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Our Top 3 'Can't Miss' on Martha's Vineyard in August

Posted by Betsy Rich on Mon, Aug 04, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

Look where the Martha's Vineyard Ferry can take you!

146th Annual Grand Illumination Night | August 20
Grand Illumination Night, the highlight of the summer season takes place in the Campground in Oak Bluffs! The Gingerbread cottages are adorned with colorful Chinese and Japanese lanterns, which are lit at sun down and burn throughout the night. In the Tabernacle, there is a sing along and band concert that starts around 7:00pm. One source states that this tradition started as a way of marking the visit of the Governor of Massachusetts. Another source states that it states that it originally marked the close of the summer season for campground visitors. Either way, this free event is certainly a can't miss for the whole family!

153rd Annual Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair and Livestock Fair | August 21-24
The Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair and Livestock Fair has something for everyone!
There is no shortage if fun with rides, games, live music, livestock, competitions, craft demonstrations, food, shopping, and art show; awards for homegrown vegetables, fruits, flowers and homemade goodies; and the fan favorite - a dog show! The goal of the Fair is to "promote education and involvement with agriculture in the Martha's Vineyard community. The proceeds of the fair support the Ag(ricultural) Society's scholarship and grant programs." The Agricultural Fair "promotes the pursuit of agriculture, horticulture, land conservation, youth activities, mechanic and domestic arts and encourages the raising and improving of plant and animal stock and the sale of island-grown produce and flowers at local farmers' markets." The Fair takes place at Agricultural Hall (off of State Road) in West Tisbury. The cost is $10 per adult, $5 for kids and seniors, and children 5 and under are free.

Fireworks at Ocean Park | August 22
Ocean Park, Oak BluffsThe fireworks at Ocean Park is the perfect night with family and friends! Bring a chair or blanket and look towards the open sky for one of THE best fireworks displays on the island all year. Locals say that it is truly one of the best events of the summer. There's also a band concert in the gazebo, starting at 8:00pm. Admission is free.

If you are planning on attending any of these events, or if you have, please let us know what you think!

Tags: ferry, travel, vacation, things to do on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, family, event

How do you wrap the Hyannis to Martha's Vineyard Ferry?

Posted by Betsy Rich on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 @ 12:25 PM

I am tired of Legos and Pokemon cards and Rainbow Looms. So as my son's 9th birthday approached, it was very clear that his gift would not be found at Toys R Us or Walmart. I knew that he would not be neglected by others in the toy department; however I was sold on giving him an experience...a memory of a great day with his mom.

I planned a day on Martha's Vineyard. Honestly, I've spent so much more time on Nantucket, professionally and personally, that I was really excited to do something that was new for both of us.

A couple of weeks before we left, I called Bill Anderson of Anderson Bike Rentals in Oak Bluffs. I have worked with him for years, but have never met him in person (this happens to me a lot). I asked him if he would be open because I was bringing my son over for his birthday and I'd like to stop by to meet him. I was glad that he, in fact, would still be open on weekends. Bike Martha's VineyardA few days before we left, I started thinking about how cool it would be to bike the Vineyard...now THAT'S something I've never done! My son loves to bike around the neighborhood, but what about actual biking? And then there's the little fact that I haven't been on a bike in, oh like, 20 years...before helmets were even a consideration. The idea intrigued me and scared me a little. It would be a challenge. It would be different. It would certainly be an experience. So we decided to go for it!

We took the high-speed ferry to Martha's Vineyard and arrived at about 10:30am. We checked in with Bill Anderson, who is a stone's throw away from where the ferry docks at the Dockside Marina in Oak Bluffs. Bill has been there renting bikes since 1971. He said, "Oh, I've been renting bikes since before you were born!" and I admitted that it wasn't that much before I was born. We were outfitted with a couple of nice bikes, helmets, bike lock and chain and he even offered us some water (of course, I'd already packed water, apples, hand wipes, kleenex - you know, the typical mom things). He and his daughter Kathy asked about our plans and we told them that we were headed out to the Island Alpaca Company in Vineyard Haven. Kathy kind of gave me a look and said, "Really?" and I asked if it was too far. She said no, as long as you can bike a half-hour. Nah, no biggie. She gave us a map and drew some custom directions and we were off!

On the ride to the alpaca farm, it was about half regular roads and half bike trail. I was really happy that we were there in October so that traffic on regular roads was light. So we biked. And biked. And biked some more. Whew - it was so long since I'd been on a bike and I felt it! The terrain is pretty flat around these parts, but even the little hills were a bit of a challenge. Thank goodness it was a beautiful, sunny day in the low 60s and we could bike in t-shirts. The directions were spot on and we arrived at the alpaca farm as she said, in about a half-hour.

I've been to the alpaca farm once before, but my son had not. It's a lovely farm (I think Island Alpaca Companysomeone said they owned about 20 acres) with an abundance of alpaca, maybe 75 to 80. They breed them, sell them and have a great little gift shop featuring mittens, gloves, sweaters, scarves, yarn, toys and gifts made with alpaca wool. If you have never been introduced to alpaca fur, it is incredibly soft. All of the alpacas have tags around their necks with their names on it, which is great. We went out back where most of them were hanging out and eating and one of the staff members was also there answering any and all questions. I could tell how much this woman loved her job and these animals. I loved sharing this visit with my son because even though we don't own any, we really do love animals.

We walked back to the bikes, had a snack and water and biked back to Oak Bluffs. We stopped by and saw a friend at the Oak Bluffs Open Market, which was great. There were artists selling their wares and a guy singing and playing guitar. Needless to say, the boy was hungry and we quickly moved on. We went out for lunch to one of my favorite spots - Sharky's Cantina. We love Mexican and this is the place for it on the Vineyard. It was packed, the New England Patriots were on and the food was fantastic (as usual). Then, of course, he had to have dessert so we stopped at the only place that was still open, Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium.

Ocean Park Martha's VineyardAnd then he wanted to bike. More. After stopping, it was hard to get motivated to get my now-sore captain's quarters back on that bike. But I did and we biked the Campground and Gingerbread Houses, and then Ocean Park which is picture perfect (I just read on TripAdvisor that it is the #2 attraction in Oak Bluffs). As you may be able to guess, I was getting really tired and losing steam. After Ocean Park, we biked the scenic route along the ocean, back to Anderson's bike rentals to hang it up. I was all done.

We had an hour before the ferry to Hyannis left, so we walked around (had to hit a gift shop for something) and then ended up visiting Petey at Coop de Ville. The Coop de Ville is a Coop de Villerestaurant on the water in Oak Bluffs that Hy-Line has partnered with the past couple of years for a fall day trip special to Martha's Vineyard. He was having his annual pig roast that day and by telling you that it was well-attended is putting it lightly. He also had this great band playing on a boat so we cuddled up on a bench (due to exhaustion), people-watched, soaked up the last of the Indian Summer sun, and listened to some tunes. Seriously, everyone needs to go to Martha's Vineyard in the fall. For real.

That night, after I put birthday britches to bed, I went on Google Maps to figure out how much we had biked. I was shocked to realize that we had biked at least 10 miles that day, and I felt it.

So no, none of these birthday presents can be wrapped, or played with, or later in life be donated. But I'm OK with that because this way, he'll have them forever. 

Tags: ferry, travel, Cape Cod, vacation, things to do on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, family, boat

Lobster: It's How They Roll

Posted by Betsy Rich on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 @ 01:02 PM

So last Friday, I swung into the Raw Bar On Ocean Street, at Hy-Line Landing, where our ferries to Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard dock. It seems hard to believe, but this is The Raw Bar's 6th season with us! The Raw Bar's original location is in the Popponesset Marketplace in New Seabury, a great little community in Mashpee, on Nantucket Sound.

New England's #1 lobster rollHands down, the most memorable & notable thing about the Raw Bar is their lobster roll. Billy Costa of NECN's TV Diner named it the #1 Lobster Roll in New England. Know what? That's a pretty big deal! I also read that said lobster roll was featured on Channel 5's Chronicle & The Phantom Gourmet.

I have a secret wish that Guy Fieri would show up in his convertible & start chowing down, rolling his eyes with utter food ecstasy & delight, talking with his mouth full, loving the lobster roll...

So I was chatting it up with Ruthie around 2:15pm & it was Friday so I certainly expected it to be busy, but it wasn't. After talking about what was going on this summer, I walked around & took some pictures of the bar downstairs, outside seating, then went upstairs & took pictures of the 2nd bar & from the deck, overlooking the dock. Our high-speed Nantucket ferry Grey Lady was just pulling in & I went back downstairs. It was as if someone had turned on a switch - now the bar that had one person seated, was full & there were even a few people standing. I looked at Ruthie & she said, "The boat's here...and it's summer!" I have to tell you, I felt a pang of jealousy. I really wanted to be on vacation, getting away from stress & responsibility. Their cars were parked, they were having a drink & something to eat...so many vacations had already begun at the Raw Bar. It was a beautiful thing.
Raw Bar on Ocean Street

I really need to take advantage of all that the Raw Bar has to offer & have mini staycations (in my opinion, Cape Cod is the best place to do just that). Besides the famous lobster roll, they have a Lobster Dinner Special from 5-10pm on Wednesday & all day on Sunday which includes a single or twin lobster, corn & cole slaw, available for market price. They have an Oyster Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4-6pm for $1.25/each. They also feature Wines of the Week (now you're talking). The Raw Bar is open 7 days a week from 11a-11p so I really don't have an excuse to not hang out over there & at least ACT like I'm on vacation.

Lobster RollI must confess that I've never eaten lobster, in a roll or otherwise. I know, it's ridiculous because I live on Cape Cod. As I swing into a wiser & more mature (& thankfully less uptight) time in my life, I am learning to never say never & be open to trying new things especially on the food frontier. This is going to be our summer, Raw Bar lobster roll. I can taste it.

Tags: ferry, travel, Cape Cod, vacation, Ferry to Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, lobster roll

The Boys are Back in Town

Posted by Betsy Rich on Mon, Apr 08, 2013 @ 02:02 PM

The Coffee Table CafeJust as the Daffodil bulbs are popping all around town, another sure sign of spring is The Coffee Table Cafe opening down at our Hyannis Ferry terminal on the docks! Last Friday marked the kick-off of their 6th season with us here at Hy-Line Landing on Ocean Street. It's great to see Peter & Billy back! As long a winter as it was for us, it was for the boys. Billy had much-needed back surgery in early February & has recovered wonderfully. In addition, Billy deserves a huge shout out for quitting smoking around Christmas to prepare for surgery! As many of us know, it's no easy task.

Last season & throughout the winter the boys have been busy working on their first cookbook! The Coffee Table Cafe CookbookFrom Our Table to Yours is chock full of recipes of your favorite & tastiest Coffee Table treats. It will be available for purchase at the bakery this summer.

During the winter, we also worked with the boys on jazzing up our promo materials for the Harbour Room. If you do not know already, on the top floor of Hy-Line Landing is a function room that is available for private groups. We've had meetings, brunches, dinners, cocktail parties, baby showers & birthday parties. It's a beautiful, octagonal room with a 360-degree view of Ocean Street & the docks. You should check out our website where we've posted some of the new photography. The boys do a fantastic job with the catering for the Harbour Room & an equally fabulous job setting up & decorating.

So I strolled over there Friday afternoon to see how things were going. We sat down & talked about the usual goodies like coffee, cappuccino, pastries, smoothies (my personal favorite - get the mango with whipped cream), fruit salad & the convenience of breakfast sandwiches & salads on the go. But truly, these words are nothing without your senses. To SEE the food...& more to SMELL the deliciousness...I asked if I could just stick my head in the display case & hang out for a while (they laughed at me like I was joking but I would totally be into that). I wish I could make a scratch-n-sniff blog for you all. So, I had to resort to just taking pictures for you...
Cupcakes Cinnamon Buns  Croissant

Clearly, it's both great & dangerous to have them open again! 


Tags: ferry, travel, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, bakery

Nantucket Ferry & Martha's Vineyard Ferry for Girls Getaway

Posted by Betsy Rich on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 @ 01:37 PM

Q: I am looking for some Cape Cod vacation ideas. I am so excited to be coming to Cape Cod this Fall with a group of girlfriends! There are six of us that have gotten together every year (ages 50-70) for the past 25-something years & travel someplace different every year. We've visited places like New York, San Francisco, Paris & Cozumel.

We've booked our rooms at a bed & breakfast & now I'm researching some things to do while we're there. We're, shall we say, a little more mature & are looking to have an enjoyable, relaxing, memorable & FUN time!

Only one of us has ever been to the Cape so I would like to know if you can help me with information on:

Specials or discounts on your ferries

Cape Cod events or festivals

Scenic spots for great photo ops

Wineries or breweries

Where to shop!

Any suggestions you may have would be great. I'm so excited! I've heard so many great things about the Cape in the Fall from the foliage to the cranberry harvesting to less traffic! Thanks, in advance, for any help!


A: Yes, I have to agree that the Fall on Cape Cod is certainly a local's favorite for all of those reasons! It's a great time of the year to visit - the weather is still beautiful & there's a lot still going on.

Hyannis Cape CodIt sounds like your accommodations are all set, so you're not looking to stay overnight on Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard. Right now, we have two daytrip specials; one or both may be perfect for the girls! Our Nantucket Daytrip Special includes a round-trip adult ticket on our high-speed ferry, Grey Lady, from Hyannis, a $25 restaurant gift certificate to the Brotherhood of Thieves & shopping discounts from island retailers for $77. Our Martha's Vineyard Daytrip Special includes a round-trip adult ticket on our high-speed ferry, Lady Martha, from Hyannis, a $25 restaurant gift certificate to Coop de Ville & shopping discounts from island retailers for $71. These specials are a great deal & I think your group of ladies would really enjopy either one...or both!

As far as events go, there are some great ones coming right up:

Wellfleet Oyster Fest, October 13 & 14

Cape Cod Comedy Fest, October 19 & 20

South Shore Arts & Crafts Festival, October 27 & 28

There are so many naturally beautiful spots on Cape Cod, that lend themselves to wonderful photo ops. Here are some of my favorites:

Cape Cod Canal

Shining Sea Bikeway

Sandwich Boardwalk (named one of the Top 10 U.S. Boardwalks by National Geographic!)

Scargo Tower

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Cape Cod National Seashore  (must see Marconi Station & Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail)

Pilgrim Monument

If you're looking for a tour of the adult-beverage kind, I would definitely check out Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis, Cisco Brewers/Triple Eight Distillery/Nantucket Vineyard Winery on Nantucket, Cape Cod Winery in Falmouth & Truro Vineyards in Truro.

In regards to shopping, you're not going to get an outlet overload experience as you would in say Wrentham or Kittery, Maine. I would suggest browsing Main Street, Hyannis, Commerical Street, Provincetown & absolutely anywhere along Route 6A, which starts in Bourne & goes all the way to Orleans.


If you have other questions, please share them with us in the comments section and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Check it out! The "Girls" are pictured here with two of their new Hy-Line friends after returning from their trip to Martha's Vineyard on Friday, October 12th!

Cape Cod Girls Getaway

Tags: ferry, travel, Cape Cod, vacation, girls, getaway, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, high speed

Ferry to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard

Posted by Betsy Rich on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 @ 10:12 AM

Q: I am planning on visiting the States from Australia in August, spending time in New York then traveling up the eastern seaboard to Newport, Rhode Island. I would like to visit Hyannis (Cape Cod), Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. I was wondering:

Do you have a ferry service that would encompass these three areas?

Would you suggest spending a few hours on each island, in one day or visiting them separately?

How do I get to the ferry from Newport?

Any information about parking for your ferry?

Do you have any recommendations for Newport?

If you could advise on the above, I would really appreciate it. I love visiting the States; I've been to New York but no further up country and I'm really looking forward to it.


A: We operate ferries to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard from Hyannis, all three areas that you're looking to visit. For your convenience we provide high-speed and traditional service to both islands. Follow these links to our schedules and rates:

High-Speed Ferry to Nantucket

Traditional Ferry to Nantucket

High-Speed Ferry to Martha's Vineyard

Traditional Ferry to Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard Ferry Nantucket FerryWe do offer an “Around the Sound” cruise, which allows you to visit both islands in the same day during your visit, in August. This cruise gives you anywhere from 3 to 5 hours on each island with an additional 4 hours on the water.

Personally, I would recommend visiting both islands on separate days. Each island has a lot to offer in regards to dining, sightseeing, history and shopping and they are both very unique and different from one another. I suggest either an overnight in Hyannis, with two daytrips to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard; or you could use our Inter-Island Ferry service to travel by ferry directly between the islands and contact one of our Lodging Partners on the islands who offer special overnight deals just for being a Hy-Line customer!

In my opinion, Newport is too far away to commute to Hyannis a few times during your stay. Drive time between Newport and Hyannis is approximately 1-hour. There is ferry service from Rhode Island to Martha’s Vineyard which seems to be far more reasonable than driving to Hyannis to visit Martha's Vineyard.

Our ferries depart from the Ocean Street Dock, 220 Ocean Street, Hyannis. Please click here for directions. We own and operate our own lots along Ocean Street (onsite, no shuttles). At the time of the year that you are visiting, we charge $17 per calendar day. Please note that there are also privately owned lots along Ocean Street, however I cannot confirm their rates or policies.

Honestly, I do not know too much about Newport; I've only visited a few times. What I do know, and I would recommend would be the Newport Mansions, shopping at Bannister's Wharf and the Newport Vineyards and Winery.

This is definitely a lot of information to absorb! For information about the area, I recommend checking out these websites:

Newport Chamber of Commerce

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce

Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce


If you have other questions, please share them with us in the comments section and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Tags: ferry, travel, Cape Cod, vacation, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket

What to Do on Vacation in Cape Cod

Posted by Betsy Rich on Thu, Aug 09, 2012 @ 09:44 AM

Q: I am visiting Hyannis, Cape Cod next summer with my husband and sons, and am looking for some advice from a local! We are traveling from California to vacation in New England and was wondering about some family-friendly and cost-effective things to do. We're just so busy all the time and really need a vacation where we can relax and enjoy each other's company, without the typical distractions of life. I'd love any information you can provide about:

Free Family Events

Outdoor Activities


And of course, Hy-Line Family-Friendly Cruises!

I know it's early, but I'm doing a lot of research so that we have a game plan upon arrival. Any help from a REAL resident is appreciated!

Even if I have to wait until the kids are 18, I am going to move out there someday! I am reading a book titled “A Year by the Sea” by Joan Anderson. I am not a big book reader but this one is small and the author is from the Cape. I am in my mid 40’s and this book really resonates with me!


A: Seeing that we are a family owned and operated company, you've come to the right place! Cape Cod is a great place for a family whether you live here or are visiting. Here are a few things that we like to do:

Cape Cod Baseball League games (they're free)

Concert at Aselton Park, Hyannis Harbor (they're free too)


Whale Watching from Barnstable or Whale Watching from Provincetown

Cape Cod Rail Trail

Nickerson State Park

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Cape Cod National Seashore (information about the White Cedar Swamp, Marconi Station, etc.)

As far as Hy-Line family friendly cruises go, Kids Ride Free on our Traditional Ferry to Nantucket and Traditional Ferry to Martha's Vineyard all season. If you're looking for a shorter cruise, Kids Ride Free on Harbor Cruise morning trips all season and Kids Ride Free on our Cape Cod Canal Cruises Family Cruise at 4:00pm all summer. One cruise that is not free, however has been a hit with families the last two seasons is the Mass Audubon's Aquatic Exploration Cruise, that is available on Thursday afternoons throughout the summer.Cape Cod Family Friendly Cruise

Kids on the Cape does a great job with their online family calendar; it's definitely worth checking out.

Well, this should keep you busy with your spare time...that you probably don't have!

If you have other questions, please share them with us in the comments section and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Tags: ferry, travel, Cape Cod, vacation, Martha's Vineyard, family, Cruise, Nantucket

Martha's Vineyard Ferries

Posted by Betsy Rich on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 @ 10:38 AM

Q: I will be visiting Martha's Vineyard for the third year in a row and I have still yet to see Nantucket. I am checking out of my rental on Martha's Vineyard on July 29th this summer. I would like to take the Hy-Line Cruises ferry to Nantucket and spend a night or two there and come back on July 31st. I would like to purchase the tickets for me and my two sons, the problems are the location that you drop me off again back on Martha's Vineyard and the timing. I will have a car with me and will need to get on the ferry back to Woods Hole and drive to another rental on Cape Cod that same day (on the 31st) and I don’t want to drive in the dark.  I am very nervous about this as I will have my two kids with me and I will be alone. 

Can you tell me where on Martha's Vineyard the Hy-Line ferry picks us up and drops us off so I can arrange the trip on the Steamship Authority car ferry?

What are the times available to travel back and forth with your Nantucket to Martha's Vineyard ferry?

Are they usually on time so that I can secure a reservation for my car on the ferry back to Woods Hole that same day that I return from Nantucket? 

Should I just make it a day trip or will I need an entire day to roam around there with the kids?

I am even thinking of flying over with Cape Air perhaps just for the day but don't know if that be enough time to see the area. Thank you in advance for your time!

A: Given our 2012 schedule, you would travel from Martha’s Vineyard (Oak Bluffs) to Nantucket on 7/29. You would depart Martha's Vineyard at 2:00pm arriving at 3:10pm. For your return on (possibly) 7/31 you would depart Nantucket at 3:20pm arriving in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard at 4:30pm.

Looking at the Steamship Authority’s schedules, you have two options for a departure point. There’s a departure from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole at 5:00pm, which will be too tough to make getting in at 4:30pm. The next one from Vineyard Haven doesn’t leave until 7:15pm which gets you into Woods Hole at 8:00pm. I think this will be too late based on your email. The other option you have is leaving Oak Bluffs aboard the Steamship at 6:15pm which will get you into Woods Hole at 7:00pm. At that time of the year, it’s getting dark around 8:00pm so depending on where you’re traveling on Cape Cod, this may not be a bad option.

Nantucket LighthouseYou could certainly do Nantucket in a day but you would definitely have to fly and not take the ferry. We would recommend staying a night or two if you can. It’s very different than the Vineyard, much smaller, lots of conservation land – we love it. You will however have to look into rates and availability for lodging. We highly recommend that you take look at our website for information about our Nantucket lodging and Martha's Vineyard lodging partners. They have special deals, just for being a Hy-Line customer.

For families, there are some great things to see and do on Nantucket. Some of our favorites (besides the beach of course!)  are the Nantucket Whaling Museum, the Mariah Mitchell Association has an aquarium and a science museum, or even a bus tour with Nantucket Island Tours. You can check out this blog about a family's recent trip to Nantucket too; you may find it helpful.

If you have other questions, please share them with us in the comments section and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Tags: ferry, travel, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, family, Nantucket, high speed

Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard Ferry

Posted by Betsy Rich on Fri, Jun 08, 2012 @ 09:17 AM

Q: I am trying to plan our trip to the Cape this September and need help. We are visiting Northern New England but want to drive down and explore the Cape, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket before flying home. It's been suggested that we stay in Hyannis (The Anchor In) and take the ferry to visit each island for the day instead of actually driving over and staying on each island.

Do you have the schedules and prices?

Do you have any suggestions on how to best experience this area?

My husband and I are in our 60's and would like to rent bikes to see the islands at a slower pace.

A: We operate both Traditional and High-Speed ferries to both Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. The schedules and rates can be found on our website:

High-Speed Nantucket Ferry

High-Speed Martha's Vineyard Ferry

Traditional Nantucket Ferry

Traditional Martha's Vineyard Ferry

The Anchor In is a wonderful location, right on Hyannis Harbor, close to the ferry terminal. In addition, they sell our ferry tickets in some of their packages.  

Nantucket Martha's Vineyard High-Speed Ferry
If time allows, I do recommend visiting each island, but on separate days if your goal is to see the islands at a slower pace.

We do offer an Around the Sound cruise, which allows you to visit both islands in the same day. Many people enjoy this option; just keep in mind that it is a 13-hour day.

There is great island information available and suggestions as to what to do from each island's chamber of commerce: Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce and Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce.

Some personal recommendations for Nantucket are:

Some personal recommendations for Martha's Vineyard are:

If you have other questions, please share them with us in the comments section and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Tags: ferry, travel, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, high speed

Cape Cod and the Islands Cruise

Posted by Betsy Rich on Thu, May 24, 2012 @ 04:38 PM

Q: We are traveling from the UK to Cape Cod in August and would like to make a reservation for your "Around the Sound" cruise, which allows us to visit Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard in the same day. We wondered:

What is the cost?

Is it possible to upgrade to the First Class section when on the Traditional boat to Nantucket?

How can I make reservations?

Can I take a bus tour of each island when I arrive and if so, what is the cost of the bus tour?

A: Our Around the Sound cruise operates from June 9 - September 8, 2012. This cruise is great because it allows you to get the most out of your busy Cape Cod vacation day. In August, we offer two options for this Cape Cod and the Islands cruise. One option is going from Hyannis to Nantucket to Martha's Vineyard, back to Hyannis and the other is going from Hyannis to Martha's Vineyard to Nantucket, back to Hyannis.

You can find the 2012 schedule here.

The price is $86 for adults and $47 for children, ages 5-12.   

You can most definitely upgrade your ticket on the Traditional ferry to the First Class Lounge for only $6.50 per adult.

Reservations can be made by calling toll-free in the United States (800) 492-8082 or (508) 778-2600. Please note that if you prefer the option of traveling to Martha's Vineyard first, this can only be booked by phone. If you choose the option of traveling to Nantucket first, you can book it by phone or online.

Martha's VineyardIf you book the Around the Sound where you go to the Vineyard first, there is a bus tour option on the Vineyard; however if you chose the Around the Sound where you go to Nantucket first, then the Vineyard, there is no guarantee of the bus tour meeting that late arrival. We do sell tickets for this tour and the rate is $29 per adult. It is 2-1/2 hours in duration and visits all six towns on the island.

The bus tour on Nantucket is available, regardless of your arrival time. We sell tickets for Nantucket Island Tours and the rate is $20 per adult. It is 1-1/4 hours in duration and takes you from downtown out to 'Sconset, Sankaty Head Lighthouse and more. 

If you have other questions, please share them with us in the comments section and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Tags: ferry, travel, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket

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