Travel to Cape Cod and the Bradford Inn. If you're flying to
Massachusetts, VBT will offer a shuttle from Boston's Logan International
Airport. The shuttle works on a “show and go” basis and will make its only departure
from the airport to the inn at 12:30 pm. Shuttle reservations are not required
or available. Meet the driver outside Terminal C, on the second level, at the
second island out. Your shuttle bus will carry “Access Express” titles, and
the driver will be holding a VBT sign. Please allow for traffic delays.
If you are scheduled to arrive at the airport after 12:30
pm or are delayed, please take a taxi or bus at your own expense. VBT does
recommend that guests try to arrange their arrival at Logan International
Airport prior to 12:30 pm, as Chatham is approximately an hour and 45 minutes from Boston. If you are delayed or your travel plans change, please
contact the first inn; they will pass your message on to your VBT Trip Leaders. If
you are driving to the Cape, we recommend that you leave your vehicle in
Chatham while on tour. You can park at the Bradford Inn while a guest at the
inn. When you leave Chatham, the leaders will help you with the
transfer of your vehicle to another location, where you may leave it while
you're on Martha's Vineyard. You may return to this location at the end of the
tour by way of the VBT van. We will
shuttle to Woods Hole on Tuesday to ferry onto Martha's Vineyard. If you'd like to park your car in Woods Hole
at the ferry terminal and avoid the shuttle back to Chatham at the end of the
tour, the cost will be approximately $12 per day. Shuttle time is approximately one hour and 30
VBT Pre-Trip Extension guests: You have another morning to
enjoy Boston. At 12:50 pm, a shuttle will meet and transfer you to The Bradford
Inn. Please wait for the shuttle at the corner of the Fairmont Battery Wharf's
drive and Commercial Street. Your shuttle bus will carry “Access Express”
titles, and the driver will be holding a VBT sign. The shuttle will be coming from Logan
International Airport with other VBT guests. Please allow for traffic delays.
The tour begins at our Cape Cod hotel, the
Bradford Inn, located in Chatham, Massachusetts. After settling in, meet your
Trip Leaders at 3:30 pm for a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a
short warm-up ride and introduction to Chatham. Check in is at 4:00 pm. Your
room may be ready earlier; please confirm with the front desk upon arrival.
Later, join your fellow travelers over a wine and cheese reception, followed by
dinner at the nearby Wild Goose Tavern.
Day 2 - Cape Cod Rail Trail / Cape Cod National Seashore
Our morning cycle takes us from the inn to join the Old
Colony Rail Trail and the Cape Cod Rail Trail. The Cape Cod Rail Trail follows
a former railroad passage for 25 miles through the towns of Dennis, Harwich,
Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, and Wellfleet. Its paved surface, few hills, and
well-marked automobile crossings make it ideal for biking.
Much of today's riding is through the protected Cape Cod
National Seashore. We'll stop en route at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in
Eastham. This is Cape Cod National Seashore's main visitor facility, with
frequent orientation movies, a well-stocked bookstore, and a comprehensive museum. Offering breathtaking views of Nauset Marsh, this visitor center is also convenient to the popular 1.5-mile Nauset Marsh Trail
and the Buttonbush Trail.
After lunch, choose between riding or shuttling back to
Chatham, or continue on to visit Coast Guard Beach, Three Sisters Lighthouses,
and Nauset Light Beach. We'll return to Chatham mostly along the bike path with
some secondary road riding, or choose to continue cycling to the southern tip
of Cape Cod Bay and take in a breathtaking view of the Tidal Flats at First
Back in Chatham, relax around the inn's swimming pool,
stroll the village's beaches, or explore the town with its variety of shops.
There are a number of great restaurant options for dinner on your own tonight.
Your Trip Leaders will be happy to help with recommendations.
Day 3 - Ferry to Martha's Vineyard / Oak Bluffs / Edgartown / Chappaquiddick
After breakfast, we shuttle to Woods Hole and board a ferry
to Martha's Vineyard. “The Vineyard,” as locals know it, is New England's
largest island (23 miles long by 9 miles wide). Under the protective arm of
Cape Cod, the cold Labrador Current is warded off, while waters warmed by the
Gulf Stream flow up from the south. We will be able to stretch our legs on the
way to Oak Bluffs via East Chop Lighthouse. Once there, we will have free time
in Oak Bluffs to have lunch and explore the small town. Oak Bluffs has been a
summer resort since the early 1800s, and its history is reflected in the
colorful gingerbread cottages surrounding the village green. The town's Flying
Horses Carousel has been in operation since 1884! Afterwards, we'll ride along
the State Beach bike path to Edgartown and our Martha's Vineyard hotel for the
next three nights, the Harbor View Hotel & Resort.
If you'd like a few more miles of riding, board the “Chappy”
ferry for a three-minute sail across the 300-yard-wide strait separating
Martha's Vineyard from Chappaquiddick Island. Having short trips and no
timetable, the Chappaquiddick Ferry is always on time! The island's main attractions
are, of course, the infamous Dike Bridge, along with the Mytoi Japanese
Later, we return to the inn, settle into our rooms, and
perhaps take a swim in the heated pool before our included dinner at one of
Edgartown's local favorite and celebrated restaurants.
Day 4 - Vineyard Haven / Art galleries & crafters
After breakfast, we will ride out of Edgartown toward
Vineyard Haven along the bike path. Along our route, we'll have a chance to
explore Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard's only year-round port of entry,
before continuing on an epic cycling loop to West Chop Lighthouse and Lambert's
Cove Road. As we cycle along the Island's interior, your Trip Leaders will
point out lunch options in between visits to Chilmark Pottery, Martha's
Vineyard Glassworks, Polly Hill Arboretum, the Field Gallery, and the Granary
Gallery. The Granary Gallery boasts the most amazing paintings, sculptures, and photography from
more than 300 of the island's most celebrated artisans.
After lunch, we'll cycle back to Edgartown by way of the
paved bike path through the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest. Located in the
center of the island, this forest is a 5,000-acre pine and scrub oak area
crisscrossed with hiking trails.
The rest of the day and dinner are at your leisure.
Day 5 - Menemsha / Aquinnah Cliffs
Today, we will be heading “up island.” The term comes from
sailing days, when a vessel was running “up” its longitude when it was sailing
west away from the prime meridian. In a similar manner, a ferry always comes
“up” from Nantucket.
Today's ride will be all the way to the breathtaking Aquinnah
cliffs and beach, on the western part of the island. Perhaps the best-known
natural feature of the vineyard, the brilliantly colored cliffs at Aquinnah are
a mile long and are sprinkled with tropical fossils. The Aquinnah lighthouse
stands atop the cliffs, creating a very dramatic view. The beaches below are a
delightful spot to picnic and swim.
Along the way, we'll ride through the fishing village of
Menemsha. Used as the setting for the film Jaws, the area continues to serve as
a working fishing port and as home to the U.S. Coast Guard. A convenient and
fun seasonal bike ferry connects Menemsha with Aquinnah.
Day 6 - Ride to Katama Beach / Depart
After breakfast, we'll offer an early-morning ride to Katama
Beach. Also known as South Beach, we'll enjoy three miles of barrier beach on
the South Shore of the island.
After returning to the hotel for a shower and to check out,
we will transfer to Vineyard Haven for an included lunch. All aboard! Our
Steamship Authority ferry leaves for a 45-minute crossing to Woods Hole. A
shuttle from Woods Hole Ferry Terminal to Logan International Airport will be
provided with a departure time from Woods Hole at 3:30 pm. We recommend a
flight out of Boston no earlier than 7:00 pm.
If you parked your car at the start of the tour, the VBT van
will transfer you back to Chatham to collect it.