Category Archives: Day Trips

Fall in Love with the Cape

August 25, 2015 by Trish Robinson

th9Fall in love with the Cape this autumn and experience all of the wonderful seasonal activities this vacation destination has to offer. After the hot days of summer fade into the cool crisp days of fall, a new kind of beauty emerges on the oceanfront landscape. Where there were once crowds of beach goers, there are now quiet miles of coast – the perfect place for an evening stroll with a warm sweatshirt. Here are our suggestions for making the most of our favorite season on the Cape:

Fall Foliage Tours

Whether you travel by bike, by kayak, or on foot, the bright amber hues simply cannot be missed.

By Bike

th2The Shining Sea Bike Path spans 10.7 miles from North Falmouth to Woods Hole. You will pass through picturesque cranberry bogs,  inlets with amazing wildlife, and beautiful wooded areas all while winding around the Vineyard Sound shoreline. The path ends in Woods Hole, the perfect place to stop and grab some lunch to fuel up for your ride back.

By Kayak

Whether you rent a kayak for a few hours and head out on your own, or sign up for a th3sunset tour – kayaking is one of the best ways to see the hidden inlets and marshes of the Cape. Nothing compares to the serene environment of being out on the water where the only noise audible is the sound your paddle makes as it glides through the water.

On Foot

Cape Cod is home to some of the most beautiful nature walks, and the gorgeous colors of the fall foliage enhance the experience that much more. Beebe Woods at Highfield Hall and Gardens is just one of the many beautiful places to enjoy the fall by foot. Home to the “punch bowl” (a picturesque pond that lies deep within the woods), Beebe Woods has a trail for everyone.

Fall Harvest

Roll up your sleeves and get into the spirit at a local farm this fall and enjoy the beautiful bounty of the season!

Pumpkin Picking

Coonamessett Farm is a 20 acre farming and research enterprise and they invite you t7hto get a day pass to pick your own pumpkin at for only $8!

Apple Picking

Peachtree Circle Farm is run by a husband and wife team and founded in 1990. Spend the day wandering their 7 acre farm and leave with some sweet treats!

Cider Tasting

Falmouth Wine and Sprits hosts fall cider tastings each Saturday afternoon. Sample some new ciders, compare the classics, and enjoy some delicious doughnuts! Feel free to purchase some cider and enjoy it on the veranda back at the inn – Falmouth Wine and Spirits is a short walk away!

Haunted House Tours

Fall simply wouldn’t be complete without a little spookiness!

Barnstable Village Haunted House Tour

Walk the historic Old Kings Highway in Barnstable Village and hear stories of the IMG_0654small quaint town. There are over ten stops and eight ghost stories will be told. You will visit Cobb’s Hill Cemetery where many strange and unusual things have taken place. You’ll visit places like the Barnstable Tavern & Restaurant where a mischievous specter lurks in the dining room. The tour ends in the old jail built in 1690.

Haunted Hayride

Tony Andrews Farm is home to the ‘Harvest of Horrors,’ one of Cape Cod’s most frightful hayrides! Guests first board a tram which brings them to the entrance of the haunted forest where the guests are then split into small groups as they enter. The winding outdoor path is a 1/4 mile long and not for the faint of heart!

However you choose to enjoy the fall season here on the Cape, you will certainly not be at a loss for things to do. Falmouth is centrally located, and offers so much do right here in the village.



The Woods Hole Film Festival

July 16, 2015 by Trish Robinson

firestation_pic1The Woods Hole Film Festival is the oldest film festival on Cape Cod and the Islands and is celebrating its 24th year this summer. Independent and emerging filmmakers will come together and premier over 100 films and 8 short programs. Programs include workshops, master classes, panel discussions and parties complete with live music. Spotlighting the history and beauty of this region is a goal of the Woods Hole Film Festival and those films that feature or have a connection to the Cape or the surrounding New England geography will be especially highlighted. Another way the festival honors the beauty of the area is through their venue choices. From the Old Woods Hole Fire Station, to iconic restaurants and landmarks, you’ll watch these films and attend accompanying events in some of the most loved buildings in town. This year, in addition to the Woods Hole locations, Falmouth Academy as well as Falmouth Cinema Pub will also be featuring films.

Opening night will feature Maya Forbes‘ (Cambridge, MA native) directorial debut “Infinitely Polar Bear” which features Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. Other highlights are expected to be Richard Ray Perez‘ film “Cesar’s Last Fast,” a documentary chronicling Cesar Chavez’ struggle to secure humane and fair treatment for America’s farmers; and Sally Taylor‘s, (daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon) presentation of her documentary. Preparation for Taylor’s documentary “Consenses” began when she asked 150 artists over the span of two years to interpret each other’s work and share their reactions. The documentary reveals those reactions and evolves into a greater conversation about human reaction and the understanding of art as it pertains to the individual.

There will be multiple events each day, and tickets are available online through Woods Hole Film Fesitval’s website. This is a highly anticipated and extremely well attended event each year and 2015 promises to deliver!




Whale Watching Day Trip

May 31, 2013 by insideout

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

May 2, 2013 by insideout

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

April 9, 2013 by insideout

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

March 14, 2013 by insideout

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
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

March 3, 2013 by insideout

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

January 18, 2013 by insideout

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

January 5, 2013 by insideout

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)
• Pairpoint – Americas Oldest Glass Works (Route 6A Sagamore Ma)

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

May 4, 2012 by insideout

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