Welcome to Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard is a living, breathing storybook. Wind swept 'moors' to the southwest, a stately port town to the southeast, a colorful, festive, seaside community to the northeast and the convergence of a year-round population in the northwest are what have drawn visitors to the shores of Martha's Vineyard for hundreds of years. Annual festivals and celebrations, historical significance, remote locales, and the sheer beauty of the Islands are just a few of the rewards to be extolled when spending time within these shores.
A ride on a ferry is a spectacular way to begin a glorious retreat to Martha's Vineyard, a place where natural wonders will envelope you in their charm. Contact the Steamship Authority if you are planning to bring your car on-board with you as that is the only ferry with such an option.
You can catch a flight with Delta, Blue or Cape Air. However, Cape Air is the only option during the rest of the year. If you need transportation from the airport, you can ride the Peter Pan Bus Line to and from Boston's Logan Airport, South Station.
American Airlines offers seasonal daily service to Martha's Vineyard from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). For more information regarding their scheduled service, please call 1(800)428-4322.
Cape Air regularly serves the Airport year-round from many locations including: Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS), White Plains Westchester County Airport (HPN), New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB), Hyannis' Boardman-Polando Field (HYA), and the Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK). They also offer seasonal service to Providence's T.F. Green Airport (PVD) and Provincetown Municipal Airport (PVC). For more information and flight schedules, please call 1(800)352-0714.
Delta offers seasonal service to Martha's Vineyard from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). For more information regarding their scheduled service, please call 1(800)221-1212.
Jet Blue offers seasonal daily service to Martha's Vineyard from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). For more information regarding their scheduled service, please call 1(800)JET-BLUE or 1(800)538-2583.
Singles, couples, families and groups of friends flock to Martha's Vineyard throughout the year, to enjoy the stunning sights and to learn about the area's history and culture. From nature tours, and trips to lighthouses and rides on the carousel, Martha's Vineyard has a host of activities in which people of all ages can engage.
Planning ahead is imperative to a stress-free journey so your time on the Islands will be exactly as you wish it to be.
Vacationing in a place like Martha's Vineyard is sure to inspire nostalgia. Enjoying both bucolic and seaside settings brings you back to a simpler time, and, as thus, you seek activities that complement that setting. Visiting the Flying Horses Carousel is a way to enlighten your mind with history with creativity and to infuse your children's trip with joy.
Designated as a national landmark, the Flying Horses Carousel, located at 15 Lake Avenue Oak Bluffs, is the oldest platform carousel in the entire country. Crafted by Charles Dare in 1876, this carousel is only one of two left by this prominent creator. Arriving in Oaks Bluff eight years after its birth, and still very much in its nascent stages of existence, this carousel has brought both laughter and pride to the region ever since. A trip to the carousel enlivens your spirit and lets you feel the tides of history that have echoed through the space.
This carousel is so popular that it requires reservations, so make sure to plan your trip out in advance. The cost per ride is $2.50, and the carousel operates from Easter through Columbus Day. Calling in advance for specific daily hours is advisable. During the spring, the regular hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., making it the perfect spot to visit in between lunch and other sightseeing expeditions. Between June 21st and Labor Day, the carousel greets guests from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. on a daily basis, and the schedule is 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in the fall.
Landmarks such as the famous Clay Cliffs, Menemsha Beach and Great Byte Rock are popular destinations. The rocking chairs on the porches of Alley's General Store and The Chilmark Store will earn you hearty conversations and new acquaintances. The Field Gallery with its garden full of stone sculptures, John Belushi's shrine, the views from Peaked Hill and limited access beaches are just a few of the reasons why this end of the Island is such a desired vacation location. A trip to Chilmark Chocolates, the Island's own premier chocolatiers, is not to be missed. If you're a runner, participating in the annual Chilmark Road Race will help raise money for charitable causes.
For those seeking accommodations Up-Island, the 'bustle' of Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven and Edgartown are left behind in favor of the ocean-edged serenity of West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah. The owners of the inns, guest houses and bed-and-breakfasts in these towns pride themselves in offering guests respite from the fast pace of daily living by providing visitors with the chance to slow down and enjoy their time away from home.
Staying Up-Island involves some planning. For the most part, those who choose to stay on the outer edges of the Island bring their cars or make arrangements to rent a car or motor-scooter once they arrive at Martha's Vineyard. In some cases public transportation and taxi services will meet guests' travel needs as they vacation where as other times, bicycle enthusiasts pedal up the winding steep roads of Chilmark, Aquinnah and West Tisbury to check into the accommodation of their choice.
The unspoiled charm of Martha's Vineyard is probably best exemplified by the many scenic beaches located here. The beaches vary from protected, shallow, clear-water stretches on the northern and eastern sides of the Island to expanses of rumbling surf along the south side.
Some beaches are open to the public without restriction, while others are reserved for residents and summer visitors who are staying in the towns where the beaches are located. To use these town beaches, one needs a parking and/or beach permit. Permits can be obtained through the local town hall with proof of residency.
Aquinnah Public Beach (Moshup Beach)
Off Moshup Trail. Ten minute walk from parking lot on cleared trail. Paid parking only in summer. The Aquinnah Cliffs are a National Landmark and are seriously endangered by climbing on cliffs or removal of clay (both prohibited by law).
Moshup Beach Makes Travel Channel's Top 10 "Best Beaches" List
East Beach (Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge and Wasque Reservation)
On Chappaquiddick. Access from Dike Bridge and Wasque. Open to all, but subject to the regulations of The Trustees of Reservations. Fee charged for non-members.
At the bridge between Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven.
Fuller Street Beach
At the end of Fuller Street near Lighthouse Beach in Edgartown.
Joseph Sylvia State Beach
Two miles of mild beach along Beach Road between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. Owned by the state and maintained by Dukes County. The Edgartown end of this beach is known as Bend-in-the-Road Beach. Edgartown has lifeguards in season.
Lake Tashmoo Town Beach (Herring Creek Beach)
End of Herring Creek Road on Lake Tashmoo in Vineyard Haven.
A harbor beach at Starbuck's Neck, off N. Water Street near the center of Edgartown.
Long Point Wildlife Refuge Beach
Summer access via Waldron's Bottom Road. Winter access via Deep Bottom Rd. Ocean beach and freshwater swimming in Long Cove Pond. Beach is open to the public 9 to 5, year-round. There is a parking fee in the summer. Beach passes and memberships to The Trustees of Reservations are available.
Menemsha Public Beach
Next to Menemsha Harbor. Gentle beach typical of the north shore.
Three miles of barrier beach on the south shore in Edgartown at the end of Katama Road. Surf on one side with protected salt pond on the other.
Oak Bluffs Town Beach
Adjacent to town wharf and Steamship Authority dock.
Owen Park Beach
Harbor beach off Main Street in Vineyard Haven, near business district.
South Beach State Park
One mile between Herring Creek Road and Katama Road. State owned, managed by Edgartown. Rough surf, lifeguards in season.
Tisbury Town Beach (Owen Little Way Town Beach)
Owen Little Way, next to the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club.
Restricted Town Beaches
Use of these beaches is limited to residents of the respective towns. Property owners and renters with a copy of their leases can obtain beach permits through the local Town Hall.
Head of the Pond Beach (Aquinnah) (No Public Parking)
Lambert's Cove Beach (West Tisbury)
Lobsterville Beach (Aquinnah) (No Public Parking)
Lucy Vincent Beach (Chilmark)
Philbin Beach (Aquinnah)
Squibnocket Beach (Chilmark)
A number of Land Bank & Trustees of the Reservation properties include wonderful beach access. These locations often limit use by offering only a small number of parking spaces and may charge entrance fees. See the Conservation area of this site for more information on the many conservation properties on Martha's Vineyard.
Food & Drinks
Travelers on a vacation know that their trip has a number of staples. They want to secure reservations at a comfortable, safe and clean spot, and they wish to book activities that suit all members of their group. On top of that, they also want to satiate their palates and dine on delectable cuisine and sip crafty beverages. From casual to exquisite, Martha's Vineyard boasts a host of different options for dining and quenching one's thirst.
Perhaps your rental property has a kitchen, and you wish to prepare dinner for everyone when you arrive back to it. On the other hand, you may wish to bring tastes of Martha's Vineyard, in the form of jams, jellies, desserts and more, back home with you. Checking out the farmer's markets ensures delectable and fresh treats and ingredients. The West Tisbury Farmer's Market and Morning Glory Farm are two of your options.
Figuring out what restaurant to go to can be a challenge, especially when such an array of options exists. Narrowing down whether you'd like to engage in a formal dining or a casual dining experience helps to cut down on some of your choices. For some authentic cuisine from the sea, try the Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company. If you're in the mood for a tasty breakfast, head to the Artcliff Dinner, and when you're looking for some fun, choose the Lookout Tavern.
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