Many towns on Cape Cod are extremely seasonal, and seem largely vacant in the off season. Woods Hole and Falmouth are definite exceptions to this perception. When you visit our slice of Cape Cod, you’ll be able to experience incredible dining opportunities regardless of the time of year! Even in the winter months, you can feast on local, fresh cuisine that will warm you to the core. Here are a few of the year round options:

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The Captain Kidd is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, year round. In addition to local seafood, mouth-watering steaks and a wide array of appetizers, raw bar, daily specials, pizza and more – you can enjoy breathtaking views of Eel Pond Harbor from any one of their comfortable dining areas. Choose from a number of hand-crafted cocktails or from the twelve beers on tap at their century old bar.

 

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Open every day except Christmas, Pie in the Sky Bakery & Internet Cafe is right at the end of the Shining Sea Bike Path
and just a one minute walk from the Martha’s Vineyard ferry terminal. Open until 10pm every night, this cafe has got the fix for any craving you might be having. Their coffees, espresso, and cocoa drinks are made from freshly ground, 100% Organic & Fair Trade Dean’s Beans that they roast themselves. The hearty, made to order sandwiches together with homemade soups, quiche, and salads make the perfect addition to any adventure, regardless of the season.

 

 
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Main Street in Falmouth offers many year round dining options, like La Cucina Sul Mare, which offers flavors of Northern Italy and the Mediterranean. Their signature dishes prepared by chef/owner Mark Cliffone include classics like lasagna al forgo, braised lamb shank, oso buco, lobster far diavlo over linguine, zuppa de pesce, rigatoni a la vodka, chicken parmesan and veal piccata.

The interior of the space is richly decorated with hand painted murals, classic tin ceilings and picture windows that overlook the hustle and bustle of main street. When dining at La Cucina, be sure to save room for one of their outstanding homemade desserts.

 

 
aIn the mood for Mexican? Main Street in Falmouth is also home to Anejo’s Mexican Bistro and Tequila Bar. Open year round, you can be transported to the warm flavors of Mexico regardless of the season. Locally sourced, authentic south of the border cuisine paired with unique and inspired cocktails like the cucumber margarita, will make any night in February seem as warm as a night in July. In addition to incredible food an drink, Anejo Mexican Bistro is proud to display the works of renowned local artist, Sarah Holl. Sarah is a principal in the family owned Scargo Pottery & Art Gallery in Dennis, and was recently commissioned to produce large scale ceramic tile installations for both Cape Cod Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Regardless of the season, you certainly won’t go hungry in Falmouth or Wood’s Hole. This part of Cape Cod is proud to play host to a vibrant year round community of people who love good food almost as much as they love the beach. Join us this off season, for a quietly delicious stay on Cape Cod.

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!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

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?

April and May in Falmouth are the official kick off to our warm weather season. Join us for a long weekend as we celebrate spring with something for everyone.

Arrive in time for Spohr Gardens’ annual Daffodil Days event and you won’t be disappointed. This incredible six-acre garden sits on Oyster Pond and while open year round, the last two Saturdays in April promise thousands upon thousands of daffodils! Daffodil Days has been a tradition at the gardens since 2004, and in the years since, the town has banded together to plant daffodils all over Falmouth. Come for a long weekend and embark on a daffodil tour.

Spohr Gardens is walkable (or kayak/canoe-able) from the B&B’s in Falmouth, and admission is free while donations are appreciated.

From voting on your favorite May basket, to retail sales and dining specials, Falmouth Village Blooming (May 1st – 10th) can’t be missed. The first weekend will include a kids spring hat weekend, and an estate walk on the 3rd at Highfield Hall. There’s a lot going on May 5th; celebrate Cinco De Mayo with Anejo’s (the best Mexican food in town) who will be closing the street next to their restaurant and serving $5 burritos and margaritas with music to match. There’s also a May garden basket design workshop with Anna Holmes on the 5th from 6-8pm. On May 8th, The Locket Project sponsored by View Photography will exhibit “Calling All Heros”, a series of photos depicting special relationships between young boys and the men in their lives. There will be a beautiful story time on May 9th at Eight Cousins Book Store. Come enjoy a reading of Guess How Much I Love You and take photos with Little Nut Brown Hare.

Falmouth Village Blooming will go out with a bang on May 10th with the most incredible garden tour. The Falmouth B&B Association will open their gardens for tours and mini-workshops. Visit Captain’s Manor Inn to learn how cattle troughs are quickly becoming the next big trend in gardening. Saunter over to Palmer House Inn to learn to plant successful container gardens (refreshments provided). Bring the kids to Woods Hole Passage to participate in a child centered garden project and be sure to stop by Woods Hole Inn and Bailey’s by the Sea to enjoy tea and cookies on the porch.

However you like to celebrate spring, Falmouth has you covered!

Nobska&moonThe holidays truly are the most wonderful time of the year in Falmouth, prescription Cape Cod.  Our village main street and its numerous shops, restaurants and bed and breakfast inns, are decked out in full holiday splendor.  Much of the activity centers around  the annual Holidays-by-the-Sea weekend December 5-7.  The weekend kicks off with caroling at Nobska Lighthouse on Friday evening.  Santa’s arrival by boat at the Falmouth harbor is always a delight as is the lighting of the Village Green on Saturday evening.  The biggest event of the weekend takes place on Sunday as the biggest Christmas parade in southeastern Massachusetts kicks off at noon.  There is something for everyone in this beautiful seaside village. We invite you to celebrate the holiday season in Falmouth, our traditional New England town.

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.

 

Captain KiddThe Captain Kidd is a famous old-school bar down in Woods Hole which closed this winter for a thorough renovation, clinic re-opening this week to great reviews and happy customers in the beautiful old barn-like space on the waterfront in Woods Hole.  With nautical themed banquettes, pharmacy great wall art including the old sign for the famous “Leeside” (now just a memory but once owned by this family), and a dock filled with tables for dining al fresco, the Captain Kidd is the new place to be in Woods Hole.

Summertime favorites like steamed lobster, oysters on the half shell, baby back ribs with mac and cheese, fresh salads and much more define this fresh take on classic Cape Cod fare.  Especially attractive is the enamelware pot for the tableside presentation of steamed lobster –  Adorable.

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On opening night, guests packed every nook and cranny of the bar/restaurant, with people clustered along the waterfront tables enjoying the sunset over the Eel Pond. With many seats spread over several areas and a central kitchen, the delicious food was coming out steadily and the hum of happy customers was filling the room.

While parking in Woods Hole can be challenging, your local innkeeper will help you with several proven strategies — there is parking on Water Street on weekends in the lot next to Coffee O, at the Fisheries and in the MBL lot next to the Eel Pond.  All three locations are easy walks to the Captain Kidd.  There are also over 100 metered spaces in Woods Hole, and the meters are free after 6 pm.

Another way to get to Woods Hole in summer is to take the WHOOSH trolley from Main Street, or hop the Palmer Ave bus which connects the Steamship Authority parking lots to the ferry terminal.  The WHOOSH costs $1 and the Palmer is free.  Note that both stop running about 10 pm but Falmouth Taxi will take you home after that.  The taxi stand is in front of the ferry terminal.

Finally, many people bike the three miles to Woods Hole on the safe Shining Sea Bike Path.  Grab a flashlight from your innkeeper for the ride home.

There are so many ways to get to Woods Hole, and all are worth it for a meal on the water at a nice place like the Captain Kidd.

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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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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, pharm 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, cialis 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, mind 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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