On Martha's Vineyard in the town of Oak Bluffs is a magical little neighborhood of gingerbread houses that has to be seen to be believed. It started out as a religious community and now it's a National Historic Landmark and people live in these adorable little houses (mostly summer people, I think). You can go here if you want to know more about it. It's really fun to walk around and see all the different houses. Come take a walk with me!
I tried and mostly failed to be a good editor for this post. There are too many pictures that I like!
The tulip house
I love the wrap-around porch.
And the gingerbread children cutouts!
"Seaside Sanitarium" is the name of this one. 💙
What's up with the door on the second floor?!
I like this song and the name of this pretty little cottage.
Many of the cottages have cute and clever names. These were some of my favorites.
And this one (because most of these houses are pretty small!).
A real-life Victorian dollhouse!
They really are historic and well-preserved houses. Many were built during the Civil War.
There are hydrangea bushes and pretty flowers, of course.
My love for wrap-around porches is real.
This picture has three of my favorite things in it: a wrap-around porch, hydrangeas, and hanging flower baskets.
Different house but same as above!
This house looks like it's intentionally being eaten up by plants and trees.
Pretty in pink! 💗 The little girl in me loves this house.
The attention to detail!
On the other end of the spectrum, this one is simple and elegant.
This one too.
This one has a distinctly German feel to it.
"Summer Love" has always been my favorite cottage of all.
I love how over-the-top feminine and pale pink and full of love it is. And the name too! It's adorable.
This neighborhood really does have a magical, fairy-like feel to it...
This is the huge tabernacle in the community center. Peter chilled in here while I wandered around.
And their super-pretty church.
Here are a couple of bonuses from when we were last there in 2009!
4-year-old John in front of Summer Love
8 months pregnant me in front of Summer Love!
If you ever go to Martha's Vineyard, do yourself a favor and take time to see the gingerbread houses!