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Martha's Vineyard is a beautiful island off the coast of Cape Cod and a visit here will allow you to see stunning, vast ocean, beautiful swaying beachgrass, local lobsterman bringing in their daily catch, quintessential New England cottages contrasted with giant New England mansions, and more! Martha's Vineyard is really where traditional New England meets contemporary New England, and this creates an amazing holiday destination for visitors.
Things to do in Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard is made-up of six towns: Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, and West Tisbury; each town is unique and has something special to offer visitors.
In Oak Bluffs, one of Martha's Vineyard’s most well-known towns, you can visit the iconic Gingerbread Cottages: there are 318 of the Gingerbread Cottages in Oak Bluffs and they are painted a variety of colours. The story of the Gingerbread Cottages dates all the way back to 1835 when local Methodists used to attend a religious camp in Oak Bluffs. The cottages were constructed in 1864 and were influenced by this group of Methodists who used to paint their tents a variety of colours when visiting the town. Today, visitors to Martha's Vineyard love to go and see these quaint looking old houses as they look like they have been lifted straight out of a story book!
Edgartown has made a name for itself by being the destination of the “Jaws Bridge” on Martha's Vineyard. Martha's Vineyard was the filming location of the iconic film Jaws in the 1970s and today visitors to Martha's Vineyard love to go and see the “Jaws Bridge” in Edgartown. Many visitors to Martha's Vineyard like to bike around the island to see all of the quaint small towns, including biking over the “Jaws Bridge” for epic views of the water below!
Aquinnah Is home to one of Martha's Vineyard’s most famous lighthouses: the Gay Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse dates back to 1796 and you can learn all about its history on a tour inside or simply walk around the lighthouse yourself and take in the impressive views out over the ocean. Whilst in Aquinnah, why not also visit the Aquinnah Cliffs - this is a mile-long shoreline of clay cliffs that offer extremely impressive views out over the infamous rugged New England coastline.
If you are looking for some epic seafood and lobster rolls whilst on Martha's Vineyard, then look no further than Larsen’s Fish Market in Chilmark. Larsen’s fish market is one of the best places for fresh seafood and visitors can enjoy fresh stuffed scallops, lobster rolls, oysters, crab cakes, and any other fish being sold at the market. Even better, whilst enjoying your epic fresh seafood you can look out over the fishing boats responsible for bringing in the catch of the day but you are now eating!
Beaches on Martha’s Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard is home to many amazing white sandy beaches where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy some epic fresh seafood whilst listening to the sound of the waves lapping on the shore. Or, for those of you who are feeling a bit more adventurous, on Martha's Vineyard there is also the opportunity for surfing, boogie boarding and swimming in the ocean.
South Beach in Edgartown is a great beach where you can relax on the beautiful white sand or swim and surf in the ocean! Norton Point Beach is one of only two beaches on Martha's Vineyard that allows cars to drive onto the beach - this means you can drive right up to where you want to sit and relax for the remainder of the day without carrying all of your things with you from the car…this is especially great for families travelling with young children! Some of the other great beaches on Martha's Vineyard include Lambert’s Cove, Moshup Beach, State Beach and Katama Beach.
Food and Drink on Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard is known for its amazing ice cream at Mad Martha’s and on the island there are three locations between Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven. Whilst in Martha's Vineyard be sure to sample some of the delicious homemade flavours sold at Mad Martha's.
There are also plenty of amazing restaurants in Martha's Vineyard; if you want to try a New England staple, Chowder, then why not try some from Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company! For some amazing seafood, Oak Bluffs is home to Nancy’s Restaurant where you can enjoy some of the island's freshest seafood whilst overlooking the oak Bluffs Harbour.
Contrary to what some may think, Martha's Vineyard is not actually home to any wineries. However, the island is home to a couple of breweries including Offshore Ale Company in Oak Bluffs that offer a variety of IPAs on tap. If ales aren't your style, then why not checkout one of the quaint cafes and coffee shops on the island - for some fantastic fresh coffee and a unique food menu a must visit is Mocha Motts!
Places to stay on Martha's Vineyard
Visiting Martha's Vineyard for just one day would be a shame as there is so much to see and explore on the island. Therefore, we recommend staying on Martha's Vineyard for at least 2 nights (more if you have more time) in order to really explore everything Martha’s Vineyard has to offer! On Martha's Vineyard you won't find many big chain hotels, instead the island is home to more boutique hotels that offer chic, stylish rooms and experiences. Some of our clients favourite Martha's Vineyard hotels include the Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites for its harbour views and stylish rooms, the Harbour View Hotel for its outdoor pool (seasonal) and dining options, and for a more budget friendly option our clients loved The Morgan Hotel (otherwise known as Hotel Ginger).
Getting to Martha’s Vineyard and the Best Time to Visit
To get to Martha's Vineyard you will need to take a ferry from one of the terminals on the mainland. If you plan to take your car to Martha's Vineyard, then you need to reserve a spot for your car on the ferry. This will need to be done months in advance of your trip if you are travelling during peak times like the summer holidays as the ferry can get very busy.
New England is a great holiday destination as it experiences all 4 seasons - from cold snowy winters to hot and sunny summers. The best time to visit Martha's Vineyard is during the summer months (June, July, and August) as the temperatures are warmer this time of year so you can experience lounging on the golden sands and splashing about in the beautiful sea. September is also a nice time to visit Martha's Vineyard as you will not run into as much school holiday traffic on the island and it may be a little quieter than it is during the summer.
Twin Centre Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard is just off the coast of Cape Cod, so it’s perfect for a Twin Centre Holiday with Cape Cod or even with Cape Cod and Boston. With its beautiful beaches, amazing architecture, quaint shops and cafes, great seafood, rich history, and New England charm Martha's Vineyard really is a must see on your New England holiday. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today by calling us on 01635 551011 and speak to a New England Expert or fill out our enquiry form which will send an e-mail directly to our sales team. We can't wait to help you plan your perfect New England holiday.
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