If you’ve driven to Newport or the Cape during the tourist season or soldiered to Logan Airport pretty much any time, you may still be recovering from the shock. Here are some other ways to get around.
You need to go to a meeting or the airport, but the mere thought of battling traffic and finding parking gives you apoplexy. Or you’re expected in New York, and you want to work during the trip. You need a car service.
For rates starting at $110, Car-1 will take you directly to Boston’s Logan Airport. A one-way Amtrak ticket from Providence to Boston can cost up to $44. Let’s do the math: two people, the threat of snow and a trip to Logan, minus train, subway and cab….Yup, you get the picture.
An executive car service for the price of a cab: $2.50 per mile to anywhere, period. The company’s Toyota Camry sedans have taken passengers all over Rhode Island, as well as Massachusetts and New York. The cheerful person who took our call said, “We’ve gone as far as Philadelphia!”
Dynasty and After 5 Car Service
Two names, same company. They’ll rent you a chauffeured Lincoln Town Car for $50 per hour that will take you anywhere in New England.
Pack all the liquids you can cram in your carry-on and enjoy a hassle-free trip.
During the height of tourist season, what could be better than your own private plane to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket? Starting in May, Cape Air’s nine-seat Cessnas leave Providence for the islands daily. The roundtrip fare is $199 to $300 per person, based on availability.
Kick your vacation up a notch. JetNetwork will take you any place, and they mean it (as long as it has a 5,000-foot or longer runway). The Vineyard is a popular destination for JetNetwork fans, as well as Bar Harbor and Aspen. The cost is a mere $5,500 for the two-hour minimum use of a Lear 35 that accommodates eight. Local points of arrival/departure include Lincoln and Boston.
New England Airlines
56 Airport Road, Westerly
Along with scheduled service to Block
Island (roundtrip fare: $84), this Westerly-based airline will arrange private charter flights to meet you at major airports (Providence, Hartford, Boston, New York) and also take you straight to the Block.
Make like the rich and famous and hire your own private boat.
America’s Cup Charters
Newport, 849-5868, 846-9886
Head out to Block Island or the Vineyard in your choice of power or sail yachts, racing sailboats, even a real Prohibition-era rum runner! Go fast in America’s Cup winners, or go royal in a teak-and-mahogany craft with lead crystal windows, staterooms with heat and AC, fireplaces, and modern galleys. The company tailors cruises to suit, at rates starting from $100 per person.
Newport Sea Rocket
Have a total blast and get there fast! Charter a Sea Rocket for a summer trip to Block Island. Depending on the boat, eight to twelve people can enjoy a whole day of hyper-speed scooting around for $1,400.