Monday, July 15, 2013

Martha's Vineyard

I had always heard of this mystical place referred to as Cape Cod, but seeing is believing, so for the first many years (admittedly 20 +) of my life I wasn't totally convinced that this wonderland existed.  Until finally, one day, we made the drive up, and out, to the arm of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

While the mainland has its own wonders, it was the islands that really got me.  We first hopped the fast ferry over to Martha's Vineyard for a few nights.

Upon arrival at Martha's Vineyard, we headed over to the original Black Dog Tavern for some fish and chips and a lobster roll.  This was my first introduction to the Black Dog, while I had seen it on T-shirts all over the country, but it was not going to be my last. It's the story behind this salty dog that had me at hello.  I think everywhere else across the island where a shop was to be found, I was also to be found in it.  Thank you for your patience, husband.

Whilst it appears that most summer vacationers rent a house for the week, we stayed our few nights in Edgartown at the lovely Harbor View Hotel.  Highly recommended.  There is a great view of the lighthouse from the Adirondack chairs on the wrap-around front porch.  If anything, pop into the bar at this lovely hotel, grab a drink (Hot Buttered Rum for the chilly nights), kick back, and enjoy the view.

Edgartown is a happening town on the island of MV.  There are plenty of fun shops, including my new and old favorites:  Black Dog, Vineyard Vines, J. McLaughlin, and the Island Shop, just to name a few.

There are also plenty of great food options - the Seafood Shanti for a casual affair - local brews, fried clams, and merriment on the rooftop.  Also be sure to check out The Newes from America with its cozy ambiance of exposed ceiling beams, the wood dating back to the 1700s.  Pop in if even just for a beer at the back bar and take in all the interesting paraphernalia surrounding the British-style pub.  Sadly, we cannot yet claim to be members of any of their frequent customer clubs...

More of a fine dining experience can be had at the Atlantic on Main Street. Try to get a table out back and enjoy dinner on the water. It's a lovely way to end a day.

As far as beaches on this summer island vacation favorite, I highly recommend South beach. It's not too crowded and has less of the shell-covered sandy areas on the island. At high tide the waves come crashing in, very cool to see. We even caught glimpse of a seal splashing around!

Town of Oak Bluff
Black Dog Sailboat
Classic Edgartown, MV house