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Steve Jermanok’s Active Travels: Elizabeth Islands


Cuttyhunk
Cuttyhunk by Charles Henry Gifford, 1872

Take the ferry from New Bedford or Woods Hole to
Martha’s Vineyard, where President Obama plans to vacation once again
this summer, and you’ll pass the far less congested Elizabeth Islands
in Buzzards Bay. With numerous coves and a strong southwesterly wind
blowing 15 knots almost every afternoon, this is a favorite cruising
ground for sailors in Massachusetts. The waters are inundated with
yachts, Hobie cats, sunfish, schooners, even the 6’ 2” long dinghy
known as the Cape Cod Frosty. Only two of the islands,
Cuttyhunk, the outermost island, and Penikese, a former leper colony,
now a state-owned bird refuge, remain public. This summer, Mass Audubon will bring guests on naturalist-led cruises
to both islands. Leaving from Wood’s Hole, you’ll learn about the
natural and cultural history of the Elizabeths, and venture on foot to
find Leach’s Storm Petrel and Tern colonies.Visit Active Travels.

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