It had been years since I visited the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, so when one of my friends, Lauren, suggested a weekend away there, I jumped at the chance. Not only would it be a weekend away, but it was also an opportunity for Lauren and me to catch up after a crazy summer of messed up travel plans.
After an early Saturday morning drive on Columbus Day weekend, I caught a ferry out of Woods Hole, which took me to Martha’s Vineyard in about an hour. I relaxed and read on the boat, as I watched the rain pour down outside. I wasn’t thrilled that it was raining, but I knew we’d make the most of our time either way.
Lauren picked me up from the ferry, and we headed straight into Oak Bluff. The town was charming even in the rain. We decided it would be best to fill up our bellies and crowded into Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Co. We chose a seat at the bar and indulged in a few beers, clam chowder, and a lobster roll.
New England is known for its seafood and Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Co. did not disappoint. We laughed while we ate and drank, and caught up after several months apart. It was the most ideal reunion.
Since the rain didn’t let up, we headed to the house we had rented and enjoyed the views with a couple glasses of rosé, as we sat in front of the fire. We even caught the most beautiful sunset, one that reminded me that even in my home country, there are sites to soak up.
After movies and relaxing, we headed to bed relatively early, but work up the next morning ready for a day of fun. Luckily, the sunshine woke up with us. After coffee, breakfast, and some morning rosé, we got ready for a day of exploring.
From the house, we walked to the little town nearby that had a few restaurants and shops, then on to Menemsha Beach where we searched the beach for rocks and shells.
Then, we posed for a few photos and headed to the nearest beach shack for some more delicious seafood. We split a fried fish sandwich and clam chowder before doing a little shopping.
Then, we headed back to the house for some relaxing on the deck to soak up the beautiful day and view. The house had a few kayaks and paddle boards, which gave me the perfect excuse to finally try paddle boarding, so we decided to head out onto the water before sunset.
The water was cold, but with low tide, it was easier to get comfortable on the paddle board. It was a little bit scary at first, but after a while it became very easy and fun. Lauren kayaked and I paddled around, until our arms were tired, and then we headed back to the house to soak up one more sunset.
That night, we headed to Edgartown for dinner, and then back to the house for more relaxing and catching up. Early the next morning, after the perfect weekend, I headed back to the ferry to get started on my long drive home.
Honestly, it didn’t matter where Lauren and I spent the weekend together. After months of not seeing each other, and a Mongol Rally trip that I never made it to, our reunion could have happened anywhere, it was just important that we had quality time together. Still, I think Martha’s Vineyard was the perfect spot, giving us cold nights to cuddle up next to the fire, or mornings on the deck with rosé and a view, to laugh and catch up on all of the stories we had to tell each other.