Greetings from Martha’s Vineyard!
For the past three summers, my husband and I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend a few nights on Martha’s Vineyard, MA. For those who have never been to this beautiful island, it’s located just off the shores of Rhode Island and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
We love coming to the island for its New England charm, history, and beautiful scenery. Each town on the island has its own unique character, but we especially love Edgartown where we stay. Streets are lined with white picket fences, brick sidewalks, and fantastically gorgeous homes with colorful flowers adorning their windows and yards. It’s simply beautiful!
Sailboats dance on the harbor waters as folks relax on the white sandy beaches and wade in the calming waters of the Nantucket Sound. If spending time on the beach isn’t your thing, there are plenty of cute towns to walk around and miles upon miles of bike trails to explore. Each town, like I said, has it’s own history and uniqueness. From old fishing towns to newer commercial stores, there is something for everyone.
Exploring the Island
This year, my husband and I rented a car to explore more of the island. We popped the top off of the Jeep and soaked in the island air as we drove from town to town. I’m so glad we decided to do this because we ended up in the town of Aquinnah at the far west end of the island where red clay cliffs meet the crystal blue waters. Gay Head Lighthouse stands atop of the cliffs and is open to the public offering gorgeous views. What a sight!
At lunch time, we decided to eat at a restaurant called The Aquinnah Shop Restaurant, which was the perfect choice because it rested on top of the cliffs giving us a panoramic view of the water, cliffs, lighthouse, and beaches. It was stunning!
As we dined outside, we marveled at how clear the water appeared as it met the cliffside. This definitely was the best lunch spot in town based on the view alone!
The rest of the day was enjoyable as we meandered along the roads and eventually headed to our hotel in Edgartown. After a quick resting period to put our feet up and regroup (important for this HSP), we headed into town to grab a quick drink with friends then off to a new restaurant for dinner. In true New England fashion, a thick fog rolled in and cooled down the day pretty quickly! So much for the sunset that evening.
A Soulful Day on the Vineyard
The following day was significantly hotter, but it certainly did not put a damper on our spirit. We arose pretty early and set off to try a new place for breakfast called The Scottish Bakehouse. This little discrete house offered several vegan and gluten free options, which always pleases me to see. I always want to support places that cater to those of us with sensitive systems and particular food preferences.
We clearly weren’t the only ones who had heard how good their food was and they certainly were doing a business when we arrived. My husband loved his carrot cake cookie treat and said that he’d absolutely return to try more of their baked goods. He’s a guy who loves food, so it’s pretty safe to say that the place was a hit. I indulged in their gluten-free ooey, gooey brownie. Yum! (Yes, we had sweet treats as part of our breakfast. Don’t judge.)
The majority of the day after our breakfast was spent by the hotel poolside. I can’t even tell you how amazing it felt to simply lounge and read! It was really hot outside, but I almost didn’t care because I was reveling in the fact that I actually had time to read leisurely without being interrupted by my four year old or anyone else for that matter. Ahhh, having quiet time to just rest, read, learn, and simply be is always so soothing and healing for my soul.
An Unexpected Adventure
As if the day couldn’t get any better, the evening fell upon me. My husband was attending a work event, which left me to do whatever I pleased for a few hours. Usually, I hunker down in my hotel room, wrap myself up in a plushy robe, and write my heart out because let’s face it, that’s what I LOOOOOVE to do.
But this night ended up being different. As I started typing on the computer and composing my piece, I looked out the window and noticed just how beautiful it looked outside. I couldn’t stay inside. This girl needed to get out and soak it all in!
I borrowed one of the hotel’s bikes and started out on my own personal bike tour. No destination in mind, just an adventurous spirit to lead the way. Biking through the back roads of Edgartown ended up being the best part of my vacation. I stumbled upon a Vineyard Vines (one of my favorite clothing lines) home and multiple private beach spots to remember for the future.
As the breeze blew through my hair as my feet pedaled, I felt free and truly blissful. You better believe I affirmed the experience I was having and expressed gratitude more than a dozen times during the ride. Everything was storybook perfect.
Could the Night Get Any Better?
I made my way into downtown to seek out a smoothie. You guys know how I roll. To my delight, I found a kale avocado smoothie that rocked my world. It was the perfect complement to the perfect evening!
Before I knew it, it was time to pack my bags and head home. This year’s vineyard adventure was so wonderful and left me feeling grateful for the fortune in my life.
Thank you, Martha’s Vineyard for providing me with a fabulous two days to spend time with my husband and with myself. You nurture my soul and I will be back next year!
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