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30 Things To Do in Falmouth

Are you visiting Falmouth on Cape Cod this summer? We’ve listed our top 30 things to do in Falmouth – everything from where the best eating, shopping, and relaxing is!

30 Things To Do Falmouth This Summer

30 Things To Do In Falmouth, Cape Cod

  1. Rent a bicycle and ride the Shining Sea Bikeway.
  2. Take a selfie with the Nobska Lighthouse.
  3. Enjoy a French-inspired baked good at Maison Villate.
  4. Watch the sunset on Old Silver Beach.
  5. Visit the Woodshole Aquarium.
  6. Grab a lobster taco at Quickshole Taqueria for lunch.
  7. Tour the exhibits at the Woodshole Oceanographic Institution.
  8. Walk around the Falmouth Museums on the Green.
  9. Spend a morning exploring the Woods Hole Historical Museum.
  10. Do a wine tasting at the Cape Cod Winery (over 21+).
  11. Visit Coonammesset Farm and pick your own fruits & vegetables.
  12. Go bowling at Trade Center Bowling Alley.
  13. Take a sailing cruise of Falmouth Harbor on the Liberté Schooner.
  14. Relax at a spa day at Belleza Spa on Main Street.
  15. Wade around Wood Neck Beach on a sunny day.
  16. Take a Stand Up Paddle Board lesson with Cape Cod Windsurfing.
  17. Bring a picnic to Falmouth Heights Beach.
  18. Hike the trails at the Ashumet Holly Wildlife Santuary.
  19. Camp out on the Sippewissett Campgrounds.
  20. Window shop down Main Street Falmouth.
  21. Scoop up some ice cream from Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium.
  22. Watch the ferries come and go while having a cocktail at Quickshole Tavern.
  23. Take a painting class at Paint It Falmouth.
  24. Indulge in a dozen cupcakes from Charlie’s Cupcakes on Main Street.
  25. Support a local bookstore like Eight Cousins and read a book on the beach.
  26. Obtain a fishing license at Falmouth Town Hall and fish the day away.
  27. Play a round of golf at the Falmouth Country Club.
  28. Shop for local produce at the Falmouth Farmer’s Market.
  29. Take a horse riding lesson at Haland Stables in West Falmouth.
  30. Have dinner overlooking Old Silver Beach at Red’s Restaurant.

Riding the Shining Sea Bikeway

Riding the Shining Sea Bikeway this Summer

One of the best things you can do while on Cape Cod is to rent a bicycle and ride the Cape Cod Shining Sea Bikeway, a 10.7 mile ride that takes you in and out of woodland, around cranberry bogs, and along the sea coast. Gorgeous views of crystalline water, sightseeing cranberry harvests during the fall, and even spotting some wildlife while on your bike are all things you can encounter on your ride. The Boston Globe recently said, “One of the great things about biking on Cape Cod is the many wonderful places to ride: quiet back-country roads, dirt trails, and paths that go from your cottage to the beach.” 

One of America’s first 500 rail trails, it was originally the rail bed for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company (no longer in service). Dive into the history of the bikeway by reading “A path through the natural history and cultural heritage of Falmouth on Cape Cod“.

Perfect field trip for the family, it is considered as nature’s classroom. Ride the bikeway and discover wooded area, ponds, saltwater marshes, and even swamps. Along with these natural settings, families will be entertained with nature’s creatures. For example, you’ll be able to watch wildlife in their natural environment, such as bluefish, Great Blue Herons, red-tailed hawks, osprey, turtles, red foxes, and deer. A learning opportunity for young and old, it’s a fantastic moment to connect with nature!

Since it’s the only bikeway on Cape Cod that rides along the seashore, it’s a great idea to take a ride on a sunny day when you’re visiting. If you need to rent bicycles, contact Corner Cycle Cape Cod or Art’s Bike Shop for more information or contact the Front Desk so we can make your bike reservation and have them delivered to the hotel at your convenience.

Introducing Red’s New Menu

Today, we are excited to introduce our new menu for the spring and summer 2015 season! Our Executive Chef Daniel Kenney and his culinary team have been hard at work creating and testing recipes that are bound to become family favorites this season. The goal of this menu is to showcase the freshest produce, grass-fed beef, local cheeses, and nearby seafood in the simplest ways. Our chefs have achieved incredibly flavorful recipes that we are sure you will enjoy! Start with our Chili & Soy Marinated Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi served with seaweed salad, cucumber carpaccio, and a black sesame tahini. The flavors are inspired by the clean ingredients and techniques of the Far East, with a hint of Middle Eastern influence from the tahini.

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While you’re visiting Cape Cod, you cannot leave without tasting our local oysters. Shucked to order, these are the most delicious oysters you’ll ever taste. Our oysters are sourced from various local oyster farmers throughout Cape and Islands.

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Craving a light lunch, our Baby Iceberg “Wedge Salad” is the perfect option! Still hearty enough to fill you up, this salad is extra special as our chefs use Great Hill Blue Cheese, a cheese made at a dairy farm on Buzzard’s Bay just 30 minutes from our hotel! Paired with smoked bacon, red onion, and ripe tomatoes, it’s a salad you’ll love!

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If you’re a meat lover, you must order one of our steaks! Hand-cut steaks sourced form local family farms in the Northeast, the cattle are raised without any growth hormones and graze on fresh grass and hay. These are some of the best steaks you’ll ever taste, cooked to your liking and served with potatoes, asparagus, and tomatoes.

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Come in with the family and enjoy a pizza night, without the hard work! We’ll make your pizza to order, rolling and tossing the dough, layering the perfect ingredients, and baking it in our brick oven. Our Red’s Margherita Pizza focuses on the amazing flavors of fresh mozzarella, garden basil, virgin olive oil, and grans padano cheese – it’s a taste of Italy on Cape Cod!

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Be sure to save room for dessert. Our new dessert menu is packed with goodies like these Baby Ice Cream Sandwiches! Double chocolate, vanilla chocolate chip, and summer berry ice creams are sandwiched between two buttery shortbread cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate shortbread! The perfect sweet ending to any meal.

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Make sure to check out our complete menus online (see below) and we hope to see you at Red’s this season!

2015 April School Vacation

April School Vacation took place last week and we entertained kids for an entire week of fun! 

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This year we had a jam-packed schedule of events for children of all ages for their April School Vacation week that just passed – the hotel rate included daily activities such as live entertainment, board games, arts & crafts and more!

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Our staff was excited to entertain your children with arts & crafts, along with professional entertainers, Magician Evan Northup and Mike the Bubble Man.

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Whether with bubbles or magic, the kids had so much fun interacting with the shows – even the parents watching were laughing and giggling!

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One of the most popular and favorite of the kids was the “Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae” event, where kids of all ages had a chance to sprinkle, drizzle, and scoop their favorite ice cream flavors and toppings! The creations were unbelievable – the children had great imagination playing around with the toppings.

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Run 4 Your Life – Women’s Cancer Awareness

This upcoming Mother’s Day weekend, join Team Maureen in a four-mile annual fun run/walk event at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel. Bring the special women in your life to run/walk with you! 

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Once again, Sea Crest Beach Hotel will celebrate women everywhere as the location for the annual family-friendly “Run 4 Your Life” supporting women’s cancer research. This event will bring participants of all ages and fitness levels together for a four-mile run, two-mile walk/run and kid’s fun dash to benefit Team Maureen, a non-profit launched by West Falmouth resident Eileen Duffey-Lind in memory of her sister, who died of cervical cancer. Team Maureen raises funds for gynecological cancer awareness and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The schedule are as follows:

Registration: 8 – 9:15 a.m.
Kid’s Fun Dash: 9:30 a.m. start
Four-Mile Run: 9:45 a.m. start
Two-Mile Walk/Run: 10 a.m. start

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The Maureen E. Russo Nonprofit Organization was founded as a promise and in memory of Maureen E. Russo, a loving sister, daughter, wife and mother who passed away from relapsed cervical cancer at the age of 37. To honor that promise and keep Maureen’s competitive spirit alive, Maureen’s family and friends founded Team Maureen in 2007 as a Pan Mass Challenge cycling team to raise funds for cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston, MA. That fundraising has grown to form a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting and preventing cervical cancers and enhancing the lives of those who live with the disease.

We are honored to host this run and be part of this event. Please register online for the run/walk and consider getting involved with the organization by volunteering, being a donor, or participating in the event itself. Make sure to like Team Maureen on Facebook as well! 

Supporting the West Falmouth Library

” Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” – Vera Nazarian

This past January 22nd we had the pleasure to present the West Falmouth Library with a check to aid in their library needs. This check, for the amount of $2,000, was sourced from proceeds of our New Year’s Eve Party at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel.  Our very own Clark GuinnRegional Director of Operations of Scout Hotels, hand delivered the check to the library on a sunny January day. 

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The vision of the West Falmouth Library is: “A thriving library that is an integral part of the lives of the community” – and one we agree with 100%. Talking to Clark as we walked into the library, you could sense that books meant the world to him and as Regional Director of Operations for Scout Hotels, he wanted to make sure that the Sea Crest Beach Hotel was giving back and supporting its local community.

Supporting the West Falmouth Library

The West Falmouth Library’s focus of mission is rooted in its history as a local library and community meeting place in the village of West Falmouth. Throughout its history it has served the village and the greater Falmouth community with library services and educational, informational and entertaining events. We are so very proud to have this outstanding library in our area, for it not only provides books to individuals, but a personal sanctuary to those in need of peace and quiet.

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Clark spoke fondly of books, remembering how in the past books would always elevate his mood, create an escape for when times were tough, or just guided him during personal times. A man that reads countless books a year, Clark talked about how he has educated his children and family on the importance of reading and making time to read, no matter how busy you are. Because we know that next to the word “busy” in the dictionary, Mr. Guinn’s photo is shown, thus his stance on making time to read, no matter what.

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We hope that the next time you visit Sea Crest Beach Hotel, you’ll make time to stop by the West Falmouth Library. It’s the perfect place for rainy day activities, quiet time with kids, and in general, the perfect space to treat yourself to a good book. You can check out their annual events, as well their library services. Leave a comment below letting us know what you’re currently reading!

Massachusetts Lobstermen Weekend

This past weekend we were host to the  Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s 2015 Annual Weekend and Industry Trade Show and it was a fantastic success! 

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A little background information on this association: The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association is a member-driven organization that accepts and supports the interdependence of species conservation and the members’ collective economic interests.

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The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association was established in 1963 by the fishermen, for the fishermen, and is presently the leading commercial fishing industry association in New England. On behalf of the 1,700 members, the MLA works to maintain both the industry and the resource. The MLA strives to be proactive on issues affecting the lobster industry and is active in the management process at both the state and federal levels.

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Our Executive Chef Dan Kenney executed a delicious lobster cooking demo, where our guests had a chance to ask questions about how to cook the best lobster, as well as other seafood techniques.

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His recipe for lobster risotto with shaved winter asparagus salad and warm lobster vinaigrette can be found below – it’s a recipe that takes a bit of time, but is well worth the effort!

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For the past 51 years, the MLA has become a trustworthy voice for the industry on important issues, and is looked to by both the fishing industry and the management community. We are honored to be able to host them.

For photos of the weekend, click here to check them out on Facebook.