By Marti Mayne
Central and scenic, Falmouth takes in a collection of beautiful Cape Cod villages from Woods Hole to Falmouth Village with West Falmouth, East Falmouth, North Falmouth, Hatchville, Waquoit and Teaticket in-between. Encompassing 68 miles of winding coastline and ten public beaches, this B&B-rich destination is the ideal home port for exploring Cape Cod and the islands. Just a 35 minute ferry ride from Falmouth Harbor and Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard, Falmouth is the closest mainland port to the Vineyard. Leave Boston on Friday night, and you’ll be enjoying your Cape Cod vacation in Falmouth before the sun even sets.
The Falmouth B&B Association is a close knit group of inns working together with the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce to introduce visitors to all that this little corner of Cape Cod offers. From the unique shopping and restaurants of Falmouth’s villages to the ferry access of Woods Hole, along with museums, historic sites, attractions, year-round events and festivals, beach access, plus gorgeous and inviting B&Bs, Falmouth offers a great home base for Cape Cod adventures.
Next time you’re planning a Cape Cod getaway, consider the Falmouth Way To Stay. Each of the Falmouth B&B Association inns is packed with value including a delicious, home cooked breakfast, wi-fi throughout the inn and guest refreshments too. From contemporary to historic décor, you’ll find guest rooms that are ideal for every taste and travel party size. I toured each one and am now planning many trips back so I can stay in each and every one. Click here for a video view of these impressive inns and B&Bs.
Choose between B&Bs located within a stroll of Falmouth Village, seaside beach access or next door to the Woods Hole Ferry. Family friendly, romantic, pet-friendly and affordable, you can find exactly the kind of inn or B&B to compliment your pass times and travel group from the eight members of the Falmouth B&B Association.
Bailey’s By the Sea: When they say “by the sea” they really mean it. Spectacular ocean views offer a bird’s eye view of the ferry coming and going from Martha’s Vineyard and nearby beach access too. Comfortably appointed rooms with a touch of modern mixed with beach cottage décor and a window-lined sunroom offer seemingly endless views of beautiful seaside vistas. Info: (508) - 548- 5748, 321 Grand Ave, Falmouth Heights, www.baileysbythesea.com.
Captain’s Manor Inn: Distinctive and grand, this inn is set on 1.2 acres of manicured grounds within an easy stroll of Falmouth Village’s restaurants, and boutiques. Bring the bike for easy access to the Shining Sea Bikeway too. Guest rooms range from newly constructed with two person showers, high ceilings and gas fireplaces to historic with reminisces of the inn’s nautical heritage. Plenty of common areas, including a bistro with refreshments 24-7, define guest comfort. The 2000 square foot wrap-around veranda is a favorite spot for breakfast in the summer or an afternoon drink. Info: (508) - 388 -7336, 27 W Main Street. Falmouth, MA 02540, captainsmanorinn.com.
Captain Tom Lawrence Inn: Cozy, traditional and close to Falmouth Village’s shopping and restaurant scene, this inn includes both couples’ and family accommodations. Six guest rooms offer up gracious accommodations, and a small apartment accommodating a group of up to five is ideal for larger travel parties and families. Listed on the historic register, the inn’s legacy is immediately apparent. Info: (800)-266-8139, 75 Locust Street, Falmouth Village, Captaintomlawrence.com.
Inn at Sider’s Lane: Overlooking the Falmouth Village Green, this property offers a taste of Americana for those inspired by historic preservation. Just steps from Falmouth Village, the inn is a combination of old and new; a Federal reproduction of a stately home from the 18th century that was tastefully and lovingly built in 1994. Three guest rooms and an outdoor sitting area make this a cozy all-adult choice for those seeking an intimate inn with convenience to Falmouth Village. Info: (508)-495-4359, 51 Main Street, On the Village Green, www.innatsiderslane.com
Inn on the Sound: Beach and sun seekers will love the location of this inn, located just as the name refers, on the Sound. Contemporary, comfortable, casual and totally oceanfront, the inn is perched on a bluff overlooking Vineyard Sound and Martha’s Vineyard. Offering an urban-chic décor, the ten guest rooms include king and queen beds, modern private baths and patios with umbrella tables, perfect for an oceanside breakfast in the morning or a sunset cocktail. Info: (508)-457- 9666, 313 Grand Avenue, Falmouth Heights, MA 02540, www.innonthesound.com.
Palmer House Inn: This romantic inn is the largest of the Falmouth B&B Association members with 16 beautifully appointed guest rooms. The Queen Anne style of this Cape Cod B&B features beautiful woodwork, warm fireplaces in both common rooms and guests rooms and elegant antique furnishings. Picture lacey canopy beds so tall that you climb a stool into your sumptuous King bed. There’s also a three room cottage, ideal for larger travel parties, and a restored carriage house with décor for those who prefer something more contemporary. Be sure to try the signature Cape Cod Sunrise with a surprise for breakfast. Located in Falmouth’s historic district, guests enjoy a quick stroll to Falmouth Village’s shops, restaurants and activities. Info: (508)-548-1230, 81 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, MA 02540, www.palmerhouseinn.com.
Woods Hole Inn: Perched on the edge of Woods Hole Harbor, the inn seems to have as many common areas and comfy guest patios and balconies as it does guest rooms! This is one of the larger of the Falmouth B&B Association inns with 14 guest rooms, and the Quicks Hole restaurant. Located across the street from the Martha’s Vineyard ferry, one great perk here are the free bikes offered to guests to explore the Shining Sea Bike Path. Home to the Red Chair, making its way across the country in a famed photo journey, the Woods Hole Inn’s beachy, hip feel is a favorite for travelers of every generation. Info: (508)-495-0248, 28 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA, 02543, www.woodsholeinn.com. Click here to read more about the Woods Hole Inn on Examiner.com.
Woods Hole Passage: This lovely inn combines a restored carriage house and renovated barn into a family-friendly choice located between Woods Hole and Falmouth. Situated on two acres with inviting gardens, guests have plenty of room to play in the back yard or walk to Bay (sunsets) and Ocean beaches (sunrises). Specializing in family-oriented vacations, your stay here comes complete with playmates (the innkeepers have two young girls) and toys neatly tucked away into the common areas. No need to worry about waking other guests with the pitter patter of little feet, guest rooms were designed for plenty of privacy so families and couples can easily enjoy their special space in guest rooms and throughout the inn and grounds. Info: (508)-548-9575, 186 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, MA 02540
When You Go
Falmouth is just under an hour and a half from downtown Boston, if you can avoid rush hour traffic. Bring your GPS and punch in the address for your choice of Falmouth Association inns for exact directions.
Be sure to check out the Falmouth Way To Stay video here.