Martha’s Vineyard is known for our amazing farm-and-sea-to-table cuisine. Our Island-fresh and locally grown produce, as well as our fresh catches and pasture-raised meats, make the Vineyard a foodie’s paradise. And while our special Island boasts some of the most gourmet restaurants you’ll ever have the pleasure of dining at, Martha’s Vineyard is also chockfull of culinary delights to enjoy on a budget. But not to worry: these cheaper choices stay true to the Vineyard experience and don’t sacrifice a single ounce of flavor.
La Choza: Literally meaning, “the shack,” La Choza serves up fresh and delicious food fit for a palace. Their burritos and "untraditional burritos" — which are basically burrito bowls (much like traditional taco salads) — are amazing. Orders are to-go from their prime corner location in Vineyard Haven.
Rocco’s Pizza: Eat in or take out scrumptious Italian dinners and pizza offered at prices that are budget and family friendly. Delicious daily specials and traditional entrees are priced to please.
Linda Jean’s: Enjoy a freshly made meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in Oak Bluffs at a restaurant that’s been keeping bellies full since 1976.
The Wharf: Edgartown’s hot spot for friendly service and good food that won’t break the bank. Their sandwiches, burgers, and paninis are especially yummy – and budget friendly.
Scottish Bakehouse: Not only an amazing bakery, the Scottish Bakehouse also serves up some incredible eats to-go. Try their quinoa burger or the ½ roast of chicken – really, anything on the menu – and your belly and your wallet will be happy.
Sharky’s Cantina: With two locations (one in Oak Bluffs and one in Edgartown), it’s easy to eat well on a budget. Their menu boasts “50 items under $10.” Plus, they offer a kids’ menu!
Lookout Tavern: A great spot in Oak Bluffs with a great view – and great prices on their appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches. It’s like the trifecta of budget dining.
The Newes from America: Classic pub food in a warm and inviting atmosphere makes for a fun evening at this Edgartown restaurant that feels anything but cheap.
Coop de Ville (pictured above): Located right on Oak Bluffs Harbor, Coop de Ville serves up delicious, fresh, and totally affordable food – but get there early, because this hot spot fills up fast.
The Black Dog Bakery & Café: If you’re looking for an affordable spot for breakfast or lunch, The Black Dog Bakery and Café on State Road in Vineyard Haven is the place for you. This Island landmark also has incredible house-made desserts!
Net Result: Some of the freshest and cheapest take-out on the Island, Net Result is a must for those looking for quality food at affordable prices. They’re not open for dinner, but here’s a little insider tip: Get there before they close at 6pm and order your dinner to-go early.
Love food as much as we do? Be sure to check out all of the places to eat on Martha's Vineyard by visiting our Dine Here page.
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Did you know that MVY.com is the perfect resource for planning your next – or first! – Vineyard vacation? It’s a one-stop tool that makes planning your trip almost as fun as taking your trip!
1. Find the Perfect Place to Stay. Whether you’re looking for a motel room, a quaint bed and breakfast, a charming inn, a boutique hotel, a cottage, a condo, a campsite, an entire house for your whole family (and pet!), or even a hostel, MVY.com’s Stay Here page makes finding the perfect place to fall asleep each night easy as counting sheep.
2. Taste the Vineyard. The Island’s unique bounty includes fish fresh from the sea, local meats, small-farm dairy, and Island-grown vegetables. Sample the best of the Vineyard at any number of restaurants easily found on our Dine Here page. No matter where you choose, one thing is certain: Come hungry.
3. Have Fun! A vacation isn’t a vacation unless you’re doing what you enjoy. And Martha’s Vineyard has something – in fact, we have a lot of things – perfect for everyone. Water sports, boating, shopping, fishing, biking, hiking, history tours, lighthouse tours, garden tours, all-Island tours, museums, spas, fitness centers, golfing, art fairs, street festivals, live theater – the list is endless! Create your perfect vacation itinerary by visiting our Play Here page and our Calendar of Events.
4. Find a Deal. Taking a vacation to Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t have to break the bank. There are numerous Hot Deals to take advantage of. Check ‘em out and get discounts at some of the best businesses on the Island. If you prefer waiting until the last minute to book your getaway, our Last Minute Lodging page is the place for you – great accommodations at great prices.
5. Use Us. MVY.com is the perfect resource for all of your vacation-planning needs. But its usefulness doesn’t end there. Use the site while you’re on-Island to find businesses you can trust, and rest assured that your vacation will be one to remember.
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Did you know that Martha's Vineyard was just named one of the most romantic
places in America? If you’ve been to the Island, that probably comes as no surprise. But if you haven’t ever been here, Valentine’s weekend is the perfect time to WOW your lover with a romantic getaway that goes beyond anything they’d ever expect — and here are 5 tips for a perfectly romantic Valentine’s celebration on the magical Island of Martha’s Vineyard.
1. Book the perfect room or suite! The Vineyard has an abundance of romantic places to stay, including award-winning hotels, eco-friendly boutique inns, and charming beds and breakfast. Numerous local accommodations are running Valentine Promotions that are sure to make that special person feel oh-so loved. Hob Knob will be welcoming guests with ½ a dozen roses, a split of champagne, and oysters on the half shell. They will also be offering a special Valentine’s menu for their guests. Harbor View Hotel offers a lovers package that includes a room in the main house, champagne, strawberries upon arrival, and next-day brunch. Vineyard Square Hotel greets you with a box of chocolates, a bottle of Prosecco, and a long-stem rose — all while you enjoy a luxury suite at a discounted Valentine’s rate. Guests are also invited to enjoy a Valentine’s specially priced spa service at the on-site Sea Spa Salon. The Mansion House Inn offers romantic rooms with fireplaces and views of Vineyard Sound. Valentine’s guests will enjoy a gift basket and can take advantage of in-house couple’s massage. This is just a sampling of the wonderful places to stay; be sure to check out our Stay Here page to see all options.
2. Wine and dine! Enjoying fabulous wine and a delicious meal is par for the course here on Martha’s Vineyard. In fact, it’s one of the things we do best. From our endless choices of local farm-to-table (and ocean-to-table!) restaurant offerings, you’re sure to enjoy a meal made with pride by an Island chef. Some of our romantic suggestions include Water Street at Harbor View Hotel, Le Grenier, The Grill on Main,
Lucky Hank’s, MV Chowder Company, and The Newes. Be sure to check out our Dine Here page to see all options.
3. Bouquets of love! Is Valentine’s Day ever really complete without flowers? Whether your Valentine prefers long-stem red roses or something more unique, Vineyard florists have a robust selection sure to please. Year-round flower shops that offer beautiful varieties include MV Florist and Gifts and Morrice Florist — and delightfully fresh bouquets can also be purchased at Cronig’s Market.
4. Sweets for your Sweetie! Skip the store-bought box of chocolates and say I love you with Island made-by-hand chocolates and truffles. A craft in itself, Vineyard chocolate makers have received national attention and awards for their delectable treats. Wow your Valentine with specialty made chocolates and truffles from New Moon Magick - Enchanted Chocolates, Vineyard Sweets MV , and Not Your Sugar Mamas.
5. Add a little sparkle! Make this Valentine’s Day dazzle with special one-of-a-kind jewelry from an independent Island jeweler. Find beautiful, Vineyard-designed and created necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and so much more at CB Stark Jewelers, Claudia’s, Moonstone Jewelers, Sioux Eagles Designs, and Alex and Ani.
Come discover one of the most romantic places in the country! See you on the Vineyard!
The vineyard is a magical place. Anyone who's ever been here knows that. And while some might think that a drop in temperatures means a drop in action, that's simply not true. There are so many great things to do on the island in the winter — and certain things you can only do on martha's vineyard in the winter.
january kicks off the year with the mvy radio big chili contest, now in its 28th year. Take the chill out of winter with the hottest of the hot, or warm up with a milder chili — there’s something for all taste buds. And getting here is simple! JUMP On the ferry and then hop on a free bus that takes you right to the event in oak bluffs. The day heats up with live musical performances and a full bar, so why not stay the night? Visit our calendar page for more details, and our stay here page to find the perfect overnight accommodations.
this february, hit the ground running at the 17th annual martha’s vineyard 20 miler road race. The race has been named one of the top 100 races by new england runner magazine, and the course covers some of the most beautiful terrain on the island. Starting at vineyard haven harbor, passing by the gingerbread cottages in oak bluffs, winding along the beach barrier between nantucket sound and a 700-acre pond, crossing over island farmland, and trekking through the state forrest, it’s like running and site seeing all at the same time! Join over 500 registered runners of all levels, or stake your spot along the route to cheer them on. Book your hotel reservations early by visiting our stay here page, and find the perfect place for an after-run meal at our dine here page.
The winter winds down but the silver screen blows up with the martha's vineyard film festival in march. Kicking off its 14th year, the film festival draws thousands of movie lovers, buffs, and critics alike — all viewing some of the best independent films of our time. Movie goers from around the globe come to enjoy this fun winter event, which gets the island buzzing with creative energy. It’s a great time to visit martha’s vineyard in the winter, but book your stay early and make your dinner reservations soon — because the island will be hopping that weekend! Visit our get here page, our stay here page, and our dine here page to best plan your trip.
Come on over, and see why we say the island’s “off season” is actually on.
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Martha’s Vineyard is a special place anytime of the year, including the Winter — the season that allows you to fall in love with the Island “without her makeup on,” and to grow a true appreciation for all she has to offer.The community of Martha’s Vineyard is rich in arts, culture, and history, and that carries on throughout the year. On any given Winter day, there are art classes to take, independent movies to see, theater productions to enjoy, live music to hear, and museums and galleries to stroll. Check out our Calendar, Museum, and Arts, Culture, and Entertainment pages for more info.
The natural beauty of the Island is far from stark in the Winter. In fact, Winter is a great time to really see the land of Martha’s Vineyard. With seemingly endless hiking trails that meander through fields, woods, marshlands, and along ponds, bluffs, and beaches, hiking on the Island is popular in the Winter — as is snowshoeing and cross-country skiing when snow falls. Visit our Hiking page for more info.
You can also enjoy other great outdoorsy activities in the Winter here. Take a tour at one of the working year-round farms on the Island; join a group for bird watching (there are over 120 species here in the Winter!); take a country drive down Island roads; or catch a magnificent Winter sunset over the water. Throw on an extra layer, and you’re all set — the Island is generally 8 – 12 degrees warmer than Boston! Visit our Calendar, Birding, and Farm pages for more information.
Prefer to stay inside? We’ve got you covered. Pamper yourself with a luxurious massage, facial, or specialty service from one of the beloved Island spas. Enjoy a hot toddy at a warm Island bar. Cozy on up to a fireplace at numerous Island hotels and inns. Treat yourself to a locally produced meal at a delicious Island restaurant. Check out our Spa, Dine Here, and Stay Here pages for more information.
Have you been to Martha’s Vineyard during the Winter? What’s your favorite thing to do? I made a snowperson on the beach last weekend, pictured above.
Grab your coat, and we’ll see you in the Vineyard!
This weekend in a quaint little town on martha’s vineyard, the island celebrates christmas together. The 3-day event draws people from each island town and village, as well as countless visitors from off-island who come to share in the festivities known aschristmas in edgartown. IN Its 32nd year, christmas in edgartown has long ago become a holiday tradition. THE Celebration kicks off friday, december 13, with the lighting of the edgartown lighthouse. THE Fun continues all day and into the evening on saturday with events for all ages and interests, including a late-morning parade, walking tours, face painting, holiday concerts, sing-a-longs, the ever-popular great chowder contest, sleigh rides on chappaquiddick, and the village tree lighting. CHECK Out our calendar page for details! SUNDAY Begins the last day of the weekend-long celebration with breakfast with santa, a community event co-sponsored by the martha’s vineyard chamber of commerce and the wharf restaurant to raise money for the jim lambert memorial scholarship fund for island students. The day continues with a scavenger hunt, an artisan showcase, nature-themed ornament making, a holiday children’s book reading, and special showings of christmas movies. CHECK Out our calendar page for details! THROUGHOUT The weekend, edgartown shops and merchants welcome you with holiday cheer, specials, treats, and open houses – all with a charm the vineyard is known for. There is truly no better place for holiday shopping than martha’s vineyard. Our independent shops and local small businesses offer unique, artisanal, and quality gifts, goods, and products. Additionally, just a short drive from edgartown you’ll find thevineyard artisans festival at the grange hall in west tisbury – well worth the excursion to find one-of-a-kind handcrafts! CHECK Out our calendar page for more details! IF You’ve never experienced christmas in edgartown, let this year be the year you discover its magic. In fact, the only thing prettier than the vineyard in summer are all our quaint villages decked out in holiday twinkle lights! BE Sure to check out our last minute lodging page for accommodations, and use our handy calendar page to see a list of all the events happening this weekend to ensure you don’t miss a thing. SEE You on the vineyard!
It’s common for people to think that martha’s vineyard is a summer-only destination, but that’s simply not the case. While hundreds of thousands of people do land here between june and august, the other months of the year carry their own bragging rights, and continue to attract visitors for some very special reasons. That’s why we say the “off season” of martha’s vineyard is actually on. Off-season temperatures make a first-time winter getaway a great reason to visit.
on average, martha’s vineyard is 8 – 12 degrees warmer than the greater boston area during winter, which makes romantic weekends even cozier and takes the chill out of adventurous, outdoors jaunts. Plus, it means martha’s vineyard is the perfect place for holiday shopping and for celebrating the new year.
martha’s vineyard is home to some of the most beautiful inns, bed and breakfasts, and hotels in the country, most of which offer reduced rates and specials for winter months. This means you can experience some of the best hotels on the island for a fraction of the cost. Consider taking a romantic getaway at one of the island’s inns with cozy fireplaces. Family-friendly packages are also available at numerous vineyard hotels. Visit the stay here and last minute lodging pages on the chamber’s website for lots of terrific options!
stroll the streets and enjoy the beautiful holiday window displays of the many shops bursting with specialty items not found elsewhere. Join us for the always-festivechristmas in edgartown, a weekend-long event that includes the lighting of the edgartown lighthouse, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a delicious chowder contest. Celebrate hanukkah with other families at the menorah lighting in vineyard haven. Discover the holiday charm of each vineyard town, all with their own one-of-a-kind shops.
say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014 in style – and on the island. The Harbor view hotel offers a new year’s eve package that includes overnight accommodations, a dance party, and midnight fireworks over the harbor. Looking for something a little more low-key? There are plenty of wonderful restaurants and hotels worthy of this special night.
the island also offers plenty of outdoor activities and family-friendly fun for you and your loved ones – and little ones! The vineyard is home to numerous nature preserves, all with their own hiking trails and scenic views. And any given weekend, you are sure to find family-friendly activities, like the oak bluffs tree lighting and caroling party, the teen hip hop dance workshop, and visit with santa – just to name a few.
there’s so much to do on martha’s vineyard during the winter months that you’ll quickly realize why we call our “off season” on.
not sure where to begin planning your trip? Be sure to visit our stay here page and our calendar of events so you don’t miss a thing.
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