Sometimes I forgot how lucky I am to live where I do. This mostly occurs outside of summer months, after the tourists have gone home and the Cape is quiet. Sure, the beaches are gorgeous year round, but it’s hard to appreciate them when you can’t be IN the ocean. It’s almost a tease to see the sand covered in snow; as if these two pieces of nature don’t fit together.
But during Christmas, my little town comes alive again to celebrate the season by the sea. Last night reminded me that while we may be small, we are unique and that I should share these experiences.
The Nobska Lighthouse, an iconic image for Falmouth & Woods Hole, was constructed originally in 1828 in the same spot where the current iteration stands. Although, it’s not the original, it’s a piece of history in an area that heavily relied on merchant mariners transporting goods to and from the island. I’ve been driving by Nobska Light and sunbathing on her beach for 33 years and yet, last night was the first time I’d ever been inside.
Even thought it was freezing out last night, a large group of bundled locals merrily sang Christmas carols outside Nobska Light before the space opened for small tours. We arrived just as the last song was being sung, but were fortunate enough to get into line quickly. Six people were allowed up at a time, so we had some time to take in the beauty of the brickwork and windows.
When it was our turn, we ascended the gray stairs to find a small circular room with many portholes and a view to the Vineyard. It was such a clear night; seeing the stars from that distance up was pretty spectacular.
After our visit, we were able to walk through the Lightkeeper’s home. What an incredible piece of property! We found out that it’ll be renovated to feel and appear more like a museum in the future to preserve the legacy of those who serviced Nobska.
Eventually, we headed back to the car to warm up and head home. As we were driving through the lit up streets, I was filled with a sense of gratitude for this beautiful seaside town. And it showed me that no matter how long I live here, I will always have something new to discover.
Tonight, we journey to Falmouth’s Christmas Stroll and I’m really excited for what’s in store.
Cheers to hometown exploration,