At The Treehouse Lodge we have our very own "beach buggy" to drive guests either to Nobska, the Knob, or Stoney Beach. The buggy runs from 10am-4pm and only needs a 20 minute notice before pick up and drop off. All three beaches are within a 10 minute drive and are absolutely beautiful.
Nobska Beach is home to Nobska Point Lighthouse, a famous Falmouth landmark dividing Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound. The current tower was built back in 1876 and has been operating ever since. The lighthouse is only a short walk from the beach and can be toured on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer months. Nobska beach stretches down the coast line off of Church Street, looking out across Vineyard and Nantucket Sound. It's a perfect beach to take a long walk down, go for a swim, and check out a piece of historic Falmouth. For more information about visiting the Nobska Light, check out the Friends of Nobska Light website. Nobska Beach is the closest to Treehouse Lodge, about a ten minute walk down Church Street or two minute drive in our Beach Buggy.
The Knob is one of the best walking paths around Falmouth. The spit of land juts out into the water, protecting Quissett Harbor. There are two main trails each about a mile long. One leads you along the harbor and the other through the woods that are home to dozens of birds species. The paths will bring you out to Crescent beach which spans along the north side of the Knob. If you continue walking to The Knob overlook, you'll find a few steps that transcend you onto a platform surrounded by water, overlooking the Elizabeth Islands to the south west and New Bedford to the west. The Knob walk alone is a wonderful slice of Falmouth. There are several beaches to choose from here -- one that sits at the harbor before the walk and Crescent beach (facing Buzzards Bay) are both wonderful places to spend the day by the water.
Stoney Beach is a local favorite. It’s only a few minute walk or bike ride from downtown Woods Hole, so its easy to grab lunch and a coffee after soaking up the sun. While Stoney Beach is fairly small in size, it is a hub of action - swimmers making laps around the buoy, kids taking swim lessons, yogis on their paddle boards, and of course tons of people just relaxing in their beach chairs. At sunset, Stoney Beach is a great place to bring some dinner and have a beach picnic as the sun fades down over the water. Stoney Beach is a fifteen minute walk from Treehouse Lodge, or a short jaunt in our new Beach Buggy.
The Tree House Lodge may not actually sit up in a tree, but nestled next to the Fire Ball (our iconic fire pit made from a marine ball) stands a beautiful Copper Beech tree.
Woods Hole’s first summer resident Joseph Story Fay planted many of these Copper Beech trees back in the 1850s when the area was cleared of trees for lumber and farming. Born in Cambridge Mass, Fay was a very successful businessman as well as a horticulturalist.
After his first trip to Falmouth with his wife in 1850, Fay purchased a summer home and multiple other plots of land -- one of which is said to be the Tree House Lodge property. To restore some of Falmouth’s greenery, Fay and his famous gardener Michael Walsh planted around twenty thousand seeds. Among the many trees planted, the Copper Beech trees still grow strong along Challenger Drive (on WHOI property nearby) and among other areas in Falmouth.
The Copper Beach has a distinctive brown leaf that shimmers like copper in the mid day sun. It is prized for it's thick shade and broad high cover, perfect for hot summer days and picnics by the beach. This Copper Beach is part of the magic of Treehouse Lodge, and you need to see it for yourself to fully appreciate it.
The trunks can grow wider than you can circle with your hands and there are many Copper Beaches planted on this hill. If you want to read about the sad demise of a sister tree to this one check out our Earth Day blog here. Perhaps our Copper Beech is still mourning the loss.
Information from the Woods Hole Museum
As evening comes to Woods Hole each night, you gather around the Fire Ball at Treehouse Lodge for fun times with old friends and new.
Under the Copper Beech tree, the last light of day washes cares away as you share a cold craft brew, struggle to beat your new found friends at Corn Hole and listen to the crickets singing their summer songs.
Fire flies gather here, while the youngest enjoy that special roasty S'More then head towards sweet bedtime, all within earshot so you can continue to enjoy the nightfall.
Little ones gathered by the fire enjoy the opportunity to roast marshmallows for themselves and others. Sweet summer nights spent with the smell of woodsmoke and a cold brew. Perfection on Cape Cod.
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.