New England has 5 of the most ‘magical’ island getaways in the US, according to Country Living

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They are all “bucket list-worthy” destinations.

The Aquinnah Cliffs on Martha’s Vineyard.
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Travelers looking for an epic island getaway don’t need to leave the country or even the region, according to Country living

  • New England has 5 of the most 'magical' island getaways in the US, according to Country Living

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The publication recently released a list of the 30 most magical island getaways in the US, including Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Maine’s Mount Desert Island and Bailey Island, and Rhode Island’s Block Island.

The islands are all “bucket list-worthy” destinations, Country living wrote.

The publication called Nantucket a “sweet headland” about 30 miles off the Cape Cod coast and recommended travelers check out the White Elephant Hotel, Brant Point Grill, and Jetties Beach.

“The warm, calm waters here are perfect for swimming, but if you’d rather… On the sea instead of in it, sailing lessons and boat rentals are available,” Country living wrote.

Martha’s Vineyard is where the Kennedys and Oprah have all vacationed, the publication wrote, adding, “But the fact is, everyone can relax and rejuvenate on this island off the coast of Cape Cod.”

“The bus service on Martha’s Vineyard is frugal, and the best activities, such as visiting the expansive beaches, hiking miles of trails, and strolling galleries, are free—or nearly so,” the publication wrote.

About Mount Dessert Island in Maine, Country living wrote, “We are over the moon for the oh-so-New England town of Bar Harbor” and noted the “unforgettable sunset” at Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.

As for Bailey Island, which is about 15 miles south of Brunswick, the publication wrote: “This 3-mile island is brimming with fantastic views, whether you head to Mackerel Cove, the bronze fisherman statue on the island’s southern tip, or look but to one of the many fishing and lobster boats floating out to sea.”

last, Country living wrote this about Rhode Island’s Block Island: “Few American islands do drama like Block Island with its clay cliffs plunging far below into sheer cliffs.”

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