Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Martha's Vineyard: Island Alpaca

It was Wednesday now, and Rick's work would be finished at four. So I decided to take off and see more of the island. To be honest, I got lost trying to find Island Alpaca, but after lunch (and better directions!) I got there.

This is an alpaca farm. They also do their own yarns and have a shop with both their own (and other) merchandise. (Yes, I did. Pink alpaca for a scarf and a couple of Christmas gifts, one of which I'm considering keeping because I love it so much!)

I loved these sweet faced animals. You could see them in the barns...

...or out in their pens outdoors where a guide explained a bit about the animals.

I was particularly fond of the white ones.

After that, I picked up Rick and we went to Vineyard Haven. We'd planned to do a bit of shopping there but it was so crowded that we ended up at a beach on the Edgartown end of Main Street.

I'm pretty sure it wasn't Vineyard Haven's best beach. It was very small and the sand wasn't the best. But it was fine for a walk and boat watching.

And to catch a glimpse or two of a gull!

Then it was to Oak Bluffs again. We were drawn back here like moths to a flame.

There was nothing about this little town I didn't adore! (Well, almost nothing)

Our plan was a little shopping and dinner. The shopping was fine. The dinner -- not so much.

Let's just say that if you are on Martha's Vineyard and considering a stop at a restaurant called Beetlebung, check out my trip advisor review first. Very disappointing. Maybe it was a bad night for them. Or maybe we were overly tired and hungry. Either way...we won't be back.

That was the one thing about Oak Bluffs I did not adore!

But then it was an early night because we had big plans for the next day! An early morning ferry to Nantucket!


Joanne Huffman said...

Into every life a bad dinner must fall. Loving your pictures.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

That alpaca farm sounds so cool! I definitely would have picked up some yarn - especially since we are moving into knitting season! That's too bad that you had a disappointing dinner, though!

Jennifer Richardson said...

Those houses are dripping with old authentic charm:)
I love that you got to walk and walk through around
in the island quiet. I imagine it would be a wonder
in the Wintertime.

Marilyn Miller said...

Oh those faces do make my heart melt. How sweet! Also wonderful to be able to shop there too. I agree that anything from here would surely be hard to part with. What a wonderful holiday!

~*~Patty S said...

Oh those ARE precious furry faces on what looks like another lovely day!

La Table De Nana said...

We have an alpaca farm close by:)

How disappointing the resto..we eat so well at home don't we?
The rwviews are so good..LOL off night is right;)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am in LOVE with the photos you took of the alpaca. They have such innocent and sweet faces. You have captured that beauty and innocence so well.

Too bad about the food, and maybe an inferior beach, but those adorable alpaca and the rest of the day surely (and hopefully) made up for it.

Privet and Holly said...

Jeanie, I've loved reading
all of your MV posts! It's
on my bucket list : )

Forget about Obama watch,
I'd be on the lookout for author
and illustrator Susan Branch,
one of my heroes! Oh, I do
admire her so.....She wrote
about the Grand Illumination
in one of her sweet memoirs.
How lucky that you got to see
and experience it!

You are living the dream! (Mine,
ha ha!!)

xo Suzanne

BeachGypsy said...

So glad you shared these neat animals, they sure are interesting aren't they? And their sweet lil FACES!!-- oh my! You just want to hug 'em. Did you touch any of them and what do they feel like? the fur looks so soft, and it will be so neat for your projects. I loved the Grand Illumination post....you did a great job with that. Loved the pretty pictures. I'd only learned of it a few years back I guess it was, and I love to look at pictures. those lanterns and balloons and all are just so pretty! I'm so glad you got to go....and thank you for sharing it with us. Did you have a favorite house? I did love the way those folks put the lights underneath the pretty japanese parasols,that was cool. What a WONDERFUL AND SCENIC TRIP!!

My name is Erika. said...

Those alpacas are very cute. Sounds like you had a great adventure. When I was last in Oak Bluff's, about 20 years ago, it was very late fall and everything was shut down. Rather bland. But it looks wonderful now. In 20 years I bet it has changed and spruced up a lot. I want to go back now. Happy day. Hugs-Erika

The French Hutch said...

Jeanie, yes, the alpaca is such a sweet faced and beautiful animal! I think they have to be sweet with those faces! Sounds like you had a wonderful last day on the island, sorry about your dinner. Always disappointing to have a bad experience at a restaurant. I enjoyed the tour here, each and ever photo, thanks for sharing your trip.

Victoria Zigler said...

Did you get to pet the alpacas?

I'm sorry your dinner was disappointing, but glad you enjoyed the rest of the day.

shoreacres said...

I think the alpacas are wonderful. And, if memory serves, they're a little more sweet-tempered than llamas. I'm just sure I had something made from alpaca in the distant past -- or maybe it was my dad. In any event, I remember it was considered the height of luxury. I haven't thought of that in years.

Daniela said...

I'm so amazed at the alpacas you've caught in your shots, I'd love to embrace them all !!!
As for the city, there were such lovely, lovely buildings, sorry that the dinner wasn't so good ... :( !

Enjoy your Wednesday, darling Jeanie, and the coming days too, sending my dearest love to you

Xx Dany

Lance Hirthler said...

Those pictures are so beautiful especially the alpacas shots. It looks so clear. I am sure you had so much fun. Thanks for sharing!!!

Joyful said...

Except for the food, it sounds like a fabulous day!

Summer said...

Such beautiful animals. Your photos are always a treat ♥


The Artful Diva said...

That's quite a mop of hair - on the alpaca - not Rick :-)

Sandra Cox said...

Aren't those Alpacas cute as buttons?:)
That first picture is just darling.
Sorry your dinner wasn't stellar:(

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

JEANIE! I finally have internet after not having it for five days! We needed a new modem.

Those alpaca are hilarious!!!!! What a great trip. The architecture of this region is so beautiful. There's no where like the east coast. LOVE!

Jann Olson said...

A few years ago 3 girlfriends and I took a trip to OR. We visited an Alpaca farm that had a shop as well. It was fun and very interesting. Loved those sweet faces!! It's disappointing when you're hungry and the food is not good. :( Sure do love those buoys!

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Jeanie, I'm catching up. Alpacas have such cute faces and I like them very much. Martha's Vineyard is a lovely place. It's almost twenty years ago that I spent one day there. What a shame that you didn't enjoy your dinner.

Lynne said...

Love those Alpaca smiles . . . (they look like they are smiling to me.)
I like Rick's "sand seat!"
Oak Bluff's has charm . . . sorry dinner didn't turn out . . .
I guess it is true, "nothings perfect!"
I'm enjoying MV vacation vicariously . . . through/with . . . you . . .

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