Monday, April 11, 2011

I is for Island

As I wrote about in my Aquinnah post to start off the A-Z Challenge, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts is one of my favorite places to visit. So I decided to share more of the Island for my "I" post.

My family's cottage is in the town of West Tisbury, near the center of the Island. This is the Mill Pond not far from the cottage, and the Old Mill House. Most years, the pond is home to swans, and while they are very pretty, they have been known to chase bystanders. Including my mother and me! A swan at full height with his wings spread is not a friendly sight, to put it mildly.

Some of my favorite places on the Vineyard include the fishing village of Menemsha:

And the Edgartown Harbor and Lighthouse:

Photos courtesy of wikimedia commons

Some years ago I had the good fortune to go sailing on Vineyard Sound. While I was a little nervous about my first time on a sail boat, it was one of the most beautiful days I've ever experienced.

When I visited the Island last year, the ferry back to the mainland left out of Vineyard Haven, a bustling community that serves as the main port of entry. We took an early morning boat, and my niece took this photo of the sun rising over the harbor.

So that was our goodbye to the Island, until next time.


  1. It's a beautiful island. I love your pictures.

  2. Gorgeous photos! Now I want to go there! :O)

    My “I” post is here:

  3. These are gorgeous images!! I would love to go there, I've not EVER been to the northeast at all.

  4. Beautiful. I love New England, but I haven't visited in a while.

  5. I visited New England a few years ago. We went to Cape Cod and up to Provincetown. But I never made it to Martha's Vineyard. I'd love to go someday. It's on my list!

  6. Beautiful Thanks for sharing. Martha's Vineyard is on my list of places I want to go as is Nantucket. I love New England.

  7. @Angela, thanks, it really is a beautiful place.

    @Word Nerd, thanks for the link to your post! The Vineyard is a great place to visit for sure.

    @Nicole, I love the Northeast, it's so pretty there. I got lucky with some of the images on Wikimedia, I couldn't believe how gorgeous they were.

    @Carol, thank you, I love New England too, it's a special place for sure.

    @Stephanie, oh, that's a shame you didn't make it to the Vineyard on your trip. I hope you are able to make it back someday! :)

  8. What a wonderful place the pictures are awesome.
    Thanks for sharing.


  9. @Serendipity's Library, thanks! Oh, I hope you get to go to both the Vineyard and Nantucket. I agree, I love all of New England, it's just gorgeous there.

  10. Wow! I've heard how beautiful it is. Thanks for sharing!

  11. How beautiful. It's on my place to visit list. I particularly love lighthouses and found your pictures lovely. Thanks for visiting my blog. It's good to make new friends!

  12. great photos and a familiar looking scene (I live on the Atlantic coast up the way a bit)
    Jan Morrison

  13. WOW what beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing.

  14. New England is so awesome. For two or three months. Great pictures =)
    Happy I Day.

  15. Ahhh, I'd love to live on the island of Ocracoke down here off North CArolina...but I love your neck of the woods as well.
    Great "I" word...
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  16. I've never been to Martha's Vineyard but it is definitely a place I would love to go to someday. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  17. Great post! Looks like the kind of place you start planning your next visit as soon as you have to leave.

  18. Oh, so BEAUTIFUL! Love the photos.

  19. @Rae, it really is a gorgeous place, glad you liked the pictures!

    @Better Is Possible, I agree, I love meeting new blogging buddies. Thanks for coming by!

    @Jan, oh, I bet it is beautiful where you live as well, I love everywhere I've been along the Atlantic. I've always wanted to keep going up the coast and see Maine, but haven't made it yet. Someday!

    @Liz, thanks!

    @Lynn Marie, so glad you liked them, thank you!

    @Tara, that's a good point, I've only been to New England during the summer months. I don't think I'd want to be there during the winter! Happy J Day now! :)

    @Tracy, oh, I bet Ocracoke is beautiful, I'd love to visit the North Caroline coast sometime. I've always heard great things about that area. Thanks for the link to your book, I do love animal stories and will check it out! :)

    @Caren, I hope you make it there, I think you would love it for sure.

    @Tim, that's a great way to describe it, I'm always anxious to go back again.

    @Samantha, I love lighthouses too, there's something so romantic about them to me. I don't know what it is, but I love them.

    @Talli, thank you!

  20. Looks like we both like our islands! Completely across the Country from each other -- you with Martha and me with Catalina :~) And you even brought up the word "romantic" when replying to Sam...about lighthouses...funny.

    Love the pics!

  21. @Kathy, thanks! Your Catalina post made me smile when I saw it, great minds think alike. :)

  22. Beautiful photos! I've only been to MV twice, despite living full time on Cape Cod. Interesting place!

  23. @KatieO, I'm jealous of you living on Cape Cod! The whole area is so beautiful, I love it there. Thanks for coming by, it's great to meet you. :)


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