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Day 3 – Martha’s Vineyard
Off the coast of Cape Cod are two very well known Island’s. Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. As we were on such a tight schedule we could only pick one to explore, and I can assure you the choice was not easy. Martha’s Vineyard won out in the end, and what a fabulous adventure it was.
The ferry left from outside our hotel, and just 60 minutes later we were docking in Oak’s Bluff. I knew that the public transport on the island was both cheap and convenient so we headed to the bus stop and bought day passes for about 8 dollars each.
First of all we headed to Edgarstown. I absolutely adored this little village. It had the New England charm that I come in search of. Delightful washboard shop fronts hosting boutique designers and quirky souvenirs. Because we visited in October, or “fall”, there were also pumpkins, scarecrows and autumn wreaths adorning the doorways of residential and commercial properties.
Edgartown has a great selection of restaurants, and is probably the upscale end of the island. All the local people were friendly and I could have spent much longer walking the quaint tree-lined streets.
The seaside shanty
Next we caught the bus to Aquinnah, an area of serene beauty where white faced cliffs fall to reveal expansive beaches and rhythmic waves.
Aquinnah is part of the Wampanoag reservation, with the native american tribe having a long history on the island. The tribe members sell crafts and refreshments to the many tourists that visit the area.
Our final stop was Oaks Bluff where we were catching the ferry back to Hyannis. Of course we had to walk around the gingerbread houses in town.
Gingerbread Houses Martha’s Vineyard
And we spent a pleasant couple of hours browsing through the shops in the area.
Before we knew it the sun had set and it was time to go. I hope to return some day!
Day Four – Route 28, Hyannis – Harwich – Chatham
On day four we decided to drive Route 28 from Hyannis and see what we could find. What we found was huge sandy beaches, small independent shops and a real sense of the local community.
There were churches selling more pumpkins than you could imagine, deserted beaches and enough New England architecture to please even the most discerning traveller!
Chatham in particular was a beautiful area. I recommend a cocktail on the terrace at Chatham Bars and a visit to Lighthouse beach where you might even be able to see the seals basking in the afternoon sun.
We thoroughly enjoyed our drive along Route 28 but we found ourselves a bit uncertain about where we could park, so if you are heading that way it may be worth a bit of investigation.
Sadly this was our last night on the Cape, but our adventures weren’t over yet.
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