No matter how you Get Around,
Martha's Vineyard is great for sightseeing. Make a memory and take the
Lighthouse Challenge, our featured Two-Day Two-Island tour, or any
of our special bike
or walking tours. Check out
the Quick Links to the right for an Excursion that is custom made for you.
TWO DAYS – TWO ISLANDS
Day One: Martha’s Vineyard Sampler
Begin your day with a sightseeing tour of the Island, which will provide a good
overview of all the sights and history of the Vineyard, including a stop at the
clay cliffs in Aquinnah, ancestral home of the Wampanoag Tribe. The Gay
Head Cliffs are designated a National Natural Landmark be the U.S. Department
of Interior in recognition of the biological and geological significance to the
After the tour, visit the gingerbread cottages in Oak Bluffs, originally
the site of Methodists summer revival meetings. Then explore the many unique
shops and art galleries in and around Circuit Avenue and The Arts District.
Take a stroll over to Ocean Park for a view of period homes, the gazebo and stunning
vistas before you hope the #13 bus towards Edgartown.
Once in Edgartown, stroll down Main Street and stop by the Dr. Daniel Fischer
House and the Old Whaling Church, a stately landmark built by whaling
captains in 1843 and considered to be one of the finest examples of Greek revival
architecture in New England. Continue one to North Water Street, passing homes
built by whaling captains surrounded by lovely gardens and beautiful views of the
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is the Island's largest repository of cultural
artifacts, historic photographs, archival records, and genealogical records. We
strive to broaden awareness and access to the Island's history and shared memory.
At the end of North Water Street, walk down to the Edgartown Lighthouse. Renovated
and opened to the public in 2008, the views of Edgartown Harbor and Chappaquiddick
Island will take your breath away.
Day Two: Chappaquiddick Island
Use the VTA, the Vineyard’s public bus service or rent a bike and catch
the On Time Ferry to Chappaquiddick.
Chappaquiddick Island's eastern edge is a barrier beach formed thousands of years
ago by offshore currents that deposited tons of sand. Today this beach extends for
seven miles from Wasque Point past the Cape Poge Lighthouse to the Gut. During
the early 1800s, the waters around Martha's Vineyard were among the busiest in the
world. Cape Poge Lighthouse was built in 1801 to guide ships around the point. The
years since 1801 have seen two reconstructions. The present white wooden structure
was built in 1893; it is sixty-five feet above sea level and has a six-second flashing
white light, which is visible for nine miles.
Mytoi ("me'-toi") is a small Japanese-style garden set within an open
pine forest. In 1991, Hurricane Bob left the garden a tangle of uprooted trees and
shrubs. Mytoi was redesigned and restored with mixed plantings of native and exotic
trees and shrubs, some rare. The garden's signature feature is a small pond with
an island that is reached by walking over an arched bridge. Winding footpaths take
visitors through a birch walk, camellia dell, stone garden, and hillside garden.
A rustic shelter offers broad views of the garden and a chance to become immersed
in the meditative qualities of the landscape.
The Trustees of Reservations, operates Mytoi and gives tours over-sand and in
kayaks of Cape Poge.
Head back to the overlook by the Westchop Lighthouse, or out to the picturesque
fishing village of Menemsha and watch the sunset before heading out to
dinner and turning in for the evening.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES:
VTA public bus service – Phone: 508.693.9440
Chappy Ferry, known as the On-Time Ferry to Chappaquiddick
Located on Dock Street in Edgartown. From Main Street, take a left onto North Water
Street and follow it until you see The Daggett House on the right, where you will
see a sign for the Chappy Ferry. Takes only a few minutes to make the crossing.
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) - Phone: (508) 645-9265
20 Black Brook Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535-1546 - Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5
The Gay Head Cliffs
National Park Service, Dukes County
Dr. Daniel Fischer House and the Old Whaling Church
Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust – Phone: 508.627.4440
Post Office Box 5277, Edgartown, MA 02539
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum - Phone: 508.627.4441 x110
59 School Street, Edgartown, MA
Tours of Mytoi, over-sand and in kayaks of Cape Poge
The Trustees of Reservations - Phone: 508.693.7662
Village of Menemsha -
MVY.COM Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
24 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Phone: (508) 693-0085 or toll free (800) 505-4815
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