Fly into Boston and spend a day and then start driving. Knocked around Boston for a day and next was Vermont, and then down to the Cape, Hyannisport, Martha’s Vinyard, and Nantucket. I love all things nautical so this trip was right up my alley and one I could do over and over. Especially Cape Cod. There you can hear the nautical bells on the ships and the air is fresh and crisp.
Boston is the capital and largest city in Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The largest city in New England, Boston is regarded as the unofficial “Capital of New England” for its economic and cultural impact on the entire New England region. The city proper had a 2009 estimated population of 645,169, making it the twentieth largest in the country. Boston is also the anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, home to 4.5 million people and the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country. Greater Boston as a commuting region includes six Massachusetts counties, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth, and Worcester, all of Rhode Island and parts of New Hampshire; it is home to 7.5 million people, making it the fifth-largest Combined Statistical Area in the United States
VERMONT: Drove up to Vermont to visit the “Stowe House”, which was a big thing for my Aunt to see, as it was the home of the Von Trapp Family from “The Sound Of Music”. The countryside up there is gorgeous. We also took in the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and the Chocolate Factory 🙂
Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. The state ranks 43rd by land area, 9,250 square miles (24,000 km2), and 45th by total area. It has a population of 621,270, making it the second least-populated state. The only New England state with no coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, Vermont is notable for Lake Champlain (which makes up 50 percent of Vermont’s western border) and the Green Mountains, which run north to south. It is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Québec to the north.
The Face Rock:
CAPE COD and HYANNIS/HYANNISPORT, JFK Compound – This was really great for me. I got to see someone I hadn’t seen in way too long. But the biggies were JFK Museum, The Kennedy Compound, which we drove in our rental car, right up to their driveways, a trip out to Martha’s Vinyard, and a trip out to Nantucket. I totally fell in love with the Cape and actually considered relocating there.
Cape Cod, often referred to locally as simply the Cape, is an island and a cape in the easternmost portion of the state of Massachusetts, in the Northeastern United States. It is coextensive with Barnstable County. Several small islands right off Cape Cod, including Monomoy Island, Monomoscoy Island, Popponesset Island, and Seconsett Island, are also in Barnstable County, being part of municipalities with land on the Cape. The Cape’s small-town character and large beachfront attract heavy tourism during the summer months.
ETHEL’s Place now
Martha’s Vineyard (including the smaller Chappaquiddick Island) is an island off the south of Cape Cod in New England. The islands both form a part of the Outer Lands region.
Often called just “The Vineyard,” the island has a land area of 87.48 square miles (231.75 km²) and is the 58th largest island in the United States, and the third largest on the East Coast of the United States. It is the largest true island of the East Coast of the US (not connected to mainland by a bridge or tunnel).
NANTUCKET: We were over on Nantucket when a storm came up and they said everything off the island if they are going off or they would have to spend the night but what we did get to see was just beautiful. I would really love to go back.
Nantucket is an island 30 miles (48.3 km) south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in the United States. Together with the small islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget, it constitutes the town of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and the coterminous Nantucket County, which are consolidated. Part of the town is designated the Nantucket CDP, or census designated place. The region of Surfside on Nantucket is the southernmost settlement in Massachusetts.