“10 Best Islands in the U.S…Martha’s Vineyard. Recommended Hotel – Winnetu”
Family Vacation Critic – 2012
In the summer months, a car is really not necessary — there are plenty of transportation options available to/from the Resort and on the Island. However, for those guests traveling with young children, or staying for a week or more, a car can be a nice convenience.
During the spring and autumn seasons, we do recommend that you bring a car, especially if you wish to explore the Island. If you’re just coming for a weekend, and aren’t interested in touring, a car really isn’t needed.
If you do decide to bring your car over to the Island, auto reservations are required and should be made as soon as possible with the Steamship Authority. The Steamship Authority operates the only automobile ferry service to the Island from Woods Hole, on Cape Cod (a short 45-minute crossing). These large vessels operate hourly, year round.
To arrange auto reservations, contact the Steamship Authority by either calling them directly at (508) 477-8600 or booking on-line via their website. Reservations for passengers are unnecessary.
Note: When you inquire about your automobile reservation, if you can’t get your first request, ask to have your name put on the Waiting List. It usually works out very well and, more often than not, you’ll get the reservation time you desire.
We offer a convenient on-Island pick-up/drop-off service for our guests that choose to utilize the “Island Queen” ferry from Falmouth, Massachusetts, so long as the boat/transfer reservation is pre-reserved with us. The crossing time takes 35 minutes (i.e., the quickest to the Island). Falmouth is centrally located and the Island Queen offers mainland parking within walking distance to the dock. The boat line has guaranteed Winnetu guests parking availability in their lots — a special benefit — so long as a Winnetu voucher is shown to the parking attendant. Mainland parking is $15.00 per day (cash or travelers checks only).
To utilize this exclusive service, our guests must pre-reserve via the On-Line Concierge Page on our Winnetu website. Once there, go to the VIP Ferry Transfer Service. Guests who choose not to pre-reserve this amenity, via our On-Line Concierge service, may utilize the Island Queen ferry on their own, but will not have guaranteed parking privileges or a pick-up on-Island to/from the Resort. (Taxis are available on your own).
There are several passenger-only ferries that operate between the mainland and three ports on Martha’s Vineyard (a.k.a., Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Vineyard Haven). Most passenger ferries operate to/from Oak Bluffs, which is a convenient nine miles away from the Winnetu Oceanside Resort.
If you are coming from Massachusetts, you can choose from one of the following ferry services:
If you are coming from the West, including Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey (in addition to the above ferry services from Massachusetts), you may also want to consider one of the following ferry services:
If you are coming from, or wish to return to either the mid/lower Cape (Chatham/Hyannis/Provincetown) or Nantucket, you can utilize the following ferry service:
If you’re arriving in Boston, Massachusetts, or Providence, Rhode Island, by air or train and wish to have a car on the Island once you’re here — we strongly encourage you to rent a vehicle at your arriving mainland terminal and drive yourself to the Steamship Authority Wharf in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. This option is less expensive than renting on the Island and you will also have a better vehicle selection to choose from.
To arrange auto reservations for your rental car on the ferry, contact the Steamship Authority by either calling them directly at (508) 477-8600 or visiting their website. Reservations for passengers are unnecessary.
Using the Amtrak High-Speed Acela Train:
Step 1: A convenient passenger rail service operates to Providence, Rhode Island (the closest rail stop for the Vineyard) from Washington, DC; Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New Jersey points; New York City; and Connecticut points. Amtrak can be reached at (800) USA-RAIL or by visiting their website.
Step 2: You can pre-arrange your ground transfer service from the Amtrak Station in Providence, Rhode Island to one of the passenger ferries by calling Town Car Travel at (508) 678-5500 or White Tie Limo Escort Coach at (800) 564-8116.
Using the Amtrak Regional Trains:
Step 1: Passenger rail service operates to Kingston, Rhode Island (KIN) from Washington, DC; Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New Jersey points; New York City; and Connecticut. Amtrak can be reached at (800) USA-RAIL.
Step 2: You can pre-arrange your ground transfer service from the Amtrak Station in Kingston, Rhode Island to the Vineyard Fast Ferry in Quonset Point by calling “Little Rest Limousine” at (401) 294-1414. Travel time is 25 minutes and the cost is approximately $20 per person.
Using the non-stop, SeaStreak High-Speed Ferry from New Jersey and New York City directly to the Vineyard:
The SeaStreak ferry departs every weekend from late May — September 2011. This is a new, direct service that has proven very popular for weekend visitors.
From T.F. Green Airport, Providence, RI:
Step 1: You can fly, via low-cost carriers such as Southwest Airlines and U.S. Airways, to/from T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. If you can, we recommend you use T.F. Green Airport – in lieu of Boston’s Logan Airport. It’s much closer to the Vineyard and easier to get to/from the Island without the traffic
Option 1: You can pre-arrange your ground transfer service from the T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island to one of the passenger ferries by calling Town Car Travel at (508) 678-5500, White Tie Limo Escort Coach at (800) 564-8116 or Little Rest Limousine at (401) 294-1414.
Option 2: You can pre-arrange your ground transfer service from the T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island to the Vineyard Fast Ferry in Quonset Point by calling “Airport Taxi” at (401) 737-2868, ext. 2. Travel time is 15 minutes and the cost is $15 per person. You can also call Little Rest Limousine at (401) 294-1414 if you prefer.
From LaGuardia Airport, New York and National Airport, Washington, DC
From June to mid-September, US Airways offers non-stop service from New York City and Washington, DC directly to Martha’s Vineyard. At other times of the year, you can fly to Boston and connect with Cape Air to Martha’s Vineyard.
From Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York City:
Peter Pan Bus Lines’ operates direct service every two hours to the Steamship Authority Wharf in Woods Hole, MA. Peter Pan can be reached at (888) 751-8800, by e-mail or via their website, click here. Once on-Island, take a taxi on your own to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort.
Option 1: Peter Pan Bus Lines’ operates frequent, easy-to-use and cost-effective bus service from downtown Boston’s South Station, and from all terminals at Logan Airport, directly to the Steamship Authority Wharf in Woods Hole. Peter Pan can be reached at (888) 751-8800, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via their website. Once on-Island, take a taxi on your own to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort.
Option 3: Cape Air flies small, nine-seater Cessnas between Logan Airport and the Vineyard. Cape Air can be reached at (800) 352-0714 or via their website, click here. Once on-Island, take a taxi on your own to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort.
For directions, please go to our Winnetu website’s Home Page and click on the appropriate international flag for France, Germany, Spain or the United Kingdom. Directions are provided in each country’s respective language.
The Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) operates year round, economical, and frequent service throughout the Island. Route 8 stops just outside the Winnetu Oceanside Resort, connecting in Edgartown to all other Island destinations. The cost of the VTA is $1.00 each way between Edgartown and the Winnetu Oceanside Resort; $3.00 to Oak Bluffs; and $4.00 to Vineyard Haven. An unlimited Day Pass for the entire island costs $7.00 per adult (half price for children). For more information, visit their website.
The Winnetu Oceanside Resort operates complimentary shuttle service between the Resort and Edgartown on an hourly basis during the summer from morning until evening with a reduced schedule in the spring and autumn. The Resort also offers a sunset water taxi cruise to Edgartown most evenings during the summer months. In addition, taxis are plentiful and easy to use.
Bicycles are delivered every day to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort. Please contact Cutler bikes at 508-627-4052 or pre-order bikes, via their website. Adult bikes, children’s bicycles, tandems, carriages and helmets are all available. The Resort is conveniently located on the bike path, which is a short, and flat, three-mile scenic trip to Main Street, Edgartown and the Island beyond.
You may also choose to rent a car, either for the duration of your stay, or just for a day or two. Click here to go to our “On-Line Concierge” Page and order your vehicle. Details can be found under the “Auto Rentals” section. Winnetu guests will receive a discount if renting a vehicle through the company listed here.