Mid-Week Martha’s Vineyard

Last week my mom came to visit me on the East Coast. Rather than road-tripping around Maryland as we usually do in the summer we took a quick Southwest flight up to Providence, Rhode Island- our gateway to Cape Cod and the Islands of Massachusetts.

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The drive from Providence, RI to the Hyannis ferry to Martha’s Vineyard is 90 minutes mid-week, even when you get stuck behind a slow-moving tractor for 10 miles. The ferry itself takes about an hour.

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The ferry ride was the perfect naptime for me. I woke up and we had arrived in Oak Bluff- one of the main towns on Martha’s Vineyard. Lunch was the first order of business once we were on Martha’s Vineyard. There are quite a few dockside restaurants. We ended up at Coop deVille. I had a local beer and some fish tacos! Mom had some pretty amazing fried clams.

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Our hotel was the absolute cutest place- Summercamp. Overlooking the harbor, the front porch was made for sunsets, socializing, book reading, and drinking wine.

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I did all of the above while we stayed at Summercamp. I loved this hotel and would stay here again in a heartbeat.

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Also, Summercamp was close the amazing gingerbread houses and to the cute shopping and eating streets in Oak Bluff. We took a walk through the gingerbread houses (gingerbread is the style, they are not actually made out of gingerbread!).

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On the first day in Martha’s Vineyard the weather was lovely so we walked around mostly and visited the beach.

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But our second day on Martha’s Vineyard was cloudy and rainy. Mom and I rented the cheapest car available- a Kia sedan for $69 for the day. We drove around the island visiting all the towns around Martha’s Vineyard looking at lighthouses, sea views, and eating all the lobster.

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We stopped in Menemsha and went to the Menemsha Fish Market. We sat out back and ordered the Sunset Special- a 1.5 pound lobster, lobster bisque, a stuffed clam, and coleslaw. Mom and I sat on a wooden bench and watched the day’s catch come in. This was my favorite meal of the whole trip. Everything was so good!

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The cliffs at Gay Head in Aquinnah were the best sight on Martha’s Vineyard. A lot of people come here for sunset but we just came in the afternoon and it was still pretty cool.

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Dinner at Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company was our fanciest meal on the island but it was still pretty casual. I loved the casualness around Martha’s Vineyard. It was a big contrast from fancier Nantucket.

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At the Chowder Company I had some amazing scallops. Mom had clam chowder. Both were delicious.

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I could have spent a week on Martha’s Vineyard relaxing, eating, and watching sunsets. I will definitely be back someday- hopefully staying at Summercamp and eating all the lobster in Menemsha!

Reader Question: Have you ever been to Martha’s Vineyard? What town did you stay in?

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  1. Kacy says:

    Everything looks so cute and peaceful! I really hope to visit Martha’s Vineyard one day!

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