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  • Pack Your Impact on the Cape & Islands

    bikes for rent at HI Nantucket Hostel

    Ditch the car, soak up the sun, and immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of the Cape and Islands. If you’re not familiar with this part of the country, Massachusetts has a long, narrow peninsula that sweeps out into the Atlantic Ocean. This coastal region is known as Cape Cod, home to Cape Cod National Seashore and the world-renowned islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

    A bike, kayak, or a good pair of sneakers is all you need to explore cranberry bogs, kettle ponds, forest and dunes, as well as peruse a sweeping collection of locally-owned art galleries, museums, and shops. With 5 seasonal hostels making one of the most attractive vacation destinations affordable to anyone, you have plenty of options to find your home in an eco-friendly paradise.

    hostel kitchen at HI Truro Hostel

    Here are 3 ways you can pack your impact into your Cape Cod adventure:

    1. As soon as you get to the Cape, rent a bike. In addition to touring the mainland, you can take it with you on the ferry to enjoy the beautiful byways of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. All 5 hostels have free bike storage available!
    2. Grocery shopping can be a little sparse, so bring your staples with you and supplement with local produce and the catch of the day. Cook your own meals at any of our hostels to save money and food packaging waste.
    3. As you tour the area, bring your own garbage bag. You may be hard pressed to find a bin when exploring the lush outdoors, so keep your trash contained and separate your recyclables. When you return to the hostel, you can properly dispose of all items.

    For more information on our Cape and Islands hostels, click here.