Thank you to everyone who gave me their suggestions for what to see / do on my first trip to the Vineyard. I had a WONDERFUL time and could not have picked a better two days to enjoy the island. Nothing but sun, sand and the sea for me! I'm happy to report that I got some color and no longer look sickly pale.

From left: Rachael, Michael, Greg, Kasey, Will

The first day was pretty much just South Beach and taking in the beautiful views from the Oak Bluffs house. We stayed in East Chop, which is apparently the same thing as Padnaram to Dartmouth. I loved spending time with Greg's family, and relaxing on the beach.

Will Throwing a Wiffle Ball

The second day consisted of an early morning walk to the lighthouse for a few pictures and then we made our way to State Beach for a few hours. No, I did not jump off the bridge, but I promised that I would on my next trip. After we got cleaned up, I got to do some sight seeing at the Gingerbread houses and the gazebo in the middle of the field. I din't get to ride the horses on the carousel, but I did get t osee it, which was pretty cool. Mad Martha's was the cutest little ice cream shop, but Murdick's Fudge dispensed the heavenliest scent of chocolate I've ever experienced in my life. I bought a slice of chocolate, penuche, and peanut butter fudge! I also bought a Martha's Vineyard sweatshirt from "Livin' EZ," a little souvenir shop in the center of town. And how could I forget the incredible Piña Colada at Nancy's? That frozen cocktail was so smooth, I probably would have sipped on 2 more if I didn't have to walk home!

Gingerbread houses
I love the name of this boat...and look where it's from!

Before I knew it, our mini vacation was over and we boarded the ferry back to New Bedford. Those two days were exactly what I needed to recharge my batteries. I strongly recommend a little getaway every now and then to sooth the soul.

"Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone."

"Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone."