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Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard

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Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard

We are travelling to New Haven in May to attend our daughter's convocation. We thought of going to cape cod and martha's vineyard for a few days. As we don't drive, could anyone give us any ideas on how to get there and if we did, which is a good place to stay - say three days in cape cod and 2 in martha's?

Thank you!

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1. Re: Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard

Hi, you can either take a bus from New Haven to Woods Hole or take a train from NH into Boston or Providence, and then get a bus there. Woods Hole is a village of Falmouth on Cape Cod. It is also where the ferry to the Vineyard departs. Here is a link for accomodations in Woods Hole

http://www.woodshole.com/accomodations.htm

When you are ready to go to the Vineyard, the ferries run regularly all day - here is a link:

http://www.steamshipauthority.com/ssa/sa.cfm

Depending on which boat you take, you will either dock at Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs. You can use public transportation very easily once on the island. VH, OB, & Edgartown are where most of the places to stay are located, as well as restaurants & shops. What kind of accomodation are you looking for - b&b? upscale hotel? motel? and what is your appox. budget for lodging? This will help narrow down the options.

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2. Re: Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard

Thank you so much! Well, a B&B type accomodation with a beach view would be fantastic (say $100 a night or a little more). I was looking at Dennis and it looks so lovely. Are there buses from NH to Dennis?

Am going to look at Woodhole now, thanks once again.

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3. Re: Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard

Without a car, you really want to stay either in Hyannis or Falmouth especially if you are considering a trip over to Martha's Vineyard. Otherwise all you will see is the inside of our public transportation.

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4. Re: Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard

Hi, it is going to cost a lot more to stay in Dennis & visit the Vineyard in terms of both money & time. The Cape is not all that easy to navigate without a car. If you stay in Woods Hole or Falmouth center you can get right on the least expensive and most frequently scheduled ferries to MV. Take a look at Falmouth and I think you will see that is every bit as charming as Dennis, and if you stay in the town center you can walk to restaurants & shops.

In looking at transportation from New Haven to the Cape, the most convenient option is to take an Amtrak train into Boston's South Station, and then a Peter Pan bus to Falmouth center. You are within a 1/2 mile of The Inn on the Square

http://www.innonthesquare.com/

also close by are these B&Bs

The Palmer House

http://www.palmerhouseinn.com/

Captain Tom Lawrence House

http://www.captaintomlawrence.com/

and the Inn at Siders Lane

http://www.innatsiderslane.com/

Once on the Vineyard - there are also lots of choices - here is a link for B&Bs - again look for those in Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven or Edgartown.

Edited: 14 April 2011, 08:56
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5. Re: Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard

Ooops! forgot the link above:

bedandbreakfast.com/marthas-vineyard-massach…

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6. Re: Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard

Travelling from New Haven to the Cape, I would suggest taking the Amtrak train from New Haven to Boston and then connecting to Peter Pan bus which will take you right to the Woods Hole ferry terminal. If connections are good, you could make it in 4 or 5 hours.

Taking the bus from New Haven to Woods Hole makes several stops; the first one in Hartford, Connecticut which is 60 miles north of New Haven when you want to be going east. It will certainly be the long way to get there.

The Amtrak high-speed "Acela" train is not really worth the extra price from New Haven to Boston. The "Northeast Regional" train will get you there in just about the same time. If the Acela schedule fits your travel plans better, then okay. But don't take it just to save time.

When you get to Woods Hole, don't just jump on the ferry and head over to the Vineyard; take a walk along Water Street, Woods Hole. (From the ferry terminal follow the road along the waterfront.) A direct walk from the ferry to the end of Water Street will take 15 minutes; a casual stroll is 30. You will pass the campuses of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the Marine Biological Lab. Very scenic. A cup of chowder or a sandwich at either the Captain Kidd or Leeside Restaurant would be nice, too.

At the end of Water Street is the Woods Hole Aquarium. It's actually a research lab for the National Marine Fisheries Service. It's well-worth the price of admission (free!) and fun to walk through. Even if the Aquarium is closed, talk a walk by anyway. You can watch the harbor seals in the tank out front. The ferries run often enough that you'll have time to take in an hour or two in Woods Hole.

When you have your Martha's Vineyard plans settled, check whether you want to take the ferry that goes to Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven. Service to Oak Bluffs does not begin until late-May so it might not apply depending on your travel dates, but check for yourself.

Bus schedule from New Haven to Woods Hole; http://www.greyhound.com/

Amtrak Train: www.amtrak.com

Bus from Boston to Woods Hole: http://www.peterpanbus.com/

Woods Hole Aquarium: http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/nefsc/aquarium/

Cheers,

Harry

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Edited: 16 April 2011, 21:06
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7. Re: Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard

Even in May you are going to find that a budget of $100 per night will be difficult to attain. In my experience you will need to consult with some experts and that would be the folks at the visitor's centers in Falmouth (theirs is excellent) and on MV. If you wait until you arrive in the US then hoteliers who have rooms may be willing to dicker a little. Good luck and have a great time.

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