Newport, RI

Old Jun 24th, 2002, 10:45 AM
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Newport, RI

Going to Newport for a long weekend in August. I was wondering if it's possible to take a day trip to Nantucket, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard or Block island? Are there ferries to those towns? Which area is the nicest? Thanks.
Old Jun 24th, 2002, 10:51 AM
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Cape Cod-MV-NT

Author: Lynn ([email protected])
Date: 06/23/2002, 09:09 pm
Message: 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?


Author: gc ([email protected])
Date: 06/23/2002, 10:44 pm
Message: 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.


Author: Gene ([email protected])
Date: 06/23/2002, 11:48 pm
Message: 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.


Author: Lynn ([email protected])
Date: 06/24/2002, 12:32 pm
Message: 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?


Author: Gene ([email protected])
Date: 06/24/2002, 12:48 pm
Message: 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.


Old Jun 24th, 2002, 10:54 AM
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If this is your first trip to Newport, I would spend the weekend there and schedule another time to visit the Cape and/or the Islands. I don't see how you can do both (and I wouldn't want to frankly).
Old Jun 24th, 2002, 04:00 PM
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You can get a ferry from New Bedford Mass to MV, it is passenger only I believe. I dont remember seeing cars. then it is another ferry to Nantucket. New Bedford is very close to newport. MV is an OK day trip, I hear Nantucket is better but I have not been tehre.
Old Jun 25th, 2002, 09:06 AM
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The Cape is wonderful, beautiful and lots to do. I would definitely stay in the Chatham area, not only because it is a charming town, but also because of its accessibility to other areas. The Chatham Bars Inn and the Wequassett Inn are both very nice places to stay. As far as the islands are concerned, Martha's Vineyard is my personal preference because of its varied scenery and overall ambiance. I don't particularly like Nantucket because it is too sterile and uniform. Strict zoning makes all the architecture conform, and there is very little in the way of vegetation. That said, the beaches on Nantucket are nice, and most people really like it.
Old Jun 25th, 2002, 04:09 PM
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Nanctucket is not better than the Vineyard. Both are beautiful islands. You can also get cheap flights on Cape Air from Providence to either island. Little Compton RI is also beautiful.
Old Jul 27th, 2002, 06:12 PM
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Provincetown is a beautiful spot - unfortunately the homosexuals have ruined it with their obnoxious behavior in public. Too many of them just love to show off their queer lifestyle in a publicly - kissing, bumping and grinding. Hyannis Port is filthy and many street people. Chatham is GREAT - beautiful beach, lovely shops, etc.
If you are taking in the Vineyard and Nantucket don't waste a lot of time on the Cape.
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