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Hi, I'm going to visit my sister who lives in NYC, and go
away for a weekend with her husband and mine. We're looking
to be near a beach, and not spend too long getting there
from the city. I've never been to Martha's Vineyard, and am
intrigued, but would love to hear what you all like! Thank
To me the idea of going to Ma from NYC for a weekend means
wasting a LOT of time in the car instead of enjoying
yourself. Think minimum 6 hours driving, and then ferries
to the Vineyard (need a reservation) plus Friday and Sunday
summer traffic! I would highly recommend either Fire Island
or the Hamptons but book soon and the traffic is still
I love Martha's Vineyard. Highly recommend. Beautiful
Beaches, good food, fabulous radio station (wmvy). Worth
the ferry ride.
I lived on Martha's Vineyard for three years with my husband
and two kids. We loved it. There are beautiful beaches and
things to do. There is a Jet Blue/Cape Air shuttle from NY
to MV. And if you are driving and take the ferry, check the
rates and make a reservation early. There are farms and
shops and artists galleries and beautiful beaches. It is
truly an aesthetic, creative place where you will not be
overwhelmed with traffic lights (I think there are 3 on the
island) and highways. You will be able to swim in the wide
ocean or inlets or where the river meets the ocean. We are
going back this summer and can't wait.
I am less familiar with Cape Cod but Truro and Chatham are
nice places. Have a great weekend!!
My father retired to Falmouth on Cape Cod about 5 years ago
and I've taken a day trip to Martha's Vineyard -- it IS
One thing to keep in mind.... timing is everything. After
Memorial Day it might be difficult to get housing on the
island or more popular places on the Cape. And if you go to
the island and don't fly from NYC, you've got to get to the
Cape (5 hour drive) and then get over on the ferry, which
for a car will require a reservation. You can take a train
most of the way there and then a bus to the ferry, or
probably a bus from NYC all the way to Wood's Hole (the
Having said that, I think anywhere on Cape Cod would be
lovely and quite enjoyable. Feel free to email me for more
info and questions.
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