This was a real phone call earlier this week.
Caller: I saw your inn featured on the Fine Living Network's "Top 10 Vacation Spots"* and thought it was really nice. Do you think you can help me find an inn as nice as yours on Martha's Vineyard?
Me: Let me see if I understand this: You think my inn is really nice but you want to stay somewhere else?
Caller: Well, I only have one day, I'll be in Stamford (CT) on business and it looks like Martha's Vineyard is closer.
Me: It may be closer as the crow flies, but you have to take a ferry to get there.
Caller: I do?
Me: Um, it's an island. It's a 45 minute ferry ride, you have to find the schedule and make a reservation.
Caller: Well, I only have the one day and I didn't want to drive more than about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Me: Where are you calling from?
Caller: Cincinnati, Ohio.
To make a long conversation short, the caller had no idea of the distances involved. Stamford, CT is near the New York border, about an hour from NYC. It's about a 5 hour drive from there to Wellfleet. The closest place she could have picked up a ferry to the Vineyard is New Bedford, about a 4 hour drive. I'm not sure how long the ferry ride is from there, the 45 minute time is from Hyannis. At any rate, the caller finally decided, with a little prodding from me, that her best bet for a quick getaway would be to drive to New London, CT, and take the ferry from there to Montauk, Long Island. It's also a beach resort area, but not as nice as Wellfleet, at least in my opinion :)
*The show on which the caller saw my inn was filmed about six years ago. It still airs at least once a year and has been picked up by local stations in some markets now and then in between. It was one of the best pieces of publicity I ever got, and it was totally free!