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first timer...confused

My husband and I want to visit Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket. It will be just the 2 of us from July1-5.(no kids for the 1st time!) Just confused on where to stay. We are driving from nyc. Once we are in MV, can we ferry over to Nantucket? How should we break up the trip? Any advice much appreciated

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1. Re: first timer...confused

Are you planning to take your car on the ferry to MV?

Do you have reservations?

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Yes, Hy-Line Cruises has a passenger-only ferry that runs between MV and Nantucket, with one round-trip per day:

www.hy-linecruises.com/nan/inter-islands.html

Coming from NYC, you would ordinarily drive to Woods Hole for the ferry to MV. But if you'll be returning to the mainland from Nantucket, it might be better to drive to Hyannis and park there, using Hy-Line's Hyannis-to-MV service for the first leg, then the inter-island boat, then the Nantucket-Hyannis service to return. (Otherwise you'd need to find a way to get from Hyannis back to your car in Woods Hole.)

On your way up from New York, you can save some time and avoid the Cape Cod traffic hassles by driving to the little airport in New Bedford, Mass., and flying over to the islands from there on Cape Air. It is a bit more expensive than the ferry.

Apparently Cape Air now also has service to both islands from the White Plains airport, though these flights are much more expensive.

In terms of breaking up the trip, 2 nights on each island seems logical. They both have so much to see that 4 nights on just one or the other might be more fun and more relaxing, but if you're really intent on seeing both, it's definitely doable.

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3. Re: first timer...confused

There is a ferry from New Bedford as well. The Steamship Authority in Woods Hole is the least expensive by far but you do miss alot of traffic if you leave from NB.

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thank for all the advice. We were originally going to stay in Hyannis, leave the car there, and walk to the ferry, and do a day trip to each island...is this doable? ThenI thought maybe I should find somewhere to stay the night in MV, and ferry over to Nantucket the next day..is this more logical? Then I read that theres ferry service from Kingston, RI, which is closer for us..is that better to avoid cape traffic...thanks all!

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It's really up to you and what you want to do -- it is definitely doable to stay in Hyannis and do day-trips to both islands. There is a hotel right across the street from the Hy-Line docks, the Hyannis Harbor Hotel, which gets mediocre reviews here on Trip Advisor but could be adequate as just a home base. (The dock area is also a quick taxi ride from many other hotels in Hyannis.)

In the alternative, you could do 2 nights on each island and have a little more time to explore, or even 4 nights just one of the islands to really get a chance to relax and get off the beaten path.

I was only vaguely familiar with the ferry to MV from North Kingstown, R.I., but it sounds like a good idea since you're coming from NYC. According to their website, there's even shuttle service from the Kingston train station, so you could take Amtrak from New York and make the whole trip car-free.

Keep in mind that this is a passenger-only ferry, so if you're trying to see both islands, getting back to your car from Nantucket will be a little complicated -- but not impossible, for example you could take the Hy-Line inter-island ferry from Nantucket to the Vineyard in the late afternoon and then (after a layover on MV) take the last boat of the day back to Rhode Island.

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