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A Perfect Summer Week in Martha's Vineyard

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A July 2002 trip to Martha's Vineyard by JenLara

Our perfect little house Photo, Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: When a good friend invited me to join in her summer rental in MV for five days in July, I jumped at the chance! We spent the week enjoying an abundance of sun, seafood, beer, beach and relaxation.

A Perfect Summer Week in Martha's Vineyard

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Overview

Our Oak Bluffs house Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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Definitely make the trek out to Gayhead Beach, otherwise known as Aquinnah, for some of the most spectacular scenery on the island. Of course, partake in as much seafood as possible while you're in MV - the lobster, mussels, oysters, scallops and clams are unbeatable!Quick Tips: Eating and drinking in MV can be expensive, so if you're on any sort of budget, stock up on drinks and fresh seafood and make sure you have a good barbecue on hand. And if by some chance you happen to be a bloody mary fan, pick up a bottle or two of the locally famous Cape Cod Bloody Mary Mix. I didn't even like them until I tried this stuff, and now I'm hooked! Getting there: if you're coming from NYC...Read More

Private house near Oak Bluffs

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Hotel

Our perfect little house Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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About 6 of us in all rented a beautiful, quintessential Cape Cod house about a 10-minute walk along a woodsy dirt road from Oak Bluffs, which is one of the nicest towns on Martha's Vineyard. The house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, a big deck, massive front and back yards, a brand new BBQ, a big hammock and a great outdoor shower. It's spacious, sunny, modern and perfect for 4-8 people to share very comfortably. The location was great as well, far enough away from the bustling little town of OB to feel like it's deep in the woods in the middle of nowhere, but close enough to walk or bike conveniently. We spent every perfect day waking up and having breakfast on the deck, reading and r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2002

Homeport

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Restaurant

Homeport Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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Homeport had been recommended by our guidebook as the quintessential Cape Cod seafood restaurant, and if by that they meant overpriced with average food, decor and service, they were right! It's not that it was bad, it just seemed very expensive, even for a lobster joint on Cape Cod, and the service was very rushed and not all that attentive - though to be fair it was a very busy night. A big thing Homeport has going for it is the sunset view from the outdoor seating - the scenery cannot be beat, but unfortunately it was impossible to get an outdoor table for our group of five. So we sat inside and had a massive lobster dinner each, with all the trimmings - the ubiquitous chowdah with oyster...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2002

Homeport
512 North Road
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
(508) 645-2679

Gayhead Beach

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Attraction

Gayhead Beach Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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Gayhead Beach, otherwise known as Aquinnah Beach (the two names seem interchangeable, even from one road sign to the next!) is really spectacular, if a bit of a haul to get to. I'd been to Martha's Vineyard four or five times before, but never made it out to this beach, which was a mistake. It's worth it. There aren't many amenities to speak of (where we were there were just two porto-johns) but that is precisely the charm. No boats, no bars or restaraunts, no jet-skis, just the beautiful calm water and the incredible cliffs for which this beach is famous. The clay cliffs change from blood red and burnt orange to chalky white as you walk down the shore, and the beach becomes rockier and mor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2002

Gayhead Beach
Near Menemsha
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Oak Bluffs

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Attraction | "Oak Bluffs Town Beach"

Oak Bluffs Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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The Oak Bluffs Town Beach is a pretty, small and calm beach which is very convenient if you're staying in or near OB, or visiting for the day. The beach itself is relatively narrow so it fills up quite a bit on nice days, with a mostly family-type crowd. But there's enough space so you don't feel crowded or squished. The views are beautiful, swinging around to the OB harbor which houses hundreds of boats. Every now and then one of the big ferries or a cruise ship slowly floats by in the near distance. Aside from the clean beach and nice scenery, I'd say convenience is the main draw here, with the town so close by and a well-stocked packy (package store, aka liquor/convenience store) even clo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2002

Oak Bluffs
Northern Shore
Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts 02557
+1 508 693 5511