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Friday, September 6, 2013

touring the island's houses...

We managed a nice balance of sightseeing and beach time during our week on the island.

One of our favourite days was spent touring round the island. It actually only takes about an hour but we took most of the day to do it, stopping to see the sights. It was funny to think that we were driving down the roads that President Obama had driven down just one week before... And also glad we missed him - can you imagine the security on the island that week!? 

Our first stop was the Gay Head lighthouse in the South West corner of the Island. A beautiful red brick, with stunning views of the cliffs at Aquinnah.

It is still a working lighthouse and we were able to walk up to the light at the top and take in the views of the island.

We drove over to the little fishing village of Menemsha to have lunch. I had heard about lobster rolls and decided I had to try one! I was expecting a sandwich with a bit of white meat and too much mayonnaise but they were bursting with lobster meat including big chunks of claw meat! I was so hungry and it looked so delicious that I forgot to take a photo! But it was perfect served with french fries and stunning views over the water!


We then drove north up to Vineyard Haven where we spent the afternoon stalking Susan Branch... More on that later!

We ended the day with a trip to the beach enjoying the waves! 

Another day was spent at the harbour where our ferry had docked - Oak Bluffs. A lively harbour town with great seafood restaurants. Jeremy and I spent a few hours there, touring round the little community of Gingerbread cottages. Dozens of beautifully decorated houses originally built around a Tabernacle and Church for Methodists. Every one a different colour and theme with wooden porches perfect for drinking coffee and watching the world go by. I would love to live in one... Maybe we could rent one if we made it back to the island one day! And we loved them so much that we went back the next day with everyone else!

What a beautiful back yard! 

The kids loved running up to each of the houses and posing in front of them! 

We also took them up to see the East Chop lighthouse that Jeremy and I had walked in the rain to see the day before. This one was closed but I had fun photographing it and looking out over the harbour, savouring the peace and quiet.

I also loved the typical island properties built using wood shingles. They start off a kind of bright pine colour but weather over time to a beautiful grey colour. 

With tree lined roads, beautiful houses and little fishing villages, it is hard not to fall in love with Martha's Vineyard.

You can buy freshly cooked lobster and eat it outside on the dock! 

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