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marthas vineyard

Does anyone have any recommendations or opinions on marthas vineyard vs gloucester? We are going to be in boston staying at the omni hotel in sept. We are planning on doing the freedom trail, salem and would like to see marthas vineyard but dont know how to get there or what is there? can anyone please give your opinion, your feedback is much appreciated!

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I think there is much more to do on the Vineyard - here is a link for transportation from Boston


Martha's Vineyard has 3 main towns - Edgartown, (historic whaling town, now filled with beautiful homes, restaurants, shops) Oak Bluffs (funky, lively and home to the "Gingerbread Houses" something you have to see to fully appreciate) and Vineyard Haven. You can get around the island between these 3 towns with public transportation pretty easily & economically, you can also rent a car, bikes and just about everything else you can think of to get around if you want. In addition to the towns, the Vineyard is home to beautiful beaches and other wonderful places to see including Aquinnah home to the Gay Head Cliffs. Here is a good website: http://www.mvol.com/

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If you don't have a car, then Martha's Vineyard is the way to go.

If you have a car, then there's more of a dilemma because there's things to do enroute to both places (even if you don't take your car to the Vineyard, there's things to on the mainland in the vicinity of the ferry.

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The answer to this question also depends on how much time you have, and whether you mind spending a couple of hours each way taking the bus (to get the ferry to M.V., that is). Gloucester is a lot closer to Boston. I don't find it that interesting, personally! M.V. is very much worth the effort, but it would be a little tiring if this is just for a day trip. Still, it's pretty easy to do. Get one of the bus lines to Woods Hole on Cape Cod (Bonanza used to do this, maybe still does). The buses are often timed to meet the ferries. You do not need a ferry reservation if you are not bringing a car over. The ferry is only 45 minutes. It's a nice ride over, you see the Cape and then you get a good look at the coast of the island. If you allow at least 5 hours over there, and are energetic, you can in fact see a good amount in that time. There are great bike trails (mostly very flat and off the road) and lots of bike rental places right near the two spots where the ferries dock. If you want more info on M.V., though, I would recommend posting on that board.

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