It’s true that Martha’s Vineyard moves at a much faster pace in the warmer months, but many people don’t realize there’s still a lot to do during the quieter season. With many reasons to visit during the winter months, the Island’s fabulous year-round restaurants are at the top of the list! Come enjoy the delicious food and drinks offered at these great sit-down restaurants, listed here by town, in no particular order.
Copper Wok: Asian-fusion at its finest! The noodle soup will warm you right up on a chilly winter’s day. And in a town that was “dry” for years, their creative sake drinks are a welcomed cocktail options!
Photo: Little House Cafe
Little House Café: A favorite among Islanders, this little eatery is big on flavor. Plus, they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their Red Thai Chicken Kabobs are like nothing you’ve ever had. Not into meat? No problem! There are lots of delicious vegetarian options.
Black Dog Tavern: An Island classic. Warm up by the fire and enjoy harbor views at one of the Vineyard’s oldest restaurants. Their clam chowder, served in a mug, is a delicious favorite!
Offshore Ale Co.: Good food and good beer — what more do you need? How about a toasty atmosphere with a fireplace and an open kitchen! Try their truffle oil pizza for a flavor experience your mouth won’t soon forget.
Sharky’s Cantina: Nothing says hot, hot, hot like some tasty tex-mex in the middle of the winter. Plus, you’ll forget the chilly weather after one of their perfect margaritas. Come hungry — their portions are large!
MV Chowder Company: Voted best chowder for multiple years, the winter is the perfect time to enjoy a hearty bowl! But don’t stop there: All the food is great — especially their risotto balls, and their hummus and falafel plate.
Bangkok Thai Cuisine: Looking for some exotic flavors? Bangkok Thai Cuisine has got you covered! From pad thai to coconut curry dishes, you’ll want to order everything.
Deon’s Restaurant: Chef Deon cooks up delicious meals at what’s been deemed Oak Bluffs “best kept secret.” Sure, the atmosphere is modest, but the food is anything but boring. Try out this hidden gem for some seriously good food.
Slice of Life: Cute and quaint, Slice of Life offers deliciously tasty and high-quality food at prices within reason. Their fried green tomato BLT will knock your socks off! And be sure to save room for dessert. Yumm!
Park Corner Bistro: Really yummy food with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Plus, there’s often live acoustic music, adding to the ambiance. Don’t miss their Sunday brunch, where you can enjoy one of the best Bloody Marys on-Island!
Henry’s: Located in the historic Harbor View Hotel, Henry’s never disappoints. Their delicious and creative cuisine includes a wide variety of unique small plates (hello, Cornmeal Fried Oysters and Bison Tartare!). Plus, the cozy atmosphere comes with a beautiful view of the Edgartown Lighthouse.
Atria: A classy restaurant upstairs, but a “down home” eatery in their brick-walled basement. Join them on Sunday for their amazing burger night downstairs. Meat-lovers and vegetarians unite with selections for everyone: Mary’s Little Lamb is one of the best lamb burgers on the planet, and The PETA burger is a delicious animal-friendly choice.
The Wharf Pub & Restaurant: This Edgartown classic serves up large portions at fair prices, with no pretense. It’s perfect for that casual night out. Try their chowder fries (yes, fries topped with chowder!), any of their salads are large enough for dinner, and their linguine and clams is one of the best on-Island!
The Grill on Main: With 2-for-1 entrees offered every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, it’s hard to find a better deal on-Island! Don’t forget to order the stuffed mushrooms — they’re amazing!
Lucky Hank's: This cozy eatery offers comfort food inspired by the Island and made with fresh, local ingredients. Lobster deviled eggs, anyone? Their Chicken Pot Pie and Meatloaf are perfect on a chilly winter’s day choices. An eclectic wine and beer list compliments the menu nicely!
Sharky’s Cantina: Yep, there are two locations! And the one in Edgartown now has a pool table, so that always adds a little extra fun to any night.
Rockfish: Edgartown’s newest restaurant is already a huge hit! From incredible tapas-style foods — Harissa Grilled Chicken Thighs & Couscous; Fried Artichokes with Lemon-Aioli; Potato Bravas (the list goes on and on!); to wood-fired flatbread pizzas like Baby Clam, Chorizo, and Garlic; to fabulous larger plates (including the best paella I’ve ever had); to the generous pours of wine, you’ll leave Rockfish with a very happy belly. But before you do, end the night with wood-fired S’mores!
The Newes: Located in the Kelley House, The Newes is about as cozy as taverns can be! And the dishes are all a tasty and healthy size. No matter what you order, be sure to get the onion rings — you’ll have dreams of them for years to come.
Square Rigger: This well-established restaurant “at the triangle” in Edgartown serves up New England classics, like clam chowder, boiled lobster, and baked stuffed shrimp. It’s a favorite among locals, and there’s a simple reason for that: It’s good.
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This time of year is a spectacular time for hiking on Martha’s Vineyard. With dozens of trails that wind through the woods, along ocean fronts, and over bluffs, hiking on-Island is not your average hiking. And with foliage peeking later on the season than on the mainland, now is the perfect time to enjoy the trails.
1. Great Rock Bight: A popular trail off of North Road in Chilmark, this hike takes you a few moderately easy miles through the woods and to an incredible bluff overlooking Vineyard Sound. Its beach is only accessible by the foot path, so even during the summer, it’s never crowded. Trails are dog-friendly, so bring your pooch along!
2. Long Point Wildlife Refuge: One of the most magical places on Martha’s Vineyard, Long Point Wildlife Refuge has miles of hiking trails with some of the most pristine vistas and vegetation. The winds off the south shore of the Island keeps trees and shrubs mostly squat, and the main trail takes hikers right to the beach. If you’re lucky enough to hike the refuge during winter, you might just spot a Snowy Owl! Sorry, dogs not allowed.
3. Caroline Tuthill Preserve: This fun trail is a favorite among Islanders. It’s easy to get to, just off of Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, and the winding trails take you over small hills, through the woods, and to beautiful water views of Sengekontacket Pond — just a few easy miles will get you there! And if you bring your doggy, she’ll likely enjoy a playdate while there since this trail is a favorite among dog owners. Be sure to also check out the many other trails across the Island that are part of the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation.
4. Menemsha Hills: This 211-acre preserve allows hikers to climb to the top of the second-highest point on Martha’s Vineyard, and offers spectacular ocean views. Three miles of trails cover wetlands, woodland groves, open coastal plain, and a rocky ocean edge. Approaching the shore, dune grass and pitch pine predominate. Hikers will also see goldenrod and beach plum helping anchor the dune cliffs above the beach, where rocks of every size dot the sand and line tide pools. And just beyond the northeast edge stands the remnants of a brick chimney, all that remains of a 19th-century brickworks. Please leave dogs home. Visit Trustees of Reservations for more info about all their hiking trails.
5. John Presbury Norton Farm to Womesket Preserve: A magical place to hike in any season — and a fabulous place to snowshoe or cross-country ski during the winter — John Presbury Norton Farm’s trails bring hikers to the lovely Wompesket Preserve. This combo is home to easy hiking trails that meander through the woods, across open fields, and eventually to Blackwater Pond (where, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can pick up more trails and continue on). And dogs are always welcome! Be sure to check out Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank for all of their trails.
This is just a sample of the incredible hiking trails on Martha’s Vineyard. Be sure to visit our website for more information.
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This is a guest blog post by Nevette Previd, full bio below. All photos from Farm.Field.Sea.
Martha’s Vineyard inspires "I could do that" fantasies. My “ I could do that” tipping point was at a dinner party. I have to admit I LOVE dinner parties; it’s where I am my most social self. Surrounded by people from all walks of life with stories to tell, fueled by good food and wine, I haven’t met a meal with a crowd that I haven’t loved yet. I am so jazzed after the events that my husband jokes that I have a new business or lifestyle idea for us after every invite.
This very party was an oh-so-local potluck at a friend’s house. The crowd happened to be chock full of farmers from both the soil and sea and local chefs who made the all-you-can eat offering especially exciting. As the conversation flowed, I gleaned a common thread: good stories. Tales of old and knowledge of new generously shared about their craft woven from generations of experience and newbie trial and error. The enthusiasm, and very real talent, craved a bigger audience than the simple sitting around the table.
Even though I have fantasized about being a farmer (I was very proud of my 8x8 garden this year), a fisherman (ok not really, I get too cold) and a chef (I would rock one of those cooking competition shows), my true passion lies in connecting people through food. So, enter Farm.Field.Sea., the conduit for me to experience a bit of these folks fascinating lives and the process it takes to bring great food to our plates. And, why not share it? With culinary adventures and agritourism all the rage, I know there have to be people who share a passion for really "getting to know" their food.
When people step off the boat onto Martha’s Vineyard for the first time, I want them to be able to get to know the Vineyard. Indulging in fried clams, getting a Vineyard t-shirt, and enjoying a delicious ice-cream cone — while all wonderful — is sort of the equivalent of only visiting Time Square when in NYC. Peel away the top layer of our magical Island and you too can get to know old Vineyard culture and traditions while having a 'food exploration of a lifetime’ (description courtesy of one of Farm.Field.Sea.’s recent guests!).
So the “I can do that,” I am happy to report, becomes an ‘”I did that!” With one season logged for Farm.Field.Sea., I am ready to go where no other adventurer on the Vineyard (and beyond) has gone before. Are you?
Sign up for the fall Farm.Field.Sea. October 25th and 26th featuring cooking with Chef/Farmer Chris Fischer, farm immersion at North Tabor Farm and Grey Barn, wines from Thirst Wine Merchants and cheese making with Jacqueline Foster. Limited spaces available, please find more information at ffsmv.com.
Nevette Previd is a marketing consultant specializing in connecting communities though grassroots, film, social action and events. She lives on the Vineyard with her family, working with clients all over the world. You can find her at nevetteprevid.com and ffsmv.com.
Martha’s Vineyard is part of Massachusetts — the first state in the country to legalize marriage equality — which helps lend itself to the fact that the Island has a long history of acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people, as well members of diverse communities in general.
From the original days of the Wampanoag Tribe, whose rich culture, legacy, and presence are still celebrated today on-Island with many current Tribe Members, to the first settlements of African American families in Oak Bluffs, to the generations of sailors’ families from around the world living on Martha’s Vineyard, to the countless international tourists and workers who visit each year, to the many LGBT couples and families who live here and visit, Martha’s Vineyard is a welcoming, safe, and fun place for members of the LGBT community — plus, the Island has lots to offer LGBT travelers!
For the Experiential Traveler: More and more, Martha’s Vineyard is becoming a hot-spot for experiential travelers, for those looking for a vacation that connects Traveler to Destination. Whether it be a unique food event, recreational activities that aren’t run-of-the-mill, or interactive opportunities in arts and culture, the experiences Martha’s Vineyard offers bring you closer to the Island itself, and to yourself. Join others with similar interests at food and wine festivals, local cooking challenges, art classes, and community dances on the Island. Visit our Play Here page and our Calendar page for more information.
For Couples: It’s no wonder so many LGBT couples get married here — the Island of Martha’s Vineyard is one of the most romantic places in the world. The roughly 100-square-mile Island boasts a plethora of phenomenal hotels, B&Bs, boutique-style inns, and vacation rental homes. And with more than 80 lodging options, there’s no shortage of choices. Since there are no chain hotels, each accommodation welcomes you in their own unique way to give you an authentic Island experience. With so many fabulous options, it’s no surprise that some are owned and operated by gay couples and families — as are many other Island businesses.
There’s also no shortage of fabulously romantic places to eat. Each of the six towns (Vineyard Haven, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Aquinnah) offers dining options that will wow you. Many offer sea-to-table or farm-to-table cuisine made with ingredients so fresh you’ll want to come back each year just to eat your way around the Island. Enjoy your meal with water views, next to a cozy fireplace, or at a hip and modern bar or lounge. And since Chilmark and the fishing village of Menemsha are BYOB, you won’t have to worry if they have your favorite wine — bring it yourself! One-of-a-kind boutiques, spas, and a richly diverse culture scene, including art galleries and quality theaters, provide endless hours of relaxation and entertainment. So much so, you’ll never want to leave — my wife and I didn't! We now call the Island home after numerous vacations here!
For Families: Each of the six towns offers their own brand of hospitality, and all are enchanting and engaging. Family-friendly activities include street fairs, fireworks, farmers markets, the Agriculture Fair, day camps, and festivals of art and music — and all offer the promise of lifelong memories. Families enjoy the pristine beaches and overall kid-friendly atmosphere of the Island. The numerous public beaches along the north shores allow younger kids to swim in wave-free waters, while the ocean beaches on the south shore are a favorite among teenage kids. The five historic lighthouses are unique in personality, and the Edgartown, East Chop and Gay Head lighthouses are open to visitors, and an adventure out to the Cape Poge Lighthouse is truly a one-of-a-kind experience for kids of all ages. Be sure to treat the family to a ride on the Flying Horses Carousel in the heart of Oak Bluffs. It’s the nation's oldest operating carousel and a National Historic Landmark. Plus, this treasured carousel has been enjoyed by Vineyarders and visitors for more than a century. While in Oak Bluffs, visit the colorful gingerbread cottages at the Tabernacle, or enjoy a family picnic in the park! There are also pet-friendly options for families with furry members!
For the Adventure Seeker: Martha’s Vineyard can be a relaxing and romantic getaway — or it can be a super fun vacation jam-packed with activities! Moonlight kayak tours, LED standup paddle boarding with disco-style lights, wind surfing and boarding, classic aviator plane rides in the Red Plane, daytime fishing trips, sunset sails, multiple road races throughout the year, bicycling through forest trails (or paved paths!), horseback riding, golfing, tennis — the list of exciting activities is endless. Visit our Play Here page and our Calendar for more details.
For Everyone: Whether you’re an experiential traveler wanting a hands-on journey involving food, art, or outdoor activities; or if you’re looking for a relaxing and romantic getaway; or if you want to take the family on a vacation they’ll never forget, the Vineyard is for you. In fact, Martha’s Vineyard is for everyone.
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We do a lot of things well on this 100-square-foot Island of ours — including bike paths. Bike riding on Martha’s Vineyard is simply spectacular. Whether it be along the shoreline or through the forest, biking on the Vineyard is fun, easy, and very bike-rider friendly. Our bike paths cover 44 miles of the Island, making cycling a must-do (and safe!) family-friendly activity on Martha’s Vineyard. Here are our three favorite trails for biking.
Beach Road between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown: This stunning six-mile, paved trail travels along the Nantucket Sound on one side and the 7-acre Sengekontacket Pond on the other, and is entirely flat. It’s definitely one of the most popular trails on the Island because of its stunning views. Bikers can even take a pit stop and go for a swim at State Beach. There are plenty of bike racks along the way!
Katama Loop to South Beach: Just outside of Edgartown, there is a fabulous bike path that loops down Katama Road, along Atlantic Drive, and over to Herring Creek Road. Riders pass open fields, farms, South Beach, and the Katama Airfield (you might just see the vintage red biplane taking off and doing some aviation tricks in the air!). It’s a lovely 5-mile, flat, paved loop with some incredible wildflowers along the way.
Manuel F. Correllus State Forest: Smack dab in the middle of Martha’s Vineyard is the Manuel F. Corellus State Forest, which has miles and miles of flat, paved bike trails. And since it is so conveniently located, you can get there easily by way of additional bike paths that connect from any of the three major towns (Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, and Edgartown).
Not bringing your bike over? No problem! You can easily rent bikes when you get here. Just visit our Bike Rentals page to find the one perfect for you.
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A common question we get from potential visitors is, “How do I get there?” Being an Island and all, people sometimes think it’s like travelling to a different Universe. But, in reality, getting to Martha’s Vineyard is pretty darn easy — and there are more ways than one!
1. By Sea: Ferries make regular daily runs between Martha’s Vineyard and the mainland (or what locals more commonly refer to as “America”). The Steamship Authority is a year-round provider out of Woods Hole on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and is the only ferry service that accommodates vehicles. Three seasonal passenger ferries depart from points on the Cape, and all allow bicycles for an additional fee: the Island Queen connects Falmouth on the Cape to Oak Bluffs on the Island; Hy-Line Cruises connects Hyannis to Oak Bluffs; and the Falmouth-Edgartown Ferry connects — you guessed it! — Falmouth and Edgartown. The Vineyard Fast Ferry leaves North Kingston, Rhode Island, and is a popular choice for travelers from Connecticut. Coming from New York or New Jersey? The SeaStreak departs from Highlands, NJ, and E. 35th Street in New York City, allowing you to leave your car behind entirely. Either way, getting to the ferries is easy! Here are directions to reach the ferries by car and by bus.
2. By Air: Martha’s Vineyard is easily accessible by plane. Cape Air offers year-round service from Boston, and additional seasonal service from New Bedford, MA, Hyannis, MA, Nantucket, MA; Westchester, NY; and Providence, RI. JetBlue and Delta airlines provide seasonal service direct from New York’s JFK airport to Martha’s Vineyard between Memorial Day and Labor Day. US Airways provides seasonal direct service from Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport. Coming from another country? No problem! Fly into Boston and either take Cape Air to the Vineyard, or hop on the Peter Pan Bus to the Steamship Authority in Woods Hole and take a ferry over.
3. By Bus: Since we’re an Island, you won’t be able to take the bus directly to us, but you can take the bus from numerous cities to a ferry! Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus Line offers daily, year-round service to Woods Hole from Boston and from New York (stopping in Providence). Plymouth Brockton Bus provides service year-round from Boston to Hyannis, but remember the ferry from Hyannis to the Island only runs from May-October. Seasonal bus service to Vineyard Fast Ferry in Quonset Point, Rhode Island, New Bedford, MA, and Woods Hole, MA from the upper east side or upper west side of Manhattan is available from Adventure Northeast Transportation Service.
4. By Train: Again, you won’t be taking a train directly to Martha’s Vineyard, since there are no land routes, bridges, or tunnels connecting us to the mainland. But train travel is certainly a great option to make your trip to the Island easier. There are two Amtrak options when coming by train from New York City and locations south. The train from New York to Boston’s South Station is the only year-round train option. Once at South Station, you can take a car service or the Peter Ban Bus to Woods Hole, and hop on a ferry from there. There’s also an Amtrak train from New York to Kingston, Rhode Island that runs seasonally. From there, the Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry provides direct shuttle service to and from the train station, which makes getting from the train to the ferry a cinch. The Steamship Authority and Hy-line Cruises are both accessible by the CapeFLYER seasonal rail service (operated by Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority) to provide seamless and car-free transportation to our Island, with connections to Woods Hole and Hyannis for ferry transportation. It might seem like a lot, especially for a first-timer, but — trust us! — it’s easier than you realize. And once you get here, you’ll see for yourself how the few extra travel steps are totally worth it.
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The last remaining wooden whaleship in the world is on its way to Martha’s Vineyard, and – WOW – it is a sight to be seen! Among motor boats and modern ships, the Charles W. Morgan is currently embarked on its 38th voyage, and will land in Vineyard Haven harbor the week of June 16th. It’s a time on Martha’s Vineyard that you won’t want to miss. You will literally be able to witness a part of history. And it very well could be the last chance to do so.
The vessel dates back to 1841, and hasn’t set sail in nearly a century — making this voyage quite possibly her last one.
The role of whaling in American history, and on Martha’s Vineyard specifically, is a fascinating one. While we'd never glamorize modern day whaling, the arrival of the Morgan reminds us that, before kerosene, whale oil powered the world and fueled the Industrial Revolution. The Morgan holds a glorious place in our history, and what better way to take a step back to the whaling days of our Island than by stepping aboard the Charles W. Morgan while she’s in our own waters?
Amazingly, the ship is the only vessel left to tell the story. The Charles W. Morgan once belonged to a fleet of 2,700 whaleships, and was well-revered for her “luck.” While other vessels of the time and over the years were destroyed by confederate raiders, storms, and dangers of the sea, the Charles W. Morgan sailed safely and profitably, bringing home more than 54,000 barrels of oil as part of an American industry that lasted more than 250 years.
Charles W. Morgan at Round Hill, c. September 1938, Courtesy of Martha's Vineyard Museum
Chances like this don’t come around often, and might never again. The opportunity to witness and be part of (actually step onto) a piece of history, is thrilling beyond measure. Consider this an open invitation to all to come and experience history in the making.
Visitors are invited to a land exhibition at Tisbury Wharf and are welcome to walk onto the ship from June 21 – 24.
To book your hotel accommodations, visit our “Stay Here” page, and for all your travel needs, visit MVY.com.
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If you’re a foodie like me, you know this is the most wonderful time of year on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. Why, you ask? Because Restaurant Week kicks off this coming Sunday, June 15 — and my life becomes a fantastic food frenzy for the 5 days following.
Martha’s Vineyard has some of the freshest and most amazing food anywhere on the planet (It’s no wonder that we’re one of only six places in the world that hosts the Local Wild Food Challenge). And Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week was made for food-lovers.
Now in its 6th year, Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week offers culinary adventurers and everyday diners the chance to experience the bounty of the Island — at a fraction of the price it might otherwise cost. Special price-fixed menus let your taste buds explode without blowing up your wallet.
This year’s participating restaurants include award-winning and well-loved taverns, eateries, inns, luncheons, grills, and cafes. Dinners won’t run over $50 for a 3- or 4-course meal. Plus, there are breakfast and lunch options this year too, which means foodies can quite literally eat their way around the Island for 5 full days.
Come enjoy the freshest seafood right out of our waters. Indulge yourself with pasture-raised, and small-farmed meals. But make your reservations early! Restaurants will book up fast.
Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week runs Sunday, June 15 through Thursday, June 19, 2014. For more information, like Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @MVEats.
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The Island of Martha’s Vineyard is relatively small (less than 100 square miles) – but many people are surprised to realize just how big the Island really is once they get here. There’s so much to see and do on this little piece of heaven, and you won’t want to miss any of it while you’re visiting.
Lucky for you, you don’t have to.
Once you’re on the Island, getting around Martha’s Vineyard is a snap. Here are some smart tips for enjoying all the Island has to offer – with or without a car.
1. Public Transportation: The public transportation on Martha’s Vineyard is enough to make any city folk envious. It’s reliable, affordable, clean, accommodating, and always on time. The Martha’s Vineyard Regional Transit Authority, or VTA, picks passengers up in every Island town – including at both the Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs ferries, and the airport. The busses have racks that hold up to 3 bikes, and are dog- and kid-friendly (children under 6 ride free!). Fares are affordable, with single rides for as little as $1, day passes for $7, and weekly passes for $25.
2. Bike the Island: Martha’s Vineyard is well-known and loved for our pristine bike paths — over 44 miles of them! Whether you want a leisurely tour or a vigorous challenge, along the ocean or through the forests, scenic or direct routes are available for every skill level. One of the most popular bike paths connects Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. The six-mile, paved trail travels along the Nantucket Sound on one side and the 7-acre Sengekontacket Pond on the other, and is entirely flat except for a few very slight inclines. Looking to rent bikes while you’re here? Check out our Bike Rentals page!
3. Walk It: Each town on Martha’s Vineyard has its own unique and wonderful character — and the three busiest towns are each 100% walkable. With shops, restaurants, theaters, museums, and art galleries all within a stone’s throw from the ferries or wherever you might be staying, walking the streets of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, or Edgartown is a tried and true way to explore our quaint Island.
4. Rent a Moped or Car: The buzz of moped motors can be heard all season long throughout the Island. That’s because they’re an affordable yet independent mode of transportation on Martha’s Vineyard. You can easily rent a moped and car rentals are also a convenient option! Visit our Car Rentals page to reserve yours today.
5. Hail a Cab: Private taxi service and shared taxi vans are also available to get you from Point A to Point B. Most towns have a designated spot to grab a cab, and you can always call in advance to arrange a specific pick-up and drop-off. Visit our Taxi page for contact info.
6. Tour Guides: There are numerous group and private tour companies available to help you see the beauty of Martha's Vineyard. Tour buses are located at the Steamship Terminals, and depart regularly on scheduled times. Private passenger vans are available for customized group tours. Aerial tours are available to give you a birds-eye view of the Island and wonderful narrated walking tours provide you with in-depth detail on towns and subjects of interest. Visit our Tours page for more info.
7. Private Car Service: For the discerning traveler, private car services are also available. This is a great option for weddings and special events – or to simply kick up the style meter a notch or two. Visit our Car Service page for more details.
So if you find yourself planning a trip to Martha’s Vineyard and you can’t get your car over, don’t fret! There are many ways to get around the Island and enjoy all it has to offer — with or without a vehicle.
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Martha’s Vineyard celebrates its farming and fishing heritage through its tradition of locally grown farm-to-table and ocean-to-table culinary experiences. Our Island chefs pride themselves on using local ingredients supplied by the Vineyard’s many small farms and fishermen. Vineyard food is often a culinary experience in itself — but like so many other things we do on the Island, we bring food to a whole new level. With these three culinary adventures – yes, adventures! – you get to experience Island food like never before.
Culinary & Garden Adventure: Jan Buhrman, the master caterer behind Kitchen Porch Catering, and John Bagnulo, MPH, PhD, naturalist, and nutritionist, team up to bring you a 3-day intensive culinary and garden adventure. The weekend will prepare you to grow healthier, fresher food in the most user-friendly way, making the most of limited space, extending your growing season, improving your soil, and ultimately improving your health. This class will help you choose what to grow, what varieties make the most sense, and what to do with the bounty so that it lasts you all year long. Learn how to take a 20′ x 20′ plot and transform it into a planted garden ready for summer! You will take away a plan for your own garden and plants ready to be planted, along with the confidence of gardening. Plus, each day Jan will teach you how to cook and preserve food right from your garden. April 25-27, 2014. Visit Kitchen Porch to register.
Farm. Field. Sea.: Wow your palette at this year’s intimate, experiential, soil-to-table experiences for foodie and adventure travelers. Partnering with local farmers and the Island’s top chefs, Farm. Field. Sea. invites guests behind the scenes for a hands-on experience of the Island’s unique, authentic food community. Supercharge your immersion in all aspects of growing, fishing, harvesting, and foraging for food and bring a fresh, local meal to the table. One-day event on June 14, and August 2. Two-day event October 25 & 26. Visit Farm. Field. Sea to register.
Local Wild Food Challenge: This October, the 5th annual Local Wild Food Challenge is going to rock the Vineyard. The challenge is to create the best dish using at least one wild ingredient from the Island. Past years have included wild mallard duck breast glazed with a mix of Chilmark cherries, crispy frog legs served in switchgrass crust and topped with pumpkin, sassafras and Irish moss mousse, venison sausage with chestnut and pear stuffing, beach plum vinaigrette over watercress salad, and countless others. The event is open to all. Visit Local Wild Food Challenge for more information.
Martha's Vineyard is perfect for adveture travelers and is truly a foodie's paradise. Come enjoy the bounty of our Island with one — or all! — of these culinary adventures.
And don't forget about Martha's Vineyard Restaurant Week, June 15 - 19! Check us out on Facebook for more details.
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