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Watch for whales and tour Cape Cod's affluent island communities

24 Oct 2013 10:50 AM
Watch for whales and tour Cape Cod's affluent island communities

As the easternmost land masses in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cape Cod and its neighboring islands have long been premier destinations for international travelers and wealthy homebuyers. In addition to breathtaking scenery and optimal weather patterns, these affluent coastal communities regularly provide both residents and visitors with numerous options for supreme relaxation and stylish recreation.

Individuals exploring this region can not only spend time viewing the grandiose properties of celebrities and luxury real estate owned by business leaders, but also watching for a variety of whale species while visiting the different islands. If you currently own a lavish home on Cape Cod, or are planning to tour the area in the near future, you may want to schedule trips to the following locations.

Martha's Vineyard
Spanning 100 square miles, this island is the third-largest on the East Coast. Established more than 300 years ago, this community offers the high-end amenities one would expect when visiting a modern metropolitan area, but maintains a quaint, old-world style through its architecture and culture. Aside from dining on gourmet dishes at a number of celebrated eateries, during a visit to Martha's Vineyard you can visit historic lighthouses, enjoy a round of world-class golf and taste blends produced by the famed winemaker Chicama Vineyards, which operated on the island from 1971 until 2008. 

Nantucket
Another land mass boasting vibrant culture and numerous neighborhoods of luxury homes, this island has been a popular stop for individuals touring the Northeast. During a typical visit, you can explore miles of pristine coastline, shop for designer fashions in the local boutiques, sample fresh cranberries from one of the picturesque bogs and enjoy a leisurely cruise to Cape Cod's different communities, which are just 30 miles away. While Nantucket is busiest during the summer, a substantial amount of enjoyment can be experienced during other seasons - as well as shorter lines.

Trips to both Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket via ferry can afford passengers glimpses of humpback and killer whales, as well as dolphins - depending on the season and water temperature. For those solely interested in an up-close encounter with these enormous aquatic mammals, multiple area businesses offer upscale whale-watching excursions, complete with a gourmet meal and exquisite wine pairings. Looking for a more luxurious experience? Consider chartering a sailboat from a local marina and spending the day out on the open waters searching for exclusive sightings.