The forecast for Veteran’s Day was warm and bright so we decided to book passage on the Steamship Authority’s car ferry over to the Vineyard. This is something I’ve always wanted to do and I was tickled pink. Having no idea where, how much, or when…. we dropped by the ticketing office the night before and were rewarded with these –
Free tickets for the husband.
How sweet was that?
We reserved a spot on the 9:30am ferry from Woods Hole and were told to arrive half an hour before departure. Ever the type A personality, I made sure we were there 45 minutes prior and as soon as we pulled up, they pointed us towards the 8:15 freight trip and boom!
We were on board.
With a giant load of Christmas trees.
Being used to small Maine island ferries, I was amazed at how large these ships were.
And how clean, and how spacious, and what great views they afforded.
We happily roamed around taking pictures…
And found a snack bar!
Okay…. it wasn’t open off season, but still. If you want a snack on a Maine ferry? You better dig in your purse for that crushed pack of Nabs from 2003.
And then, before we knew it….
We were there.
Approaching Vineyard Haven.
And yes, it was just as beautiful and quintessentially coastal New England as you would imagine.
Here’s another ferry getting ready to depart, so you can see how large they are.
We had booked an 8:30pm trip back, so we arrived ready to spend the whole day exploring.
Of course none of the tourist information kiosks were open this time of year and we had no utter clue where we were going. ( I didn’t find this map until we were ready to leave.)
So we just drove.
Past weather beaten waterfront homes…
That had their own private lighthouses.
How cool is that?