Girls Weekend in Martha’s Vineyard
A few months ago I visited Martha's Vineyard to celebrate my best friend whose upcoming nuptials will happen later this fall. Morgan and I have known each other since elementary school and declared out BFF status in the 6th grade. We frequently proclaim that we are complete opposites which I think makes us dynamic. We survived middle and high school and even attended our first year of college together. Since our first year of college we have lived in separate cities and as far as we can see we probably won't be living in the same city any time soon. However, through all these years and miles lived apart we've been able to maintain a solid friendship with one another, which I truly cherish.
Martha's Vineyard was absolutely adorable! And surprisingly there was so much to do during our five days there. As such here are some lovely visuals and information on how we spent our weekend celebrating the bride-to-be.
On day one we flew into Boston, drove to to Woods Hole, MA, and caught a ferry to the Vineyard. The trip from Boston took about 2 hours due to traffic traffic but after we got to the ferry it made the whole day feel like a fun adventure. We were able to catch the sun setting during our ferry ride which added an extra perk to our trip over to the Vineyard and the stress from the traffic earlier in the day melted into oblivion.
After reaching the Vineyard we drove to our accommodations for the weekend which was a family owned home of one of the bridesmaids. The house was absolutely gorgeous and waiting for us were goodies and decor galore. In proper bachelorette party fashion we didn't waste any time breaking into the snacks and pouring drinks. I don't think we even made it to our rooms to settle in before devouring an entire cheese tray and a few bottles of wine. As this was a bachelorette party a theme was a necessary part of the weekend and after weeks of deliberation leading up to the bachelorette we finally decided on "girl power Y2K." In concurrence with the theme the MOH handed out our weekend swag bags, which were one of my favorite acquired items from the weekend: CABOODLES! In addition, Morgan provided us with the cutest survival items which appropriately came in matching fanny packs.
After a night full of girl talk, eating, and booze we set out for a day of adventure around the Vineyard. We decided to spend our day touring Oak Bluffs followed by a food and drink tour of Martha's finest. In Oaks Bluff we toured the famous Gingerbread Houses, did some shopping, and visited the flying horses carousel, which built in 1876, makes it the oldest carousel in the states. We then visited Offshore Brewing, 20bynine, and Bad Martha Brewery. After shutting down the brewery, we went to my favorite restaurant of the weekend, The Port Hunter.
On day three we went to a very tasty brunch spot, Among the Flowers, followed by a delightful catamaran cruise around the island. The catamaran was BYOB and between us, another bachelorette, and a birthday party it was an extremely rowdy time. After sailing through the ocean we had an early dinner at The Seafood Shanty, where I devoured the most amazing lobster quesadilla.
After dinner, Morgan’s sister and I returned to our weekend pad in order to prepare for Morgan’s lingerie party. The other girls took Morgan out for some evening drinks so we could transform the space into an epic middle school sleepover party. For food we prepared our own version of dunkaroos (you can find the recipe here,) a lunchable inspired charcuterie board, cosmic brownies, and “when I dip, you, dip, we dip” dip and chips. We also prepared several games which included, truth or dare fortune tellers/cootie catchers, spin the bottle where we spun for mystery shots and pretty pretty princess where we paired off and had to put on each other’s make up while blindfolded.
On our last full day in Martha’s Vineyard we drove to the opposite end of the island to see Gay Head Lighthouse and the Aquinnah Cliffs. The area was absolutely stunning and definitely should not be missed while visiting MV. One thing I was surprised about was that the beach at the bottom of the cliffs was clothing optional! Good for you America! We walked along the beach, took pictures, and made some new friends along the way. After hiking back to our car from the beach we decided to stop at Menemsha beach to have some top notch seafood and picnic on the sand. I ended up getting a krabby patty wrap from Menemsha Fish Market which was SO delicious and sampled some lobster and clam chowder. I was also able to try the fish dip from Larsen’s Fish Market which was extremely tasty. One thing I read before visiting Martha’s Vineyard was that Menemsha is the perfect spot to see the sunset - unfortunately we were unable to stay for sunset due to dinner plans but it is definitely something I’d love to do next time when visiting Martha’s Vineyard.
After getting cleaned up from our beach day we went to a fancy dinner and around Edgartown for drinks. Appropriately we ended the night at our new favorite spot in town, The Port Hunter.
The following day we packed up and traveled back to Boston for our flights home. It was definitely a fun filled long weekend and I will most certainly be returning to Martha’s Vineyard in the future. I hope if you are reading this you will get to go one day too! Thanks so much for reading :)