Who yk & Mr.yk (in our late 30s)
When mid-week late August, 2 days before Tropical Storm Irene hit
Why Earlier this year, I saw a deal on one of those group-buying websites for a 1-night stay at a B&B + $50 credit at the B&B's bistro: all for $139. The B&B is located in W Falmouth. Knowing DH is nostalgic about that area (particularly Woods Hole), the deal gives us an excuse to take a short trip there. Plus, DH's last vacation was 9 months ago and he deserves a break, albeit very short. The only "catch" to the deal is that it's only valid mid-week during high season, which is fine w/us as we have no desire to get stuck in traffic to the Cape on a weekend.
Coincidentally, this B&B was the exact same one that Fodorite Kwoo stayed at last year. Here's her helpful trip report: http://www.fodors.com/community/united-states/brief-trip-report-to-falmouth.cfm
Where we visited Falmouth, Woods Hole, Hyannis, Sandwich
We left around 9:30am from our home just W of Boston. Traffic was not bad, a few slow downs due to minor accidents. We took Bourne Bridge and arrived in Falmouth just after 11am. Thanks to several Fodorites' help, we had no trouble finding parking (free) in Falmouth. There are parking spots along Main Street as well as in the parking lots behind the shops on Main Street.
We caught the WHOOSH Trolley on Main Street heading to Woods Hole ($2pp each way; discounts for seniors). http://www.capecodtransit.org/whoosh-route.htm The trolley runs 2x/hour and takes about 15 minutes to get to Woods Hole.
Once we arrived at Woods Hole, I was really glad I didn't try driving into Woods Hole. The "village" is tiny, streets are narrow, and parking is scarce (110 metered spots, 2-hr limit). The Whoosh Trolley is much less stressful plus we're not bound by any time limit.
It was around 11:30am when we got there, and we headed straight for lunch at Quicks Hole. http://www.quicksholewickedfresh.com/Home.html This was recommended by Fodorite bcolt. The restaurant is right across from Landfall Restaurant. It's quite casual - order/pick-up at counter. We sat at the outdoor patio where we can see the ferry terminal at the end of the street.
DH had the blackened fish sandwich (v good), and I had their Wicked Baja salad + added lobster. We also shared a bowl of quahog chowder. Everything was delicious but not cheap (~ $50 for lunch). Here's my fantastic Baja salad (w/greens, mangoes, hearts of palm, tomatoes, avocado, and a big heap of lobster)
After lunch, we walked towards the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) & visited the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. It is the oldest aquarium in the US. It's quite small but free (owned by NOAA). http://aquarium.nefsc.noaa.gov/
From the aquarium, we continued walking towards the "hook" but had to turn back when we reached the guard house on Penzance Point. DH's grandfather once had a house out there; hence DH spent many summers of his childhood in Woods Hole.
We walked to the other side of town to the Coast Guard station (nothing to see really), before returning to the village. A car ferry from MV had just docked so we wasted a good half hour watching the cars and people unload. After 3 hours in Woods Hole, we caught the Whoosh back to Falmouth.
First on our agenda in Falmouth was ice-cream! We went to Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium http://www.benandbills.com/cc/index2.html as it was recommended in this thread: http://www.fodors.com/community/united-states/cape-cod-falmouth-ma.cfm The interior is cool as it is quite old-fashioned . We split a medium cup which turns out to be gigantic; a small would have sufficed. We chose 2 flavors: Rocky Road, and "KGB" (Kahlua, Grand Marnier, & Bailey's)
The Main Street of Falmouth is lined with small boutiques, gift shops, and restaurants. We were there on a Thursday, which also happens to be their farmers market day http://www.falmouthfarmersmarket.org/ held in the park next to the town's library.
I believe all the produce stalls are from organic farms. Tons and tons of tomatoes at this time of year of all varieties. What's new to us are husk tomatoes, aka Cape Gooseberries. They are the size & color of a sungold cherry tomato, but has a husk on the outside. They taste very different from cherry tomato though. Other stalls include bakeries and cheese. Unfortunately we really couldn't buy produce as there's no good way to store them; but we did have to get an apple cider donut. They are made fresh right at the farmers market (cooker in their van) so our donut is still warm to touch.
To be continued...
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Who yk & Mr.yk (in our late 30s)