I’d forgotten how great Martha’s Vineyard is for a summer getaway. Brandon and I had started visiting during our New York years, but hadn’t been back since we moved to Los Angeles several years ago. Last time, our toy Yorkie Baron was with us. Since he’s spending the summer with grandma, we went as a different party of three, with Lily in tow. The best part of our week there was seeing Lily fall in love with the Vineyard. She’s been to thirty countries now, but I think the Vineyard might be one of her favorite destinations! It is extremely child friendly…which, of course, I never thought about previously. Lily loved the famous carousel, of course (it is the oldest in America), and she played pirate on a boat full of kids, which was probably the highlight for her.

I thoroughly enjoyed just relaxing and taking in the scenery. Obviously, eating was a big part of our experience. I remember New England seafood being delicious, but I loved rediscovering how good it is. Larsen’s Fish Market and the Net Result absolutely have the best lobster on the island.

We had a fantastic time with our friend’s mother, whose family has been on the island for several generations. She gave us her informative and perfectly gossipy tour of the island, before meeting up with some of her friends at the Cardboard Box, a fun new restaurant that’s really a step above the standard Vineyard fare.┬áThe bluefish spread was definitely a standout.

We had to get in some quality beach time. State Beach and Lobsterville Beach were favorites. We also took the gorgeous walk up to the Aquinnah Cliffs and lighthouse.

I’m pretty impressed with the ground we covered in our one week. We were based in Vineyard Haven, but we spent a lot of time exploring the island, rather than just Oak Bluffs. We went to Edgartown (home of my favorite DQ in America…they still have Crunch Coat), Tisbury, Chilmark, and Menemsha. We didn’t make it to the Chappy ferry, but there’s always next year. Although we’re based on the West Coast, it’s clear that we’ll be visiting the Vineyard every summer now, at least while Lily is young. It’s her happy place.