Where are the grapes?

Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Harbor View Hotel Edgartown
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Monday, March 19, 2012

19 March

We leave the hotel mid morning and head south toward Martha's Vineyard (MV). At first we are travelling the scenic route but going is slow and MV beckons. The GPS is changed from Scenic to Quickest and we join the rapidly flowing traffic on Route 3.

Time passes quickly (as does the lines dotted on the road) and we are soon at the entrance to the ferry service from Woods Hole To Vineyard Haven. We are early for our booked place on the 2.30 pm crossing but the gatekeeper waves us to hurry as he has one more space we can take on the 1.15 pm crossing which is ready to sail. 

Once across we decide to explore the island of MV from one side to the other. From Vineyard Haven we set forth along the west coast, home to many of note including (reportedly) Larry David - writer of Seinfeld and producer of my favourite series Curb your Enthusiasm. This tranquil and rural shoreline includes the towns of: West Tisbury - a rural village of picket fences, white spired church and a general store; Menemsha - with a working fishing fleet that fills the harbour and the weathered fishermen's shacks, fish nets, and lobster traps that look much as they did a century ago; Aquinnah (the recently renamed Gay Head) which is famous for its steep multi-hued clay cliffs. Next on the agenda is Edgartown, one of the main east coast towns of MV and where our accomodation for the night is located. At the eastern end of the waterfront here, one can go to Chappaquiddick by a small ferry which has now replaced the bridge on which Senator Edward Kennedy famously had the car accident in which a young women passenger was killed.

The main street of Edgartown is filled with quaint timber buildings, many of which were home to wealthy sea captains and merchants from the whaling industry of the early 1800's.

After a walk around the town in the unseasonally mild dusk, we enjoy a meal at the Hotel's restaurant before retiring for a peaceful sleep.

WHOOO!!  WHOOO!! WHOOO!! we startle awake to a noise that resembles a ship's fog horn in a misty sea. The only difference is that the noise is emenating from a speaker in our room.
After gathering our senses and realising what is happening, we throw on whatever clothing is at hand and make for the exit doors in case the fire alarm is signifying a reality.
Of course there is no fire, but to be sure we are left to shiver in the fresh early hours of daylight whilst the police check for any signs of smoke or fire. (I don't know what happened to the fire brigade - they didn't show up!). After the all clear was given in the reception and restaurant area, everyone was treated to a complimentary breakfast as a gesture of goodwill.

After departing the Harbor View Hotel, we soak up some more ambience of this unique little town and then head for the return ferry at Vineyard Haven. From Woods Hole we turn west for Newport, Rhode Island on our circular way to the evening's destination of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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Manuel on

Very cool Town, I'd live there!... but I need internet!... Fast internet, do you get my friend... i need to check the markets!!

rick on

hi phill and gail trip sounds great ,edgartown looks quaint,have fun regards rick

Mandy Carrick on

Hi guys,
Looks like you have settled into a fabulous trip! So sad we couldn't catch up before you left! We look forward to the ride.....Have fun xx

cous Susie on

looks great.. sounds like you are making most of your journey- I would like to come live for awhile in that typical house in Edgartown- love it!

christina on

What an action packed first week you have had.......love reading all about it.
You are doing a great job Phil.......have a fantastic 2nd week

gill27 on

Looks gorgeous!
As the Fellers travel far and wide so does the Wilson's bucket list!
Enjoy. x

Sue on

Yes been there one of my favorite places!

Anita and Darryl on

Love your commentary, pics and video Phill .... keep up the good work, we are enjoying it too much for you to stop now :) Are you speaking with an American accent yet Gail :) Enjoy !

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