This is an affectionate look at the natural beauty of the 100-square-mile resort island of Marthas Vineyard, just off Cape Cod. It has been a prized vacation retreat since the Civil War. In more recent times, it has been the site of the Summer White House for Presidents Clinton and Obama. Phyllis Meras, a fourth-generation summer Vineyarder who now lives permanently on the island, writes of walks in the islands woods and meadows and on its beaches, observing nature through the seasons. She reminisces about her childhood summers on Marthas Vineyard, and looks, as well, at the island today. Accompany her on her island walks. View the endangered West Tisbury Mill Pond; explore Edgartowns whaling-era streets. Stroll by the sea and crunch through the snow. Immerse yourself in the authors love of the out of doors. Her essays are complemented by 67 pen and ink drawings by Thomas H. Cocroft and Robert E. Schwartz.
Phyllis Meras is a longtime Martha's Vineyard resident and a former managing editor of the Vineyard Gazette. Thomas H. Cocroft (deceased) was a self-taught artist who moved to Martha's Vineyard with his wife, the author. Robert E. Schwartz is a registered architect and architectural renderer as well as a landscape painter.