Cape Cod and Nantucket, United States
When to go
Summer – late May to early September – is peak season. The consistently pleasant temperatures result in a population swell every year. Crowds thin out during the shoulder months of March, April, September and October, and some shops and restaurants close. Some weekends in November and December can be quite lively if there’s a festival, but come January, the bulk of businesses shutter their doors and reemerge in spring.
PlanesCape Cod: Boston’s Logan International Airport is the closest major airport, 83 miles away. Providence’s international airport is only slightly further, at 92 miles away. Boston has direct flights to most major international hubs, and Providence offers connecting flights from most US and Canadian cities, both from airlines such as Jet Blue (www.jetblue.com), Southwest (www.southwest.com), Delta Airlines (www.deltaairlines.com) and US Airways (www.usairways.com). Cape Air (www.flycapeir.com) also offers a couple of flights a day between Boston and Hyannis’ Barnstable airport, about 20 miles from the inn. Nantucket: Major US cities have direct or connecting flights to Nantucket Memorial Airport on Jet Blue (www.jetblue.com), United Airlines (www.united.com), Delta Airlines (www.deltaairlines.com), US Airways Express (www.usairways.com) and Cape Air (www.flycapeir.com.)
BoatsNantucket: The ferries out of Hyannis, Massachusetts are the way to travel for a nautical bookend to your island escape. Reserve tickets in advance for car and passenger service on the Steamship Authority (www.steamshipauthority.com) or the passenger-only Hy-Line Cruises (www.hylinecruises.com).
AutomobilesCape Cod: You will want to have a car to explore the peninsula. Nantucket: A car is not essential on the island, which can be explored by bike. However, those traveling with a car to the island need to book passage from Hyannis, Massachusetts on the Steamship Authority (www.steamshipauthority.com) car ferry. There are several reliable taxi companies (including Canty's Cab: +1 508 228 2888) and car rental agencies on the island.