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Massachusetts weekend

Jan 11, 2013  Group of friends trying to see all we could in 3 days
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Sight seeing around Boston, Nantucket, Cape Cod and Salem in 3 days! We stayed in Yarmouth in Cape Cod and on the first day drove to Plymouth to Captain John's Whale Watching Tour. After the tour we drove around Cape Cod and visited Chatham and the Chatham lighthouse. The second day we took a ferry to Nantucket and visited Cisco beach, Cisco brewery, Brandt point lighthouse and the Tavern. The third day we drove to Salem and visited The House of the Seven Gables, Finz, and walked around the cemetary. After visiting Salem we drove to Boston and parked near the Freedom Trail. We walked around Boston on The Freedom Trail, until visiting Regina's for dinner and then seeing Red Socks game at Fenway.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Nantucket, Boston, Plymouth, Salem, Chatham
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Sports buffs, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Fall
  • 1. Nantucket
    Nantucket, Massachusetts

    Nantucket was one of the prettiest places I have ever been. We rented bikes when we arrived from the ferry. We rode bikes to Cisco Beach, Cisco Brewery and Brandt Point Lighthouse. This day was probably one of the highlights of my life. What beautiful, relaxing scenery with great company!

  • 2. Cisco Beach
    Cisco Beach, Nantucket, Massachusetts

    One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to. I have never really been to an east coast beach before this trip, but I loved it. My friends and I just relaxed in the grass along the beach for a couple hours. We should have brought a picnic to have here but did not think about it, because we were only going to be in Nantucket a few hours. We rented bikes right by the ferry and rode them to the beach. The ride was beautiful and relaxing. The beach was even more so. We visited in mid September so it was cold to swim, so we didn't do it. The beach was deserted. All our friends at home loved the pictures we brought home, but they were nothing like being there in person. Visit Cisco Brewery on the way back to the ferry!

  • 3. Nantucket Vineyard, Cisco Brewery and Triple Eight Distillery
    Cisco Brewers, Nantucket, Massachusetts

    We were staying in Cape Cod and wanted to spend a day in Nantucket. We took the ferry over. A guy we met on the ferry who lived in Nantucket suggested we rented bikes and visit this brewery and Cisco beach.

    The atmosphere was great. Beer was great, and definately a unique selection. There was live music. It was just very relaxed, and we enjoyed hanging out here for an afternoon. I'm glad were were able to visit here. Honestly I don't think we would've made it if the man on the ferry didn't suggest it. It was definately a fun thing to try on vacation, not your usual tourist stop

  • 4. Fenway Park
    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

    I am sad when I hear people say they want to tear this stadium down, it is such a great experience. An easy walk from the subway. Our tickets were pretty cheap. I can't even describe the atmosphere in this park . The history of the stadium is what contributes to the fun here! We saw a grand slam over the green monster by Boston! The seats are obviously old, but so cool looking. We loved it. Looking forward to our next trip!

  • 5. Brant Point Lighthouse
    Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket, Massachusetts

    We rented bikes, and rode to the lighthouse. Maybe a 10 minute ride. You see the lighthouse when you ride the ferry to Nantucket. It was beautiful, we loved everything about it. When we got there, there was an older couple was standing together at the lighthouse door. I asked if they wanted their picture taken, and they said no, they had a million. They were married here. I thought the lighthouse would be a beautiful wedding location, and I also thought it was nice that it was free. So this couple could go back and spend time there together whenever they wanted.
    Besides this couple, there was no one else here. We loved spending time here, it was very relaxing and picturesque.

  • 6. Captain John Boats
    Whale Watching & Fishing Tours, Plymouth, Massachusetts

    We drove from Cape Cod to go on this whale watching tour. When we left the harbor we got a pretty good view of Plymoth Rock, glad I didn't make this trip just to see that. Leaving the Cape was beautiful. We took pictures of sail boats and lighthouses, absolutely beautiful. It was a pretty big boat so I wasn't expecting to get motion sick, but I did. At least I was prepared with dramamine. My boyfriend got sick also, however the guides were helfpul and told us to sit near the back of the boat facing front. The girl explaining the whales was very knowledgable and informative. You can tell she loves the whales. We saw 4 different species of whales, including a calf. We got so close to them! We went on a whale watch in Hawaii that January, and the whales we saw there were off in the distance. On this tour we got right next to them. The guides also take pictures of the whales and try to match the pattern on whale's tail to see if they are named and being recorded by wildlife people. We even saw North American Right Whale, which are endangered if I remember correctly- only 400~ in the world. There were food and drinks available for purchase. The hot chocolate was much appreciated, since it was definately colder than I expected, even though it was nice on shore. We ate when we got back to the dock, which I don't recommend. The restaurants there had more of a fast food feel and were very expensive for the food quality. I was just happy to see so many whales and the scenery just added to this experience!

  • 7. The House of the Seven Gables
    The House of the Seven Gables, Salem, Massachusetts

    My friend and I insisted on my boyfriend visiting The House of Seven Gables with us, even though we had already done it before. The buildings are beautiful, as well as the gardens. I suggest if possible to read The House of Seven Gables before you come, it is cool seeing the place I imagined when I read it. The tour was very informative, and the old buildings beautiful. I can't remember the price, but it was totally worth it. The view of the bay, or inlet was great. The gift shop had really nice things too. Not far from the downtown Salem area either, we walked.

  • 8. Freedom Trail
    Freedom Trail, Boston, Massachusetts

    The Freedom Trail is awesome! What a historic tour of Boston! We traveled through the Freedom Trail fairly quickly, but we almost had the feeling of being on a scavenger hunt. The Freedom trail includes, historical places, churches, Boston Commons, and cemetaries. I can't wait for our next visit!

  • 9. Chatham Lighthouse
    Chatham Lighthouse, Chatham, Cape Cod

    Chatham was very pretty. I was great watching the sunset at Chatham lighthouse. We took a lot of picture of the lighthouse and walked around the beach. Chatham is a very unique, pretty town. The beach and lighthouse were very relaxing an pretty, it makes me think of a pastel painting.

  • 10. Salem
    Salem, Massachusetts

    Salem is very pretty, and it is great to tour on the trolley. We loved visiting The House of Seven Gables, the cemetary with the tribute to the "witches" who were killed, and walking around the main street. This city is very laid back, and has a beautiful view of the ocean.

  • 11. Boston Duck Tours
    Boston Duck Tours, Boston, Massachusetts

    The Duck tour was a lot of fun, and helped pull together all of the history in Boston. We enjoyed our tour, and would go again. It was fun driving around in the "duck" and seeing the city from the water.

  • 12. The Tavern at Harbor Square

    This was a very relaxing tavern near the ferry in Nantucket. We watched a football game and had drinks. The Tavern is also near the water and has a relaxing island feeling to it.

  • 13. Finz Seafood Restaurant & Grill
    Finz Seafood & Grill, Salem, Massachusetts

    Finz has a great view of the harbor in Salem. The lobster bisque was very good, and we enjoyed the views from the deck of the restaurant. This was a great place to relax in Salem.

  • 14. Pizzeria Regina
    Pizzeria Regina, Boston, Massachusetts

    We have visited Regina's everytime we have gone to Boston. Best pizza ever!

  • 15. Boston Public Library
    Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts

    Great place to walk around and take pictures. The Library has very pretty architecture, and character.