Making the perfect Cape Cod hotel is not for the faint of heart. As we at Treehouse Lodge approach our April open date (April 6, in case you are curious), the long laundry lists of "to-do's" become slightly overwhelming.
But our new Canopy Deluxe rooms are finally coming together: Crisp new mattresses? Check. Awesome new lighting? Check. Microwaves? Check. New "green" pod coffee makers? Check. Amazing raw wood framed mirrors? Check. Soft new sheets, pillows and towels? Check. Check. Check.
We took some risks on this batch of five rooms, completed winter 2017-18. We heard from some customers that our excellent wifi was maybe not quite enough, so we added TV's (in these Canopy Deluxe rooms only). We decided the couch should be extra comfy and appropriate for easy conversion to another bed, so we designed a case study platform that we hope is going to WOW you - and then we made them ourselves!
We heard from our business & science guests that a desk would be nice, so we found a way to tuck a mini work station into these rooms. We wanted to upgrade the heat and cooling systems (the originals were installed in the 1950's so it was about time) so we added these sweet little mini splits that will allow you to control your room temperature to perfection.
How about artwork that will inspire a restful nights sleep and make you feel happy come morning? We looked far and wide for the right tone and think we have found something inspirational and authentic that we hope you will really like.
So much thought goes into the details of these Cape Cod hotel rooms, but they do not come alive until you are here to enjoy them. A spring night like tonight, with the peepers chirping from the marshes, we pause to admire the golden sun setting while a blue moon rises over the bay. A stroll through the village of Woods Hole is like a step back to a simpler time. Join us this season for the perfect Cape Cod getaway in Woods Hole.
March is supposed to come in like a lion and out like a lamb, but here in Woods Hole, the month has proved to be consistently ferocious! This season, we’ve earned some serious storm cred, having weathered three Nor’Easters in less than two weeks, with a potential “Four’Easter” heading our way. While we appreciate the extra effort by the weather folks for coming up with a catchy name, this is getting a little out of hand. In the late evening hours of Monday, March 12, Winter Storm Skylar decided to join the party that began recently with Riley and Quinn. Local resident David Canty, who tends the Eel Pond drawbridge, captured the above scene of Woods Hole Inn and Coffee Obsession from the vantage point of the bridge’s video screen on Tuesday morning. By 10 AM, the picturesque scene of swirling snowflakes had shifted into whiteout conditions with increasing intensity.
Due to our coastal location, the heavy snow and unyielding winds resulted in countless downed trees, knocking out power to Woods Hole village and all over town. More than 16,000 Falmouth residents were left in the dark, equaling more than 60% of the population, forcing us to once again shift into hardy New England mode and get out the camp stoves and head lamps. Meanwhile locations such as Falmouth High School and Waquoit Congregational Church opened their doors to serve as warming stations, which also provided a place to charge up cell phones and other devices.
With peak gusts at more than 80 MPH, Mother Nature forced the Steamship Authority to suspend ferry service and also halted work on the debris removal of the former terminal, which was recently demolished to make way for a shoreside restoration project. With school out of session and calls to stay off the roads, Falmouth’s Department of Public Works and local contractors took to the streets to begin the thankless job of snow and tree removal.
Crews from Eversource and other power companies called in reinforcements from as far away as Arizona to work around the clock all over New England. For the third time in as many weeks! We greeted those glowing yellow trucks from New Hampshire Power like returning champions from an unseen war.
By Thursday, their tireless efforts resulted in power restoration for Woods Hole and the majority greater of Falmouth, and with the flick of a switch, life was back to normal with the sun shining over icy footsteps.
It's the darkness of winter, especially her storms, that makes spring so sweet. At the end of each season, we are gasping for breath with the beauty of life at the edge of the sea. Join us this spring and summer at Treehouse Lodge, the best new place to stay in Falmouth. Booking online is easy, or call us at 508-548-1986.
First there was winter storm Riley, then came winter storm Quinn. If you are glued like me to the Weather Channel, you might be wondering about storm impact here in Woods Hole. Well, have we got the photo blog for you!
Bomb Cyclone Riley arrived in our region on Friday March 2nd. By late afternoon, we were getting serious gusts, clocked at 88 miles per hour out at Nobska Light. About 5.30 pm the power went out all over Woods Hole. We hunkered down in candlelight for a long evening of howling wind with lots of rain.
By morning, the inside of the house felt about as cool as outside. I bundled up and wandered about Woods Hole to see the impact and warm up. The Nor'easter was still blowing with a moon high tide causing significant flooding everywhere I went.
Surf was crashing over the sea wall at Stoney Beach, and I was not able to get closer than this to see the significant flooding on Gardiner Road.
Picnic anyone? The access to many docks along this Eel Pond row was swamped with sea water, but the tide did not rise high enough to flood Millfield Street as it did in Hurricane Bob (1991).
Still no power all day Saturday. After my walk, I hopped back in bed to warm up then cooked another candlelight dinner wearing my wool Patriots hat.
On Sunday, the high tides continued to cause coastal flooding and overwhelm docks and seawalls. This is the view towards Nonamessett Island out over the Woods Hole Yacht Club on Sunday. Lower than the day before, but still!
I got closer to Stoney Beach on Sunday, but there were remnant of flooding as well as tons of sand on the old MBL tennis courts. Looked like the surf was pounding this area over both nights.
On the other side of Eel Pond, Shuckers Raw Bar & Cafe was flooded pretty significantly Sunday morning, although given their low ground floor elevation, this can not be the first time.
The sea water was up over the cobblestone terrace there, and into the bar area of this popular spot featured on Diners Drive Ins and Dives last season. Note how much higher the level of the floats are compared to the brick terrace. The access ramp is going up, not down!
The buzz of chain saws punctuated the air for the next few days, but out on Gansett Road a tree remained down with stray wiring tangled within. Nobody likes to chain saw around wires!
Power was restored to Woods Hole mid day Sunday, and by evening the sun broke out for a moment, long enough for my neighbor to row out to empty water from his kayaks lashed to a winter float.
It was Henry David Thoreau who wrote of Cape Cod in 1865: "What are springs and waterfalls? Here is the spring of springs, the waterfall of waterfalls. A storm in the fall or winter is the time to visit it; a lighthouse or a fisherman’s hut the true hotel. A man may stand there and put all America behind him."
This blog was designed to introduce you to Falmouth, Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and all that the new Treehouse Lodge has to offer for family fun in the sun on Cape Cod.