Day Trips

Cape Cod Day Trips around Falmouth, Massachusettes

There are so many things to do during your getaway at The Captain’s Manor Inn we thought we would provide some Day Trip suggestions to help with your planning.  Some of the daytrips are centered in Falmouth others in neighboring towns like Sandwich still others are explorations of the Islands or the Cape Cod Lighthouses.  Enjoy scrolling down the page and reading about several day trip options.

Boston Accommodations

Boston accommodations are abundant and our international guests often inquire about where to stay in Boston either on their way to Cape Cod or once they leave Cape Cod.

We have a couple of hotels that we recommend below based on our stays. We suggest you either book directly with the hotel  or check online to see if there is a tripadvisor deal and book through tripadvisor.

 

Boston Accommodations at the Lenox hotel executive king guest room

Lenox Hotel Guestroom

One hotel we suggest is the Lenox Hotel. This is a luxury hotel in Boston’s back bay at 61 Exeter St, Boston, MA 02116. We booked this hotel directly and selected the king room executive suite with a fireplace (it

Boston Accommodations Lenox Hotel guestroom with fireplace

Fireplace guestroom Lenox Hotel

was off season so the rate was adjusted accordingly). Upon arrival all service staff were very pleasant and let us know that if we wanted a fire in the fireplace to just call down and someone would arrive to light the fire – we just needed to be present in the room as it is a wood burning fireplace. The guestroom was quite large and in addition to the fireplace there was a large comfortable coach and a desk as well as a good size flat screen tv. The bed was comfortable and the sheets were of good quality. Another benefit was that the guestroom was nice and quiet, unlike at some hotels where the hallways are well traveled and the noise from the hall is very noticeable in the guestrooms. The bathroom was also well appointed. While at the Lenox Hotel we went to Abe and Louis for dinner which was exceptional. Previous guests of the our Inn had suggested we review it for our guests to see if we would recommend the restaurant. After dining there we would enthusiastically recommend it to others. The restaurant setting is very tasteful with a lot of old wood paneling and high ceilings. The bone in rib-eye steak is a fan favorite and Kevin had that for his main entree and I had the filet. We also shared green beens sauteed with crispy shallots and the potatoes au gratin with parmesan cheese and proscuitto which were to die for!

 

Boston Accommodations Omni Parker House Buffet Breakfast

Omni Parker Buffet Breakfast

The other Hotel we would suggest is the Omni Parker House Hotel located at 60 School St, Boston, MA 02108. This is a very convenient hotel if you would like to do some sightseeing that includes walking the freedom trail as well as visiting Faneuil Hall and the Boston aquarium. We booked the Omni Parker through tripadvisor where they had posted a special offer. The offer was for free parking and breakfast with your stay. Our booking was for a Saturday night stay and we enjoyed the complimentary parking (usually in excess of $30 per night) and an exceptional brunch Sunday morning in the Parker’s Restaurant at the hotel. We stayed in Boston for the lighting of the Holiday Tree at Faneuil Hall before traveling out of town. On Saturday night we did walk to Faneuil hall for the festivities and we had a light dinner at Parker’s Bar at the hotel. Parker’s Bar has a nice casual pub feel to it and we had excellent onion soup and a sizeable iceberg salad wedge for our light meal. The room at the Omni Parker was a king room yet it was much smaller than the King room at the Lenox Hotel. The Omni also does have more hall traffic that is heard in the guestroom. The bathroom is compact yet has all the amenities you need. One of the draws of the Omni is the great history of the property and grand decor of the main common areas plus its location in the heart of Boston.

Top things to do in Falmouth

Top things to do in Falmouth …well that is a hard list to put together as there is so much to consider. We have done our best to compile the top 5 (in no particular order) based on much input from visitors to Falmouth and our personal experience.

Things to do in Falmouth Shining Sea Bikeway  Travel the 10.7 mile Shining Sea Bikeway which spans from the historic seaside village of    Woods Hole up through North Falmouth. This scenic bikeway winds through beautiful marshes and cranberry bogs in the North and along the scenic Vineyard Sound shoreline to the South. The trail is the only bikeway on Cape Cod to skirt the shore. For all who enjoy the pleasure of nature this bikeway is set back off the main roads and follows the Old Colony rail trail avoiding the busy roads except for a few road crossings along the route.

Explore treasures of our 68 miles of coastline surrounding Falmouth. Since you can’t see it all we bundled three different coastline locations into this spot on the list of things to do. The three coastline spots are the Knob, Nobska lighthouse and Old Silver Beach. The knob has eventhings to do in Falmouth Nobska lighthouse been highlighted by the Boston Globe as a great spot to watch a sunset to cap a Cape Cod vacation. The trail to The Knob overlook is just less than one mile from the parking area and close to 100 bird species have been identified in the area. When you reach the tip of The Knob you will enjoy gorgeous views of Buzzards Bay. Knobska lighthouse is an active U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse which was established in 1829. The views of Vineyard Sound and Martha’s Vineyard from the lighthouse are incredible. Old Silver Beach is located in North Falmouth on the Bay side of Falmouth and is known to be the widest beach in Falmouth and featuring the whitest soft sand.

things to do in Falmouth Falmouth Village Main StreetStroll along the picturesque Main Street in Falmouth Village. The historic village of Falmouth is an absolute treasure of unique locally owned shops and restaurants as well as art galleries. You can find special treats from our very own French bakery or chocolatiers on Main Street or perhaps a good book at the famous Eight Cousins Bookstore who among other activities spearheaded the national Where’s Waldo scavenger hunt with local bookstores. Whether you are looking for comfortable or classic dress clothing there are a number of wonderful clothiers in Falmouth Village. The choices are vast for anything you have in mind while strolling Main Street in Falmouth Village

things to do in falmouth sail the Island Queen

Sail away for a day trip on the Island Queen ferry or Steamship Authority ferry to the island of Martha’s Vineyard. This top pick by visitors of things to do while visiting Falmouth is just a short 45 minute trip over Vineyard Sound until you arrive on the shore of Martha’s Vineyard. Once on the Vineyard spend the day visiting Edgartown, Oaks Bluff and Vineyard Haven. The gingerbread houses in Oaks Bluff are one of the most photographed spots on the island. Edgartown is known for its beautiful ship captain homes and great shopping and restaurants. If you have time a trip out to Aquinnah would be great with its iconic lighthouse and red clay cliffs.

things to do in falmouth walk the Highfield Hall Sunken GardenVisit the Falmouth Museums on the Green and Highfield Hall and Gardens to include things to do in falmouth explore Falmouth Museums on the GreenBeebe Woods 382 acres of walking trails. Highfield Hall was the home of the historically important Beebe family of Boston and Falmouth. This 1878 home has been lovingly restored and is now a key cultural and community center for upper Cape Cod as well as a special venue for weddings and other celebratory gatherings.

So that is a list of the top things to do in Falmouth yet we would be remiss if we did not suggest spending some time in the village of Woods Hole to visit the Aquarium, and Woods Hole Oceanagraphic  Institute’s Titanic education display featuring Alvin the submarine involved in Titanic exploration.

Whale Watching Day Trip

A favorite venture for many of our guests is going on a Cape Cod Whale Watching trip.  Our sister and brother-in-law recently visited from North Carolina and that was a must do on their 25 year anniversary trip.

The options are many depending often on how long you have to spend for the day.  For example you can travel to the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown, and explore the town prior to jumping on the Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch excursion.  The scenic drive to Provincetown is about 2 hours and offers you the chance to see a great deal of Cape Cod on your way to and from the whale atch excursion.  For our International guests who are staying with us for several days will often choose this excursion.

If you have less time to spare or just would like a shorter drive to and from the Whale Watch excursion you can either choose Captain John’s out of Plymouth or out of Hyannis Whale Watcher cruises out of Barnstable Harbor in Hyannis.

The picture below was one of MANY that our brother-in-law took while enjoying their whale sightings.

Whale Watch

Whale Watch

 

Plymouth Day Trip

A Plymouth day trip or 1/2 day trip is a popular excursion that many of our guests enjoy.  Often guests will choose to explore Plymouth on their way to us in Cape Cod or on their way back to Boston’s Logan airport to travel home or even  while traveling to Northern New England while on an extended vacation.

Plymouth Rock Portico

Plymouth Rock Portico

Visitors from around the country and around the world are drawn to Plymouth’s significant history. Colonial history started here when the Pilgrims arrived in 1620 and the Plymouth rock is one popular visitor attraction (most people remark….”I thought it would be much larger”).

Plymouth is proud to be home to a working harbor busy with fishing and lobster industries, shopping and restaurant venues, numerous ocean activities and of course Plymouth Plantation where you can relive the days of the pilgrims.

If you have a full day to enjoy Plymouth’s offerings, you can most likely fit in a whale watch on Capt. Johnson’s vessels along with various other activities.

Some of the most popular Plymouth activities are:

Pilgrim Hall Museum – This is America’s Oldest Museum. Here you can see items that came to America on the Mayflower.

Plymouth Plantation

Plymouth Plantation

Plimouth Plantation – Here history is brought to life in a fun and interactive setting. At Plymouth plantation and aboard Mayflower II guests enter a living re-creation of America’s past. The thatched roof homes, hand carved wooden furniture and simple, metal pots and tools have been authentically reproduced to set the scene of a 17th century Wampanoag home site. The Mayflower II is a full scale reproduction of the ship that crossed the Atlantic in 1620.

Mayflower Society Museum -across the street and around the corner from Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower Society Museum is in the heart of Plymouth’s historic district.  It is on one of the five original roads laid out by the pilgrims for their colony. The property overlooks the harbor where a reproduction of the Mayflower is moored. The house was originally built in 1754 by Edward Winslow, who was the great-grandson of Gov. Winslow of Massachusetts and a Pilgrim descendent. An interesting bit of trivia is that Lydia Jackson married American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson in the East parlor of the house in 1835.

Mayflower Society Museum

Mayflower Society Museum

Pilgrim Path Walking Tours- toward audio headsets and maps are available at the waterfront visitor information center for these walking tours. You would start at Plymouth Rock and winds through side streets on the matter. You will find homes and Museum celebrating Plymouth’s rich historic pass from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Village Landing Marketplace- located on Plymouth scenic waterfront hear it, you will’s have a true New England experience. There is a unique collection of specialty shops and restaurants that are locally owned and operated.

Captain John’s Whale Watch-Excursions to Stellwagen Bank, which is one of the primary feeding grounds for humpback whales, minke whales, humpback whales and dolphins, are part of this adventure.

Captain John Whale Watch

Captain John Whale Watch

Woods Hole 1/2 Day Trip

A nice half day trip while staying at The Captain’s Manor Inn is exploring Woods Hole Village a mere 3 miles down the road.  This   quaint seaside village and is home to the internationally acclaimed Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (nicknamed WHOI) and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) which is an international center for research, education, and training in biology.

Take a leisurely walk or bike ride down the Shining Sea Bikeway or hop on the Falmouth SWOOSH trolley to travel the 3 miles to the Village.  Enjoy a walk down Water Street for some window shopping or to check out the famous popovers at Pie in the Sky Bakery or the lobster tacos at Quicks Hole.

Some of must sees are:

 

Woods Hole Aquarium

Woods Hole Aquarium

Woods Hole Aquarium

 

 

Woods Hole Boat Show Exhibits site

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole

 

 

 

 

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

WHOI submarine

WHOI submarine

 

MBL’s Marine Resources Facility

Woods Hole Historical Museum 

OceanQuest Discovery Cruise

Newport RI day trip

Another great day trip while staying at the Captain’s Manor Inn is the seaside venue of Newport, Rhode Island. Newport is best known for its extraordinary mansions which visitors can tour thanks to the work of the Preservation Society of Newport County. The Preservation Society includes 10 historic properties, as well as the Newport mansions store and the Green Animals Topiary Garden.

Rosecliff in Newport RI

Rosecliff in Newport RI

The Breakers in Newport RI

The Breakers

 

Our suggestion for your Newport daytrip is to enjoy your full breakfast at the Inn before you head off on your hour plus drive to Newport. Upon arriving in Newport purchase your Museum admission ticket and prepare to be awed by magnificent architecture and historic furnishings. Based on personal experience and great guest feedback we suggest your best properties to view would be the Breakers, the Marble House, and the Elms. A wonderful feature for these properties are the audio tours so you can enjoy the mansions at your own pace with narration available in English, French, German and Spanish. After viewing three of the properties most guests feel it’s time to explore other Newport offerings.

Some suggestions include the themes glassblowing studio and gallery featuring handblown glass and the opportunity to make your own ornament or paperweight if you call ahead and schedule.

Thames Glass Blowing

Thames Glass Blowing

Click here to read a fantastic blog with great pictures on glass blowing at the Thames.

If you like art, perhaps a tour of the Newport Art Museum is on your to do list. If history is an interest you might visit the Touro synagogue completed in 1763 and the oldest synagogue in America. When it’s time for lunch or dinner Newport’s harbor area is the place to go where there are countless options for dining on the pier. Another activity after a break to eat is the 90 minute 1-mile walking tour of historic Newport www.toursforcurious people.com.
After your full day of visiting historic Newport head on back to the Captain’s Manor Inn and enjoy a nice glass of wine on the veranda or in your room as you unwind.

The Captain's Manor Inn

The Captain’s Manor Inn

Nantucket Day Trip

Brandt Point Lighthouse

Nantucket’s Brandt Point Lighthouse

The island of Nantucket is best known for two things. First, its long history of maritime pursuits and secondly it’s attraction for celebrities and tourists alike.

When staying at the Captain’s Manor Inn and planning for a day trip to the island of Nantucket, we recommend you start your day with a full breakfast at the Inn before heading over to Hyannis to catch the fast ferry to the island.

Nantucket is a unique island unto itself. It is only a small island at 3.5 x 14 miles at its widest points. The island only has one town aptly named Nantucket which is a National Landmark Historic District, with over 800 structures built pre1840. Other than downtown, basically Nantucket is made up of all beach.

You’ll feel transported as you walk the cobbled main road. The street was paved back in 1837, using cobblestones from Gloucester, Massachusetts. These very same cobblestones were used as ballast to stabilize ships cargoes back in the day.

Nantucket Main Street

Nantucket Main Street

Your day trip itinerary might look like this:

9:00 AM  Breakfast at The Captain’s Manor Inn

9:45  AM   Head off to Hyannis to catch the Steamship Authority’s Iyanough Fast  Ferry to Nantucket.

11:  AM   The Ferry departs from Hyannis

12:00 PM  The Ferry arrives in Nantucket

12:15 PM  Make your first stop Nantucket’s Whaling Museum which was renovated in 2005. Do not miss the rooftop observation deck for a special view of Nantucket harbor.

1:15 PM  Time for lunch at any number of wonderful restaurants.  Some favorite’s of Captain’s Manor Inn guests are – Brotherhood of Thieves or Something Natural for outstanding sandwiches and treats at a reasonable price….Or for something a little more elegant and pricey try Company of the Cauldron or Oran Mor Bistro.

2:45 PM  Now is a great time to walk off or bike off  lunch.  Enjoy all the little side road explorations off Main Street on your own OR  head back to the Whaling Museum and join the Nantucket Historical Association guided 1+  hour walking tour OR take part in the Nantucket Bike Tours History Buff Tour.

5:00 PM  A little treat might be in store at Petticoat Row Bakery known for exquisite baked goods.

5:150 PM A last minute walk to Brandt Point Lighthouse might be just the thing before boarding the ferry to head back to the mainland.

6:00 PM The ferry leaves Nantucket bound for Hyannis.

7:00 PM You dock in Hyannis and head back to Falmouth for dinner on Main Street.

Nantucket Harbor

Nantucket Harbor

Cape Cod Lighthouses

There’s something so appealing about visiting a lighthouse. It may be the magnificent scenery, or the history it represents, or simply the romance of the sea.

From the upper Cape just over the bridge, to the tip of the Cape in Provincetown there are countless lighthouses to be explored. Right in Falmouth, Cape Cod we have our very own Knobska’s lighthouse which is one of the most photographed lighthouses in New England.  It has often been the site for a romantic proposal at sunset.

Scroll below the map and read about a suggested scenic lighthouse day trip.

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Cape Cod LIghthouses

A Day trip of lighthouse sightseeing could go like this:

After breakfast at the Captain’s Manor Inn drive down Mill Road to Surf Drive and take a right driving along the beautifully scenic Vineyard Sound until you reach Knobska Lighthouse.  Feel free to park and explore. Free guided tours are available on certain dates during the year.

Chatham Lighthouse

The Chatham Lighthouse at Sunset

After leaving Knobska Lighthouse we suggest you head down Rt 28 towards Chatham at the “elbow” of Cape Cod.  Once in Chatham head down Main Street to the Lighthouse.  This is an active lighthouse managed by the U.S. Coast Guard and was originally built in 1877.

Your next suggested lighthouse stop is in the town Eastham which is part of the National Seashore. Some fascinating history comes with Nauset Lighthouse. The lighthouse was originally built in 1887 and was in Chatham. It was moved from Chatham to Eastham in 1923 to replace what was known as the Three Sisters Lighthouses. Since that time the Three Sisters Lighthouses have been restored. A little trivia is that the Nauset lighthouse is the logo for the Cape Cod Chips company.

Race Point Lighthouse

Race Point Lighthouse

After your visit to the Nauset seashore we suggest you head towards Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod. There are three lighthouses in Provincetown. At this outermost tip you will find the Wood End and Longpoint Lighthouses which were built in 1872 and 1875 respectively.  Race Point Lighthouse was the first lighthouse to be built at the end of the Cape in 1816. Of the three lighthouses only Race Point is opened to the public during the summer season.

Now it is time to head back to relax at the Inn and if you feel so inclined you may stop at one more lighthouse which is located in Truro. What makes this lighthouse really special is that it was the first lighthouse built in Cape Cod and it was ordered so by George Washington in 1797.

When you arrive back at The Captain’s Manor Inn it should be just in time to enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda before taking a stroll into Falmouth Village to enjoy dinner at one of our many wonderful restaurants.

Sandwich Cape Cod Day Trip

Just a short 1/2 hour drive from The Captain’s Manor Inn, Sandwich was the first Cape town settled in 1637 and its name was based on a seaport in Kent, England. What was a small agrarian community changed dramatically when a Boston businessman Deming Jarvis established a glass factory in Sandwich. The Boston and Sandwich glass company grew to be one of the largest glass makers in the nation.

Heritage Gardens

Heritage Gardens

Heritage Museum Antique Auto

Heritage Museum Antique Auto

A must see in Sandwich is the Heritage Museum and Gardens. This is the largest public garden in southern New England and it is located on 100 acres of magnificent grounds on the banks of Shawnee pond. This site is especially famous for their Dexter Rhododendrons as well as numerous daylilies, hostas and hydrangeas. In addition the gardens feature nationally recognized specialty gardens, water features and sculpture.

 

The heritage Museum hosts three gallery buildings with diverse exhibitions. Our particular favorite, housed in a reproduced Shaker Round Stone Barn, is an automobile gallery featuring more than 30 beautifully maintained antique American automobiles. Another fine collection is the American Art & Carousel Gallery which includes an extensive collection of folk art and a working vintage carousel from 1908.

Sandwich Glass Museum

Sandwich Glass Museum

Another site you should visit is the Sandwich Glass Museum. There are displays of more than 6000 different glass pieces created by different glass companies in Sandwich during the 19th and 20th centuries. A highlight of your visit will be the opportunity to view glassblowing demonstrations on site. The glassblowing demonstrations are held daily from 10 AM until 4 PM every hour on the hour.
Other interesting glass shops to visit in Sandwich are listed below:
• McDermott Glass Studio & Gallery (272 Cotuit Road, Sandwich, Ma 02563)
Closed Monday, Gallery Tue-Sun 10-5, Glassblowing Thu-Sat 10-5
• Glass Studio on Cape Cod (470 Route 6A, East Sandwich)
www.glassstudiooncapecod.com
• Pairpoint – Americas Oldest Glass Works (Route 6A Sagamore Ma)
www.pairpoint.com

If you have more time to spare in Sandwich perhaps you would enjoy the Heritage Trail:

Sandwich Heritage Trail

Sandwich Heritage Trail

 

Martha’s Vineyard Day Trip

One of the most popular Day Trips for our guests is a visit to Martha’s Vineyard during their stay with us.   They love that the island is located only seven miles off the Massachusetts coastline and it is only a 45-minute ferry ride from Woods Hole, Falmouth. We invite you to scroll down for a brief video, as well as some pictures of the Vineyard and a sample itinerary.

There are many ways to get around and explore the island.  For example you can use the Martha’s Vineyard transit authority bus system where for $7,

Aquinnah in Martha's Vineyard

Aquinnah is a stop on the tour

a day pass will take you on varying routes, and you can hop on and off as you please.  You could also opt to rent mopeds, bicycles or a car to explore the island.  In addition to self touring the island there is a popular 2 and 1/2 hour bus tour of the island that many guests take once they get off the ferry and then they use the rest of their day to explore the island on their own.

A   sample itinerary   for a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard is provided below:

8:00 AM  Breakfast at The Captain’s Manor Inn

8:50  AM   A short walk from The Captain’s Manor Inn to the Steamship Authority Ferry Shuttle Bus

9:30  AM   The Ferry departs from Woods Hole

10:15 AM  The Ferry arrives in Oak Bluffs Martha’s Vineyard

10:30 AM   Depart on the Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing Tour

1:00   PM   Arrive back in Oak Bluffs following the tour

1:15   PM   Enjoy lunch at Nancy’s overlooking Oak Bluffs  Harbor

2:30   PM   Walk about Oak Bluff and explore the Gingerbread Houses by the Tabernacle and visit the beach

4:00 PM  Board Bus #13 to head to Edgartown4:15 PM  Explore Edgartown’s shops and beautiful historic homes

6:00 PM Enjoy Atlantic on the Edgartown harbor for drinks and dinner

7:45 PM Board Bus#13 to head to Oak Bluffs

8:15 PM Ferry departs for Woods Hole

Sunset on return to Woods Hole

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