While in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for a family wedding last week, hubby and I took a little side trip and spent 24 hours in Martha’s Vineyard. It was a short trip but we managed to do a lot!
24 Hours in Martha’s Vineyard
We left for Martha’s Vineyard on a Sunday morning. You have to take a ferry to get to the island – or you can fly but I didn’t explore that option. There are ferries from Massacussets and RI. We were already in RI so I opted for the ferry out of Quonset Point, RI. This ferry is pedestrian only. You have to take a different ferry out of Woods Hole if you plan to take your car. You can rent a car pretty easily on Martha’s Vineyard so unless you’re staying for an extended time, I don’t see any reason you should take your car. I will say that the ferry from RI to Martha’s Vineyard on the way back was very rough and myself and a handful of others were sea sick. It’s about an hour and 45 minutes. If we ever go back to Marhta’s Vineyard I’ll take one of the shorter ferries because I’d rather drive further than be sea sick and stuck on a ferry for over an hour. :/ Enough about that.
Once we set foot on land I knew our 24 hours in Martha’s Vineyard was going to be awesome. We arrived in Oaks Bluff and were immediately greeted by a charming town with cute shops and restaurants. We walked to our hotel, the Pequot hotel, about a 10-minute walk from the ferry. Our room wasn’t ready but they stored our bags. Armed with brunch recommendations, we headed out to grab some grub.
We decided on 20by9 and I’m SO glad we did. I definitely recommend this place. The restaurant has an industrial, laid-back vibe, the staff is super friendly and the food was delish.
We had mimosas, chicken and waffles and a fried oyster sandwich.
After brunch, we went on the hunt for the gingerbread cottages. Walking around the village felt surreal. The cottages are super adorable and whimsical and it feels like your walking in a fairytale land full of play houses. After walking around a bit more we decided to rent a car so we could visit other less populated parts of the island. We rented a mini cooper convertible for $89, which I thought was a pretty good deal (it was less expensive than renting a scooter). With only 24 hours in Martha’s Vineyard I wanted to see as much as we could. We hit the road and drove to Edgartown to see the lighthouse.
After checking out the lighthouse and admiring the stunning homes in and around Edgartown, we headed to Morning Glory Farm, a local farm with the cutest market that sells produce from the farm as well as coffee, cheese, pies and other snacks. Picnic tables out front welcome you to have lunch al fresco.
We drove across the island and headed to the next town over, Vineyard Haven. I wanted to have lunch at The Net Result, a fish market I read about that has a take-out counter and picnic tables on the lawn. I’m so glad we did this, the seafood was fresh and delish.
On the way back to the hotel it was so nice out that we decided to stop in at Offshore Ale Co for a quick cocktail on the patio.
We headed back to the hotel to check into our room, relax and freshen up. We purchased a bottle of wine and enjoyed it on the porch while meeting other guests and people watching.
For dinner later that night we wanted to go somewhere with live music but since we were there during shoulder season the island wasn’t quite in full swing yet. We were told the island really gets going around the 4th of July with July and August being the busiest. We ended up going to to the Barn Bowl and Bistro for dinner and…bowling…in a barn. It was a little more commercialized than I originally wanted and not necessarily quintessential Martha’s Vineyard but we had a blast! The food was terrific and we finished up the night with some bowling before heading back to the hotel.
The next morning we opted for breakfast served by the hotel, packed up and headed to catch the ferry off the island, stopping at some shops along the way. In fact, we almost missed the ferry because we lost track of time and had to run to the terminal. Thank God we made it just in time. If you’re ever in Martha’s Vineyard be sure to check out Driftwood, a great shop that features handcrafted artisan jewelry and accessories made by local artists. I got a cool necklace and hubby picked out a piece of art for the Daly Digs made from a block print. The artist carves a pattern into linoleum and prints it using the mold. Fascinating!
Here are a few more snaps from my camera roll.
So there ya have it, a recap of our 24 hours in Martha’s Vineyard! Have you been to Martha’s Vineyard? What are your favorite places on the island? I really hope to go back someday and spend more than 24 hours!
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