In late August, in any little town in Martha’s Vineyard, finding a coffee shop or café is generally not a problem. The island abounds with coffee-drinking options, from very basic coffee you get at the market, to sublime experiences featuring lavender lattes and other epicurean pleasures.
But 2020 shifted the paradigm, favoring coffee-serving establishments with outdoor seating (and wifi of course). So one day in late August, I ended up spending an afternoon at Nat’s Nook (38 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, MA—open from 9 am-3 pm) where I nestled in a shade-covered nook, surrounded by earthy maroon walls, shade canopy from large, sheltering trees, patio seating, and just the right amount of sunlight peaking through.
The main menu selections include sweet and savory crepes; Rao’s coffee, espresso, and tea; baked goods and bagels from Pain D’Avignon. There are also vegan and gluten-free options. And then there are the little add-ons that bring the crepes to life---nutella, apple butter, lemon spread, and more. Check out the some of their amazing offerings (on the right).
See my review of Rao's coffee in this video.
It is possible to find a sense of comfort and peace outside---assuming that the weather conditions are tolerable. Right now (late summer/early fall) is one of the best times of year to sit on a patio, book in hand, with a cup of hot coffee and a muffin or bagel. The feeling of well-being that you can find at a place like Nat’s Nook can best be described as American hygge. (Dictionary.com defines hygge as a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being---regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture in particular, and Scandinavian culture in general. Check out my coffee/hygge post from Iceland.)
You don't have to go to Martha's Vineyard to find a cafe with a nice nook. Fortunately, there are many places with outdoor seating, wifi, and a calm, comforting atmosphere. Go find one---and enjoy!