Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Martha Vinyard, MA

NIKON D70S, Nikon 18-70

If you have time to vacation in Boston, MA and you like the water/islands/beach…visiting Cape Cod is a must!  It is a nice getaway from the city life in dowtown Boston.  One great place to explore off the coast of the Cape is Martha’s Vineyard.   The only way to get there is via a ferry.  There are many locations to depart via the ferry.  From the Cape we left from Hyannis on the Hy-Line Cruise.  It takes about 45 minutes to arrive and is a lovely ride!

Here is some info on Martha’s Vineyard:    The first people on Martha’s Vineyard were Indians of the Wampanoag tribe and Wampanoags still make up a large part of the town of Aquinnah, also known as Gay Head. The modern history of Martha’s Vineyard begins with the arrival of a single English ship in 1602.   Years later….World War II shot the Vineyard forward into modern times. Servicemen from all around the country were stationed on the Vineyard during the war, many of them at an air base built quickly in the center of the Island – it is now the county airport – where they learned aerial gunnery and how to fly on and off the decks of aircraft carriers. They went home to their families after the war and spoke about a place of astonishing beauty off the coast of southern New England. Even without the war, the Vineyard couldn’t have escaped attention forever. It lay on one corner of a triangle on whose two other points stood the cities of New York and Boston.  Today, the year-round population of 15,000 lives in six towns. From east to west, these are: Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury (Vineyard Haven), West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head).

When we arrived we rented scooters and drove around the island.  There are lots a cute shops, restaurants, B&B’s, hotels, cottage rentals…click here to see the  Martha’s Vineyard Web Site.  This photo is of the Aquinnah Lighthouse in Gay Head.  We stayed just for the afternoon and took the ferry back at night.  A wicked fun day!