A July 2002 trip
to Martha's Vineyard by JenLara
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.
Of course, partake in as much seafood as possible while you're in MV - the lobster, mussels, oysters, scallops and clams are unbeatable!
Getting there: if you're coming from NYC or the NY area, a time-saving tip is to take the New Bedford, Massachusetts ferry instead of the one from Woods Hole. It cuts at least 2 hours of driving off the trip.
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 relaxing and getting the margaritas and bloody marys started by midday, playing bocce in the yard, doing day trips to the beaches and towns around the islands, coming home by sunset and grilling up feasts of local seafood, steaks and farm-fresh veggies. Heaven on earth!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2002
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 crackers, corn on the cob, a stuffed quahog (a local type of clam which is dee-licious!), the house salad, and more. All come with the excellent 1.5 pound whole lobster. OK, maybe you do get a lot of bang for your buck, now that I think about it!
Just when we thought we were too stuffed to ever eat again, the waitress mentioned the famous blueberry pie a la mode, which we all guiltily indulged in to top it all off. It was worth it!
For more information, check out this somewhat useful link to Homeport.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2002
512 North Road
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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 more raw as you go as well. Gayhead is just the perfect place to go for a long, relaxing day at the beach with pretty much nothing else to do very nearby.
Make sure to bring a day's worth of supplies down to the water with you, including food and entertainment, as once you're there you won't feel like hiking back up the 15-minute footpath to the parking lot!
You can check out this web site for more information on the beaches of Martha's Vineyard.
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Attraction | "Oak Bluffs Town Beach"
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 closer.
Check out this web site for more information on the beaches of Martha's Vineyard.
Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts 02557
+1 508 693 5511
New York City, New York