July 12, 2012

Nobska Beach

Not far from the village of Woods Hole lies one of the best beaches in Falmouth – Nobska. A white-sand crescent, nestled in the rocky shoreline and under the shadow of scenic Nobska Light, this iconic Cape Cod beach looks out over Vineyard Sound. This point, which juts out toward Martha’s Vineyard, marks the start of the treacherous Woods Hole Passage, and has had a lighthouse on it since 1828.  In Wampanoag, Nobska means “rocky place” or ledge” – an important designation if you were planning to cross to the islands in a canoe. People visit Woods Hole from all […]
July 3, 2012

The Wired Village

It might not look like it on the outside, but Woods Hole is a cutting edge place, so it should come as no surprise that the entire village is packed with Internet hot spots. Hidden inside these weathered shingle buildings is a robust WiFi network, making catching up on the fly a breeze. Sitting at Coffee Obsession, a local coffee shop, my computer immediately recognized twelve devices that I could connect to. Passwords to most are clearly printed inside the various shops. For instance, Coffee Obsession’s password is on a sign at the counter above the Thunder Beans and near […]
July 2, 2012

A Woods Hole Tradition

At first a bakery may seem an odd spot for music and spoken word performance, but this isn’t any old bakery, it’s the heart of Woods Hole.  Since 2001, Randy Gummow has MC-ed “Open Mic Night” at Pie in the Sky bakery in Woods Hole.  Gummow is a devotee of the format, as he said, “because it gives everyone an opportunity to shine.” Gummow has an unusual claim to fame – in his ten-year tenure, he has never missed a performance at this quirky local bakery.   Open 364 days a year, “Pie” (as the locals call it) is always packed […]
June 30, 2012

A Perfect Way to Spend the Afternoon

With a panoramic view of Quissett Harbor and Racing Beach, the small park known locally as the Knob is definitely worth the journey. The Knob is truly unlike most places in Woods Hole – long wooded paths circle throughout 12 acres that eventually lead to this narrow peninsula where you find yourself surrounded by water and horizon. Aspiring to preserve and let the public utilize the land, Cornelia Carey left the Knob to Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries in the early 1970’s. Ever since, the Knob has been a  treasured piece of Woods Hole that everyone can enjoy. A perfect […]