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.