Explore the Beaches of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard with VBT

beach, cape cod

When the summer sun drenches asphalt streets, the temperature in most cities can become unbearable. What better way to escape the oppressive, stagnant air of New York, Boston or Washington DC than taking a retreat to the wonderful beaches along the east coast of the US. VBT runs coastal biking tours in Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts and South Carolina, each one offering a well-deserved respite from life’s fast pace. Our Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard ​tour is perhaps the best summer getaway for beach-going types. On this popular vacation, VBT travelers will spend 6 days cycling along car-free rail trails and peaceful island roads, enjoying the famous Martha ’s Vineyard and Cape Cod beaches, and staying in charming summer communities like Edgartown and Chatham.

tour guide beach

The Cape Cod National Seashore is a 40 mile stretch of preserved coastline along the “upper arm” of Cape Cod. One of our favorite cycling routes, the Old Colony Rail Trail to the Cape Cod Rail Trail is our preferred method of seashore exploration.  These trails’ paved surfaces, few hills, and well-marked automobile crossings make them ideal for biking. Some of the beaches we’ll visit along the way are Coast Guard Beach, Three Sisters Lighthouses, and Nauset Light Beach—ranked as one of the best Cape Cod beaches by frommers.com. Our day ends back at our hotel in Chatham. Take in a breathtaking sunset view of the Tidal Flats at First Encounter Beach.

MV beach

The second half of our Cape Cod vacation is set on New England’s largest island, Martha’s Vineyard, which we’ll reach by way of a ferry ride from Woods Hole. If you enjoy a refreshing dip in the ocean then Martha’s Vineyard will surely be a highlight for you. The water here is warmer than on Cape Cod because the Gulf Stream flows up from the south, whereas parts of the Cape get the colder Labrador Current from the north, more akin to Maine. Upon arrival, we’ll  explore Oak Bluffs—a popular summer resort since the early 1800s—before taking a lovely ride along the State Beach bike path to Edgartown and our hotel, the Harbor View Hotel & Resort.


The last day of this tour is when we’ll visit the most dramatic feature on Massachusetts’ coastline, the breathtaking Aquinnah cliffs and beach. Located on the southwestern tip of the island, these brilliantly colored clay cliffs reach as high as 200 feet above the ocean and run for a mile along the coast. Over the years, erosion has uncovered an array of fascinating fossils buried within the cliffs including the pre-historic sharks, clams and crabs; as well as fossil bones from camels and wild horses! You can choose to visit the lighthouse that stands atop the cliffs and take in a beautiful view or walk down to the beach below, a delightful spot to picnic and swim.

These are just some examples of the great beaches you’ll visit on our Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard​ biking tour. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868 or visit vbt.com. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Best Rated Accommodations on VBT’s Irish Tours

Gleninchaquin Park, Ireland
When our travelers inquire about our active vacations, one of the biggest questions they ask is how nice the hotels are. We know that your accommodations play a huge role in the overall satisfaction you’ll get from your travel experience. At VBT we make it a point to support small, charming and independently-owned hotels on all of our tours. We want the accommodations on your tour to be an extension of the unique cultural experience you get in each destination, not the standard-issue hotel you get from big chains whose properties all look the same. Guests on both our Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast ​and Ireland: Walking the West Country​ tours will stay in hotels that accurately reflect the beauty and friendliness Ireland is known for. We’ve highlighted two favorites from each tour that have all received over 90% excellent ratings from our travelers in the past year.

Loch Lein Country House, Fossa, Killarney, Ireland
VBT Traveler Overall Rating: 95% Excellent
Trip Advisor Rating: 98% (Travelers Choice Winner in 2014 for “Small Hotels” and “Romance”)
Offered on Ireland: Walking the West Country​

Loch Lein Hotel, Lounge

Our portal into the Ring of Kerry is the Loch Lein Country House, a charming 4-star lodging that is located in the village of Fossa and features amazing views of the Macgillicuddy Reeks and Killarney’s Lough Leane. Hotel owners, Paul and Annette Corridan, will make you feel welcome with delectable food accentuated by the hotel’s true family atmosphere. During some downtime feel free to enjoy the beautiful gardens and nearby golf courses, fishing and horse riding.

What our travelers say: “This place was truly unbelievable. The accommodations were fantastic, beds very comfortable and the food and atmosphere were out of this world. Loved it…”

Brook Lane Hotel, Kenmare, Ireland
VBT Traveler Overall Rating: 91% Excellent
Trip Advisor Rating: 93% (Travelers Choice Winner in 2014 for “Small Hotels”)
Offered on Ireland: Walking the West Country​
Brook Lane Hotel Exterior
The Brook Lane Hotel is the only 4-star hotel in Kenmare and merges the style and comfort of a luxurious boutique hotel with a relaxed and inviting Irish atmosphere. Located just a four-minute walk from the pretty town of Kenmare, you’ll find exploration of your surroundings is very easy. Or you can simply enjoy a pint in the hotel’s delightful bar and bistro.

What our travelers say: “Very nice accommodations and friendly staff. The food was delicious, too. This hotel was in a nice location, a close walk to town. We enjoyed having drinks, listening to live music, and watching a young girl perform her Irish dance in Casey’s (the attached bar).”

Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel, Recess, Connemara,  Ireland
VBT Traveler Rating: 96% Excellent
Trip Advisor Rating: 98% (Won Certificate of Excellence 2013)
Offered on Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast ​
Lough Inagh Hotel, Ireland
Located right on the shores of Connemara’s sparkling Lough Inagh, you’ll find an elegant lodge with marvelous views. Enjoy the warm hospitality and true Irish friendliness that is so typical of this region during your stay. After a rewarding day of cycling, relax in front of an open log fire in the library or toast the day over a pint in the oak-paneled bar. If you can’t get enough of your surroundings, take advantage of the great spots for hiking, fly-fishing and golf close by.

What our travelers say: “Everything about the Lodge was fabulous, down to the name plates on the doors. Thank you to Thomas the bartender, our Irish coffee instructor—so friendly. The meals in the dining room were outdone only by the room’s stately beauty. It was a lovely stay, and I will come back again.”

Sheedy’s Country House Hotel, Lisdoovarna, Ireland
VBT Traveler Overall Rating: 
97% Excellent
Trip Advisor Rating: 
96% (Travelers Choice Winner in 2014 for “Small Hotels” and “Romance”)
Offered on Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast ​
Sheedy's, Hotel, Ireland
The lovable husband and wife team that own and operate Sheedy’s have made it one of Ireland’s best-loved small hotels and restaurants. Built in the 1700’s, and completely renovated in 2002 while retaining its historic charm, the house is located next to Ireland’s only natural spa and is also a two-minute walk from the pubs in the center of the village of Lisdoonvarna. Guests will love the tasty creations of John Sheedy, who is considered one of Ireland’s finest chefs and uses all locally-sourced ingredients.

What our travelers say: “This was my favorite accommodation. From the moment we arrived, Martina & Jim treated us as special guests. The food was outstanding, the bar area was warm and cozy, the rooms were very clean.”

These are just some examples of the unique accommodations you’ll stay at on our biking and walking tours in Ireland. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868 or visit www.vbt.com. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

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