The Way to Spend a Day on Martha’s Vineyard


I’m writing from a beautiful beach cottage on the water on the southern coast of Martha’s Vineyard and realize my hosts, Sparky and his beautiful wife Kathy, know exactly how to live well.  Here is what I learned today, if you want to have a perfect day on the Vineyard.  

1) Wake up early and go to the farmer’s market in West Tisbury.  Realize inflation is actually a reality when you pay $10 for homemade mango salsa, $6 for jam, and $4 for a popover.  Rationalize that it’s okay because the sun is shining, there is an old man in pink pants and a madras shirt walking a poodle, and the fresh berries, beets, carrots, herbs and flowers make you take a deep breath of the salty air and say “aahhhhh.”

fresh flowers in the back of a pickup truck at West Tisbury Farmer's Market

fresh flowers in the back of a pickup truck at West Tisbury Farmer's Market

ripe tomatoes for lunch

ripe tomatoes for lunch

carrots!

carrots!

I love farmer's markets

I love farmer's markets

classic Vineyard style- gotta love it.

classic Vineyard style- gotta love it.

2) Swim in freezing cold ocean.

3) Lay in warm sun and look for the sea lions along the horizon while opsrey fly overhead.

4) Decide it’s lunchtime.  Butter up hot dog buns, grill them to a golden brown, FILL them to overflow status with fresh lobster salad consisting solely of fresh lobster, mayo, celery and lemon.  Slice fresh tomatoes and cucumbers picked up at farmer’s market, sprinkle with some good sea salt.  

lobster salad, fresh, unbeatable

lobster salad, fresh, unbeatable

super ripe tomato with a sprinkle of sea salt

super ripe tomato with a sprinkle of sea salt

5) Serve with a good rose. Ours was a very fine bottle: Domaine de Gournier 2007.

a chilled rose is one of the best things in the world

a chilled rose is one of the best things in the world

6) Reflect upon how good life is.

6) Take a swim, follow up with a lazy afternoon nap.

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3 responses to “The Way to Spend a Day on Martha’s Vineyard

  1. Ding Ding Ding!

    Celery? Tsk Tsk Tsk

    No self respecting lobster aficionado would settle for celery in their lobster roll.

    This is how it’s done-

    http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/how-to-fk-up-a-lobster-roll-for-the-new-readers/

    http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2008/04/28/ingredients-for-the-worlds-greatest-lobster-roll/

    I hope this helps. I’m so sorry they messed it up down there in MV. If they need lessons they could always send a boat for The Mrs to come down and show them how it’s really done.

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