Although we have crossed over to Fall, I wanted to share my exquisite experience on Martha’s Vineyard. Located off the coast of Cape Cod, MA, a local Ferry awaits to transport you to a New England summer paradise. I had the opportunity to spend 3 wonderful days for my 25th Birthday filled with buttery lobster rolls and the best oysters I’ve had…ever.
Day 1: Oaks Bluff
The Vineyard is an island that is divided into various small towns. We stayed on the islands principal point of arrival, Oaks Bluff. Also known for the gingerbread cottages and Ferry port, we stayed at a kitschy boutique hotel called Summercamp. The renovated historic hotel pays homage to those summer camp days of your childhood with modern decor and adult amenities.
After settling in, we immediately wanted to try some of Massachusetts famous seafood. A five-minute walk from the hotel, we stumbled upon The Lookout Tavern. With the waterfront view of the ferry port, we enjoyed a juicy lobster roll that was doused in butter, served on a perfectly toasted potato roll and served with an ice-cold local beer.
Day 2: Aquinnah Cliffs & Edgartown
The great thing about getting around Martha’s Vineyard is the local bus. For a couple of dollars, you can get an unlimited day pass and explore all parts of the Island. We had heard about the lighthouse at the top of the Aquinnah Cliffs and couldn’t wait to check it out. Unfortunately, the fog rolled in and we didn’t get to see much, but it was still eerily beautiful.
We decided to head back to Oaks Bluff and regroup to see what other delicious seafood feats we could accomplish. This brought us to Edgartown. It is the more prominent and residential part of the island. With a charming Main St. filled with shops and restaurants and a Yacht club to boast, Edgartown quickly became our favorite part of Martha’s Vineyard.
We found a lovely yet casual restaurant called the Seafood Shanty. It was located right on the dock with a fish-focused menu. The special that night was the Surf and Turf easily portioned for two people. It included half a baked lobster stuffed with lump crab meat and 12 oz NY Strip steak cooked to perfection.
Day 3: Birthday Dinner at Atlantic
On June 22, 2017, I turned 25 and woke up to a beautiful sunrise over the bay. Having such success in Edgartown, I knew I wanted to celebrate there for dinner. We chose The Atlantic, located on the bay right by the Yacht Club.
As you can tell from previous posts, raw oysters are one of my all-time favorite appetizers. Considering myself a connoisseur by now from various Oyster Happy Hours, these by far have been the absolute best. They were subtly sweet with a creamy texture, I was in absolute heaven. They were even caught that same day from the Bay we were sitting on! Talk about fresh! Of course, Raw oysters can’t be enjoyed without Martini, Salud!
If you think we would be sick of lobster by now, think again. We commenced with the Lobster spinach salad that was garnished with heaps of meaty lobster, walnuts, cranberries and a strawberry vinaigrette; very refreshing and the perfect summer dish!
For the main course, I couldn’t resist ordering the truffle lobster mac and cheese. Yes, those are real shaved summer black truffles, over Orecchiette pasta baked with more delicious lobster and sauce au Fromage (cheese sauce). The robust flavor of truffle explodes in your mouth and the creamy cheese sauce plays a lovely balance off the delicately sweet lobster meat. 5 Stars!
Like most Birthday dinners, I was complimented with a lovely strawberry cheesecake and a wish. It was a great way to end the night.
Day 4: Farewell
On our last day on the Vineyard, My mom and I took a stroll down the beach and soaked up the last hours we had at this magical place. We returned to the Seafood Shanty for our last lunch and had the most amazing Fried Cod sandwich. We got to sit on the out deck and watch the sailboats pull in with local residents of the Vineyard.
Martha’s Vineyard is definitely a place like no other. It is filled with history, seafood, and magic. Remember, it is mostly a seasonal destination unless you own property there. The ferry runs most frequent from June 20-Labor Day. It was a Birthday I will cherish and always remember.