This post is for those of you who may think that there’s nothing to do on Martha’s Vinyard. Last week President Obama and his family returned to Martha’s Vinyard for their annual summer vacation. Not only is it a place where POTUS AND FLOTUS like to unwind with friends through golfing, biking, and visiting their favorite restaurants, it’s a place where many go to annually for solace. My family included.
As my Facebook timeline fills with friends announcing their departures and arrivals to Martha’s Vineyard, I sit at home crying silent fears.
We visited Martha’s Vinyard two years ago for the first time during the third week of August after the prodding of my girlfriend who frequented the island as a single woman and now as a married mother of one. She sang its praises and rightfully so. We began our planning with two other families and were soon about to see what all of the buzz was about for seven days.
And now we’re hooked. While we aren’t returning to what we all know as “The Vinyard” this summer, we hope to return in the near future. I’ll be honest in saying that I’m a little envious of my friends that are preparing their bags to make a ferry towards tranquility, but just know I’ll be stalking Facebook pages all week living through each of them.
Last summer, we were fortunate enough to spend an evening at Aquinnah Cliffs where we saw breathtaking views of the ocean. Believe it or not, my husband ran into an old college friend steps away. If you have to loose the loo, make sure take some change. It’s a great place to take a family photo, buy souvenjers, and eat delicious clam chowder and seafood. Take cash.
We also went to Menemsha where we watched the sun set on the water while eating lobster from Larsen’s Fish Market steps away. Order early when you arrive. You’ll have to go back to pick it up. It’s a well known place for families and lovers to visit while in Mather’s Vinyard. The scene is absolutely breathtaking as the sun sets. Our daughter is now hooked on lobster. What have we done…
Some friends of ours invited us to join them at Menemsha which was an experience in itself. This family, who I’ll keep private, spent their summers as children in The Vinyard and practically know what seems like everyone there. They return with their families in tow now creating the same experiences for their children and husbands.
What was even more amazing is that the matriarch of the family, a well respected lady of grace and poise, recently became reacquainted with a gentleman friend from decades ago also with history in The Vinyard, and reconnected. I caught them holding hands which made my heart flutter. They are both widowed and have found a little love later in life.
I think what I love most about The Vinyard is that everyone speaks or smiles as you pass by. Friendliness is always around the corner from another pedestrian to the worker making my favorite hot fudge Sunday at Mad Martha’s. Everyone is so relaxed.
The island is simply magical and not just because we know the President and First Family are on the island as well. The nights are comfortable. Each house we’ve rented in the past didn’t have air conditioning which didn’t bother us. But the rooster that crowed every morning could cluck elsewhere.
There are several beaches, all within driving or walking distance depending on where you stay, that are all unique. Never mind that Jaws was filmed there. The water is pretty safe. Some beaches are calm and others have waves which the kids love.
Circuit Avenue in downtown Oak Bluffs is always abuzz but never overcrowded in my opinion. Unless you’re trying to park your car nearby. It’s best to park on the outskirts and walk a little. The only time it became extremely crowded was when we got caught behind the President’s motorcade one night after the Friday fireworks which was pretty exciting for the first 20 minutes…but then not having internet or radio was not. Total blackout!
There’s so much to do in The Vinyard aside from hanging at the beaches all day. But what can be better than that? We shopped in Edgartown, ate lobster rolls in Oak Bluffs, rode bikes by the beach (the breeze was amazing!), golfed, enjoyed a ballet barre class at The Y, the kids bowled, and we enjoyed the spa. We even attended a few parties. We were actually able to sneak in a dinner/date night without kids!
This is just a quick snapshot of what we did, but let me tell you, the memories we have and are creating with our children will last a lifetime.
Have you been to Martha’s Vinyard?