a weekend trip to martha’s vineyard

over memorial day weekend we decided to book a last-minute trip to martha’s vineyard.  a quick 35 minute plane ride later, and we arrived at the super cute martha’s vineyard airpot.  MVY is one of those small airports where you exit via an outdoor staircase, and our pleasant, chilled out arrival set the tone for the entire weekend.

first on the agenda was checking into our inn, located in historic edgartown.  we stayed at the fallon, which was build in 1892 and is located on the main street in edgartown.  near shops, restaurants, and the water, this was definitely an ideal location for a weekend getaway.

the fallon in edgartown

the room itself had a vintage-type vibe, complete with pink wallpaper and a queen sized sleigh bed – which was very comfortable – more so the the average hotel room.

room 4 at the fallon

after getting settled in the room, we decided to go explore the town.  a scenic walk down north water street brought us to edgartown light, located on the southeast side of the island.  for $5 you can walk to the top and see a nice view of the harbor.

edgartown light

my favorite thing about edgartown was the architecture – the houses in town are white, with white picket fences and black rooftops – very quant and romantic.  its the perfect town to get a nice piece of fudge and wander around.

north water street in edgartown

that evening we had dinner at the farm-to-table-inspired french restaurant in the fallon, l’etoile.  luckily for us, the weather was pleasant and we were able to sit outside in the garden area.  with such a nice atmosphere, it was easy to enjoy a relaxed meal and a glass of wine.  overall, the food was fresh and inventive – we had duck and halibut, and both entrees were superb.

after dinner, we took a quick stroll around town and then headed back to the inn.  my only complaint about the fallon was the noise.  while it was convenient to be housed above such a lovely restaurant, you could definitely hear the people in the bar area downstairs.

the following day we had breakfast at among the flowers, an yummy outdoor cafe by the water, before buying tickets for an afternoon sailboat ride with mad max sailing adventures.

mad max sailing adventures

the sailboat ride was an hour long and took us around edgartown harbor.  it was a sunny day and sitting outside on a boat was a nice, relaxing way to spend a sunday afternoon.

after returning to town, we had dinner at the seafood shanty where we split a lobster quesadillas and lobster roll.  the lobster roll was huge, but the real star of the night was the lobster quesadilla.  lobster mixed with cheese – who would have thought?  so good!

the next day we rented a convertable mini cooper and drove around the island to explore.  our first stop was oak bluffs, where they have these really cool ‘gingerbread houses’.  the houses are all different colors and look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale.

gingerbread houses in oak bluffs

after some aimless driving, the last stop on our little adventure was gay head lighthouse on the southwest side of the island.  the lighthouse was automated in 1956 and is still active.  we had the chance to walk to the top and see a nice view of the cliffside.

gay head lighthouse

so overall, the trip to martha’s vineyard was a huge success.  its such a short flight from jfk that i can really see the island becoming one of my go-to summer destinations.

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