Martha's Welcome = 100 degrees!!!!
Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
650Trip End Apr 07, 2012
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HI Martha's Vineyard
When we arrived at the harbour, our first mission was to find place to park the car. We'd seen on the internet that there was parking available so we expected a car park at the ferry terminal site.
What we didn’t expect to find was a man who had set up his own business having people park on his mothers front and back lawn and charge $15 per day for the privilege.
What a great business idea ... it got us thinking. There must be a gap in the market for this in Woolwich?!?!?
The whole process was very easy – we bought the Ferry tickets at $17 each and found a seat where we spent the next 2 hours blogging and drinking coffee.
We also read some facts about the area;
Back in 1602 an English sailor called Bartholomew Gosnold built the first colonial settlement in New England. He remained there for a season and frequently visited an island that he later named Martha’s Vineyard - after his daughter and the fact the island was covered by wild grapes.
Later that century, another Englishman; Thomas Mayhew bought the Vineyard and Nantucket for $200 – an absolute bargain in our opinion.
On arrival we could see what the attracts so many people to the Vineyard ... gingerbread looking houses lined the dock whilst the marina was full of million dollar yachts. We felt at home instantly.
A member of the crew pointed out a $3 million boat ... to be honest we’ve seen better!
After finding our way to the bus station, which consisted of a bench, we jumped on the #13 bus and made our way to the only hostel on the island - making it the only place we could afford.
Fingers crossed there was air con as the heat outside was absolutely sweltering
And what a lovely hostel it was.
We were booked into a 20 bed dorm - our biggest to date, but as it was too early to check in we left our bags and on recommendation of the hostel owner, jumped on another bus, this time heading out to Aquinnah. This was an area at the south eastern point of the island. It was incredible.
The bus dropped us off at the edge of the multicoloured clay cliff – where we could see for miles out to sea. The sky was blue, the sun was shining and we were pouring with sweat.
So after a quick tuna sandwich we walked the ½ mile to Lobsterville town beach.
This was voted one of the best on the island and we spent a great afternoon sunbathing, swimming and playing Frisbee.
For dinner, a restaurant owned by the Wampanoag Native people had been recommended, it didn’t look any different to the diners we’d seen around until we ventured out back.
There was a deck overlooking the ocean, allowing us to appreciate the stunning view of the sun going down whilst eating a very tasty meal.
What a wonderful way to end a lovely day.