6/15/2009

Harborside Sunny Days


After nearly a week of fog, clouds, and drizzle (during which time the Island is still magnificent in its own way), we have finally had a few breaks of sunshine! I am so happy. The very moment the sun came out, we hopped on our bicycles and headed south on Main Street to South Summer street and then straight to the beach! The dunes looked gorgeous, and everyone was out in full merriment after so many days keeping cozy inside. We topped off the day grilling at home (the best way to eat on the Vineyard is simply. While a few restaurants offer atmosphere and charm worth paying for, the best food happens right at home in the kitchen. Besides, I love nothing more than using our Mackenzie Childs dishes and sipping a glass of wine on the porch while the grill heats up. We did however go out to a lovely dinner at the Harborside Hotel the night my dear friend Ashley flew in to visit. My godmother calls the Harborside her "living room on the water," and that's exactly what it is. The setting is divine, with a wraparound porch overlooking the Edgartown lighthouse, and an interior that looks like the inside of a ship. I adore the heavy bright white paneling and dark wood floors, with touches of seagreen and aqua. It's the inspiration for my own bedroom redecorating right now.

Rainy Night Dinner at Home

(thank you Taylor for the crab headband!)

Sunny Day at the Harborside





My adventures on these rainy and sunny days have been all over the island, from South Beach to Chilmark to Aquinnah. We occupied rainy days with coffee from Espresso Love and then strolling down the streets in town. When we stopped into In the Pink - the Lilly Store in Edgartown - we met the most adorable salesgirl, and had a wonderful time browsing one of the greatest selections of current season Lilly I've ever seen! Other shopping highlights included J. McLaughlan, Claire Murray, Bramhall & Dunn (I bought a fabulous Dash & Albert rug), and of course a stop on Winter St. for Vineyard Vines. We visited the many lovely art galleries, my favorite of which is the Christina Gallery.

Gingerbread Architecture in Oak Bluffs




Lunch at Black Dog


West Tisbury Antique Fair
One of the most exciting moments was when I went to Vineyard Haven for the first time this trip and discovered that they are home to MV's very first cupcakerie! Yes, it's true!! A very smart gentleman and his wife moved to the island after working at Magnolia Bakery in NYC, and they started their own cupcake shop on Main St. called Sweet E's. It's an adorable shop, with sweet cupcake sayings above the door. E is simply the kindest and incredibly gifted cupcake artisan I've ever met. He was decorating sugar glazed pansies and violets when I last saw him. All you summerers who have yet to step onto the island this summer, I you must stop in E's to discover this best new addition to Vineyard Haven. Open 11-7 daily.

Sweet E's Cupcakes



Finally, some pictures of my godmother's house, my most favorite house





By the way, did anyone go to the Mackenzie Childs Barn Sale this past weekend?
I was SICK, absolutely sick to have to miss it. I'd love to hear anyone's experiences, purchases, etc....and if you are feeling buyer's remorse about anything please let me know :)

16 comments:

preppyinnewengland said...

Love the pictures. We might be heading over there this summer!

Kate said...

Great photos! I love your polka dot bikini!

MBM said...

Great post! Looks like rain or shine you had a great time. I have got to get back to the Vineyard. It has been much too long since I've been! Your trip looks heavenly!!! I love all the pictures. Thanks!!

Pink Martini said...

Heaven! :)

Landlocked Mermaid said...

WOW~~ It looks like you are having the most wonderful time! I am so happy the weather finally has gotten so much better. Enjoy! and when you come back to dc let's play xo

College Belle said...
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College Belle said...

It looks like a great time! Love your sun hat!

BLC :o said...

Oh how lovelllllly! Enjoy. Xoxo-BLC

Allie in G'town said...

Gosh I haven't been to MV in years but you made it all so appealing again. You also made me very, very hungry...

Kerry said...

Your pictures are lovely! I loved your Lilly dress too! I just have one question: How do you stay so slim??

Rachael said...

I love the jacket your wearing at the antiques shop! So cute..

Her Preppiness said...

Love the photos. Thanks for sharing

Miss Janice said...

Love all your photos of the Vineyard...everything looks lovely!

mint juleps and magnolias said...

What a lovely trip! Looks like you had a great time!

GingerSnap said...

Great photos! It looks like you are having so much fun :) Your bikini is so darling!

Little Bow Prep said...

I've given you an award :)