77 Days on the Massachusetts/New Hampshire state line: Day 68 – Cuttyhunk Island, MA
Cuttyhunk Island is the last of the Elizabeth Islands islands which stretch to the southwest of Falmouth. The town of Gosnold, MA extends down the stretch of the Elizabeth Islands and has 52 of the town’s 86 year round residents (according to Wikipedia).
We discovered Cuttyhunk about 10 years ago while sailing with friends. Cuttyhunk harbor is a beautiful place to spend a couple of nights, but make sure you bring plenty of provisions on board, because shopping is very limited on land! Besides the incredible sunsets and the high number of sailboats (as opposed to motor boats – commonly referred to as “stinkpots” in the sailing world), our family loves the experience of the Raw Bar boat delivering their goods after 5pm! In addition to shrimp cocktail and freshly picked clams and oysters, the Raw Bar also brings fresh “clam chowda” (a New England tradition).
What else is there to do at Cuttyhunk Island? Not much! During the summer the population grows to about 300 people, but as far as activities, people go to the beach, fish, and walk. Since the island is only about 1.5 x.75 miles big, the main mode of transportation is golf cart! One of our favorite walks is to go up Tower Road and on a clear day, we can see the other Elizabeth Islands, the southern Massachusetts shore line and also the Gay Head Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.
If you don’t have a boat (or a friend with a boat), you can get to Cuttyhunk via ferry and helicopter. Maybe I’ll see you there next year waiting eagerly for the Raw Bar boat to visit you.