Has anyone ever seen the show,”The Vineyard”? It is a docusoap series that premiered on ABC Family. Eleven young adults reside in a house for the summer on a beautiful island called Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts and worked at the Black Dog Tavern. That is what inspired me to take this mini-vacay to the island this past August during my stay in Rhode Island.
The homes in Martha’s Vineyard are unbelievable. They are so artsy and unique. I enjoyed walking through the cottage museum (Gingerbread Houses). When walking through the neighborhood you get a 19th-century feel. They are painted in such vivid colors and each home has its own personality. I loved them so much I even stayed in a beautiful home through Air BnB in Vineyard Haven. If you do travel to Martha’s Vineyard I recommend staying in Oak Bluffs because that is where all of the popular attractions are.
On the island, The Flying Carousel was created in 1876 and is nation’s oldest platform carousel. It was first created in Coney Island, NY then moved to Oak Bluff’s Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
If some of you didn’t know the movie “Jaws” was filmed on the island. This is the scene of “The Bridge” which bordered Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. It became a big attraction since the movie and you are actually not supposed to jump off the bridge but everyone does it anyway. It is a 20 ft fall and it is so much fun! I jumped twice and it seems like nothing but it is pretty high. I still can’t go underwater without holding my nose so that is what freaked me out the most.
The Aquinnah cliffs are a must. They are so beautiful but quite a drive. The Vineyard now has Uber and Lyft which helped a lot. If you rent mopeds you cannot take them to Aquinnah. You can see the cliffs from up top or walk along the beach and get great pictures. Although, pictures does not do this place justice, it is absolutely much more breathtaking in person.
The Black Dog is a restaurant and tavern in Vineyard Haven. It was founded in 1971 and also shown on the show The Vineyard. They are known for their souvenirs and of course, I had to get a Tee. The Tavern has amazing brews and really good burgers. Right before Jet Skiing I went to the black dog cafe and got an iced latte and I definitely recommend their breakfast burritos.
Places To Eat & Nightlife
Back Door Donuts – If you want amazing donuts and apple fritters go here! Everything was so yummy! Make sure you go early because there is always a line.
The Barn & Barrel Bistro – This is a bowling alley but also a restaurant and for it being a bowling place the food is so good! I really recommend the Seafood Aglia E Olio. For cocktails, I got The MV Mule and The Raspberry Caipirinha.
Offshore Ale Co – For sure wings and Lobster rolls! This restaurant has a pub feel and they have a lot of brews to choose from. They also give you peanuts while you wait for your food.
Lookout Tavern – I had my first sauteed lobster roll here and it was life changing, haha. Usually, you get it with mayo and it is served cold. Now, I prefer it sauteed because it is served warm. I was so shocked that they serve micheladas I was excited about that. You must try their sushi as well; you can’t really go wrong with anything at this place because everything is delicious.
Giordano’s Restaurant – I didn’t actually eat at the restaurant but they have a take out window for super yummy late night pizza. I am guilty, I ate there more than one night, haha. I could say it is the best pizza I’ve had, yet.
The Aquinnah Shop Restaraunt – While visiting the cliffs we stopped by this restaurant for a mid-day snack and ordered clam cakes and chowder along with quahog and I recommend it. Anywhere in New England, you can go wrong with that.
L8FT (playground for adults) – This bar is so much fun! They have a DJ playing and you can play pool, shuffle board, and many other games. It is a big place and they just opened this past summer. There is always a good crowd.
I cannot wait to come back here again! I hope I inspired you to take a trip to The Vineyard. If you do please share your pictures with me.
xoxo, Mary Alexius