Cape Cod is one of New England’s most charming destinations, bursting at the seams with pristine beaches, rolling dunes, quaint towns, sensational seafood, homemade ice cream, and more. But did you know that part of the Cape’s appeal is also found in its proximity to two legendary islands? That’s right. Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are just a daytrip away from Cape Cod and The Inn at Yarmouth Port.
Cape Cod Daytrip to Nantucket
If you’ve only got a short time on Cape Cod to visit the surrounding islands, we recommend Nantucket. Nantucket’s points of interest are all within walking distance from the ferry dock and no additional transportation is required.
From your home-base at The Inn at Yarmouth Port, board a ferry in Hyannis for a quick one-hour ride to gorgeous Nantucket Island where your perfect day awaits. Reservations are the only way to guarantee available space, as tickets sell out quickly:
Once you’re there, explore Nantucket’s Cultural District. Imagine life in a different time as you stroll cobblestone streets past preserved sea captains’ homes. Wonder at the pre-Civil War architecture which now house fine restaurants, inns, museums, and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Pop into a shop. Wander along the harbor. Join a walking tour.
Ready to venture out? Rent a bike, scooter, or four-wheel-drive to explore miles of stunning sandy beaches, 17th century fishing villages and acres of protected lands. Swim the sparkling waters of Nantucket Sound. Don’t miss the historic Great Point Lighthouse or the Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum to learn why Nantucket’s waters were once called a ‘graveyard in the Atlantic.’
Stick around for cocktails and dinner, the last ferry will carry you back to Hyannis (and us!) around 9 pm.
Cape Cod Daytrip to Martha’s Vineyard
Have a little more time? Spend it exploring Martha’s Vineyard – comprised of six towns spread among 100 square miles, each with its own special vibe.
Once again, you’ll depart your home-base at The Inn for the quick drive to Hyannis to board the Hy-line Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. (Remember to secure your reservation in advance.)
Then, get ready for the kind of New England charm only The Vineyard can offer. No traffic lights, highways, or malls. 126 miles of shoreline. Artsy shopping havens. Woods, fields, hills, and the breathtaking Aquinnah Cliffs.
Don’t miss the Flying Horses Carousel (the oldest in the country) and the famous Gingerbread Cottages in bustling Oak Bluffs. Check out the fishing village of Menemsha in Chilmark for a quaint, quiet experience that will carry you back to island’s maritime past. Enjoy waterfront breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the legendary Black Dog Tavern on Vineyard Haven Harbor.
Rent a jeep, take a guided van tour, or make use of the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) to escort you around the island.
Need Help with Your Cape Cod Daytrip Itinerary?
When you make a reservation for a getaway at The Inn at Yarmouth Port, you’ve reserved much more than just a room – we’re ready with suggestions, concierge service and a luxury experience.
Rated in the top 10% of hotels worldwide by Trip Advisor, and the 2021 Cape Cod Life Silver Award winner for Best of Cape Cod Bed & Breakfasts, the upscale, yet casual, Inn at Yarmouth Port is centrally located with easy access to all the Cape – and our surrounding islands – have to offer.
You will love our heavenly breakfasts served alfresco in our gardens or in our sun-filled dining room. Your wandering spirit will luxuriate in our century-old wide plank pine floors, beautiful moldings, and fireplaces. You will appreciate all the modern comforts like air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and HDTV. Our large, light-filled rooms with ensuite baths – are just waiting to welcome you back from your adventures.