While visiting Martha’s Vineyard, you have to make the trip over to Chappaquidick Island or ‘Chappy’ as we tenderly call it. It is only a small swim away from the Kelley House and all the buzz of downtown Edgartown.
If you are looking for the quiet simplicities of island life, you’ll find it on Chappy. Recently we borrowed our friends Jeep for the day and decided to venture over.
This is the view as we were entering on to the On Time III (Below)
Until 2007, Martha’s Vineyard and Chappaquiddick were connected by Norton Point Beach, a narrow, two-mile long strip of land. Today, guests of Chappy can go over from downtown on the ON TIME II or ON TIME III, ferry systems that frequents back and forth daily from one side of the harbor to the next carrying only passengers and three vehicles at a time.
Residents are able to purchase year round passes to drive on to the beaches of Wasque (Below)
While driving along you’ll notice Chappy has just one public business, a combination general store and automobile mechanic’s garage, which is only open in the summer. You will also find the only commercial farm on the island, Slip Away Farm.
Slip Away’s farm fresh goodies can be found at several local restaurants on the Vineyard or at the West Tisbury Farmer’s Market.
Our favorite MUST SEE locations on Chappy are all maintained and protected by the Trustees of Reservations and include the Mytoi Japanese garden, open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset, Cape Pogue Lighthouse and the Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge.
After spending some time on the beach at Wasque we decided to head over to the Cape Pogue Gut to continue our luck at fishing and watch the sunset from the other side.
I found an extra plump beach plum (Above) while walking down the trail. The trail led out to a beautiful beach with views of the Edgartown Lighthouse.
Fishing on a dock (BELOW) with hopes of catching a pin worthy fish for the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.
The sunset made the whole sky glow as we drove back to catch the boat… Edgartown never looked so good!
The Edgartown Lighthouse in the distance (ABOVE)
Our trip to Chappy was just what we needed to get away for the day and enjoy the spirit of island living.
See you on the other side…