We intended to stay another day in Menemsha but the rolling became a bit much. Late that afternoon, we pulled up anchor and moved north around the western side of Martha’s Vineyard to tuck into Lake Tashmoo. Tashmoo is a sweet little harbor and very protected. Once we learned that even our sailboat could make it through the shallow channel, we put it on our list of favorite spots.
An interesting and curious thing happened while we were in Lake Tashmoo, thanks to this blog. Shortly after we settled in for the evening, Al checked his email and received a notice from WordPress (the host site) that there was a comment on the blog:
“Hi Al & Michele,
I saw you come into Tashmoo. I am on my Tartan 27 about a quarter mile toward the inlet. I am interested in buying an Europa style trawler and would love to take a look at yours for reference if possible. If so, I could row over some time when the wind isn’t blowing. No pressure either way.
Short version of the story – We invited Colin for happy hour on Kindred Spirit. Who doesn’t love talking about boats? And the Vineyard? What an enjoyable evening we had! We feel that we can now count Colin as a friend and hope he stays in touch. Wishing him good luck on his trawler search!
Not only is Tashmoo a protected harbor, but you can walk over to Vineyard Haven, the “business center” of the island. Since we had our bikes with us, we decided to bike to Vineyard Haven this time.
We wandered around town, looking at stores, the harbor, and having lunch. We like Vineyard Haven. In fact, we honeymooned at a B&B here, just outside of town. The main street has some of the nicest and most unique shops around, great for browsing, good for buying. My two favorite stops are Bunch of Grapes, the independent book store, and Whatever, the silver jewelry cart (also a store in Edgartown.) I always get a new piece of jewelry from Whatever. 🙂
We enjoyed the bike ride to Vineyard Haven so much that we decided to bike to the West Tisbury Farmers Market on Saturday. The market is held on the grounds around the Grange Hall in West Tisbury and was started in 1974 to bring local agricultural products to the people both living on and visiting the island.
It was a very warm August day. The 7-mile ride from Lake Tashmoo to West Tisbury was hilly and might be nothing for younger folks, but it was a challenge for me. Ah, but Martha’s Vineyard has a sweet little bus system with buses that also have space for two bikes on the front bumper. Yes, we took the bus back to Tashmoo.
Reflections in Lake Tashmoo before we move on again………