{Gallivant} Martha's Vineyard in 72 Hours

We're back! It's been a wild few months, and I am looking forward to cultivating some much-needed margin in the next month as we get ready for our move. I've missed blogging frequently and can't wait to catch you all up! As always, thanks for checking in--I know you all have busy lives as well and it means so much that you take the time to check in with The Gallivant. 

Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant

At the end of August I headed up north for one of my best friend's (Lindsey) weddings in Westport, MA. The weekend was lovely, and it filled my heart to watch our sweet friends become husband and wife. John made it up for the night, and we spent the evening dancing under the stars, next to the sea, with all of my family and closest friends from childhood. Pure magic. (Also, definitely stalk #joshandlusayido on instagram...gorgeous.)

John unfortunately had to head home bright and early the morning after the wedding, but I was lucky enough to get to tack on a few days of vacation. After taking a quick dip off the dock with the happy couple, my brother, Blair, and I hopped into the car and headed off to catch the afternoon ferry to Martha's Vineyard! 

Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant
South Beach | Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant

Growing up we spent many a week of family vacation on the Vineyard, and I also went to summer camp on the island all through high school. I worked at that camp, FOCUS, for entire summers in College, and met John during a middle-school week that we were both leading. (And the rest is history...) To say it's a special place to us is an understatement. 

The island is full of wonderful beaches, pastoral scenery, amazing restaurants, shops, and farm stands, and I wanted to be able to get a little taste of all my favorite spots over the three days I was there. If you are thinking about making a trip over to Martha's Vineyard know that there is enough to do and see to fill up weeks of time, but you can also get a good overview and be utterly enchanted by the Vineyard in just a few days. I get asked for recommendations all the time from people visiting the Island for the first time so I put together a little list of the places I would recommend to someone who only had a few days to explore.

1. Beach

Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant

The beach is a no- brainer while on the Island. Depending on the time of year the beaches can be crowded, but there are plenty of options if you prefer a little more privacy. Some great ones open to the public are South Beach, Menemsha Public Beach, and Great Rock Bite (This one is for the adventurous but so worth it--the hidden beach is quiet and private, and if the tide is right you can swim out to the great rock and spend the afternoon jumping off.) 

If you are lucky enough to be either renting or staying with someone in West Tisbury or Chilmark then definitely head down to Lambert's Cove (West Tisbury) or Lucy Vincent Beach (Chilmark.) These private gems are only open to residents of their respective towns but are among the nicest beaches on the island. 

2. 7a Foods

7a Foods | Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant
Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant

I love 7a for their breakfast sandwiches and selection of local coffees. My mom and I popped in one morning and got the home-made biscuit, bacon, egg and cheese with fresh greens and it was delicious--flavorful without being super greasy. Peruse their small local grocery and dry-goods section and pick up a pie for dessert made by the Pie Chicks. (We did, and we think it may be the best pie on the Island.) Also, pop into Alley's General Store next door, and peruse their whimsical selection of art supplies, home goods, stationary, food, toys, candles, and more. 

7a Foods, 1045 State Rd., Tisbury, MA 02575

3. Menemsha Harbor + Larsens Fish Market

Menemsha | Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant
Menemsha Harbour | Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant
Larsen's Fish Market | Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant
Larsen's Fish Market | Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant
Larsen's Fish Market | Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant

Menemsha is "up-island" from a lot of the main action but well worth the drive. The working fishing village is quintessentially New England with it's coastal cottages and fishing vessels, surrounded by lush greenery and tall coastal marsh grasses leading down to the waterfront. Come mid-day and head to Larsen's Fish Market for a lunch of the freshest lobsters, oysters, or clams. The lobster comes straight out the steamer and onto your plate, and is served simply with drawn butter--exactly as it should be. On your way out grab a few containers of smoked blue fish paté, a Villa family favorite. We love it served on crackers as an appetizer, preferably sitting outside with a cold drink. 

Larsens's Fish Market, 56 Basin Rd, Chilmark, MA 02535

4. Morning Glory Farm

Morning Glory Farm | Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant
Morning Glory Farm | Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant

Morning Glory is a local produce paradise, and conveniently about 10 minutes from where we stay. Everything is grown in their fields all over the island, from the freshly cut flowers and herbs, to big red red tomatoes, to berries that fill pies and pastries. When my family stays on the Vineyard we embrace shopping in the euro-fashion, picking up fresh ingredients at Morning Glory each day for that night's supper. While there I also picked up a copy of this beautiful cookbook

Morning Glory Farm, 290 W. Tisbury Rd., Edgartown, MA

5. Juliska Outlet

Juliska | Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant

I have a major crush on Juliska's tableware (and just on tableware in general) and love perusing their store in Vineyard Haven. The best part? They have an upstairs that is chock full of seconds (pieces with slight imperfections) that are hugely discounted, and many of them are barely noticeable at all. They have many of the classic french-inspired patterns, and I especially love their serving dishes and bakeware. This time around I made a Christmas wish-list because (hopefully) by Christmas we will be moved and have a new kitchen. (Wherever that may be...more on that soon.) 

Juliska lovers--the outlet ships, so if you have a favorite pattern or piece then give them a call and they can put you on a list for when it comes in stock! 

Juliska, 23 Main St., Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. (508) 562-4010

6. The Port Hunter

The Port Hunter | Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant
Port Hunter | Martha's Vineyard | The Gallivant

The Port Hunter is my favorite place on the island for drinks and oysters, and hipster-prep ambiance. We love the big Gulf oysters down here in Pensacola, but there is just something about the smaller and brinier cold water New England Oysters that hit the spot on a mid-summer evening, especially accompanied by one of the Port Hunter's craft cocktails. On my last night my friend Jen and I headed to Edgartown to catch up over drinks, the lavender vodka concoction for her and smoky mezcal margarita for me, both fantastic. 

The Port Hunter, 55 Main St., Edgartown, MA 

If I had had one more day I would have loved to have stopped by Chilmark Chocolates (the best chocolate ever. End of story.) and have dinner at State Road (my favorite restaurant on the Island, and definitely one of my favorite in general) but there just wasn't time. Hopefully next summer! I am so grateful for the time I had on the Island--Even though it was quick there is just something about the Vineyard that works wonders on my heart. 

Now you know my favorites, but I'm curious about yours! Have you ever been to Martha's Vineyard? What were your favorite spots?



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{Adventures in Film} July in Newport and North Shore

Happy Tuesday! If you follow me on instagram (@evr_thegallivant) than you may have noticed that I have been dabbling in film photography recently. And by dabbling I really mean dabbling--I am a total novice. My cousin Antonia gave me the analog bug when I was home in Massachusetts in July, and we spent a whole morning driving around to local CVSs and Walgreens trying to find disposable cameras to mess around with.  I finally got the film processed last week and these are the results! 

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It was pretty fun to play with disposables, and it definitely brought me back to childhood when we used these things all the time! Can you believe they are still available? My Aunt Heather and Uncle Denny had the best idea for their wedding reception--they put two or three disposable cameras on each table so that guests could take their own pics throughout the night! I was only 11 or so when they got married, but I have never forgotten that, and still think it would be an awesome idea for a wedding today. Although we can #hashtag pics into an album for everyone to see, it would be such a sweet thing for the Bride and Groom to be able to gather up all the cameras at the end of the night and have them developed while they are away on their honeymoon. That way, when they returned, they would have tons of wonderful (and some very silly, I imagine) photos already printed out and ready to be used in all sorts of creative ways to remind them of their special night and all the people who love them. 

We live in an age of constant documentation via smartphones and digital cameras, but there is just something about the intentional yet surprising and mysterious nature of film that still holds so much appeal. I snagged a Canonet 28 and Canon AE-1 off Ebay last week for next to nothing, and am excited to start experimenting and learning with them. 

Do you shoot film? Feel free to comment in the comment space below with any tips+tricks! 




Lamberts Cove, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts | photo: author

Lamberts Cove, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts | photo: author

Happy Friday people! What a week! The above picture makes me feel happy and sun-kissed just by looking at it. I took it a few summers ago on the Vineyard, and it completely brings me back to a sweet time. (This has nothing to do with the two people in that picture. Honestly, I have no idea who they are...ha!) Summer is flying by, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy it, preferably outside enjoying one or two lovely sunsets.

What is everyone up to this weekend? I am headed up to Virginia for my dear friend Trey's wedding. Unfortunately, I am flying solo because of John's crazy primary schedule, but I am still beyond excited to see all of my best friends from college. On top of celebrating Trey and his wonderful bride-to-be Christie on Saturday night, we are also hoping to hit up a winery and some polo in Charlottesville, as well as do a little adventuring in Leesburg.

This week has been so crazy that I only now starting to register the fact that I am going to be seeing some of my favorite people in the whole world in just two days! Such a treat, and one that I want to be completely present for. Because of that, I probably will not post on Monday but I promise to be back on Tuesday with some details of our gallivants! Check out my instagram @evr_thegallivant for some updates and hot off the press footage of #stankytreywed. 

What are YOU up to this weekend? Whatever it is--I hope it brings you joy. 



P.S. Cheers to Ts. ;-) #stankytreywed