After literally putting ourselves through the ringer for 8+ hours of Black Friday shopping, a block mate and I decided enough, screw the looming end of our Turkey Day break, we need to get away to somewhere where there’s hardly any people (this time of year at least) and no shops open to tempt our cash starved wallets. Martha’s Vineyard, a madhouse of visiting tourists and transient New Englanders during the summer months becomes something of a ghost town/island after Labor Day. And considering that the island is just a short bus ride and a ferry crossing (2 and a half hours total) away from downtown Boston, it has major day trip potential. Skip the kitschy shops nearby the ferry dock, rent bikes, and make a beeline for the seaside bike trails between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown where you will find sandy beaches, randomly moored sailboats, pristine salt marshes and endless views of the Atlantic. It’s really quite beautiful.
It gets chilly when on the bike so be sure to dress warmly if you do visit at this time of year. I made do with several light layers that could easily be shrugged on and off depending on the activity.
When sunset hits, the water takes on the most unearthly rosy tint. Plop down on the sand or take a quick dip if you dare.
Two buck chuck optional (but heavily recommended).
–Thomas Dai 14′