Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Travel Advice?



I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! I stayed put here in Minnesota...for now! In a few weeks though Chris and I will be heading to the coast of Massachusetts for a few days. You don't even know how excited I am. I've been wanting to visit the area for as long as I can remember. We'll actually be celebrating our anniversary (of our first date...we can keep celebrating that even though we're married now, right?) as well as my birthday! We are planning to spend a day taking in Cape Cod (we're staying in Hyannis), then spending a day on Martha's Vineyard and another day on Nantucket. So we'd love to hear any and all suggestions you guys might have on where to dine, tour, shop...you always have the best ideas! Although I'm quite certain if the entire vacation is spent drooling over all the charming homes like this one on the Vineyard photographed by Alaina of Live Creating Yourself, I'll be the happiest tourist of them all! :)

39 comments:

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

I have never been there, so I can't give you any advice, other than... HAVE FUN!!! But that you already know, huh? :-)

I'm os happy you guys you'll take some time for yourselves. See it as a 2nd honeymoon!

Lots of love to you.

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

LBH said...

We just returned from The Vineyard and had the most wonderful time! We ate a fantastic dinner at Detente and also a delicious lunch at Atlantic. Atlantic has gorgeous views and would be perfect for lunch or dinner. You'll love it there!

Anonymous said...

We have vacationed in Nantucket for many years - it is so beautiful! Restaurant recommendations include: The Galley (especially for the sunset), American Seasons, The Boarding House, and Straight Wharf - there are lots to choose from. Provisions has awesome sandwiches! Cisco beach is our favorite - lots of waves and less crowds - just be careful of rip tides. The island is expensive, but worth treating yourself!

Judy said...

Cape Cod is the best. You're going to love it!

cicalisa said...

Make sure you visit Chatham. Beautiful little town! Nice place to walk around!

BESOS LYNN said...

While on Martha;s Vineyard make sure to check out Mad Martha's for ice cream and please do have breakfast at Linda Jeans. Oh, and you really must stop by C'est La Vie on Circuit Ave and tell Roger "Hello". We have had a home on MV for over 10 years and LOVE the island. Check out the lighthouses and go to Menemsha for lobster, this is a must!!!!!
besos, lynn

nikinikinine said...

We're actually on Nantucket now, this is our fifth summer here.

Lodging - check out the Union Street Inn, the Jared Coffin House and Roberts House Inn.

Dining - Don't miss 21 Federal, the White Elephant is consistently excellent, and for a more kitschy, laid back New England vibe head to the Lobster Trap. The best sandwiches on the island are from Something Natural (be sure to pick up a sticker for your car too!)

Do - check out the cisco brewery if you hit bad weather, also Bartlett Farms is an amazing family owned farm with wonderful goodies, get out of the "town area" and check out beaches like Surfside and Dionis.

Sconset is a cute little town at one end of the island, but is very residential. If you are going to skip anything skip this.

And if you have time, rent a Jeep. It's like $75 for a day (you can rent from Young's Bike Shop) and it comes with an oversand beach permit that gets you anywhere on the island. Drive out to Great Point and check out the seals and the lighthouse - awesomeness.

Most restaurants have a dress code, so be sure that your hubby comes with collared shirts and a dinner jacket if you want to try some of the island's best restaurants.

Have fun, Nantucket is my favorite place on Earth!

nikinikinine said...

I forgot to add, get ice cream at the Juice Bar. You won't be disappointed!

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

Of course -- celebrate every milestone!! :) Have a great time!

FinsFan said...

Happy Birthday and Anniversary! Be sure you take the "Duck Tour" in Boston. You'll go to all the historical points on the river and be dazzled. It's got so much history and great architecture. Seafood is wonderful there and our favorite town to shop in is Rockport. Cute shops, great flowers, etc. Have fun - :)

Sara Dembro said...

We live on the cape. My favorite spot for dinner (or lunch) in Hyannis is http://www.paindavignon.com/ check out their cafe (yum!). I think they have breakfast too.
Skip main street hyannis -best place to stroll - Chatham. Chatham bars inn is nice but we like the Wequasset - their outer bar and grill has great casual food with a killer view http://www.wequassett.com/
Dinner on nantucket http://www.lola41.com/ (more than just sushi) -and if you looking to take the ferry go for the fast ferry (1hr)

Amanda said...

we spent our honeymoon on Nantucket- at the Pineapple Inn. That was many moons ago so Im not sure any of the restaurants we visited are still there. I do remember Black Eyed Susans had great breakfast.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

You picked the best spots to visit. Nantucket is so utterly charming..., you can just walk around downtown..., have never been to MV..., but you can check out on my blog where the Presidential family did some sightseeing last year here.

michele said...

when are you going?? i'm shooting a wedding in maine the first weekend in october ... how funny would it be to end up on the same flight? ;o) have a lovely trip!!

ana said...

sounds like a really great getaway with your hubby! bring lots of pictures!!!

Jen B said...

Chatham is beautiful! We love going to the Chatham Fish Pier, anytime after noon when the fishing boats are unloading to see the catch and watch the seals. Also, Marion's Pie Shop in Chatham is on our list of places to try. Oh, if you have time to go to Oak Bluffs, the campground full of Victorian cottages is enchanting. Enjoy!

michelle said...

So jealous! We honeymooned in Chatham and loved it there as well as took a trip up to Provincetown. Nantucket was amazing, the ferry ride over was so cool and then we rented bikes and biked on all the great paths that they have there. We hope to back sometime soon.
Enjoy, you can't go wrong no matter what you do.

Anonymous said...

I just returned from the cape yesterday, when in hyannis you should go to the creamery for some homemade ice cream!

Victoria said...

My favorite restaurant on Nantucket is Company of the Cauldron on India Street. They have a prix fixe menu that changes every day and two seatings. You can check out the menu daily online or by phone. The food is fantastic. It is like going to an elegant, intimate dinner party.
I also love haunting all the shops on the cobblestone lined Main St and surrounds...antiques, clothing, hand-made weaving, Nantucket light baskets, etc.
Of course, if the weather cooperates, the beaches are lovely. Rent some bikes and tour around.
Best...Victoria


Most important, have fun.

Sincerely Yours Paper inc. said...

Sweet E's Cupcakes! Here's my blog post about its yumminess! http://sincerelyyoursonline.blogspot.com/2010/07/cupcakes-marthas-vineyard-my-heaven.html

Have a wonderful time! I long to be there often!

xo

Cottage Coastal Store, Inc. said...

Oh you are going to LOVE it...Nantucket is such a special place. Everything nikinikinine said is right up my alley. Love the Cape too...Chatham and Orleans are my favorites. ill you get up to the North shore? You have to coast around M-head. Little stroll up and don Newbury St is always fun too....Ok, making myself home sick :) Kim

BluefrontedParrot said...

Cape Cod is beautiful this time of year. If you have time, try to drive east of Hyannis and visit the town of Chatam. There are a few antique shops along the way too. Chatam is very charming and surreal with all the cobalt blue water surrounding the corner-town.
Also, Edgartown is a nice town to eat and shop at on Marth'a Vinyard. Rent a jeep there since it is quite big.
Take some broken bread to feed the seagulls on the ferry boat, it's fun.

Sarah (Mrs. Ruffled Flats) said...

I am so happy for you - I have been dying to go to the east coast for years! I especially would love to go to the area you two are going to! Please post some photos so I can live vicariously through you for a day! Man, that is just so exciting!

I wish I had some advice for traveling there, but I've got nothing. I know whatever you do it will be beautiful and you will have a great time with your hubby! I love that you still celebrate your first date!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

I haven't been to that area. Have a grand and beautiful time!

Roberta said...

Chatham is a must Erin. Cape Cod at it's finest with such cute shops, houses and scenery. You picked a perfect time to go too! Oh, and do rent a jeep to see Nantucket. You'll have a fab time! xoRoberta

Lisa said...

Don't know how much time you have, but do try to get to the Outer Cape (Wellfleet, Truro, Provincetown). Head of the Meadow and Race Point beaches are stunning (and quieter this time of year), and lots of cute houses in P'town. Shor (no "e") Home in Provincetown has lovely things -- lots of blues. Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Having spent many summers on the Cape, Chatham is the most picturesque town you can find on Cape Cod! The Wequassett and Chatham Bars Inn are both great places to stay. The Impudent Oyster off of main street is a classic and has delicious food, and the Blue Oyster is a great outdoor restaurant if its a nice night. Right in town is a popular bar- the Chatham Squire. You should definitely walk up main street because it is filled with great shopping, cafes, and antiques. If you continue another mile on, you and you reach the main beach where there is an old lighthouse you can visit. Enjoy!

Jessica said...

I have absolutely no advice since I'm Australian but; that house is beautiful!! And yes, I'd be quite happy walking around drooling over houses like that for my trip too ;)

Erica said...

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Kirsten said...

I'm gonna add my name to the list of Chatham recommendations. It's so pretty - my college roommate is from there and I spent so much time down there when I was younger!

Chatham Squire is good for dinner.
Chatham Candy Manor for dessert - best fudge ever!
Take a walk (or quick drive - it's about a mile from downtown) to the Chatham Light for excellent views.
The rest of Main St. in Chatham for shopping - you're sure to find some turquoise lovelies in one of the shops!

Enjoy - I can't wait to see pictures!

Hesty said...

The little town is very
beautiful!

Meg said...

Must see Chatham and BEYOND!.. every village is charming..

Dennis:
http://sesuitharbor-cafe.com/index.php?src=gendocs&link=About

my kids still talk about it

Brewster
http://www.cobies.com/

Best ice cream and clams fries!!

Wellfleet is so cool...

http://www.thebeachcomber.com/

This is a MUST every summer for so many families...

And I think that is the bottom line.. what makes the Cape so special is the TRADITION .. wherever you go you will LOVE it..

Jennifer Dengel said...

Nantucket...!!! It was love at first sight in 1987! Have been going back ever since. A very walkable town and since you only have a day, you can actually cover alot of ground. Here are a few of my favs...

Best shop: NANTUCKET LOOMS
Best coffee: NANTUCKET PHARMACY
Best Pancakes: BLACK EYED SUSAN'S
Best Lobster: LOBSTER TRAP
Best Museum: WHALING MUSEUM

And I LOVE the NANTUCKET HOSPITAL THRIFT SHOP on India Street which may or may not be open by the time you get there. I have found great things there!

HAVE FUN!!!

Kathy said...

When on the Cape definitely take Route 6A vs. Route 6. You will get a great taste of old Cape homes and the different Cape Cod style homes as well. Chatham is beautiful - go off the main streets (by Lighthouse Beach and the tennis club) and you will see amazing houses. Stage Harbor in Chatham is beautiful. Also, checkout Mermaids on Main - great store, very beachy and very, very turquoise!
We vacation in Wellfleet every year - it's quiet and less commercial than the rest of the Cape. The National Seashore beaches are beyond beautiful! Go down to the harbor in Wellfleet and eat at Mac's - byob and sit outside. Also have the best ice cream. I would suggest doing the opposite of what the tour books/guides tell you - you will get a better feel for the area when you are off the main roads! Have a wonderful time.

Angela @ Diaryofachair said...

Ahh so fun! I love little getaways! Nantucket is so beautiful! Be sure to go to Black Eyed Susan's for huevos rancheros for breakfast. It is the best tiny restaurant in town. I dream about it! :)

XO,
Angela

Miranda said...

When you're on the Vineyard, breakfast or lunch at The Black Dog in Vineyard Haven is a must! (Buying a souvenir tee shirt/baseball cap/coffee mug/bumper sticker is optional.)
Have fun.

Emily said...

I spent the majority of my childhood on Nantucket, and one of the things that will always stick out in my mind is the Brotherhood of Thieves restaurant and their INCOMPARABLE quahog chowder. I can't eat clam chowder anywhere else without being disappointed (although Ivar's in Seattle is actually a close second). It's a must-try, and the atmosphere in the basement restaurant is so old feeling and cool. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Seconding the Brotherhood of Thieves suggestion! OMG, I haven't been there since the early 1980's... so glad to know it's still there and serving that inimitable chowdah!!!

bmyguest said...

I live on Martha's Vineyard. Schedule to rent a car for the day so you can get around and see everything. What date are you planning to visit?

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