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A Special Place: Martha's Vineyard

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A June 2001 trip to Martha's Vineyard by kjlouden

I Mean Lots of Roses Photo, Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: Three days at Captain Dexter's House of Vineyard Haven, riding bikes to Oak Bluff and Edgartown, old whaling captains' houses and roses--lots of roses--plus, whale-watching, walking, good eating, and beautiful surroundings.

A Special Place: Martha's Vineyard

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Overview

Captain Dexter's House Inn at Vineyard Haven Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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I could have spent more time in Oak Bluffs, where the English cottages painted all colors and the narrow lanes provide bicycling with lots of interesting scenes to behold. The gardens are beautiful, people are friendly to talk to, the ocean just a block or two away, sometimes in full view, and parking is free for those who drive right up to the ocean with their bike racks on their cars, as we did. I took dozens of pictures of the cottages built on platforms used by Methodist summer campers of another century. Look for them here in some pictures I will include, as they will show you the real attraction of Oak Bluffs. I was amazed that I was still in the USA. This place is really different. So is ...Read More

The Captain Dexter House

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Hotel

The Captain Dexter House Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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We found the website for the inn clicking through from www.marthasvineyardbikes.com, but the inn has its own site at www.captaindexter.com. Visiting there in June, we took advantage of the "June Internet Special" and got a $260 room for $100 per night. The location couldn''t be beat, on Main Street, just a 5 minute walk from the ferry landing at Vineyard Haven, but still quiet. Our room was off the front porch, so we had a charming, sunny bay, facing Main Street, still quiet at all hours. The furnishings were excellent, complete with period furniture, even sofa and chairs. We looked forward to breakfast every morning, especially the homemade strawberry muffins, but there was plenty ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 31, 2001

The Captain Dexter House
92 Main Street
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
(508) 693-6564

David Ryan's Restaurant and Cafe

Restaurant | "David Ryans"

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We didn't have dinner at David Ryan's, but lunch required no reservations. We were so tired from walking, we wanted to find a place we could sit for a while, chat with locals, and have a drink and a sandwich. We watched TV and relaxed in the bar, got good advice on places to live on the island, how the locals spent their time all winter, types of jobs available, year-round weather, local personalities and the like. Rubbing elbows with the locals always makes a vacation more satisfying, so I highly recommend David Ryans for that purpose--and our sandwiches were extra good, too. An added benefit was the airmiles. The restaurants on Martha's Vineyard that give airmiles aren't many, but this one does...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 31, 2001

David Ryan's Restaurant and Cafe
11 North Water St
Edgartown, Massachusetts 02539
+1 508 627 4100

Biking to Edgartown

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Attraction

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Parking on the beach at Oak Bluffs is free and abundant, so that is a good place to start a run to Edgartown if you have a car with you. Riding over from Vinyard Haven wouldn't be difficult or far either, about 7 miles, and the beach or grassy park there at Oak Bluffs would be a nice resting point after riding over, before starting for Edgartown. And you probably should rest, because the ride to Edgartown is all uphill. There were plenty of seniors on the trail, though, so I don't think most bikers, even recreational, occasional ones, should have any trouble--unless your trip is on a terribly windy day. Just prepare to be a little tired, depending on the weather conditions, by the time you get to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 31, 2001

Biking to Edgartown
Oak Bluffs to Edgartown
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Finding a Place You'd Like to Live

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Story/Tip

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I knew as soon as we got on the ferry that I was in for a treat spending 4 days on Martha's Vineyard. We had called the Port Authority just the morning before to make our reservations and had driven all night to get to the ferry landing by 7:00 a. m. We had heard horror stories about people who had missed their ferry and had to wait all day or several days, but several people on the island later told us those must have been exaggerated. At any rate, we were glad we had made it and don't ever intend to push our luck with ferries, since we aren't "local people" and can't expect any special arrangements if we are late. How wonderful to be headed for a place where little towns won't be difficult to na...Read More