Martha’s Vineyard was so beautiful and relaxing! Seriously, why am I just going for the first time? While I truly enjoyed my short getaway and the 2nd Annual MV Summer Music Festival & Conference, I do wish someone would have told me exactly what to expect. Since I’m fresh off of my 1st trip to The Vineyard, these are first-hand tips and suggestions.
THE LOCAL FOOD
I asked my Facebook friends for the best places to eat while I was there. Among suggestions were Atlantic Fish and Chophouse, Back Door Donuts, and Offshore Ale Co., but I ended up at Lola’s and my favorite, Jimmy Seas. They serve the pasta right out of the skillet! So delicious and filling. There are some really great restaurants here and since it’s an island, you must try the seafood. Trust me.
I found the island to be so breathtaking! What a gem in the northeast. Who knew?!
SMALL TOWN FEEL
This may not be your thing but I loved the feeling of everyone knowing your name. One thing I heard repeatedly all weekend was that people had been coming there for years. It has become tradition for hundreds of families. They came as children and are now bringing their children. How cool is that? But that never made me feel unwelcome. People love the island and jump at the chance to tell you where to go, what to do and how to get there.
Now on to…
FERRY TIMES & PARKING
If you are parking your car in one of the ferry parking lots, it’s best to take the first ferry so that the parking lots don’t fill up. If you’re traveling during the busy summer season, there are tons of people who will be heading to the island too. The first ferry leaving Oak Bluffs on your return trip doesn’t leave until 10:45 am, which (if you ask me) is way too late in the morning, especially if you have to drive back home. But it is what it is, so plan accordingly.
TAXIS ARE NOT ALWAYS YOUR FRIEND
Since I was staying in Oak Bluffs close to the ferry, I found that many taxis waiting at the ferry dock did not want to take me to my destination. They preferred passengers that required them to travel to another town so they could score higher fares. Ok, I get it. But I waited for about 45 minutes before I was told to walk to another taxi stand. When I got there, I didn’t even ask the driver if he could take me. I just opened the doors, put my bags in, and told him where I was going. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!
YOU NEED A CAR
We learned very quickly that you need a car on the island, or at least access to one. Public transportation was affordable and would be your next best option but with such limited time, a car is the easiest way to quickly get around the island. After we tired from walking, we saw a sign to rent mopeds and that was probably the best decision we made all weekend! While many residents don’t care for them because they’re slow and not the safest mode of transportation, it was a great way to get around in absence of a car.
TAPER YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF THE BEACH
While it’s such a beautiful island, the beaches had typical characteristics of East Coast beaches – rocky, hard sand, and murky water. With that said, the water was warm and the waves were friendly. I just wish the beach wasn’t so rocky. But don’t let that stop you from going! I still enjoyed relaxing with other beach goers.
MAKE SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Since it’s an island, there are limited hotels and vacation rentals book up fast. Be sure you don’t get stuck with a dud!
There is no ugly! Have you seen my pictures?! It’s so beautiful there! It’s the perfect getaway if you need time to unwind or want to spend quality time with your family.
I will definitely be returning next year!