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Fourth of July Long weekend Getaway

Hello Lovely People!

I was a bit busy this last week with all the packing and planning for our little weekend trip with two of our best friends who stay in Boston. They had invited us over for the long weekend and we were really excited to meet them after many months!! Our plan was simple – relax, do some barbecuing, as well as go for a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard – a small island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

We left on Thursday evening and reached their place at night. After a good night’s sleep, the next morning all we did was relax, have breakfast and caught up with each other. As we were chatting, our friend suggested that we all go to a close by winery after lunch. So we jumped off the couch, prepped for the evening barbecue and got dressed.

Nashoba’s Valley Winery located in a nice town called Bolton has a pretty huge area and a lovely staff. 

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The wine tasting was $8.50 per head for 5 wines of your choice and we were given complimentary wine glasses. After the wine tasting, we lounged around for a bit. The place was beautiful, surrounded by many visitors like us. They even have apple picking, but the season hadn’t started yet.

We stayed there for about an hour and a half and then headed home. After a short tennis and frisbee session, we were really pumped up for the evening barbecue! We had already marinated chicken breasts, drumsticks and veggies before leaving for the winery using my ‘Chicken Tikka’ recipe. Not to pat my own back, but it was the bomb! We were so full yet wanted more!! 

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It was a fun day with lovely friends – good food, good music and awesome wine!

As planned, the next day we hit the road to go to Martha’s Vineyard. On the way we had a quick pit stop at ’99 Restaurant and Pub’ which deserves another post.

You need to take the ferry to reach the island (quite obviously) and the ferry ride alone was quite fun! The weather was a bit overcast and quite cool; didn’t feel like summer at all! Thankfully, it didn’t rain! 

Upon reaching there, we rented mopeds and roamed the island! Ohh it was sooo much fun!! We rode from points like Oak’s Bluff to Edgartown and Vineyard Haven to back. I indeed felt like a free bird! 

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As dusk approached, we could see people gearing up for the fireworks! We took the last ferry back from Oak’s Bluff which was at 8.30 pm. The best part about it was we could see multiple fireworks at different locations; albeit from a distance. The air was pretty chilly on our way back…so much so that many people preferred to stay inside. But few like me, wanted to stay on the deck, get some more fresh air and enjoy nature!IMG_2705

IMG_2715On that note, I would like to sign off with this famous quote:

Not all those who wander are lost.

– J.R.R Tolkien

 Keep on traveling, create memories and keep on smiling!

33 Comments

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    Look so Iike such a fun weekend:) really cool 🙂

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      Smiling Notes

      July 9, 2015

      Yes Freda..it was so much fun! 🙂 Thanks for checking out my post 🙂

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    Trupti Kharche

    July 9, 2015

    Lovely pics 🙂

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      Smiling Notes

      July 9, 2015

      Thank you so much Trupti…appreciate your comment 🙂

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    naammekyarakhahai

    July 9, 2015

    wow beautiful pics! n must say the food looks yum yum yum!! 🙂

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      Smiling Notes

      July 9, 2015

      hehe it was indeed yummy 😉 Thank you so much for your sweet comment.

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    noorainsobiya

    July 9, 2015

    I have no idea why your posts dont pop up in my reader loveheart!!! gosh!! i can kill WP’s biased nature!!
    What a splendid post shamira… you took me on a virtual tour with yourself!! i can only imagine the fun you had on mopeds!! 🙂 hugs and kisses to a beauty!!

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      Smiling Notes

      July 9, 2015

      Thank you soooo much my love! I just checked out your blog too and didn’t get the notification either for your recent post! Wp is acting funny! 🙁 :X *hugs* to you too!!

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        noorainsobiya

        July 9, 2015

        Ikr??? Dunno why I don’t get pop ups of the person who’s post I’m looking fwd to.. 😂😢😢😭😭
        Ok now we gotta act all neutral wid each other and maybe then wp will start showing up.. 😈😈

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          Smiling Notes

          July 9, 2015

          HAHAHA Yes! maybe wordpress senses our closeness and isn’t comfortable with it lmao.

          • noorainsobiya

            July 9, 2015

            Bwahahahhaa… Seriously.. ❤️❤️💋💋

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    eatingwellnyc

    July 9, 2015

    I’m heading out to Martha’s Vineyard next week too.
    That chicken does look delicious!

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    July 10, 2015

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    wandering_artycat

    July 10, 2015

    What a lovely weekend you had!! Such gorgeous pictures, and I’m drooling over the barbeque! 😍

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      Smiling Notes

      July 10, 2015

      Yes it was indeed fun! and the bbq was the best part about it 🙂

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    Ellen Hawley

    July 11, 2015

    Since we moved to the UK, “barbecue” means anything cooked outside, and bbq sauce isn’t for sale in the stores. I’m a vegetarian but my partner’s a meat-eating Texan, and I’ve been working my way through homemade bbq sauce recipes so she can feed that old craving. The ones I’ve made have been okay, but I don’t think I’ve found the absolutely-this-is-it recipe yet.

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      Smiling Notes

      July 13, 2015

      Wow! Homemade bbq sauce sounds super interesting!! I must say it’s really sweet of you to try and find that perfect recipe for your partner. She is really lucky! 🙂

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    Lifestylebites3

    July 12, 2015
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    Deb

    July 31, 2015

    Hey you were in my neck of the woods…I live in Massachusetts and have made that ferry ride a few times. What a wonderful day it is, I’m so glad you were able to enjoy it with friends. Your bbq looked delish!!! Did you leave out of Woods Hole or Provincetown? Provincetown is a must visit too… 🙂

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      Smiling Notes

      July 31, 2015

      Hey Deb.. Thank you so much.. It’s great to know that you have done that ferry ride too..it’s wonderful isn’t it?😊
      We left from Woods Hole…maybe if we come there again we can plan for Provincetown. Thanks for the info and so happy to be connected with you 👍

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        Deb

        August 1, 2015

        It is wonderful. As a kid I would spend my summers in Falmouth, right near Woods Hole. I was a “mother’s helper” for our neighbor and would help with the kids, babysitting on the weekends and during the week when necessary. They had a cottage right on a lake and we would go swimming, water-skiing, sail boating, row boating daily…it was the most fun time!!! The Cape is very special to me, glad you had a chance to enjoy it!!! 🙂

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          Smiling Notes

          August 1, 2015

          Wow that sounds like such a fun time!! Childhood memories are always great and close to our hearts 😍💖

          • Deb

            August 1, 2015

            It was, and they most definitely are!

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    Carol Loves to Travel

    September 25, 2015

    Reblogged this on Explore America with Kids and commented:
    Fun pics from Long Island! I grew up there and try to visit once a year! Thanks for sharing.

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      Smiling Notes

      September 30, 2015

      Thank you so much for the reblog!!! 🙂 Really made me happy!!

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    susieshy45

    September 26, 2015

    Martha’s vineyard is on my bucket list.

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      Smiling Notes

      September 26, 2015

      You should definitely visit when you get a chance!! Thanks for checking out my blog.😊

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