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CAPE AND ISLANDS By Alice & Danny Scott

While the Kennedys put Martha’s Vineyard in national consciousness, visitors from around the globe perpetuate the exploratory lore. Hiking and biking trails permeate the island. In Oak Bluffs, ginger bread houses line the streets. Early settlers’ craftsmanship with scroll saws uniquely details the architecture. This is no cookie cutter neighborhood. Beach ball sized hydrangeas bloom here and on Cape Cod all summer long. Farm Neck Golf Course, little cottages and mansions provide a remote getaway for dignitaries and stars. Gazing from the cupola of The Mansion House in Martha’s Vineyard gifts an amazing view of the island port where the Steamship Authority ferried us over from Woods Hole, Cape Cod along with a tractor-trailer, armored car, and many more vehicles including our Kia Soul, allowing us to zip around the island loop on our own time clock. We rediscovered the Wampanaug tribal outpost in Aquinnah where the Gay Head Cliffs and lighthouse pose

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breathtaking scenery against the crashing Atlantic. Legend has it that Moshup, a benevolent giant, reddened the clay with whales’ blood when flinging them by their tails against the cliffs. Now that’s a whale of a tale. Steamship Authority ferries run frequently from morning to night for an easy day trip, weeklong, or forever. Land taxes are surprisingly only 2 percent, such a deal! The Ocean Edge Resort’s Mansion Hotel and Villages have something for everyone on the mainland in Brewster. Throughout Cape Cod, beaches, fresh seafood, boutique, antique and thrift shops make for a serene or active vacation. In Cape Cod Bay, known as the salt flats, one can walk for miles over the rippled wet sand at low tide. Beach passes may be purchased in any town to enjoy standup paddle boarding, kayaking, body surfing, lounging, tanning, fishing or whale watching. Nightlife peaks at the Sand Bar in West Dennis or the Ocean Terrace in Brewster, perfect for

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