Everyone’s always doing 48 hours in such-and-such. Here’s one for ya: 42 hours in Martha’s Vineyard.
Just enough for this first-timer to get enough of a taste to savor the full flavor of this special Massachusetts island.
We were running on ferry time — a novel way to get to there. Sure, anyone can drive or take a train to Boston or Rhode Island, and then a ferry. But a boat direct from midtown Manhattan?
It’s been a Friday-to-Sunday excursion all summer long. For $230 round trip, it took about the same time as driving. But who needed that hassle? Or the hassle of flying?
So we giddily packed with no worries about airport security. Then hopped in the car and drove from Pennsyltucky to Highlands, on the central NJ coast, near my childhood home, to start our Vineyard weekend.Whenever I’d be at a party and those of us from Joisey who played Which exit are you from (on the Garden State Parkway)? I’d say: This one. Only when I was growing up, it was Eatontown/Long Branch, and there was no Route 18.
(Unlike the seasonal service to Martha’s Vineyard, this NJ-to-NYC part of the trip is offered all-year long by Seastreak, the ferry operator. It’s popular with work commuters and anyone who doesn’t feel like messing with city traffic.)
Amazingly, no need for the Dramamine I brought along. Though I was hoping to use the WiFi that was supposed to be available, it was impossible to connect. Too much interference, I guess.
Waiting for us that night in The Vineyard was a warm welcome at the 1720 House (a lovely B&B dating back to that year), run by a fellow former TV news producer from The Apple.
Next: How much can you do in a day? Especially without a car?