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Marthas Vineyard Gingerbread Houses | Manolo for the Home

Love Cute? I Know Where to Find It.

The cute all apparently got sucked into Martha’s Vineyard, where there are more than 300 dainty rainbow-hued Victorian-style cottages with elaborate balconies, turrets, cornices, and gables with all manner of adorable details.

This is the Oak Bluffs neighborhood – formerly campgrounds for Methodist church group retreats, the houses themselves were built in the mid-1800s by members of the church community and to this day surround a open-sided wrought iron tabernacle that seats thousands.

Color abounds here, as do themed embellishments like balcony cut-outs shaped like everything from gingerbread men to grapes to Martha’s Vineyard itself. And the houses, of course, wear their colors and cut-outs with pride, sporting names like Sea Shrimp Cottage and Big Enuf.

The one downside to all the tooth-melting sweetness you’ll find in Martha’s Vineyard is that the gingerbread cottages are often (though not always) extremely close together. I’m talking about distances like six inches between exterior walls – you might as well be living in a townhouse.

Photos via: 1, 2, 3

3 Responses to “Love Cute? I Know Where to Find It.”

  1. Pam July 28, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    That is truly a feast for the eyes!

  2. Little Red July 28, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

    It definitely thrills the little girl in me that wants to wear red and purple together.

  3. raincoaster July 29, 2010 at 3:46 am #

    If you like this, I recommend you check out Silver Star ski resort in the Okanagan Valley in BC. It’s where the national ski team trains, and the houses all look like this except they’re three times the size. It’s adorable.