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.

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

 

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?
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 9Memorial day is a perfect time to visit Cape Cod and Falmouth.  It’s the unofficial start of the incredible summer season here, with shops open, restaurants at the ready and Falmouth’s over 70 beaches waiting for you to explore.

Spring is a great time to visit, as there is plenty to  see and do without the hustle and bustle of July & August.  The National Cemetery is decked out to honor our fallen heroes.  Falmouth Main Street also shows it’s patriotic side, with flags waving and window boxes overflowing with spring flowers.

Falmouth beaches are wide open for you to take in the early summer sun & sand, with clear blue skies and vistas looking out over Buzzards Bay as well as views towards Martha’s Vineyard, the island three miles off our shore.  Visitors love to day trip to the Vineyard from here –there are several easy ferries to catch, one in Woods Hole and the others in Falmouth Harbor.

Why not take a long weekend to reflect & relax in beautiful Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod and let your friendly innkeeper guide you to the best restaurants, beaches and day trips that Falmouth has to offer?
Sufr Drive Beach

Falmouth is a peninsula, and as such it boasts many beaches running on both sides of town.  On the Vineyard Sound side of Falmouth, facing the island of Martha’s Vineyard is one of Falmouth’s best-known beaches called Surf Drive Beach.

This three mile stretch of sand runs from Falmouth Harbor west and southwest all the way to the shadow of Nobska Lighthouse, and most of it is open to the public.  There are three public parking lots — the first is at the end of Shore Street, walking distance from Main Street in Falmouth where you will find all the shops and restaurants.  This is also where daily and annual stickers can be purchased for all other beach parking in town.  In summer, a day pass to Falmouth parking is $10 and can also be purchased at the front desk of your local B&B.  There is also public parking for Surf Drive Beach at Walker Street and Trunk River.

Another great way to get to Surf Drive Beach is to take the Shining Sea bike path which runs eleven miles from Woods Hole to North Falmouth.  For a section of this charming bike path, you are riding right along Surf Drive beach near Trunk River.  This is a great excursion from you local B&B to explore Falmouth beaches.  If you are in Falmouth, pack a picnic from the Bean and Cod, Parkside or the Pickle Jar.  Staying in Woods Hole?  Try  Jimmy’s, Pie in the Sky, Woods Hole Market or Quicks Hole for take out sandwiches and more.

Visiting Surf Drive Beach for the day just might be the best thing you do this summer!  Book now to beat the heat on Falmouth’s beautiful beaches.

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Liam Maguire

Liam Maguire

 

On Thursday February 27th Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub & Restaurant was closed for a private party. That morning the four Maguires; Liam, with his wife Deb and their sons Rory and Shea, traveled to Faneuil Hall in Boston to be sworn in as an American citizen. There were over 300 other immigrants becoming citizens that day. Deb Maguire described the ceremony as inspiring.

Liam is 72 years old and has lived and worked in Falmouth for 20 years. There were over 50 people at the party and a fine time was had by all. The party was a complete surprise to him. As he and Deb were driving into Falmouth after encountering a blinding snow squall on the way home from Boston, Liam announced, that he wanted to go home in order to take a nap to prepare for his scheduled performance that evening. Deb fortunately was able to convince him to stop by the pub on their way to the house. We can only imagine his surprise when he saw the red, white and blue bunting decorating the pub’s exterior.

Liam told reporters, “I am happy to be an American. I’ve lived here a long time and it’s about time I become a citizen.” None of us could figure out why it took so long for him to apply for citizenship. The explanation was that he has been busy and just had not taken the time to fill out the papers. Liam said, “It was the land of opportunity, that is why everyone came to America. There was work. I didn’t leave to stay. I left to work and I got more work and more work and all of a sudden, I ended up staying. This is my home now. I’ve lived here 20 years.”

Liam went on to talk about how he eventually found his niche in Falmouth. He talked about the strife in Northern Ireland where he lived up until he turned 20. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1941.  He and his twin brother were only 3 weeks old when the Nazis bombed his village. At that time his father, who was originally from Northern Ireland decided to move back to his homeland. That was where Liam would spend his youth. At the age of 20 he traveled to London to work, then to Spain, then to Germany and finally back to Ireland. He played music as a profession, mostly as a solo performer but occasionally with bands. To this day he continues to play traditional Irish music. After working as a musician and balladeer, he was offered work in the US and Canada. He goes on to talk about all of the work that was offered to him in America that  made him think that this is where he should make his home. He says, “I think I’ve toured most of the United States. Alaska is the only state I haven’t been to.”

Falmouth is looking forward to a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day celebration and Liam Maguire’s Pub will be one of many business and B&Bs celebrating. 

Liam Maguire

Liam Maguire

 

On Thursday February 27th Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub & Restaurant was closed for a private party. That morning the four Maguires; Liam, with his wife Deb and their sons Rory and Shea, traveled to Faneuil Hall in Boston to be sworn in as an American citizen. There were over 300 other immigrants becoming citizens that day. Deb Maguire described the ceremony as inspiring.

Liam is 72 years old and has lived and worked in Falmouth for 20 years. There were over 50 people at the party and a fine time was had by all. The party was a complete surprise to him. As he and Deb were driving into Falmouth after encountering a blinding snow squall on the way home from Boston, Liam announced, that he wanted to go home in order to take a nap to prepare for his scheduled performance that evening. Deb fortunately was able to convince him to stop by the pub on their way to the house. We can only imagine his surprise when he saw the red, white and blue bunting decorating the pub’s exterior.

Liam told reporters, “I am happy to be an American. I’ve lived here a long time and it’s about time I become a citizen.” None of us could figure out why it took so long for him to apply for citizenship. The explanation was that he has been busy and just had not taken the time to fill out the papers. Liam said, “It was the land of opportunity, that is why everyone came to America. There was work. I didn’t leave to stay. I left to work and I got more work and more work and all of a sudden, I ended up staying. This is my home now. I’ve lived here 20 years.”

Liam went on to talk about how he eventually found his niche in Falmouth. He talked about the strife in Northern Ireland where he lived up until he turned 20. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1941.  He and his twin brother were only 3 weeks old when the Nazis bombed his village. At that time his father, who was originally from Northern Ireland decided to move back to his homeland. That was where Liam would spend his youth. At the age of 20 he traveled to London to work, then to Spain, then to Germany and finally back to Ireland. He played music as a profession, mostly as a solo performer but occasionally with bands. To this day he continues to play traditional Irish music. After working as a musician and balladeer, he was offered work in the US and Canada. He goes on to talk about all of the work that was offered to him in America that  made him think that this is where he should make his home. He says, “I think I’ve toured most of the United States. Alaska is the only state I haven’t been to.”

Falmouth is looking forward to a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day celebration and Liam Maguire’s Pub will be one of many business and B&Bs celebrating. 
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, 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, 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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We are fortunate on Cape Cod, the mild Gulf Stream waters keep our climate warmer than most of New England, and as such “snow days” from winter storms are few and far between. So it was with some excitement that we braced for the first winter storm on Cape Cod of 2014 in early January.

Much was made of the storm before it arrived on the news, so most businesses were shuttered as people waited it out.  But this is the opposite in the bed and breakfast business, as customers flock to our warm hearths when winter winds set in.  The Falmouth B&B’s that are open in the winter (Woods Hole Passage, Palmer House and Woods Hole Inn) pride themselves on being ready to welcome stranded travelers in any weather.

The peak of this storm came early Friday morning, January 3rd and by noon the sun was already starting to peek through the clouds showing terrific snow drifts everywhere as the high winds blew snow in every crack and crevice.  The Steamship Authority ferries to Martha’s Vineyard were halted for several hours but resumed by mid afternoon.

The snow lasted for two days before warm air drifted up from the south and melted it all away.  We enjoyed the winter wonderland while it lasted!

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beach houses in the fall

There are so many wonderful spots in Falmouth to enjoy the fall foliage!  Autumn and the show of color in the trees starts in mid-October (right about now!) and lasts for a few wonderful weeks.  The days are crisp but not too cold, and the wind often comes in from the north which brings bright clear days.  Mid day, the sun is shining and you can feel the heat of summer but by evening fall, you smell wood smoke in local fireplaces as the chill comes into the night air.

What a great time to walk around Cape Cod!   Try the three miles from the Falmouth Green (downtown Falmouth) along the bike path to Woods Hole.  This trip is quite flat, and once you get to Woods Hole you can explore the back streets along the Eel Pond, find Stoney Beach (the house pictured to the left is right next to it), or walk out to the end of exclusive Penzance Point.

Another great spot to explore in autumn is Beebe Woods, once the exclusive playground of the Beebe family (they owned Jordan Marsh in Boston), which was given to the town many years ago.  This wonderful wood is punctuated by the restored Highfield Hall, which is where you should park to gather a map and explore the 300 acres.  Look for the “Punch Bowl” an amazing pond with steep sides and inky black water that reflects the foliage.

fall foliage at the park in Woods Hole

If beach walking is your thing, walk from Main Street, down Shore Road to Surf Drive.  This long sandy beach is punctuated with stilt houses, all high on their perch above the tides and you will enjoy the Oyster Pond about half way down, where if you are lucky you will see swan.  Fall foliage over the beach is a special view indeed, and the island of Martha’s Vineyard glitters it’s golden hues in the distance.

Falmouth in fall!  It’s a great place to unwind.

US flag hanging from a crane for Memorial Day Weekend. Photo (c) Copyright PLO’Connell. All Rights Reserved. The FBBA has permission to use this image for promotional purposes.
Photograph of a crowd at the Memorial Day Weekend Ceremony, Cape Cod. Photo (c) Copyright PLO’Connell. All Rights Reserved. The FBBA has permission to use this image for promotional purposes.

ue thing in the parade was apiece of steel that was recovered from the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was towed on a trailer and was displayed next to the American flag the fire department hung from one of its fire engines. The steel remnant will eventually be permanently located in front of the Falmouth Fire and Rescue headquarters on Main Street as part of a redesigned memorial.

Ahmed A. Mustafa, chairman of the Falmouth Veterans Council, served as master of ceremonies. He introduced Reverend David V. Calhoun, the chaplain for the police department and paster of John Wesley United Methodist Church who lead the audience in the opening prayer.

The combined Falmouth Public School band performed “The Star Spangled Banner”. Next two elementary school students lead the the audience in reciting the  “Pledge of Allegiance”.

At that point, the Greater Falmouth Mostly All-Male Men’s Chorus sang “America”.

Crowd at the Memorial Day Weekend Ceremony, Cape Cod.

Memorial Day crowd.

US flag hanging from a crane for Memorial Day Weekend.

The keynote speaker was Patrick J. Dillon who served in the Marine Corps and is currently a reservist in the US Coast Guard. Following Mr Dillon’s speech, the choir sang the “Navy Hymn” and the roll call of the names of the 27 deceased Falmouth veterans listed at Memorial Lane were read. During the reading a bell tolled and the Brian Boru pipe band played “Amazing Grace” . When the roll call was completed, baskets of flowers were laid at the World War I and World War II memorials by the Falmouth Garden Club.

After the flower Baskets were placed ,”Taps” was played and a Coast Guard helicopter did a flyover. Next the Falmouth School Band played “America the Beautiful” followed by the closing prayer.

All Falmouth residence love “America the Beautiful” because it was written by Katherine Lee Bates, a native daughter, who wrote the poem in 1913, after taking a  across-country journey. The poem was later adapted to music by Samuel D. Ward.   After the adaptation, it became one of America’s favorite patriotic songs.

After the ceremony, a lunch was held at the Elks Lodge.

That, my friends is how “small town USA” celebrates Memorial Day Weekend. It is truly heart warming to see the crowd build each year. This is an extremely patriotic community and we are happy to be living and working in this wonderful town.
Falmouth is surrounded on three sides by water. With its many outlets and bays, we boast of over 68 miles of beaches – more than any other town on Cape Cod. We also like bragging about having the warmest water on Cape Cod. With  easy access to water, Falmouth has always been an ideal location for maritime trade including fishing, whaling and shipbuilding. Many sea captains called Falmouth home and at one time nearly half of the 300 households in Falmouth were homes of sea captains and those who made their living on the water.

Old Silver Beach

Old Silver Beach

The Falmouth Beach Committee manages ten beaches.  They are listed below in alphabetical order.

All of the beaches below have Falmouth lifeguards, Changing facilities, and restrooms except for The Knob Beach.

Bristol Beach

This beach is located in “Falmouth Heights”. It has plenty of parking and beautiful views. A small creek, which ebbs and flows between Little Pond and Vineyard Sound, is a great place for youngsters to attempt to catch sea creatures caught in the tidal surge. An ice cream truck visits this beach and there are portable restrooms. Beach stickers are required.

Chapaquit Beach

This location is a favorite of many families. White sand and beautiful open ocean views greet beach-goers.  Windsurfers are welcome on the north end of the beach.   Beach stickers are required.

Grew’s Pond Beach

Located in Goodwill Park off Gifford Street, this is a fresh water pond beach, and staffed by lifeguards.  Grew’s Pond has a sandy beach. Grills and picnic benches are available, as well as a covered pavilion shelter. An ice cream truck visits this beach and there are portable rest rooms. No sticker is required.

Heights Beach

The beach at Falmouth Heights on Vineyard Sound is long and has plenty of beautiful sand. The water is warm and views of Martha’s Vineyard are outstanding. Because of a high sea wall, handicapped accessibility from the wall to the beach is limited. Restaurants are close to this beach and there are portable rest rooms. A beach sticker is required, however,  parking is limited. It is best to arrive early.

Megansett Beach

This beach is located along the shores of Buzzards Bay. It is frequented primarily by neighborhood families. Megansett is a great location for viewing a sunset. This beach has portable rest rooms and is visited by an ice cream truck. A beach sticker is required and parking is limited.

Menauhant Beach

Located on Vineyard Sound, and it  is divided into an east side and a west side by a tidal stream that connects Bournes Pond to Vineyard Sound. An ice cream truck visits this beach and there are portable rest rooms. Stickers are available or a one-day fee of $10. The fee can be paid to the gate attendant.

Old Silver Beach

This beach is by far the most popular beach in Falmouth and arguably, the most popular beach on Cape Cod. The parking lots are divided into two sections: one for residence and one for the public, which is accessed by paying a daily entry fee of $20. Concessions, showers and changing rooms are available. People come from great distances to enjoy Old Silver’s pure white sand. Parking is ample, but come early; the lots fill up fast.

Stoney Beach

Located in Woods Hole Village, this MBL-owned beach is staffed by Falmouth lifeguards and parking attendants. It is a wonderful beach, sheltered from the afternoon southwest winds and highly utilized, so arrive early. An ice cream truck visits this beach and there are portable rest rooms. A Falmouth beach sticker or MBL sticker is required to use the limited parking area.

Surf Drive Beach

Located on Surf Drive, a short walk from Main Street, this beach features public showers, a concession stand and is host to the Ellen T. Mitchell Bathhouse, where residents and visitors may purchase Falmouth beach parking stickers. Surf Drive Beach faces Martha’s Vineyard and is on Vineyard Sound. A one-day parking fee of $10. can be paid at the gate.

Wood Neck Beach

This beach is blessed with a tidal creek containing pure sand and many ”critters,” a popular combination for active youngsters. Wood neck beach is visited by an ice cream truck and has portable toilets. Beach stickers are required.

The Knob Beach

This beach does not have lifeguards, changing facilities, or restrooms but it is one of the most romantic, secluded locations on Cape Cod.  It has been the site of many marriage proposals.  If you wish to see a magnificent Cape Cod sunset, The Knob is the place to go. This off-the-beaten-path beach, is located in Sippewissett, and can be difficult to find, so be sure to ask your innkeeper for directions.