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!

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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


  1. says

    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

  2. says

    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!

  3. Elle says

    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.


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