What a long car ride!!!!! Ocean City, NJ to Woods Hole, Massachusetts. 6 ½ hours. Little did I know this trip would be well worth the drive. My boyfriend and I decided to “get away” for the weekend. This trip all stemmed from purchasing a “Living Social” deal. We were spending the weekend staying at a quaint, little bed and breakfast called The Woods Hole Inn. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much because this was purchased on Living Social, but I was pleasantly surprised. I later found out they use this deal on Living Social to get people to visit in the “off-season”. Anyway, when we arrived we rode around downtown Falmouth waiting for our 2PM check in.
They were very strict with not allowing us to come any earlier, which was fine, because we got to explore. Many stores and restaurant store fronts’ read: “Thanks for a great season, see you in the Spring”. This is something I am all too familiar with seeing, residing in the seasonal town of Ocean City, NJ. We also took notice that there were not many chains upon entering Woods Hole (besides my favorite, Starbucks, of course).
When it was finally 2PM, we drove up to The Woods Hole Inn and we were given a free parking pass along with ferry passes to travel over to Martha’s Vineyard. We were again, pleasantly surprised when we realized how close the Ferry was to the Bed & Breakfast. It was about a 2-minute walk. Upon unpacking and getting ourselves situated, we were delivered a bottle of Prosecco to enjoy in the room. Prosecco was exactly what I wanted to see after a long day of traveling. The rooms were very lovely and very clean. Only thing…. (Which is typical of a Bed & Breakfast)…. is that noise travels right through the walls/doors, so be sure to use your best inside voice. We also were informed that breakfast would be served daily in the common room with fair trade coffee. There is a specialty chef that prepares breakfast every morning for the guests. While familiarizing ourselves with the grounds, we realized there is also a conveniently located 11-mile bike path called the Shining Sea Bikeway. The Inn provided us with different bikes that we were able to use.
We ventured back out after getting situated for dinner; we used our trusty YELP application to find a Mexican Restaurant called Anejo Mexican Bistro. It was a long wait to be seated so we knew we were in a popping place. The décor was modern and included a variety of seating. We chose to sit at a high top (one of our favorites). They had a great Happy Hour, which included, wine beer, and of course, margaritas and we also enjoyed snacking on chips, salsa, and guacamole. After Happy Hour we wanted a sweet treat, we stopped at the highly recommended Pie In The Sky Bakery. It was here that I fell in love with the delicious popover. All the sweets were delicious and it was a nice spot to stop for hot coffee or tea. We stopped at The Pie In The Sky Bakery five different times on our weekend getaway. Our first day in Woods Hole was a hit.
The next day after the wonderful chef prepared homemade breakfast, we decided to bike the Shining Sea Bikeway and check out the Nobska Lighthouse along the way. Although the Lighthouse was closed, we were able to peek in the window and it was certainly worth seeing. While biking, the views were magnificent even in the “off season” it was certainly sweatshirt/jacket weather traveling in late November. After biking off our delicious breakfast we walked over to the Steamship Authority and took the 45-minute ferry ride over to Martha’s Vineyard. They even served alcohol. Once we got to Martha’s Vineyard our adventure began. We took one of the many public transportation buses around the island, so we got to see quite a lot. We stopped for lunch at the Black Dog Tavern where we shared a crab cake sandwich and a bowl of their homemade chowder. The tavern was located right on the water, which provided a spectacular view. After lunch, we hopped back on the public transit bus and headed to see The Aquinnah Cliffs, which was the furthest travel time, but certainly worth the views. We also enjoyed taking a walk on the beach once we arrived at The Aquinnah Cliffs.
The Cottage Museum was in the same area (Oak Bluffs) I was very interested in seeing the Gingerbread Cottages so we stopped and checked them out and learned a lot of history about these unique houses within the museum. From Oak Bluffs we traveled to Edgartown to see the Edgartown Lighthouse and to grab another bite to eat. We stopped at Espresso Love where I had the best quesadillas of my life! No exaggeration! It was a very quaint place to stop; hidden down one of the side streets. Yet again, I thank YELP for my ability to find these great places to eat. After a long day of exploring, we took the public transit back to the Steamship Authority Port. BTW, when you think gross, dirty, public transit, you are mistaken. Martha’s Vineyard seems to take pride in their public transportation and it shows. Do not be discouraged in trying out their bus transportation around the island. It is inexpensive and clean. This is the best way cover a lot of the island!
All in all we were able to see a lot. I would like to return here in the summer when it is crowded and everything is open, but it was also nice to experience Martha’s Vineyard and Woods Hole in its “laid back offseason”. We enjoyed staying at The Wood’s Hole Inn so much, that we gave my boyfriend’s parents the exact same trip for their anniversary. Hopefully they enjoy it as much as we did!