Edgartown, Massachusetts (where we stayed)
Edgartown is a quaint beach town located on Martha's Vineyard with gorgeous homes meticulously landscaped and aligned on every block. We strolled around and discovered unique shops that fulfilled our daily walks. One thing that stood out the most about the island is the many small mom-n-pop businesses and non-existence of chain restaurants or stores (impossible to avoid when you're in NYC). We relaxed, ate lots of seafood and homemade ice cream, and enjoyed the fresh clean air. Edgartown is a place where you surely will feel that New England old America vibe and that's magical in itself.
Where we ate
Seafood Shanty Edgartown was our first stop and the view of the harbor was enough to satisfy a day. If you want to eat the freshest, largest lobster roll in the world this should be your first stop. We were greeted by the jolliest host who seated us on a perched stool with a view of water, boats and classically dressed New Englanders.
Atlantic Fish & Chop House Edgartown we ate here for dinner and we sat out on their porch with a water front view of the boats. It was calm, quiet and the tables each had candles to light the night. Our fish was prepared perfectly on white plates and the salmon and halibut are the recommended picks.
Lola's is a bustling soul food restaurant located on a pasture filled with grass in the town Oak Bluffs. At night they offer live entertainment and attract celebrities and the likes of political figures like Obama and the Clintons. The food is absolutely delicious and offers a twist on Southern cuisine. There's not one dish I wouldn't try on their menu.
Diner- Edgartown I was so excited we stumbled upon this hole in the wall diner which serves everyday food. It didn't disappoint for breakfast, and the eggs, sausages and coffee were perfect and affordable. The service was friendly and worth the visit.
Harbor View Hotel Edgartown is nestled on a cul de sac in Edgartown and the top choice for a visit in this area. It faces the water and light house which is refreshing to see every morning. Our room was appointed with antique wood furniture and a tiny porch for coffee in the mornings. Also, there are 2 restaurants on site and a huge wrap around porch with rocking chairs that are delightful after a long day. Although the hotel is a bit dated and could use a renovation, the location is within walking distance to all shops and restaurants.
Oak Bluffs is the most colorful and happy town on Martha's Vineyard and we biked from Edgartown to Oak Bluffs which is about six miles each way. We rented our bikes from Wheel Happy and took a tour of the Camp Meeting Association, a neighborhood that's filled with the most magical, colorful ginger bread houses, great gift shops and worldly visitors. On the way, we stopped by the famous "Jaws" beach and watched people leap off the iconic bridge into the ocean. I always love visiting the famous Inkwell beach which has historically been a popular destination for affluent African American vacationers.
Photos of our Vacation