Did you know over a million people a summer take the Steamship Authority Ferry to the Vineyard from Woods Hole? Hard to imagine, until you live in Woods Hole and you watch the people streaming on and off the boats.
And while we spend the summer at the front desk advising people about how to navigate the island, you would be surprised how infrequently we actually have time to head over ourselves. So it was with some excitement that I boarded the Island Home this Saturday to explore.
Highlight of the trips are many, but it all starts with the ferry ride itself — bright sunshine, sparkling water over Vineyard Sound, seagulls following the boat, wind in your hair on a hot day. Fantastic.
On arrival, we walked the beachfront with the great expanse of ocean and sky to your left. Down on the sand below you, there are people, boats, towels, beach chairs and so much fun happening both in the water and out.
After our fill of the beach views, we strolled to the Methodist Camp often referred to as the “Gingerbread Cottages.” Built in circles surrounding an open air wooden gathering place from the 1880s, these historic landmark cottages are a sight to see all dressed in their Victorian finery, many colored facades and rocking-chair stuffed porches. The lucky occupants were sipping wine spritzers with their feet up on balconies, enjoying the promenade of people walking through and the sound of Wynton Marsalis playing under the glorious tabernacle.
From the Campgrounds, we returned to the hustle bustle of Circuit Avenue and jostled our way past pizza, donut, fudge and burger joints. We window shopped all the hangouts and chose the Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company. I was dutifully impressed with their milky and authentic clam chowder — winner of this year’s Yankee Magazine Best Chowder in New England award! Yum.
The boat ride back was just as great as the way over, except now sunset over water and a lot cooler. I got some good snaps of the scenery — plus the Quicks Hole churros we enjoyed in Woods Hole at dusk — and I will share it all with you here. A fine summer’s day.