A Home for Hansel & Gretel

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Ever wanted to live in a gingerbread house?  The Cottage City neighbourhood in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard gives you an entire gingerbread neighbourhood.  Hansel & Gretel wouldn’t have known where to start.

cottage city porch

Cottage City dates back to the 19th century when Methodists gathered together each summer for religious meetings.  After the first meeting in 1835, the same families would return each year and pitch their tents.  Eventually by the 1870’s, the tents gave way to little cottages packed in together around a central wooden structure, The Tabernacle, which held community events.

tabernacle sign

The cottages were not only decorated with elaborate scrollwork, porches etc but also were brightly painted.   This architectural style, called “Carpenter’s Gothic”, makes the houses look like something out of a fairy tale.

cottage city

Added to the sensory overload, are the profusion of colourful flowers spilling out of window boxes, hanging baskets and gardens.   And, let’s not forget…

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I am an American expat based in London with my travel-loving family. I write at Just Go Places Blog about luxury, cultural and family travel.

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