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.
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.
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.
Our hotel was the absolute cutest place- Summercamp. Overlooking the harbor, the front porch was made for sunsets, socializing, book reading, and drinking wine.
I did all of the above while we stayed at Summercamp. I loved this hotel and would stay here again in a heartbeat.
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!).
On the first day in Martha’s Vineyard the weather was lovely so we walked around mostly and visited the beach.
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.
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!
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.
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.
At the Chowder Company I had some amazing scallops. Mom had clam chowder. Both were delicious.
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?