Martha's Vineyard Journals

Day Trippin'

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A June 2003 trip to Martha's Vineyard by c_rau

Schamonchi Photo, Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: We were on the East Coast for a wedding, but we couldn't go home until we saw Martha's Vineyard.

Day Trippin'

Overview

 MV Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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Best way to see the island is by scooter. It's cheap, easy, and lots of fun!

Quick Tips:

Dress warmer than you think you should. With the wind blowing off the Atlantic, it was quite chilly, much more chilly than we planned on. We had to buy sweats as soon as we got there.

Best Way To Get Around:

Scooter, scooter, scooter! Did I mention scooter?

Hampton Inn New Bedford

Hotel | "Hampton Inn"

Hampton Inn New Bedford Photo, Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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Because we couldn't afford to stay on Martha's Vineyard, we stayed in the New Bedford/Fairhaven area, which is where the ferry takes you to Oak Bluffs. We like Hampton Inns because they're quiet, comfortable, and have extra amenities like continental breakfast and exercise rooms. The Fairhaven location is no different. Off of I-195 at Exit 18, take a right at the first traffic light (Bridge Street) then a left at the next light (Alden) and take another left at the Taco Bell. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2003

Hampton Inn New Bedford
1 Hampton Way
Fairhaven, Massachusetts 02719
508-990-8500

Black Dog Bakery Cafe

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Restaurant | "The Black Dog Cafe"

Black Dog Bakery Cafe Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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Not to be confused with the Black Dog Tavern, the Black Dog Cafe is a quiet place to stop and have a juice and a cookie while resting before you have to move on to the next town. There is a bakery attached and it's a large warehouse providing all the fresh bread and desserts you could want. There is also a sandwich shop with a tasty deli. Get your favorite sandwich on their fresh bread and soak it down with a Nantucket Nectar. Of course, a retail store takes up half the space so you can buy more Black Dog merchandise. Not much of a view (if you want a water view, go to the Tavern; it's right on the water and you can see everything from every table). Remember there are Black Dog retail stores al...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2003

Black Dog Bakery Cafe
157 State St
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts 02568
+1 508 696 8190

Black Dog/Edgartown General Store

Attraction | "The Black Dog"

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They are everywhere! The Black Dog. It's an MV institution. Good thing it was cold because we bought a lot of sweatshirts. You can even get Black Dog bottled water (from a spring in Rhode Island no less!). There are also treats for your black dog and bandanas and frisbees too. Just to give you an idea, there are six Black Dog retail stores on the island and we visited five. We bought something from every store! We just love our black dog, Jasmine, and we think it's great she has her own store.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2003

Black Dog/Edgartown General Store
11 South Summer Street
Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard 02539
508-627-3360

Sightseeing by Scooter

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scooter views Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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We had only walked two blocks down Lake Street after we got off the ferry in Oak Bluffs when we saw a woman waving at us and standing next to a red scooter. "Wanna see the vineyard?" My husband immediately dropped 15 years of maturity and said "Absolutely!" For only $80 for two scooters, my husband and I were able to travel the island in style. First we had to sign our lives away with the rental company and it's required you wear shoes that completely cover your feet. No sandals. They made me rent a pair of aqua socks. Next, you are given a short lesson on how to start, drive, and stop the scooter. Next you have to drive it around the block to prove you were paying attention. Two rules: you can...Read More

The Steamship Authority

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Schamonchi Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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The Steamship Authority is the ferry that takes you from New Bedford to Martha's Vineyard and it take an hour and a half. That may seem like a long time, but with a wonderful view of the Mass. shoreline on both sides, you'll savour every minute. You can also pass the time visiting with other travelers. We met a couple from New Mexico who traveled both ways with us. Schamonchi is the name of the ferry; a large boat with a large crew. However, maybe because it was a Monday, there was only one snack bar open on board. Fortunately, they served hot food so we weren't left without breakfast (hot chocolate to die for). The ferry is a smooth ride, but can be chilly, especially on the front deck, but th...Read More