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.

Sandy Neck Light

 

 

 

 

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.

Chatham Light

 

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.

Nauset Light

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!

Race Point Light

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!

Falmouth Mass on Cape CodArtist Lance Shinkle, a long time Falmouth Mass resident, carved and painted the incredible horses for this carousel which also is covered with beautiful paintings of favorite Falmouth activities like jumping of the Menahaunt Bridge, walking the Knob and Nobska Lighthouse.

Each horse is assembled like a butcher block with white pine from the Cataumet Sawmill, then sculpted first with a chain saw, then chisels and finally sandpaper.  Mr. Shinkle carved and hand-painted this incredible collection over 20 years ago.  What a life’s work!   This is the first summer it has been up and running as a real carousel in Falmouth.

Located right near Falmouth’s charming Main Street in front of the Mullen Hall School, the Carousel of Light offers fun for all ages in the summertime.  The Carousel will be closed up for the season in late August so hurry over for your late summer ride.  Hopefully, the Carousel will find a more permanent location in Falmouth in the near future!

 

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Falmouth Mass on Cape CodArtist Lance Shinkle, a long time Falmouth Mass resident, carved and painted the incredible horses for this carousel which also is covered with beautiful paintings of favorite Falmouth activities like jumping of the Menahaunt Bridge, walking the Knob and Nobska Lighthouse.

Each horse is assembled like a butcher block with white pine from the Cataumet Sawmill, then sculpted first with a chain saw, then chisels and finally sandpaper.  Mr. Shinkle carved and hand-painted this incredible collection over 20 years ago.  What a life’s work!   This is the first summer it has been up and running as a real carousel in Falmouth.

Located right near Falmouth’s charming Main Street in front of the Mullen Hall School, the Carousel of Light offers fun for all ages in the summertime.  The Carousel will be closed up for the season in late August so hurry over for your late summer ride.  Hopefully, the Carousel will find a more permanent location in Falmouth in the near future!

 

 

 

Falmouth Mass Carousel of Light Carousel of Light Falmouth MA Falmouth B&B Cape Cod Fun Fun in Falmouth MA

 

 

 

 

 
Falmouth Mass on Cape CodArtist Lance Shinkle, a long time Falmouth Mass resident, carved and painted the incredible horses for this carousel which also is covered with beautiful paintings of favorite Falmouth activities like jumping of the Menahaunt Bridge, walking the Knob and Nobska Lighthouse.

Each horse is assembled like a butcher block with white pine from the Cataumet Sawmill, then sculpted first with a chain saw, then chisels and finally sandpaper.  Mr. Shinkle carved and hand-painted this incredible collection over 20 years ago.  What a life’s work!   This is the first summer it has been up and running as a real carousel in Falmouth.

Located right near Falmouth’s charming Main Street in front of the Mullen Hall School, the Carousel of Light offers fun for all ages in the summertime.  The Carousel will be closed up for the season in late August so hurry over for your late summer ride.  Hopefully, the Carousel will find a more permanent location in Falmouth in the near future!

 

 

 

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Falmouth Mass on Cape CodArtist Lance Shinkle — a long time Falmouth Mass resident — carved and painted the incredible horses for this “Carousel of Light” which also is covered with beautiful paintings of favorite Falmouth activities like jumping off the Menahaunt Bridge, walking the Knob and strolling Nobska Lighthouse.

Mr. Shinkle carved and hand-painted this collection over 20 years ago, each horse assembled like butcher block with white pine, then sculpted first with a chain saw, then chisels and finally sandpaper.  What a life’s work!

Located right near Falmouth’s charming Main Street in front of the Mullen Hall School, the Carousel of Light offers fun for all ages in the summertime.  The Carousel will be closed up for the season in late August so hurry over for your late summer ride. Rides are $3 per person and donati

Hopefully, the Carousel will find a more permanent location in Falmouth in the near future!

 

 

 

Falmouth Mass Carousel of Light Carousel of Light Falmouth MA Falmouth B&B Cape Cod Fun Fun in Falmouth MA

 

 

 

 

 
Falmouth Mass on Cape CodArtist Lance Shinkle — a long time Falmouth Mass resident — carved and painted the incredible horses for this “Carousel of Light” which also is covered with beautiful paintings of favorite Falmouth activities like jumping off the Menahaunt Bridge, walking the Knob and strolling Nobska Lighthouse.

Mr. Shinkle carved and hand-painted this collection over 20 years ago, each horse assembled like butcher block with white pine, then sculpted first with a chain saw, then chisels and finally sandpaper.  What a life’s work!

Located right near Falmouth’s charming Main Street in front of the Mullen Hall School, the Carousel of Light offers fun for all ages in the summertime.  The Carousel will be closed up for the season in late August so hurry over for your late summer ride. Rides are $3 per person and donations to the future of the Carousel are encouraged.

Hopefully, the Carousel will find a more permanent location in Falmouth in the near future!

 

 

 

Falmouth Mass Carousel of Light Carousel of Light Falmouth MA Falmouth B&B Cape Cod Fun Fun in Falmouth MA

 

 

 

 

 
Woods Hole start lineAugust is all about the Falmouth Road Race here in Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod.  This race started over 40 years ago as a bar bet between a popular bartender and a few pals, and has grown into one of the most important summer races in the US.

This year there were about 11, 000 entries including elite runners from all over the world that use the 7 mile course to qualify for the New York Marathon and other races.  With significant prize money on the table and one of the most beautiful courses in America, what’s not to like about the Falmouth Road Race?

Falmouth comes together the day of the race with the course lined with spectators.  The seven mile course starts in Woods Hole at the drawbridge and goes past Nobska Lighthouse, along Surf Drive, past Falmouth Harbor ending in Falmouth Heights near the British Beer Company, a popular local watering hole (and birthplace of the race so many moons ago).

This year was sunny but not too hot and the race went off without a hitch.  Planning to come next year either as a runner or spectator?  Book your B&B now, as the popularity of this weekend is supreme.

 

There is a new casual breakfast and lunch place on Main Street called the “Parkside Market, ” brought to you by the owners of the Waterside Market in Vineyard Haven, Susan and Steven Bowen. Love it when Vineyarders bring their unique style back from the island to the land they refer to as “America.”

Parkside is a charming small bistro with green walls and distinctive french chalkboards. The menu is packed with distinctive lattes and expresso drinks, eggs many ways, salads, wraps and much more. I was particularly fond of the table by the window that looks out over Falmouth’s open park in front of the lovely town library.

This is the perfect place to while away a quiet vacation morning with the New York Times. Enjoy the photos, and maybe we will see you there?

There is a new casual breakfast and lunch place on Main Street called the “Parkside Market, ” brought to you by the owners of the Waterside Market in Vineyard Haven, Susan and Steven Bowen. Love it when Vineyarders bring their unique style back from the island to the land they refer to as “America.”

Parkside is a charming small bistro with green walls and distinctive french chalkboards. The menu is packed with distinctive lattes and expresso drinks, eggs many ways, salads, wraps and much more. I was particularly fond of the table by the window that looks out over Falmouth’s open park in front of the lovely town library.

This is the perfect place to while away a quiet vacation morning with the New York Times. Enjoy the photos, and maybe we will see you there?

If you are driving, follow Woods Hole Road almost into Woods Hole and make a left onto Church Street.  You can’t miss the lighthouse up ahead less than a quarter mile.   Here is a map to the Woods Hole area.   Sunset is particularly stunning, and Nobska Light is easily visited from any B&B in Falmouth.

interior of Nobska Lighthouse on Cape Cod

interior of Nobska Lighthouse on Cape Cod

beautiful views from this stunning light house on Cape Cod

beautiful views from this stunning light house on Cape Cod