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1. Posted by amberre (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I am going to be in Boston at the end of the month and I was hoping someone familiar with the area could give me some tips. I am really interested in spending time at the coast, and I have heard of places like Cape Cod, Martha's vineyard and Nantucket, but I don't really much about them or which particular area to stay in. Also I have heard that these places can be really crowded with tourists and pricey, so if anyone knows of alternatives I am all ears. I'd appreciate any local tips or hidden gems. Also I have been wondering about the surrounding New England states and what that may offer and far away are they from each other. Right now my trip pretty open, so any suggestions are welcome.


2. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I typed in Boston on a budget - plenty popped up. Martha's Vineyard is pricey to stay. Could be a good day trip. Nantucket and Cape Cod may be cheaper but still a high in price this time of year.

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

These places are very expensive in the summer. And with ferry times ect - a day trip to the vineyard would be pressing it.

Cape cod is nice but you will be at the end of the tourist season and labor day weekend will be MAD!

for a little less busy option try Newport Rhode Island, you will find it smaller and more manageable but still a bit pricey. If you want beaches these are the best areas to go tho, if you want old colonial seaside towns try Salem to the North of Boston and Plymouth to the South.

But still Cape Cod has everything for a proper new england coastal holiday.

If you want specific Boston advice - send me a message.


4. Posted by foggyidea (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

One fun way to see part of Cape Cod is to take the Fast Ferry to Provincetown for a day trip. It runs all day long, about 1 1/2 hour intervals, or so and leaves from the wharf near the Aquarium in Boston. It will drop you right in the middle of Provincetown, the last town on the Cape. There is a great local and inexpensive transportation network called the "Flex" which can take you down to Wellfleet for areal nice small town feeling place. The Flex runs about every 30 minutes and only cost $2 a day to ride....

Haver fun and if you are interested in Cape Cod specific stuff let me know. Personally I agree with the previous poster, Marths' Vineyard and Nantucket are way over priced and crowded.... although a day trip from Hyannis to either island is kind of fun... the ferry ticket prices are cheap to go to the islands, not so cheap for the fast ferry to Ptown though!!


5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I will assume you are going to use public transport. You can day trip Martha's Vineyard from Boston. Buses leave from South Station for Falmouth & Woods Hole regularly. Take an early morning bus, get on either the Island Queen ferry from Falmouth or the Steamship from Woods Hole. At the ferry terminal you can buy an all day bus pass on the VTA for $6.00. Plan your route and off you go. Edgartown is the prettiest of the three main towns, best shopping and harbor. Oak Bluffs has the historic 'gingerbread cottages' in the MVCMA. Vineyard Haven is not as interesting as the other towns but many of the ferries leave from VH. Pass on it if pressed for time.

I have many photos taken on MV, page 11-12. It may help with your planning. Good Luck.

6. Posted by amberre (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

Thanks for all the help. Cape Cod is getting really pricey, including the ferry to get there and room. Do any of you guys know of another place to spend a couple days, perhaps less touristy but also close to the water and easy to get to without a car?


7. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Yeah im havin similar problems with the Cape and its Price!! I took it for granted spending my summers there when i was a child....oi

For a cheaper seaside alternative try the places I suggested - Plymouth or Salem. Plymouth is just off Rt 3 and has a nice seaside colonial town center with the FAMOUSE Plymouth Rock ;)

Im sure there are buses running from Boston.

8. Posted by amberre (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I have also been told that Rockport and Cape Ann are nice. Have any of you ever visited, do you have any thoughts?

Thanks again

9. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

if you get to ptown try and do a dune tour, really cool day out

also hayanis is a really cool place to spend a weekend.

wmass is really under visited ,the berkshiers are beautiful and vermont. springfield has some good sights basketball hall of fame and some good resturants and night life, for more bohemian check out northampton and ahmerst.

10. Posted by amberre (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I have decided to spend two days in Plymouth and three days in Boston, leaving me with on free day. Let me know if there is something I should absolutly check out in either place, especially Boston becuase there is so much to do I want to choose things I'll really enjoy. I just want to say I really appreciated all your suggestions and they really helped me.