A 45 minute ferry ride off the southeast coast of Massachusetts, this quaint 23-mile long island made up of 10 communities is a treasure trove of sun, sand and rich history. First settled in 1642, the typical year round population of about 15,000 swells to about 100,000 during the summer months.
|Moshup Beach in Aquinnah|
|The Lighthouse and Cliffs at Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head)|
|The Inkwell in Oak Bluffs|
|Circuit Avenue Shopping District in Oak Bluffs|
|Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs|
Oak Bluffs is a summer vacation destination for the African-American middle class. There is a rich history of lumaniaries - past and present - from the worlds of politics, education, entertainment and literature who have spent time there. Senator Edward Brooks, Henry Louis Gates, Spike Lee, and Dorothy West have all been residents of the community. The Kennedys, the Clintons and the Obamas have vacationed in Chappaquaddick, Chilmark and Edgartown in Martha's Vineyard as well.
|Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven|
Painted Ladies of Oak Bluffs
|Oak Bluffs Gazebo|
|The Black Dog Bakery|
An interesting bit of trivia: Contrary to popular believe (because of the name) there are no wineries on Martha's Vineyard. The one and only winery closed in 2008. But there is plenty of seafood.
|The Bite in Menemsha|
Peace and Blessings,
Photos courtesy of ElleDecor.com and Frommers.com.