If you follow my Instagram, you know my fiance and I hopped over to Martha’s Vineyard last weekend to celebrate our one year countdown to the wedding. I have always been a fan of Nantucket, but my fiance worked on the Vineyard for a summer so he has been trying to get me to change my allegiances 🙂 I must say, the Vineyard did not disappoint. The weekend went by so fast! Here are my top ten:
1. Bring (or rent) bikes. Bikes can be a mode of transportation and/or an awesome way to explore the island. You can’t stop for a photo like this in a taxi! Martha’s Vineyard is big, and cabs can be tricky, not to mention expensive. Bringing our bikes we were able to ride from the ferry to the hotel, hotel to the beach, beach to shopping etc. Bikes ended up saving us a ton of money on cabs and a lot of time waiting for them.
2. That being said, stay where you want to hang out. We love Edgartown. The shops, restaurants, harbor, and nightlife in Edgartown fit what we like best. From Edgartown you can get to other places on the island but they’re definitely not close (Oak Bluffs is about six miles away and has the cutest multicolor houses!). It can definitely make your trip easier to stay where you plan to spend the most time. If you like downtown Edgartown, the Edgartown Inn is a great and affordable option. It is very cute, the rooms are clean, and the owner makes delicious coffee cake for the guests every morning.
3. Take some time to check out the architecture. Unlike nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard does not have building restrictions, so most houses are totally different! Cedar shake is still my personal favorite. One day, fingers crossed, I will own one of these beauties :)!
4. Head to the Seafood Shanty for a drink (a Shanty margarita), or ten. This is the restaurant my fiancé was a bus boy at over the summer before law school. The views are some of the best on the island, you can even watch the Chappy ferry go back and forth. The sushi is also really good! And there are heat lamps on the bar outside if the night gets chilly 🙌🏼🙌🏼
5. Go to the beach! Need I say more? The beaches on the Vineyard are just beautiful. Don’t expect to swim in the early season though (unless you are very very brave). We were on an inlet and the water temperature was still below 60 degrees! Way too cold for me, but if you’re a surfer it may be up your alley!
6. Go shopping in Edgartown. There are so many great stores (that are so dangerous- sorry Spencer). Of course, you need to visit Vineyard Vines while you’re there, but stores like Nell, Jack Wills, In the Pink, LuluLemon, and other local boutiques are sure not to disappoint. I got some really cute stuff while shopping that I can’t wait to share!
7. Eat some fresh seafood. Clams and Oysters are all caught right off the Vineyard, so you know they are probably the freshest you will get anywhere! New England in the summer has some of my favorite food. The Tisbury Oysters, if you can get some, are delicious! Not too briney and just the right amount of sweet. One of our friends caught these clams that we ate right out of the cooler on the beach. So good!
8. Visit when the island is in bloom. The flowers, like Rhodedendon and Hydrangea, are everywhere and totally change the look and feel of the island (not to mention the smell). It is incredibly beautiful, but remember the island blooms about two weeks later than the main land because of the harsh winters!
9. Take the ferry from the Cape, if possible. The ferry is definitely the easiest way to get to the island from our home in Connecticut. It is so convenient, it only takes about 40 minutes, and it cost less than $20 round trip. There is also a bar on board if you want to get the party started early. Trust me, it’s great.
10. Eat well! There are so many great dining options on the island, it was hard to choose where to eat. Since Spencer lived there for a summer he had some insight into island restaurants. These are my top two, but I know there are so many more!
If you’re nursing a hangover, or can somehow avoid wearing a bathing suit the next day, head to Atria Brick Cellar for calamari and a Frenchy burger with truffle fries. I told Spencer we could split this, and then I ate the entire thing. Oops.
If you’re looking for a fancier dinner option, snag a reservation at Alchemy. Spencer surprised me with a reservation on the balcony to celebrate our -1 year anniversary. We ate SO much. The grilled octopus salad and the crab and asparagus salad were both delicious! Then I opted for the black cod and he had the flank steak, and neither disappointed. I highly recommend this restaurant if you’re looking to dress up and eat well.
What are your favorite things to do on the Vineyard?
I am in the process of planning our annual girls trip, and I can’t wait to go back and share this island gem with my girlfriends!