February, the month of love, is fast approaching and though there are many reasons to lament the month, even its negatives have romantic twists:
– February is hands down the trickiest month to spell because of that pesky silent “r”. But we have Latin to thank for the “r”. Latin is the language of the Romans from where the word “romance” originates. Maybe the additional “r” is indeed for “romance”!
If history had been less kind it could have left us with the Saxon name for February (Solmonath meaning “mud” month). Some people’s Valentine’s Day may indeed include mud but that’s an entirely different blog.
– Groundhog Day is in February forcing us to watch endless looping of Island local Bill Murray on TV. But it’s also a metaphor for rebirth and celebration of the arrival of Spring, when love is in the air.
– February is the coldest month (OK a bit of a northern hemisphere bias on this one) so perfect for staying under the covers with your loved one!
So talking of loved one why not plan a romantic escape this February and spend Valentine’s Day on Martha’s Vineyard.
Wrap up warm and explore the island’s stunning beaches, where a sprinkling of fresh snow may be drifting across the sand. All beaches are accessible at this time of year and beautiful spots like Lucy Vincent Beach, Lambert’s Cove Beach, Quansoo Beach, Long Point Beach and Tashmoo Beach will all be deserted.
Hike some of the picturesque trails or join in the Polly Hill Arboretum guided walk on February 9th to learn about the range of flora across the island. If you’re here on February 22nd head up-island to Chilmark and catch New York’s pioneering band Red Baraat playing live at the Community Center. Nothing says Valentine’s like a mix of Bhangra and jazz!
Alternatively head out to the gorgeous Cape Poge lighthouse on Chappaquiddick with the Winter Beach Safari from the Trustees of The Reservation. It takes place 16th February at 12pm.
Check out the stores in Vineyard Haven and then head to “Newes From America” in Edgartown for lunch in front of a roaring fire. In the evening enjoy a romantic dinner at La Soffitta, State Road, The Terrace or Alchemy.
Check out our Martha’s Vineyard Valentine’s Getaway package and come visit the island!