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.

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!

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

This year there were about 11, pills 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.

 

Nobska Light at sunsetOverlooking Vineyard Sound, page   Nobska Lighthouse is one of the most popular destinations on Cape Cod.  Scene of many famous paintings and countless wedding photos, approved Nobska is delicately perched on a hill overlooking a half-moon crescent beach with the island of Martha’s Vineyard just three miles off shore. This promontory marks the entrance into the treacherous “Woods Hole Passage,” the channel between Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound, and from here you will see countless sailboats, ferries and yachts.

Each summer, the Falmouth Road Race passes by the lighthouse, and the image featured on the television news from a helicopter shot is considered one of the reasons the race has become so popular.

A lighthouse was first erected on this site in the 1820’s, and the current structure was built in 1876. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Nobska Light is open to the public several times a summer, and the lighthouse keeper will give you a tour up around it’s brick circular shape to the top where the views are even more stunning. This year, the lighthouse is getting remodeled and will not be open for regularly scheduled tours, but for a private tour, you can email the lighthouse keeper.

Walk to Nobska Light from downtown Falmouth on the Shining Sea Bike Path — it’s a lovely three miles past salt marsh sanctuaries and Surf Drive Beach.  As you get close to Woods Hole, look for the railroad trestle bridge that passes over your head.  That is Church Street and you want to walk the dirt path up the hill, past Church of the Messiah to the lighthouse and the beach.

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