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Explore Dartmouth From Your Vacation Rental House

Dartmouth, famous for its Ivy League school, offers much more to explore beyond the university. The town provides terrific access to the Atlantic Ocean as well as kayaking and canoeing opportunities while you take in the beautiful sights offered by nature. When you rent a vacation house in or around Dartmouth, you'll be able to take more time exploring while also enjoying the comforts of home during your stay.

Kayak the Paskamansett River

Kayaking or canoeing the Paskamansett River can offer nature lovers the chance to see the wide variety of Southeastern Massachusetts wildlife, both in and on the water as well as along the banks. As you paddle, you can see muskrat diving and swimming in the water. Red-tailed hawks, osprey, great blue heron, owls and red-winged blackbirds may all make appearances. Along the banks, you might spot deer. Snow-white egrets, yellow warblers and many different types of swallows also haunt the river, providing plenty of opportunities for bird enthusiasts.

Take in History at Battleship Cove

In nearby Fall River along Mount Hope Bay, you can tour the famous USS Massachusetts at Battleship Cove. A nonprofit maritime museum, Battleship Cove includes the largest collection of naval vessels from World War II in the world. The battleship itself makes a cove within which you can see numerous pleasure boats during the warmer summer months. History is on display with the variety of wartime ships, telling the story of American triumphs at sea. There are numerous displays from 20th century naval history, telling the story of the American Navy and its brave soldiers. Also located there is the Lincoln Park Carousel, a historic carousel dating from 1920 that is beautifully restored and was relocated there from nearby Lincoln Park.

Head for a Day at the Park and Beach at Demarest Lloyd State Park

At Demarest Lloyd State Park, there are child-safe shallow areas for children to safely swim. The park also is known for its wildlife and beauty. The beach is secluded, allowing you and your family to relax and enjoy yourselves for hours if you'd like. You'll have beautiful views of the bay that are unimpeded while you lounge along the beachfront. During high tide, a sandy beach will appear, and you can wade a distance out into the water without needing to swim. There are also plenty of clean showers and bathrooms so you can relax in comfort and convenience.

Weather

Visitors can expect cold winter temperatures and warmer summers when they visit Dartmouth. Like most of New England, the city experiences all four seasons. In January, the average highs are around 36 degrees. In August, highs can be expected to be around 81 degrees. A beautiful time of the year to visit is during the fall, when the turning colors of the trees will be on full display.

How to Get There

You have several different transportation options for getting to Dartmouth. From Logan International Airport in Boston, you can take a rental car and drive. Taxicabs can also be taken from Logan into Dartmouth. One option is to take a Peter Pan Bus to New Bedford. When you arrive there, you can then transfer to a local bus and take it on to Dartmouth. Several different companies offer shuttle services between the airport and Dartmouth. Train service is also available via the Vermonter to nearby White River Junction in Vermont. From there, you can take a local bus to arrive in the city and begin your historical adventure in Dartmouth.

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                                                                                                      Recent Dartmouth Reviews

                                                                                                      Relaxing Retreat & Unmatched Hospitality!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This past weekend, my girlfriends and I enjoyed the most incredible stay at the Boat House Cottage. The house is beautifully appointed and has breathtaking views of the water. However, it was Sharon's hospitality that truly made our stay top-notch. Upon our arrival, we noticed that Sharon had left us all the basics, as well as some special treats in the kitchen to start off our weekend. On our first full day at the cottage, we experienced a snow storm. The next morning, Sharon and her husband arrived to shovel the front porch and driveway for us. It was much appreciated and so unexpected! It is apparent that Sharon and her family take the time to anticipate the every need of their guests, and really go out of their way to ensure that each stay with them is something special. We can't wait to return!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      Perfect Getaway

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We've stayed at more than a dozen HomeAway/VRBO homes over the years, and this was by far the best of the lot! The setting is lovely--private (we were here for New Years), right on the water--but close to lots of activities. The house itself and its thoughtful owners are what really tip the scale. The house is immaculate and very well supplied. It is open, bright, welcoming, beautifully furnished and finished. The master bed was a sleep-number king, and very very comfortable. It was made with 2 nice woolen blankets that proved to be warmer and heavier than I like, but ta dah! there was a down comforter in the closet as an alternative--perfect! The dining table was in an windowed alcove with a view of the water and the Mt Hope bridge. The TV was upstairs with 2 stressless chairs that were extremely comfortable. TV is Direct TV, and there were a couple of movies we wanted to rent. I texted Jan and in minutes had the necessary code and agreement (we paid for the movies we rented). There is a DVD player so you can bring your own, too. The master bathroom had a heated floor!! and a steam shower. It was like being at a spa. And the real welcoming surprise was the thoughtful stocking of the kitchen and fridge--a lovely bottle of wine, a basket of fruit, a bowl of snacks, and breakfast--English muffins, OJ, jam, very good butter, and Peets Dark Roast coffee. It was so nice to just arrive and not have to shop right away. The Hanks have a place in Solana Beach, CA, that we hope to stay in at some point. All in all, just a delight. Don't have any hesitation about staying here--this is absolutely the best.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      A wonderful place.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Awesome house and great location. Suited our family needs perfectly.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Dec 2016