Bypass Falmouth for towns farther from the bridges, and you'll miss out on a boatload (literally) of fun.
By Rebecca G. Dorr
FRIDAY 5 p.m. Check into the Victorian Palmer House Inn, where unique suites are named for famous authors. Doubles from $199, 81 Palmer Ave., 508-548-1878, palmerhouseinn.com. 6:30 p.m. For a hearty vegetarian buffet, visit picturesque Coonamessett Farm, and dine overlooking the fields where your meal grew. 277 Hatchville rd., 508-563-2560, coonamessettfarm.com.
SATURDAY 8:30 a.m. Grab breakfast at the Palmer House — made with herbs from its organic garden — then hit Corner Cycle and gear up for the Shining Sea Bikeway. Head north past marshes and cranberry bogs, then switch direction and cycle into the village of Woods Hole. 115 Palmer Ave., 508-540-4195, cornercycle.com; entrances on Depot Avenue and Locust Street, 508-548-8500, falmouthmass.us/bike. Noon For lunch, order the roasted turkey on homemade sourdough bread with a cup of organic coffee at Pie In the Sky. 10 Water St., 508-540-5475, woodshole.com/pie. 1:30 p.m. The afternoon is for lazing in the sand. Try Old Silver Beach, on Buzzards Bay, or venture east past a string of little ponds to Menauhant Beach, which boasts glimpses of the Vineyard. 5 p.m. Before dinner, peek into the shops on Main Street; Bojangles Int'l has an eclectic mix of clothing, jewelry, and home goods. 239 Main St., 508-548-9888, bojanglesintl.com. 7 p.m. Finally, get in line at La Cucina Sul Mare, where chef Mark Cilfone serves up local seafood, Italian-style. 237 Main St., 508-548-5600, lacucinasulmare.com.
SUNDAY 10 a.m. Grab a latte and a stowaway muffin at Coffee Obsession, then hike The Knob (pictured), a wooded path ending on a rocky promontory with stunning looks at the ocean. 110 Palmer Ave., 508-540-2233, coffeeobsession.com. 11:30 a.m. Next, take a sightseeing detour to Nobska Point Lighthouse, where the iron tower dates to 1876. 233 Nobska Rd., nps.gov/history/maritime/light/nobska.htm. 12:30 p.m. Located on the main harbor, the Clam Shack is Falmouth's venerable fried seafood joint. Order inside, then enjoy your fish and chips from a rooftop picnic table. 227 Clinton Ave., 508-540-7758, falmouthvisitor.com/TheClamShack.htm. 2 p.m. The 74-foot schooner The Liberté is docked just outside of the restaurant. Book a postlunch ride and let Captain Chris and crew do the heavy lifting. 227 Clinton Ave., 508-548-2626, theliberte.com.