Although Martha’s Vineyard has earned the reputation as a summer retreat for presidents and affluent city dwellers, at its heart lies the promise of a magical destination where pleasures of a simpler life are once again recaptured.
Named after the youngest daughter of English barrister, explorer, and privateer Bartholomew Gosnold—who was instrumental in founding the Virginia Company of London and Jamestown in colonial America—and the wild grapes growing in profusion, Martha’s Vineyard was once known as a whaling port and farming community. Only seven short miles from the mainland, Martha’s Vineyard has become home to 15,000 year-round residents and a favorite destination for over 7 times as many summer visitors.
Anna Vietor, whose family has been visiting Martha’s Vineyard for generations and who has been sheltering in the well-known New England summer colony since March, reports that currently “there are no restaurants open but a lot of take-out options. All of the summer places are slowly beginning to open up and offer food, wine, signature cocktail mixes, and the like for pick-up. We have explored and found some fun specialty foods such as lobsters and scallops fresh off of the boats in Menemsha—the fisherman were bypassing the fish markets and selling directly from their boats for a few months. We have also discovered a lot of local farm stands up island with delicious homemade cheeses, bread, and island-raised meat: Grey Barn, North Tabor Farm, and Mermaid Farm…” Anna Vietor founded the Lolly List, an innovative social shopping platform that allows users to create wishlists from anywhere online, as well as shop off of others users’ lists- check it out at lollylist.com.
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