First in a 5 part series on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod…
Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs
Martha’s Vineyard is an island off the southern coast of Massachusetts. It’s only 100 square miles in size, is accessible only by boat or plane, and is a haven for summer vacationers, celebrities and presidents of the United States. The year-round population is only 16,500 but it balloons to over 100,000 in the summer.
Mrs. Ed and I spent three perfect days on the island recently. What follows today and over the next few days are some of the sights and a few recommendations, should you ever care to visit, (and I hope you do!).
In the town of Oak Bluffs, Circuit Ave is where you’ll find all kinds of shops, restaurants, and small businesses.
And on the streets surrounding Circuit Ave, there are older homes, with some unique lawn decorations.
Oak Bluffs has the largest marina on the island, and the ferries from Hyannis on Cape Cod come in several times daily.
This town was incorporated in 1880 as “Cottage City” because of the structures built by visiting Methodists who would visit for a few weeks every summer, to pray and listen to religious speakers. After a few years, the tents were replaced by cottages, over 300 of which still exist today.
Ornate, colorful and over 100 years old, these cottages are still in use as summer homes and are frequently passed down to family members.
The busy season runs from May until about mid-October, and that’s when we visited. It’s a great time to come to the island, as the crowds have dissipated, the weather is still nice, and if you’re a shopper, there are plenty of bargains.
Our hotel and base of operations during out trip was the Pequot Hotel in Oak Bluffs. More of an inn than a hotel, it is quaint, comfortable and the staff are most helpful. Watch for the home-made cookies every afternoon. Amazing.
The view from appropriately named Seaview Ave.
Tomorrow: a visit to Edgartown on the Vineyard.