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 beautiful summer crops 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 raw and 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, 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 some of the delicious local bounty. Farmer’s markets are one of the best ways to be a locavore. The vegetables are fresh, the goods are handmade, and what beats shopping on the sea?

 

 

 

 
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 some of the delicious local bounty. Farmer’s markets are one of the best ways to be a locavore. The vegetables are fresh, the goods are handmade, and what beats shopping on the sea?

 

 

 

 
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!

 

 

 

 

Five Great Places to Leaf Peep

1. Nickerson State Park, Brewstercliffpondbeachbrewstercapecod4251

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.

4. The Knob, Woods Hole14883511093_c3f0c762fd_b

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!

 

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 award winners 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.

Bailey’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.
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.

Bailey’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.
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?

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, he 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.

Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard ferry terminal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gingerbread Cottages in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard

 

 

 

 

 

View of the ferry dock in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard MA

 

 

 

 

 

gingerbread cottages on Marthas Vineyard, day trips from Falmouth MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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.

Nobska Light will be open to the public this coming Saturday June 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Nobska Lighthouse, Falmouth, MA

Nobska Lighthouse, Falmouth, MA

The tours are conducted by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla II-2., weather permitting.

The first Nobska lighthouse was built in 1829, because Woods Hole’s deep harbor had attracted a substantial whaling fleet and many steam vessels passed by while crossing through Vineyard Sound. During the year that it was built over 10,000 vessels passed the light.

The second lighthouse was built on the site in 1876. It is a 40 foot tower made of cast iron and lined with brick. It has a fifth order Fresnel lens. In 1888 the lens was upgraded to a fourth-order lens and at that time a red sector was added to warn boaters of the hazardous L’Hommedieu and Hedge shoals.

In 1985 the light was automated and the lighthouse keepers were no longer necessary. Now the Commander of the Coast Guard Sector Southern New England resides in the lighthouse tenders former quarters.

Nobska will be open to the public six more times during 2012.

  • July 12, 9:30-11:30am
  • July 21, 9:30-11:30am
  • August 2, 9:30-11:30am
  • August 11, 9:30-11:30am
  • September 1, 9:30-11:30am
  • December 1, 9:30-11:30am
* Please check the USCG AUX site for the official 2012 schedule.
REMEMBER: Children must be at least 45 inches tall to enter. Shoes and shirts required. No food or drink.  No smoking in the lighthouse. Large bags are not allowed in the light room. Infants in carrying pouches not allowed in the lighthouse.

For more information: http://lighthouse.cc/nobska/index.html

One of the most frequent day trips that our bed and breakfast guests take is a ferry ride to Martha’s Vineyard.

After disembarking the ferry we recommend taking the tour bus to get an over view the island.

Oak Bluffs,  Martha's Vineyard from the Cape Cod Ferry

Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard

The sightseeing busses on the Vineyard run from Memorial Day weekend through September. They meet every Steamship Authority and Island Queen ferry from 9:00 am through 3:15 pm. They give a fully narrated tour with state-licensed drivers who are also professional guides.

The towns on Martha’s Vineyard offer surprising diversity, each with its own character and personality. For those who are interested in history, Edgartown presents an architectural memorial to whaling’s golden age. Aquinnah or Gay Head as it was named in the past is recognized world-wide for its clay cliffs and natural beauty, while West Tisbury is a typical New England village right out of a Currier and Ives print. Menemsha is a working fishing village and its claim to fame is that it is where the motion picture “Jaws” was filmed. Oak Bluffs is internationally known for its charming Victorian “ginger bread style” cottages.

The tours take approximately two and a half hours and includes a thirty minute stop at the Aquinnah cliffs.

Tickets are $29.00 and can be purchased aboard the bus.

 

The boats are moored next to a tiny island called "Devil's Foot."

A trip to Falmouth is not complete without a visit to the fishing village of Woods Hole.  And once in Woods Hole there is plenty to see and do but don’t miss the house boats!

Early summer is the time that the house boats of Woods Hole move from their perch in the “Eel Pond” (as the totally enclosed harbor inside the drawbridge is called) out to their moorings in Woods Hole’s Great Harbor.

For the last few weeks, the drawbridge in Woods Hole has been occupied with the migration of these unique miniature houses, a slow march out to their spectacular perches looking out over all of Woods Hole.  Perilously close to the multi-million dollar houses of Penzance Point, these tiny cabins have some of the most spectacular views in town…plus no need for air conditioning; out on the water, it’s breezy and cool most days.

Visitors come by boat from as far as Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Chatham to see this incredibly charming collection (and also to fish the Woods Hole gut which is arguably some of the best fishing on the East Coast).  You can see them from the land at Waterfront Park in Woods Hole, and also from the public dock next to the Woods Hole Aquarium.  A wonderful way to get to Woods Hole from most Falmouth locations is to ride the Shining Sea bikepath.

Captain Kidd is said to have hung out in these waters...could he still be hiding in here?

But the best way to see them up close is to get out in a boat, so ask your B&B host to help you set up a fishing charter or day sail for the most excellent snooping.  And in the meantime, here are a few more photos to inspire you.