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Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket day trips from Cape Cod

July 18th, 2013 by Mike Cassels

Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket day trips from The Inn

Nantucket: National Geographic’s Most beautiful island

Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket day trips from Cape Cod, require a little thought before you will be ready to make up your mind on which options to choose, but they are by far the most popular way to see both Islands. During the peak season, there is a ferry that will run you across to both Islands in the same day, but you will not have the time you want to enjoy either Island, and you will spend a large amount of time on boats.

Visitors as a starting point, should know that Martha’s Vineyard will need a full day with an early start and an Inn At Cape Cod breakfast to go. Return to the mainland as late as possible and consider having dinner on the island. Nantucket on the other hand can be seen in six hours – if you stay for dinner or hire bikes, allow another two hours i.e. get the last ferry back (dinner) or the earlier boat out (bikes).

The quickest and most scenic route to both islands is by 7 or 10 seater aircraft. A short check in, 15 –

 Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket day trips from Cape Cod. Just 10 minutes from The Inn

The fastest and most scenic routes to both Islands

20 minute flight and incredible views ( we recommend coming back from Nantucket at sunset) are the main advantages. Our inn is 10 minutes from the airport. Down side? Possibly the cost of approximately $125 round trip per adult. It is worth it if the weather is clear (spring and autumn skies are best). Try Island airways or Cape Air.

The fast ferries leaving from Hyannis Harbor to both islands is the next fastest means of travel. The journey takes an hour, 55 minutes for Martha’s Vineyard. Two operators run fast ferries to Nantucket: Steamship and Hyline. Most of our guests who choose this route decide to take the 11 am Steamship fast ferry and then catch the 6 pm ferry back at a cost of $50 round trip per adult Mon – Thurs, $69 Fri – Sun. This seems to be about right in terms of time allowed on Nantucket, 6 hours, but do not forget my advice above about bikes and/or dinner. You can have a leisurely full breakfast on the shady terrace at The Inn At Cape Cod and have a very relaxed day on this magnificent island, which was recently voted: The World’s Most Beautiful Island by The National Geographic. Steamship runs a traditional car/passenger ferry to Nantucket, which takes 2 hours and 15 minutes each way at $35 rt pa.

The fast ferry to The Vineyard is run by Hyline and is the quickest way to the island after the flying option, unless your camping next to the traditional ferry in Woods Hole, which takes 45 minutes. You can take the earliest 55 minute crossing at 8.15 am or the busiest departure at 10.30 am. The later option allows you to have breakfast before you make the 15 minute drive from the Inn to Hyannis Harbor. The ferry ride is well worth the price of $72 round trip per adult. This is a clean fast boat with full facilities and refreshments on board. The 7.00 pm is the most popular return departure, but stay for dinner and you can switch to the 9.10 pm.

The Island Queen runs from Falmouth to Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard and back at a cost of $20 per adult. In the peak season there are enough departure times to suit most people. The main advantages are: parking is 100 yards from the boat, the crossing is quick, the arrival port is in the thick of many of the attractions, low fares. Against: no reservations so be there a little earlier, maybe 45 minutes before departure.

The third option is to park at one of the Steamship satellite car parks in Falmouth and take their shuttle bus down to Woods Hole (every 10 minutes). From here there are car and passenger crossings to Martha’s Vineyard every 75 minutes or so. The journey takes 45 minutes and costs $16 per adult round trip. Cars can travel for about $140 to $160 round trip – book way in advance during the peak season. No reservations for foot passengers. Taking your car is great value as you have no transport arrangements to make on Martha’s Vineyard.

Let The Inn At Cape Cod eliminate the stress from your Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket day trips. We shall save you time and unnecessary discomfort, we can advise and make your reservations on transport, tours, bike hire, sights and restaurants. Take with you, our Island Hopper Breakfast to go, designed for the early bird vacationer. We are minutes from the air and sea embarkation points, but located in the beautiful and upscale Historic District of Cape Cod Bay.






A birds eye view of Cape Cod and the Islands

March 5th, 2010 by cassels

Why not take a plane ride to Nantucket this spring, summer or fall, and if you choose a clear day your 15 minute flight will treat you to magnificent views up the arm of the Cape as far as Provincetown, the National Seashore and Chatham, and of the Islands themselves. If you are really smart, you will time your return to see a magical sunset – what a way to finish a wonderful day on Nantucket.

We have done this several times ourselves, and can vouch for its advantages over taking the boat, but that’s not to say the fast ferry is not a pleasurable experience too. Island Air will take excellent care of you, as indeed they have of us in the past. The flight itself  is exhilerating, in a nine seater aircraft, with the added bonus of the precious time you will save not only in the journey but also at the check in desk , where you can arrive as late as 10 minutes prior to departure. The total time saving on the round trip can be as much as 2 hours.Old North Wharf  Flights leave from Hyannis ( Barnstaple Municiple Airport ),which is only eight minutes from our inn, and there is plenty of reasonably priced parking.

There are a number of sightseeing airplane rides available on Cape Cod, should you not wish to take advantage of the Nantucket option, which is hard to beat. Fly Wilma Sightseeing Tours offers bespoke as well as standard flights out of Provincetown – you can ask to see whatever you like, well up to a point that is, and Captain Hal will take you up in Wilma, which was built in 1927 and may just be the oldest commercially operating aircraft in the U.S.A. So you can go off to see lighthouses, dunes, The National Seashore etc. etc. and maybe if you’re very lucky, the odd whale here and there.

You might want to take a look at Cape Cod under a more environmentally friendly Cape Cod Soaring Adventures at Marston Mills Airport. Here, weather permitting, Randy Charlton will take you up in his glider cruising at a cool 40 mph at 5,000 ft. This must be a wonderful experience given the absence of motor noise. Chatham can offer 25 to 55 minutes in a four seater Cessna, and much like the previously mentioned options, will require reservations a day or so in advance during the season.

With all this talk of aviation, what more fitting place could there be at the end of all this excitement than our very own “Tally Ho” room (maybe that aviators expression is just a British thing ) back at your Bed and Breakfast Inn. Plenty of time to freshen up for an evening on the town : The Brazilian Grill, an authentic rodizio, might fit the bill if you are looking for something lively, or maybe you will choose to leave the car at home after all that motion, and cross the lawn to our wonderful neighbours for dinner. One thing’s for sure – you will certainly sleep well tonight!

Discover the Cape Cod “whale trail” from our Inn

March 3rd, 2010 by cassels

Your adventures during your Cape Cod vacation this season may to some extent be influenced by the advice your innkeeper can give you.  Guests will quite often have preplanned their itinerary with or without this complimentary service, but may need just a gentle nudge in oneDSC_0006 direction or another to decide whether to go whale-watching, spend a day on the beach or perhaps visit Provincetown.  That help in deciding how best to spend the day may, as far as the whale-watching option is concerned, come from listening to the animated accounts from fellow guests who went whale-watching the previous day. This takes place over a leisurely breakfast, served on our terrace overlooking the Inn’s gardens.

Cape Cod is, after all, ranked in the top 10 whale encounter locations in the world. You may even catch sight of one or two from a suitable vantage point on the National Seashore. The Hyannis Whale Watch boat will take you out in comfort to Stellwagen Bank and provide an extremely knowledgeable commentary – yes you do need to take your camera! There is less need, though, for binoculars as some whale sightings will be close to the boat. You may even catch a rare glimpse of a right whale, which is currently one of the most endangered species. You are more likely to see humpback, minke and finback .

The twice-daily 4 hour excursions are ten minutes from our inn, and in our opinion they are the best. Particularly fitting is their sponsorship of IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which does so much to preserve the whale population in New England amongst all its other commendable work across the globe. We hope you’ll find an hour to spare for IFAW’s visitor’s centre at the end of Summer Street in their new “green” international headquarters.

So the voyage of discovery continues with a day trip to the tiny island of Nantucket. Maddaket Harbor, Nantucket You will want to go there to see more than the Whaling Museum, but no there can be no more poignant a start to your visit than a look at this fascinating and clever illustration of whaling, which was after all, largely responsible for establishing the thriving settlement of Nantucket in the 17th and 18th centuries. The voyage of the Essex from Nantucket inspired Herman Melville’s story of Moby Dick, and there is often a guided tour of the museum during which you can hear the story of this ill-fated voyage.

If you are now casting your mind back to your whale watching trip, you will doubtless be grateful that whaling is something from the past – at least in this part of the world.

So, if all this appeals to you and you’re planning to spend a few days on the Cape this year, be sure to allow plenty of time to follow the “whale trail”. Why not make your Cape Cod visit even more memorable by staying with us, at our historic Bed and Breakfast Inn? Hope to see you soon!