Tucked away in the far western reaches of the Cape lies a gem called Woods Hole. Technically part of the town of Falmouth, this tiny harbor village is packed with things to do and makes a perfect shoulder-season day or weekend trip. If you’re making a weekend of it, the Woods Hole Inn is a modern but warm choice.
Start your day by walking, running or riding on the nearly 11-mile Shining Sea Bikeway, which brings you along the coastline from Falmouth into Woods Hole. Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a bite to eat or drink. For such a tiny place, Woods Hole boasts a handful of top-notch eateries. True to its name, Coffee Obsession is a longstanding local favorite for those in serious need of caffeine. It’s a cozy nook in which to chat with friends, read a book, or catch up on some email thanks to their wi-fi network.
Open daily at the convenient hours of 5am – 10pm, Pie in the Sky boasts an impressive and nationally recognized menu of coffee, pastries, soups, quiches and salads. If you haven’t made a trip to Martha’s Vineyard lately, grab lunch to go, and then walk just a few steps to the Steamship Authority, which can have you there in under an hour.
Quick’s Hole Tavern is the latest addition to the Cape’s culinary scene, joining its summer-season sibling, Quick’s Hole Taqueria. Whether grabbing a bite with a friend overlooking the pristine open kitchen, taking in a spectacular sunset on date night or imbibing at one of two bars, you’ll be taken in by the clean, crisp nautical theme (think atypical), the inventive and mouthwatering menu, the well-curated list of wines and beers (including Cape Cod Beer) and the insanely decadent house-made desserts.
For adventurers and nature enthusiasts, Woods Hole is a mecca. It is the home of several marine sciences-based organizations, including Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. Check out their events pages for programs. Don’t miss the serene Waterfront Park, across the street from the famed Marine Biological Laboratory, which features a life-sized bronze statue of environmentalist and writer Rachel Carson. For kids, this is where you’ll find Ocean Quest, which offers fun and educational marine discovery cruises of the harbor.