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!


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!



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.






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.





Captain Kidd


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.

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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.