“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Remember that whimsical feeling that came so easily as a child? That feeling you got during the fireworks show at Disneyland, on family vacations and the last day of school before summer? It’s one of my favorite moments, and while they are certainly more rare in adulthood, it’s all in your mindset!
These days I feel that excitement most while traveling or working on an exciting blog project. When I stumbled across these Gingerbread Houses (or Gingerbread Cottages as some call them) in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, I definitely felt that fantastical feeling! They were built in the 1800’s, look like real-life doll houses, and come in every vibrant color you can think of! Some even have their own names.
Gingerbread Houses on Martha’s Vineyard
Today there are 318 of the original 500 Gingerbread Houses. Can you believe there are that many?? I need to go back in the summer and find even more of them! They even have a Gingerbread Cottage Museum that shows how the cottages would have been furnished in the 1800’s.
Apparently they started as tents for a temporary Methodist camp, but as the camp became more permanent so did the houses. To this day, many of them still retain the Victorian, Carpenter Gothic style that resemble tents!
It’s hard to see, but this one is called Summer Love! It reminds me of where Princess Peach would summer, for all my fellow video game nerds out there!
Whale hello there! I love the cute names that came with some of the gingerbread houses.
If you’re going to Martha’s Vineyard, strolling through the Gingerbread Houses is an absolute must! If you liked this post, be sure to check out our stay at the Summercamp Hotel (pictured above), and see my other travel guides here!
What do you think of these Whimsical Gingerbread Houses?