Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Daffodil Season in Falmouth

Our unusually long and cold winter has finally given way to more spring-like conditions in Falmouth.  Daffodils are in full bloom, just in time for the annual Spohr Gardens Daffodil Days which takes place on Saturday, April 19 and 26.  From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can tour the Gardens, which boast of thousands of daffodils of every variety. There will also be sales of plants, gardening books, and accessories as well as special activities for children.  At 3 p.m. on April 19, there will be traditional music by the Falmouth Fiddlers. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.  The Gardens are operated and funded entirely by volunteers and the Friends of Spohr Gardens.
Next up at Spohr Gardens are the azaleas, rhododendrons, and, eventually, day lilies.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Historic Highfield Hall Opens for 2014 Season

Highfield Hall & Gardens launched its eighth season on Sunday, April 6 with a full slate of activities.  From scavenger hunts to nature walks to art exhibitions and music performances, there was something for children and adults alike.

The art exhibition, entitled "A House for  All Seasons", was a collaboration between the Falmouth Artist Guild, Falmouth Museums on the Green, and Falmouth High School Art Department.  Artist Guild members painted various historic homes in downtown Falmouth, while art students at the high school created ceramic birdhouses of prominent Falmouth buildings.  The Captain Tom Lawrence House was honored to be included in the birdhouse collection.  The exhibit runs through May 14.

Once the home of the Beebe Family of Boston, Highfield was saved from demolition in the mid-1990s.  After years of meticulous restoration, it opened to the public in 2006.  Gardens were restored and opened in 2011.  Today, Highfield Hall & Gardens is a vibrant community and cultural resource and hosts art exhibits, cooking classes, education programs, nature walks, and private events and celebrations.  The property is open through October, Mondays through Fridays, 10 am to 4 pm, and on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm. A suggested $5 admission supports programming and preservation of this Falmouth landmark. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Woods Hole - One of the Best Small Towns to Visit

 There's a new honor bestowed on Woods Hole! In its third annual  Best Small Towns to Visit list,  Smithsonian Magazine has named Woods Hole as Number 5, right after Williamsburgh, VA and Steamboat Springs, CO.  The list highlights 20 towns (Woods Hole is actually a village in the Town of Falmouth) of fewer than 15,000 residents that are noteworthy for their history, music, visual arts, learning, food, theater and science.  Woods Hole certainly fits the bill.

 "Science, in a word, is what sets Woods Hole apart from other salty Cape Cod towns, and the good news is you can get pretty close to the action", the article states. The village was singled out for its renowned scientific institutions including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Science Aquarium, as well as smaller institutions of learning such as the Woods Hole Research Center, Sea Education Association, and Children's School of Science. 

The article also notes that Woods Hole strikes a pleasant balance between science, the arts, the charm of small-town living, and the natural beauty of local beaches, trails, ponds.  Whatever your interests, don't pass up a visit to acclaimed Woods Hole.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Enjoy "the craic" in Falmouth on St. Patrick's Day

"The craic" is a traditional term in Ireland meaning fun, entertainment, and good conversation. For 2014, Falmouth will be a great place for the craic around St. Patrick's Day.  The entire village is getting into it, with decorations, events, and Irish-themed specials.  Many of the restaurants and pubs will offer Irish specialties and there's plenty of live music to be found.  The festivities begin at Liam Maguire's Irish Pub on Friday and there will be live music throughout the weekend and all day on St. Patrick's Day. Among the great acts and bands on tap for the big day are Danny Quinn, a singer-songwriter who has been doing Irish and American folk music for nearly three decades;and Liam, himself.  It's sure to be a grand time!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Walking Along the Cape Cod Canal

Bright sunshine, temps near 50 degrees, and a lot of people just itching to get out and enjoy it. An easy 15-minute drive up Route 28 from Falmouth is the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway, a nearly eight-mile stretch between the Bourne and Sagamore bridges.  Maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, it also goes along the third span across the canal - the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge which still carries daily train traffic to the Cape.

The Bikeway, which runs on both sides of the canal, is paved concrete, flat, and wide and even has a bright yellow line down the middle to designate two-way traffic. It's great for walkers, skaters, joggers, and cyclists. The path offers a close-up look at the canal's boat traffic and a shoreline marked with unique homes, natural beauty, and birdlife.

Near the canal's east end in Sandwich is the Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center, which showcases the history and current operation of the canal.  Open from May to October, it is located on Moffitt Drive.  It is also run by the Army Corps of Engineers; admission is free.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Winter Weekend in Falmouth

Not a skier but still feel like getting away?  Consider spending the upcoming long weekend (February 14, 15, 16) in the historic, seaside town of Falmouth.   Since Falmouth is so much of a year-round community, there's plenty to do on a winter weekend.

Many of the bed and breakfast inns (including the Captain Tom Lawrence House!) are open, as are most of the restaurants. Cozy fireplaces, hot beverages, and warm hospitality make them especially inviting.

Here's some suggestions for your weekend:  If you're looking for a special dinner for Valentine's Day, check out Osteria La Civetta, The Glass Onion, or La Cucina Sul Mare.  Treat yourself to a spa treatment at Bellezza Salon/Med Spa.  Shop or browse the galleries on Main Street, the Queens' Buyway, and Woods Hole.  There's live music at Liam Maguire's and Grumpy's Pub.  If the weather cooperates, enjoy a walk through Beebe Woods, along the beach, the Knob, or the Shining Sea Bikeway.  You can even take the ferry to Martha's Vineyard. While it is indeed quiet on the Vineyard this time of year, that makes for a great opportunity to explore the towns without the crowds.  Whatever your plans, don't miss the sunset.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentines Day

The most romantic time of the year is coming.  Valentines Day weekend in Falmouth on Cape Cod offers the perfect place for those seeking romance and a quiet getaway.  The Captain Tom Lawrence House exudes romance and charm.  Just a short walk from the inn allows guests to explore the sandy beaches or stroll past the village green to restaurants and myriad shops just five minutes away.  Spend the day hiking the trails of Beebe Woods and warm up with a hot tea or cocoa in one of Falmouth’s bistros or cafes. 
At night, the village lights up with a choice of Italian, Mexican, Indian, Seafood and Irish delights all near the village center or a short drive to Woods Hole.

Make Valentines weekend special and memorable once again.