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Martha’s Vineyard Daytrip

March 28, 2009

Many guests who visit our Inn plan to spend a day exploring the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard. For your convenience, we sell the ferry tickets at our front desk.

The free shuttle bus pick-up is a short stroll from the Inn. The bus travels four miles, to the ferry landing in Woods Hole. When you arrive on the island you will be able to purchase a Martha’s Vineyard Day Pass for $6, this allows you to ride the island busses all day. During the mid-summer months there is an informative tour bus company that meets each ferry. This bus will take you to the island’s highlights while the driver tells you about the island’s history both old and new. After you have been given this overview many folks return to the public busses and revisit the locations that they liked the best.

Edgartown is one of the Vineyard’s most interesting towns. It had its heyday during the time when the whaling industry flourished. The streets are lined with sea captains’ homes and white picket fences. A great place to have lunch is at the News From America Pub at 23 Kelley St. If you want to know how it got that name, just ask Pat when you check into the Palmer House.

While in Edgertown you can travel aboard the “On time” ferry to Chappaquiddick, a smaller island just a stone’s throw from Edgertown. There one can visit a peaceful Japanese-style garden set within an island forest.

Oak Bluffs
Another interesting town is Oak Bluffs. This area was built around the turn of the 20th century. It is best known for its charming gingerbread style cottages. It also has the oldest continuously operating merry-go-round in the country. Grab the brass ring and win a free ride.

A beautiful area to visit is Aquinnah, formerly known as Gay Head. There, one can stroll along Moshop Beach for a good view of the clay cliffs, a geological wonder that tells the hundred-million-year old story of the island’s origins.

While you are “up island,” walk around the charming fishing village of Menensha. For the island’s best sunset, settle in on the public beach at dusk.  For the movie buff, a visit to Menensha is a must. Menensha is the location where the 1970’s movie “Jaws” was filmed.

The last ferry departs for Falmouth from Vineyard Haven at 9:30 PM, where your comfortable room at the Palmer House awaits.


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