Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard
The second part of our road trip took us from the hustle and bustle of New York City to the calm, coastal haven of Kennebunkport, Maine and then on to Martha’s Vineyard. The one downside of this part of the trip was the weather, as it took a turn for the rainy and chilly. That meant the camera didn’t come out as much as in New York. We didn’t let the weather ruin our trip though.
Kennebunkport holds a special place in family lore. Mrs. GLP’s parents took a trip there shortly after they were married and we’ve been regaled with stories of the Gooch’s Clam Shack and my father-in-law contemplating acting suspiciously outside of Walker Point, the Bush family residence, to mess with the Secret Service (which thankfully he decided would not be a great decision).
Looking down the quaint street in a rainy Kennebunkport.
New construction and docked boats in the Kennebunk River.
The Clam Shack provided us with a succulent, sweet lobster roll and fried clams to fuel our journey back down the course to Martha’s Vineyard.
The rocky Maine shore was unlike the sandy shores we are used to in journeys down south or along Lake Michigan. It reminded us of Mackinac but with a distinctly salty smell.
Cape Neddick Light in York, Maine, looked out over the stormy, churning Atlantic Ocean as waves crashed upon the shores. Further north, despite the chilly temperatures, surfers donning wetsuits were taking advantage of the large crests.
A bus tour of Martha’s Vineyard, which ironically has no vineyards and several dry towns, took us to Gay Head Cliffs and the Gay Head Lighthouse.
Our stay in Oak Bluffs saw us eating at Sharky’s Cantina, which offered surprisingly good Mexican-American fare despite its tourist trap appearance, Jimmy Seas Pan Pasta, an excellent recommendation from Samantha at Subtly Fabulous, and grabbing drinks at Offshore Ale Co. A six pack of Long Trail Double Bag, brewed in Vermont and purchased at the local liquor store, perfectly complemented the chill in the air.
Albeit short and rainy, we enjoyed the change of pace offered by our stay in Kennebunkport and Martha’s Vineyard. It was a nice bit of relaxation after our full schedule in New York and our hours upon the road.
Lodging: King’s Port Inn, Kennebunkport, ME
Pequot Hotel, Oak Bluffs, MA