a great day trip from Falmouth.  Enjoy the gardens and exhibits and be back in Falmouth in time for dinner!

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A favorite day trip when visiting Falmouth is to hop on a bike and ride to Woods Hole.  About three miles on the Shining Sea Bike Path (a rail-trail conversion), buy more about you will pass salt marshes, price stunning ocean views and peeks into the backyards of ocean-front properties on your way to the charming fishing village.  The bike ride itself is half the fun.

Once in Woods Hole, there is much to see and explore.  Check out the free aquarium where they feed the seals daily at 11 am and 4 pm.  An epicenter of scientific discovery, you can also get a taste of what it’s all about at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Discovery Center and learn more about their undersea exploration of the Titanic.

Follow James Cameron (a frequent visitor to the science community here) and look at the many boats dotting the harbor in charming “Eel Pond.”  If you are lucky, the drawbridge will go up and down at least once during your visit.

There are many waterfront dining options in Woods Hole, including fresh roasted coffee and baked goods at Pie in the Sky, fried clams and lobster at the Landfall, oysters and other seafood at Shuckers, ice cream cones and penny candy and so much more.  Great Harbor Woods Hole Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Woods Hole MA Woods Hole, charming Cape Cod village Phusion restaurant in Woods Hole MA porches in Woods Hole penny candy store in Woods Hole, MA free street music in Woods Hole on Cape Cod sunset over the Eel Pond in Woods Hole on Cape Cod festive bikes in Woods Hole shopping in Woods Hole on Cape Cod

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