August 1st, 2013
Martha’s Vineyard is one of New England’s treasures. A few weeks ago my family and I took a day trip there. It was a whirlwind, but totally worth it. Here is our trip in pictures.
Martha’s Vineyard (MV)
Our day trip starts with an early wake up call and drive to Woods Hole Ferry Landing. There is little to no traffic so it should be easy to reach the 8am ferry.
Arrived at Woods Hole Ferry Landing with time to spare. But WAIT! There is no parking at Wood’s Hole Ferry Landing, you have to drive 25 minutes back to Bourne, MA and park there and take a shuttle back to the Ferry. This is ridiculous and now we will be have to take the 9:30am Ferry. Got to hustle.
After 2 very long detours to the parking lot in Bourne, MA that took us over 50 minutes (should have been 25 min) we stopped off at the Daily Brew Coffee House for a second breakfast and bathroom break. Now we can take the parking shuttle to the Ferry and then our MV tour will commence. The Daily Brew Coffee House has the most incredible muffins, a fortuitous potty break!
Finally made it to the Ferry, got the tickets and we are on our way. Everyone is excited, But WAIT! We are arriving at Oaks Bluff not Vineyard Haven. The rental car is in Vineyard Haven. After the quick 45 minute ferry ride, we have to take a 25 minute cab to the car rental. The logistics to MV are a bit tricky for us novices.
The Hertz rental guy gave us a free upgrade to a larger SUV which was great. Everyone had enough room to relax and look at the magnificent views outside. Traveled 30 minutes to Aquinnah Cliffs and by now the kids are restless. We found a large patch of grass near the cliffs and flew kites. The wind off the sea cliffs is perfect for kite flying as they got big air. The kids had so much fun.
Its lunch time and we are hungry. We go to the Aquinnah Shop Restaurant and gorge ourselves on lobster rolls. Heaven!
Everyone is fed and happy, we take the 2 minute walk to Gay Head Lighthouse from the restaurant. It’s an Iconic red brick lighthouse with amazing views of the Aquinnah cliffs and ocean.
After a few photos at the Gay Head Lighthouse, we are back in the car and make our way to Edgartown. Here I am catching a quick nap with my kids.
We arrive at Edgartown and park the car. We make it to the docks where you can take a quick ride to Chappaquiddick island. Love the laid back island/boating vibe. Everyone is riding bicycles. This is summer!
After gazing out at all the boats sailing by, we walk to Edgartown Lighthouse. This lighthouse is the pride and joy of Edgartown. We loved the shade as the midday sun burned down on us.
After cooling off in the shade by the Edgartown Lighthouse, we decide to stop at one last lighthouse. Here is the East Chop Lighthouse. They are beginning to look the same now. The vistas are incredible!
We decide to go home and take the 5pm Ferry. Martha’s Vineyard is a lovely getaway and wish we could stay longer. We will return for a longer stay once the kids can both ride bikes and swim. Overall, a memorable trip!