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Old 05-27-2013, 05:19 PM   #1
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Cape Cod or Martha's Vineyard?

I'd love some ideas or thoughts from those who have been to Cape Cod or Martha's Vineyard or both. DH and I visited Cape Cod before we had kids and loved it, but it's obviously been a long time!

We're a family of 4 (me, DH, DS14 and DD11) plus a small dog that we're planning to bring with us, so I'm looking at vacation home rentals. I've found quite a few for the week we're looking at, but I'm having a hard time deciding between the two areas. Things we like to do are go to the beach, swim, visit historical sites, hike, fish, find off-the-beaten-path restaurants (especially with outdoor seating), and the kids would enjoy finding at least one arcade, lol.

Any and all suggestions are welcome! TIA!
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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I'd love some ideas or thoughts from those who have been to Cape Cod or Martha's Vineyard or both. DH and I visited Cape Cod before we had kids and loved it, but it's obviously been a long time!

We're a family of 4 (me, DH, DS14 and DD11) plus a small dog that we're planning to bring with us, so I'm looking at vacation home rentals. I've found quite a few for the week we're looking at, but I'm having a hard time deciding between the two areas. Things we like to do are go to the beach, swim, visit historical sites, hike, fish, find off-the-beaten-path restaurants (especially with outdoor seating), and the kids would enjoy finding at least one arcade, lol.

Any and all suggestions are welcome! TIA!
If you want to go to the Vineyard for the week, I would recommend seeing if you can get ferry reservations before you do anything else. What town on the Cape were you looking at?
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:07 PM   #3
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I'd love some ideas or thoughts from those who have been to Cape Cod or Martha's Vineyard or both. DH and I visited Cape Cod before we had kids and loved it, but it's obviously been a long time!

We're a family of 4 (me, DH, DS14 and DD11) plus a small dog that we're planning to bring with us, so I'm looking at vacation home rentals. I've found quite a few for the week we're looking at, but I'm having a hard time deciding between the two areas. Things we like to do are go to the beach, swim, visit historical sites, hike, fish, find off-the-beaten-path restaurants (especially with outdoor seating), and the kids would enjoy finding at least one arcade, lol.

Any and all suggestions are welcome! TIA!
Yes what part of the cape? All the different areas have different vibes.
We like eastham area, and also south yarmouth, dennis
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:22 PM   #4
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If you want to go to the Vineyard for the week, I would recommend seeing if you can get ferry reservations before you do anything else. What town on the Cape were you looking at?
Thanks, I didn't realize how fast the ferry reservations go. At the moment there are times available that would work, but I understand that they could fill up quickly.

As for Cape Cod, the places I've found are Hyannis, Yarmouth, Centerville, Barnstable, Dennis Port, and Eastham.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:24 PM   #5
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for a week at a rental house, I would do the Vineyard. You need to hurry though, I think rentals book up fast. MV is beautiful with a lot to do. Nice beaches, restaurants, local history (chappaquiddick, Edgartown, where Jaws was filmed.) Lots of fun stuff and a great way to spend a week in the summer!
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:53 PM   #6
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I grew up in Hyannis. Sadly, it has gotten very crowded and overdeveloped. I would not recommend staying there, but the harbor cruises out of Hyannis are kind of fun (if you want to see the Kennedy compound). There are also ferries in Hyannis to the Vineyard and Nantucket if you wanted to go over for a few hours. I think Centerville and Barnstable (which is the town that includes Hyannis and Centerville, so I'm assuming you mean Barnstable village over on Rt. 6 A) are both very quiet and lovely but more residential. My favorite part of the Cape is Eastham and Welfleet. It's how the Cape used to be. Lots of nice places to eat, the National seashore visitors center, bike paths, and the Audobon Center in Welfleet. The beaches are gorgeous. If I can answer any questions, please fire away. Provincetown is always fun and there are whale watches that leave from there. There's an artsy vibe and there's a huge gay population in the summer, and also real traditional fishing boats and a working wharf. You can also climb the pilgrim monument.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:34 PM   #7
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My mom grew up on the Cape & I spend all of my summers, many winter weekends, holidays, family visits & gatherings there throughout my entire childhood.

My two uncles owned a business on Martha's Vineyard, so I spent quite a bit of time there as well.

In my opinion, Cape Cod is not all it's cracked up to be in the summer-it's extremely crowded, tourists can be obnoxious, & it's just not very pleasant, unless you are planning to find a house in a remote location & a private beach. When I was a kid, I actually preferred Cape Cod in the winter & fall. Mid spring was nice too. Summer was just......chaotic.

I LOVE Martha's Vineyard. It can get crowded, but it's so beautiful & just a really fun place to visit. The only downfall is it can be outrageously expensive to find lodging there. You need to book the ferry & your lodging a long time in advance as well. When we go to MV, we actually like to rent a cabin at the campground. Still need to book well in advance, but it's alot cheaper.

I would choose Martha's Vineyard
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:31 PM   #8
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Thank you for all of the info! You've all given me great ideas to check out!
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If $$ isn't a deciding factor, I'd go with the Vineyard. That being said, if you choose Cape Cod my advice is to go somewhere between the Orleans and Provincetown areas, stay away from the mid to upper Cape towns. My personal preference would probably be Eastham or Wellfleet
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Another vote for the Eastham/Wellfleet area.
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