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One Day in Martha’s Vineyard

  • August 23, 2014
  • By Brittany
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One Day in Martha’s Vineyard

Hi there! How was your weekend? Can you believe next weekend is Labor Day!?! I’m flabbergasted. I honestly don’t know how this summer has gone by so fast! I had the most lovely weekend with my baby shower on Sunday. I’ll have the full recap for you on Baby Day Tuesday.

When I was on Cape Cod recently, the Hubs and I decided to spend one day on Martha’s Vineyard (luckily we planned to go the day before the president and his crew descended!). Growing up in a suburb of Boston summers on the water were a regular part of my life. My father is an avid boater and so we would spend our summers traveling by boat to the various islands off of the Cape. No island was more popular with us than Martha’s Vineyard.

These days, every chance I get, I try to make it to Martha’s to reminiscent about my childhood and drink in the sights, sounds and fun that MV offers. We usually only have the luxury of spending one day, but I’ve developed a plan to make the most of just one day in Martha’s Vineyard.

9:30am- Hop on the ferry out of Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. Try to grab a seat outside to enjoy water views on this 45 minute trip.

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10:15- Land in Oak Bluffs and disembark. Head to Back Door Donuts to get a taste of the famous donuts!

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10:30- Walk around Oak Bluffs checking out the gingerbread style houses. OB is famous for this type of architecture.

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11:30- Catch the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority to Edgartown. The VTA is extremely inexpensive and an incredibly easy way to get around with buses running every 15 minutes during the day. On the scenic ride to Edgartown we passed the famed Jaws Bridge, that I actually jumped off last year (and by jumped I kind of mean pushed…).

12noon- Lunch at Atlantic in Edgartown overlooking the Harbor. Waterfront dining is precious on Martha’s Vineyard so arriving early is key!

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1pm- Head back through Edgartown Town Center to catch the bus again. Check out all the shops on the way.

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1:15pm- Enjoy a breezy ride to South Beach or Katama. Plop down on the sand to soak up some sun and take a dip in the surprisingly warm water!

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3:30pm- Time to fold up the towels and make our way back to town. Hop on the VTA and head back to Edgartown where we transfer to a second bus to take us all the way to Vineyard Haven.

4:30- Arrive in Vineyard Haven. Take advantage of the many public restrooms available on Martha’s Vineyard to spruce up for dinner.

5:15- Sit down for dinner at the Blue Canoe Waterfront Grill. The deck overlooking the harbor has a relaxing, no-care-in-the-world atmosphere. Enjoy a stawberry- basil mocktail, coconut shrimp and a delicious shrimp risotto.

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7:15- Catch the ferry out of Vineyard Haven back to Woods Hole.

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8pm- Head home!

Readers, what’s your favorite place to daytrip?  Have you ever been to Martha’s Vineyard?  

By Brittany, August 23, 2014
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  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    August 25, 2014

    ah we JUST missed each other on the Vineyard. We actually didn’t spend much time in Edgartown cause my cousin lives on the other side of the island. Took advantage of her private beach access (open to locals) which was amaaaazing but I do kind of wish I’d gotten to check out some of the other towns. I think I did when we were there when I was 8? Definitely don’t remember much from then though. Can’t wait to go back and explore more!

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    August 25, 2014

    Martha’s Vineyard is another place I REALLY want to visit. It looks gorgeous there! I love those houses and the foods look to die for.

  • Shawna
    August 25, 2014

    this looks like such a lovely day! i’ve only been to MV once for a day trip as well, and i so enjoyed everything about it. so quaint and gorgeous and like a little reprieve from real life. i wanted to stay for, like, ever. 🙂 strawberry basil mocktail sounds delicious! love the blue and white stripes — so New England of you.

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    August 25, 2014

    Sounds like you have the perfect day down to a tee! Beautiful photos!! It’s kind of weird since I grew up in the Northeast, but I’ve NEVER been to Martha’s Vineyard. My parents do weekend getaways there sometimes, and I definitely want to make it out there sometime. Oh and the gingerbread houses are so cute!

  • Kim
    August 25, 2014

    What a perfectly gorgeous day – love the waterfront dining – my favorite!!!
    You know how to pack a lot into a day for sure!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    August 26, 2014

    That pink dress is absolutely gorg! I have always wanted to go to Martha’s Vineyard…it is definitely on my bucket list 🙂 A strawberry basil mocktail sounds completely fantastic. What an awesome day trip!!

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    August 26, 2014

    Ahhh, I LOVE all of your pictures! I’ve only been to Martha’s Vineyard once, many years ago and shortly after we lost our camera with all our pictures! I loved seeing all of your pictures, especially the gingerbread houses…my fav!!!

  • Holly
    August 27, 2014

    What a great day! The pictures of the iconic, gingerbread houses are whimsical and inviting. Was the carousel operating? It sounds like your day was better than a brass ring!

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    August 28, 2014

    Beautiful dress!! One day, if I’m fancy enough and live in the area, I’ll make it to Martha’s Vineyard 🙂

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