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."
Grey on grey on shades of more grey. It's been especially foggy this unseasonably warm winter on Cape Cod, where warm air met cold water and created a steamy cloud suitable for swimming through days at a time.
And yet, the beauty of the Cape is everywhere you look, shrouded but more exquisite sometimes. Forcing you to look deeper, the fog covers contrasts, simplifies composition, hides flaws, surrounds your senses, makes you dream of summer.
Walking around town, you find pops of color -- a bright blue trim or the green lichen that grows in the damp air. These moments populate your memory, filling your Instagram feed and the day with an extra sense of peace, quiet, calm. Woods Hole is a place to gather your thoughts. To reflect and go deeper. To get lost, and find yourself at the same time.
In the winter wet at Treehouse Lodge, our Fireball waits for spring, ready to jump into action with her warm flickering night light, the perfect way to end your day of exploring on Cape Cod.
As we approach our second season operating the new Treehouse Lodge, we are pleased to announce that we are renovating five additional rooms this year which will be unveiled soon as Canopy Deluxe, a delightful option for your next visit to Woods Hole.
Yes, it still looks like a big mess in here ... but let me tell you a little bit about what we have accomplished in these five rooms over the winter: new energy efficient heat & A/C system, new barn wood style floors, all new wall coverings, new paint, new built ins with desks and microwaves, new wall mounted televisions, all new furniture and light fixtures! Phew. Expect to see these new rooms online when we reopen in April 2018 for the season.
What makes these rooms deluxe? Well, the devil is in the details but these rooms will have mini fridges, desks, microwaves and room to spread out with the kids (if they are in tow) on comfy Case Study inspired couch-beds.
As we bustle about getting ready for your return, there is lots of news regarding the property next door to us formerly known as the Nautilus Motor Inn. Purchased in winter 2017 by Longfellow Design Build, this will be redeveloped starting late this year as new condos for the 55+ crowd. And what will happen to the Buckminster Fuller Dome that used to be the "Dome Restaurant" which we can see from the massive Copper Beach tree on our property? Only time will tell. Stay tuned!
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.
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.