Popping the Question in Falmouth

Love is in the air in Falmouth any time of year, which makes it ideal for romantic outings and proposals. And according to Maura Aldrich, Vice President of Tourism in Falmouth, there’s lots to do in the area to make a proposal special.

“Maybe have a picnic on the beach,” she says. Falmouth has twelve beaches, so there’s plenty to choose from. “I would suggest any of the West-facing beaches at sunset.” Old Silver Beach and Chapoquoit Beach both have spectacular sunsets and long stretches of white sand. Just pack up a basket with chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne, and other goodies, and find that perfect spot to settle in. When the time is right, pull out the ring and pop the question.

For those who love the picnic idea but hate sand, she recommends hiking out to The Knob. Located in the Woods Hole area of Falmouth, it’s a major attraction for its nature walk, birding, and beautiful views of Quissett Harbor and Buzzards Bay. “It’s like this little peninsula that you can walk onto,” she says. “It’s private and serene and beautiful.”

Falmouth is also home to some of the Cape’s most beautiful gardens. Spohr Gardens is a six-acre woodland garden located on Oyster Pond. Stroll among the daffodils, azaleas, rhododendrons, and daylilies, or share a quiet moment by the pond. Highfield Hall & Gardens is another option, boasting a Sunken Garden, West Garden, and 387-acres of woods.

There are also places to pick out the ring itself. For stunning traditional rings, Hannoush Jewelers has an assortment of conventional and fancy yellow diamonds. Want something a little more unique? The owner of the Falmouth Jewelry Shop, Jan Freeman, creates custom jewelry, including engagement rings and wedding bands. Gold and sterling silver can be combined with gemstones or even shells found on the local beaches for a truly unique piece.

But why just stay in Falmouth for one day? Aldrich recommends making a proposal extra special by staying in town for a weekend getaway. It’s also a great way to keep the proposal a mystery for your significant other. Keep them guessing when you’ll pop the question by planning a romance-filled weekend. “Get a reservation at a bed and breakfast. That way you can do it any time of the year.” The Captain’s Manor Inn is an ideal place to settle in for a romantic weekend. Located in the historic district, it’s a short stroll away from some of Falmouth’s best restaurants and boutiques.

“Falmouth is a year-round community, so you don’t have to wait until summer to make the proposal,” says Aldrich. “We’re surrounded by beauty.” A fall proposal provides stunning foliage as a backdrop to the moment, and fewer tourists. Or cuddle up in a B&B guest room after a snowy stroll. 

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