Chris and I spent Memorial Day weekend in Martha’s Vineyard for our birthdays. Martha’s Vineyard, to give a little history, was named by Bartholomew Gosnold, who sailed to the island in 1602. He named the island Martha’s Vineyard after his mother in law and his second child, both named Martha. (If you want to learn more, check out the wikipedia entry on Martha’s Vineyard).
We headed to Martha’s Vineyard by bus: Port Authority to Woods Hole, Massachusetts and then a ferry from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard. We stayed at The Thorncroft Inn, a cute bed and breakfast in Vineyard Haven:
Another interesting tidbit about Martha’s Vineyard – most of the towns are dry (no alcohol!) except Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.
On Friday night, we went to Zephrus for dinner – they specialize in zeafood – and ordered lobster rolls and crab cakes. Chris and I were both disappointed with the food there and we both came to the conclusion that we’ve definitely been spoiled with New York cuisine. The lobster roll had small bits of lobster and didn’t have much flavor and the crab cakes weren’t tasty at all (but the crab meat did taste very fresh). After Zephrus, we headed to Mad Martha’s for ice cream (I read online that kids love this place and they have a ton of great flavors) but when we got there, the ice cream was super soft (I think there was something wrong with their freezers) and we could only get ice cream in a dish. We were both disappointed with the meal and dessert and ended up going to the grocery store to buy fruit and snacks to munch on since we were both still hungry.
On Saturday morning, we headed from Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluffs by bike:
The ride was about 3 miles (one mile from The Thorncroft Inn to the middle of Vineyard Haven and two miles from Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluffs). The ride was really beautiful – so many families out on boats and enjoying the beautiful weather:
Chris and I rode two miles into Oak Bluffs to hang out on the beach. We played frisbee for a couple minutes (before our frisbee landed in the ocean), had rock skipping competitions, and picnic-ed on the beach with cheese and crackers:
After hanging out at the beach and relaxing all afternoon, we headed into Oak Bluffs and had ice cream at Ben and Bill’s:
They had LOBSTER ice cream made with REAL lobster pieces! We sampled it but didn’t order it (I mean, LOBSTER in ICE cream?! COME ON!) Look at how cute the ice cream store is:
The ice cream was delicious (but not as good as the stuff Chris and I make at home!). The day was really wonderful and we had such a relaxing day at the beach (AND the weather was so perfect!). I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful and relaxing weekend!!