One of the most romantic hallmarks of America's history?riding the rails past a pristine landscape?is very much alive on the Cape Cod Central Railroad. Towed by an engine originally built in 1951 for the Santa Fe Railway, the train rumbles past views of the region's woodlands, sand dunes, and cranberry and salt bogs and crosses the Cape Cod Canal over a bridge exclusively meant for trains. Throughout the course of the gently rocking ride, entertaining on-board narrators provide insight into the history and ecology of a region that allowed glacial bedrock to form into railroads over millions of years. Along with the casual two-hour sightseeing trips, the railroad offers several vintage dining trips, including a candlelit evening foray that features a gourmet five-course meal, romantic background music, and a strict dinner-attire dress code.
Detours. Construction crews. An unwavering gridlock of honking horns. None of these affect the team at Seastreak. They ease work commutes and transportation woes by taking a different road: the water. Seastreak's captains have five high-speed ferries at their disposal, four of which can transport more than 500 passengers at a time. Multiple ships means multiple destinations, and the captains regularly go between Manhattan, New Jersey, Sandy Hook Bay, and Martha's Vineyard, among many other routes.
Each of the double-hulled catamarans has indoor and outdoor decks, which look out on panoramic views of the NYC skyline. The ships also go on formal sightseeing expeditions, cruising towards wonders such as the Hudson River's fall foliage, fireworks over the harbor, and buoys that look like rearing sea serpents if you squint.
For most people, owning an exotic car is a distant dream, and controlling the power of 500 horses is reserved only for F1 drivers and the majority whip of Horse Senate. Believing that everyone should have the chance to pilot a thrilling piece of automotive finery, Exotic Auto Boston has assembled a fleet of head-turning automobiles that includes Ferraris, Audis, and Mercedes-Benzes. Cars arrive stocked with practical supplies such as a full tank of gas, complimentary GPS, and an EZ Pass so that drivers needn’t worry about impending tolls, as well as perks such as customized driving CDs. Exotic Auto delivers cars to homes and offices within 50 miles of Boston for no charge, and offer free parking to any customers who choose to pick up their own cars, even going as far as to treat everyday roadsters to a free express detail while their owners are off frolicking in their dream machines. Exotic Auto also watches over clients with complimentary roadside assistance during their rental.
The team at King Aviation Mansfield owns the air with flying lessons and virtually all other services related to aircraft. Based at Mansfield Municipal Airport, its flight school certifies aviators from ATP flight training to Light Sport licensing. King Aviation Mansfield also has a fleet of seven aircraft for use in flight training and for rental, including an LSA.
Mansion Rentals sends riders cruising down the streets and sidewalks of historic Newport on pedaled and powered transport. Whether perched on bicycles—which can be rented for as long as a week—or mopeds, guests enjoy some traditional two-wheeled cruising as they follow the pavement's spoken directions to local beaches, art galleries, or ornate mansions. Couples can also take a spin in three-wheeled Scoot Coupes that come in bright hues of red, blue, yellow, or green. While one person handles the traditional moped steering bars, the other can supply the high-pitched "vroom vroom" sounds to keep dogs from giving chase.