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Vacation Rental visit, Lunch, Ocean Park, Carousel - A Day in Oak Bluffs

Becky Fischer | 7/29/2017

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to travel to the Vineyard for a photo shoot in Oak Bluffs. While there, I walked through much of Oak Bluffs and taxied to Vineyard Haven for a quick stop. Here is recap of the sunny and beautiful July "work" day.

After arriving in Oak Bluffs on the ferry, I decided to walk to my photo appointment which was about a half mile from the dock. Lugging my camera and laptop, I found this adorable 1 bedroom studio vacation rental . The homeowner, Julia, was there to greet me and together we staged the house with flowers and a table setting. I spent an hour photographing each space and envisioning myself renting this cute place one day. Julia's family has owned this house for decades, and she has been renting it with us for over 4 years. Perfect for couples or a small family, this house has everything you need, plus a quick walk to the beach or town.

Next I took a taxi to Vineyard Haven to visit the Chamber of Commerce and deliver them some of our promo goodies. They shared that they have seen an increase in day-trippers this season. Then I walked down Main Street, took some pictures of store fronts, and ended up at Owen Park Beach where many sunbathers were enjoying a true beach day.

Back to Oak Bluffs for lunch. Despite the heat, all that walking had me craving some clam chowder. Offshore Ale Company is a place I have visited before, and consider a safe bet for good food, nice staff and free peanuts! I ordered a cup of clam chowder and a fish sandwich which comes with their original hand cut fries. Salty and delicious!

Ocean Park is just a few steps away, so that's where I landed next. Time to sit and watch. This is a great place to people, dog, and ocean watch. Choose a bench facing the new fountains with the water in the background.I took a lot of pictures and videos here and shared a Facebook live.

Strolling over to Oak Bluffs town beach where hundreds of folks were swimming, relaxing, walking, playing or biking nearby. At one point a huge stunning sail boat passed by.

One more stop before boarding the ferry to one of the most famous and treasured spots on the island. The Flying Horse Carousel which is the oldest carousel in the country! Considered a national landmark, this Vineyard attraction has been trotting all day long entertaining adults and children since 1884! Notice the riders happily trying to grab the brass ring which I think may win you a free ride.

It was an awesome day. What a special place, and I really only focused on one town. Next visit - Charming downtown Edgartown, Gay Head Cliffs, or the rolling farm lands in Chilmark?