2017 Life Annual Guide: Upper Cape
East Falmouth, Falmouth Village, North Falmouth, Teaticket, West Falmouth, Woods Hole
Those in search of a fun day at the beach, a relaxing vacation spot, or a scenic and culture-filled hometown will find all of these things in the town of Falmouth.
Located in the southwestern corner of the Cape, Falmouth boasts a stretch of beaches, including Chapoquoit and Wood Neck, which offer spectacular sunsets over the west-facing waters of Buzzards Bay—a rare scenario on the East Coast. The town’s beaches are beloved, and diverse: Old Silver Beach, with its immaculate white sands, is perfect for a day in the sun, while Falmouth Heights Beach offers warmer waters, gentle tides, and stunning views of Vineyard Sound. The route that travels along Falmouth’s southern coast is breathtaking and makes driving to the beach all the more fun.
Shopping on Main Street in Falmouth is always a rich experience as the downtown area offers more than a mile of elegant and funky clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, and specialty stores like Board Stiff for colorful surfboards and skateboards, Eight Cousins Books for children’s titles and new releases, and Maison Villatte for fresh bread and pastries.
Main Street also has more than its fair share of great restaurants, including Anejo Mexican Bistro, La Cucina Sul Mare, and The Quarterdeck. Another standout is Osteria La Civetta, a traditional Italian eatery featuring handmade pastas, fine wines, and a rustic décor. Just a short drive in either direction will bring diners to The Flying Bridge for fantastic seafood and harbor views, or to Grumpy’s Pub, for live music and a satisfying pint.
Another popular attraction is the Shining Sea Bikeway, which features 10.7 miles of easy walking and cycling trails through wooded areas, salt marshes, and winding coastline. Those in search of a spirited walk should also visit The Knob, which juts out from Quissett Harbor, providing remarkable 360-degree views. Continuing south, travelers will find themselves in the village of Woods Hole, a mecca for research scientists from around the world, commuters traveling to and from Martha’s Vineyard, and coffee lovers in search of Coffee Obsession.
Looking for a place to stay?
A wonderful place for weddings and celebrations
Since opening in 1953, the Coonamessett Inn has been a Falmouth landmark. Countless couples have held their weddings at the inn over the years—about 100 per year, according to owner Bill Zammer. “It’s an ideal spot to spend an evening,” Zammer says. “Our grounds are beautiful, and we have function managers on site to deal with every aspect of your wedding or event.”
The inn’s function rooms include the Cape Cod Room, with brass chandeliers, Colonial furniture, and room for up to 300 guests. The Cahoon Room, named for renowned local artist Ralph Cahoon, features many of the painter’s works depicting the inn—as well as high vaulted ceilings and scenic views of Jones Pond.
There are 28 rooms and mini-suites spread across five attractive buildings as well as one cottage, often reserved for newlyweds. The Coonamessett’s award-winning restaurant, which is open to the public, serves lunch and dinner daily and brunch on Sundays.
The Coonamessett Inn
311 Gifford Street, Falmouth
508-548-2300 • coonamessettinn.com
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