Prime Vacation Spot in Cape Cod Massachusetts
Falmouth Massachusetts is one of the best destinations on Cape Cod. Situated on the southern coast of what’s called the “Upper Cape,” it boasts multiple inlets that create miles and miles of coastal access, beautiful beaches, and waterfront properties along the Atlantic Ocean. That’s just one reason I loved staying at Inn on the Sound, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Falmouth.
Inn on the Sound: A Falmouth Bed & Breakfast
The Inn on the Sound at Falmouth sits high on a bluff and just steps from the beach, offering magnificent views of the waterfront in a relaxed setting. This bed and breakfast in Falmouth is convenient to Woods Hole, where you might like to catch the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.
It’s also close to Falmouth’s charming downtown shopping village; you’ll find boutiques, novelty stores, and some of my favorite restaurants on the Cape within walking distance of the inn.
Inn on the Sound is a perfect home base for exploring Falmouth’s ten public beaches, and many other attractions in Falmouth and Cape Cod.
But once you arrive, you may not want to leave.
Sweeping Views of Vineyard Sound
Guests enter the inn by an open-air deck with sweeping views of the sound between the upper Cape and Martha’s Vineyard. Equipped with umbrella’d tables and chairs, it’s an ideal place to linger with breakfast and coffee or a sunset cocktail.
Welcoming Common Areas
The inn’s living room features a rustic stone fireplace, comfortable seating, and picture windows overlooking the deck. You’ll enjoy that same expansive sea view from the indoors.
Binoculars top the mantle should you care to get a closer look at the activity on the ocean. You may spot the Island Queen ferry on a journey from Falmouth to Martha’s Vinyard (Hint: Day trip!), or behold a sailboat, gently gracing the horizon. Perhaps you’ll glimpse a seal bobbing past, or discover seabirds and the other wildlife that call the Cape Cod Coast home.
Pro Travel Tip: It only about a 45-minute ferry ride from Falmouth to Martha’s Vineyard. Get the latest fares and schedules before you go. Bring the car across or–better yet–rent bikes when you get there!
Step further into the inn and you’ll find another lounge area with comfortable couches and an extensive library collection. I noticed some good beach reads on the shelf worth borrowing for a leisurely beach day. Good news: Falmouth alone offers ten public beaches.
This common room also provides a computer and wireless printer for guest use. As a travel blogger, I always have the need for a good working space and reliable Wi-Fi. The Inn at the Sound at Falmouth did not disappoint.
Renovated Falmouth B&B
The two front rooms are additions to the original property, built in 1872, which was as a private waterfront residence for many years. These rooms extended the home’s nearness to the waterfront and marry seamlessly to the original structure. The result is an open floor plan that takes full advantage of the view.
While Inn on the Sound has changed hands over the years, it’s been lovingly cared for and renovated throughout. Recently acquired in early 2019, the inn’s new owners have given attention to all the upgrades and modern conveniences while preserving historic craftsmanship, like the turned newel posts and railings of the oak stairway.
When you visit, you’ll find historic photos of the property and the Falmouth area. Look for other rich architectural details that speak to days gone by.
Lodging Options at Inn on the Sound
The Inn on the Sound at Falmouth has twelve (12) well-appointed rooms on two floors from which to choose. Each is bright and airy with a private bath. Eight rooms to the front of the property offer private balconies or picture windows showcasing the incredible view of Vineyard Sound; others offer comfortable spaces to rest and lovely garden views. All are also sure to please.
Accommodations range from spacious rooms which can host a third guest to cozy options ideal for solo travel. One room boasts a full kitchenette. All the rooms at The Inn on the Sound are spotless, comfortable, and outfitted with contemporary decor and luxurious linens and towels. Each is named for a regional attraction.
When choosing my overnight accommodations, it was hard for me to decide because all the rooms are gorgeous. I considered Silver Harbor Point, a second story room with a private balcony perfect for soaking up the waterfront views.
But Nobska Point, on the first floor, has the added benefit of a private entrance, making it feel more like a studio living space than a single room. I opted for Nobska Point and couldn’t have been happier.
Good Selection of Rooms
I also took a peek into some other rooms of this Falmouth B&B, even though they weren’t available during my stay. No doubt any of these rooms would make for a memorable visit to Cape Cod, whether staying for an overnight or extended stay.
Review of Nobska Point Room
Luxury Living Quarters
Besides an inviting Queen-sized bed, Nobska Point is spacious and affords a fireplace, kitchenette, seating area, flat-screen TV, and private keyed entrance to one side of the property. Natural light streams into the room through the bank of windows overlooking a private patio and greenery.
The room’s decor is light and breezy with art depicting peaceful scenes. Underfoot are gleaming hardwood floors with scatter rugs. Everything in the Nobska Point room, including the en suite bathroom, was immaculate.
The efficient bathroom was stocked with quality washing products and plush towels. I was pleased to discover the spacious walk-in shower had a river stone floor and rain head shower—an unexpected treat! And, the branded lip-balm was an extra indulgence, especially soothing after a day in the sun.
To make my stay even more luxurious, I noticed a soft waffle spa robe awaiting. Like the hand towels and bathmat, housekeeping fastened the robe with a paper seal to assure it was fresh laundered.
I slept beautifully in the Queen-Sized bed beneath pure luxury linens and designer covers. The room was air-conditioned, but it was a treat for me to open the windows and let the cool sea air fill the room overnight; a fluffy comforter laid at the foot of the bed should I get chilly.
An in-room coffee pot was at my service so I could linger in bed in the morning before easing into the day. It was a great way to embrace the carefree, Cape Cod groove in what was fast-becoming my private retreat.
I loved that I could enjoy breakfast al fresco right outside my door and then walk straight down the walkway to the water. In fact, Inn on the Sound even prepared a beach bag for me, complete with a colorful towel to go.
The kitchenette contained everything I needed to prepare meals on the efficiency cooktop or microwave. It even included a dishwasher for easy clean-up. And, I was happy to save tasty leftovers from eating in or dining out in the refrigerator.
Once I was sufficiently caffeinated, I ventured out into the Inn on the Sound’s common breakfast area.
Bed and Breakfast in Falmouth
The breakfast spread at Inn on the Sound is generous. A sidebar beside the cheery breakfast/dining area displayed freshly baked items, granola, yogurt, jams, spreads, juices, and copious fresh fruit. My favorite was a warm croissant spread with Nutella.
The complimentary breakfast also includes a hot egg dish. With my croissant and granola, I enjoyed a savory crustless kale-and-swiss-cheese quiche, which was the perfect single-serving size.
Fresh juice, a large thermos of hot coffee, and another thermos with hot water for making gourmet tea rounded out the breakfast offering.
Guest Pantry Amenities
Tucked away at the back of the inn is a guest pantry for guests to use freely. It includes a refrigerator, microwave, water dispenser, Keurig coffee maker with a selection of coffee and tea K-cups, and recycling bins. Guests are welcome to help themselves to the complimentary juices, sodas, and bottled waters stocked in the fridge.
On the wall, you’ll find a world map with pins from guests who’ve stayed at this Inn on the Sound. The innkeeper clears the pins every season. When I visited in April, high season on Cape Cod hadn’t even started and the pins represented origins around the world. (Remember to mark your hometown when you visit the Inn on the Sound!)
Best Time to Visit Cape Cod
When to Visit Cape Cod depends on what you’re hoping to find.
High season on Cape Cod is during July and August. This is the busiest time of year and rooms are in high demand, but the beach days can’t be beaten.
Pro Travel Tip: It’s wise to book early in the season if you’re planning a summer visit to Cape Cod.
Cape Cod is also a great destination to visit during the spring and fall shoulder seasons (May, June, September, October) when you’ll find fewer tourists but still-pleasant weather. If you time it right, you might catch New England’s spring flowering trees in bloom or enjoy the brilliant fall foliage.
The Cape used to be a bit of a ghost-town during the off-season. Now, many towns including Falmouth, have become popular year-round destinations. Some of my best memories of Cape Cod have been in the off-season while experiencing the winter moods and wildlife of the Cape once known only to year-round residents.
Falmouth Public Beaches
If you’re a beach-lover, you’ll want to visit any one or more of these ten (10) public beaches in Falmouth:
- Bristol Beach
- Chapoquoit Beach
- Grews Pond Beach
- Falmouth Heights Beach
- Megansett Beach
- Menauhant Beach
- Old Silver Beach
- Stony Beach
- Surf Drive Beach
- Wood Neck Beach
Where to Eat in Falmouth
Downtown Falmouth offers many excellent dining choices, including some of my favorites right down the street from Inn on the Sound.
At Anejo Mexican Bistro, I recommend ordering chips & fresh guacamole, made to order table-side with your choice of ingredients and spice. My favorite entree is the Lobster Quesadillas; they are not on the menu except sometimes as a special, but you may (usually) still request them. And, the Cadillac Margueritas (with salt, please) are fantastic.
Pro Travel Tip: Because it’s so good, Anejo often has a long wait. Plan to give your name to the hostess then browse Falmouth’s Main Street stores. Anejo will give you a beeper to let you know when your table is ready.
At Estia on Main, the Cretan Olive Oil with bread is so rich, green, fruity, and a positively addictive way to start your meal. Estia makes an award-winning Charred Octopus, along with many traditional and modern Greek and Mediterranean dishes worth trying. You can also watch the fire-roasted pizza being made in the brick oven.
I tried the Octopus and the Aegean Salad, made with warm chickpeas, farro, arugula, goat cheese, and lemon basil vinaigrette; both were delicious and more than enough to share. I finished with the honey-soaked custard and phyllo dough dessert, Galactoburico. No regrets.
If you’re in Wood’s Hole, I highly recommend stopping at Pie in the Sky Bakery & Cafe for a big slice of warm Bread Pudding with a hard rum sauce made with plenty of real Gosling’s Bermuda Dark Rum. (Don’t forget the fresh whipped cream!)
Pie in the Sky also serves gourmet coffees, fresh-baked pies, breakfast, lunch, and other decadent bakery items. It is conveniently located near the end of the Shining Sea Bike Path and Martha’s Vineyard Ferry Terminal.
Pro Travel Tip: Love books? Check out Eight Cousins, an independent bookstore on Main Street. In addition to many popular titles and children’s books, it features local authors.
Wonderful Innkeeper is a Plus
While Inn on the Sound has a basket full of menus to browse, you could also ask Marti, the Innkeeper, for dining and other recommendation. Based on my tastes, Marti recommended Estia, which was spot on. She also suggested C Salt Wine Bar & Grille, which I will be sure to visit next time I’m in Falmouth.
Marti is friendly and knowledgeable, and I really enjoyed chatting with her whenever I had a question. Because she knows the local area so well, you can look to her for the best recommendations. She is a wonderful hostess I know you’ll love meeting.
I thoroughly enjoyed a waterfront retreat to this beautiful Falmouth bed and breakfast. The Inn on the Sound has a boutique vibe, friendly atmosphere, and is a great place to stay to enjoy all that Falmouth and Cape Cod offers.
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This article is part of a sponsored collaboration. Special thanks to Inn on the Sound at Falmouth for their support on this Cape Cod Press Trip. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. For more information, please see the following Disclosure.
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