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A Weekend Getaway in Martha's Vineyard

New Englanders, rejoice! It's that time of year we all look forward to--Memorial Day weekend a.k.a. the official kick off to summer. Snow is a thing of the past (for the next several months anyway) and now it's time to enjoy the best of what New England has to offer! The island of Martha's Vineyard is one of my favorite places to do just that. While MV is one of those places you could easily spend a week or two in, it is possible to do a short little weekend getaway (carless, even!) if you can't spare the vacation time. Here's my take on the perfect MV weekend:

 

FRIDAY

4:00p: Shut-down that computer and hop in a cab to Logan. Check-in for your Cape Air flight, put to use that TSA pre-check, and make your way to the gate. If you made it with a few extra minutes to spare or if your flight is delayed, DEFINITELY take the time to have a cocktail. These planes are TINY (you're welcome).

6:00p: Arrive in Martha's Vineyard after a short (or long, depending on if you had that cocktail or not) 45 min scenic ride over Cape Cod. Hop in a cab and head to Edgartown to check into your hotel, Lark Hotel's stylish boutique inn, The Christopher. The decor is just lovely.

6:30p: Drop those weekend bags and head on over to the The Atlantic, just a short walk from your hotel, for happy hour. Grab a spot at the bar and you can have dinner with your martinis.

8:30p: End (or start) your night at the popular watering hole The Wharf. The Sox will be on at the bar up front but head to the bar in the back for the party if that is your thing.

10:00p: Call it a night and tuck into your comfy king sized bed with soft pillows and plush linens. Rest up for a busy but fun day ahead!

Edgartown Light

Edgartown Light

 

SATURDAY

9:00a: Rise and shine! It's time for some coffee and bagels at Espresso Love. So many good options to choose from but you can't go wrong with The Islander (veggie cream cheese, bacon and cucumber).

10:00a: Rent some bikes from Wheel Happy located conveniently next door to your hotel and map out your ride. Make sure you get a picnic basket which will come in handy!

12:00p: Get some exercise and pedal your way out of town to Morning Glory Farm to pick up some provisions for lunch--fresh-grown fruits, veggies, and freshly baked goods. On your way back into town, stop at Black Sheep to pick up some gourmet cheese and meats. Followed by a stop at Vintage MV Wine & Spirits for some wine. Then make your way over to Lighthouse Beach for a picnic with a view.

2:00p: If the weather's nice, enjoy the beach or better yet get on over to South Beach (MV's best beach in my opinion). If there are more clouds than you'd like (it is New England after all), not to fret. Pedal those bikes to nearby Bad Martha Farmers Brewery for some local craft brews. Best get a flight to sample them all!

5:00p: Head back to the hotel for some freshening up for dinner. Don't be afraid to pull out the Vineyard Vines. When in Rome...

6:00p: Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail and oysters at the bar at Alchemy. (Note: this is also an excellent restaurant to dine at too)

7:30p: Sit down to a lovely candlelit dinner at L'Etoile. If it's warm enough, dine in the outdoor terrace under the string lights. It's magical.

9:30p: Finish off the night with an ice cream cone from Mad Martha's. There's always room for dessert!

Views on the bike ride

Views on the bike ride

Doesn't get any more American than that!

Doesn't get any more American than that!

The llamas at Ernie Boch's seaside mansion

The llamas at Ernie Boch's seaside mansion

Edgartown Light

Edgartown Light

Mansions on the way to the beach

Mansions on the way to the beach

 

SUNDAY

9:00a: Back to Espresso Love. It's just that good.

10:00a: If the weather is nice, you can't say no to some sun and some waves at South Beach. Hop on that bike and burn of the previous day's imbibing.

1:00p: Head back to town for some lunch and drinks on the roofdeck at the Seafood Shanty. It's an institution not to be missed. Lobster roll, obvi.

4:00p: Return the bikes, grab your bags and sadly head back to the airport. With a smile of course because you just lived it up all weekend on MV.

South Beach

South Beach

Edgartown Harbor

Edgartown Harbor

I mean, Jaws was filmed here...

I mean, Jaws was filmed here...


Accommodations: The Christopher (24 South Water Street Edgartown); thechristophermv.com

 

Our cozy room at the Christopher

Our cozy room at the Christopher

Hotel Spotlight: the Captain Fairfield Inn

The holiday season is always so hectic, especially when you live across the street from the Boston Pops, so my husband and I like to spend a night away from it all. When he asked where we should go this year, I didn't really have a specific place in mind. My only pre-requisites were that wherever we went had to have a fireplace and a large soaking tub, the perfect recipe for de-stressing. So, we stumbled on the Captain Fairfield Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine. Not only did they have both of the things I was looking for, but they were fabulous. The Captain Fairfield Inn is technically part of a chain, Lark Hotels, but feels like a family-run B&B. There are only about 10 rooms, give or take, breakfasts are usually included and it feels more like a friend's home than a hotel. That's the angle Lark Hotels takes with all of its properties, including 76 Main in Nantucket which I've also had the pleasure of staying. These properties aren't just any B&B though, they are decorated with taste, using only the latest trends from the interior design world. Another reason why I love staying with them.

Kennebunkport is known for being mostly a summer destination (after all it's where the Bush's summer) and not necessarily a winter hot spot. But we benefitted from that with friendly off-season rates therefore being able to take the largest room at the inn, the Lark Suite. We also learned quickly that Kennebunkport goes all out for Christmas and the quaint little seaside town was beautifully decorated to the nines. It made for a very festive atmosphere and we were delighted with our decision. I highly recommend it, and if you go here are some ideas of how you can spend your time:

  1. Take a leisurely stroll around town. There are several cafes to have a cup of coffee, restaurants for a bite, and cute shops to browse. Not to mention, the water makes a pretty backdrop.
  2. Relax fireside at the Inn with a good book. There is a constant supply of coffee and tea for you to help yourself and there is even freshly baked sea salt chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon. Or just get a bottle of wine :)
  3. Drive to nearby Ogunquit, another quaint little seaside village for exploring. The pizza and craft beer at Cornerstone is delightful.
  4. There is no spa at the Inn but don't let that prevent you from taking a relaxing bath. Bring along some salts or a soak and you won't even know the difference. Because, when do we ever make time for that at home?
  5. Take a scenic drive along Maine's coast. In the Kennebunkport area, there is Cape Porpoise Pier and of course the Bush Compound on Walkers Point. Just a little way's out you've got York's Nubble Light, Biddeford's Wood Island Light and Timber Point, which has a nice path for those looking to stretch their legs.

So, the next time you're looking for a mini getaway, definitely consider the Captain Fairfield Inn in Kennebunkport or any other of the Lark Hotels in New England, California or Nashville. To learn more about the Captain Fairfield Inn and other hotels in the Lark family, visit their website.

Entering town

Entering town

The marina....Love KPT <3

The marina....Love KPT <3

Shops along Western Ave.&nbsp;

Shops along Western Ave. 

Restaurants along Western Ave.
Restaurants along Western Ave.
Colorful storefronts
Colorful storefronts
The tree all decorated

The tree all decorated

More decorations along Ocean Ave.
More decorations along Ocean Ave.
HA! I wish it worked this way in Boston, although it’s pricier than a meter!

HA! I wish it worked this way in Boston, although it’s pricier than a meter!

The cozy living room at the Captain Fairfield Inn

The cozy living room at the Captain Fairfield Inn

The Lark Suite at the Captain Fairfield Inn. love the wallpaper!

The Lark Suite at the Captain Fairfield Inn. love the wallpaper!

Walk-in shower with marble hex tile floor, subway tile walls, and large soaking tub. HEAVEN!

Walk-in shower with marble hex tile floor, subway tile walls, and large soaking tub. HEAVEN!

Cape Porpoise Pier, Kennebunkport

Cape Porpoise Pier, Kennebunkport

Main Street, Ogunquit

Main Street, Ogunquit

Nubble Lighthouse, York

Nubble Lighthouse, York