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August 2, 2016

Blogger Sherry Ott

Sherry travels to and writes about off-the-beaten-path destinations to bring to Otts World readers unique travel experiences, adventures and amazing photography from around the globe. It’s not just about travel, it’s also about life experiences of a solo female wanderer. Sherry is in her mid 40’s and has been traveling and living on the road since 2006.
The Perfect New England Getaway

By Sherry Ott
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
The first thing I learned about Martha’s Vineyard was that there is no vineyard there. Contrary to the name, it’s not the right environment for a vineyard to thrive, however there is an abundance of wild grapes growing all over the island. The entire island is a mix of creative types/artists struggling to get by, wealthy families who own summer homes, and the original settlers, Native Americans (Wampanoags). It’s a fascinating mix of people living on the island. We traversed the main towns with a quick tour with our ‘hippy-ish’ guide and got a taste of what each town had to offer. I enjoyed the vast diversity between the fancy Victorian houses of Oak Bluffs with beautifully manicured lawns, to the more fishing oriented harbor of Tisbury, and then to the cliffs and natural settings of Gayhead.
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Nantucket has a year round population of 15,000 people and then summer happens, and the population rises to 50,000. Yes, Nantucket is a summer tourist island, with a totally different personality than Martha’s Vineyard. Nantucket is for the elite (cottage prices are in the millions) and it’s for the people who don’t mind following rules and like things organized. There is a strict housing code in Nantucket, which is why all of the homes look alike. And that is also why Nantucket also appears so darn charming – it’s coordinated in color and texture. There’s also a strong whaling and lighthouse history there if you dig a little deeper. We went to the Lightship Basket Museum and learned why and how the lightship crews used to make woven baskets that are now world famous.
Newport, Rhode Island
Newport is also a seaside town, but nothing like New Bedford. It’s the home to white-collar money and it’s best known for its role in the post Civil War Gilded Age (1870’s to 1900). It has a historic past full of big money and some of the most luxurious (to point of gaudy) homes I’ve ever laid eyes on. To get an appreciation of what excess means, tour the 1893 home called The Breakers. Owned by the wealthy Vanderbilt family this 70-room mansion is 62,482 square feet of living area on five floors. I felt as if I were touring around a European palace, not a ‘weekend cottage home’ in Rhode Island! Current Day Newport has evolved into a beautiful seaside town and harbor bustling with restaurants, and shops. We docked there for 2 nights and it was the most active harbor we saw with sailboats everywhere you looked. Newport is considered the sailing capital of the world, so it was the perfect place for my mom and me to take a sunset sail on a former America’s Cup boat.
Can Park Anywhere
The hard part about getting to all of these New England islands and seaside towns is that they are spread apart. You can feasibly drive to all of these places and ferry to the islands, but then you have to also find hotel rooms and parking – which isn’t always easy during the crowded summer months. If you are visiting seaside towns and islands, then you might as well travel by water. You can go by yacht if you have oodles of money, or you can take a small ship like Blount, a locally owned, family run small ship cruising business based in Rhode Island. By traveling to New England islands by small ship, you no longer have to worry about hotels, food, or parking!
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  • 6 nights in comfortable cabins with private washrooms.
  • 3 delicious meals daily.
  • Free beer and wine with lunch and dinner.
  • A casual atmosphere, you’ll feel like you’re on a friend’s yacht.
  • Lobster on the menu every day!
  • Traditional New England clam bakes on the top deck.
  • Musical entertainment onboard.
  • Exciting optional excursions like sailing on an America’s Cup yacht in Newport, RI.
  • A BYOB policy allows you to bring favorite beverages onboard.
  • Easy boarding and disembarkation in all the ports