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Martha's Vineyard: All Island Tour

1. Martha's Vineyard: All Island Tour

Sit right back and enjoy the most unique tour on Martha's Vineyard. Hop on an exciting fun-filled bus and hear about the fascinating history of the area narrated by 3rd and 7th generation islanders. Start at the amazing town of Oak Bluffs (once known as Cottage City) where you will learn about the Methodist Campgrounds and their history of bringing tourism to MV.  Next, travel through Vineyard Haven (also known as Tisbury), the oldest port of 200 years and hear about the hardships of living on an island devastated by fire in 1888 and ransacked by General Grey in 1778. See the beautiful vistas of rolling hills and ancient stone walls as you make your way to the western side. Learn about the af/am heritage and how the island became a stop on the underground railroad. Hear about the indigenous peoples of Martha's Vineyard and how Thomas Mayhew converted the Native Americans to Christianity. After this, the south shore and two sounds blanket the island and have a gorgeous chain of islands called the Elizabeth Islands that have an amazing history of their own. Watch a screen that shows what certain sites looked like in the 1800s to get a better view of how we have evolved. Don't forget the movie JAWS, there will be many sites to see where all the scenes from the movie were filmed. End the tour with a gift bag including maps, guides, coupons, and handmade trinkets. There are plenty of opportunities for photos and much more.

Boston: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor

2. Boston: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor

Admire the sights of Boston with a 2-hour lunch or 3-hour dinner cruise on Boston Harbor. Savor an extensive buffet aboard the Spirit of Boston, and visit any of the 3 climate-controlled decks to watch the city glide by. Upon arrival, receive a personal greeting and have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory. After being seated at your private table, feast on your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily. While you eat, listen to tunes from an onboard DJ. After your meal, go out on deck for panoramic city views. SAMPLE BUFFET MENU Salads Caesar Salad Romaine Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables, Potatoes, and Pasta Roasted Broccoli Florets, Creamed Corn and Cheddar Cheese Casserole, Mashed Potatoes Entrees Baked Ziti Pasta, Oven-Baked Atlantic Flounder, Filet Honey, and Sesame Chicken, Italian Beef Meatballs, Braised Beef Short Ribs Desserts Seasonal Spirit Dessert Display Please note that menu items are subject to change.

From Boston: Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour

3. From Boston: Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour

Start your day with pickup from your downtown Boston hotel in a mini-coach for the 1.5-hour journey to the ferry in Falmouth, Cape Cod. Enjoy complimentary snacks and bottled water while browsing the Martha’s Vineyard guidebook as you plan your 6 hours on the island. After a short ferry ride, prepare to discover the beautiful island. Choose from either joining a 3-hour guided tour or exploring it at your leisure. For both options, you will be provided with a discount card valid at some of the island's restaurants and attractions. Be sure to visit the amazing gingerbread cottages in the town of Oak Bluffs. See the town of Edgartown known for its whaling captains' homes and quaint downtown shops. Head to breathtaking Gay Head Cliffs and see the famous lighthouse in the town of Aquinnah. Bike and jeep rentals are available for purchase or use public transportation to see the island. After your day on Martha's Vineyard is complete and you return on the ferry, sit back and relax on your comfortable minibus ride back to Boston.

Boston: Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail from Rowes Wharf

4. Boston: Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail from Rowes Wharf

Embark on a sightseeing sunset cruise on Boston harbor and soak up the views of the famous skyline. Admire city highlights, including the Inner Harbor Islands and the Boston Fish Pier.    Board an elegant sailing yacht, the ' Adirondack III.' Travel in style on a classic 80 foot pilot schooner that is comfortable and spacious. Glide smoothly over the water and have the option of purchasing a refreshing drink at the onboard bar. Admire views of the historic scenery of Boston Harbor as you pass by the Boston Fish Pier and the Moakley Federal Courthouse at Fan Pier. Capture pictures of Castle Island and the Donald McKay monument. Cruise through the Inner Harbor Islands. Step back in time as you cruise by the historic Charleston Navy Yard. Go by the lush greenery of the Waterfront Park and take in the modern architecture of buildings like the New England Aquarium. Take a selfie in front of the Boston skyline. Have your questions about the sights and history of Boston Harbor and its surrounding areas answered by the attentive crew. Hear facinating facts and old-time legends about the maritime world of Boston. Return to your meeting point at the end of the tour.

Boston Harbor: Gourmet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise

5. Boston Harbor: Gourmet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise

Experience an elegant dining cruise on the Boston Harbor aboard the luxury cruising vessel, Odyssey. Your voyage begins with being welcomed aboard by the captain and crew. The ship's photographer will take a picture to capture the memory.  After being seated at your private table, tuck into your gourmet brunch buffet or 3-course lunch or dinner consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily by the on-board executive chef. After your meal, dance to the live music or relax on one of three climate-controlled decks as you enjoy the scenery of the Boston skyline. SAMPLE LUNCH & DINNER MENU Starters (choice of one): Watermelon & Baby Arugula Salad Hornblower Signature Seafood Chowder (Dinner, Wed-Sat only) Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail (Dinner, Wed-Sat only, available for additional price) Seafood Tower (Dinner, Wed-Sat only, available for additional price) Main Course (choice of one): Root Vegetable Fricassee Broiled Salmon Filet with roasted tomato vinaigrette Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast with rosemary & thyme Braised Beef Short Ribs with Fresno Pepper Demi Glaze (Dinner, Wed-Sat only) Choice of Dessert:(choice of one): Signature Chocolate Cake Mixed Fruit with Strawberries New York Style Cheesecake SAMPLE BRUNCH BUFFET MENU Early Risers: Breakfast Pastries Scrambled Eggs Breakfast Meats Breakfast Potatoes French Toast Late Risers: Kale Quinoa Salad Green Goddess Pasta Salad Ceasar Salad Oven-Roasted Whitefish Kid’s Station (Chicken Tenders/French Fries) Hand Carved Strip Loin Hand Carved Oven-Roasted Turkey Desserts: Odyssey Signature Dessert Station (Cakes, Brownies, Seasons Fruits) Menu items are subject to change.

Historic Pub Crawl Tour along the Freedom Trail

6. Historic Pub Crawl Tour along the Freedom Trail

Wander along the same cobblestone streets as Paul Revere once did, pass through bustling markets where Sam Adams peddled the idea of revolution. Visit historic bars that have been frequented by Bostonians for hundreds of years. Revisit the story of America's birth and raise a glass as you learn the importance of beer in the founding of America. This historic pub crawl reveals hidden history about the events leading up to the revolutionary war and takes you where it all started: taverns. The four historic taverns visited on the tour are in the Faneuil Hall area and provide a wonderful backdrop as expert guides tell stories about Boston's rebellious past that helped lead to America's independence. Each tavern dates back at least to the 1800's, several even further which includes America's oldest tavern! At each tavern your guide will recommend beer as unique as the history of the city. Most of the beers are exclusively served in Boston and several can only be found in the taverns visited on the tour!

Boston: Italian Food Tour with Pizza, Meats, Cheese, & Bread

7. Boston: Italian Food Tour with Pizza, Meats, Cheese, & Bread

Your North End experience begins at the lifeblood of Boston, the Boston Harbor. Walk through a scenic waterfront park, with views of the harbor, East Boston and the historic wharfs lining Atlantic Ave. Make your way to the heart of the North End, with views of some of the most historic sites and properties in the neighborhood, some dating back to the late 1600s and early 1700s. Delicious food is never far away in the North End. Your guide will introduce you to a small, hidden Italian bakery serving up fresh bread daily. Break bread with your fellow travelers and let the carbs give you the energy to continue your adventure! A proper Italian salumeria is next, and you’ll have a chance to enjoy Italian meats and cheeses at their finest and freshest.  Next up, take in the energy of the North End’s busiest corridor, Hanover Street. It’s time for a mid-tour break with your guide at a traditional Italian café. Here, you will have a chance to enjoy your choice of a classic cappuccino, espresso, or tea. Let the caffeine kick in as you go back in time into North End history. You’ll hear stories about some of the most influential events that have happened in Boston, including Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Make your way to the Old North Church and step inside the hallowed walls. To this day, North Enders still attend this church, which is famous for its role in the Revolution.  After church, dive deeper into the local side of the North End. A taste of pizza awaits at a neighborhood favorite and the stories are endless. Cap off the North End food experience with samples of the best of the best Italian pastries along the backstreets of this delicious neighborhood. Hopefully, there will be a chance to meet and chat with the area’s top bakers if you catch them at a quiet moment.  After the tour, you’ll surely be ready to make a dinner reservation. Consult with your guide for the best recommendations and you will be set up for an amazing time in Boston.

Downtown Boston Harbor Weekend Cruise with Brunch

8. Downtown Boston Harbor Weekend Cruise with Brunch

Weekends are a time for relaxing and getting your days started the right way. Join a Mimosa and Bloody Mary Cruise aboard the elegant Northern Lights to jump start your relaxation mode. While aboard, choose from a variety of mimosas and bloody Mary's. Enjoy the gourmet brunch buffet and select a cozy seat aboard the Northern Lights as you cruise around Boston Harbor to capture panoramic views of Boston. This is the perfect event for groups looking to entertain guests from out of town. You can see the sites without giving up a relaxing weekend. Small bridal parties can be accommodated and next day wedding parties. The Brunch Cruise offers the perfect event for individuals or a group looking to celebrate and relax. Also, see historic sites along the harbor such as: the harbor islands (Castle Island, Deer Island, Spectacle Island, Long Island, Lovells Island, Georges Island) Independence Fort, Bunker Hill Monument, USS Cassin Young, USS Constitution, Old North Church, Boston’s Seaport District with historic Fishing Markets and Boston’s incredible skyline.  The brunch menu includes pastries, granola, yoghurt, smoked salmon, bagels, fruit, scrambled eggs, potato hash, bacon, ham, salad, and dessert.

Boston Harbor: Sunset Party Cruise with Live DJs

9. Boston Harbor: Sunset Party Cruise with Live DJs

Hop aboard the Sir Winston, a luxurious yacht docked behind the historic Boston Harbor Hotel, for a lovely evening of live music and drinks. Enjoy a sunset cruise filled with amazing views of the city skyline as the sun sets and provides beautiful colors that create the perfect atmosphere. Dance to the upbeat music played live by a DJ on one of the largest and most spacious rooftop decks in Boston. Alternatively, sit back on the deck below, which is a quieter lounge with couch seating and outside access. Take in the club-like vibes and purchase your own drinks from one of the two full bars open on deck. Get lost in the music as you float along the harbor in the company of your friends.

Boston Underground Donut Tour

10. Boston Underground Donut Tour

Celebrate the donut in all its glory while discovering downtown Boston on this underground tour. Take in historic sites, drink coffee and apple cider, and sample some of the finest donuts Boston has to offer. Begin your tour in the Financial District at Kane’s Donuts where you’ll sample several of their daily flavors. Take a stroll along the waterfront to Boston’s Public Market to try some delicious donuts and apple cider. Learn about the market's history and check out some of its other vendors. Next, walk through Little Italy, one of the city's oldest neighborhoods and home to the Old North Church. Make a stop at one of the oldest bakeries in the neighborhood and enjoy a uniquely Boston treat. Finish your tour back at the Public Market and the delicious Union Square Donuts.

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Was contacted by owner of tour group that morning to verify I was coming and pickup location. That was great! However, during my ferry ride over, she notified me that our pickup was changed to the other dick on Martha's Vineyard since ferries were being diverted due to wind. My ferry was not diverted which caused me just a few minutes of anxiety as I had never been there before and wasn't sure how to the other place; but before I could figure it out, she called back and said a taxi was on its way and were to meet him! That was going out of her way to help! I very much appreciated this! Taxi driver was great too. Devin the guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Only 5 in our group and he accommodated us very well. Highly recommend Homegrown Tours!

Scottie was an excellent tour guide! He was very funny and super knowledgeable. Learned a lot of really interesting history about Boston and the North End. Oh and the pizza was to die for! Excellent experience, would definitely recommend!

Best weather of the year! Had a great waiter! Food was good and plentiful! Higgins was extremely attentive to our needs going above and beyond! Planning on returning next year!

Fantastic experience! Crew was excellent! They were all friendly, informative and accommodating!

Sully was great, it felt like a friend with lots of insight showing us around.