Thanks to all who helped with our trip to Martha's Vineyard. Your advice made the trip run smoothly. We arrived at the Vineyard Airport on Cape Air and took the taxi to Isabelle's Beach House in Oak Bluffs. We'd planned on taking the bus, but we'd just missed it. The taxi driver (Lighthouse Taxi) was very personable, and we called him to take us back to the airport when we left. I've reviewed Isabelle's Beach House separately, but let me just say that it was the perfect choice for us, and we would definitely return.
After dropping our bags in our room we headed out to explore Oak Bluffs. We took a long walk, stopping at Off Shore Ale for lunch -- good clam chowder and an Amber Ale on draft. It was very chilly that day, and I regretted not packing a scarf, but when we got back to Isabelle's, there were freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and hot tea waiting. We went back to Off Shore Ale for dinner, but we learned to go earlier, as we had a very long wait that night. Whenever we went back, we made sure it was early to avoid the crowd, but it was worth it. We had lobster rolls and clam chowder, and they were excellent! We also liked the friendly, relaxed atmosphere. It was our favorite spot on Martha's Vineyard.
We also enjoyed Linda Jean's Restaurant. Isabelle had thoughtfully left us a gift certificate for Easter breakfast at Linda Jean's, and it was a very good choice. I had bacon, eggs, and home fries, and my husband had blueberry pancakes. I'm not a pancake fan, but I tasted his, and they were wonderful. We enjoyed Linda Jean's so much that we went back later for dinner.
After leaving Linda Jeans' we walked around and looked at the Gingerbread Houses, and then went to Edgartown on the #13 bus to follow a self guided walking tour that we found in a booklet at Isabelle's. We got to see the whaling captain's homes, the Whaling Church, and various other historical buildings. We had lunch at the Newes from America Pub -- a cup of clam chowder and a burger, accompanied by a Harpoon Ale. Everything was very good. It seemed a good place for young families and older people alike. I imagine the good burgers and draft root beer are a draw for kids.
During the 5 days we spent in Martha's Vineyard, we took the bus to all the towns and rented a car one day to get to areas not easily reached by the bus, like Aquinnah and Menemsha. We rented from A-A Island Rental, and it was great. The car was brought to us at Isabelle's, and the car was picked up the next morning. We were told to leave the key with Isabelle, so it was no hassle for us at all.
One of the other restaurants we enjoyed was Espresso Love in Edgartown. We stopped for coffee and tea there a couple of times and once for lunch. We shopped at the Black Dog store in Edgartown and brought back very soft, stuffed black dogs sporting a pink tee shirt for 3 of our granddaughters and a little dress for the baby. We also used the ATM at the bank closest to the Whaling Church in Edgartown.
During the time we were there we went to West Tisbury, by bus, for a brief visit, but returned there when we had the car. We were driving along State Road when we were getting hungry for lunch, and I spotted the Scottish Bakehouse. My husband had driven past it, but he quickly turned the car around when I said we should try it for lunch. It was a good decision, as they have the best meatloaf sandwiches we have ever had. They were thick and delicious, made on their hearty bread.
When we were in Vineyard Haven one day we stopped in the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore and picked up a book of Martha's Vineyard photos for my mother and a Cynthia Riggs mystery for me. It had been suggested by Wendy, at Isabelle's, and I'm so glad I followed up on it, as I'm really enjoying the book. Our time in Martha's Vineyard and Isabelle's Beach House came to an end all too soon, but I know we'll return.