Camelot on Cape Cod The Kennedys in Hyannisport

It's been more than 40 years since those days of Camelot, when JFK was in the White House and America seemed rejuvenated by the Kennedy style, but the Kennedy sites on Cape Cod still attract record numbers of visitors every summer. In July 1999, when John Jr.'s plane crashed into Vineyard Sound, thousands visited the Kennedy Hyannis Museum to mourn the loss by viewing classic photos of the family in Hyannisport. Images of Jack Kennedy sailing his jaunty Wianno Senior on Nantucket Sound off...

For Senior Travelers

With relatively mild winters and splendid summers, Cape Cod and the Islands are popular retirement spots. In fact, as of the 2000 U.S. Census, more than a third of the population was 55 or older. Businesses from museums to B& Bs cater to this clientele with attractive discounts, and many restaurants offer early-bird specials (smaller portions at lower prices, offered before the ordinary dinner hour). Mention that you're a senior when you first call to make your travel reservations, and be...

General Index

See also Accommodations Index 241,259 Adventure Isle, 85 Agricultural Society Annual Livestock Show and Fair, 280 Airfares, 46-47 Airlines, 39-41, 62 Albert Merola Gallery, 213 Alley's General Store, 297 Angel Foods, 226 Antiques and collectibles Brewster, 147 Dennis, 134-135 Falmouth, 94 Harwich, 155 Hyannis area, 111 Martha's Vineyard, 281 Nantucket, 241-242 Orleans, 175-176 Provincetown, 212-213 Sandwich, 76 Wellfleet, 195 Yarmouth, 126 Antiques Center of Cape...

Expensive

Colonial Inn of Martha's Vineyard Kids This four-story 1911 inn in the center of Edgartown has been transformed into a fine modern hotel, and recent extensive renovations have elevated it to what can accurately be described as affordable luxury. Its lobby serves as a conduit to the Nevins Square shops beyond, and there are also two fine restaurants on the premises. The 43 rooms, decorated in soothing, contemporary tones (with pine furniture, crisp fabrics, hardwood floors, wainscoting, and...

By

To discourage congestion and provide a pleasant experience, a growing number of towns offer free or low-cost in-town shuttles in season. You'll find such services in Falmouth, Woods Hole, Mashpee, Hyannis, Dennis, Yarmouth, Harwich, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. Each town's chamber of commerce can fill you in, or call the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (& 800 352-7155 or 508 385-8326). For commercial bus service between towns, see Getting There, earlier in this chapter. The listings...

Shopping

ANTIQUES COLLECTIBLES For the most exquisite Asian furniture, lamps, porcelains, and jewelry, visit All Things Oriental at 123 Beach Rd. in Vineyard Haven (& 508 693-8375). The treasures on sale here are handpicked in China by owner Shirley Seaton. ARTS & CRAFTS Stop by C. B. Stark Jewelers, 53A Main St., Vineyard Haven (& 508 693-2284) and 27 N. Water St., Edgartown (& 508 627-1260), where proprietor Cheryl Stark started fashioning island-motif charms back in 1966. No visit to...

Where To Stay

IN HYANNIS, HYANNISPORT & CRAIGVILLE There are a variety of large, generic but convenient hotels and motels in Hyannis. Heritage House Hotel, 259 Main St. (in the center of town), Hyannis (& 800 352-7189 or 508 775-7000 www.heritagehousehotel.com) is ideally located on Main Street, walking distance from restaurants, shops, and the ferries to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. There is an indoor and an outdoor pool, hot tub and saunas, and a restaurant lounge on site. The 143 rooms are...

Menemsha A New England Fishing Village

For an authentic slice of the Vineyard, leave the hordes down-island and take the winding roads up-island to picturesque Menemsha, one of the few remaining fishing villages in New England. Shuttle buses make the trip a few times daily, or you can take the bike ferry from Aquinnah a spectacularly scenic but exhausting bike ride. It seems appropriate to approach Menemsha from its colorful harbor, alongside the commercial fishing fleet, the sportfishing vessels, and the pleasure boats. You can...