Laura's Guidebook

Laura
Laura's Guidebook

Beaches

Falmouth has many beaches - some require a beach stickers and others have public parking. We are a 5 minute drive to several great beaches. Have bikes? They are also very bikeable. Sticker prices start at $80 per week in the season. No fees after Labor Day.
A 5 minute drive away, this beach is understated, clean, more of a locals hangout.
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Menauhant Beach
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A 5 minute drive away, this beach is understated, clean, more of a locals hangout.
A 5minute drive from the Shire, this beach feels more like a city beach. It's wide open, with a sidewalk and plenty of parking. There are several restaurants at this beach - Shipwrecked and Sopranos.
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Falmouth Heights Beach
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A 5minute drive from the Shire, this beach feels more like a city beach. It's wide open, with a sidewalk and plenty of parking. There are several restaurants at this beach - Shipwrecked and Sopranos.
Located in Sippewisset, this is my favorite beach. In the season it's sticker parking only.
Wood Neck Beach
Sippewissett Road
Located in Sippewisset, this is my favorite beach. In the season it's sticker parking only.
Known as the best place to watch a sunset, Chappy Beach is fairly long, clean beach with a large parking area and steps to the beach.
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Chappaquoit Beach
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Known as the best place to watch a sunset, Chappy Beach is fairly long, clean beach with a large parking area and steps to the beach.
Open to the public, this freshwater pond has a beach, hiking and a playground
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Goodwill Park
416 Gifford Street
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Open to the public, this freshwater pond has a beach, hiking and a playground
Woods Hole: this small beach has a community feel. It's nestled in a residential area so not easy to find unless you're looking for it. Climb the rock jettys out into the water. Small parking lot. Might be sticker parking only.
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MBL Stony Beach
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Woods Hole: this small beach has a community feel. It's nestled in a residential area so not easy to find unless you're looking for it. Climb the rock jettys out into the water. Small parking lot. Might be sticker parking only.

Food scene

I'm a die-hard NYC foodie. Here's the places I eat.
Local favorite for breakfasts and brunch
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Moonakis Cafe
460 Waquoit Highway
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Local favorite for breakfasts and brunch
Lovely place for afternoon tea, lunch and weekend brunch. Food is consistently excellent.
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Dunbar House Restaurant & Tea Room
1 Water St
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Lovely place for afternoon tea, lunch and weekend brunch. Food is consistently excellent.
Small restaurant & bar. Live music on weekends. Best pizza!
Jacks Restaurant & Bar
327 Gifford Street
Small restaurant & bar. Live music on weekends. Best pizza!
Excellent Japanese with some Thai dishes. Best Asian cuisine in Falmouth
Bluefins
295 Main Street
Excellent Japanese with some Thai dishes. Best Asian cuisine in Falmouth
Good solid American fare in a pub atmosphere
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Quarterdeck
164 Main Street
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Good solid American fare in a pub atmosphere
Good lobster rolls, waterfront views.
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Landfall Restaurant
9 Luscombe Avenue
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Good lobster rolls, waterfront views.
Zero atmosphere but great food. House specials are the Tater Kegs, Fried Chicken, and Crock o' Mac & Cheese
Conference Table
205 Worcester Ct
Zero atmosphere but great food. House specials are the Tater Kegs, Fried Chicken, and Crock o' Mac & Cheese
Favorite place for foodies! Situated right on the water in Woods Hole. Make sure to order the squid ink bread with radish butter. Best ice cream sandwiches.
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Water Street Kitchen
56 Water St
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Favorite place for foodies! Situated right on the water in Woods Hole. Make sure to order the squid ink bread with radish butter. Best ice cream sandwiches.
French restaurant in Mashpee commons. Great food and cocktails. Cute ambiance. Nice place for a date.
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Bleu
10 Market Street
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French restaurant in Mashpee commons. Great food and cocktails. Cute ambiance. Nice place for a date.
Festive modern Mexican cuisine. Nice outdoor seating in the season. This place is always hopping and doesn’t take reservations unless you show up in person and put your name in. Often long wait times so plan ahead.
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Anejo Mexican Bistro
188 Main Street
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Festive modern Mexican cuisine. Nice outdoor seating in the season. This place is always hopping and doesn’t take reservations unless you show up in person and put your name in. Often long wait times so plan ahead.
Modern Greek cuisine in a lovely atmosphere.
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Estia Falmouth
117 Main St
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Modern Greek cuisine in a lovely atmosphere.
Good place for gourmet takeout. My faves are the soups and dessert bars.
Bean & Cod
145 Main St
Good place for gourmet takeout. My faves are the soups and dessert bars.
Best oceanfront dining in Falmouth Heights. Food is decent Italian cuisine (Mashpee location has better food). Often live music on the weekends. Big back deck to dine on and watch the sunset over the ocean.
Soprano’s Casino by the Sea
Best oceanfront dining in Falmouth Heights. Food is decent Italian cuisine (Mashpee location has better food). Often live music on the weekends. Big back deck to dine on and watch the sunset over the ocean.
Newly renovated restaurant & pub with outdoor seating facing the ocean. Decent pub fare. Weekends often have live entertainment such as music or standup comedy. Falmouth Heights location. Nice place to end up at after a beach day.
Shipwrecked
263 Grand Avenue
Newly renovated restaurant & pub with outdoor seating facing the ocean. Decent pub fare. Weekends often have live entertainment such as music or standup comedy. Falmouth Heights location. Nice place to end up at after a beach day.
Excellent BBQ takeout. Located right on rte28, this large black food truck is the source of some great eats like pulled chicken or pork platters, mac + cheese, cornbread, slaw, and a variety of quesadillas.
Wicked N' Wood BBQ & Wood Grill
383 East Falmouth Highway
Excellent BBQ takeout. Located right on rte28, this large black food truck is the source of some great eats like pulled chicken or pork platters, mac + cheese, cornbread, slaw, and a variety of quesadillas.
Super fresh seafood, cute outdoor seating area.
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Epic Oyster
70 County Rd
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Super fresh seafood, cute outdoor seating area.
Famous for their huge lobster rolls, Raw Bar is located in a cute shopping area In the Popponesset area of Mashpee. Outdoor seating under tents.
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Raw Bar
259 Shore Drive
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Famous for their huge lobster rolls, Raw Bar is located in a cute shopping area In the Popponesset area of Mashpee. Outdoor seating under tents.
Food is good but I'm recommending this more for atmosphere. Located on the water in Woods Hole, I love sitting on the back pier, befriending the ducks and watching the boats come in and out of Eel pond.
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Captain Kidd Restaurant
77 Water Street
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Food is good but I'm recommending this more for atmosphere. Located on the water in Woods Hole, I love sitting on the back pier, befriending the ducks and watching the boats come in and out of Eel pond.
Eat-in or take-out pizza place with a small bar, that serves the most creative pizzas in the area. Often the source of community events, Moto is a true gem. They also deliver.
Moto Pizza Falmouth
500 Waquoit Highway
Eat-in or take-out pizza place with a small bar, that serves the most creative pizzas in the area. Often the source of community events, Moto is a true gem. They also deliver.
Cape Cod is not known for satisfying Asian food choices, but this place stands out. Nice interior for sit down meals, good menu, and surprisingly good food. Their pad thai is the best in the area.
Bangkok Cuisine - Mashpee
681 Falmouth Rd
Cape Cod is not known for satisfying Asian food choices, but this place stands out. Nice interior for sit down meals, good menu, and surprisingly good food. Their pad thai is the best in the area.

Hiking & walking

The Knob is a popular site for scenic hikes, walking dogs, and bringing visitors. Situated on a bay, it’s an easy trail walk through forest and beach which ends on a little point called a knob. There is limited free parking near the entrance
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The Knob
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The Knob is a popular site for scenic hikes, walking dogs, and bringing visitors. Situated on a bay, it’s an easy trail walk through forest and beach which ends on a little point called a knob. There is limited free parking near the entrance
A lovely short walk that takes you from forest to shore.
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway
A lovely short walk that takes you from forest to shore.
Located right near Highfield Hall, these woods have many walking trails. You'll see lots of people with dogs. There's a hikers parking lot, as well as trail maps. Some hills but nothing too steep.
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Beebe Woods
Two Ponds Road
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Located right near Highfield Hall, these woods have many walking trails. You'll see lots of people with dogs. There's a hikers parking lot, as well as trail maps. Some hills but nothing too steep.

Outdoor & active

There’s lots of walking and biking trails in the area. Most have parking. Download the AllTrails app for more specifics
Bike path runs from Woods Hole to North Falmouth - about 12 miles. Well maintained and scenic. There are 2 bike stores along the path.
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Shining Sea Bikeway
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Bike path runs from Woods Hole to North Falmouth - about 12 miles. Well maintained and scenic. There are 2 bike stores along the path.
The only mini golf in the area, this place has 18 holes, an arcade and ice cream
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Cataumet Crossing Light Mini Golf
1370 MA-28A
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The only mini golf in the area, this place has 18 holes, an arcade and ice cream

Sightseeing

Places to check out
Woods Hole is home to the world famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI). It is a village of Falmouth and located 10 minutes from the town center. There are yours and a museum. Great for budding marine biologists. The village has several nice restaurants, a great artists co-op called the Handworks Gallery, and 2 nice coffeehouses. It’s also where the ferry leaves for Martha’s Vineyard.
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Woods Hole
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Woods Hole is home to the world famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI). It is a village of Falmouth and located 10 minutes from the town center. There are yours and a museum. Great for budding marine biologists. The village has several nice restaurants, a great artists co-op called the Handworks Gallery, and 2 nice coffeehouses. It’s also where the ferry leaves for Martha’s Vineyard.
The drive out to the lighthouse is scenic, as is the the view from the lighthouse
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Nobska Lighthouse
233 Nobska Road
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The drive out to the lighthouse is scenic, as is the the view from the lighthouse
A restored copper baron mansion, Highfield Hall has tours and special events both inside and out. They focus on gardening and culinary themes. Lovely grounds and gardens for walking.
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Highfield Hall & Gardens
58 Highfield Drive
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A restored copper baron mansion, Highfield Hall has tours and special events both inside and out. They focus on gardening and culinary themes. Lovely grounds and gardens for walking.

Local farms

My go-to place for fresh cut flowers and plants. Every summer Friday 9-12 they put out dozens of fresh bouquets in mason jars for sale at $12-25.
Brick Kiln Farm
254 Brick Kiln Road
My go-to place for fresh cut flowers and plants. Every summer Friday 9-12 they put out dozens of fresh bouquets in mason jars for sale at $12-25.
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Coonamessett Farm
277 Hatchville Road
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Good place to buy local produce. Nice pumpkins, cornstalks and hayrides in the fall
Tony Andrews Farm
Good place to buy local produce. Nice pumpkins, cornstalks and hayrides in the fall
Family run farm focusing on mini-horse rescue. Tours and time with the horses are given in exchange for a nominal donation to mini horse rescue groups. Gorgeous property and former home of Cape Cod winery.
The Wishing Well Farm
681 Sandwich Road
Family run farm focusing on mini-horse rescue. Tours and time with the horses are given in exchange for a nominal donation to mini horse rescue groups. Gorgeous property and former home of Cape Cod winery.
The best, and possibly only place for apple picking Capeside Crow Farm in Sandwich. They also have a corn maze and will include pumpkin picking in October. Pick your own hours are seasonal. Consult their Facebook page. Farm Stand: (508) 888 0690 E-Mail Inquiries: pcrow61@gmail.com Facebook Page: Crow Farm Cape Cod
Crow Farm
192 MA-6A
The best, and possibly only place for apple picking Capeside Crow Farm in Sandwich. They also have a corn maze and will include pumpkin picking in October. Pick your own hours are seasonal. Consult their Facebook page. Farm Stand: (508) 888 0690 E-Mail Inquiries: pcrow61@gmail.com Facebook Page: Crow Farm Cape Cod

Food shopping

Nice upmarket grocery store with excellent produce & meat sections. Lots of organic and gluten free foods
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Windfall Market
77 Scranton Avenue
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Nice upmarket grocery store with excellent produce & meat sections. Lots of organic and gluten free foods
The go-to place for food on the west side of Falmouth
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West Falmouth Market Inc
623 Massachusetts 28A
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The go-to place for food on the west side of Falmouth
If you like to eat organic, or have specific dietary needs, this small grocery store in Mashpee Commons has a great selection. They will also order things for you. I like milk alternatives to get my favorite pea-based milk, Ripple, here.
Rory's Market + Kitchen
32 Market St
If you like to eat organic, or have specific dietary needs, this small grocery store in Mashpee Commons has a great selection. They will also order things for you. I like milk alternatives to get my favorite pea-based milk, Ripple, here.
This is one of 2 major grocery stores in Falmouth. The other is Stop & Shop. Shaws is a little nicer and better organized. Good if you need to do a big shopping.
Shaw's
137 Teaticket Hwy
This is one of 2 major grocery stores in Falmouth. The other is Stop & Shop. Shaws is a little nicer and better organized. Good if you need to do a big shopping.
Best place to shop a wide variety of cheeses, spreads, crackers and other bespoke foods.
North Falmouth Cheese Shop
402 N Falmouth Hwy
Best place to shop a wide variety of cheeses, spreads, crackers and other bespoke foods.