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On the Road: Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

Program Number: 21005RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/15/2013; 9/5/2015 - 9/12/2015; 9/12/2015 - 9/19/2015; 9/19/2015 - 9/26/2015; 9/26/2015 - 10/3/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $1,998.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture
Meals: 16; 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Examine history and culture past and present on an exploration of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Learn how fishing and whaling brought about economic development and explore the diversity of Martha's Vineyard with regard to its iconic island lifestyle and traditions. Contrast the history and island life of the Vineyard to those of the island of Nantucket and discover the arts and culture of Cape Cod, as well as the natural beauty that inspires so many.




Highlights

• Learn about the historic role played by the region’s whaling history on a day trip to Nantucket.
• Live the "Island Life" on Martha's Vineyard while learning about its history, diversity and unique Victorian architecture.
• With a naturalist, study the unique ecology of the sand dunes of Cape Cod National Seashore.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day; standing in museums. Some unavoidable stairs in historic sites. Getting on and off coach.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Boston South Shore, 1 night; coach and ferry to Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, 3 nights; ferry to Hyannis, 3 nights; coach to Boston, departure.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Boston

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Accommodations
Comfortable inns and hotels.
Meals and Lodgings
   Nantasket Beach Hotel
  Hull, Massachusetts 1 night
   Wesley Hotel
  Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard 3 nights
   Hyannis Harbor Hotel
  Hyannis, MA 3 nights
 Nantasket Beach Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located in the historic and picturesque seaside town of Hull, the Nantasket Beach Resort is situated on a long, narrow peninsula that extends into Boston harbor.
  Contact info: 45 Hull Shore Drive
Hull, MA 02045 USA
phone: 781-925-4500
web: www.nantasketbeachhotel.com
  Room amenities: 105 rooms with air-conditioning, gas fireplace, cable television, direct-dial telephone with high-speed data line, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, mini-fridge, private bathroom with bathtub or shower and hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; concierge desk, business services, guest laundry, indoor/outdoor swimming pool, fitness center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Wesley Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Wesley occupies an enviable location across from the Oak Bluffs harbor. It is one of the first buildings seen by travelers coming by land or by sea. Built in the late 1800s, the era of the “grand hotels”, the Wesley personifies the Victorian atmosphere seen throughout the town. Road Scholars are accommodated in the Wesley Arms building, a newer addition which has an elevator and ground floor rooms.
  Contact info: 70 Lake Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 USA
phone: 180-063-8902 x7
web: www.wesleyhotel.com/index.php
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning and heat, television, iron and ironing board, private bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi Internet access in the lobby area, front porch with rocking chairs, self-service laundry, complimentary coffee and tea. Please note that the Wesley is a seasonal property and as such, does not have an interior telephone system.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hyannis Harbor Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hyannis Harbor Hotel is situated in the heart of the Hyannis waterfront, overlooking the Hy-Line Ferry Service to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Recently renovated, the hotel has a New England nautical theme.
  Contact info: 213 Ocean Street
Hyannis, MA 02601 USA
phone: 508-775-4420
web: www.hyannisharborhotel.com/index.cfm
  Room amenities: 136 rooms with air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, cable television with DVD player, CD/MP3 player with iPod connection, direct-dial telephone, alarm clock, tea and coffee making facility, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, private bathroom and hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar; lobby fireplace, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, complimentary business center, self-service laundry, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tub, fire pit overlooking Hyannis Harbor. The hotel does not have an elevator. Please note any needs for a ground floor room on your Personal Information form.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights after: Varies by date Rates vary by program date. Call Boston Road Scholar for more information. Participants extending their stay in Hyannis forfeit the return transfer to Boston Logan International Airport.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program Registration 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Program Briefing 5 - 6 p.m. Welcome Dinner 6:30 p.m. You will be staying at Nantasket Beach Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
After Breakfast on Day 8. 8:30 a.m. Group Transfer departs Hyannis Harbor Hotel. 10 a.m. drop-off at Nantasket Beach Hotel (if necessary.) 11 a.m. Drop Off Boston Logan International Airport. Please do not schedule flights before 2:30 p.m. You will be staying at Hyannis Harbor Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Nantasket Beach Hotel has parking for $20 per night and it is limited to six cars per Road Scholar group or park at the MBTA Red Line Garage at Quincy Adams for $8/night and take a cab to the hotel. $35 + for cab fare.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Hull, Massachusetts
  From End of Program
  Location:  Hyannis, MA
Travel Details
 

Nantasket Beach/Hull

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MBTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.50 + $8
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Less than one hour 

   

Take the Silver Line Bus from the airport terminal to South Station. Transfer from the Silver Line to the subway (T) Red Line in the direction of Braintree ($2.50 per person). Disembark at the Quincy Center Stop. Call the hotel in advance 781-925-4500 to arrange for their shuttle to pick you up from the T to drive to the hotel ($8 per person.)

 

Nantasket Beach / Hull

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MBTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.50 + $8
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Less than one hour 

   

Take the Red Line from South Station toward Braintree. Disembark at the Quincy Center Stop. Call the hotel in advance 781-925-4500 to arrange for their shuttle to pick you up from the T to drive to the hotel ($8 per person.)

 

Nantasket Beach / Hull

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MBTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.50 + $8
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Less than one hour 

   

Take the Red Line from South Station toward Braintree. Disembark at the Quincy Center Stop. Call the hotel in advance 781-925-4500 to arrange for their shuttle to pick you up from the T to drive to the hotel ($8 per person.)

 

Nantasket Beach / Hull

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

Taxi Cabs: Call for rates Seaport Livery 781-925-5466 North Quincy 617-328-3450 Shore Taxi 617-471-8807 Green Taxi 781-335-1933 Other Helpful Contacts: Massport 1 800 235 – 6426 http://www.massport.com/ MBTA 1 800 392-6100 http://www.mbta.com/

 
Driving Directions
  From Boston -Take Route 93 South -Take Exit 7 onto Route 3 South -Take Exit 14 onto Route 228 North -Follow 9 miles crossing Route 53 and Route 3A -Ocean will be on your right, go through two sets of traffic lights and eight buildings on your left is the Hotel -Look for Nantasket Beach Resort sign on left
  From Boston Logan Airport -Follow Airport Exit signs -Take I-90 West/Mass Pike/Massachusetts Turnpike via Ted Williams Tunnel -Merge onto MA-3 South/US-1 South/ I-93 South via Exit 23 -Take 93 South -Take Exit 7 onto Route 3 South -Take Exit 14 Route 228 North -Follow 9 miles crossing Route 53 and Route 3A -Ocean will be on your right, go through two sets of traffic lights and eight buildings on your left is the Hotel -Look for Nantasket Beach Resort sign on left
  From Cape Cod -Follow Route 3 North -Take Exit 14 Route 228 North -Follow 228 North for 9 miles crossing Route 53 and Route 3A -Ocean will be on your right, go through two sets of traffic lights and eight buildings on your left is the Hotel -Look for Nantasket Beach Resort sign on the left
  From I-90 Mass Pike -Follow I-90 East -Take Exit 14 onto Route 128 South -Merge onto I-93 North -Take exit 7 onto Route 3 South -Take exit 14 Route 228 North -Follow Route 228 North 9 miles crossing Route 53 and Route 3A -Ocean will be on your right, go through two sets of traffic lights and eight buildings on your left is the Hotel -Look for Nantasket Beach Resort sign on left
  From I-95 North, New York, Connecticut -Follow I-95 North -Take I-93 North -Merge right into Route 3 South -Take exit 14 Route 228 North -Follow 9 miles crossing Route 53 and Rout 3A -Ocean will be on your right, go through two sets of traffic lights and eight buildings on your left is the Hotel -Look for Nantasket Beach Resort sign on left
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals and Welcome
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals to the program hotel. Program Registration 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Program Briefing 5 - 6 p.m. Welcome Dinner 6:30 p.m..
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure to stroll along the beach.
   
Accommodations: Nantasket Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Ferry to Martha's Vineyard and Introduction to Oak Bluffs
(Monday, September 9)

Note: The walk to the hotel is .3 miles (about 10 minutes) down a flat, paved sidewalk. A taxi will carry luggage for those participants who may have difficulty walking with their suitcase. Oak Bluffs is a small, easily walkable town. The walk through the Camp Meeting Association grounds is walking and standing for 1 hour on flat pavement. The walk to and from restaurants is about 5-10 minutes each way.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Depart by coach to Falmouth, MA and the ferry pier in Woods Hole. The ferry crosses the 7 miles between the mainland and the island in 45 minutes.
 Lunch: A box lunch is provided to eat during the ferry crossing.
 Afternoon: Disembark the ferry and walk down along the waterfront to the hotel. FIELD TRIP: Walk over to the center of the Oak Bluffs Camp Meeting Association, the Tabernacle, for a resident docent-led walk through the campground, to learn about the gingerbread cottages and the residents who so carefully decorate them. Check in at the hotel. LECTURE by local historian Robert Hayden: The History of Martha’s Vineyard and its Residents.
 Dinner: In a nearby restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Wesley Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The Island of Martha’s Vineyard: An Overview
(Tuesday, September 10)

Note: Walking and standing for 1 hour – up to one mile in Vineyard Haven. Embarking, riding and disembarking private and taxi vans used for transportation.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel breakfast room.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore the island of Martha’s Vineyard with resident experts in private vans. Take in the scenic up-Island country-side, passing through the historic farming towns of West Tisbury and Chilmark, catch glimpses of centuries old stone walls, views to the Atlantic shoreline, grazing livestock, rolling hills and historic homesteads in Chilmark and the picturesque and secluded fishing village of Menemsha. Stop at the multi-colored clay cliffs at Aquinnah. Then return to the busy harbor town of Vineyard Haven, the main port of entry for the island's residents.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP ON FOOT: More than just a port of entry to Martha's Vineyard, Vineyard Haven is an historic shipping port. Learn about its inhabitants and unique history, resiliency and transition over the centuries to the charming small town of today on a stroll through the old wharf, shipyard and historic district. Take some time to explore the art galleries and quiet lanes before returning to Oak Bluffs via taxi vans with your group leader.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore the local fare.
   
Accommodations: Wesley Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Chappaquiddick Island's Nature Reserve and Historic Edgartown
(Wednesday, September 11)

Note: Walk on and off the Chappy Ferry. Riding in open “safari” type vehicles with canopy top through Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge for 1.5 hours. Be sure to bring your water bottle and wear sun hat and sunscreen. Excursions operate rain or shine except during thunderstorms and extreme wind conditions. Walking and standing for 1 hour, up to 1 mile in Edgartown.



   
 Breakfast: Continental buffet in the hotel breakfast room.
 Morning: Transfer via taxi vans from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown for the Chappaquiddick Ferry and cross the 527 feet over to the island. FIELD TRIP: Board “safari” trucks for an exploration of the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, encompassing ocean, sound, and harbor views. Learn the history of the Cape Poge lighthouse, originally built in 1801, only the second on the Vineyard. Stroll the Japanese style Mytoi garden that surrounds a verdant inland freshwater pond. Return to Edgartown via the Chappy Ferry.
 Lunch: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP ON FOOT: Stroll Edgartown’s narrow brick paths to learn the history and evolution of the town, from colonial settlement to busy whaling port with a local resident. Explore independently before returning to Oak Bluffs via taxi vans with your group leader, or independently on the island’s public bus.
 Dinner: You may wish to remain in Edgartown for dinner on your own, or return to Oak Bluffs' many choices.
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Wesley Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Historic Cape Cod: The Town of Sandwich
(Thursday, September 12)

Note: Walk from hotel to ferry pier, taxi as needed. Each person carries his/her own luggage to the ferry boarding area, where luggage will be stored in the ship’s luggage cart. Forty-five minute ferry crossing. Each person collects his/her own luggage after disembarking the vessel in Woods Hole, then board private coach. The walk through the town of Sandwich is 30-40 minutes on flat pavement. Walking and standing in the museum on a self-guided visit.



   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast in the hotel breakfast room.
 Morning: Walk along the waterfront to the ferry pier to return to Woods Hole. The ferry crosses back to the mainland in forty-five minutes. Board motorcoach and drive to Sandwich.
 Lunch: In a local seafood shack, with many options available.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP to the Sandwich Glass Museum, learn the unique contribution of the glass industry to the local community and far beyond. FIELD TRIP ON FOOT through the picturesque village of Sandwich. View the town's quintessential examples of American architectural styles from the colonial period through the early 20th century. Glimpse the historical past through amusing anecdotes relating to the famous and not-so-famous residents of Sandwich. Continue to Hyannis.
 Dinner: In a nearby restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hyannis Harbor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Exploring Nantucket
(Friday, September 13)

Note: The Hy-line Ferry is located across the street from the hotel. One-hour crossing on high-speed ferry each way, between Hyannis and Nantucket. The Historic House Walking Tour is 1.5 hours and ends at Greater Light which is approximately a 15-minute walk back to the town center. Walking and standing in the museum.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Cross the street from the hotel and board the high-speed ferry to Nantucket. Upon disembarking, meet a local historian for a FIELD TRIP ON FOOT through three Nantucket homes. The architecture and stories of these houses and the families that occupied them illustrate the island’s history.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP to the Nantucket Whaling Museum, housed in a restored 1847 candle factory. Enjoy the views Nantucket harbor from the rooftop observation deck. Take some time to go “laning” and explore “Town” independently before returning on the high-speed ferry to Hyannis.
 Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hyannis Harbor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Exploring Scenic Cape Cod and the Arts
(Saturday, September 14)

Note: This is a full day of motorcoach exploration, with stops en route to Provincetown. The ride through the dunes is in 4-wheel drive cars, driving over soft sand, up and down hills and may be bumpy. The return drive Provincetown – Hyannis is 50 miles and takes approximately 75 – 90 minutes, with return to the hotel scheduled for approximately 8 p.m.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: EXCURSION: A full day exploration of Cape Cod, all the way to the tip of the cape in Provincetown. Meander the scenic road and stroll a beach. Take in the changing landscape through small towns, inland cranberry bogs and coastal harbors.
 Lunch: In a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Learn about the historic local art scene at the Provincetown Art Museum. FIELD TRIP through the sand dunes of Cape Cad National Seashore in specially-authorized four-wheel-drive Jeeps, with local experts and a naturalist..
 Dinner: In a local restaurant.
 Evening: Return to Hyannis.
   
Accommodations: Hyannis Harbor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Departure Transfer to Boston Logan International Airport
(Sunday, September 15)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: 8:30 a.m. Group Transfer departs Hyannis Harbor Hotel. 10 a.m. drop-off at Nantasket Beach Hotel (if necessary.) 11 a.m. Drop Off Boston Logan International Airport. Please do not schedule flights before 2:30 p.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Against the Tide, The Fate of the New England Fisherman


Author: Richard Adams Carey


Description: A discussion the crisis that faces the New England fishing industry from a journalist who spent a year among the fishermen of Cape Cod.



Ahab's Wife


Author: Sena Jeter Naslund


Description: A first-rate example of historical fiction, this absorbing, lyrical and well-researched novel was inspired by Melville, Nantucket whaling and 19th-century America.



Away Offshore, Nantucket Island and Its People


Author: Diane Swartz, Nathaniel Philbrick


Description: A cultural history of Nantucket and, most notably, of its storied whaling industry. This book is informed and entertainingly written, with a strong slant toward telling the stories of individuals.



Blues


Author: John Hersey


Description: In this classic novella, Hersey turns a tale of a young stranger and an experienced fisherman, out fishing on Cape Cod, into a marvelous meditation on fishing -- and the natural history of the region.



Cape Cod


Author: Henry David Thoreau, Paul Theroux (Introduction)


Description: Thoreau muses on the ocean and his surroundings, as he combs the beaches of Cape Cod in this compelling portrait of coastal Massachusetts, its human and natural history.



Cape Cod


Author: Henry David Thoreau


Description: The classic work, accompanied by Scot Miller's stunning photography of beach scenes which may have inspired Thoreau.



Cape Cod Map


Author: Rand McNally Maps


Description: A map of Cape Cod, including Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island, at a scale of 1:107,000.



Cape Cod Seashore Life, An Introduction to Familiar Plants and Animals


Author: James Kavanagh


Description: A handy foldup plastic card with color illustrations for easy identification.



Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket: An Explorer's Guide


Author: Kimberly Grant


Description: A practical guide to the popular tourist destinations of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, compiled by a local photographer and writer.



Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World


Author: Mark Kurlansky


Description: A sparkling extended essay on the cod in the tradition of Lopez or McPhee, looking at the importance of the fish to cuisine, commerce and history, throwing light on Viking voyages, the Hanseatic League, and both Scnadinavian and Canadian economic history.



Death of a Hornet and Other Cape Cod Essays


Author: Robert Finch


Description: A collection of serene essays on the nature, wildlife, and inhabitants of Cape Cod by a keen observer and year-round resident.



In the Heart of the Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex


Author: Nathaniel Philbrick


Description: The seafaring tale of fearsome whales, cannibalism and sturdy 19th-century Nantucketers; a history of the true life events that inspired Melville's "Moby Dick" -- and a fascinating history of 19th-century society in Nantucket.



National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England


Author: Brian Cassie, Peter Alden


Description: A compact, easy-to-use overview of 1,000 of New England's trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects and other flora and fauna. It also provides an extensive overview of the area's geology, weather patterns and natural sites.



National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


Author: Jon Dunn


Description: From Alaska to Baja California, Nova Scotia and Florida, this guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Tabbed for easy access, the color range maps in this sixth edition are outstanding.



The Big House, A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home


Author: George Howe Colt


Description: The author's personal tribute to the elaborately eccentric home where he spent most of his summers. This poignant memoir records 100 of history of the house, which was perched on a Cape Cod promontory overlooking Buzzards Bay.



The Enduring Shore: A History of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket


Author: Paul Schneider


Description: The natural and human history of Cape Cod and its surrounding islands, as written by a resident of Martha's Vineyard.



The House on Nauset Marsh


Author: Wyman Richardson


Description: A Cape Cod classic first published in 1947, these leisurely essays form a reflective portrait of the land, sea and wildlife.



The Outermost House, A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod


Author: Henry Beston


Description: The chronicle of a year spent living alone in a remote Cape Cod beach house in 1925. These beloved essays, first published in 1928, capture the essence of the Cape, the sea, weather and animal life.



The Perfect Storm, A True Story of Men Against the Sea


Author: Sebastian Junger


Description: A gripping, now-famous blow-by-blow account of a 1991 disaster at sea. Junger reconstructs the final hours of six men aboard a 72-foot swordfish boat in the North Atlantic, battling against a torrential storm.



The Whale


Author: Philip Hoare


Description: A deeply engaging meditation on all things whale. Philip Hoare saves his special love and attention for the sperm whale -- not only via a beautiful literary analysis of Moby Dick -- but also by indulging in a childhood fantasy and actually swimming with the whales in the Azores.



Time and Tide: A Walk Through Nantucket


Author: Frank Conroy


Description: An impressionistic memoir and account of life and love on the island of Nantucket. Conroy first visited as a 19-year-old in 1955.





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