Every year on Martha’s Vineyard brings new businesses, new opportunities for fun and even more excuses to keep coming back. This year is shaping up to be even more exciting, especially as we welcome the return of many of our annual in-person events like the Oak Bluffs HarborFest and the Edgartown fireworks. We’re gearing up for a banner summer here on Martha’s Vineyard and we can’t wait to share it with you! If you’re planning a trip to the Island this year check out some of the newest additions to Martha’s Vineyard in 2022.
The Larder While The Larder in Vineyard Haven isn’t technically new, it has been getting a big makeover over the last few months! The Larder is set to transform into a specialty meat and cheese shop that will be opening later this season. New in 2022 expect homemade sausage and charcuterie from Chef Tyler Potter and other local delicacies and delights curated by Rose Willet of North Tisbury Farm and Whippoorwill Farm.
Island Time The only locally owned adult-use cannabis dispensary on Martha’s Vineyard can be found on Mechanic Street, just across the road from Little House Cafe. All their products are locally produced in West Tisbury, and they offer a vast selection of cannabis goods, such as pre-rolls, vapes, flower, edibles, and CBD tinctures, to name a few.
S&S Kitchenette Located on Main Street, S&S Kitchenette is an exciting new provisions, retail and event space coming soon to Martha's Vineyard, courtesy of private chef Spring Sheldon. S&S Kitchenette provides locally sourced, handmade meals to go, offering daily menus, meal kits, and catering options for large parties that will be available for pick up by day. By night, the space will transform to host events, such as exclusive chef dinners, cooking classes, tastings, demos, and more!
Act Two Second Hand Store A new non-profit second hand store has opened up on Main Street! Act Two exists to create a sustainable and perpetual source of funding supporting local culture and education in performance arts on Martha’s Vineyard. Offered are a variety of pr-owned and upcycled items, such as furniture, artwork, jewelry, fine china, and more! Better yet, all proceeds are gifted to local non-profit arts and education programs.
Creativity Coaching Althea Freeman-Miller of Althea Designs on Beach Road is hosting Creativity Coaching Workshops this summer! Make use of her colorful studio by creating art, journaling, playing, meditating, and exploring your curiosity. Guided by Althea, the goal of each session is to establish coping strategies and action plans to achieve your goals creatively. Open to individuals or groups, this is a great opportunity to explore in 2022.
Miner Family Gallery Sharing space with Althea Designs this summer is the Miner Family Gallery, a new contemporary art gallery which showcases the colorful and larger-than-life paintings of Craig D. Miner, as well as the thought-provoking sculptural work of his son, Avery Miner. This working studio offers a modern take on classic Vineyard styles and is open year-round on the harbor in Vineyard Haven.
Catboat Coffee Coming soon to Tisbury Marketplace! Catboat Coffee Co. is a year-round coffee shop that combines specialty beverages, Lebanese sandwiches and dips, a rotating selection of cheeses, and Island-made artisanal crafts. This shop is the new home of complimentary food brands Epicure and Martha's Vineyard Cheesery. It is set to open summer/fall 2022!
Epicure Located at the new Catboat Coffee Co, Epicure is a premier and authentic Lebanese Farm-to-Sandwich food business on Martha's Vineyard. Inspired by the much acclaimed cuisine of Lebanon, (the birthplace of Epicure's creator Naji Boustany), Epicure brings together local Island ingredients and the color and richness of flavor of Naji's home.
Martha’s Vineyard Cheesery Also located at the new Catboat Coffee Co, Martha’s Vineyard Cheesery is a cut-to-order cheese counter. Masters of charcuterie and artisanal cheeses, Martha’s Vineyard Cheesery has been serving Martha’s Vineyard since 2020, and will be offering prepared and a la carte charcuterie boards and grazing boxes at Catboat Coffee Co later this summer.
Aalia’s Coffee A new coffee house located in Oak Bluffs! Aalia’s Coffee recently took over what was previously Seaweed’s on Kennebec Ave and is now open. This coffee shop offers a unique style and space which focuses on good music, excellent coffee, in addition to breakfast and lunch foods inspired by Lebanese and Italian cultures.
Morgan Hotel Still looking for a place to stay this summer? A classic, yet modern new boutique hotel is opening in the heart of Oak Bluffs! Previously Hotel Ginger (and Nashua House Hotel before that), The Morgan Hotel is now open for business and is currently booking for the summer 2022 season. The hotel’s unique guest rooms feature vaulted ceilings, whimsical dormers, and luxe bathrooms. Stay just steps away from Offshore Ale Co., Back Door Donuts, Ocean Park, and so much more.
Dapper Open year-round, Dapper is a new affordable clothing store on Circuit Ave! Find brand name clothing and accessories without taking a trip off-island. This family-owned shop keeps fashion in mind and has a little bit of something for everyone in the family.
Pride in Oak Bluffs: Save the date for June 10–12 and join the town of Oak Bluffs for the town’s first-ever Pride Parade and Events!
Rainy Day Souvenirs, clothing, toys, jewelry, home goods, gifts - you name it, Rainy Day has it all. This beloved year-round gift shop in downtown Vineyard Haven has been enjoyed by Islanders and visitors alike since 1973. Later this spring, it will also be coming to North Water Street in Edgartown!
Franklin Hotel Experience all that Edgartown has to offer with the latest luxury boutique hotel! The Franklin Hotel is located on Upper Main Street, and features a garden patio, 18 chic guest rooms, all within walking distance to plenty of Edgartown’s shops, restaurants, and beaches. Both kid-friendly and pet-friendly, this hotel is a great new spot for a family getaway this summer!
Aquila Located within the Aquinnah Cultural Center, Aquila is a new native-owned shopping experience that highlights local artists, creators, and innovators. Newly opened in May its beautiful shop is one of the first that you’ll see on your trip to the Gay Head Cliffs. In the shop, you can find stunning one of a kind pieces from native and local vendors, such as jewelry by local makers like Martha’s Vineyard Native and Aquinnah Jewelry, intricate dream catchers by WiththeWind, handcrafted mugs by JK Design Co, and so much more! Also serving delicious hot and cold brewed coffee by Martha’s Vineyard Coffee Company all season long!
Fine Fettle Found on State Road in West Tisbury, Fine Fettle is the only medical and adult-use dispensary on Martha’s Vineyard. Fine Fettle’s state-of-the-art cultivation center produces premium cannabis products, from flowers to edibles. All its unique products are not only gluten-free and vegan, but they are also locally and sustainably sourced.
Mobile Services & Across the Island
On Time Catering Hosting any events on Martha’s Vineyard this year? There’s a new caterer in town! On Time Catering highlights fresh ingredients from the Island’s local community of farmers, fisherman, and artisans. It offer personalized catering experiences, from private events, to weddings, to chef tastings. Brought to you by chef Jimmy Alvarado of Tigerhawk Sandwiches.
Rolling Bar This once-horse-trailer now mobile bar is available for rent for events and weddings this summer! Transform cocktail hour and bar areas with this adorable mobile bar, and stock it with your favorite mixers and spirits. You can even hire your own bartender, or request one of Rolling Bar’s own bartenders - the possibilities are endless.
Mad Martha’s Ice Cream An Island staple, Mad Martha’s, is going mobile this year! Later this season, the new Mad Martha’s Ice Cream cart will be available for weddings and events. Stocked with your favorite flavors, this delicious experience is a great addition to your next party! They’re even introducing new flavors, including Back Door Donut Apple Fritter and Chilmark Coffee. Another update from Mad Martha’s in 2022 is the relocation of the Vineyard Haven storefront from Main Street to Union Street making it possible to grab your favorite flavor almost as soon as you step off the ferry at the Steamship Authority’s Vineyard Haven terminal.
Juneteenth Jubilee The Vineyard Gazette is hosting several Juneteenth celebrations from Thursday, June 16th to Sunday, June 19th. The schedule includes several film
Celebrating Mother’s Day on Martha’s Vineyard might just be the most unique gift you can give that special woman in your life - whether it’s your wife, mother, aunt, grandmother or best friend. This year Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8th, which makes it the perfect time to plan a Mother’s Day getaway trip to the island. Below we’ve listed the 10 best ways to celebrate Mother’s Day on Martha’s Vineyard this year - we hope you enjoy!
1. Book a gorgeous suite or rent a lovely cottage.
If you’re looking to treat her to a special weekend, kick it off my checking into one of the island’s boutique inns like the Hob Knob in Edgartown, the Nobnocket Inn in Vineyard Haven, or Isabelle’s Beach House in Oak Bluffs. A great stay always starts with booking the correct accommodation!
2. Arrange for a spa day at one of the island’s top salons.
Nothing says Mother’s Day more than book a relaxing spa treatment. The island boasts some of the best treatments in the spa industry and has experts in almost every field. Book a Sea Maiden's Delight Aromatic Facial at Sea Spa Salon, a Hydra Facial at Divine Med Spa, or an Age-Defying Microcurrent Lift Session at Revive Spa.
3. Enjoy shopping on Main Street Vineyard Haven.
Some of the best shopping on island can be found on Main Street Vineyard Haven, home to locally-owned, thoughtfully curated shops. Shop for clothings at The Green Room, Citrine, or Nochi. Discover treasures at Brickyard, Refabulous, or Rainy Day! Shop local MV is what it’s all about.
4. Stroll around Edgartown during their weekend of Mother's Day events
The town of Edgartown hosts their annual May festival! A celebration of spring and Mother’s Day organized and sponsored by the Edgartown Board of Trade. Includes horse drawn carriage rides, shopping and dining specials, and activities and entertainment for the whole family.
5. Delight in Mother’s Day Brunch overlooking the Edgartown Lighthouse
Hosted at Bettini Restaurant at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, their Mother’s Day Brunch is always a delicious event, and even better when you arrive in a horse drawn carriage. The culinary team at the hotel puts together a full buffet brunch menu that will leave you satisfied - everything from omelette stations to delicious eggs benedicts and a full table of desserts (subject to menu changes annually), it’s one of the best brunches on island.
6. Plan a picnic on the beach
If you’re looking to fully relax one day, instead of dining at a restaurant, stop by one of the island’s food market’s like Soigne, Rosewater Market, or Black Sheep for some picnic essentials. Grab a bottle of sparkling water, some sandwiches and/or salads, and a delicious sweet treat - ask your hotel concierge if they have a picnic package for ease! Head to a nearby beach and watch the sunset while snacking on locally made treats.
7. Take a walk around the Gingerbread Cottages in Oak Bluffs
Probably one of the most picturesque spots on island, the Gingerbread Cottages in Oak Bluffs are a
collection of around 300 well-preserved Methodist camp meeting houses. Stroll along the path, snap photos of the gorgeously detailed woodwork on most of the decks and railings, and bask in the glory
of all the colors!
8. Flow into a morning yoga class
There are as many beaches as yoga studios on island, so taking a yoga class is just the thing to do with her. Everything from Hot Vinyasa Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, , Kripalu Yoga, and many more
variations are offered. It’s the perfect way to relax and enjoy each others company.
9. Bike from Edgartown to Oak Bluffs along the water
Rent a bicycle at any of the island’s bike shops like Wheel Happy or Edgartown Bikes and take the Beach Road bike path from the Edgartown Triangle all the way down to Oak Bluffs Center. The ride takes approximately 25 minutes depending on speed and skill and the views to the right are gorgeous because of State Beach. You’ll also bike past the infamous Jaws Bridge!
10. Take her to a film at the MV Film Society
Relax after dinner with a movie at the Martha's Vineyard Film Center, which is showcasing their annual SPECTRUM (LGBTQ) Film Festival this year during Mother's Day Weekend.
Be sure to check out MVY.com to plan your perfect trip to Martha's Vineyard!
It’s always a good time to visit Martha’s Vineyard and the spring and summer months promise to be extra exciting this year, with the return of many of our popular annual events. While many in-person events were forced to cancel or reschedule over the last couple of years, it’s finally feeling like we can look forward to all that 2022 has to offer without hesitation. Below is a round-up of those noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard that are planned for 2022 with more are being added every day.
If the last couple of years have taught us anything it’s to continue to remain fluid and adaptable. We hope to be celebrating each of these events when the time comes but we do recommend you visit the individual event website for the most updated information pertaining to the happening you would like to attend. For a comprehensive daily calendar of events visit the Vineyard Gazette’s online calendar here.
April 30, 2022: Island Alpaca Annual Shearing Day Celebration
The herd at Island Alpaca is up for their annual pre-summer grooming, and those in the community are invited to come celebrate along with the alpacas. Get up close to these gentle, curious creatures to learn about the fleece to fiber transition and the benefits of alpaca ownership. The more than 30 alpaca at the farm will be sheared and available for public viewing.
May 6–8, 2022: Mother's Day in Edgartown
This annual event is hosted by the Edgartown Board of Trade and features shopping specials, seasonal celebrations and all things spring throughout Edgartown.
May 18–22, 2022: The 22nd Annual Martha's Vineyard Film Festival
The 22nd annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival will take place at their new home at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury and will feature compelling films from across the globe. The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival regularly produces community events that celebrate all genres of film and spark discussion, debate and action.
May 21, 2022: Martha’s Vineyard Marathon and Half Marathon
What better way to enjoy Martha’s Vineyard by running it! Martha's Vineyard offers two beautiful courses for the relay, half and the full marathon that showcase our amazing Island in Massachusetts. Both the full and the half marathon are relatively flat with a few gentle rollers in the full marathon. Whether you're trying to qualify for Boston or just want to run a beautiful race, see why Martha's Vineyard is so famous and spend a few extra days pre- or post-race. A destination favorite for runners from far and wide.
May 26–29, 2022: Environmental Film Festival at the Martha's Vineyard Film Society
The Martha's Vineyard Film Society in collaboration with Vineyard Conservation Society
presents “Nature as Inspiration” the 8th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Environmental Film Festival. This year's Festival will be a hybrid of online and in-person events. The Festival includes environmental films, discussions, and an art exhibit dedicated to raising awareness of climate related issues and concerns.
May 28 & 29, 2022: Vineyard Artisans Memorial Day Festival at the Grange Hall
The Vineyard Artisans Festival returns to the Grange Hall in West Tisbury year after year, beginning for the season on Memorial Day weekend. This time-honored summer event brings the wares of local artists, designers and craftsmen to visitors each week on Sundays and Thursdays through September.
June 10–12, 2022: Oak Bluffs Pride Parade and Events
Join the town of Oak Bluffs for the first-ever Pride Parade and Events in town.
June 11, 2022: West Tisbury Farmer’s Market begins and continues weekly through the summer season. Events take place on Saturdays from June 11 through October 29 and on Wednesday, June 15 through the end of September. Home to the freshest food on Martha’s Vineyard, The West Tisbury Farmer’s Market has been a coveted summer tradition since 1974! This open-air market invites the public to shop directly from our local farmers and food purveyors. Markets take place at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Hall every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 12pm June through October, rain or shine!
June 16, 2022: Taste of the Vineyard
Forced to cancel in 2020 and 2021, the highly anticipated Taste of the Vineyard returns in 2022. The celebratory Gourmet Stroll is the season’s kick-off event, the first of the two-night Taste of the Vineyard affair; guests eat, drink, and dance the night away with new and old friends featuring the Island’s finest restaurants, caterers, and beverage purveyors. The Taste serves as the Vineyard Preservation Trust’s most important annual fundraiser and by attending, you are stewarding their work to preserve and care for the Island’s most iconic, historic landmarks including the Flying Horses Carousel, Alley’s General Store and more.
June 17–19, 2022: Juneteenth Jubilee
Island businesses and nonprofit organizations are joining forces this year to celebrate the newest federal holiday, Juneteenth, with a weekend filled with art, music and lectures by leading scholars of black history. Sponsored in part by the Vineyard Gazette Media Group, Juneteenth Jubilee on Martha’s Vineyard will kick off on Friday, June 17 with a screening of the film Jubilee, Juneteenth and Thirteenth and wrap up Sunday, June 19 when Dunmere Cottage, a historic guest house in Oak Bluffs, is added to the MV African American Heritage Trail.
June 18, 2022: Oak Bluffs HarborFest
Oak Bluffs hosts its annual HarborFest which celebrates summer with live music, food, arts, crafts along the Oak Bluffs Harbor from morning to night. Free admission.
July 4: Independence Day Parade and Fireworks in Edgartown
Another beloved tradition that was forced to cancel last year, the beloved Edgartown Fourth of July parade and fireworks display overlooking the Edgartown Lighthouse and harbor return for 2022.
July 7: Sail MV 31st Annual Seafood Buffet & Auction, followed by Vineyard Cup Regatta July 9 & 10
To help Sail Martha’s Vineyard continue providing sailing education, year-round rowing, maritime studies, and Island racing Sail MV hosts the 31st Annual Seafood Buffet & Auction on the Vineyard Haven waterfront. As always, there will be a fantastic evening of seafood, refreshments, live entertainment, and a chance to win fabulous local experiences and local products. Following the buffet and auction is the Vineyard Cup Regatta sailing race which SailMV expects to be bigger and better than ever!
July 24: Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Possible Dreams Auction
The Possible Dreams Auction is the largest annual fundraiser for MV Community Services, which provides affordable childcare, accessible mental health care, disability support services, domestic and sexual violence support and so much more to the Island community. The Possible Dreams Auction gives people the opportunity to purchase unique on and off-Island experiences, all while giving back to their Island community. Comedian, late-night host, and seasonal Chilmark resident Seth Meyers has hosted the high profile event multiple times over the years.
July 31 & August 1, 2022: Islanders Write at Featherstone Center for the Arts
Panel discussions and workshops about the art, craft and business of writing. Author signings and more presented by the Martha's Vineyard Times.
August 1–5, 8–12, and 15–19: Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Fest
Every August as African-American cultural pride is at its peak on the island, the annual Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Fest takes center stage. Each year some of the hottest comedians on the circuit which has included Damon Williams, Tony Roberts, G., AJ Jamal, John Henton, Pierre, B-Phlat, Tony Tone, Howie Bell, Chastity Washington, Honest Williamson, Michael Coylar, Gary “G-Thang” Johnson and many more, perform original stand-up comedy.
August 5–13: African American Film Festival
The 20th Annual Run&Shoot Filmworks Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival has been celebrating black excellence in film since 2022 and is an OSCAR® Qualifying Festival in the Short Film Category.
August 11–13 and August 20–22: Built on Stilts Dance Festival
The Built on Stilts Dance Festival consists of performances by members of the Vineyard community and by professional performing artists from the island, Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, DC, New Haven, Providence and beyond. Shows might also include live music, storytelling, theater, poetry readings, comedy, circus acts, fitness demos and more! All shows are appropriate for all ages and free to the public at the historic Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs.
August 17: Grand Illumination Night at the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association
Also known as Illumination Night, this magical evening typically takes place on the third Wednesday of every August. The gingerbread cottages of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association are decorated with paper lanterns and illuminated at sunset, and the result is simply magnificent. The tradition dates back to the turn of the 19th century and it is an awe-inspiring can’t-miss display.
August 18–21: The 160th Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair
“The Ag Fair” is one of the crown jewels of August on Martha’s Vineyard, which takes place at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury during the third week of August. This annual tradition has been going on for 160 years and features rides, games, contests, competition, live entertainment, and more. It’s a lot like an old-fashioned agricultural country fair complete with skillet toss, horse pull, woodsmen competition, art displays, dog and livestock shows!
August 26–28: Beach Road Weekend
Calling all music lovers! Beach Road Weekend is a three day concert festival in Vineyard Haven’s Veterans Park that is not to be missed. Participating musicians for 2022 include Beck, Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell and more.
September 11–October 25: Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
For over 75 years “The Derby” has been a Vineyard fishing tradition that completely consumes local and visiting anglers alike. Participants vie for big prizes and many of them don’t sleep until they catch a winning fish.
Traveling to Martha’s Vineyard is much easier (and much cheaper) if you leave your car on the mainland. With plenty of options for car rentals and a great bus system, you can get just about anywhere! Not to mention, there is so much within walking distance of the ferry, so regardless of how you plan to explore the Island, there is still plenty to do!
Grab a Cup of Joe
Luckily, you don’t have to go very far to find yourself a flavorful cup of coffee. Mocha Motts is a favorite between both locals and visitors, serving organic coffee and espresso drinks, homemade baked goods, and Cape Cod bagels. The warm atmosphere and friendly staff is a great welcome to the Island.
Go on a Shopping Spree
Just a few steps from Mocha Motts sits a sustainable shop and design studio known as Conrado. Dedicated to using only deadstock materials, this boutique ensures that its products are ethically crafted, whether they are made in house or made by other local women and or BIPOC artisans. Rather than ending up in a landfill, these fabrics are crafted into beautiful (and comfortable) dresses, jumpsuits, jackets, and more.
Located in downtown Vineyard Haven, this re-imagined general goods outpost has a classically modern aesthetic. Lennox & Harvey offers a specially curated collection of products inspired by travel for the beach, body and home. The vast selection of design-conscious products make for great gifts and are sure to cure anyone’s wanderlust!
Looking for fun styles for both men and women? The Green Room in Vineyard Haven offers an extensive collection of attire; whether it be for lounging, surfing, tanning, skating, and more. Its fashionable selection attracts Islanders and visitors alike - and for good reason! Made of high quality materials and featuring brands from near and far, The Green Room has it all. The main floor of the shop features men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, while the downstairs features a lively surf and skate selection of boards, attire, and shoes. There is even a larger shoe store just a few steps down the road if you can’t find what you're looking for.
It would be a crime to visit Martha’s Vineyard without taking a moment to appreciate the fresh fish this Island has to offer! Take a quick trip to The Net Result, located on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven. This seafood market not only sells some of the freshest seafood on the island, but also offers delicious takeout at very reasonable prices! Whether you're in the mood for a buttery lobster roll, handmade sushi, or a simple hamburger, The Net Result has got your lunch covered.
Hop on the Bus
If you’re looking for a bit more adventure, head into West Tisbury by taking the #2 or #3 bus out of the Vineyard Haven Steamship Bus Terminal. This bus will take you into the heart of West Tisbury, where you can get a taste of Vineyard history while also viewing some of the Island’s most famous contemporary artworks.
Upon getting off at the West Tisbury Town Hall, just take a few steps down the road and you will find Alley’s General Store. Known as the Island’s oldest retail business, Alley’s has been serving the Martha's Vineyard for over 150 years. Their offerings include snacks, fresh produce, home essentials, fresh coffee, gifts and souvenirs, and so much more. The shop was recently renovated, so even if you have visited before, it’s worth checking out again to see the new updates.
Across the street, you can find the Field Gallery - it’s easy to spot with their outdoor sculpture garden featuring the popular works of Tom Maley and Jay Lagemann. The warm and comfortable interior of this small gallery also features some of the finest photography, handcrafted jewelry, and paintings that the Island has to offer. New art by established and emerging artists is added every day, and is definitely a spot worth exploring!
Dinner & Drink
Grab a seat at the bar or book a table at this inviting modern Italian American restaurant in downtown Vineyard Haven for dinner. At La Soffitta, each dish is specially curated with a specific wine pairing to create the ultimate dining experience. Even in the off season, their menu changes regularly to accommodate the changing flavors of each season. With a friendly waitstaff, creative chef, and experienced bartender, a visit to La Soffitta is a wonderful way to spend your evening.
Treat yourself to a luxury retreat at this bed & breakfast in Vineyard Haven. The Nobnocket Inn is recognized as one of the finest hotels in the Northeast, according to Condé Nast Traveler. The modern luxurious decor, charming gardens, and complimentary gourmet breakfast are just a few things that make this hotel so desirable. They even offer in-room massages if you’re looking for a real treat!
There is plenty to explore on Martha’s Vineyard when traveling alone - even in the winter months! Just outside of downtown Vineyard Haven sits Little House Cafe, which is the perfect spot to grab a delicious breakfast if you’re getting hungry after your ferry ride. The Cafe is in fact in a little house which provides dine-in seating, and its offerings include fresh espresso coffees, delicate pastries, and tasty breakfast sandwiches. If you fall in love with the breakfast, lunch and dinner is also served year-round!
Shop 'Til You Drop
Support local businesses this holiday season by shopping at Martha’s Vineyard Made. This collaborative shop was not only made by an Islander, but carries products made by local artists, artisans, and makers. The brick & mortar store is located at 29 Main Street in Vineyard Haven, and its mission consists of selling original and authentic locally made products to customers near and far.
Looking for a good read to enjoy while on vacation? Make sure to check out Bunch of Grapes, an independent and locally owned bookstore which features a carefully curated collection of the finest books. They also offer a vast selection of titles from local authors as well!
Another great store to shop for gifts (or even to splurge a bit for yourself) is LeRoux At Home. If you’re inspired by creative home decor or high quality kitchen products, this is definitely the stop for you! The beautifully curated selection of home goods, cookware, and house-made oils make for wonderful gifts and are sure to spice up any home
Explore the Local Art Scene
Night Heron Gallery is an artist-owned and operated cooperative gallery in the heart of downtown Vineyard Haven. The fun selection of local handcrafted artworks is worth checking out! Here, you can find handmade baskets and bags made by BasketCase MV, incredibly fun and colorful 3D cut paper illustrations by Taylor Stone, the charming fine leather works of Leather Treasures MV, and so much more!
On the way into Oak Bluffs, make sure to stop by Althea Designs & Miner Family Gallery. Housed at 34 Beach Road in Vineyard Haven, this colorful shared studio space features lively block-prints and wood cut-outs by Islander Althea Freeman-Miller, as well as creative and vivid mixed-media paintings by local artist Craig D. Miner.
Located at the PA Club in Oak Bluffs, Mo’s Lunch is a new locals’ favorite on the Island, and that will be open year round! The affordable menu consists of classic sandwiches, robust salads, mouth watering snack plates, and more!
Learn a New Skill
Featherstone Center for the Arts, located in Oak Bluffs, is a remarkable place to not only view local art, but to also participate in it yourself. Check out the open pottery studios, beading activities, and painting studios coming up over the holidays - just to name a few! Featherstone also hosts a Holiday Gift Show from mid-November through mid-December ~ a fantastic opportunity to grab thoughtful and unique gifts for the family. Just make sure to book a time slot first!
Casual Dining with a Twist
Open year round, this Island icon has been serving locals and visitors alike for over 20 years! Offshore Ale in Oak Bluffs is the Island’s first and only brewpub, and offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere to combat the chilly winter months. Sip on award-winning craft beers, and treat yourself to a hearty meal such as the fish and chips or the brick-oven pizzas. Sit at the bar, or grab a cozy booth next to the fireplace, and don’t forget to grab a side of peanuts!
Make your way back to Vineyard Haven for the night and treat yourself to a stay at Mansion House Inn. With affordable yet chic rooms, an indoor pool, and a full spa and health club, Mansion House is an absolute dream when traveling solo. The amenities include a hot tub, sauna, gym, tanning booth, and more! The Mansion House even offers pet friendly rooms, if you happen to be traveling with your furry companion for the holidays this year.
In the chilly winter months, the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard never fails. The quieter season is a wonderful time to getaway and admire snowy rolling hills and breathe in the crisp clean air while sharing quality time with your special someone.
Warm Up at Nat’s Nook
Don’t let the chilly ocean breeze ruin your date! Nat’s Nook is a romantic, cozy spot just a few steps from the Steamship Authority ferry in Vineyard Haven. Their offerings of sweet and savory crepes, breakfast sandwiches, and steaming hot lattes are available until 2pm. Grab a table for two, or lounge together on the couch for an intimate way to share breakfast.
Take a Spa Day
Mansion House is located in the heart of downtown Vineyard Haven, and is the perfect stop to sit back and relax. Their spa offers couples massages, with your choice of Swedish, Deep Tissue, or Combination massages. They also offer aromatherapy as an added bonus! Mansion House also offers a sauna and steam room in case those massages weren’t relaxing enough. Easing tension together and spending time to connect is the perfect start to a romantic island getaway.
Stop for a Sweet Treat
Just a few steps from Mansion House sits Sweet Bites, a family-owned small batch bakery that makes scrumptious treats! You can’t miss it - their location in Vineyard Haven may be on the smaller side - but it is also bright pink! Whether you’re in the mood for sweet or savory, Sweet Bites has you covered. They even offer lunch, too, for those working up an appetite.
Stop and Smell the Flowers
Make sure to treat your partner to a beautiful floral arrangement from Morrice Florist on your way out of town! This charming florist shop is woman-owned, and their creations are absolutely stunning. Their store also offers thoughtful gifts and home decor, and the overall atmosphere of Morrice Florist is enough to make anyone swoon
Take a Stroll through Edgartown
Bring some of that vacation relaxation home by shopping at Botanical Beauty! Owned by holistic aesthetician Rachel Sotnik, this boutique spa offers quite the selection of wellness, self care, and beauty products. Services also include facials, lash lifts, waxing, and more. It’s the perfect stop to grab some gifts for loved ones - and maybe even a few for yourself!
Established in 1966, this Martha’s Vineyard icon is a must-stop on a romantic getaway. CB Stark is a full-service fine jewelry shop which has created many traditions for visitors and islanders alike. Shop their very popular Vineyard Charms, which showcase some of the best locations and memories that the Island has to offer.
If you happen to be visiting in early December be sure to check out the fun and festivities that take over town every year during Christmas in Edgartown.
Grab a Drink
A few towns on the Island are dry towns (read all about our liquor laws), but if you’re staying in Oak Bluffs or Edgartown, then you’re covered! A great stop on Main Street in Edgartown is Rosewater Wine & Spirits, where you can find a unique selection of wines, spirits, and beers. The warm atmosphere in this small shop is a great cure for a cold winter day, and they even offer gifts and a small selection of provisions.
Enjoy the View
Catch a stunning sunset at the Edgartown Harbor Light. This picturesque spot is truly romantic no matter the time of day, but the sunsets are to die for. As a popular destination for wedding photos, this spot should be a definite stop on your getaway.
Wine and Dine
Known for its unique wine collection and their creative cocktails which are considered the best on the Vineyard, Alchemy is a bustling bistro and bar on Main Street in Edgartown. The romantic atmosphere is the perfect setting for a dinner for two, and the mouthwatering dishes such as the Atlantic Halibut and Wagyu Burger will not disappoint!
Step back in time at Edgartown’s Charlotte Inn. Explore the Inn’s romantic gardens, library, and quiet sitting rooms which are adorned with grand oil paintings. The intimate rooms are not only artfully curated like the rest of the manor, but they are also equipped with fireplaces and private gardens. If you’re looking for a magical stay for your getaway, the Charlotte Inn is the perfect spot.
Fresh off the boat and feeling hungry? Just a five minute walk away, Waterside Market has all of your lunching and munching needs - even for the kiddos! Serving breakfast and lunch all day, ranging from fluffy chocolate chip pancakes to their famous CAB (chicken, avocado, bacon) sandwich as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives! Waterside Market also offers crispy hand-cut fries that are arguably the best on the Island, and they even make their own chips! If you haven’t been, Waterside is definitely worth checking out, and they even offer online ordering here.
Vineyard Haven is perfect for families because everything is so close by to the Steamship Authority’s year-round Vineyard Haven ferry terminal. Even in the winter, many businesses on this quaint strip stay open, including those shops where you’ll find the perfect holiday gifts!
A definite go-to for families is Rainy Day. This boutique gift shop offers Martha’s Vineyard souvenirs and apparel, a large children’s toy section, a plethora of self care products, greeting cards, and more! If you’re on the hunt for some unique gifts for the whole family, this is definitely a stop worth making.
Just across Main Street is Bibi’s Boutique, which specializes in children, toddler, and infant clothing and decor. Not only do their products make great gifts, but they also serve as great inspiration for your own home!
For sport-minded families, Sideline is the perfect stop downtown! Owned by local football mom and sports enthusiast India Rose, Sideline offers motivational sportswear inspired by being on the sidelines at her own children’s games. Made with high quality materials, their unique collection of hoodies, tank tops, jackets, hats, and more is sure to please any sports fan in the family.
On the corner of Main Street sits Brickman’s, which is a favorite for locals with and without children. Originally established as a cobbler shop in 1913, Brickman’s now houses a vast inventory of apparel, footwear, and sportswear. The back of the store, however, is a toy store!
An all-time Island favorite for children is the Tisbury Toy Box. This Island classic has been operating for many years providing local and visiting children a fun and whimsical shopping experience. Offering popular new toys, games, and trinkets, Tisbury Toy Box is guaranteed to have something for everyone.
Looking for some thrills? If snow is falling in the winter months, you’ll often find families out at Tashmoo Overlook, just outside of downtown Vineyard Haven. What are usually rolling hills with a scenic view in the summer turn into the perfect sledding slopes after a good snowfall. Without a sled? Not to worry! Nearby Brickman’s also happens to sell sleds in the winter months.
Martha’s Vineyard Museum
As you probably already know (or can imagine!), Martha’s Vineyard is known for its breathtaking views. The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is no exception! Overlooking the beautiful Lagoon Pond, this former Marine Hospital is now home to a stunning collection of Martha’s Vineyard history. The museum also is home to the first-order Fresnel Lens that was installed in the Gay Head Light for nearly 100 years! You can find this gem in the “Flashes of Brilliance” exhibit - and it is truly a sight to behold! Not to mention, just below this exhibit is the permanent “Hands-On History” exhibit, which is an interactive space for children to engage with the history of Martha’s Vineyard as well as the native species that live here.
Pet an Alpaca!
Ever wondered what it would be like to walk an alpaca? Look no further! Island Alpaca is open year-round, and offers interactive activities with fuzzy and gentle alpacas. You can pet, hug, and even walk these adorable fluff-balls, and it’s an exciting activity for the whole family. The gift shop is also a special place to find soft, hypo-allergenic gifts, such as sweaters, jackets, socks, stuffed animals, and more! The best part? In the off-season, admission is free!
Dine & Play - at the same time!
Can it get any better than large portions, good prices, and bowling? Located in Oak Bluffs, The Barn is a great dining experience for the entire family, and houses the only public bowling alley on the island. With a wide variety of pizza options, family-sized fried chicken buckets, and creative cocktails, this restaurant is a fun destination for visitors and locals alike
Traveling with family is almost always hard, especially when it comes to having privacy. Luckily, the Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites is open for the holidays, and offers unique “L-Shaped” rooms, which keep the beds from being side-by-side to ensure a bit of privacy. Even better, the hotel is offering discounted rooms now through the end of December.
Everyone deserves a splurge every once in a while. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a friend or family member, this gift guide will share some of the more splurgeable gifts on Martha’s Vineyard (we all know it’s easy to spend money around here)!
1. Shop: Stefanie Wolf Seaglass Medley Necklace
Inspired by her sea glass collection from days spent wandering Island beaches, this necklace is artisan handcrafted from a mix of recycled glass, teal jade, freshwater pearls, ocean quartz, crystals & Czech glass, with a sterling silver toggle closure. A versatile 60" long necklace piece that can be worn seven different ways.
2. Shop: BioMat from Vineyard Complementary Medicine
The BioMat is a pad which lies on top of a massage table or your home mattress. It converts electricity through a computerized control panel, produced by Texas Instruments, into Far Infrared Rays (FIR), nature’s invisible light. The BioMat also produces Negative Ions, nature’s energizer, which deliver a molecular level massage. Since 1997, the Biomat® has helped thousands of those suffering from minor muscle and joint pain all the way to arthritis.
3. Shop: Chilmark Scallop Shell Necklace from CB Stark
It’s no surprise that CB Stark’s exquisite designs have been the favorite of locals and visitors alike since the 1970s. This 14K Yellow Gold Chilmark Scallop Shell medium bracelet is the absolute splurge! Scallops are a bivalve mollusk, prized for their beautiful fluted, fan-shaped shells and their delicious sweet meat. All of CB Stark's Island shells are cast from actual shells found on the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard
4. Shop: Edgartown Maple Four Bowl Set from the Chappaquiddick Wood Company
This Edgartown Maple Four Bowl Set are each sized at 10 inches in diameter and are the perfect gift for the hostess on your list. The maple is sourced from Edgartown sustainably and worked into their heirloom bowls which are lovingly handmade on the tranquil island of Chappaquiddick.
5. Shop: Ratio Six Stainless Steel Coffee Maker from Lennox and Harvey
Here is the perfect gift for the coffee lovers in your life! Simplify their coffee routine to the touch of a button. The Ratio Six’s Bloom, Brew, and Ready phases run in sequence, delivering a perfect (and easy) cup of coffee every time. There are coffee machines that make great coffee, and there are coffee machines that look great. Ratio Six is both, combining form and function. Designed in Portland, Oregon, every Ratio machine is meticulously assembled by hand.
6. Shop: Nebula Bowls from Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks
Nebula Bowls, designed by Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks’ artist Robert Phillps, are beautifully crafted optically thick bowls containing swirls of colors and bubbles that remind their admirers of space and the sea. While the color palettes are pre-determined each piece is unique in pattern.
7. Shop: Huckleberry Woman’s Long Raven’s Tail Earrings
These exquisite beaded earrings by Island native Tiffany Vanderhoop are inspired by ancient weaving patterns. Each pair of earrings is made to order and may have slight variations from those pictured here. The geometric pattern will be true to the picture but the brass detail on the bottom and color may vary due to lighting and supplies. Each pair of earrings purchased is made to order and may take 4-6 weeks to ship, so be sure to order these early for the holidays!
8. Shop: Summer’s Melody Gift Basket from Martha’s Vineyard Baskets
Whether you are looking for a gift to give someone who recently purchased their first home or a thank you gift, birthday gift or something for newlyweds, the Summer's Melody is the perfect choice, no matter the time of year! The neutral colors of this luxury basket will look great in any home. This beautifully decorated assortment includes Martha's Vineyard Sea Salt, Scottish Bakehouse Granola, East to West Coffee, Crystalized Ginger and Yogurt Raisins from Ben & Bill's, White Martha's Vineyard Insulated Cup, Down Island Hand Soap and Hand Lotion from Vineyard Wick and Bath and a Note Card from Barbara Reynolds Photography. This gift also comes with a luxury wooden crate that can be used as storage or decoration after your loved one unpacks everything inside.
9. Shop: Great Harbor Cuff from Time and Tide
The Great Harbor lightship bracelet will have people turning heads all year! This beauty has a real ivory stave with hand done scrimshaw of Martha's Vineyard Island. These bracelets are inspired by the 170 year old iconic Nantucket Lightship Basket cottage industry. The rich history of this woven bracelet lends itself to becoming heirlooms for future generations. The cuffs are hand-woven in Edgartown with ends caps specifically selected for each piece. This exquisite piece will be sure to impress!
10. Shop: Wave Bangles by Netty Kent
These delicate, beautiful bangles are carved by hand by artist Netty Kent, and inspired by the waves, can't you hear them? Cast in reclaimed brass or sterling silver, one size fits most. Handmade in studio using recycled metals and careful attention to sustainable studio practices. Available online or in-store at the Ruel Gallery in Menemsha.
Martha’s Vineyard Holiday Gift Guide - Gifts Under $50
This collection of gifts are for when you need a little extra something for a little bit more investment. From thanking that special someone for going the extra mile to making your in-laws love you a little more than their own kids, we’ve got you covered with Martha’s Vineyard sourced gift ideas!
1. Shop: Martha’s Vineyard Baseball T-Shirt from Fine & Fettle
Stay cozy this season with this Fine & Fettle long sleeve baseball t-shirt, commemorating Martha’s Vineyard’s first recreational marijuana dispensary. (Please note you have to be over 21 years old to enter this website).
2. Shop: Blizzard, Print by Photographer Teresa Kruszewski
An art print is a thoughtful gift and this one features a dramatic scene along the shoreline of Vineyard Haven Harbor. The strength of the winds during Winter Storm Niko created waves in the harbor of Vineyard Haven. Paper size 8.5" x 11"; print area 6.5" x 8.7”. Digital images, printed on Professional paper; Ultra Premium Matte using archival inks. Signed and titled.
3. Shop: GIMBER Ginger Drink
Taste the power of GIMBER. A versatile organic drink made from premium ginger, lemon, herbs and spices to make your taste buds tango. Zero alcohol, plenty of bite. Great for bringing to dinner and cocktail parties this holiday season!
4. Shop: Zip Code Candles by Vineyard Wick & Bath
Handmade candle with soy wax in order to provide a natural and long-lasting product. Give the gift of savory scents from your favorite Vineyard town; 02557 (Oak Bluffs): Cinnamon & Pine, 02568 (Vineyard Haven): Pink Grapefruit & White Tea, 02539 (Edgartown): Ginger Chiffon, 02535 (Chilmark): Crackling Firewood, 02575 (West Tisbury): Oakmoss & Amber.
5. Shop: Sending Love Box from Tending Joy
The Sending Love Box is for someone who needs a bit of comfort and support this holiday season. It brims with the inspirational books, Courage and The Abundance of Grace, as well as bath salts. Additionally find a Peace & Love Heart Stone, a sweet variation on the worry stone as well as a Love Box, a beautifully wrapped match box with 30 inspirational quotes on love inside.
6. Shop: Yeti Rambler Tumbler from Green Room
The Rambler® 20 oz. is made from durable stainless steel with double-wall vacuum insulation to protect your hot or cold beverage at all costs. The Tumbler and its lid are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. Available in stainless and DuraCoat™ colors
7. Shop: Martha’s Vineyard Secession Flag from the Ruel Gallery
Those Martha’s Vineyard history buffs will appreciate this iconic flag which represents Martha’s Vineyard’s attempt to succeed from Massachusetts in the late 1970’s. Originally designed Martha's Vineyard summer resident, Fran Forman, in February 1977. The flag displays a blue background for the sea and sky, an orange-red sun for warmth, and a white seagull representing the wildlife of the Island.
8. Shop: “Peace” Candle by Kenworthy
Candles bring joy, and this candle sparks peace too. With an "Egyptian Amber" aroma this exotic, clean, light, and warming musky fragrance with woodsy base notes, and a hint of citrus creating the chillest vibes, and a grounded inner calm. Made with all natural soy wax, quality essential and fragrance oils, and a lead-free cotton wick.
9. Shop: Cook’s Organics Sweet Dreams Magnesium Cream
Give the gift of better sleep this holiday! This Sweet Dreams Magnesium Cream™ was created to help you sleep better, and is certified organic. It is hand-crafted on Cape Cod to nourish and relax your whole body starting at the tips of your toes, and available from Martha’s Vineyard retailer Tangerine in Oak Bluffs. Simply rub on your feet before bed, and feel yourself melt away into dreamland. Ingredients: magnesium, coconut oil*, shea butter*, beeswax*, and aloe*.
10. Shop: Fin De Siecle Perfume Oil from Pandora’s Box
Libertine Fragrance is an independent niche perfume house based in Canada, available from our friends at Pandora’s Box in Menemsha. This perfume oil is blended into a hydrating fractionated coconut oil base and can be used on both skin and hair. It’s a great reminder that you can shop from your favorite Martha’s Vineyard retailers for these incredible brands!
Stocking stuffers are always such fun gifts to buy - and a way to support local business when you have a limited budget or just way too many friends and family to shop for! The items on this gift guide range between $5 and $30 and are surely a treat to anyone who receives them. They make perfect ideas for Secret Santa gifting as well!
1. Shop: Barbara Reynolds Photo Greeting Cards and Boxed Cards
Local photographer Barbara Reynolds is known for her popular note cards that each feature a photo matted to card stock, featuring iconic scenes across Martha’s Vineyard. Choose from beach images, lighthouses, landmarks, sunrises and sunsets, winter scenes and more. Available individually or in a box of five.
2. Shop: Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt Glass Hostess Container
Perfect for everyday use, and easy traveling companions, not to mention a treat to discover at the bottom of your stocking! Three and one-half ounces of fresh, delicious sea salt is packaged in glass and topped with a bamboo and silicone lid. 100% natural Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt, Premium or one of their delicious hand mixed blends. Better than a bottle or bread, the Hostess is a lovely gift to a new homeowner or to the “Hostess-with-the-Mostess.”
3. Shop: Deluxe Orange Surprize Ball from Untameable Gallery
This delightful toy is fun for all ages! Unwind layers of colorful crepe paper ribbons in the Deluxe Orange Surprize Ball to reveal vintage-inspired keepsakes tucked carefully within this handmade surprise ball. Contains 12 prizes. Surprises inside vary by style & may include: vintage-inspired toy, keepsake, charm, gem, sweets, confetti popper, fortune, temporary tattoo, quote & more.
4. Shop: Martha's Vineyard Chrome Car Emblem
Wear your Vineyard pride on your favorite set of wheels. This MV chrome emblem can be mounted anywhere on your car. Adhesive peel and stick tape on the back for easy install!
5. Shop: Limited Edition 2021 Ag Fair Sticker
The first annual Ag Fair sticker is now available! The iconic posters have been available year after year and now 2021 Martha’s Vineyard Made brings you the first annual Ag Fair sticker. Featuring high-quality materials and adhesives, these original MVM stickers are sure to last a while on any surface without ruining it. Available in limited quantities.
6. Shop: Peter Simon’s Vineyard Calendar for 2022
This calendar, once again, has Peter Simon photographs that had never been in a previous edition. Spectacular images of Martha’s Vineyard are complemented by inspirational quotes from Mahatma Gandhi, Ram Dass, Maya Angelou, to name a few.
7. Shop: Conrado Organic Soy Candle
Spicy, woody and aromatic. A strong masculine scent that mixes notes of leather, tobacco and spices, in this 100% soy wax candle. Available in 4 oz gold tins, with a burn time of approximately 25 hours. Hand-poured in small batches for Conrado using phthalate free, natural essential oils and fragrance oils sourced from around the world. Using 100% domestically grown soy wax and cotton braided wicks primed with vegetable wax.
8. Shop: Cut Paper Island Flour Sack Towels
These flour sack towels are indispensable in the kitchen. They are super absorbent and dry glassware without leaving any lint. They are so durable and hardworking, they might inspire you to stop using paper towels! Beautiful and functional, available in a wide selection of fun and quirky designs.
9. Shop: Emollient Bars by Island Bee Company
Love the skin you’re in! Made by Island Bee Company, these emollient bars are excellent for everyday moisturizing. Full of clean ingredients and available in three scents.
10. Shop: Flat Point Farm Goat Milk Soap
Handmade on Martha's Vineyard, this raw goat milk based soap is an artisanal farm product made with great attention to quality and purity. Besides organic and high quality oils the main ingredient is raw goat's milk long recognized for its moisturizing qualities. Flat Point Farm’s goats are hand milked at a shared farm family studio that is solar powered. Each bar of soap is hand wrapped in elegant Japanese watermark paper available in a variety of fragrances.
Martha’s Vineyard is home to dozens of art galleries, with a variety of artists, mediums, and pricing options available. From fine art to watercolors, acrylics, ceramics, and more, you’re bound to find the perfect gift for the art lover in your life.
1. Shop: Sounds like Dancing, Fine Art Print by Photographer Teresa Kruszewski
This B&W image was taken on New Year's Day 2019 at Quansoo, a beautiful beach on the south shore of Martha's Vineyard. It was an extremely windy day so the water was quite active. Using a 1.8 ND filter and tripod during the bright afternoon setting sun, the photographer was able to slow down the speed of the water. Limited edition of 11
2. Shop: Spring on South Water Street Oil Painting by Judith Drew Schubert
Acclaimed Island artist Judith Drew Schubert painted this “Spring on South Water Street” oil painting on board, measuring at 14” X 18”. This piece of artwork is framed in a custom walnut gallery style frame. Available online through Juniper in Edgartown.
3. Shop: Coptic Stitch Book by Seastone Papers
Not all art has to be artwork for the walls! This is art from Seastone Papers is in book form! This Egyptian Coptic blank journal book features pigmented pulp stenciled covers. Inside covers are made of corn husk fibers. Each of six signatures contains pigmented cotton/abaca handmade paper, fine laid line paper, and Fabriano watercolor paper.
4. Shop: Becca Brendler Print from Morrice Florist
This true giclee print of a stunning bouquet in pink and soft orange meets gallery and museum standards for longevity and archival performance. 308gsm Hahnemühle Bamboo paper features a soft pulpy texture and matte finish with stunning pictorial depth, and includes a protective spray coating that protects prints from scratches and UV damage. Collaboration by Becca Brendler X Emily Coulter.
5. Shop: Limited Edition Dune to Beach Print by Photographer Elizabeth Cecil
These limited edition Elizabeth Cecil photographs are truly a gift! This specific one is “Dune to Beach” and was shot on Martha's Vineyard. Printed on Archival Pigment Print, Signed. Please note the 11" photo is not framed. Each archival pigment print is custom made with 100% cotton rag paper and has a smooth, velvety matte texture. Printed with a white border and finished with a matte white frame, every print is accompanied with a signed certificate of authenticity.
6. Shop: Wilderness Trio, Oil on Canvas Paintings by artist Ksenia Meleshko
Original Ksenia Meleshko oil on canvas paintings inspired by Island scenes and landscapes. Each painting is sold separately but compliment each other perfectly in a pair or trio. Paintings include “Frozen in Time,” “Walking through the Wilderness”, and “Chasing the Light.” Paintings available online through Martha’s Vineyard Made.
7. Shop: Peter Simon’s Photography Print “Cottage City”
One of Peter Simon’s best selling images, “Cottage City” refers to the temporary name of Oak Bluffs from 1890 to 1907. These Victorian era, color-filled gingerbread houses, primarily surrounding the Tabernacle in the Campground (home to the annual Grand Illumination), have become a major tourist attraction.
8. Shop: Craig D. Miner’s Mixed Media Work
Craig D. Miner is a painter and mixed media artist on Martha’s Vineyard with a background in street art. Miner was inspired to create forms of Non Permanent graffiti which became the genesis for Craig's first large scale community based art project Whatever The Outcome. Today Craig operates the Miner Family Gallery which showcases his own art and that of his families, and several of his Mixed Media pieces are available for viewing online.
9. Shop: Farm Animal Saints print series by Danielle Mulcahy
Danielle Mulcahy is an illustrator, filmmaker, and multimedia artist residing on Martha’s Vineyard. Danielle is part of the artist collaborative BarnYard Saints, where she designs intriguing and whimsical illustrations with the common theme of farming and self sustainable living. Original prints by Danielle Mulcahy, available individually or sold as a set. Each print measures 5x7.
10. Shop: Featherstone Center for the Arts Gift Certificate
Give the gift of making art when you purchase gift certificates from Featherstone Center of the Arts and support the integral work of this beloved year round art venue. Allow your art lovers creative spirit to fly by gifting them the chance to participate in one of Featherstone’s many classes or workshops including ceramics, drawing, jewelry making, literary arts, mixed media and more.
There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book, especially around the holidays, and our local authors and book stores offer some of the most exciting, heartfelt, and educational books around.
Whether you shop online from our two independent Martha’s Vineyard bookstores, Bunch of Grapes or Edgartown Books, or shop direct from one of our many local authors, we know you’ll discover page turners sure to satisfy your favorite bookworm this holiday season.
1. Shop: A Vineyard Morning by Jean Stone
A native of New England, Jean Stone has lived on Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod for several years. In Stone's third Vineyard novel, a visit from her biological mother threatens to upend bestselling novelist and Island transplant Annie Sutton's new life on Martha's Vineyard.
Life is usually quiet during the off-season on Martha's Vineyard, but not for island newbie and bestselling novelist Annie Sutton...
Finally settled into her adopted Island home, Annie is looking forward to writing her next mystery, making soap for her new business, and starting renovations on the Inn she plans to open by the summer. She's also enjoying spending more time with local police sergeant John Lyons, the man she's only just gotten comfortable calling her boyfriend. She's even starting to relish her relationship with John's teenage daughter, Lucy. It's probably not the best moment for a visit from the biological mother Annie only recently met. Still, it's high time she got to know the mysterious Donna MacNeish...
But Donna's visit isn't merely a social call--she's come to share some devastating news. Seeking solace in an outing with Lucy, Annie and the teen stumble upon skeletal remains on the Inn's property, a finding that calls a halt to all construction while the police investigate. Desperate for answers, Annie starts asking questions of her own
2. Shop: Casting into the Light: Tales of a Fishing Life by Janet Messineo
This book by renowned local fisherwoman Janet Messineo tells her tales as a champion surf caster. Enjoy reading about the education of a young woman hell-bent on following her dream and learning the mysterious and profound sport, and art, of surf casting, on Martha’s Vineyard.
Messineo knew from the get-go that she wanted to become a great fisherman. She knew she was as capable as any man of catching and landing a huge fish. It took years—and many terrifying nights alone on the beach in complete darkness, in search of a huge creature to pull out of the sea—for her to prove to herself and to the male-dominated fishing community, that she could make her dream real.
Messineo writes of the object of her obsession: striped bass and how it can take a lifetime to become a proficient striped bass fisherman; of stripers as nocturnal feeders, hard-fighting, clever fish that under the cover of darkness trap bait against jetties or between fields of large boulders near shorelines, or, once hooked, rub their mouths against the rocks to cut the line.
3. Shop: Whaling Captains of Color: America's First Meritocracy by Skip Finley
The history of whaling as an industry on this continent has been well-told in books, including some that have been bestsellers, but what hasn't been told is the story of whaling's leaders of color in an era when the only other option was slavery. Whaling was one of the first American industries to exhibit diversity. A man became a captain not because he was white or well connected, but because he knew how to kill a whale. Along the way, he could learn navigation and reading and writing. Whaling presented a tantalizing alternative to mainland life.
Working with archival records at whaling museums, in libraries, from private archives and interviews with people whose ancestors were whaling masters, Finley culls stories from the lives of over 50 black whaling captains to create a portrait of what life was like for these leaders of color on the high seas.
4. Shop: Someone Else's Secret by Julia Spiro
Here's the thing about secrets: they change shape over time, become blurry with memory, until the truth is nearly lost.
Lindsey and Georgie have high hopes for their summer of 2009 on Martha's Vineyard. In the wake of the recession, ambitious college graduate Lindsey accepts a job as a nanny for an influential family who may help her land a position in Boston's exclusive art world. Georgie, the eldest child in that family, is nearly fifteen and eager to find herself, dreaming of independence and yearning for first love.
Over the course of that formative summer, the two young women develop a close bond. Then, one night by the lighthouse, a shocking act occurs that ensnares them both in the throes of a terrible secret. Their budding friendship is shattered, and neither one can speak of what happened that night for ten long years.
Until now. Lindsey and Georgie must confront the past after all this time. Their quest for justice will require costly sacrifices, but it also might give them the closure they need to move on. All they know for sure is that when the truth is revealed, their lives will be forever changed once again
5. Shop: To Everything There is a Season, by Peter Simon
This was late photographer Peter Simon’s magnum opus about the Island he loved. A major piece of work which is 276 pages long, 11 X 14 inches, includes more than 700 photographs, and weighs over 6 pounds.
Pulitzer prize winning author Geraldine Brooks contributes the text which cover the four seasons and introduces each section of large reproductions of some of Peter's iconic imagery, as well as smaller sections (or "panoplies" as he liked to describe them) about certain specific events or aspects of Vineyard life that he had covered for 50 plus years. All told, this book will become a legacy for both Peter and his beloved Island
6. Shop: Isle of Dreams by Susan Branch
In the winter of 1982, long before she became the watercolor artist and author we know today, Susan Branch, 34-years-old and heartbroken from the sudden and unexpected end of her marriage in California, "ran away from home" to the Island of Martha's Vineyard hoping to gain perspective.
It was meant to be temporary, a three-month time-out from the daily grind of being broken up and miserable, but within days of her arrival, alone and not quite in her right mind, Susan "accidentally" bought a tiny one-bedroom cottage in the woods ~ which is how she discovered she was moving 3,000 miles away from everyone and everything she had known and loved.
Funny, observant, touching, and addictive (you are not going to want this book to end), based on the diaries she has kept all her life, Susan Branch relates her inspirational tale of lost love and self discovery, her search for roots, purpose, and destiny with laugh-out-loud honesty. A road map for overcoming loss, following your heart, and making dreams come true, charmingly hand-lettered and watercolored in Susan's inimitable style, there are diary excerpts, recipes, and hundreds of photographs.
7. Shop: Martha's Vineyard Through Time: Tourism and the Cleansing Sea by A. C. Theokas
No East Coast summer resort has as intriguing a beginning as that of Martha's Vineyard. Before it became a tourist mecca, it already had thousands of summer visitors, but visitors who came for salvation, not the sun. Wesleyan Grove, the site of the most successful campground revivals held anywhere, provided congregants with communal support for their new evangelical lives. The Vineyard Campground, however, also attracted those who sought physical expression in sunshine and sea air more than redemption.
Local investors spotted the financial opportunity this presented, leading to the creation of the first town in the entire United States designed and built expressly for tourism. Photographs representative of this period of early Martha's Vineyard are herein paired with contemporary ones. There have been changes, but the basic yearnings of summer vacationers remain as they were over 150 years ago.
8. Shop: Martha's Vineyard Miracles by Paul Dolman
From multi-talented author and polymath Paul Samuel Dolman comes "Martha's Vineyard Miracles," the follow-up to the 2010 beloved humorous memoir "Hitchhiking With Larry David." He's reunited with the girl of his dreams. He's on a mission (quite possibly divinely inspired) to write his very first book. Everything's looking up. What could make the best time even better? A triumphant return to Martha's Vineyard for a delightful summer of spontaneous and unlikely conversations, reconnecting with family and old friends, and radiant love.
But it'll take a Martha's Vineyard miracle to turn things around when unresolved issues and mounting differences threaten to drive a wedge between Pauly, his girl, and their chances for ultimate happiness... In "Martha's Vineyard Miracles," Paul Samuel Dolman brings a new depth to the thumbs-out, say-yes philosophy of "Hitchhiking With Larry David" while delivering another message of hopeful, uplifting growth.
9. Shop: Martha's Vineyard Outdoors: Fishing, Hunting and Avoiding Divorce on a Small Island by Nelson Sigelman
Martha's Vineyard is a well known summer vacation spot. In this collection of columns, former Martha's Vineyard Times editor Nelson Sigelman describes an Island preoccupation, less notorious than tourism but more obsessive, rooted in fishing, hunting and waterfowling traditions that shaped the island's character well before a mechanical shark named Bruce and presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attracted slavish media attention to a 100-square mile speck off the coast of Massachusetts. Martha's Vineyard Outdoors casts a wide net.
"The pleasures of Nelson Sigelman's distinctive voice held this non-fishing, non-hunting, feminist, tree-hugging pinko spellbound from the first column to the very last," said Island resident and Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks. The setting is Martha's Vineyard but the stories are rooted in the humor and love of the outdoors found in small communities across the country.
10. Shop: Pretty Vineyard Girls: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery by Crispin Nathaniel Haskins
A dead whale is floating along the south shore of Martha's Vineyard, blowing an ill wind across the entire Island. Edgartown Police Chief Laurie Knickles is on her honeymoon, leaving the capable Detective Jack Burrell in charge. When an Edgartown socialite is found murdered in her home, Jack must decide whether or not to call the Chief back from her Nantucket vacation.
In Oak Bluffs, three young women-Alice, Trish, and Virginia-are opening a clothing store, Pretty Vineyard Girls, on Circuit Avenue. The three friends have worked hard for this and nothing-not even an abusive ex-boyfriend turned stalker-is going to stop them. When one of the women goes missing, it's time to call in Police Chief Jefferies. As the evidence mounts in Edgartown, Detective Burrell's murder case looks like a sex crime. The Edgartown and Oak Bluffs police departments realize they're working the same case just in time to discover a second body.
Traveling has become something we all crave more of, so for your travel-obsessed friends and family, this list is perfect. Whether you’re gifting a gift certificate to a local hotel or just a must-have item for travelers, we hope you shop locally from this list for the world traveler on your holiday list.
Hotel Gift Certificates are a great gift idea because it allows the receiver of the gift to book their own travel, or staycation, at their convenience!
1. Shop: Harbor View Hotel Gift Card
Give the gift of luxury with a gift card from the Harbor View Hotel, a memorable gift for every occasion. Gift cards can be redeemed towards an overnight stay at this historic hotel, or at one of their two on-site dining options Bettini Restaurant or Roxy Pool Bar.
2. Shop: Hob Knob Hotel Gift Certificate
Give the gift of a Martha’s Vineyard vacation or spa treatment with a gift certificate for Hob Knob Luxury Boutique Hotel and Spa in downtown Edgartown. A great gift for the holidays, a wedding or any occasion. What’s better gift than a romantic getaway, family reunion, or staycation on our magical Island?
3. Shop: Nobnocket Boutique Inn Gift Certificate
The Nobnocket sits on over 1.8 acres of gardens and woodland that are home to myriad birds, all within walking distance of the Vineyard Haven ferry terminal. A large patio leads down from the sitting room, a covered veranda is located off the sunroom, and a second patio is located at the bottom of a winding path in the garden, plenty of space to enjoy the fresh Martha's Vineyard air and relax. Give the gift of comfort and relaxation!
4. Shop: Cosmetic and Toiletry Case from Stefanie Wolf
When it comes to getting organized for a trip to Martha’s Vineyard or elsewhere this mini train case is the perfect travel companion! A double zipper closure keeps everything inside secure and allows for easy opening from any angle. The exterior is topped off with a matching fabric carry handle and the waterproof interior will protect your belongings in case of a mishap. Keep your toiletries and makeup organized with this storage bag. This handy zippered pouch will quickly become one of your favorite travel accessories.
5. Shop: The Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt Traveler Pack
The Traveler Five Pack contains five* of seven varieties of Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt, harnessed from our local Island seawater and packed with flavor, so you can enjoy a taste of Martha’s Vineyard wherever you go. Any Vineyard lover will feel kindred to Heidi & Curtis the wash-ashore selmiers whose calling is to work with the sun, sea and land to revive the Island tradition of farming salt.
6. Shop: SylvieBags Vintage Barkcloth Backpack
New and improved, SylvieBags Vintage Barkcloth Backpack ‘21 is now a bit larger, measuring 14” high by 11” wide by 6” deep. The straps have been upgraded to be more durable and adjustable, and the front features a zipper pocket. A double zipper opens the main pouch which features two additional interior pockets. It is an essential grab-and-go-bag for any season!
7. Shop: Amelia Leather Luggage Tag from Nell
Your favorite traveler can flaunt their love of Martha’s Vineyard wherever they go with this Boulevard Amelia Leather Luggage Tag featuring a gold imprint of Martha’s Vineyard. This beautiful blue tag with gold hardware makes for the perfect stocking stuffer, plus it’s lightweight, and high quality, making it the ideal travel companion.
8. Shop: Canvas Tote Bag from The Black Dog
Nothing symbolizes love for Martha’s Vineyard and travel quite like this iconic bag from The Black Dog. This classic tote is made of durable canvas with bright contrast color straps and matching bottom. Open, zipper free top. Open pocket in front with Classic Black Dog logo, and ample space to pack goodies and souvenirs from trips far and wide!
9. Shop: Terri Cashmere Wrap from Lilly Pulitzer
This cashmere wrap is perfect for traveling, since planes, trains, and airports tend to be on the cooler side, but many travelers still want to be fashionable too. Stay classy, comfortable and chic in this wrap, perfect for traveling in cooler seasons like fall and winter!
10. Shop: Gay Head Cliffs Photographic Poster by Peter Simon
Have a person on your list that fell in love with the Gay Head Cliffs? It’s hard not too, and this iconic scene was commemorated by renowned Martha’s Vineyard photographer Peter Simon. Gift your avid traveler this striking poster of this National Historic Landmark so they can be reminded of the beauty of their favorite travel spot again and again.
This Martha’s Vineyard gift guide shows a focus on gifting tweens, teens, and the young adults in your life. Sometimes they’re the hardest group to buy for but we’re confident that these selections will warm the hearts of even the toughest customers.
1. Shop: Crew Neck Martha’s Vineyard Sweatshirts from Soft As A Grape
It seems like teenagers can’t have enough sweatshirts these days and Soft As A Grape offers simple, iconic and comfy screen printed sweatshirts to satisfy any Martha’s Vineyard superfan. Choose from block letter sweatshirts or t-shirts, and pair them with a pair of sweatpants to get extra cozy.
2. Shop: Martha’s Vineyard Distressed Trucker Hat from Coastal Supply
Martha's Vineyard Distressed Trucker Hat makes the perfect gift for that teenager that’s always under a hat, or for any fashion forward person on your list that loves MV!
3. Shop: Pop It Fidget Pencil Case
Keep your kid focused with this colorful pencil case that pops just like reusable bubble wrap. Push the bubbles to hear it pop! Once pressed, the bubbles appear on the other side, ready to pop all over again. Fidgeting with tactile sensory toys can help release restless energy and are great self-regulation tools to help with attention, calming and active listening.
4. Shop: Embroidered Seersucker Masks from Katama General Store
Not only does Katama General Store offer delicious eats but they’ve got great gifts available in their online store too. These seersucker masks are lovingly embroidered with lobsters and the shape of the Island, making the perfect stocking stuffer for those trendy young adults!
5. Shop: The Sideline Backpack Duffel Bag
The versatile Sideline Backpack Duffel Bag can be used as a backpack or as a duffel bag with the included shoulder strap. Plus there’s a separate shoe compartment that is large enough to carry gym clothes and accessories too. Available with white or gold
6. Shop: Family Portraits from Marilyn Roos
Give the gift of a family portrait session on beautiful Martha's Vineyard with professional local photographer, Marilyn Roos. This generous gift includes the sitting, a private proofing site, choice of three favorite digital images - touched up and transferred in high resolution. You’ll also get a private account on minted.com will be created with the chosen images downloaded for holiday card design. Perfect for holiday pictures with the family or a fun Instagram-worthy lifestyle session for your teen!
7. Shop: Vineyard Vine’s MV Signs Printed Silk Tie
When it comes to formal wear everyone needs one good tie and this Vineyard Vines is a classic! Treat your teen to one of the most popular styles of Martha’s Vineyard this holiday season with this silk red tie featuring images of our iconic town signs.
8. Shop: Martha’s Vineyard Chappy Wrap from Backwater Trading
We promise this is the softest blanket you will ever own. This Chappy Wrap features a map of this beloved Island and our famous lighthouses and will provide endless warmth to your lucky recipient all winter long.
9. Shop: Martha's Vineyard Large Pouch from Katydid
This all purpose cotton canvas pouch is available in Natural/Neon Blue and features a pop of color with a Martha's Vineyard island design. Use it as a makeup bag or on its own as a clutch, or as an organizer within a bag. This pouch is sized perfectly, to allow you to store your cell phone, keys, and lip gloss and more.
10. Shop: Keely Smith MV Cord Braided Bracelet from Slip77
This Keely Smith MV Cord Braided Bracelet is a sweet gift idea for all Vineyard lovers, made on Nantucket, and available from Oak Bluffs’ own Slipp 77! Made of hand braided nylon and brushed satin finish it’s delicate enough to be discreet while still allowing your teen to rep their Island pride.
Looking for the perfect gift idea for your favorite kiddos? Whether you’re buying for your own child or you’re an aunt or uncle in pursuit of what your beloved baby or toddler needs, our local businesses have the best gift for children of all ages.
1. Shop: Stefanie Wolf Kids Trilogy Necklace
Just like Stefanie Wolf’s iconic necklaces for the ladies, only smaller and with more sparkle! Made from"picasso window" glass tile beads in a few fun color combinations. Choose a color from the drop down to see the image change. If you want to create coordinating mother/daughter gift sets, look for ladies' necklaces in rainbow mix, ocean mix, and lavender mix.
2. Shop: Baby Alpaca Fur Slippers
Kids love visiting the Island Alpaca Farm on Martha’s Vineyard and now they can relive their visit again and again with these durable and adorable booties! Real, Genuine, 100% Baby Alpaca Fur Baby Booties for the special little one in your life. Baby alpaca fur and lined with soft lambswool!
3. Shop: Martha’s Vineyard Town Sign Onesies by Tiny Baker Creations
The perfect way to represent your favorite Island!! Which town is your favorite?! Design created exclusively by Tiny Baker Creations of Martha’s Vineyard. These snapsuits feature nickel-free snaps on reinforced panels, and expandable shoulders for easy over-the-head takeoff.
4. Shop: The Martha’s Vineyard Coloring Book
This coloring book is a trip through the island of Martha's Vineyard, created by talented Martha’s Vineyard artist Tara Reynolds. Color your way through seagulls and sharks, lobsters, lighthouses and lots of other iconic images of the Island and all of the unique treasures it has to offer!
5. Shop: Mermaid Tea Set from Tisbury Toy Box
When your child is missing Martha’s Vineyard they can have tea under the sea with mermaids and fish friends and pretend they’re right back on-Island! This 15 piece tin tea set features stylish mermaid graphics and includes service for four and serving tray.
6. Shop: Kids Cuff Lightship Basket Bracelet by Time & Tide
These kid sized lightship bracelets feature our choice of reed color woven in natural cane and finished with a simple or eco-ivory ends, available even for the tiniest wrists at 2" diameter.
These bracelets are inspired by the 170 year old iconic Nantucket Lightship Basket cottage industry. The rich history of this woven bracelet lends itself to becoming heirlooms for future generations. The cuffs are hand-woven in Edgartown with ends caps specifically selected for each piece, custom monogramming and scrimshaw available!
7. Shop: Heart on MV Onesie from Rainy Day
Heart marks the spot with these adorable ‘Heart on MV’ onesies featuring an outline of Massachusetts with a heart on Martha’s Vineyard. Reinforced three snap closure, soft feel, 100% cotton onesie. Non-toxic, lead free inks were used to print this garment available by our friends at Rainy Day in Vineyard Haven.
8. Shop: Vineyard Gazette Truck
What's black and white and red all over? The Gazette Truck! Check out the Vineyard Gazette’s latest special edition replica toy trucks, akin to their classic 1955 Chevy Pickup 3100. Brand new 1/24 scale diecast car model of 1953 Chevy 3100 Pickup Truck Red. This limited edition truck is made of diecast metal with some plastic parts, perfect for the truck loving tyke ages three and up.
9. Shop: Hand Printed Dress by Althea Designs from Conrado
Hand printed and one-of-a-kind dresses made of a breathable cotton jersey made with zero waste practices provide a beautiful and sustainable gift. The fabric for this dress is made from our scrap fabrics straight from the cutting floor and features a sleeveless top with a gathered skirt and ruffled at the hem makes a dreamy playtime dress. Designed with love by Conrado and hand printed by Althea Designs on Martha's Vineyard.
10. Shop: Vineyard-opoly Board Game from Lazy Frog
A game of adventure and leisure brought to you by our favorite Island store dedicated to leisure, Lazy Frog of Oak Bluffs! Buy, trade and sell your way around Martha’s Vineyard with this VineyardOpoly board game. Make sure to stay ON Island and avoid being sent OFF Island. Collect enough cash to build your own empire on Martha’s Vineyard and buy your own beach houses or estates! For every game sold a donation will be made to MV Community Services, everybody wins!
The Island offers a place of rest, respite, and relaxation, and if you have someone on your list who is a lover of all things outdoors as well as health and wellness, this gift guide is for them! From the many trails we have on Martha’s Vineyard, to the spas, wellness shops, herbalists, and more, it’s the perfect spot to curate gifts for people in your life that love the outdoors, staying healthy, and being their best self
1. Shop: Austin Designs’ Lavender Eye Pillow
Lavender is an all in one herb offering relaxation for the mind. Filled with flax seed & lavender, this luxurious eye pillow is available in a variety of fabrics and will help you relax almost instantly!
2. Shop: Bluewave Body Company After-Sun Spray
Need a little TLC after your long day in the sun? This freshly made spray crafted right here on Martha’s Vineyard is the answer. Concocted with skin healing kukui nut oil from Hawaii (actually used in hospitals there for burn patients) mixed with extracts of arnica and comfrey to reduce redness and inflammation. Enhanced with lavender and chamomile essential oils to soothe the skin.
3. Shop: Breezy Pines Farm Fire Cider
This is a handcrafted traditional fire cider formulated and brewed with farm fresh roots, berries, honey and more! A traditional recipe, passed down from beloved teacher/mentor, Rosemary Gladstar, crafted by herbalist Heather Thurber right here on-Island!
4. Shop: Divine Beauty’s Ultra Benefits Moisturizer
Edgartown’s Divine Beauty brings you this Firming and Brightening Moisturizer and antioxidant moisturizer combining the strongest antioxidant, Lipochroman® to help reverse and prevent visible aging changes. Peptides and brighteners visibly improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and age spots!
5. Shop: Yeti DayTrip Soft Cooler from The Green Room
Pack a lunch you’ll actually look forward to with the Daytrip™ Lunch Bag. In true YETI fashion, they have upgraded a classic form factor to give you a fresh-for-hours, fold-and-go, easy-to-clean lunch bag that takes soggy sandwiches and lukewarm drinks off the menu. Did we mention it’s lined with hours-worth of insulation power? Surprise!
6. Shop: EiR Stay Away Spray All Natural Bug Repellent from Lennox & Harvey
This all-natural, vegan formula bypasses the need for any toxic ingredients by relying on tried-and-true ingredients that have warded off insects for years: clove, a coveted natural insecticide, cedar oil, a trusted mosquito kryptonite, and litsea, an unsung hero of bug-busting. Use this as your trusty shield for outdoor ventures and moonlit nights.
7. Shop: Kismet Outfitters’ Fishpond Gear Bag
Designed to organize your favorite angler’s gear and keep it dry. With the Fishpond signature molded bottom and welded recycled TPU fabric, the Cutbank Gear bag covers the bases. As a specialized tackle bag that keeps gear dry on a raft or drift boat, as well as the perfect size to fit in the hatch of most all flats boats, this gear/tackle bag is an organization system that allows for easy access wherever your adventures take you.
8. Shop: CBD Clinic™ Clinical Strength Pain Relief Ointment from Vineyard Complementary Medicine
The Targeted 5 Level Pain Management System is formulated with the highest quality active (API) and naturally derived ingredients available on the market, including camphor and menthol. CBD Clinic™ Clinical Strength Pain Relief Ointment Series was created in order to set the gold standard for pain relief based on 15 years of experience researching, developing, and testing naturally derived remedies.
Shop: Trust’s Full Moon Bath Tea
If you love shopping at the tranquil oasis that is Trust Boutique on Main Street, Vineyard Haven you’ll love exploring all the goodies they offer online like this rejuvenating tea. The Full Moon is a time of abundance, fertility and light, calling upon us to celebrate and dance in the lunar glow. Enlivening us with bright calendula, delicate rose and invigorating ginger, Trust's Full Moon Bath elicits a sense of hope, abundance, beauty and joy.
Shop: Musèe Carnavalet - Jasmin Coco - Roll On Perfume from Revive by Sarka
Explore the health and beauty products that Revive by Sarka offers online, including this delicious Voyage et Cie fragrance of ylang ylang, jasmine, cyclamen, honeysuckle, vanilla musk. Voyage et Cie is the ultimate luxury blend of travel, design and scents. Each original fragrance is handmade and created with 100% natural vegetable blend and will transport you on a journey.
Everyone has a food lover in their life and this Martha’s Vineyard based food gift guide is the perfect list to find the ideal present for your beloved culinary connoisseur! The Island is home to hundreds of makers, bakers, chefs, and restaurants, all putting out some of the best eats that New England offers, and we are proud to support them in every way possible.
1. Shop: Martha’s Vineyard Baskets Sweet & Salty Basket
Sweet, salty and spicy combination of Martha's Vineyard sourced products is a perfect gift to brighten up someone's day! This gift box contains a selection of sweets and spices from local makers. This is not an ordinary boring box of chocolates, this is something that every local or Vineyard visitor will be excited to get this holiday. Great as a realtor closing gift, for a new homeowner, hostess or as a thank you gift too!
2. Shop: Stefanie Wolf’s Martha's Vineyard Wooden Charcuterie Serving Board
This Martha's Vineyard artisan serving plank is a gorgeous addition to any celebration, on Island or off! This paddle shaped serving plank is made with the stunning wood of the acacia tree. To showcase this naturally water-resistant wood, the maker has left some of its raw beauty intact by featuring a live bark edge on one side. Adding to its rustic look, the handle includes a hemp hanging loop so you can display this versatile piece of kitchen art for all to see.
3. Shop: Island Bee Company Raw Honey
Our favorite raw honey, harvested by Island Bee Company. Available in 9oz jars or 1lb jars. Perfect addition to a cheese plate or your everyday tea time!
(Be sure to check out the other beautiful and delicious local products available when you click the link above to Martha’s Vineyard Made!)
4. Shop: Chilmark Coffee
The Chilmark Coffee Company is part of a small island community; a collaboration between farmers and fisherman, summer intellectuals and world economic leaders, photographers and painters, poets and stone masons, tradesmen and master craftsmen, elderly and young - all working closely to continue the values and slow pace established generations ago on this glacial moraine in the Atlantic Ocean. People here make things slowly and with pride. They understand and live as part of this unique environment.
5. Shop: MV Mycological Dried Wild Harvest Shiitake
'Tis the season for soup and stock making! This is what they call a “One Stop Stock” (and better than bullion). Add one bag to a salted gallon of water, boil and stir, et voila, a rich broth full of healthful and culinary benefit from the highest grade of Shiitake
Want to re-hydrate and cook? Easy. Slowly add water, (or any liquid,) to a hot pan with your dried mushrooms to reconstitute. This works great with the other veggies in a stir fry! Air dried hot using the Bar Tartine method to ensure total desiccation and light carmelization. Locally grown in Chilmark these mushrooms are higher in fiber, D and B vitamins and Lentinan, a compound shown to bolster the immune system’s natural defenses.
6. Shop: Enchanted Chocolates of Martha’s Vineyard
What sounds better than small batch, from scratch, Island made 72% cacao dark and milk chocolates? Enchanted Chocolates is the exclusive Island chocolatier for Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt - a true taste of the island. Enjoy their signature Almond Butter Crunch, Sea Salt Caramels, Chocolate Bars and more!
7. Shop: Slate’s Kitchen Essentials Set
For aesthetically-minded folks who love being in the kitchen, this set of eight essentials is the perfect blend of design and efficacy. Hand carved in Germany from a family owned factory established in 1931, provided by local Edgartown retailer Slate. Set Includes: Whisk, Spatula, four Spoons, Tongs and a Ctrus Reamer.
8. Shop: LeRoux’s Premium Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegar
LeRoux’s collection of premium olive oils and Balsamic vinegar are carefully sourced from some of the finest producers in the world. Made for more than just salad dressing, our oils and vinegars bring flavor and refinement to any meal. Stick to the basics or choose from exciting flavors like Cranberry Pear White Balsamic, Black Cherry Dark Balsamic, Fresh Wild Rosemary Olive Oil, Chipotle Olive Oil and more.
9. Shop: Camp Craft Cocktails Cranberry Martini Cocktail Kit from Sea Legs
Home bar enthusiasts and gift-givers are passionate about this beautiful and delicious infusion kit containing Cranberry, Lemon Orange, Citrus Infused non-GMO vegan cane sugar. Fill with 12 ounces of alcohol, refrigerate three days, and enjoy for the next 30 days as the basis for eight craft cocktails. Keep it light by mixing a 1.5 ounce shot with tonic or soda. Get punchy by mixing a 1.5 ounce shot with 2 bottles of Prosecco and/or cranberry and pineapple juice.
10. Shop: Cottage City Oysters
Oysters that are handcrafted and selected from the waters of Martha’s Vineyard to your doorstep. Eating Recommendations: Eat raw or add to your favorite condiment; cook into an oyster chowder; sauté with soy sauce and red pepper; traditional oyster stuffing; or stuff and bake for Oysters Rockefeller!
Are you someone who only experiences Martha's Vineyard in the summer? Or perhaps you're someone who's never visited at all? Start a new holiday tradition with an escape to Martha's Vineyard!
While many visitors frequent the Island in the summer, the fall and winter are especially enjoyable. The slower tempo and reduced crowds are even more attractive in these days of social distancing, and you may want to consider an Island retreat for the holidays. Plus hotel rates and great deals can be had!
If you’re thinking about traveling to the Island this time of year, know that our local hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts that are committed to providing you with an enjoyable stay this holiday season on Martha’s Vineyard.
The Nobnocket Boutique Inn - This charming Vineyard Haven inn is located just a short walk from the Steamship Authority ferry terminal and was recently awarded a prestigious Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence, and for good reason! Enjoy a relaxing stay at this well- appointed property for three nights over Thanksgiving for just $595 per person including tax. This Holiday offer includes gourmet breakfast every morning, welcome glass of champagne, a Thanksgiving meal from one of our local fine dining restaurants and more!
The Charlotte Inn - Discover the old-world ambiance of The Charlotte Inn, where tranquility and gracious hospitality meet Edwardian elegance. Tucked away on quiet South Summer Street in Edgartown Village, it is exquisitely appointed with fine art, English antiques, lavish linens, and fresh flowers, offering a romantic reflection of a bygone era for those craving a uniquely luxurious experience.
The Edgar Hotel - An ideal spot if you’re looking to stay in an affordable hotel in Edgartown. Newly renovated and with an on-site restaurant, Town Bar & Grill. Walkable to downtown Edgartown and right next to Stop & Shop grocery store for all your holiday cravings. The hotel also boasts a two-bedroom luxury suite with a full kitchen for delicious holiday meals in the safety and comfort of your own space.
Harbor View Hotel - Oozing in luxury and history, the iconic Harbor View Hotel has won the hearts of Vineyard visitors for over 100 years. The hotel offers dreamy spaces and well-appointed guest rooms, as well as private Captain’s Cottages, stand-alone, fully-equipped and elegant Victorian homes; and the Presidential Skyhouse Wing for those that want one of the most exclusive experiences on the entire Island. Make your stay extra delicious at Bettini, the hotel’s on-site restaurant where you can enjoy Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Eve dinner.
The Kelley House Hotel - The most historic property on Martha's Vineyard, the Kelley House is a continuation of a story that started in 1742. The hotel's Federal-style houses retain their original charms and The Newes From America restaurant remains a favorite dining destination. Each room at Kelley House features charming views of Edgartown or the hotel grounds, with select suites overlooking the Edgartown Harbor.
Mansion House - A short walk from the Steamship Authority ferry terminal sits the Mansion House hotel on Main Street, Vineyard Haven. Enjoy expansive water views from the rooftop cupola (you can get a sneak peek on their webcam here), on-site dining at Copper Wok, a pan-Asian eatery and sushi bar. Guest rooms offer soaking tubs, flat-screen TVs, fireplaces and balconies with views of Vineyard Sound, in addition to several pet friendly rooms. Do all of your holiday shopping right outside the door!
Check out this list of all available lodging options, as well as local last minute specials here.
The holiday season is coming up soon enough and with that the endless list of people you will be gifting this season. In showcasing our efforts and mission to support local Martha’s Vineyard businesses, we decided to make gift-giving as easy as possible with a list of the most delicious, locally made edible gift ideas for the holidays! These delicious treats can be bought online, in store, or by calling in the retailers themselves. It’s a way to show island makers that their work and business is important to us and what better time to support them than during the jolliest time of year?
Martha's Vineyard Sea Salt
If you’re really looking to have a taste of the island back home, MV Sea Salt is the perfect gift idea for anyone that loves Martha’s Vineyard. Hand harvested by locals Heidi and Curtis, the sea water is sun-dried to become gorgeous salt crystals that are just the thing your recipes need this holiday season.
Coffee is the perfect hostess gift, because it brightens every coffee lover’s day. Purchasing locally roasted Chilmark Coffee not only ensures you are buying some of the freshest coffee ever, but you’re supporting a local Chilmark family!
Murdick’s Fudge has been delighting families for decades now, and gifting a few slices of this traditionally made fudge is a delight. Pair the fudge with a bag of their cheddar or caramel popcorn, and it’s the most munchable gift of the season!
An island favorite, Enchanted Chocolates pairs local ingredients with exceptionally created chocolate. Visitors can check out the chocolate maker's quirky shop while on-island, and are lucky enough to be able to order online during non-summer months.
By the Sea Salt
These seasoning salt blends are just what the foodie on your list needs! Made on island by a woman that not only loves food, but loves people, By The Sea Salt is the perfect blends of salt and seasonings to flavor your food - whether it’s tofu, chicken, vegetables, steak, or seafood!
Morning Glory Farm
If you’re on island, do all your shopping for the foodies in your life at the Morning Glory Farmstand - there you will find locally made salad dressings, jams, jellies, tomato sauces, and so much more. This is the spot to shop if you’re looking to put together an island inspired foodie basket for a loved one.
A relatively new company, Chappy Chips, created the perfect chocolate chip cookie, because who doesn't want to enjoy (or gift!) a properly prepared classic cookie. Chappy Chips are the result of a tried and true recipe perfected by baker and owner Alessandra Hagerty, who freshly bakes each individual order.
New Lane Sundries
New Lane Sundries is the creation of Linda Lee Alley, a life-long native of Martha’s Vineyard. She started in 1987 making preserves for the West Tisbury Farmers Market. One Saturday morning, she happened upon the West Tisbury Farmer’s Market and came upon an idea. That idea then branched into 5 varieties of jams and a table at the market the very next Saturday. The rest is delicious history! Some of her most delicious jams (although all delicious) include Pink Grapefruit Marmalade, Zinfandel Chili Jam, and Rose Petal Jelly!
Little Rock Farm
Little Rock Farm makes some of the best granola on island - Vineyard Sunshine Granola! It is made from scratch with rolled oats, maple syrup, dried blueberries, coconut and pecans. Perfect for sprinkling on fruit and yogurt or eating by itself as a snack!
Salt Rock Chocolates
This gift is perfect for those in your family that not only love chocolate, but love beautiful chocolate! Salt Rock Chocolates started with two sisters who learned the ropes of beloved (and now shuttered) Chilmark Chocolates, and decided to keep bringing joy to the community through chocolate. Hand made with love and influenced by the colors and the tastes of Martha's Vineyard.
The Grey Barn
The island’s only dairy farm, The Grey Barn is the place to shop right before your holiday parties. They craft some incredible cheeses made from grassfed cows, cheeses that would be perfect for your holiday cheese platters and as ingredients in recipes. Their farmstand not only carries cheeses, but everything else you might think you need to create the ideal cheese plate, from crackers to jams to fresh vegetables, it’s a one stop shop!
Mimi’s Hittin’ the Sauce
This island family-owned hot sauce company, Mimi’s Hittin’ the Sauce, start with a lot of gardening love, as they grow all the peppers and tomatoes for their sauces. The labor of love in turns creates some of the most flavorful hot sauce you’ll ever taste! They also make hot pepper jelly and salsas, and can be found at island retailers.
Hand-crafted artisanal pies lovingly made on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Pie Chicks is the solution to now having to make dessert and bringing to the table a few pies. These are just some of their pie options: Apple, Apple Cranberry, Apple Pear Ginger Crumb, Blueberry, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan, Key Lime, Lemon Chess, Pecan, Pumpkin, and Triple Berry. Don't miss a stop by their new bakery in Vineyard Haven for other sweets and baked goods too!
Holiday shopping on Martha’s Vineyard is a far cry from the chaotic chore that it can often be off-Island. You won’t find yourself fighting for a parking spot at the mall here, because, well there’s no mall. There’s no big box store to bum-rush on Black Friday, and there’s definitely no stores opening at midnight shortly after you’ve cleared your Thanksgiving plates away. Like most things on Martha’s Vineyard, holiday shopping is a more slow paced, intimate experience. Often you’re purchasing gifts directly from the artist or designer that made them, or the shopkeeper who bought the items first hand. Holiday shopping on Martha’s Vineyard generally means going to any number of locally owned shops and boutiques, and browsing the various Christmas fairs and holiday markets that take place throughout the season. Holiday shopping on Martha’s Vineyard often involves making new friends, catching up with old ones, and finding locally made treasures that satisfy everyone on your list–naughty or nice.
Here’s a round up of some of the Island’s best holiday shopping options. At these locations you can shop with the confidence that you’re directly contributing to the local community and economy, which is a thoughtful gift in itself.
Featherstone Center for the Arts Annual Holiday Gift Show: Featherstone, the year round arts center in Oak Bluffs, presents their 19th Annual Holiday Gift Show. Featherstone invites you to celebrate the holiday season while supporting Island artists and Featherstone. This is the perfect holiday shopping destination with gifts for everyone (and yourself), including handmade creations including paintings, photography, pottery, crafts, jewelry, knitwear, clothing, purses, accessories, soaps, dog goods, ornaments, cards, calendars and stocking stuffers. Buy local and support local artists all while supporting Featherstone! Shopping by appointment only, open November 12th to December 16th, daily from 12-4pm, closed Thanksgiving Day. Located at Featherstone Center for the Arts, 30 Featherstone Lane, Oak Bluffs.
Vineyard Artisans Festival Thanksgiving and Holiday Fair: The Vineyard Artisans is a Vineyard summer tradition and the only weekly juried art show where the public can meet over 70 artisans and buy directly from them. The Artisans return each Thanksgiving weekend and December for their annual winter shows, where you’ll find demonstrations, weaving, fine furniture, pottery, stained glass, oil paintings, pastels, mixed media, sculpture, wampum jewelry, quilts, clothing, sea glass windows, handmade books and much more. It’s the last two Vineyard Artisans Festivals of the year, so stock up on your favorite Island goodies. November 26 and 27th and December 18, 10am to 4pm at the Historic Grange Hall in West Tisbury.
Christmas in Edgartown Shopping Specials: Christmas in Edgartown takes over Edgartown each December, with an array of shopping special from local retailers and holiday sales. The weekend kicks off on Thursday, December 9 and continues through Sunday December 12. In addition to individual store sales and specials be sure to catch the Annual Arts & Crafts Festival at Edgartown School that showcases the handmade gifts of over 30 Island artists.
Island Holiday Gift Sale at Heather Gardens in West Tisbury: Showcasing the best of our local artisans wares including wreaths, holiday plants, local sea salt, jams, jewelry, books, ceramics, wooden gifts, knitted items and more. Open daily November 19 through December 24, 10am to 5pm (closed Thanksgiving).
If you prefer to make a day of it going store to store here’s some of our most popular gift shops we’re your sure to find something for that special someone.
Rainy Day on Main Street in Vineyard Haven is one of the best curated shops on Martha’s Vineyard. It’s practically impossible to leave this store empty handed. The space isn’t big but the selection is. Rainy Day has everything from greeting cards to jewelry, accessories and home goods and everything in between, not to mention they always have a beautiful selection of holiday ornaments and decorative items for every occasion.
Martha's Vineyard Made offers an assortment of locally made, Island inspired gifts, and one seamless checkout experience, online and at their retail location at 29 Main Street in Vineyard Haven. Choose from specially curated sets and gift boxes or individual products from local makers and creators including Bluewave Body Company, Martha's Vineyard Sea Salt, Flat Point Farm, Tending Joy, and more.
Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury is the island’s oldest retail business on Martha’s Vineyard. When it opened in 1858, it provided householders and local farmers and fishermen with basic staples and as a retail outlet for their goods. Today, Alley’s is a gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. You’ll always find friends gathered on the front porch enjoying coffee or locals inside picking up the mail. Alley’s boasts an eclectic assortment of just about anything and everything, from toys to housewares and hardware. No matter what time of year a stop at Alley’s is always a good idea.
This year marks the 40th Annual Christmas in Edgartown, December 9-12. Christmas in Edgartown takes over the picturesque downtown with an array of shopping special from local retailers and holiday sales. Every year through the various events, Christmas In Edgartown helps raise thousands of dollars for island-wide charities and non-profits. Come be apart of the holiday magic!
Over 100 Edgartown and Island Businesses participate in the weekend festivities, where locals and visitors alike rejoice in the holiday spirit. Below is just a sampling of the Christmas in Edgartown events, you can see the full listing online here.
Below is a sampling of the weekend's events:
The Teddy Bear Suite and Teddies Around Town Scavenger Hunt , December 9 - 12
Celebrating its 11th enchanting year, Point B Realty’s Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite fundraiser is a magical holiday tradition where family memories are made. In the last couple of years the annual event has been imagined as Teddies Around Town = a fun new outdoor holiday scavenger hunt with a cause. The money raised goes to help the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club’s and its vital After School Programs. This beloved event is always sure to spread joy!
This year Elf on the Shelf is again joining forces with Teddies Around Town to make a fun and meaningful self guided scavenger hunt with a cause throughout town. Elves will be Bears, and they will go from hiding on the shelves to hiding in storefront windows. Follow the riddles to seek the bears hidden in businesses around Edgartown and end with a prize for your adventure! Suggested donation $5.00/participant, visit mvteddybearsuite.com to make a donation.
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides with the Harbor View Hotel – December 10 & 11
Harbor View Hotel and the Edgartown Board of Trade are offering a $100 promotional rate for horse drawn carriage rides during Christmas in Edgartown. This will include a 30-minute private ride starting at Harbor View Hotel and around Edgartown in a festive horse drawn carriage. The carriage ride will take you by beautiful decorated homes, picturesque meadows overlooking the ocean, Eel Pond, historic Edgartown village dressed in garland and bows and Edgartown Harbor. Cozy up with hot cider and a warm throw during this festive time of year. Price per carriage ride is $100 for up to six people.
Lighting of the Lighthouse – Friday, December 10 at 6pm
A time honored tradition, Edgartown’s version of a tree lighting is full of seaside village charm. The magical event is brought to you by MV Museum and they’ll once again be Lighting The Lighthouse this Christmas In Edgartown.
Christmas in Edgartown Parade – Saturday, December 11, 11am
Join the fun to see floats, animals, music, dancers, kids, fire engines, and of course Santa. The parade will take place on Main Street between Pease Point Way and Water Street. Rain or shine.
Holiday Dog Show – Sunday, December 12 at 11am
Dress your for four-legged friend for the Holiday Dog Show and stop by Edgartown's Mini Park on Sunday at 11am and show them off. Enter your pal, take a photo, and continue on your merry way. Winner will be selected and announced later in the day on Visit Edgartown’s social media. Sparkle, shine, costumes and cheer are strongly recommended. The Dog Show is sponsored by Al Fresco Tails Pet Sitting and will benefit the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard.
Overall, the weekend will be jam-packed with fantastic events for everyone - from the youngest in your family to the oldest but young at heart, Christmas in Edgartown is a must not miss weekend on island. For more information, check out their Christmas in Edgartown full list of events, follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and if you do share on social media, use the hashtag #ChristmasInEdgartown!
One of the best kept secrets Insiders will share is that there’s no better season to enjoy Martha’s Vineyard than autumn. Now is the perfect time to re-discover the Vineyard. Enjoy the relaxed, less crowded pace of this lovely time of year with tons to do, the riches of the harvest tempting our palettes and Mother Nature calling. Martha’s Vineyard is open, vibrant and just waiting for you to enjoy the most coveted areas and events.
Martha’s Vineyard businesses offer ample reasons to keep going out, and none are more delectable than our local restaurants and culinary offerings. Savor the flavors of the changing seasons with deliciously curated food and drink experiences and unique happenings to keep you working up an appetite and satisfying it too. Fall on Martha’s Vineyard means mouthwatering festivals, bold flavors, and abundant local produce and seafood. Be it a restaurant, a farm stand or a food truck, there’s so many ways to get out and enjoy what makes our island so scrumptious. Foodies rejoice!
And because autumn weather is spectacular, with warm days and cool evenings, we invite you to go out and enjoy your favorite outdoor activities. Golf at one, or both, of our two pristine public courses Mink Meadows and Farm Neck. The fish are running and our coastal waters loaded with strippers, albacore, blues and more. Charter fishing makes a great adventure for friends and families, and cast fishing from our shores is also very popular. The Island has miles of pristine hiking and walking trails most of which are dog friendly, as well as fabulous biking trails.
History buffs will love all the historic architecture that dots the Island, and a visit to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, the Carnegie Museum and the Aquinnah Cultural Center are definitely in order. See the Island through fresh eyes by taking a self-guided tour on the African American Heritage Trail and the Deaf Heritage Tour. General Island-wide sightseeing tours are a wonderful way to get acquainted with the Island and see all six towns.
October and November are loaded with mouthwatering festivals, events, pop-ups and more! October kicks off strong with three iconic festivals First Friday Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard Oyster Fest, and Ladyfest - all designed to get your feet tapping and light up your taste buds.
The eclectic and electric year-round arts scene on the Vineyard is amazing, with plenty of galleries and studios to explore throughout the Island. Columbus Day weekend promises to be just as enjoyable thanks in part to the Vineyard Artisans Festival that exclusively features all Island artisans with handmade fine furniture, sculpture, clothing, fine art, one of a kind jewelry, fine ceramics, and much more.
Mid-October brings another great excuse to get out on Martha’s Vineyard, by attending the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society’s Harvest Festival, happening on October 16. Sample the flavors of our local farmers during the regularly scheduled Farmer’s Market from 9-12pm plus activities all day long including tractor wagon rides, pumpkin carving, Martha’s Vineyard Hunt Club demos, antique power museum, the all-Island draft horse show, lunchtime live music, the women’s skillet toss and more! Happening at the Agricultural Hall Grounds, home of the Agricultural Fair, an Island institution which has been running 159 years and counting!
Hungry for more? Save the date and make your reservations for an intimate dining experience at the Harbor View Hotel that will tantalize your senses like never before. Executive Chef Alex Pineda of The Landing Restaurant in Marblehead and recent finalist on Bravo’s Food Network TV Show, “Chopped”, joins the culinary team at Bettini Restaurant for their Annual Food and Wine dinner event happening on October 23. Expect a delectable ten course tasting dinner with savory flavors inspired by different countries accompanied by incredible wine pairings.
Visit mvy.com for all the information you need to plan a fun, safe trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Visit mvy.com/lets-go-out for a listing of events and follow @visitmarthasvineyard on social media to hear the latest happenings from Let’s Go Out Martha’s Vineyard.
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It’s no secret that New England has some of the best seafood in all of the continental United States. The crisp, cool waters are the perfect environment for the fresh seafood to thrive in, resulting in us having access to the oceans incredible bounty. If you’re a seafood lover, a trip to Martha’s Vineyard as a foodie destination is a must.
The seafood industry on Martha’s Vineyard has been booming for decades and currently in 2018, showcases some incredible local fishermen, oystermen, and overall just incredible islanders that wake up earlier than any of us to get that fresh catch! Below we’ve shared the top five things you should do on island to experience all its degrees of seafood love - whether it’s shopping at a seafood market, going on an oyster tour, or just taste testing as many chowders as possible, we’ve got you covered!
Visit a local fish and seafood market
The island has its fair share of fish and seafood markets, all owned by local island families that have been in the fishing industry for years. If you’re renting a summer home or Airbnb and have a kitchen to cook meals in, your firsts stop should be one of the following fish markets for supplies: Edgartown Seafood, The Net Result, Larsen’s Fish Market, or John’s Fish Market. Whether you’re looking for the freshest catch, along with ingredients to complement your recipes, these markets are their to supply you with all your seafood cooking needs. Don’t know how to cook a specific species? Ask the person behind the counter - they’ve probably cooked everything in the case hundreds of times over!
Dine at these seafood focused restaurants
The great thing about vacationing on the Vineyard is that if you don’t want to cook, you can always eat out and have an incredible meal, no matter your budget. There are dozens of seafood focused restaurants, very much so dock to table but below we’ve shared a couple favorites and our recommendations on what to order and where:
Experience a seafood tour
If you love oysters, an oyster farm tour with Cottage City Oysters is a must while on island. They take you out to the Vineyard Sound (300 feet from shore) to visit the Cottage City Oyster Farm. Their solar powered work raft becomes the stopping point, where they pull up a cage full of market oysters and show you how we cull and put you to work culling your own. It's an experience like no other!
Enjoy a clambake on the beach
Typically to enjoy a clambake on the beach, you’re probably attending a private event or have hired a company to put one together for you or your friends, which is such a fun experience! Check out Bill Smith's Famous Clambakes, a beloved clambake caterer for over 60 years.
Taste as many clam chowders as possible
Clam chowder is a section on all its own - and you’ll taste some award winning clam chowders on Martha’s Vineyard no matter where you go. Some of the best restaurants with incredible chowders include: The Wharf Pub in Edgartown (multiple time winner of the MV Chowder Fest) and Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company (rated best chowder in New England by Yankee Magazine).
As you can see, there are more ways than one to enjoy fresh seafood and fish on Martha’s vineyard, so we hope you get to check a few of them off on your seafood lover’s bucket list!
One thing to consider while planning your trip to Martha’s Vineyard is where to grocery shop. While the Island does offer several large grocery stores, some of the freshest local produce and meats are being sold at smaller markets across the Island. Beat the long lines, discover new flavors, and shop local by choosing one of these unique food markets during your stay on Martha’s Vineyard:
Edgartown Meat & Fish. This unique gourmet grocer is considered the Island’s jack of all trades and for good reason! Edgartown Meat & Fish offers fresh seafood, prime meat, prepared foods, fresh sushi, groceries, and is the only place on the Island that serves Starbucks coffee drinks. This market is a must-stop if you’re near Edgartown and are spending your day at the beach or having a backyard barbecue.
Grey Barn. The farm stand at Grey Barn in Chilmark just recently got a big upgrade and is definitely worth a stop-by if you haven’t been this season. Grey Barn offers organic fresh bread baked in-house, cheeses, eggs, meats, raw milk, and veggies, all straight from the Farm! Visit for its fresh provisions and say hello to the farm stand’s bunny, Scooby, while you’re there.
Vineyard Grocer. This Brazilian market is in Vineyard Haven and is wonderfully unique for quite a few reasons. Not only is Vineyard Grocer affordable, but it also prioritizes wellness with its products. You will find a lot of gluten-free and vegan options at this market. Also offered is a very large selection of natural supplements and an even larger international section. The best part is that Vineyard Grocer is one of the only grocers on the Island to deliver to your door!
North Tisbury Market. Located on State Road in West Tisbury, this small market promotes sustainable farming and responsibly sourced foods. North Tisbury Market works with local producerss to curate a beautiful selection of fresh goods, ranging from locally sourced meats, delicious frozen treats, and even produce from their very own farm!
Katama General Store. Considered a “Beach Bodega”, the Katama General Store is just a short walk from downtown Edgartown and has all the necessities for a day at the beach. They offer everything from beach chairs, beach toys, umbrellas, towels, sunscreen, and sunglasses, and that’s just the beginning! Spend an afternoon in the shade on their wraparound porch with a sandwich and a coffee, or head out for a view of the sunset on the beach with a bottle of wine and charcuterie set-up. The Katama General Store is a stock-full of products to make sure your family has the best trip to Martha’s Vineyard.
Healthy Additions. This health store in Vineyard Haven is located just behind its sister company, Cronig’s Market. Healthy Additions provides a wide variety of natural supplements, organic snacks, and bulk herbs, spices, and teas. This store is a perfect stop if you’re looking for natural remedies or looking to switch to a healthier routine. With a vast knowledge about the products offered, the welcoming staff is ready to assist anyone. The store has two floors, and even has organic food and treats for your pet!
Morning Glory. Having served the Island since 1975, Morning Glory is a family-owned farm based in Edgartown that grows a variety of vegetables and fruits on its 120 acres of farmland. Their farmstand is open from May to December, and offers a variety of fresh produce ranging from sweet corn to fresh garden herbs, to beach plums! There is even a daily menu of fresh-baked quiches, muffins, and breads along with grab-and-go items such as sandwiches and salads. Morning Glory’s farm stand is a great place to visit with the entire family, especially if you’re hungry!
Chilmark General Store. If you find yourself up Island, the Chilmark General Store provides local produce and household necessities while also serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. This community market is just down the road from Beetlebung Corner and prioritizes stocking its shelves with sustainably sourced products. It is best known for its hand-tossed pizza, which happens to be one of the best slices on the Island, and its grab and go sandwiches - perfect in a pinch on the way to the beach!
Rosewater. Open year-round, Rosewater Market offers an affordable menu of simple but delicious breakfast and lunch dishes, as well as a selection of local homeware products. Located in historic downtown Edgartown, Rosewater is a great spot to grab a coffee, get some work done or to grab a gift for a friend!
Ghost Island Farm. This farm stand in West Tisbury doubles as a community co-op and offers a variety of fresh produce grown directly on the farm. They recently opened an outdoor “mini farm stand” where members and walk-ins can come shop in person! They also have a wonderful online ordering system, making it easy for those who would rather do curbside pickup.
Black Sheep. Located right by the Martha’s Vineyard Airport, this gourmet marketplace serves those just arriving on the Island, local workers, and vacationers on their way to the beach. It offer breakfast sandwiches and coffee in the mornings and takeaway salads and sandwiches for lunch. Make sure to check out Instagram for updates on delicious specials! There is even a small grocery section for household necessities and seasonal snacks and decor. Masters of charcuterie, Black Sheep also does catering for events big or small.
The Larder. This farm stand in Vineyard Haven doubles as a community kitchen and offers fresh ingredients from Island farms and businesses. The commercial kitchen is available to rent by the hour, making the Larder a common space for pop-up events. The Larder offers fresh local meats from The GOOD Farm and even sell fried chicken sandwiches every Friday!
Soigne. Located on Upper Main Street in Edgartown, Soigne is a gourmet grocer offering a large selection of boutique wines, fresh-baked pastries, snacks, and boxed lunches to-go. You can check out the lunch menu on its website. Sandwiches are made from fresh ingredients, and the freshly baked French bread has received stunning reviews. Even better, Soigne does catering for events, whether it be a cocktail party or intimate dinner.
Alley’s General Store. The oldest retail business on Martha’s Vineyard happens to be based in West Tisbury, just across from the library. Currently under renovation and closed for the season, Alley’s General Store is considered an Island icon, and serves as a gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. Alley’s reputation over the years has been “dealer’s in almost everything”, offering a large variety of produce, snacks, candies, household goods, souvenirs, and more. If you’re planning a trip to the island next year, make sure Alley’s is on your to-do list!
It may be hard to decide with all of these wonderful options, but shopping local at these unique food markets supports families, small businesses, and the general Island community. Plus, you could spend much less time waiting in line, and more time making meaningful connections over delicious fresh food.
One thing to really appreciate about the island of Martha’s Vineyard is the fact that it’s a blending pot of many cultures. In the summers, the Island attracts people from all over the world to work, vacation, and potentially even find their forever home. But well before the Island caught the eyes of hundreds of thousands of tourists per year, the Island, much like the majority of New England, was home to the slave trade and segregation
Founded in 1998, the African American Heritage Trail is a nonprofit whose mission is to uncover the unspoken past about people of color on the Island. The main focus of the organization has always been to educate. Consequently, much time has been spent working with Island schools to disseminate an accurate and inclusive history that previously went undocumented.
In fact, the most recent site is actually the only monument on the Vineyard dedicated to enslaved people and created by children. Located at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School in West Tisbury, The Nameless Trail remembers those who lost their names through the crime of enslavement. Grades 5 and 6 at the Charter School were big contributors to the project, painting rocks to honor those who had no names during their enslavement on the Island.
The Nameless Trail is only one stop on the African American Heritage Trail. With over thirty sites across the Island (even on Chappaquiddick), the Trail dedicates these sites to the formerly unrecognized contributions made by people of African descent to Island history. The nonprofit offers a variety of driving and walking narrated tours, which provide “hands-on'' experiences of the African American Heritage Trail’s work and mission. You can sign up for a tour with the whole family on the African American Heritage Trail website.
Make your trip to Martha’s Vineyard both educational and exciting with a tour around the African American Heritage Trail. Some sites include Inkwell Beach in Oak Bluffs, Edgartown Harbor (which is now recognized as part of the Underground Railroad), the fishing village of Menemsha, and more. You can see a full list of sites here.
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