Leave all the cares of the big city behind and come explore quaint and picturesque Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod!
Settled in the early 17th century, much of its rich history can still be seen in the homes, churches and other structures still left standing on the three separate islands.
Explore this wonderfully educational living history museum built around the love of the sea. This New England attraction consists of a re-created 19th century coastal village, a working preservation shipyard, four vessels that are all National Historic Landmarks, the Tregworgy Planetarium and nineteen acres of exhibits, art galleries, gift shops, restaurants, bakeries and taverns. The museum also offers educational classes in all things related to boats and boat building, navigation and weather seminars, cooking, music and craft classes.
Newport Mansion Tour
Built during the late 18th/early 19th centuries as “summer cottages” for such famous families as the Vanderbilts, Doris Duke and the Astors, there are a total of eleven mansions that are open during varying seasons for both guided and self-guided tours. The three “must-sees” are The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House.
Comprised of six acres of priceless waterfront property on Cape Cod and also known as Hyannis Port, this estate has been in the Kennedy family since the early 1930s. The grounds include three homes, tennis courts, guest cottages, a boat house and an enclosed swimming pool. The best way to enjoy the compound is by a short boat tour, and while on land make sure to stop in at both the Hyannis Port post office and general store, the Hyannis Port Club—the golf club where the Kennedy’s played golf, and the Hyannis Port Yacht Club.
Martha’s Vineyard Tour
Martha’s Vineyard includes six quaint towns complete with breathtaking beaches, picturesque main streets full of unique boutiques and antique shops, historical structures and other attractions. You’ll see rolling dunes, clay cliffs, gingerbread homes with gabled roofs, and numerous memorials commemorating the area’s past fishing and whaling history.
Experience a fully narrated historic tour of what was known as the world’s foremost whaling port during the 18th century. Nantucket is often referred to as “The Little Grey Lady of the Sea” because of its frequent fog and all the grey shingled buildings. Enjoy such Nantucket landmarks as The Old Mill, Low Beach, the Sankaty Head Lighthouse, the Nantucket moors and the gorgeous rose covered cottages of Sconset Village.
New England Seafood Dinner
No trip to this part of the country would be complete without a traditional seafood dinner featuring creamy chowders, clam strips, lobster, oysters, a wide array of fresh fish, grilled corn on the cob and numerous other mouthwatering side dishes.