It’s one of those places you hear about so often but never envision going there without having lots of money to splurge. Martha’s Vineyard has been a must visit destination since college and I finally went this summer. I was in Edgartown, Massachusetts, one of six towns (Aquinnah, Chilmark, West Tisbury, Tisbury (Vineyard Haven), Oak Bluffs and Edgartown) that make up The Vineyard and instantly fell in love. I was there on a site visit for an event but took the time to explore a few places while I was there.
The Vineyard is serene and the perfect escape from city life. Tea Lane Caterers owner Dee Smith was my impromptu tour guide during my trip. A city transplant to The Vineyard decades ago, this beautiful destination has been home to her and she knows every nook and cranny. After a tour of Dr. Daniel Fisher House, we headed downtown for a cup of coffee then drove to Chilmark for the day. We made a pit stop at Mermaid Farm, the only certified raw milk on the Island run by the husband-and-wife team of Allen Healy and Caitlin Jones for freshly made feta cheese, flowers and some produce. The farm is ran on the honor system. Since no one mans the small shack, you leave the cash for what you grab. Dee would later make us a beautiful strawberry salad with feta and grilled pork loin.
After lunch, we made our way to Menemsha Beach in Chilmark, where we stood in line at Larsen’s Fish Market to snag ourselves the freshest oyster I have tasted in my life. If you find yourself at Larsen’s, make sure to get a dozen oysters and sit at the beach and lounge. Speaking of the beach, the water is so serene, the sun gentle and the people absolutely warm and friendly. If you want something fried, head across the street to The Bite for fried clams.
Next week, I will be giving you a few tips on how to get to The Vineyard and what to do as part of Glamazon Travel Week. Stay tuned!