Cape Cod-MV-NT

Old Jun 23rd, 2002, 05:09 PM
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Cape Cod-MV-NT

Considering planning a week to 11-12 day trip to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket possibly flying into Providence--June 2003. I am confused by so many opinions on the cape area, but my initial research has us potentially staying in Newport, RI for part (Cliffside Inn looks nice) and then to the northern tip of the cape for part (Provincetown Inn?). From Newport as a base, I am thinking we can ferry for day trips to both MV and NT....and possibly ferry for a day-trip to Boston from Provincetown (or should we considering staying a few days in each place--Newport, MV, NT, Cape). Help!! How would you plan your itinerary?
Old Jun 23rd, 2002, 06:44 PM
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Cape Cod invokes intense emotions. It has, in reality about 4 different personalities. There's the Rte 28 honky-tonk from Falmouth to Hyannis, the historic area from Plymouth (I know, it's not really the cape) to Brewster, the moneyed section, characterized by Chatham, at the elbow, and the beachy, bohemian area from Eastham to P-town.

The negativity you hear is a result of the traffic getting on and off the cape. Every weekend, about two bazillion (this is not an exageration!) people file over the Bourne and Sagamore bridges (unless, of course, you are lucky enough to have a canal tunnel pass). Once on the cape, traffic is ok.

The Cape Cod National Seashore is not to be missed. I'd take some time and stay in Chatham, or if you are not opposed to the gay lifestyle, stay in Provincetown.
Old Jun 23rd, 2002, 07:48 PM
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There are no ferries from Newport RI to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. You need to be on the Cape to get to these two islands. You can ferry to Boston from Provincetown and the Provincetown Inn is an excellent choice.

On the Cape, you get a ferry to MV from Woods Hole (Falmouth) or Hyannis. You ferry to Nantucket from Hyannis or Harwichport.

I would stay a few days in Newport then head to the Cape and use it as a base to ferry to Boston, MV and Nantucket.

Drive to the Cape from Newport on a weekday and you won't run into as much traffic.
Old Jun 24th, 2002, 08:32 AM
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Thanks, this is helpful. I think I will go with our original plans of staying in Newport and then somewhere on the cape. Not sure my husband will be up for Provincetown, what would be your second location choice to stay on the Cape?
Old Jun 24th, 2002, 08:48 AM
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Chatham has some very nice places to stay and is right next to Harwichport where you can take the ferry to Nantucket. It is also sort of in the middle between Provincetown and Hyannis for your other ferry trips.

Go to and click on lodgings. This will show a colored map of the Cape that will give you an idea of the distances between these towns.

You can click on any town on the map to see a list of accomodations in that town.
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