It’s official . . . I’m an island girl. My latest trip to historic and charming Martha’s Vineyard was just so fabulous that it was quite difficult for me to get back on the ferry to come home. There is just so much to love about the island, and so many places to explore. My favorite adventure on this trip was to the Gay Head Lighthouse, located on the far western part of Martha’s Vineyard in the town of Aquinnah. Here you are truly away from it all.
A good 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the more populated areas, I was truly taken back by the natural beauty on the “other side” of the island. Rolling gentle hills and sweeping ocean views surrounded me, as we made our way to the lighthouse park. The Gay Head lighthouse was the first lighthouse built on Martha’s Vineyard and is situated on top of the clay cliffs over the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a national treasure. Walking up the pathway to the observation area, my family and I knew we were in for a big treat as we felt ourselves getting closer to the sky.
As we rounded the corner and climbed the last part of the hill, we all stopped in our tracks. What a beautiful sight! The water swirled with beautiful shades of blue and teal, the clay cliffs shone in the early day sunlight, the natural brush was full of rich texture and color, and the grand, historic lighthouse stood tall over it all.
As my children frolicked with joy in the morning light, my own heart skipped a beat. How wonderful for us to enjoy such a magical place together. And thanks to the many others who love this lighthouse as much as we do, great work is currently being done to prevent the lighthouse from actually toppling into the ocean. Significant storms have caused horrible eroding of the cliffs, and Gay Head Lighthouse has been recognized as one of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in America. Just 10 feet away from falling down, this iconic structure will soon be moved back 135 feet away from the edge.