It’s been a while since I posted, in fact we’ve been to California and back since I last wrote, but that’s life I suppose. Weddings and trips and birthdays usually trump blogging for me. However, we’ve been home for several weeks now and I finally feel rested enough to sit down and talk with you all about our trip to New England earlier this summer, and share our favorite eats while we were there.
I told you in my previous post that we stayed in Hyannis and we could not have loved it more. We chose the town originally due to its proximity to the ferries leaving for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, but it turned out to be incredibly charming and we will be staying there in the future even if we don’t plan on venturing over to Nantucket.
We loved every minute of our time on Cape Cod; waking up early with the sun, enjoying brunch at fantastic local restaurants (like the Sea Street Cafe), watching the sail boats come in, laughing with friends, and soaking up every bit of the cooler weather. Not to mention ice cream every afternoon – who doesn’t love that?
The Sea Street Cafe, Chatham Bars Inn (order the lobster nachos as your meal, you can thank me later), Black Cat Tavern (great live music and raw bar out back), Alberto’s (fantastic Italian cuisine; this is a great option for date night), and Pizza Barbone (wood fired, Neapolitan pizza…no further explanation needed) were our favorite restaurants…although my husband and I did pick up some local pad thai one night while we watched Game of Thrones in our bungalow and that place was pretty great too. If only I knew what it was called.
We truly adored our time in Cape Cod and are eager for our next trip. Until then, I have about two thousands photos to help me reminisce.
Our time on Martha’s Vineyard was unfortunately not quite so favorable. We didn’t care for Oak Bluffs at all; it seemed a bit too overdone for us. Too cheap. Too touristy. Too many gingerbread cottages. Not to mention, it rained the entire time we were there. I really hate that our experience was poor because I so badly wanted to like it (I’m a Sabrina fan, after all). Luckily, our day did have a few high notes. We were able to start the day with some famous Back Door Donuts and coffee, which was delectable and so very needed…even though we enjoyed it all while getting rained on. The Quahog Chowder at the Black Dog Tavern was the best I’ve ever had and their lobster roll was quite divine as well. And as you know, good food can always turn a bad day around.
We hopped on a bus down to Edgartown after lunch and it turns out, we had just been on the wrong part of the island all morning. We found Edgartown to be quintessentially charming and beautiful. We hiked out to the Lighthouse and strolled the streets a bit before we made our way back to the ferry. We both made the unanimous decision that if we ever found ourselves on the island again, we would be staying in Edgartown.
I think there is something a little bit magical about Nantucket. It’s remained relatively unchanged for decades, with brick buildings and cobblestone streets, and it’s not exactly easy to get to, so you feel somewhat secluded from the world while you’re there.
You really can’t see the island (or properly enjoy it) in just one day. It was all the time we could spare on this trip, but it felt like we had barely dipped our toes in the water before we had to leave. I wanted to watch the sunrise from ‘Sconset Beach, ride bikes through historic downtown, have oysters and lobster pizza overlooking the harbor, and watch the sunset on Madaket. We may not have done everything, but we enjoyed our time and we’re so glad we got the little taste of Nantucket that we did.
We started our day off with Handlebar Coffee, strolled through ‘Sconset and tried to pick out our favorite homes, enjoyed a couple of Grey Ladies at the Cisco Brewery, wandered through downtown – hunting for interesting door knockers, had some of the best ice cream on our trip from the Juice Bar, and made so many plans for future visits. You can sense that no one on Nantucket is ever in much of a rush. Life happens slowly, and enjoyably there. It’s a world of its own and it is most certainly worth a visit. I hope you’ll make plans to do so!!
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