The Gemma docked on Eel Pond. The Marine Biological Laboratory's collecting vessel makes regular trips to trawl for local organisms, which are studied in the labs of resident and visiting scientists. (Melanie D.G. Kaplan/FTWP)
if you go

Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Woods Hole, Mass.? Here’s what you need to know for the weekend of Sept. 9-11:

Getting There

AirTran and JetBlue offer flights from BWI Marshall to Boston with fares starting at $179 round trip. From the airport, take the Peter Pan bus to Woods Hole (80 miles) for $55 round trip.

Where to Stay

Woods Hole Inn

28 Water St.


Nine rooms with private baths in the center of town; pet-friendly. Rates from $130 include breakfast, parking and use of bikes.

Sands of Time

Motor Inn & Harbor House

549 Woods Hole Rd.

508-548-6300, 800-841-0114

Simple rooms, free parking, best view of ferry terminal and harbor. Rates from $150.

Where to Eat

Pie in the Sky Bakery & Cafe

10 Water St.


Piping hot popovers ($2.50), coffees, homemade granola, sandwiches and enough pies ($15 per pie, $3.50 per slice) to make your head spin.

Quicks Hole

6 Luscombe Ave.


Local lobster and fish tacos, Cape Cod microbrews, local greens, fresh salsa and outdoor patio. Tacos start at $4.95, burritos $8.95.


71 Water St.


Starters include coconut-lobster bisque and duck sliders. Dinner entrees $18 to $36.

What to do

Shining Sea Bikeway

10.7 miles of paved pathways through four villages, along the shore of Buzzards Bay. Bicycle rentals in Falmouth (Holiday Cycles).

Woods Hole Science Aquarium

166 Water St.


Learn about animals of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic waters. Catch the feedings of the injured/stranded harbor seals at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Exhibit Center

15 School St.


See cool underwater footage of Titanic wreckage, plus exhibits on marine mammals and toxic algae. Suggested donation, $2.


All lodging and flight info valid as of press time Thursday.