Summer Vacation in Martha's Vineyard

Hyannis has become known as the Cape Cod town where the Kennedy family has its summer home, but there is much more to this old New England coastal town than its famous part-time residents. One of Barnstable's seven villages, Hyannis offers great, sandy beaches; golf courses; many restaurants; historic homes; a long history; and plenty of family-oriented recreation to fill your summer vacation.

Besides all of the amenities Martha's Vineyard has to offer, it is a great place to rent a home. There are many to choose from and depending on where you stay the cost ranges dramatically. We stayed in Vineyard Haven about 3 miles outside of Oaks Bluff. The house was a three bedroom ranch with two full baths and an outside deck that we took full advantage of. Each morning we would sit out on the deck with a hot cup of coffee and a nice warm breakfast before we began our day.

Cape Cod is a wonderful place to visit almost anytime in spring and fall as well. Yes, you may need to forego the beach experience, but there is plenty to do, and the summer crowds are generally non-existent. Late spring is a great time, with plenty of lodging available as early as April. Most lodging establishments stay open well into October, and some are now open year-round due to the increased popularity of off-season travel. And of course there is the benefit of reduced rates and specials as more and more places try to attract your business.

Martha's Vineyard of Massachusetts has a well-deserved reputation for providing a world-class vacation package not only for the professionals who can afford the best that life has to offer but for the whole family as well. In terms of sightseeing, boating, fishing and just plain relaxing on the beach, Martha's Vineyard is among the best spots in New England. Shall we also remind that this gorgeous island also boasts a lively arts scene and many antique stores and galleries? Enjoy.

Depending on your budget it is possible to rent modest or opulent homes right on the waterfront or with private beach access. Imagine watching the sun rise or set over the bay or ocean with nothing to interrupt your view. Stay up late roasting marshmallows over a small beach fire and then trudge up the path between the dunes to fall asleep to the sounds of the sea on the couch on the porch.