Miacomet Beach, Nantucket
Jetties Beach, Nantucket
Estimated at 100 square miles of land and divided into 6 towns: Tisbury, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Aquinnah - My cousin, Abby and I covered lots of ground! I spent the better part of the four days interviewing my family for tips so below is a collective guide of my travel tips for anyone looking to plan a vacation to this timeless island.
Aquinnah Umbrellas, Martha's Vineyard
The Couple, Martha's Vineyard
WHERE TO STAY:
The Harbor View Hotel
This beautiful hotel looks over the light house and has a wrap around porch that is perfect for sipping Bloody Mary's on rainy days.
The Charlotte Inn
In the words of my cousin, Abby, this hotel is "ridiculously cute!"
The Beach Plum
Set on a hill overlooking the Menemsha harbor, this quaint 19th-century inn is a 7-minute walk from the Menemsha village
Rent a House
Lastly, for a larger group, the best way to go is to rent a house, through usual suspects like AirBnB or VRBO, and then there is also HomeAway. This obviously isn't too much of an insider tip but wanted to include nonetheless as this is what we did, and it was so ideal being all together under one roof.
Sunfish Sailboat, Martha's Vineyard
Surfside Beach, Nantucket
THINGS TO DO & PLACES TO GO:
This is the part of Martha's Vineyard that I stayed in. It was very easy to bike around and check out all the the shopping and restaurants in the area. Known for their light house, the most iconic beach to visit is Light House Beach, which is also great place to go crabbing!
*In 1866 Robert Morris Copeland was hired by a group of New England developers to design a planned residential community in Martha's Vineyard. The unique "Carpenter's Gothic" architectural style of the cottages was often accented by the owner's use of bright, multi-hue paint schemes, and gave the summer cottages a quaint, almost storybook look. Dubbed "gingerbread cottages," they became a tourist attraction in their own right in the late nineteenth century. And tourists, like myself, still enjoy them today! They are just SO Instagram'able.
Tucked at the western end of Martha's Vineyard, Menemsha is an old fishing town located in the town of Chilmark, which is famous for Alley's General Store and for being where President Obama likes to stay while visiting the Vineyard in Chillmark.
Famous for the red cliffs and beach, this a MUST see in MV. South Beach Bridge, dubbed The Jaws Bridge at State Beach is perfect for the movie lover in all of us, especially those who love scary movies! Take in some movie magic history and visit the beach where the move JAWS was filmed.
Ocean Rain, Nantucket
Black Lab, Martha's Vineyard
WHERE TO EAT:
This legendary clam shack has tremendous fried oysters and clams
(Also known for being Sasha Obama's summer job) has been serving up tasty seafood since the 1960s.
Offshore Ale Company
This is obviously a heated debate but I have to say I really enjoyed my Lobster Roll here and it went down quite nicely with a cold brew.
Literally, the best ice cream I've ever had. Cool Mint Oreo was 70% Oreo cookies crunchy and 30% mint chocolate chip ice cream. Homemade daily!
The Atlantic Restaurant
During the day they serve bacon at the bar instead of nuts or other bar snacks. People love it! Then, at night it becomes a big bar scene, it's definitely a happening spot to go anytime of day.
Aquinnah Kayaker, Martha's Vineyard
Jetties Beach II, Nantucket