Cape Cod Beach Review 2012

Old Silver Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod

The 2012 Cape Cod Beach Review – Falmouth

Falmouth, Cape Cod Beaches Map
Map of Falmouth’s beaches.

Falmouth is surrounded on three sides by water. With its many outlets and bays, we boast of over 68 miles of beaches – more than any other town on Cape Cod. We also like bragging about having the warmest water on Cape Cod. With  easy access to water, Falmouth has always been an ideal location for maritime trade including fishing, whaling and shipbuilding. Many sea captains called Falmouth home and at one time nearly half of the 300 households in Falmouth were homes of sea captains and those who made their living on the water. The man who built the Palmer House in 1901, Joseph Fish, owned whaling ships.

When you arrive at our Cape Cod B&B you will see our welcoming baskets of brightly colored beach towels on the porch for our guests to take with them to the beach.

 

 

The Falmouth, Cape Cod Beach Committee manages ten beaches.  They are listed below in alphabetical order.

All of the beaches below have Falmouth lifeguards, Changing facilities, and restrooms except for The Knob Beach.

Bristol Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod.
Bristol Beach.

Bristol Beach

This Cape Cod beach is located in “Falmouth Heights”. It has plenty of parking and beautiful views. A small creek, which ebbs and flows between Little Pond and Vineyard Sound, is a great place for youngsters to attempt to catch sea creatures caught in the tidal surge. An ice cream truck visits this beach and there are portable restrooms. Beach stickers are required.

Chapaquit Beach

This location is a favorite of many families. White sand and beautiful open ocean views greet beachgoers.  Windsurfers are welcome on the north end of the beach.   Beach stickers are required.

Grew’s Pond Beach

Located in Goodwill Park off Gifford Street, this is a fresh water pond beach, and staffed by lifeguards.  Grew’s Pond has a sandy beach. Grills and picnic benches are available, as well as a covered pavilion shelter. An ice cream truck visits this beach and there are portable rest rooms. No sticker is required.

Heights Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Heights Beach.

Heights Beach

The beach at Falmouth Heights on Vineyard Sound is long and has plenty of beautiful sand. The water is warm and views of Martha’s Vineyard are outstanding. Because of a high sea wall, handicapped accessibility from the wall to the beach is limited. Restaurants are close to this beach and there are portable rest rooms. A beach sticker is required, however,  parking is limited. It is best to arrive early.

Megansett Beach

This beach is located along the shores of Buzzards Bay. It is frequented primarily by neighborhood families. Megansett is a great location for viewing a sunset. This beach has portable rest rooms and is visited by an ice cream truck. A beach sticker is required and parking is limited.

Menauhant Beach

Located on Vineyard Sound, and it  is divided into an east side and a west side by a tidal stream that connects Bournes Pond to Vineyard Sound. An ice cream truck visits this beach and there are portable rest rooms. Stickers are available or a one-day fee of $10. The fee can be paid to the gate attendant.

Old Silver Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Old Silver Beach

Old Silver Beach

This beach is by far the most popular beach in Falmouth and arguably, the most popular beach on Cape Cod. The parking lots are divided into two sections: one for residence and one for the public, which is accessed by paying a daily entry fee of $20. Concessions, showers and changing rooms are available. People come from great distances to enjoy Old Silver’s pure white sand. Parking is ample, but come early; the lots fill up fast.

Stoney Beach

Located in Woods Hole Village, this MBL-owned beach is staffed by Falmouth lifeguards and parking attendants. It is a wonderful beach, sheltered from the afternoon southwest winds and highly utilized, so arrive early. An ice cream truck visits this beach and there are portable rest rooms. A Falmouth beach sticker or MBL sticker is required to use the limited parking area.

Surf Drive Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Surf Drive Beach.

Surf Drive Beach

Located on Surf Drive, a short walk from the Palmer House Inn, this beach features public showers, a concession stand and is host to the Ellen T. Mitchell Bathhouse, where residents and visitors may purchase Falmouth beach parking stickers. Surf Drive Beach faces Martha’s Vineyard and is on Vineyard Sound. A one-day parking fee of $10. can be paid at the gate.

Wood Neck Beach

This beach is blessed with a tidal creek containing pure sand and many ”critters,” a popular combination for active youngsters. Wood neck beach is visited by an ice cream truck and has portable toilets. Beach stickers are required.

Knob Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Knob Beach

The Knob Beach

This beach does not have lifeguards, changing facilities, or restrooms but it is one of the most romantic, secluded locations on Cape Cod.  It has been the site of many marriage proposals.  If you wish to see a magnificent Cape Cod sunset, The Knob is the place to go. This off-the-beaten-path beach, is located in Sippewissett, and can be difficult to find, so be sure to ask Pat or Bill for directions.

See more on our YouTube Channel – Palmer House Inn’s Sights of Cape Cod: The Knob Beach

Happy Mother’s Day from the Inn

Cape Cod Inn's Mother's Day Bouquet

Happy Mother’s Day from Our Inn on the Cape

Cape Cod Inn's Mother's Day Bouquet
Cape Cod B&B’s Mother’s Day Bouquet

Bill and Pat O’Connell and the staff at the Palmer House Inn wish  all mothers a happy and healthy Mother’s Day filled with the love and joy that only our children can bring.

This year one of our daughters sent this lovely bouquet. It is on the front porch for this photograph, but we have placed it in the parlor for everyone to enjoy.

A Mother’s Touch in the Inn’s Parlor

Cape Cod Elopement champagne and bouquet
Bouquet and champagne on the parlor table.

This room is one of our favorite spaces in the Inn because of the lovely morning light that streams through the windows, and because of the special antique items it contains.

The antique dutch extension table, carved sideboard and carved china cabinet were purchased by my mother. When I was small we lived in a pre-revolutionary colonial house on the Merrimack River in Massachusetts. My mother had a keen eye for antiques and these pieces were a wonderful foundation for many family events in that old house, and now at the Inn on Cape Cod.

The rose-colored, cut-glass punch bowl is also a family antique that originally belonged to my mother’s mother. She and my grandfather lived in a Victorian house very much like the Palmer House Inn. It was located on Tower Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. This has been the centerpiece for many elegant gatherings and weddings for years.

Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Chandelier with Wedding Decor
Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Chandelier with Wedding Decor

The last piece I enjoy seeing every time I walk into the parlor is the chandelier. This was a brilliant find when, as an adult,  we moved to Maryland. All it needed was a good cleaning and this beautiful piece has shined ever since. When we moved to the Inn, Bill found the perfect plaster molding circular surround and we completed the look with a Victorian chain cover. We enjoy adding flowers and decorations to it for weddings, elopements or red lamp shades for the holidays.

In the afternoons coffee, assorted teas, ice water, candies and homemade cookies are provided in the parlor. Iced tea, lemonade, hot mulled cider, or hot chocolate are also offered in season.

Falmouth Heights Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod

Heights Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod

Falmouth Heights Beach, Cape Cod

The beach at Falmouth Heights on Vineyard Sound is long and has plenty of beautiful sand. The water is warm and views of Martha’s Vineyard are outstanding.

Heights Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Heights Beach.

The popular Falmouth Heights Beach hosts many events throughout the year. It is home to the Falmouth Road Race finish-line festivities as well as Fourth of July fireworks on the beach. There are two restaurants at the beach for dining and snacks. 

Casino Wharf FX is an upscale eatery with lovely decks that overlook Vineyard Sound. They serve lunch and dinner in addition to hosting weddings and other functions.

The British Beer Company is located directly across Grand Avenue from the beach and is known for it’s inviting casual dining atmosphere. During the beach going season they have walk-up window service.

Safety

The beach has lifeguards in the summer. It is handicap accessible, but because of a high sea wall, handicapped accessibility from the wall to the beach is limited.

Stickers/Passes

Beach stickers are required and can be purchased at the Surf Beach bath house from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Also, many B&B’s have passes available at their desks.

Facilities

Portable toilets are available from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Parking

Parking is limited. There is a town owned parking lot and there’s a small strip of metered parking on Grand Avenue between Walden Avenue and Crescent Park Avenue.

 


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of our rooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of beach-going adventures, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.