Brilliant. That’s that best way to describe the SeaStreak high-speed catamaran ferry from Manhattan to Martha’s Vineyard. Hop-on where E. 35th Street meets the East River and five stress-free hours later hop-off at Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. The transition from harried New Yorker to a relaxed and smiling vacationer begins the moment you climb aboard.
Think about it - while everyone is sitting in traffic on I-95 and then waiting at the Cape Cod ferry terminals, you are kicking-back with a cocktail on the top of a lovely boat with a beautiful view, the sun and sea spray on your face. Or stay below and watch one of the family-friendly movies screened during the journey. Or read. Or sleep. Or just stare out the window. The calming choices are endless!
The weekend-only seasonal ferries depart Manhattan at 4:45pm on Fridays and leave Oak Bluffs on Sundays at 4:45pm (departing from the Steamship Authority Terminal), which makes spending just a weekend on Martha’s Vineyard a reasonable proposition. No car necessary! Taxi vans are waiting to whisk ferry riders away to all points on the island.
And here’s a delicious tip – before heading home make a stop at Nancy’s in Oak Bluffs for one of the most sublime lobster rolls EVER.
If SeaStreak could just make a stop in Chatham my world would be complete.
SeaStreak ferries to Martha’s Vineyard from New York City operate from Memorial weekend to Labor Day weekend, with the final run of the season taking place during Columbus weekend. www.seastreak.com