Our entire family spent a week in Martha’s Vineyard in August for a family wedding. Most of us had never been there before and were excited to explore New England in the summer. We decided to make a vacation of it because from Pensacola, FL, Martha’s Vineyard is not very easy to get to. We rented one big house and put 15 people under one roof including 6 kids under six! It was the first time for us to have all six grandkids together and it made it a lot of fun to all be staying together. It’s total chaos, but lots of fun!
We arrived on a Sunday and went straight to our house to settle in. We were excited to see a gorgeous and humongous front yard that would be perfect for the kids to run in and a great backyard with a fireplace and swimming pool. The airport was only a short 15 minute ride from our house in Edgartown. After doing research on rental cars, we decided to just take taxis throughout the island. Rental cars are extremely expensive on the island and we would have needed two. We used Lighthouse Taxis throughout the week and they provided car seats for us when we needed them. They were wonderful to work with. We also used Uber when we needed to run to the grocery store or go places without the kids.
The island is just gorgeous. The architecture and all the landscape were jaw dropping. I loved each house better than the next. The hydrangeas were everywhere and just about every house had a white picket fence. Our house was directly next door to the Harbourview Inn which is a beautiful hotel on the island and we were only a few blocks away from all the downtown fun. We rented baby equipment from MV Baby Rentals and scheduled babysitters through MV Sitters.
The first few days of our trip were wonderfully slow-paced and perfect for exploring. Most of the wedding guests had not arrived yet and we were able to just enjoy the house with all the grand babies and stroll around town to see what it had to offer. We spent a lot of time at the pool, took one full day at the beach which was just two blocks away, and rode bikes through downtown. Here’s a look at our first half of the week…
Phew, that was a lot of photos! These pictures pretty much sum up our first half of the week from Sunday to Wednesday. We ate most of our meals at home since we had a house full of kids. We ate lunch out two days. One day we had lobster rolls at the Harbourview Hotel (so good!) and the next we had lobster quesadillas that were ah-mazing at the Seafood Shanty.
That’s a wrap today. I will recap the rest of our trip on Friday which will include most of the wedding festivities!