The island of Nantucket is best known for two things. First, its long history of maritime pursuits and secondly it’s attraction for celebrities and tourists alike.
When staying at the Captain’s Manor Inn and planning for a day trip to the island of Nantucket, we recommend you start your day with a full breakfast at the Inn before heading over to Hyannis to catch the fast ferry to the island.
Nantucket is a unique island unto itself. It is only a small island at 3.5 x 14 miles at its widest points. The island only has one town aptly named Nantucket which is a National Landmark Historic District, with over 800 structures built pre1840. Other than downtown, basically Nantucket is made up of all beach.
You’ll feel transported as you walk the cobbled main road. The street was paved back in 1837, using cobblestones from Gloucester, Massachusetts. These very same cobblestones were used as ballast to stabilize ships cargoes back in the day.
Your day trip itinerary might look like this:
9:00 AM Breakfast at The Captain’s Manor Inn
9:45 AM Head off to Hyannis to catch the Steamship Authority’s Iyanough Fast Ferry to Nantucket.
11: AM The Ferry departs from Hyannis
12:00 PM The Ferry arrives in Nantucket
12:15 PM Make your first stop Nantucket’s Whaling Museum which was renovated in 2005. Do not miss the rooftop observation deck for a special view of Nantucket harbor.
1:15 PM Time for lunch at any number of wonderful restaurants. Some favorite’s of Captain’s Manor Inn guests are – Brotherhood of Thieves or Something Natural for outstanding sandwiches and treats at a reasonable price….Or for something a little more elegant and pricey try Company of the Cauldron or Oran Mor Bistro.
2:45 PM Now is a great time to walk off or bike off lunch. Enjoy all the little side road explorations off Main Street on your own OR head back to the Whaling Museum and join the Nantucket Historical Association guided 1+ hour walking tour OR take part in the Nantucket Bike Tours History Buff Tour.
5:00 PM A little treat might be in store at Petticoat Row Bakery known for exquisite baked goods.
5:150 PM A last minute walk to Brandt Point Lighthouse might be just the thing before boarding the ferry to head back to the mainland.
6:00 PM The ferry leaves Nantucket bound for Hyannis.
7:00 PM You dock in Hyannis and head back to Falmouth for dinner on Main Street.
One of the most popular Day Trips for our guests is a visit to Martha’s Vineyard during their stay with us. They love that the island is located only seven miles off the Massachusetts coastline and it is only a 45-minute ferry ride from Woods Hole, Falmouth. We invite you to scroll down for a brief video, as well as some pictures of the Vineyard and a sample itinerary.
There are many ways to get around and explore the island. For example you can use the Martha’s Vineyard transit authority bus system where for $7,
a day pass will take you on varying routes, and you can hop on and off as you please. You could also opt to rent mopeds, bicycles or a car to explore the island. In addition to self touring the island there is a popular 2 and 1/2 hour bus tour of the island that many guests take once they get off the ferry and then they use the rest of their day to explore the island on their own.
A sample itinerary for a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard is provided below:
8:00 AM Breakfast at The Captain’s Manor Inn
8:50 AM A short walk from The Captain’s Manor Inn to the Steamship Authority Ferry Shuttle Bus
9:30 AM The Ferry departs from Woods Hole
10:15 AM The Ferry arrives in Oak Bluffs Martha’s Vineyard
10:30 AM Depart on the Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing Tour
1:00 PM Arrive back in Oak Bluffs following the tour
1:15 PM Enjoy lunch at Nancy’s overlooking Oak Bluffs Harbor
2:30 PM Walk about Oak Bluff and explore the Gingerbread Houses by the Tabernacle and visit the beach
4:00 PM Board Bus #13 to head to Edgartown4:15 PM Explore Edgartown’s shops and beautiful historic homes
6:00 PM Enjoy Atlantic on the Edgartown harbor for drinks and dinner
7:45 PM Board Bus#13 to head to Oak Bluffs
8:15 PM Ferry departs for Woods Hole
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