If there were grapes or a vineyard for sure I did not see them and I still don’t know who Martha was but the pleasant ginger bread row of houses of the Methodist Camp in Oak Bluffs welcomes you when you step off the ferry on this charming island. Ferries are running all day between Cape Cod, Rhode Island or even Long Island to this summer colony that recently started to have a continuously growing resident population.
In an island where the bikes have priority over any kind of traffic, the bike trails are at best crisscrossing the island between the principal communities of the northern shore. We biked all the way from Vineyard Haven to Edgarton and return, a most pleasant 25 miles ride that partially is on a stretch of road between the ocean and marshes.
Inhabited originally by local Wampanoag Indians the island became in modern times a place of the rich and famous with a slight less snottiness than the Hamptons. The famous Black Dog tavern founded in 1971 by an Air Force pilot became a marketing machine selling considerably more items that are totally unrelated to food at all and the first “Jaws” film was shot on one of the island’s beaches.