Recently, the hubs and I hopped on the ferry for a weekend on Martha’s Vineyard. We’d heard a lot about this lovely island off the coast of Massachusetts, but we’d never been there. And – I am happy to report – it was an utter delight.
We drove down to Woods Hole (slightly over an hour from our house) and caught the ferry, which takes about half an hour and afforded us these beautiful views.
After landing in Vineyard Haven, we grabbed a late lunch at Waterside Market, which included this delicious clam chowder.
The hubs had found us a cottage to rent (via Airbnb), about a ten-minute walk from the center of town.
It was clean, quiet, spacious and lovely. (Also: there were resident wild turkeys.)
We spent Friday afternoon strolling Vineyard Haven, which (of course) included a visit to Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. (I want a clock like this.)
That evening, we walked down to the Black Dog Tavern for dinner.
A wonderful evening: hot, fresh bread; delicious fish and chips; harbor views; and all kinds of cool nautical memorabilia.
After sleeping in the next morning, we ate the (delicious) bagels our host had left for us, and caught the bus over to the next town, Oak Bluffs. (The island bus system runs between all the towns, and we found it reliable, clean and affordable.)
We had lunch at the Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company – my second bowl of clam chowder in 24 hours. (Delicious.)
A friend had told us about the famous gingerbread cottages, so we spent a while wandering around among them.
They began life as tents, then tiny shacks, built by Methodists who came over to the Vineyard for summer camp meetings. The open-air tabernacle is still there, but the cottages have evolved into candy-colored charmers.
After all that walking, we treated ourselves to ice cream from Ben and Bill’s. We did not try the lobster ice cream (yuck!) – but the mint chip (mine) and strawberry (J’s) were delicious.
Later, we rode the bus down to Edgartown, which was mostly still closed up for the season – though the harbor there is also lovely.
Dinner that night was delicious takeout pizza from Wolf’s Den in Vineyard Haven. Then we walked back to the Black Dog for pie á la mode. As you do.
Sunday dawned grey and chilly, but it was perfect weather for brunch at the Art Cliff Diner.
Now that is a SCONE. We split it, so we could have room for our main dishes. Mine was the Green Monster: a concoction of eggs, spinach, cheese, salsa and fried tortillas. Yum.
Such a lovely weekend – quiet, peaceful, delicious. A perfect getaway with my favorite guy.