An Island Adventure

Sometimes you just want to get away from it all…put your life on hold. That’s what summer is all about! Well, I know the perfect place for you! Actually, I know two perfect places.

The Winnetu in Martha’s Vineyard is an oasis of peace, calm and nature; winnetu.comSituated right on South Beach in Edgartown (without a doubt, the best beach on the Vineyard) get ready to explore wide sandy beaches, bike trails galore, sunset boat rides and some of the freshest food on the island. I visited a few days ago and after experiencing those fresh sea breezes I knew I had to share it all with you. Only an hour away by plane, I recommend Cape Air, Martha’s Vineyard is a world away. If you’re traveling with family, whether it be young children, multi-generations or just with friends, I highly recommend the Winnetu! With activities for kids, sunset cruises for adults, yoga, pool, beach, games, fine dining and luxurious yet comfortable accommodations perfect for long stays…you may never want to leave. I didn’t.

I booked the two-island overnight adventure which enabled me to visit both the Vineyard and Nantucket. Everything including transportation, transfer and accommodation logistics between the islands was arranged. I stayed at the Winnetu’s sister property The Nantucket Hotel & Resort. Originally built in 1891 and completely renovated in 2012, located in the heart of town and equipped with swimming pools, hot tub and sauna: it was the perfect Nantucket experience; thenantuckethotel.com. Some of the cottages are equipped with kitchenette, washer dryer, living rooms and decks- they provide the perfect home away from home!

And so, which did I like best? Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket? They each have their charm, it would be impossible to choose between the two! I had a very memorable dining experience on the Vineyard at “Alchemy”. Every bite was Vineyard fresh and the fish tasted like it had just been hauled out of the ocean…it’s also a fun “see-and-be-seen” kind of spot. In Nantucket, you can’t go wrong dining at Breeze, the restaurant located in the Nantucket Hotel & Resort, it’s renowned for its excellent dishes and famous sea breezes.

And now I’m back in Greenwich, but my heart is still there…walking along the sandy dunes, the sea breezes blowing away the stresses of daily life and watching the sun set a fiery pink over the ocean. During my time on the Vineyard, I overheard a regular say “There’s something magical about this Island” and I couldn’t agree more! Something magical happened to me over there…I forgot about the “me” who stresses out about silly things and became somebody very calm, at peace and just happy to be here…somebody more like myself.

Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or email [email protected]

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