Falmouth (Cape Cod), Massachusetts
Falmouth, Massachusetts is the second largest town on the state's revered Cape Cod. Located on the southwestern corner of the cape in a region known as the Upper Cape, the town of Falmouth contains more coastline than almost any other town in Massachusetts. And only a few blocks from the beach is the heart of Falmouth otherwise known as Falmouth Village. The town itself encompasses a large amount of area including several other villages each with an identity of its own. For example, the nearby village of Woods Hole also features a nice Main Street area along with several Marine and Oceanographic research facilities and ferry terminals.
Falmouth's Main Street is in fact called Main Street. Most of the businesses can be found on the stretch that runs from the Village Green, a triangle formed by Main Street, West Main Street, and Hewins Street all the way down to the intersection of Main and King Street. Shops along this stretch include clothing boutiques, gift shops, and galleries. There's also a large number of restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines, many with outdoor seating right on Main Street. Falmouth Village is located in the the Town of Falmouth, which is located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. Massachusetts State Route 28, is Main Street in downtown Falmouth. Falmouth is approximately 73 miles from Boston, Massachusetts and 70 miles from Providence, Rhode Island. Other Main Streets worth checking out on Cape Cod include Hyannis, Chatham, and Provincetown.
Falmouth Village is one of the villages in the town of Falmouth and its Main Street is also the most likely candidate for the town's downtown.
Here's a view looking west along Main Street in Falmouth, one of several Main Street communities you will find on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
A young family strolls past gift shops and signs for hotels that are located not too far from the beach in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
We'll start our tour on the eastern end of Main Street and head west. Here's a small Italian restaurant getting ready for the evening rush. Just east of this point is Falmouth's Village Green, which marks the eastern end of Falmouth's business district.
On the 100 block of Main Street, we find a gourmet market and a hardware store sharing space in a building that's reminiscent of Dutch architecture.
A couple walks arm in arm while window shopping along Falmouth's Main Street. Notice the sign for Shining Sea Boutique? That's a map of Cape Cod and the star is Falmouth's location on the southwestern corner of the cape.
Falmouth features a wide variety of dining options and many of these restaurants, like the one pictured here, also provide outdoor seating during good weather.
Here's a view looking west along Main Street as it winds through Falmouth Village, one of many villages in the town of Falmouth.
This Mexican restaurant even provides heaters on its patio, just in case you want to eat outdoors on a chilly night. Notice the sign for the Falmouth Visitor Information Center?
That sign points you to the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, which is set back slightly from the rest of Main Street. You can see by the smaller sign that this is where the Visitor Center is located.
On the 200 block of Main Street we find a clothing store. Retail in Falmouth caters to tourists and residents alike. Falmouth has more year round residents than other parts of Cape Cod, partly due to its location on the Upper Cape, which is close to the Massachusetts main land.
A whimsical toy store with its large window display fits in just fine with the rest of Falmouth's quaint architecture and character.
Across the street are shops in a building that reflects Cape Cod#39;s architecture better than any other. All around the Cape, you#39;ll find houses sporting this cedar siding.
As we continue heading west, we find families strolling past the various stores along Main Street, including this gift shop and pet boutique.
Here's a view looking east on Main Street towards a candy store, day spa, jewelry store, and even a tea room.
At the corner of this boutique is Margaret E. Noonan Park. If you keep walking along the side of the store, you'll find conveniently located public bathrooms.
This is another view of Main Street looking west. On the right side of the picture are rows of shops, restaurants and other businesses. To the left, just outside of view is Margaret E. Noonan Park.
A clothing store and a gallery located across the street from Margaret E. Noonan Park.
And here's a view of Margaret E. Noonan Park. The memorial honors residents of Falmouth who lost their lives in World War I.
These markers were found in the sidewalks along Margaret E. Noonan Park. Each plaque represents a different industry in Falmouth's history. For instance this one is for Shipbuilding but others included Ice Harvesting, Whaling, Eel Fishing, Old Salt Works, and Summer Resort Community.
If you keep walking back behind Margaret E. Noonan Park and cross Katherine Lee Bates Road, you come to Cupola Gardens. Katherine Lee Bates Road was named after the woman who wrote the lyrics to "America, the Beautiful."
A sign points the way to Elm Arch Inn at the intersection of Main Street and Elm Arch Way. At the time of this writing, the Elm Arch Inn is in danger of being demolished and replaced with condominiums.
Looking across the street from the park, we see more businesses along the 200 and 300 blocks of Main Street.
Clothing stores, salons, gifts shops and t-shirt shops serve both the visitors and residents alike in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Gift shops, galleries, and restaurants featuring various cuisines can all be found along the 300 block of Main Street.
And just past those restaurants is a furniture store with a large showroom. We zoomed in on the sign. Notice if you head down Shore Street, it will take you to the beach. It's only a few blocks away.
A few more shops, restaurants, and motels as we reach the end of Falmouth Village's downtown. If you continue a few blocks down, you'll find larger strip shopping centers. But you'll also find an inlet with a large marina and even a ferry that will take you to Oak Bluffs or Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard.
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