September is the perfect time to hop the Steamship Authority ferries in Woods Hole and visit the village of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.  The ferry ride takes about 45 minutes, he shops and t-shirt stores to the “Gingerbread Cottages” which were built as a revivalist campground in the 1870’s.  Here you will find tiny Victorian houses all jammed together in concentric circles surrounding a large open air wooden “tent” that is used today for gatherings, readings and concerts.  This amazing collection of structures (which is now a National Historic Landmark) is painted many different colors and you will see the lucky residents of the Campgrounds lounging on their porches and enjoying the hustle bustle of the day.

There are many restaurants to choose from in Oak Bluffs, but try the MV Chowder Company which is right near the ferry dock and serves an award winning authentic New England clam chowder.  Across the street from this, ride the 100 year old Flying Horses Carousel, a step back in time that you will surely enjoy.

On the way home, maybe you will get lucky and see the hot red sunset as you steam back across Vineyard Sound.  A day trip to Oak Bluffs is a fun way to spend your visit to Falmouth.

Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard ferry terminal







Gingerbread Cottages in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard






View of the ferry dock in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard MA






gingerbread cottages on Marthas Vineyard, day trips from Falmouth MA








View from the Steamship Authority ferry from Oak Bluffs to Woods Hole







Large ferry to take you from Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs, great daytrip from Falmouth