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 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 […]
June 28, 2012

A Reviving Garden

Tucked away from the center of Woods Hole, Spohr Garden is a hidden gem. The garden is overflowing with flowers and trees. A small dock, surrounded by huge antique anchors, sits over Oyster Pond and is a perfect place to let your feet dangle in the water. Despite the many visitors, the entire garden remains serene. While sitting on the dock two mallards curiously waddled around me, as if they were intrigued and wanted a closer look. I saw two signets following a swan, again completely uncaring of my presence. How rare in our busy modern lives to fall into […]