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.
Summer is in full season here in Falmouth with hydrangea in bloom, southwest breeze on max and the strong likelihood of a lovely dense fog that will roll in and out like a cool cloud. At Treehouse Lodge, we are happily feathering our nest and finding our groove with guests new and old.
New picnic tables have arrived, just in time for hot beach days and the full hydrangea and geranium bloom on our fabulous new gardens. We are pleased to discover how nicely the tables look with umbrellas left over from "Sleepy Hollow Motor Inn" days. Hello old meets new!
This was an important week, as photographer Christian Gianelli drove up from Philadelphia for two days to capture the vibe of our new place in still photographs. He is a genius with the camera and travels with his delightful dad as assistant. You can sneak a peek of Christian working his magic in the reflection above, but you will have to hold your breath for his fabulous photos coming soon.
In the meantime, as captured on the simple iPhone, check out how things are looking in the new rooms at Treehouse Lodge here on Cape Cod.
It's time to grab that stack of New Yorker magazines and settle in a quiet spot where you can actually read them! Catching up on yesterdays news is a time honored tradition for vacationers here in Woods Hole, and we still have plenty of room for you here this summer.
Explore our local beaches then come home to a real summer porch looking out over the gardens and our Fire Ball. As the wind whistles through the Copper Beech Tree, you can feel your blood pressure dropping. It's vacation time!
We hope to see you soon at Treehouse Lodge in Falmouth Mass on Cape Cod.
We gathered with neighbors and friends in late June to roast s'Mores, toast the summer solstice and explore the new rooms at Treehouse Lodge, new lodging in Falmouth Mass.
There was lots of giggling and running around by the little ones, plus oohs and aahs from the adults who enjoyed craft beer, a medley of fine wines and their own chocolate confections roasted in our fabulous new "Fire Ball" by sculptor Sandra Vlock.
Cole was making s'Mores as fast as he could feed them to the grinning grown-ups near him. And when sunset finally came on the longest day of the year, mother nature put on quite a special light show.
Even the Copper Beach seemed lit from within on this special solstice evening.
We are so grateful for neighbors and friends who came out to welcome us to the neighborhood, and share a little chocolate and marshmallow as the light went down.
See you soon around the Fire Ball, where old friends and new meet on Cape Cod.
Michael Kasparian and many friends from the Falmouth Chamber came by this week for a ribbon cutting to officially welcome Treehouse Lodge into the Famouth community. We are blessed to have a wildly supportive group of fellow business owners here in Falmouth, so it was no surprise that with short notice the Chamber rallied with their oversized scissors to help us inaugurate the new business with a bang. Check out this historic moment LIVE here on video:
Also in the house for this visit were former owners Judy Ernst and Sandee Parmalee, representing decades of leadership at the former Sleepy Hollow Motor Inn. It was quite an honor to show them the new rooms and gardens. Everyone paused to appreciate the amazing Copper Beach tree that dominates the property. Just gazing at it's lush foliage one feels more relaxed.
With Quicks Hole donuts and coffee in the lobby, we admired the red vinyl chairs that have graced this space for more than a decade. Some things never change.
Join us this summer at Treehouse Lodge for a game or two of Corn Hole Toss. We light the fire ball on summer evenings, and guests gather in the garden for conversation and fun. Check it out!
No matter who wins, it's always a fun time at Treehouse Lodge, a new place to stay in Falmouth MA on Cape Cod, walking distance to the ferry to Martha's Vineyard in Woods Hole.
One of the highlights of our outdoor area here at the Treehouse Lodge is our new, marine-themed Fireball. With some newspaper, chopped wood and sticks gathered from nearby woods, a few determined staff members took on the task of creating the first fire. It was difficult in the beginning; the wood was damp from previous days of rain and we had to repeatedly fan the fire to keep it alive.
With some tips from a knowledgeable Treehouse guest (Thanks, Sam!), we kept the fire going by feeding it Japanese knotweed found nearby on the property. This invasive bamboo-like plant, she informed us, was the perfect way to nourish a fire. Once our wood was situated and a good base fire was created, we continuously added the knotweed to keep it going strong.
With the fireball finally coming to life, we look forward to the summer nights ahead full of s'mores, good company and campfire songs!
You can travel many, many places and not find one as uniquely beautiful as Woods Hole. A mecca for science. Surrounded by ocean beaches. Cluttered with waterfront restaurants. Busy like Times Square with travelers to the Vineyard. Free concerts spilling out with happy people dancing in the streets. But peaceful too.
So here is your moment of zen, when fog rolls through sunshine on the first warmish day of June 2017.
Although the weather has been colder than usual, we have scampered about quite a bit the last two weeks making the final preparations in order to open Treehouse Lodge to the public. And drumroll please....that's right we did it! Treehouse Lodge is open with all 24 rooms available for booking this season. Please see Rooms for photos of the renovated rooms, new gardens and more.
With lots of help from Shannon, Casey, LaDonna, Kelly, Amanda, Ben, Dan, Eric and so many more people, we scrubbed, hung curtains, swept, cleaned windows, put together new furniture, washed new sheets, then cleaned, cleaned and cleaned some more!
And now we are open. Come see us this summer at Treehouse Lodge, a new place to stay in Falmouth MA. The front desk is open every day from 8 am to 8 pm so please feel free to drop by and someone can give you a quick tour of the property. Thanks for your interest in Treehouse Lodge!!
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.