Most recently in the news for being Barack Obama’s family vacation destination of choice, Martha’s Vineyard has so much to offer whatever time of year you choose to visit. This picturesque 24 mile long, New England Island is easily accessible by Ferry. Alternatively, bring your own boat (contact the harbormaster at either Edgartown, Menemsha, Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven). If you wish to travel by air, you will find helpful information here (http://www.mvol.com/articles/132/).
Once on the Island you really do not need a car although you can bring your own on the Steamship Authority’s Ferry (be sure to make a car reservation in summer) or hire one on the Island. Taxis and Buses are plentiful and many visitors choose to explore the Island on two wheels, bicycle hire for the energetic and moped or scooter hire for the not so!
There is certainly so much to explore, the Island has a rich history with many houses reflecting the prosperity of the C19th whaling era. There is something for everyone as the Island offers everything from boutique shopping at Edgartown to a complete ‘get-away’, experiencing the beautiful, colored, Aquinnah Cliffs, sacred to the Wampanoag Tribe of Indians.
Where To Stay
There are many accommodation options for your Martha’s Vineyard Vacation. You could choose one of the many rental properties on the Island, many of which are rented, direct from their owners and range from the luxury to the quaint. Alternatively, you could choose a simple Bed and Breakfast and there are even options to camp.
For a touch of luxury, try the Mansion House Hotel at Vineyard Haven which offers first class accommodation and facilities including a day spa, health club and restaurant plus spectacular views of the harbor from the decks. For Sports lovers, try the Martha’s Vineyard Resort at Oak Bluffs.
What to Do
Sports and Recreation
For sports enthusiasts, the island has a lot to offer.
- Runners can take part in several 5k races in May, July and August.
- Golfers are, quite frankly, spoiled for choice, with a wealth of 9 and 18 hole courses to choose from.
- Fishing enthusiasts can fish from shore or charter boat. If you are visiting in September or October, you will want to participate in the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, the East Coast’s largest fishing Derby. (Find out more at http://www.mvderby.com/).
Apart from all the local restaurants, bars and shops, you can get a real flavor of local life by visiting Artisan exhibitions and Farmer’s markets throughout the summer season. In addition, the Agricultural Society Fair is held over four days in August and if you are visiting in July don’t miss the 4th of July parade in Edgartown!
The beaches on Martha’s Vineyard are all scenic and beautiful but vary in tremendously in character. Some are completely open and unrestricted whilst some town beaches are only open to residents and summer visitors to those towns and to use these you will need a permit which you get from the local town hall. You will also want to know which beaches you can take your pet on. This helpful page provides a guide to all the main beaches with the information you will need. (http://www.mvy.com/Visitor_Information/Beaches.aspx).