Hope this is useful to someone - and many thanks to you all for the advice given in planning our trip ! Invaluable as always !
I haven't time to post on all the separate forums, so hope you will forgive this coverall !
Started off in New York for a Friend's wedding - unfortunately Hurricane Danny was an uninvited guest and the weather was awful !! #
Frick gallery - wonderful , and the new gardens on the tram line in the Meat packing district .
Algonquin hotel - lots of character , aand loved the house cat ,, Matilda - but hated the very noisy air conditioning !
Rockefeller plaza is a lovely venue for a wedding !
Drinks at the revolving bar on the 48th floor of Mariott hotel in TIme square - great fun!
Then by train from Penn station to Boston , 4 1/2 hours , but quite nice to sit still !
Boston - stayed Copley Square hotel - great - really helpful staff, and We loved their " wine down hour " - wine tasting for guests from 5 to 6 pm daily - free!
Meals - Joes - not good - and a mouse ran up the wall beside me !!
Atlantic fish company ( Boyston ave I think ) - Great !!
Legal sea foods in Copley shopping mall - Ok , nothing special .
Lovely city to walk around - We did the freedom trail , sat in the lovely parks and common , and Walked out to Harvard along the Charles river ( yes , We are mad ! Love walking ! 1 1/2 hours approx ) Lunch at the Grafton in Cambridge - Ok
Isabella stuart gardner museum- loved it ! especially the magic courtyard garden .
Husband preferred the Museum of fine arts.
Hired a car at Avis, very close to Copley plaza , easy drive to cape cod .
Stopped at Sandwich ) a wee bit Tweee for me , dreadful lunch at Pauls on the crossroads - and they have no restrooms !
Heritage gardens and car museum - pleasant , garden may be better earlier in Year , cars really interesting and loved the antique carousel .
Chatham - stayed Bradford inn - good central location , really close to shops and restaurants , mediocre breakfast , nice room .
We were surprised how " strung out" the towns were - some places were quite far out, and parking is a nightmare - and expensive .
My top tip would be to stay somewhere central , then abandon your car and bike or walk !
In chatham We ate at the Squire inn - great fish and good atmosphere
iMPUdent Oyster - lovely ( expensive )
Had a drink at the Chatham Bars inn , and Wequasset resort - OK , expensive - but worth it ! Especially the stunning location at the latter .
Lovely beach at the lighthouse, and managed to get 3 hours at Nauset beach - which was closed the next day to swimmers as 3 great whites were sighted ! THe Jaws soundtrack was playing in my head for most of our trip !!
Day trip to Provincetown _ Interesting ! not for the easily shocked !
Trip to Nantucket from Harwich , 80 minutes - free parking for the day ! hired bikes and cycled to Madaket beach - gorgeous ! Nantucket town has some lovely shops etc
THen to Falmouth - stayed at the lovely Inn on the Sound - what charming hosts - and Jan is a mine of local info on what to do and where to avoid !!great breakfasts too !
Day trip to Marthas Vineyard - Island Queen is just a 10 minute walk from Inn - but town is a good mile
Got a day trip bus ticket for 7 dollars .
Oak bluffs - cute ginger bread houses, see the old carousel - if only to see the competitive Daddies trying to out do eachother and claim the brass ring !
Edgarstown- lovely place - lunch at the Harbour view resort , overlooking the lighthouse - lovely !
Edgarstown has good crafty shops etc
Vineyard haven - maybe not quite as nice as Edgarstown, but worth a visit too .
Last day - got bikes at Holiday cycles close to Inn on the sound , and went up the shing sea bike path - definitely most scenic along the beach to Woodshole,Lunch at the Pie in the sky = nice fresh salads and great baking - but no restrooms again !
Back to Boston and Home for a rest !!