Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing Busses

Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard from the Cape Cod Ferry

One of the most frequent day trips that our Palmer House guests take is a ferry ride to Martha’s Vineyard.

For your convenience, we sell the tickets at the inn. After disembarking the ferry we recommend taking the tour bus to get an over view the island.

Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard from the Cape Cod Ferry


The sightseeing busses on the Vineyard run from Memorial Day weekend through September. They meet every Steamship Authority and Island Queen ferry from 9:00 am through 3:15 pm. They give a fully narrated tour with state-licensed drivers who are also professional guides.

The towns on Martha’s Vineyard offer surprising diversity, each with its own character and personality. For those who are interested in history, Edgartown presents an architectural memorial to whaling’s golden age. Aquinnah or Gay Head as it was named in the past is recognized world-wide for its clay cliffs and natural beauty, while West Tisbury is a typical New England village right out of a Currier and Ives print. Menemsha is a working fishing village and its claim to fame is that it is where the motion picture “Jaws” was filmed. Oak Bluffs is internationally known for its charming Victorian “ginger bread style” cottages.

The tours take approximately two and a half hours and includes a thirty minute stop at the Aquinnah cliffs.

Tickets are $29.00 and can be purchased aboard the bus.

More information on Martha’s Vineyard

Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures traveling Cape Cod, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Cape Cod Sailing Adventure Charters on “Bounder”

Falmouth’s own Bob Barker and his beautiful 26′ sloop “Bounder” will be available for carter starting in May.

Their sailing season will continue sailing into October this year.  He will offer full day, half day, sunset, and overnight cruises. Bob is a professional captain/master mariner with over 40 years experience. We have had a number of our guests sail with Bob in past years. They have returned eager to report on their sail and happy to show their photos to us. All Palmer House guests and given a 10% discount and free pick-up and delivery. It is wise to book early because Bob’s calendar fills up fast. For more information:

Falmouth’s Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium

No trip to the Cape is complete with out a visit to Ben & Bill’s. The shop is located on Main Street on the corner of Walker Street. Their homemade ice cream comes in 30 flavors and there are 12 flavors of gelato. The cool green awning and inviting sidewalk tables and chairs welcome you into the shop where cheerful young people are eager to take your order. Many of the customers are third and forth generations returning for the cold treat from as far away as Dennis and Wareham. The Emporium has many other items such as chocolates and lollipops. However the best part is that it is less than a 10 minute walk from The Palmer House.