Happy Thursday from Nantucket, friends!
If you missed my earlier post this week, I’m recapping our trip in progress this time!
You can already catch the first post when we visited Chatham on Cape Cod (all of the details about where we stayed, what we ate and what we did are in that post) and now today, it’s my first post about the first part of our trip over to Martha’s Vineyard!
If you’re not familiar with the area, I thought I’d post a map…
We flew into Boston on Monday, July 12th and drove down to Cape Cod and stopped in the town of Chatham for two nights (it was about a two hour drive).
On Wednesday, July 14th, we got up super early and left the hotel by 5:45 to drive to Falmouth (about an hour and twenty minute drive) to catch the ferry to take us over to Martha’s Vineyard…
Here we are waiting in line for our car to board the ferry.
I have a lot to say about this:
1: I will do an entire post at some point soon about the differences between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, but we did feel like we needed a car in MV, and I’m so glad we had one.
2: When we rented our car, we had to let them know that we were taking it with us to the island and dropping it off there…not all places want you to do that…they want you to return the car back to Boston (which we could have done but we weren’t going back to Boston, so we had to find one that let us keep it in MV).
3: We actually had ferry tickets for later in the morning but the day before, we decided we would rather get up earlier and head to MV versus sleeping in a bit later, so we called the ferry terminal and they told us we could get on “stand by”. I was a little nervous about this, but it worked out just fine! We arrived at the ferry terminal right around 7:15 for an 8:00 ferry (not the Hy-Line fast passenger ferry, but a ferry that takes cars over).
Here we are in line with all of the other big trucks and stuff about to board the ferry.
This process moved so quickly! I bet we drove on, parked and were disembarking in under ten minutes.
The ferry ride from Falmouth to Vineyard Haven (in Martha’s Vineyard) only took 45 minutes, so we just stayed in the car the entire time. It was so easy!!!!!
At one point, we were cracking up at Madeley’s iPad background. This really sums up our very sweet little relationship. Bahahaha! She loves me so much.
The ferry ride was only 45 minutes, so it was nice and quick. The ride was really smooth and the weather was great, so I didn’t get sick. Here we are arriving in Martha’s Vineyard.
I’ve been going to Nantucket since 1995, but this was my first trip to Martha’s Vineyard. I was really excited to check out the other island!
We drove off the ferry and drove straight to our hotel for the next three nights…
…we stayed at the GORGEOUS Winnetu! We loved every single thing about this place!! (More pics to come in the next post!)
Since we had woken up so early, we hadn’t enjoyed breakfast yet, so we walked in and headed straight to their restaurant The Dunes to eat.
Awwwww! I love my boy so much!!
We ate, we checked out the cool lobby…
…they played a little chess and then we drove to Oak Bluffs for the afternoon…
Where Nantucket is not only the name of the island but the one and only town as well, Martha’s Vineyard is an island made up of six towns.
We had a great afternoon walking around Oak Bluffs and checking everything out. This town very much gave us a college town feeling…lots of brightly colored buildings, a lot of younger people, a huge park in the middle and lots of casual dining options.
Of course, it was right on the beach too 🙂 .
Love these two.
For lunch, we ate on the patio at Lookout Tavern and it was DELICIOUS!! It was right on the water and the menu said it had been voted the best lobster roll on the island for like the last decade. So. Good!
After lunch, we headed back to Winnetu to check out our room. We stayed for three nights, and had two different rooms. On the first night, we had a two bedroom cottage on the first floor right by their huge outdoor lawn with a…
…hot tub. Now, you know my thoughts on hot tubs (they gross me out), but my kids were so pumped! They swam and then…
…they played in the “yard” the rest of the afternoon. Winnetu has so many amenities and outdoor activities plus, it’s on the ocean, so there are really a plethora of things to do.
After an early morning, some car riding, a ferry ride and looking around town, they were excited to spend a few hours outside running around.
Later that night…
…we cleaned up…
…and took the free shuttle from the Winnetu resort into Edgartown (the cuuuuuute little downtown by the resort). They offered the shuttle twice an hour so that you didn’t have to find parking in Edgartown (which we later would try to do and realize it was harrrrrd)…
Agh! Edgartown was ADORABLE!!! This little town was by far my favorite. I mean…look at Lululemon, how cute is that storefront?!
I will have more pics to share in the next post, but seriously, I loved this town!
We ate dinner outside at…
…Atlantic and loved every bite! The weather was gorgeous, the food was delicious and the setting beautiful. It was the perfect way to end our day.
Awwww! It was a long day for sure 🙂 .
After dinner, the kids got ice cream and we headed back to the hotel.
That’s PART ONE from our trip to Martha’s Vineyard! Again, if you missed the first leg of our trip when we visited Cape Cod, check that out HERE! I will have many more MV details to come!
See you tomorrow!