Up Island: Aquinnah, Menemsha, & Gay Head Light

gay head lighthouse martha's vineyard

A fews days into our stay on Martha’s Vineyard, we took a drive “up island” to see a handful of different MVY towns. The Aquinnah Cliffs were such a site. If it weren’t for the classic New England-esque brick lighthouse sitting upon them, you could have told me I was in another country and I would have believed you.

lighthouse reflection photo

Gay Head was Martha’s Vineyard’s first lighthouse, originally constructed in 1799. Its original purpose sounds like a dictionary example: to safely guide shipping traffic through the hazardous Vineyard Sound and surrounding clay cliffs… just look at them!

gap blue oxford shirts khaki shorts vintage braided belt sperrys

Oxford shirt, GAP [similar 1; 2] | Shorts, American Eagle [similar] | Belt, vintage | Bracelets, Kiel James Patrick [Vickers Bow + Brooks Brothers Wrap Bracelet] | Boat shoes, Sperry Top-Sider
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kiel james patrick nantucket regatta bow bracelet

aquinnah nautical antiques shopFurther down the road was Menemsha, where we browsed for antiques, wandered around an old fishing village, and ate hot dogs with a view of the cliffs. This area couldn’t have been more different from preppy Edgartown on the other side of the island, but it had so much irresistible character.

menemsha harbor

menemsha bike ferry

menemsha fishing village


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16 responses to “Up Island: Aquinnah, Menemsha, & Gay Head Light

  1. I love Martha’s Vineyard. Everything is so pretty there and it’s just so relaxing. And how cute are you in your casual outfit!? Love it.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  2. All your Martha’s Vineyard posts make me want to go on vacation so badly! Your outfit is definitely perfect for lighthouse touring :)

  3. I spy KJP accents (one of my favorites!!!) You do the BEST job making New England appear the dreamland that it truly is (thank you for representing us so well while looking absolutely adorable!)

    Have the most wonderful week Emily xo

  4. I love these pictures! And your outfit is so cute! I love the sperry’s! xx. McKenna Lou

  5. I’m loving to read your posts about these beautiful places in New England! It is my first summer here and I’m overwhelmed with there is to see!

  6. Elle

    Such a fun look :) New follower here, girl! I adore how you styled this fun lighthouse/beach look! Also, just wanted to let you know, Jacqueline from Stylin’ in St. Louis, and I are starting a weekly link-up and it goes live this Thursday! Our first theme is stripes, and we would LOVE to have you come participate :) take care, doll! Have a good week!

    xo, elle | Living in Color.

  7. What a gorgeous lighthouse! I’ve never been up there but your photos are really making me want to plan a trip :)

    The Tiny Heart
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  8. I’ve always wanted to visit Martha’s Vineyard…one. day. You look so lovely!

  9. Gah just take me with you! You’re so pretty, btw.

  10. Jen

    Your photos are gorgeous and you look so pretty!

    xx jen

  11. gorgeous photos! you are so pretty and love the simple yet classic look! Have a happy Monday and be sure to check out my newest dress!

  12. Annie

    You look so stinkin’ cute! And MV looks absolutely amazing…I want to go :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  13. Tia

    This is such a cute casual tourism outfit! Love the KJP bow bracelet too!;)

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