Lighthouses of Cape Cod

Many of our guests are lighthouse lovers. For them, Cape Cod and the islands are a wonderful treat. There are sixteen lighthouses on the Cape, five on Martha’s Vinyard and three on Nantucket. Each has its own unique story.

Nobska Lighthouse
Nobska Lighthouse 2010, Falmouth, Cape Cod

Falmouth’s own Nobska Light is located on a windy point in the village of Woods Hole. We frequently enjoy spending evenings there watching the sea, sea life, and ships sail. This Cape Cod lighthouse was first built in 1828 and rebuilt in 1876 as a 40-foot cast-iron tower lined with brick. In over 150 years of service this lighthouse has seen great storms and been a beacon for whaling ships, schooners and a multitude of commercial and cruising ships.  It is open to the public nine mornings a year. The tours are conducted by the Woods Hole Flotilla/US Coast Guard Auxiliary. There is parking area near the lighthouse, and the grounds are open to the public until dusk every day.

Nobska Lighthouse, Cape Cod
Map of Cape Cod and Nobska Lighthouse

Nobska Point Lighthouse, Public Viewings 2010 (Weather Permitting)

June 19 Saturday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
July 1 Thursday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
July 15 Thursday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
July 29 Thursday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 5 Thursday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 14 Saturday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Aug. 19 Thursday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 4 Saturday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

REMEMBER: Children must be at least 6 years of age and 45 inches tall to enter. Shoes and shirts required. No food or drink.  No smoking in the lighthouse. Large bags are not allowed in the light room. Infants in carrying pouches not allowed in the lighthouse.

Official 2010 calendar

If you’re keen on a nautical theme to your lighthouse holiday our Herman Melville Room is cozy and decorated with original drawings of local whaling ships. The Richard Henry Dana Room features more of these beautiful drawings and boasts a king bed and whirlpool tub… for those who prefer a good soak at the end of a good day sightseeing.

A Visit to Chatham

One of the most charming towns on the Cape is Chatham. If one thinks of the Cape as an arm extending into the Atlantic, Chatham  is located at the very tip of the elbow. The main street resembles a Norman Rockwell painting, with brick walkways, the steepled First Congregational Church, and numerous historic homes. For shopping you will find upscale boutiques, art galleries and cosy restaurants to enjoy.

One can also visit Monomoy Island, an eight-mile spit of land that is known for its solitude. Since 1944 it has been a wildlife refuge with an interesting combination of habitats; dunes, sea marshes, and fresh water ponds. It is a wonderful location for birdwatching.

At Chatham Light, one can view the break in the barrier beach across the sound.

If you are a train enthusiast you can visit the Chatham Railroad Museum. There you will see a once bustling train depot and equipment dating back to the 19th. century.

Chatham is truly quintessential Cape Cod. Then you can hop onto route 6, our divided highway and be back in Falmouth in an hour.  You will have plenty of time to freshen-up for the evening.