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Land of the First Light

By Linda Tancs

Located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the island of Martha’s Vineyard enjoys an international reputation as a summer playground for the well-heeled.  The island’s original natives called the place Noepe, which means “land of the first light.”  That may have been a prescient observation, considering the island is graced with five lighthouses: Edgartown, Cape Pogue, East Chop, West Chop and Gay Head.   The sweeping views include Vineyard Sound, the tony enclaves of Edgartown Harbor and Chappaquiddick, and the cliffs of Aquinnah.  No yacht?  No worries.  You can grab a flight to the island year round or take a ferry from Rhode Island, Hyannis or other ports.

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