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Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket: An Explorer's Guide (Eighth Edition) (Explorer's Complete) Paperback – June 1, 2009

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About the Author

Travel writer and photographer Kim Grant is acting Acquisitions Editor for The Countryman Press. Her photography appears in Explorer’s Guides to Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, the Berkshire Hills and Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York City, as well as other travel guides and national magazines. She is the author of Explorer's Guide Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket  and Explorer's Guide Hawaii, plus several Lonely Planet guides. She divides her time between Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Sausalito, California.

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Product Details

  • Series: Explorer's Complete
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Countryman Press; Eighth Edition edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881508578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881508574
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,639,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kim has been writing about travel since the day after she graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1984.

Kim currently writes guides for: Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket; Hawai'i; Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque; Backroads of New England; and a 50 deck box of travel cards.

Since the mid-1990s Kim has also written other travel books about: Boston; New England; the Southwest; Florida; Miami & the Keys; USA; Best Places to Stay in New England and Best Places to Stay in Hawai'i.

As for web work, Kim serves the City Expert for on the six major Hawaiian islands, Cape Cod, and Boston; is a Hawai'i lodging specialist for; writes about top luxury, romantic, and beach destinations in North America for and; was an early member of; and contributed to

As for TV and radio, Kim has done 20-city radio tours to promote the Great Destinations series for Countryman Press (for whom she serves as an Acquisitions Editor). She also recently appeared on Comcast TV's Newsmakers to discuss autumnal outings in New England; on CNN Headline News to discuss fall foliage travel in New England; and on the Valerie D'Elia Travel Show (syndicated but based in NYC) to discuss the merits of travelling in Massachusetts.

From 1999-2007 she wrote Yankee magazine's Editor's Picks for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. During the late 1990s, she appeared on WCVB-TV's Chronicle as a Boston expert; wrote for National Geographic Traveler and Yankee magazines; and served as an editor for Boston Magazine's annual New England Travel.

From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, she contributed to guides published by Frommer's (New England; Canada; Mexico, Belize & Guatemala), Fodor's (Boston; New England; Cape Cod; Access USA), Insight (New England & Boston), Berlitz, and Rodale.

Kim founded Bindu Press in 2001 as a means to more widely distribute her fine art black and white photography. Lushly printed blank note cards are available through retail stores and the Bindu Press web site. The Press is also a book packager for artists and other photographers.

Kim runs Good Karma Publishing (the venture connected with T'ai Chi Chih) which produces, disseminates, and distributes materials by Justin Stone about T'ai Chi Chih to students and teachers worldwide.

Kim has been practicing T'ai Chi Chih, a moving meditation, since 1992 and teaching since 1999. She credits the practice with many extraordinary benefits, chief among them -- an increase in creativity and intuition. (And productivity!!)

She edits The Vital Force, a 24-page quarterly journal dedicated to T'ai Chi Chih teachers and students worldwide.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RICHARD THOMAS on June 10, 2009
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We have owned several editions of this book and we always look forward to the new edition. This one is no exception. The author provides a heft of research with real insider knowledge that makes this our most valuable Cape Cod guidebook resource. It's all presented in a very accessible manner. From on-target restaurant reviews to off-the-beaten path explorations, this book is an essential for both the seasoned Cape dweller and new visitors alike. Unlike many more "corporate" guidebooks, this is our most reliable resource because the author has the depth of knowledge of one who has returned to the topic many times with an eye for fine-tuning information. If you wanted to hire a personal guide to take you around Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, you'd want that guide to be Kim Grant. We often lend our copy to our visiting guests and they cling to it like a bible...they love it. Sine qua non.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hobiz2 on September 20, 2009
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It is a comprehensive book to be sure. My primary complaints tho were the restaurant recommendations. Some of her 'hits' were mediocre, and she missed a few gems that we got from the locals. Overall,a very handy book to use on the Cape.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kinipela on May 27, 2010
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Sadly disappointed by this guide. It is completely lacking in opinion to the point where you are left guessing about a lot. Its almost as if this author didn't want to offend any of her friends on the Cape by giving reviews. Instead, she simply writes a short passage on each place that doesn't really provide much insight- meaning, I could gain the same information by going to the establishment's website. Since the author points out almost immediately how much she has frequented the Cape in comparison to other guide authors, you would expect her to have built up an arsenal of opinions. As a first time traveler to the Cape, I want to know where you, an experienced Cape Dweller, would NOT eat or the first place that you WOULD! Otherwise this guide becomes nothing more than a portable copy of the yellow pages. She doesn't use a rating system, no stars, not listed in order of preference, nothing. I was debating between purchasing this book or the Frommer's Guide and I now see I should have bought the Frommer's guide. You may not agree with everything the Frommer's authors have to say, but at least they are not shy in sharing their thoughts and opinions with you. When traveling to places as wonderfully eccentric as Provincetown for example, I would like to know what I'm in for before I plan a night out on the town. This is a reference book when I was seeking more of a guide.
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Even if you never visit the Cape, this is one of those interesting, thoughtfully written guides that can even satisfy the armchair traveler. We're new to exploring the Cape and I've been delighted with where the book has taken us so far. We've discovered wonderful places we would not have found otherwise. The book is sensibly laid out, town by town, but the index helps you find all the good bookstores, for example. The author is selective; it seems she's exhaustively explored EVERYTHING on the Cape so you don't have to, and she tells you where to find the best of everything. Highly recommend.
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By A. C. on June 13, 2014
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If you want to explore the Cape and find the beaches worthwhile visiting as well as biking trails and so much more—This is the book for you. I have used mine for over 3 years now and have discovered towns that I probably would never have as well as beautiful shorelines. I am never disappointed when I arrive to Kim's recommendations. I also gave one as a b-day gift to a fellow cape codder who LOVEs it as much as I do. It never leaves my car. ... Didn't really want to write a review since we don't really need any MORE people down here ... ;-)
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