Photos by Peter Simon
August is the height of the summer season getaways to Martha’s Vineyard. This week is one of the best on the Island with the excitement of two time-honored traditions. The 151st Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair begins on Thurday and runs for 4 days with rides, games, shucking and fiddle contests, skillet toss, horse pull, woodsmen competitions, and dog & livestock shows. Wednesday, August 15, is Grand Illumination at the Campgrounds in Oak Bluffs. For over a century, cottages have been adorned with colorful Chinese and Japanese lanterns for Grand Illumination.
If you want to feel like a local, check in to the Beach Plum or the Menemsha Inn, where your hosts Bob and Sarah Nixon will make you feel like an island insider and happily arrange all of your activities from meals at the legendary Home Port Restaurant, and Beach Plum Inn Restaurant, to passes to Lucy Vincent and the other great beaches, to fishing charters with the finest captains on the Eastern Seaboard. This laid-back retreat is all about the escape – the rugged coastline, miles of beaches, and the invigorating salt air. J. CREW is the perfect vibe for it. For what to wear here, we keep it simple by day – bathing suit, shirt & shorts and throw the jacket in your bag for an on-the-water adventure. In the evenings you can’t beat a pair of slim white jeans and a great shirt. Here we chose the silk snakeprint that will take you right into fall with style.
J. CREW ON THE VINEYARD BY DAY
SHOP NOW: J.Crew Antique Paisley Tunic ($45 – ON SALE), J.Crew Farmer’s Market Tote ($45), J.Crew Shrunken Anorak ($78 – ON SALE), Madewell Trailhead Shorts ($35 – ON SALE), J.Crew Two-Tone Straw Hat ($20 – ON SALE), J.Crew Antique Paisley Ruched Bandeau Tank ($60 – ON SALE), J.Crew Vineyard Leather Flip-Flops ($49.50)
DINNER AT THE BEACH PLUM INN
SHOP NOW: J.Crew Cabochon Fan Pendant Necklace ($85), J.Crew Printed Scarf ($65), J.Crew Baby Brompton ($158), J.Crew Collection Snake Print Blouse ($250), J.Crew New Ankle Stretch Toothpick Jean in White Denim ($110 – ON SALE), J.Crew Collection Cashmere Boyfriend Cardigan ($238), Madewell The Sanddrift Platform ($140 – ON SALE)
GRAND ILLUMINATION AT THE CAMPGROUNDS OAK BLUFFS
Don’t miss Bob and Sarah Nixon’s True Blue Films‘ documentary, “Great White Highway” will air on Discovery Shark Week THURSDAY, August 16th at 9PM.