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The Perfect Day in Cuttyhunk

Even further removed from the outside world than Cape Cod, Cuttyhunk and its famous isolated beauty is the perfect place for, to borrow a line from David Foster Wallace, “Getting away from being pretty much away from it all.”



If Cape Cod seems far from the mainland, then Cuttyhunk Island will seem like the ends of the earth. Anchored at the southern tip of the Elizabeth Islands, just 14 miles off Woods Hole, the island is the epitome of a quiet getaway. Most of the visitors arrive on the MV Cuttyhunk from New Bedford, or pull up on their own vessel. A morning stroll on nearby Barges Beach is a great way to begin enjoying the tranquil nature of the island. Just up the road from the ferry dock, the Cuttyhunk Fishing Club (508-992-5585) has outdoor seating for breakfast overlooking Vineyard Sound.


Simply known as The Island Market, this tiny general store is the one-stop-shop on the island for everything from cosmetics to groceries. A small deli counter serves up over-stuffed sandwiches that are perfect for taking down to Church’s Beach for an afternoon picnic. The island is a mecca for fishing, which makes surfcasting a pleasant way to relax over lunch. Keep in mind, however, that Cuttyhunk is a dry island. So, if you’re looking for a nice summer ale to accompany lunch, you’ll have to bring it in your luggage.



For a brief period in the evenings, between 5:30 p.m. and to 8 p.m., Soprano’s (508-992-7530) offers crispy oven-cooked pizza and fresh seafood. Just past the Corner Store (508-784-7167) and Sea Girl Gifts (508-990-9820) retail shops, visitors can buy shellfish, chowder, fish, lobsters, ice cream, and occasionally barbecued sandwiches down at the Fish Dock . Those spending the night, or at least not catching the departing ferry, should walk up Lookout Hill for unparalleled sunset views. Once the sun has gone down, viewers can see lights from Rhode Island to Martha’s Vineyard.

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