Back from Boston and Martha's Vineyard and I have so much to tell you about my holiday. Look out for that soon. My friend Stacy made it so easy for us with traveling from Boston to the island so I wanted to share a quick post on that for the weekend travelers and the day trip dreamers. If I personally lived in Boston, I would visit the island frequently. If you are planning a trip to Boston, I would highly recommend plugging in a day or long weekend in Martha's Vineyard. I regret not staying longer and I regret not visiting Nantucket while I was so darn close.
So from Boston you will want to catch the Peter Ban bus from the South Station to travel to the island. You cannot purchase bus tickets over the phone so you will need to do so on line or at the South Station directly. If you purchase on line, their site is not compatible with Safari though. You can purchase tickets to Woodshole, Massachusetts on the cape and then hop onto the ferry to the island. It will drop you off in Vineyard Haven. Otherwise you can take the bus to Hyannis, Massachusetts and get onto the ferry there which drops you off at Oak Bluffs. However certain ports are not open in the off season so look into it before purchasing or just do the Woodshole train and ferry. It was an hour and a half bus ride to Woodshole and a 45 minute ferry ride. It goes by so fast! You can purchase your ferry tickets on site but check out the ferry schedule to coordinate your bus schedule. But really don't fret. The ferry tends to run every hour and 15 minutes or so.
The island is about 87 miles. If you would like to be environmentally fabulous while you are there, biking is a fun way to get around. It is only 3 miles between Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs, and an additional 5 miles to Edgartown. Martha's Vineyard is bicycle friendly with over 44 miles of bikes paths around the island. Most hotels have bicycles they can rent to you and there are a ton of bicycle rental shops around the island.
We had luggage and were there for only 24 quick hours, so we did take the local taxi service to Edgartown. It was a quick ride and about 22.00. But Martha's Vineyard also offers a comprehensive bus system that connects all the towns. It's affordable, clean, and always on time. Frequency of service varies with the seasons but buses run regularly year round and it's such a fun cost effective way to see the entire island. There a ton of sightseeing tour guides too. They charge by the hour though so get a concrete estimate so you can budget your tour in. We ended up doing a taxi tour in a shared taxi van and it was a great way for us to see the island and get some history in from a local, especially since we stayed in Edgartown and just stayed on that part of the island when we got there. It was about 70.00 before tip so a tad pricy but it was everything we wanted. I cannot wait to share it all with you in a future post!
Again you can obviously only get on the island by air or by boat, or I suppose you can swim 7 miles from the shore to the island but I definitely do not recommend that. HA! We decided to go the air route off the island back to Boston Logan to catch our flight home. You will want to purchase the tickets way in advance but you are still going to pay a pretty penny so just weigh out your options. This was the scariest and coolest experience via Cape Air. The plane only has about 9 seats with one passenger sitting right next to the pilot. Your purses and carry on's ride in the wing. And your pilot turns around welcoming you on the flight and you watch him or her (my pilot was a bad ass lady) fly the baby bird the entire 45 minute flight! It's a tad loud. Bring ear plugs.
Do come see this magical place dears!
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