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.
It’s no secret that Martha’s Vineyard is a popular resort destination, and with that comes visitors who want to indulge and imbibe in all that vacation-time has to offer. A question that often comes up among our visitors is where to go to enjoy or purchase alcohol, as not all Vineyard towns are created equal when it comes to liquor service.
Whether you’re in search of alcoholic beverages to stock your hotel or vacation home, or looking for a seat at the bar, you’ll need to head to Oak Bluffs or Edgartown, the only two towns with full liquor licensing laws. In Oak Bluffs, you can purchase hard alcohol at Jim’s Package Store or Our Market, both located on Oak Bluffs harbor, or the Vineyard Wine & Cheese Shop located on Circuit Avenue. For beer and wine only, make a visit to Tony’s Market which also offers groceries, prepared foods, and catering services.
Just want to grab a drink? Again Oak Bluffs and Edgartown are where you’ll need to go, as no other Vineyard towns allow you to order an alcoholic beverage without the purchase of food, or in the case of a couple of towns, not at all. When it comes to “hitting the bars” in Oak Bluffs, The Ritz is the most iconic dive bar on Martha’s Vineyard with entertainment most nights of the week that draws hordes of locals and visitors alike.
For the beer connoisseurs, there’s Offshore Ale Company, home to award-winning brews (with cans and growlers to go!), indoor and outdoor seating, and a full bar. Drinking by the Oak Bluffs harbor is a rite of passage around these parts, with a handful of bars/restaurants lining the water’s edge. Be sure to grab a frozen drink from Donovan’s Reef (the Dirty Banana is world-famous!) and make a night of it, bopping between Nancy’s, Lobsterville, the Sand Bar, Coop de Ville (beer and wine only) and Fishbones Bar & Grille. The night is young!
If Edgartown is where you’re heading you can grab wine, beer, and hard alcohol at Your Market, Al’s Package Store, Wharf Wine and Spirits, Rosewater Wine & Spirits or MV Wine & Spirits (by the Martha’s Vineyard Airport). As for nightlife, the Port Hunter and The Wharf bring the crowds and often offer live music and entertainment. The Atlantic and The Seafood Shanty both offer creative cocktails with an impressive view of Edgartown harbor.
On Upper Main Street, Town Bar & Grill is a go-to year-round destination with 18 beers on tap, signature cocktails, and any other drink you dream up. Beer lovers can indulge at Bad Martha’s Farmers Brewery, a seasonal microbrewery with savory snacks and a selection of lawn games on the beautiful grounds of Donaroma's Nursery that will keep you entertained for hours. Just steps away, Margarita lovers can rejoice at Sharky’s Cantina.
As for Vineyard Haven, home to our year-round Steamship Authority ferry terminal, there are a number of restaurants in downtown Vineyard Haven that offer beer, wine, and liquor, but it’s important to note that drinks must be ordered alongside food. Additionally, there are no wine, beer or liquor stores in Vineyard Haven. In town, Salvatore’s and La Soffitta offer extensive wine lists to pair with their Italian fare, and Mikado and Copperwork boast menus of Asian-inspired cocktails and sake. Beloved casual eatery Waterside Market offers canned and bottled wine and beer to be enjoyed on-premise or to go with food orders.
Nearby Beach Road restaurant in the Tisbury Marketplace is known for its creative cocktails, including a house-made Sangria featuring cucumber, melon, and mint basil-infused white rum, Vinho Verde, and ginger as well as Love & Happiness with strawberry & ginger Espolon Blanco Tequila, lavender agave, lemon. Pair your libation with some of the freshest seafood on Martha’s Vineyard while enjoying views of the Lagoon. If enjoying a crisp glass of white wine on a private beach sounds like vacation bliss then check out Garde East on Vineyard Haven harbor. The sophisticated menu is inspired by the best the Island has to offer - fresh seafood and local produce - complemented by over 500 wine labels.
When it comes to visiting and dining at our up-Island towns including West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Aquinnah your options for alcohol are far more limited. There are no bars or wine, beer or liquor stores in any of these three towns. State Road restaurant in West Tisbury is the only formal restaurant in town and the only establishment that serves beer and wine (and wine cocktails!) with dinner. Head up to Menemsha where you’ll catch one of the Island’s most amazing sunsets over a seafood dinner on the sand provided by one of our local fish markets. Remember to bring your own wine since there’s no alcohol served in Menemsha eateries. Nearby Chilmark Tavern is BYOB, so be sure to bring any wine, beer, or hard alcohol with you as Chilmark is a dry town and you cannot purchase any alcohol in town.
Heading further up-Island to Aquinnah the Outermost Inn is the only other place you’ll find an adult beverage. This beloved restaurant is known for its sprawling lawn and impressive views; it offers a wine list, beer list, and fine cordials to complement its dinner menu. Reservations are required and coveted! Be sure to arrive early to enjoy a drink outside.
We hope that helps you make sense of all the different rules and regulations around enjoying alcohol on Martha’s Vineyard. Cheers to a fabulous stay on the Island!
Be sure to check mvy.com for updates on the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival and the Martha’s Vineyard Craft Beer Festival which take place annually in the spring and fall respectively.
Visitors hail from all over to get a look at Martha’s Vineyard’s beautiful beaches and stunning shorelines and there’s no where to get a better view than from a boat! Of course, most visitors arrive by ferry, but taking a quick ride over to get here isn’t the same as spending a full leisurely afternoon on the water, soaking in all the sights and sounds from the best vantage point there is.
When it comes to enjoying a day on the water you’ve got options. For the avid or novice angler, there’s a wide selection of Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Charters, guided by local fishermen, supplied with gear and bait, and during which you’re almost guaranteed to hook a catch while aboard. Since some of the best fishing grounds in New England are known to be off the coasts of Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, and Nantucket if you’re into fishing and in the area you won’t want to miss the opportunity to put a line in the water! Consider a trip to Martha’s Vineyard for the annual Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby that takes place every September through October.
If a more relaxing day out to sea is what you’re after, consider a leisure charter where you can learn about the Island, do some sightseeing and just take in the natural beauty of Vineyard Sound and beyond. Keep in mind, many excursions can be customized and many boats can be booked for private events like birthdays, and bachelor/bachelorette parties etc. Here’s a round-up of some of our local Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce members that can help you prepare the perfect day at sea!
Catboat Charters: Captain Kurt operates Catboat Charters sailing aboard a restored 1927 wooden Cape Cod Catboat yacht with an iconic American Flag sail you may have seen around Edgartown harbor. This gorgeous boat offers intimate private sails for up to six people. Let your worries melt away as Captain Kurt and his first mate whisk you away from bustling downtown Edgartown for an unforgettable scenic adventure under sail.
Beamish Charters: Run by Captain Ned Rice, a third generation Vineyarder, born and raised on the Island, he’s been fishing, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing and birding on Martha's Vineyard his entire life. He is fluent in Island history and is a natural historian, having taught science for 35 years. Captain Rice is family-oriented and loves to show his guests the best experience on the Vineyard waters. Beamish Charters offers fishing charters, family charters, diving tips, sightseeing, sunset cruises, and more.
Done Deal Charters: Run by Captain Jeffrey P. Canha, a 5th generation Martha’s Vineyard fisherman with over 45 years of local fishing experience. Capt. Canha knows the waters of Martha’s Vineyard, knows the grazing and feeding habits of our Atlantic game fish, and will get you “hooked on,” whether you’re looking for inshore or offshore fishing.
Party Boat Skipper: One of Martha's Vineyard's most popular fishing boats, the Skipper, offers a unique ocean fishing experience on the protected and calm waters of Vineyard Sound. The Skipper is centrally located out of Oak Bluffs harbor for easy access from all points of the Island. The Skipper offers daily fishing trips (be prepared to go home with dinner) as well as sunset trips and private bookings.
Fishsticks Charters: Captain Kurt Freund has over fifty years of fishing experience, including over fifteen years as a professional captain. Whether you are a beginner who wants to learn when, where and how to fish, or a seasoned angler seeking to experience some of the finest light tackle and fly-fishing opportunities available, Fishsticks Charters can design a trip to meet your needs.
Martha’s Vineyard Leisure Charters: Captain Ed received his training at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Master (Captain) and an expert in the waters of Vineyard Sound. Captain Ed’s powerboat offers room for 6, toilet facility, shade, observation deck and swimming platform. Martha’s Vineyard Leisure Charters offers a two-hour Instagram cruises, half-day trips to Lake Tashmoo, Lambert’s Cove, or Tarpaulin Cove on Naushon Island, full-day trips, and more
Island Girl Excursions: Island Girl Excursions is a family business run by Captain Eamonn Solway who has spent a lifetime on the water and his wife Becca, a lifelong educator and naturalist. Their boat Island Girl is clean and comfortable, with room for six, a toilet, swimming platform, freshwater wash down, and more amenities to ensure your comfort. Island Girl offers a variety of excursions across Vineyard Sound and the Elizabeth Islands, as well as trips to Nantucket and fully customizable tours and private shuttles.
Visit our website for a full list of Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Charters and Martha’s Vineyard Sailing Charters and Cruises. And if you’ve got young ones in tow be sure to check out Pirate Adventures Martha’s Vineyard for a pirate-themed sail complete with a treasure hunt and water cannons for the little ones! For seafood lovers some of our local oyster fishermen also offer farm tours aboard their vessels, check out Cottage City Oysters and Signature Oysters.
While getting to Martha’s Vineyard can pose some challenges the trip is always worth it! The beautiful beaches, world class restaurants, rolling hills, rustic charm and relaxed Island vibe are reasons thousands of people continue to visit year after year to share in the magic of Martha’s Vineyard. While there’s extra logistics involved in getting here the payout is huge–the mainland just can’t compare. Martha’s Vineyard is a small island located just 7 miles from Cape Cod. There is no bridge, and no tunnel, meaning there are only two ways to get here, by air or by sea.
Cape Air offers daily, year-round flights from Boston, and additional seasonal service from New Bedford, Hyannis and Nantucket in Massachusetts, New York’s JFK, ZYP and Westchester, New York. The Martha’s Vineyard Airport code is MVY and the airport is located in the middle of the Island, at 71 Airport Rd, West Tisbury. Taxicab and car service pick up is available from the airport (we recommend planning in advance), as well as bus service from the Vineyard Transit Authority and onsite car rental options trough Avis, Budget, and Hertz.
As for commercial airlines, Delta provides seasonal flight service direct from New York’s LaGuardia airport to Martha’s Vineyard select days of the week between Memorial Day and Labor Day. American Airlines provides seasonal service from Washington, DC, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Charlotte Douglas (CLT), and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). JetBlue offers seasonal daily service to Martha's Vineyard from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Boston Logan International (BOS), Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA). New in 2021, Elite Airways now offers seasonal non-stops from White Plains, New York (HPN).
Private Air Charters are another year-round option for getting here in the sky. Tradewind Aviation offers scheduled shared charter flights to Martha’s Vineyard as well as private charter service and Jannus Air Charter offers on demand air charter services Martha’s Vineyard throughout New England, to popular destinations including White Plains, NY, Bar Harbor, ME, Providence, RI, Boston, MA, East Hampton, NY and more.
The Steamship Authority is the only year round ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard and it’s the only ferry service that allows for transportation of your car or automobile. If you decide on taking your car, be sure to contact the Steamship Authority as soon as you know your travel dates to make a reservation–their summer schedule can book up months in advance. If you are walking on, you will need to park at one of the designated Steamship Authority parking lots where you will park your car and board their complimentary shuttle. The shuttle runs frequently and brings you to the ferry terminal in Woods Hole where you will purchase your passenger ticket and board the boat. Allot at least 30 minutes to park, take the shuttle, and purchase your ticket before the scheduled boat’s departure.
The Patriot Party Boat offers year round service between Falmouth Harbor and Oak Bluffs harbor as well as 24-hour water taxi service if you miss another scheduled boat or need late night or early morning transportation. Parking is available in Falmouth and a free shopping shuttle is available to the Falmouth Mall and Falmouth Plaza, allowing you to shop Kappy's, Christmas Tree Shop, Staples, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Walmart and other stores.
In the summer season there are several additional passenger ferry services and water shuttles.
Did you know there are over two hundred miles of public trails on Martha’s Vineyard? There are so many that there is even have an app for it! Whether you’re taking a scenic stroll, walking the dog, hiking, or biking, the Island has it all. We’ve included a list below of several trails that the whole family can enjoy, even with a stroller!
Though strollers are great options for friends and families with children who are not quite ready to explore the outdoors on foot, we know trying to pinpoint what trails are stroller-friendly can be difficult, so we've pulled together this super simple list of over ten trails all over the Island. We hope you have fun exploring the most popular stroller-friendly trails on Martha’s Vineyard with this hand-curated list!
Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary. Just outside downtown Edgartown sits this beautiful getaway that lives up to its name. Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary is an 18-acre property owned by the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation. Since April 2021, the Sanctuary has been hosting a storybook walk with the Edgartown Public Library. Each month, a new children’s book is chosen and pages are placed along the Brooks Trail, starting off of Plantingfield Way. The storybook walk is roughly a half-mile, but the scenic views of Ice Pond and the ocean might keep you walking for longer.
Nat’s Farm. If you’re in the West Tisbury area, Nat’s Farm is a great place for the family and is very stroller-friendly. Located off Old County road, the farm covers 56 acres of meadow, pasture, field, and oak woods. A wide and flat trail loops around a large northern pasture that houses a handful of horses from the Martha’s Vineyard Horse Center. There are even a few activities and puzzles for all members of the family to enjoy while on their walk!
Island Folk Pottery Sculpture Trail. This trail might not be the best if you have a wide stroller but is worth checking out in any case. Located in Chilmark off Marion’s Way, children will especially love this one for the enchanting atmosphere. Fairy houses, dragons, tree spirits, and other characters can be found along the half-mile trail. The trail was made by the owners of Island Folk Pottery, Bill O'Callaghan, and Heather Goff. At the end of your walk, consider checking out their pottery studio. You may just bring a little magic home with you!
Wallen, Preston, and Shands Preserve. Looking for some stunning ocean views? This loop trail in Aquinnah will not disappoint! Atop the Gay Head Cliffs, this trail connects the Aquinnah Cultural Center, Moshup Beach, and the Land Bank’s Aquinnah Headlands Preserve. The trail itself is flat with a wide path that shouldn’t give you much trouble. It’s also dog-friendly!
Blackwater Pond Reservation. This trail is located off of Lambert’s Cove Road in West Tisbury and follows four different ponds: Blackwater Pond, Northern Duarte’s Pond, Southern Duarte’s Pond, and Turtle Pond. The Blackwater Pond Reservation trail is considered very easy with a very flat and wide path that narrows once you get into the woods. There is a beautiful wooden bridge that crosses Duarte’s Pond, and if you get there in early spring, you might even catch hundreds of lily’s blooming on the water! This is a perfect spot for a scenic stroll and a picnic with the family.
Sepiessa Point Reservation. This trail is located in West Tisbury off of Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road and is best if you have a buddy. Towards the beginning of the trail, there is a short segment where a stroller will have to be carried, but once you get past that it is smooth sailing! Sepiessa takes you out to the stunning Tisbury Great Pond and if you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of some swans, ducks, plovers, and even ospreys!
Quansoo Farm. Located on Tisbury Great Pond and Black Point Pond, Quansoo Farm in Chilmark has a trail that follows the perimeter of the property and accompanying Quansoo Preserve. This trail is fairly wide and has a truly unique landscape, ranging from meadows, fields, and woods filled with gnarled oaks. This walk is both breezy and breathtaking and definitely worth the trip!
West Chop Woods. Less than a mile and a half from downtown Vineyard Haven, the West Chop Woods offers over one and a half miles of marked walking trails. If you’re around in the springtime, this is the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of a rare pink Lady Slipper!
Huckleberry Barrons. If you’re looking for a short and peaceful experience, Huckleberry Barrons in Katama is a great loop trail with several areas to rest and enjoy the scenery. The loop is approximately a half-mile and is perfect for hot sunny days. This wooded trail has lots of nice shade and is pet-friendly!
Fulling Mill Brook. Located in Chilmark, the Fulling Mill Brook Preserve is a very peaceful walk with a variety of local songbirds to admire. The main trail will keep you on easy terrain through woods and meadows. Be warned, the boardwalks are not stroller-friendly!
Great Rock Bight. This loop around Marl Pond consists of a very easy trail that is perfect for strollers. The trail follows the perimeter of several ponds into the forest, and the land is very well kept. The ponds are exclusively home to the rare clam shrimp, and one of the ponds is shaped like a heart! If you plan on bringing a stroller, we don’t recommend taking the trail all the way down to the beach.
Huge thanks to everyone that shared their photos with us: Kaylan Look, Mikey Waters, Guinevere Rebello, Simma Rashba, and Emily Avakian.
Martha’s Vineyard is starting off the Summer 2021 season with lots of new restaurants and food-focused services opening up all over the Island. Ranging from breakfast to fresh seafood to southern comfort food, this summer is sure to be exciting with all these options!
Chefs, bakers, and makers have come together, pivoted to their finest, and are now offering culinary experiences unlike anything we have ever seen on Martha’s Vineyard - make sure to save this list for reference when you’re on Island.
Flavors MV. Located on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs, this restaurant and bar provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner for those craving some American cuisine with a southern twist. After dark, the restaurant transforms into a spacious lounge, with live entertainment and DJ sets starting after 10pm. Flavors MV has been open since May 21st, and we highly recommend their jerk chicken or their chicken and waffles.There’s a really fun energy about this place, and it’s definitely worth checking out this summer! 11 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs
Tigerhawk Sandwich Co. Located just across the street, in the previous home of Dilly's Taqueria on Circuit Ave, this chef-driven sandwich shop is up and running for the summer season! It just opened on May 27th, featuring sandwiches made by Chef Jimmy Alvarado and Chef Nathaniel Wade. Consider stopping by for a delicious breakfast sandwich such as “The Rise and Shine” or the “Extra Fancy!”. Tigerhawk Sandwich Co. offers a wide variety of delicious sandwich options, including options for vegetarians! 12 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs
Mo’s Lunch. Austin and Maura have been bringing international cuisine to the Island on Tuesdays and Wednesdays every week at the PA Club, and the reviews couldn’t be more positive! Luckily, they recently just opened their new endeavor, Mo’s Lunch, which includes yummy sandwiches and delicious baked goods! Mo’s Lunch is available at the PA club from 11am - 8pm on weekends. If you’re here during the week, make sure to also check out their themed dinners, which are inspired by a different spot on the globe each week. Consider experimenting and trying a dish you’ve never had before! With Austin and Maura, it’s bound to be delicious. 137 Vineyard Avenue, Oak Bluffs
Katama Kitchen. Coming from the owners of Dos Mas and Tacos MV, the Katama Kitchen is taking over the old Right Fork Diner at the Katama Airfield. Set to open later this season, the Katama Kitchen will be a family-friendly restaurant offering creative and classic breakfast and lunch. They will be open for dine-in, takeout, and grab and go beach fare from 7am to 3pm daily. At the Katama Airfield, Edgatown
Right Fork. Don’t worry! While Right Fork may have moved from the Katama Airfield, they are still serving delicious food in downtown Edgartown! The new location comes with a new concept, with many grab-and-go options and made-to-order sandwiches and salads. They offer a selection of items for charcuterie and they have a great selection of sushi as well. And of course, you can’t go wrong with their fabulous breakfast sandwich! 12 Mattakesett Way, Edgartown
19 Prime Steakhouse. From the owners of 19 Raw, a new steakhouse is coming to the Island. Located in Edgartown and officially open as of May 28th, 19 Prime Steakhouse serves as the only true steakhouse on Martha’s Vineyard. For the 2021 season, 19 Prime Steakhouse will be combined with 19 Raw Oyster Bar. If you’re craving surf and turf, this is the place for you! 19 Church St, Edgartown
Fish MV. New seafood is coming to Vineyard Haven this summer! The owners of Waterside and La Soffita are opening a casual seafood eatery right next door. Fish MV is located on Main Street and will be posting updates regarding their opening on their website. Imagine a California-style fish shack, right at the end of Main Street Vineyard Haven - what fun and delicious vibes! 82 Main St, Vineyard Haven
Little House Bakery. Coming to the Island later this season, Little House Bakery will be opening with a new location and serving fresh baked goods such as bagels, muffins, cookies, pie, cake, and more. In the meantime, check out their Instagram for opening updates, and check out their sister company, Little House Cafe, which has a variety of delicious made-to-order food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Location TBA
Behind the Bookstore. Have you heard that Behind the Bookstore got a new chef? He is Puerto Rican and brings the magic of the Caribbean to this New England island! With its new updated menu with some very fun new items, it’s definitely worth stopping by if you find yourself in Edgartown. Consider ordering their Mofongo Tacos - you’ll LOVE them! 46 Main St, Edgartown
Atria. We’re excited to be able to stop by Atria earlier than we ever have - this time around, they’re serving up grab & go breakfast options, with carefully crafted baked goods by talented baker Georgia of Instagram fame, @peachcoloredglasses. There will be counter service and you’ll be able to enjoy their patio and lawn as you get your day started in Edgartown. This new offering starts June 24th.137 Main Street, Edgartown
Grab & Go
Fantzye Bagels. If you haven’t had Fantzye Bagels yet, you have to try! Made on the Island, these delicious sourdough bagels and fun-flavored schmears are available for pick-up on Sundays from 9:30am - 11:30am at State Road Restaurant. You can pre-order their bagel kits, which includes a half dozen bagels, schmear, smoked fish salad, and pickles. You can even get your morning coffee and pastries at State Road while you’re there, and you can enjoy their outdoor seating. Low-cost, easy, and delicious Sunday brunch! On Thursdays starting later this season, Fantzye Bagels will also be available for pick-up at Kitchen Porch.
Also hosted at State Road, on Monday nights Fantzye Suppers offer a small a la carte menu of locally sourced dishes and an all-natural wine list. Book a reservation and grab a seat outdoors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gayhead Coffee. Coming soon to local grocery stores, Gayhead Coffee offers locally roasted whole coffee beans by engineering high quality, affordable, and sustainable coffee roasted to perfection. The founders strongly believe in the importance of communication and long conversations, especially over a cup of coffee. We are so excited to try the rich and bold flavors of Gayhead Coffee’s quality roasted coffee beans. Stay up to date on where Gayhead Coffee will be served this summer by checking out their Instagram!
Vineyard Confections. If you’re in the mood for some sweets, Vineyard Confections should definitely be on your radar. These candies are currently carried at Martha’s Vineyard Made in Vineyard Haven and available to order for local pickup. Made in small batches, these candies are very special and made with care. They offer a variety, including hard candies, lollies, caramels, and brittle. The Island lollies come in new flavors every month, and this month’s lemonade and watermelon mint lollies are perfect for the season! The candies make great gifts and souvenirs, and they are also available for custom orders for events and parties
Nyamnz MV. Chef Lacey offers several in-home experiences such as personal chef experiences, cooking classes, and meal prep. Cooking classes are available for a maximum of 8 people, and personal chef experiences are available for groups of up to 25. You can request a quote on their website.
Epicure. Epicure is a farm to sandwich food business on Martha’s Vineyard, led by Naji Boustany. The Levantine-centric menu features fresh bread baked on a saj, a convex steel griddle. Sandwiches are the core of the offerings in this food trailer-based venture, which launches Summer 2021. Try grilled Mediterranean chicken taouk with pickles and toum, spiced kafta, roasted cauliflower, and simply delicious savory zaatar, Naji’s herb and spice blend that includes sesame seeds and Lebanese thyme. This summer, find Epicure at backyard dinners and catering events. Levantine spice and herb blends available for sale soon!
Chappy Chips. The best sweets are those that are made locally, with only the freshest ingredients. That is the case with Chappy Chips, which are homemade chocolate chip cookies delivered to your door! Cookies are available as a bag of six, a box of twelve, or individually wrapped for weddings and other events. To get more order information you can visit their website or follow along on Instagram.
Feast & Fettle. We are very excited to have Feast & Fettle coming to the Island this summer! Feast & Fettle is a service that delivers home-cooked meals that you don’t have to cook yourself! Every Thursday from June to August, Feast & Fettle will be delivering to Island residents. Each week, members can go online and choose which entrees and sides they would like to receive in their next delivery. The theme of their menu changes every week, and all items are made fresh the day before delivery, then delivered by their in-house team of drivers. Even better, $1 of every MV order goes towards the Island Food Pantry!
Tiny Shell. Tiny Shell Events has recently opened a wine store in Cambridge called Momma’s Grocery + Wine that delivers snacks, wine, and beer to Martha’s Vineyard! They also offer natural guided wine tastings all summer long where they bring the wine, glassware, and knowledge to you! Available for events big and small, you can find more info on booking here.
Special Charcuterie MV. Throwing a party or hosting an event this summer? Special Charcuterie MV has you covered! They offer a gorgeous assortment of charcuterie boards, boxes, and grazing tables, made-to-order! You can make an order on their website, but make sure to check out their mouth-watering and inspirational Instagram posts too.
Goldies. Looking for a quick bite? Goldie’s Rotisserie is a food truck that serves homemade fresh hot chicken, crispy rotisserie potatoes, sandwiches, and more! Even better, their ingredients are sourced from local farms. You can find Goldie’s food truck at events and pop-ups across the Island this summer. You can even sign up to have Goldie’s Rotisserie at your next event!
Sip & Seafood MV. Considered “Spirit Guides, and Seafood Storytellers," Sip & Seafood MV offers private tastings in your home or rental property. They currently offer beer and wine tastings with local shellfish, with more options to come later in the season. Their team prioritizes a comfortable and interactive experience that is perfect for some relaxing and tasty summer fun.
MV Cheesery. The idea for Martha’s Vineyard Cheesery was born from an admiration of local artisans and a desire to foster incredible Island memories. Starting on weekends in July, MV Cheesery will be offering pre-made grazing boxes of cheeses and charcuterie in three sizes – small for two to four people, medium for four to six people, and large for six to ten people. Each grazing box will always include an Island product, such as local cheese or honey. The grazing boxes will be available to pick-up at The Larder. They also will be offering a separate service providing grazing tables for events! Make sure to check out their Instagram for beautiful charcuterie board inspiration and more cheesy content.
The Bubbly Brit. Looking to mix things up at your next event? The Bubbly Brit is a converted Citröen HY Van serving up bubbles for all events, including (but not limited to) weddings, birthdays, corporate functions. This mobile bubbles and cocktail bar looks vintage and unique, and is sure to bring a splash of fun to your next event! The Bubbly Brit will be launching this summer, and you can book with them over email at email@example.com.
Sugar and Stone Chocolate. Sweet things are happening at Sugar and Stone Chocolate, which will be available for purchase later this season! Offering sugar cookies, bonbons, macarons, and more, their sweets are almost too pretty to eat, but we can’t wait to get our hands on them! Consider checking out their Instagram to stay updated on when and how you can order some goodies!
Wholesome MV. Learn about the local cuisine of Martha’s Vineyard by signing up for an interactive cooking experience with Wholesome MV. Casey, a farmer and home chef, has investigated the local food system of Martha's Vineyard extensively and will work with you to curate the perfect menu to accommodate preferences, allergies, and dietary restrictions while highlighting local flavors. Cofounders Jason and Casey will make the meal for you, all while teaching you how to make it yourself and telling stories about the ingredients. You can get in touch about interactive cooking experiences by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
MV Speakeasy. This traveling private bartending service is perfect for your summer events! Bartender Brett Nevin offers custom cocktails for the adults, and mocktails for the little ones! Their Instagram is filled with so many refreshing and delicious drinks, it’s hard to pass this one up! You can book them for your next event by emailing email@example.com.
Martha’s Vineyard Picnic. Host a beautiful and tasty picnic with the help of Martha’s Vineyard Picnic. They offer a basic and luxurious package, which both include the setup and cleanup of your picnic accompanied with bohemian decorations, flower arrangements, dinnerware, rugs and pillows, a teepee, and more! Their luxury package comes equipped with stunning charcuterie boards, sandwiches, drinks, and desserts. These dreamy picnics are perfect for a romantic sunset on the beach, or a backyard family party. You can book your Bohemian picnic experience by calling (978) 221-475.
All of the above have been curated from information gathered directly from businesses as well as curated from social media platforms and are subject to change. Please check in with the businesses directly for the most up to date information. Photos sourced directly from businesses
A common question that gets asked on the Island is “Where are the vineyards on Martha’s Vineyard?” The answer is simple: there are none! Truth be told, Martha’s Vineyard isn’t an ideal place for farming grapes. With sandy soil, unpredictable weather, and high deer populations, grape production is a very difficult task - but how, then, did it get the name?
A Brief History. Believe it or not, the Island got its name from the many wild vines that still cover the Island today. The Island has had several names, but was named Martha’s Vineyard after the daughter of explorer Bartholomew Gosnold in 1602. There actually weren’t any proper wineries on the Island until 1971, when Chicama Vineyards opened its doors in West Tisbury.
Chicama Vineyards took on a great challenge by growing grapes on Martha’s Vineyard, especially since many of their grapes were of European variety. Their grape vines covered 50 acres, with varieties such as Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Zinfandel, and more. The business was family owned and operated by the Mathiesens, and ran for over 30 years before closing its doors in 2008.
Shop Local. Since the closing of Chicama Vineyards, there haven’t been any wineries or vineyards on the Island, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find good wine on your trip! Both Edgartown and Oak Bluffs offer several liquor stores, including Rosewater Wine and Spirits, Our Market, and MV Wine and Spirits, to name a few.
Wine and Dine. Many restaurants across the Island offer a variety of local and imported wines. Spark romance at Detente in Edgartown, which has an extensive wine list alongside New American cuisine. Take it to-go at Beach Road in Vineyard Haven, which offers a selection of sparkling, white, and red wine paired with fresh seafood. Or, escape to Italy in Vineyard Haven’s La Soffita, which offers authentic modern Italian dishes with a very large selection of wine.
Get Bad. Another local business does use grapes to make alcoholic beverages, but not in the way you might expect! Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery uses grape leaves harvested on the Island as an ingredient in their draft beers. Their brewery and tasting room on Upper Main Street in Edgartown provides a full experience with fresh beer, charcuterie, outdoor games, and live music.
Washashore to enjoy Offshore. Offshore Ale Company is the only brew-pub on-Island, serving award winning small batch craft beer year round since 1997. The brewery offers several varieties from crisp and malty to bold and hoppy, amidst a casual “boathouse-style atmosphere.” Housed in the iconic City Ale and Oyster building (the business’ original name that still decorates the front of the building today), Offshore Ale is located at the corner of Kennebec and Healy avenues in Oak Bluffs. The brew pub has become well-known among locals and visitors alike, a popular gathering place that also offers wood-fired pizza, local seafood, and a genuine commitment to community.
Savor the Flavors of Fall. In the month of October, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating the rich food offerings across the Island with a series of unique culinary happenings, including the annual Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival which will be reimagined this year, but still just as delicious. Consider visiting us in October to get a full taste of what the Island has to offer!
As the weather warms and restrictions are being lifted, many of Martha’s Vineyard’s beloved events and happenings are popping back up on the calendar, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Finally, a sense of normalcy is returning and our Island is anticipating a bustling season like no other.
Here’s a round-up of some of the highlights we’re looking forward to for the upcoming months, which is sure to be a constantly evolving list. For a daily calendar of events on Martha’s Vineyard visit the calendar here. We look forward to a happy, healthy, and festive summer and we hope we’ll be able to enjoy it too
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival is kicking off the season with the return of its popular Drive-in Series at the YMCA in Oak Bluffs. Each showing is pay-what-you-can, but make sure to order your tickets in advance! Find the full schedule for Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival showings and community events for summer 2021 here.
The Vineyard Artisans Festival returns with their Memorial Day Festival at the historic Grange Hall in West Tisbury. This Festival exclusively features all-Island artisans with local handmade crafts such as jewelry, ceramics, clothing, and more! The Festival runs on May 29th and 30th from 10 am - 4 pm and will return weekly on Sundays starting June 13th.
Starting Saturday, June 12th, the West Tisbury Farmers Market returns! This farmers market is Martha's Vineyard's oldest, largest, and finest open-air market. Featuring goods such as Cottage City Oysters seafood, chocolate from Enchanted Chocolates, Island Bee Company honey, flowers from Tea Lane Farm, Grey Barn cheese, and so much more! Consider stopping by the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury on Saturdays through October, and Thursdays starting July 1st.
After a hiatus in 2020, the Chilmark Flea Market is set to return in late June. The Flea Market is hosted by the Chilmark Community Church and is open from 9 am – 2 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays, June 30-September 11. It’s the oldest outdoor venue on the Island boasting an eclectic array of goods sure to satisfy any shopper. Discover high-quality handmade items from Vineyard artists and craftsmen, antiques, imports, and vintage finds.
The Vineyard Cup Regatta will be hosted on the 10th and 11th by Martha’s Vineyard Shipyard on the waters of Nantucket Sound and Vineyard Sound. The proceeds from the two-day sailing race help support the year-round maritime programs of Sail Martha’s Vineyard.
The following weekend, Edgartown Yacht Club is hosting their Edgartown Race Weekend. The weekend kicks off with the ‘Round-The-Buoy Races, starting Thursday, July 22nd through Friday, July 23rd. Following on Saturday is the ‘Round-The-Island Race.
In Vineyard Haven on the weekend of the 23rd of July, Beach Road Weekend returns! Hosted in Veterans Memorial Park from Friday to Sunday, enjoy live music from jam band moe. and blues-rock band Tedeschi Trucks. Make sure to get your tickets in advance!
Starting Thursday, August 5th through August 9th, the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival will be hosted at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and the Chilmark Community Center. This series will feature 15 of the country’s leading authors over the course of 5 days, and each talk will be live-streamed so those who can’t join, can join in virtually!
That same weekend is the Chilmark Road Race, which will be virtual this year, which means you can be anywhere in the world and join in! This 5k race helps fund the Chilmark Community Center. Online registration starts June 1st.
To our delight, the Agricultural Fair is back! From August 19th - 22nd, the Fair is being hosted at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury and will be following COVID-19 safety guidelines and precautions. With food, shopping, and activities for the whole family to enjoy, the Agricultural Fair is a must every year.
We know that many of you are appreciating Martha’s Vineyard from afar and are missing the Island more than ever. We’re hopeful we’ll get to welcome back more visitors this year and that you’ll be among them. We realize that Martha’s Vineyard is an especially meaningful place and we want you to know that the Island misses you as much as you miss it! In the meantime we've rounded up a list of virtual Martha’s Vineyard happenings that are open to anyone near and far, in efforts to help you stay connected to Martha’s Vineyard while you can’t be here.
Have you been expanding your culinary skills in quarantine? Chef and caterer Jan Buhrman of Kitchen Porch Catering offers weekly cooking classes in which you can participate from the comfort of your own home. February’s flavor packed menus include Iranian Soup with Lamb Meatballs, Indian Curry Dinner, and Baked Iranian Spinach Spiced Rice. Additionally private chef Food Minded Fellow offers private virtual cooking classes on request and the Vineyard Haven Library hosts weekly cook-alongs on Wednesdays. Island Rose Cooking and Slough Farm also present regular and delicious tutorials via Zoom.
Are you on Instagram? Be sure to follow some of our talented chefs for helpful recipes and tutorials like lunch lady extraordinaire @jenny.devio, food blogger @marnely_murray, cookbook author @sarah.waldman, and cooking newsletter @cookthevineyard.
Get moving with our motivated instructors
With so many people spending more time at home hovered over a computer it’s more important than ever to get up and move! Many of Martha’s Vineyard talented yoga, dance and movement instructors offer regular ongoing virtual classes. Options include yoga through the Yoga Barn, Yoga on the Vine, West Tisbury Library, Peaked Hill Studio, Slough Farm and more. For a full round-up of in-person and virtual yoga opportunities visit marthasvineyardyoga.com. For a more high energy experience check out Salsa Suelta Cubana with popular instructor Christina Montaya through the Oak Bluffs Library.
Enjoy the music, arts and culture of the Island from near or far
Now’s the time to explore new hobbies and there’s no shortage of talented musicians on Martha’s Vineyard eager to share their expertise. The Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs Libraries present Music as Meditation a 5-week course that covers the basics of playing the ukulele or guitar and explores how music can serve as a mindfulness practice.
If art is more your thing you’ll want to explore what Featherstone Center of the Arts is streaming, including watercolor instruction, hand building pottery tutorials and more.
For the theater buffs support Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse by joining their monthly trivia events and Poetry Cafes, as well as special events and performances via Zoom. For the kiddos The Yard offers family friendly virtual fun every Saturday in February with ScreenPlay!, a non-stop interactive event, where your whole family becomes part of the story over ZOOM. Screenplay! explores movement, puppetry, theater, and the “irresistible power of being ridiculous.”
Additionally the Martha’s Vineyard Museum hosts regular online events that explore the museum’s collections, as well as virtual talks, panel discussions, readings and more culturally significant offerings.
Enjoythe films of Martha’s Vineyard’s beloved theaters from wherever where you
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center presents FILM CENTER AT HOME, an online viewing platform, which gives you the opportunity to experience world cinema from the comforts of your home, while also supporting the Film Society. As an added bonus the Film Center’s share of online tickets purchased goes directly to their employees and essential operational expenses while we wait for widespread vaccinations!
If you’ve been scrolling at home looking for something good to watch be sure to check out the film recommendations from The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, which provides a great list for viewing inspiration and where to stream titles!
Explore Martha's Vineyard this winter and enjoy the unique opportunity to truly appreciate the Island’s breathtaking natural beauty and distinctive towns. These days you can soak up the Vineyard vibe without the added stress and distraction of summer crowds. Given the considerations of social distancing it’s an ideal time to enjoy the Island and feel like you have the place all to yourself.
While some of our seasonal businesses do close, there are still more than enough shops, galleries, and restaurants open to satisfy the discerning traveler. Outdoor options abound any time of year, but the winter months open up even more options as private restrictions are lifted and access is even greater. Here’s a list of things to do on Martha’s Vineyard during the winter months that are fun, safe and COVID friendly.
Hike Our Trails. One of the best ways to tour the Island is by walking one of Martha’s Vineyard many hiking trails. From wooded paths, to open field trails, to stretches along seaside cliffs, there really is a landscape for everyone. The Island is mostly flat meaning most trails can accommodate an easy to moderate skill level. For a hike with a spectacular pay off check out Menemsha Hills reservation in Chilmark. On a clear winter day you’ll have sweeping views of the Elizabeth Islands, a chain of small islands to our north. There’s also beach access off the trail which brings you to a rocky stretch of the north shore of the Island known for its interesting rock formations and collection of abandoned lobster traps. You can easily explore Menemsha Hills and other Island conservation areas with the TrailsMV app which offers maps, directions, and detailed information about each of the Island’s public trails, and can be used without WiFi or cell service which can be spotty on-Island. If a hard copy is what you prefer you can pick up Walking Trails of Martha’s Vineyard, a pocket-sized comprehensive guide to Vineyard conservation lands includes trail maps, descriptions of the protected properties and other valuable information. The book is available at Edgartown Books and Bunch of Grapes, two Island bookstores that offer great browsing, staffed by folks who would love to see you.
Visit Island Alpaca - one of the most delightful places to visit any time of year and, as a bonus, it’s free in winter! Open daily from 10am-4pm on the border between Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven, just off the Edgartown Road, the Farm offers alpaca viewing that allows you to get up close and personal with these adorable, fuzzy, friendly animals while watching them graze and play. The Island Alpaca gift store is a must and their soft fleece products make for great souvenirs and gifts, especially their socks! Through February 2021 they are offering daily “Walk & Talks” from 11-11:30am when you can learn more about how gentle alpaca really are. $30 per person.
Support Local Restaurants. We all know the pandemic has hit restaurants particularly hard and Martha’s Vineyard restaurants could use your support more than ever. Whether you’re comfortable dining inside, outside or ordering take out there is a wide variety of options to choose from. For Tex Mex try Sharky’s in Oak Bluffs or Edgartown for take out and dine in. Beer lovers can appreciate Offshore Ale for comfort food and housemade brews. Sushi and Asian fusion selections are a-plenty at Mikado and Copperwok in Vineyard Haven. There's something delicious for every palate at both the Barn Bowl and Bistro in Oak Bluffs and Little House Cafe in Vineyard Haven. For fancier fare check out the eclectic menu of the Cardboard Box or dine alfresco underneath a heated tent at Sweet Life Cafe. For an updated list of restaurants open in real time visit whatsopenonmv.com.
Enjoy a Picnic. If you’re taking your food to go and are willing to bundle up and brave the chill to eat outside, consider having a picnic at one of the Island’s picturesque parks or beaches. Iconic Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs boasts a plethora of benches and open space for laying out a blanket. In Vineyard Haven Owen Park offers a harbor view. For additional public seats by the water, eat with a view of the Edgartown Lighthouse or nearby Edgartown harbor.
Tour Local Farms. Martha’s Vineyard is home to dozens of farms selling meat, dairy, produce and more, and many are still open in the winter months. Several local farms are situated on picturesque properties where you can sneak a peek at livestock and shop the freshest food around. A handful of our local farmstands still operate on the honor policy so be sure to bring cash for anything you might want to pick up. Take a drive up-Island and check out Grey Barn Farm, known for its award winning cheeses and farm fresh bread; Mermaid Farm known for their incredible yogurt and lassies and North Tabor Farm offers a selection of hearty winter greens.
Shop our Downtowns. While some doors are closed many remain open and the Island’s shopkeepers would be happy to see you. Main Street, Vineyard Haven is home to several year round merchants and retailers including Rainy Day for gifts, The Green Room for clothes and outerwear, CB Stark for iconic Vineyard jewelry, Louisa Gould Gallery for unique Island art, and many more. In Oak Bluffs Circuit Avenue is the main drag, and in Edgartown it’s Main Street - both noticeably quieter this time of year but still offering plenty to choose from for your next Vineyard souvenir.
Walking the Beach. This is a no-brainer. No matter the time of the year a walk along our shoreline is an absolute must. On nice winter days locals flock to some of the restricted summer beaches, including Lambert’s Cove Beach in West Tisbury and Lucy Vincent Beach in Chilmark. Be sure to enjoy a stroll on the sand while you can as these beaches and some others require resident passes in the summer and alone are worth the winter trip over.
Visit the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. If you’re planning a trip to Martha’s Vineyard and you have yet to explore the new Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Vineyard Haven you must add it to your itinerary now. This beloved facility sits in a storied building, perched above the Lagoon in Vineyard Haven, having recently completed a massive $31 million restoration project. The Museum offers sweeping water views, an impressive collection of Island history, ongoing exhibits and virtual events. Be assured that you can visit safely, as Museum occupancy has been significantly reduced and advanced reservations are required by booking a timed ticket online. Open Tuesdays – Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
Be sure to read about the Island’s updated safety precautions before traveling.
This year more than ever, we all need a little extra love. With this is mind, we’ve put together a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide focused on featuring items sold locally both in stores on Martha’s Vineyard as well as online.
Supporting our local retailers during this time is essential for their survival, and retailers have also recognized the need to pivot, as you can see how most local Martha’s Vineyard retailers have developed their online shops and e-commerce sites. So, shop for that perfect Valentine’s Day Gift within the links below, or check out where to shop your favorite Martha’s Vineyard shops online here.
Shop: CB Stark
Item: Swarovski Crystal with Pink Enamel Martha's Vineyard Necklace
A beautifully faceted Swarovski crystal set in sterling silver is incised with a delicate silhouette of Martha’s Vineyard filled with brilliant pink enamel. The famed Swarovski family has been crafting crystals in Austria since 1895.
Shop: Coastal Supply MV
Item: Top Crate Clothing - Valentine Graphic Shirt- Bless Your Heart- Long Sleeve
This relaxed, unisex fit t-shirt and tank is super cute to pair with your favorite shorts jeans and be ready to go! What a perfect layering tee to go under any flannel, sweater, cardigan or even alone! Just pair these with your favorite skinny jeans, leggings, or shorts and you've got a perfect outfit!
Shop: Cut Paper Island
Each towel is wrapped in hand stamped, unique wrapping paper. Tucked inside is a Ghirardelli white chocolate heart and a card that will be happily customized or sent blank for you to fill out!
Shop: Enchanted Chocolates
Item: Chocolate Covered Cape Cod Cranberries
Cape Cod Cranberries are coated to perfection with Enchanted Chocolates 70% cacao premium dark chocolate. You get a burst of sweet, tart, and chocolate - all in one! The ideal gift for everyone who loves chocolate!
Item: 100 Fresh Stems of Red Roses
Who wouldn’t want to receive ONE HUNDRED fresh roses on Valentine’s Day?! Support this woman-owned flower shop in Edgartown and order your flowers and gifts. The shop also has a variety of made-on-MV items that would make perfect presents!
Shop: Revive Spa by Sarka
Item: Tuilleries Rose - Roll On Perfume
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. This true rose is ever so perfect, just like its universally loved namesake flower.
Item: Sideline® Eagle Golf Jacket - Red
This Eagle Jacket is lightweight and ready for the links or the street. We also hear that it might help you think - and improves your game a little. Check out Sideline for more athletic wear, perfect for the sports fan in your life.
Shop: Stefanie Wolf Designsstefaniewolf.com/
Item: 5-Strand Necklace, Trilogy, Red
A gorgeous statement necklace of elegantly draping 'Picasso Window' glass tiles. Length of the shortest strand adjusts from 17" - 21". This is a gorgeous gift to give a loved one, and one that will stand the test of time.
Shop: Sylvie Bags
Item: Heart Pillow, Berry Cut Velvet, Vintage Mid Century
This heart pillow measures 11” high by 16” wide and is made from a luscious Vintage cut velvet, most likely manufactured in the 1960’s. The psychedelic design of the cut velvet makes this pillow appealing for a contemporary decor. These authentic mid century cut velvets have become almost extinct and this fabric is a beautiful example of mid century design. The perfect give for someone who has it all!
Item: Thanks For Being My Ride Or Die Motel Key Tag (RED)
Get your “ride or die” keychain and let them know how you really feel about them. Whether you are gifting your soulmate, business partner, or best friend, being someone’s “ride or die” is a lovely yet intense statement.
Shop: Tiny Baker Creations
Item: Bernie Valentine’s Day Card
The most timely Valentine’s Day card, hand designed on Island! Tiny Baker does it all: traces each design, uploads the art, edits it, adds text, prints, packages, and ships all from her little art studio!
Shop: Untameable Gallery
Item: Love Mask
Stay safe but still in love with these breathable Love face masks! The perfect gift for friends and family.
Happy Holidays everyone! Whether you are decking the halls and rockin’ around the Christmas tree from near or far we hope that you make Martha’s Vineyard a part of your celebration. Visit with us virtually and rekindle Island memories with the magic of shopping Island merchants online. Your purchases will be more appreciated and impactful than ever and you’ll be delighted with the unique and beautiful gifts created by our Island artists and craftspeople.
No matter where you are, be sure to browse this comprehensive list of Martha’s Vineyard online retailers. For authentic goods handcrafted by Native artisans and wampum jewelry be sure to check out The Northeast Indigenous Artists Holiday Market on Facebook through December 11, courtesy of the Aquinnah Cultural Center and the Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance. You’ll want to visit one of the Island’s newest online ventures, Martha’s Vineyard Made, which brings an assortment of locally made, Island inspired gifts, in one seamless checkout experience, plus curated gift boxes.
And, if you find yourself on Martha’s Vineyard for the holidays, here are some suggestions for unique finds, great deals, and a whole lot of Island inspired holiday cheer. Celebrate safely!
Featherstone Holiday Gift Show
Featherstone Center for the Arts is the Island’s year-round art center which provides gallery exhibits, classes and inspiration throughout all seasons. Featherstone’s Holiday Gift Show is in full effect this year, with safety restrictions in place. Shoppers can make online reservations for a 30 minute time slot for up to 6 visitors at once. The show offers 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 Center for the Arts as well!
Christmas in Edgartown
On Martha’s Vineyard December 10-13? You’ll want to be sure to head to downtown Edgartown for the 39th annual Christmas in Edgartown event, which will be magically modified this year. From shopping specials to carriage rides and more, there will be holiday merriment for the entire family.
Heather Gardens Island Made Pop Up Shop:
Heather Gardens at 377 State Road in West Tisbury is hosting over a dozen artisans and makers where you can find offerings from Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt, woodworker Chris Macleod, SRS-Grunden Pottery, textiles by Suzy Zell, Linda Alley’s homemade jams and many more. Open daily through Christmas Eve from 10 am to 5 pm.
Pop Ups in Menemsha
There are a few can’t-miss shopping spots in our beloved fishing village of Menemsha this season. Salt MV is popping up at Pandora’s Box Wednesdays and Friday through Sunday, 10 am to sunset and the Island’s newest chocolatiers, the Salt Rock Chocolate Co., will pop up at the Menemsha Deli on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 12 to 4 pm through December 19. The permanent Ruel Gallery is a must-stop, showcasing gorgeous art from Colin Ruel and jewelry from Netty Kent; plus the sought after M.V. secession flags.
Pop Up at The Workshop Gallery
The Workshop on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven offers a well curated collection of local artist goods including handmade gifts, jewelry, plants and more. Open Thursday through Saturday 10 am-5 pm through Christmas Eve.
Martha’s Vineyard Made
This new venture brings together Island-based makers and creators online, as well as the new physical showroom in Vineyard Haven. The shop is open weekends Friday 12 noon-5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm. The showroom will also be open the week before Christmas from 10 am-5 pm, including a build-your-own gift box experience on December 19 and 20. Martha’s Vineyard Made encourages shoppers to purchase items online, and offers delivery and pick up, as well as shopping by appointment.
Teddies Around Town
For years the beloved Teddy Bear Suite delighted visitors at the Harbor View Hotel, a delightful fundraiser courtesy of the MV Boys and Girls Club. While the Suite couldn’t return in the same way this year, the Teddies can still be enjoyed via a scavenger hunt throughout the storefront windows of downtown Edgartown. Check out mvteddybearsuite.com for all the details.
As we all know, the holidays are going to look differently this year, but that doesn't mean they can’t be just as delicious as always. Whether you are on Martha’s Vineyard or wherever you call home this holiday season, we wanted to share with you some delicious recipes that will bring you closer to the Island, while at the same time showcasing a few locals creating delicious content on their sites.
Martha’s Vineyard is a special place for so many people, and for those that can’t be on Island for the holidays, this list of recipes will be perfect to bring some of the Island onto your table and menu this holiday season.
Spiced Pear Bourbon
This is the perfect holiday cocktail for those looking for something that involves spices and pears, two of the season’s most delicious ingredients. Local blogger MVY Living brings this cocktail to life in her latest blog post.
Drunken Clams and Sausage
Imagine a big bowl of these Drunken Clams and Sausage as an appetizer for your holiday meal, wouldn’t that be delightful? Head to a local seafood market and pick up the fresh clams, and then make sure to secure some incredible Island sausage, which you can find at farms like Grey Barn and Morning Glory Farm.
Sumac, Paprika, and Garlic Sea Salt Brined Turkey and Gravy
Bring an actual taste of Martha’s Vineyard into your homes this holiday season by cooking with Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt. This recipe brines and roasts a turkey, but you can use the same technique to make a lovely roast chicken with the same flavors and results.
Twice Baked Boursin Potatoes
Every holiday table needs potatoes, and local food blogger and chef Marnely brings us this simple recipe for potatoes that are cheesy and delicious. Use whatever creamy cheese you have available locally, and find potatoes popping up at most farmer’s markets and farm stands.
Maple Roasted Delicata Squash
Such a seasonal ingredient, you can recreate this recipe at home with deliciously local New England maple syrup and local squash.
The holidays are all about treating ourselves and our loved ones, and nothing is more delicious than a simple and rich chocolate cake. This recipe from local cookbook author Sarah Waldman, is just the thing you need to get through the holidays. Need a local chocolate to use in this recipe? Try Not Your Sugar Mamas!
Have you ever considered a visit to Martha’s Vineyard for the holidays? Or even a staycation in another home if you’re already here? We know the holidays are going to look a lot different this year but they can still be extra special, and nowhere more so than Martha’s Vineyard. We love the idea of cozying up in a Vineyard vacation rental home, bundling up for a winter walk along the beach, and sipping hot chocolate in an up-Island retreat with no one in sight. Or strolling along North Water Street in Edgartown enjoying all the stately captain's homes potentially blanketed under some winter snow? (This place is gorgeous in the summer but you should see how picturesque it is with a dusting of that pretty white stuff sprinkled on top!)
Now’s the time to enjoy the peace and serenity that this season on Martha’s Vineyard allows. For the locals it’s our favorite time of year, a quieter pace, but as beautiful as ever. And now with COVID, we are most appreciative of the vast open space and reduced crowds, which our fall and winter visitors are grateful for too. If you’re looking to retreat to an island hideaway this holiday, here are some lovely homes available for you and your closest family or friends to enjoy, whether you’re coming to stay or just want a change of scenery on-Island.
Traveling to Martha’s Vineyard? Be sure to read the latest COVID safety guidelines here.
Winter Waterfront Oasis on Sengekontacket Pond
If you want: Open space, seclusion and water views
This charming Edgartown home is situated in an idyllic private wooded setting on Sengekontacket Pond, one of the largest salt-water ponds on Martha's Vineyard. The deck looks out over Major's Cove to Felix Neck Sanctuary across the water and Nantucket Sound a mile away.
Stay warm beside the working fireplace and enjoy the cathedral ceilings in the living, the dining room, and the kitchen. The home is fully furnished with four bedrooms, three of which have water views. The home sits in an association noted for its quiet, safety, and charm.
Stately Captain Spring House by Vineyard Haven Harbor
If you want: Accessibility, entertainment and en-suites for all.
With sweeping views of Vineyard Haven Harbor, this recently built in-town luxury home combines commanding water views with a sophisticated and stylish living space. The main floor of Captain Spring House features an open Great Room designed for entertaining, with living and dining areas, plus a large Gourmet Kitchen that would make Christmas dinner easier than ever!
All four of the bedrooms feature full marble baths with tub and shower, and flat screen TVs, perfect for a small group of friends to stay together while also having privacy. The views get even better on the third floor Penthouse Lounge boasting two large mahogany sun decks, both of which face the harbor.
Then there is the Home Theater and a Pool Room Lounge complete with a tournament pool table. Talk about location! The Captain Spring House sits quietly on a side street, just a block from downtown Vineyard Haven, walking distance to the Steamship Authority Ferry, and local restaurants, and retail shops.
Luxurious South Beach Getaway
If you want: A ton of shared gathering and entertaining space.
This modern farmhouse near South Beach has been luxuriously renovated throughout the Main House, connected Carriage House, and outdoor spaces. The first floor features a hub of interconnected living and entertaining areas, making it the perfect gathering spot for those closest to you.
The chef’s kitchen boasts stainless appliances, granite counters, dining area, and two prep counter/breakfast bars for the enjoyable meals together. The kitchen also opens into the lounge area for easy entertaining, complete with a wine refrigerator and a beverage refrigerator, plus additional seating. With 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths there’s ample room for everyone!
Coastal Contemporary in the Heart of Edgartown Village
If you want: All that Edgartown has to offer, including grand views.
Tucked away in Edgartown Village, this contemporary coastal-style home sits atop a knoll that enjoys water views across Edgartown Harbor. The property includes a four bedroom Main House and a separate one bedroom Guest House suite.
The Main House is bright and open, with many areas for relaxing and entertaining, including living room, sun room, open chef’s kitchen and sitting area, media room, and the third story nautically-inspired crow’s nest with grand views across Edgartown Harbor. The cottage-style Guest House has its own full bath for additional privacy.
Captain’s Cottages at the Harbor View Hotel
If you want: A short walk to the Edgartown Lighthouse & all the amenities of a hotel.
Sprinkled along a lovely walkway at the Harbor View Hotel, the Captain’s Cottages exude an individual charm fit for a fairy tale. Inside, they display the finest of luxe comfort and amenities. Glossy white, fresh wicker, nautical stripes and upscale furnishings accent a classic New England ambience.
Varying floor plans offer many options ranging from one to three bedrooms with kitchenettes. There are eight cottages with 28 cottage units. All prize personal privacy with access to all of the resort’s services.
Farm House at Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center
If you want: A tranquil, rural setting amid a stunning horse farm up-Island.
In the middle of an active horse farm, this elegant and gracious 5000 Sq. Ft home is perfect for a large gathering of family and friends. Misty Meadows Farm sits on 5.5 acres of stunning surroundings including a Gunite pool, extensive gardens, enclosed courtyard with a patio, lawn and deck. This property abuts 20 acres of protected Sheriffs Meadow Property, including Nat's Farm, expanse of field, meadow, oak woods and pasture. The interior of the house is extremely well appointed and comfortable, including an updated Chef's Kitchen, and all the amenities needed to enjoy a rustic retreat for your Martha's Vineyard holiday stay. Interested parties can email Flanders Real Estate at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-645-2632.
Spacious and sunny showstopper in Katama
If you want: Fun-filled family meals and ample entertaining space
Surrounded by sliding glass doors and large windows, this light filled house sets the tone for a relaxing Vineyard vacation. The large family room with soaring ceilings is the anchor for this open floor plan with kitchen and dining area setting the mood for fun-filled family meals and entertaining. The decor is crisp and modern with a nod towards our nautical surroundings.
This 4 bedroom, 2 and half bath home sleeps 10. It boasts a modern décor, a master bedroom on the first floor, and all the amenities you would need for a vacation on the island, in any season.
In-town luxury in the heart of Edgartown Village
If you want: Walking distance to downtown Edgartown for holiday shopping and strolling
This house offers four luxurious bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms, two dens and a media room. The first floor features a chefs kitchen with easy access to the dining room that leads to the sitting room and porch with views of the backyard and pool. The first floor master is en suite with access to the back porch. Second floor master is also en suite. The remaining two bedrooms with hall bathroom are on the second floor.
Den/office with powder room provides an addition space for guests. In-season pool and hot tub are in the backyard with a private cabana with wet bar, refrigerator and bathroom. This house is just blocks from main street, bike path and all the wonderful shops and restaurants that Edgartown Village has to offer.
We may not be able to enjoy large family gatherings for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah this year, but these celebrations can still be made special by joining those closest to you during a winter stay on 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 safe travel here be sure to check out the latest COVID-19 guidelines and browse our list of open and available hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts that are committed to providing you with a clean, safe and 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 $575 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 Charlotte Inn is also home to The Terrace, its on-site restaurant, which celebrates classic French fine dining, and is offering a classic four course Thanksgiving meal
The Christopher Hotel - From now through the end of November, the Christopher Hotel, a breezy boutique Edgartown Hotel, is offering an all-inclusive November Fall ‘n Fun Package. This special allows you to explore the Island in style with a Jeep rental for your entire stay and also includes an in-room Grey Barn Farm cheese-tasting amenity, a Morning Glory Farm lunch picnic, a tasting flight at Bad Martha's Brewery, local chowder and handcrafted beverage coasters from Chilmark Pottery to take home.
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 several holiday specials and savings between now and the end of the year.
Hob Knob Luxury Boutique Hotel - If you’re visiting for Christmas in Edgartown, December 10-13, consider a stay at the Hob Knob Hotel, an elegant, charming property in a classic Gothic Revival inn, just steps from Edgartown Village and the iconic Edgartown Lighthouse. Hob Knob’s impeccable hospitality, modern amenities, charming décor, and convenient location allow guests to experience firsthand the leisurely seaside lifestyle that attracts people from all over the world to Martha’s Vineyard.
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.
Fall and winter are seasons when we want to feed ourselves and our loved ones rich, nourishing, and comforting foods. Whether it’s a casual pizza and beer in an outdoor beer garden or a takeout meal from one of our local Island restaurants, these delicious foodie experiences and offerings will make you happy while staying safe.
Bad Martha’s Beer Garden
Bad Martha in Edgartown is open this fall Thursdays 12 noon to 9pm and Friday, Saturday, and Sundays 11am until 9pm. They have plenty of outdoor space in their beer garden and serve delicious cheese and charcuterie plates, as well as pizzas that you can order for eating in or taking home. Pair that with delicious and locally brewed beer, and you’ve got yourself a delightful time.
Chilmark Tavern Takeout
An Island favorite, Chilmark Tavern has been doing takeout for a bit now and they are a delicious option on those days you don’t want to cook at home. They also just recently started offering a down Island delivery service for which they will meet you at the airport, to save you on the drive up Island!
Craving tacos? Dilly’s is currently open for take-out and indoor dining Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30am to 9pm, offering $3 Street Tacos Tuesday-Friday 4-7pm: Chicken or Pork Street Style with Cilantro & Onion garnished with a lime (dine-in only). With its "Build It Yourself" style menu, Dilly’s is also a great spot to pick up tacos to enjoy at home. You can't go wrong choosing one of their five protein options prepared with their own house-made marinades, or if you'd prefer, their freshly roasted vegetables. From there, they offer countless toppings to ensure the flavor profile or spice level is exactly how you want it!
Eat with Austin & Maura
New and noteworthy is this venture by two local food entrepreneurs and chefs, Austin and Maura. They will be cooking takeout meals from the PA Club in Oak Bluffs, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4pm-8pm. You can view the weekly menu on their Instagram page. Supporting these local initiatives is a great way to be a part of the community, while staying safe and getting takeout!
These naturally fermented bagels are handmade on Martha’s Vineyard with toppings sourced from local farmers and fishermen. Follow them on instagram @fantzyebagels for news on their next sales.
Great Harbor Market
Great Harbor Market in Edgartown offers fresh salads, hot and cold sandwiches and amazing Brazilian specialties all year long. Located inside the Mobil Gas Station in Edgartown, it has a great variety of takeout meals. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or just some snacks, this market is creating freshly made meals on a daily basis. Make sure to try their breads and baked goods - such a tasty delight!
Juice by the Sea
Nourish your body with raw artisan juices and an extensive plant-based menu crafted from locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Featuring a full gluten-free and vegan menu, organic coffee and espresso bar, pastry case filled with decadent desserts, and an array of juices and wellness tonics. Juice by the Sea is a woman-owned business that nurtures our bodies from the inside.
You can order breakfast and lunch in person as well as phoning it in Monday through Saturday, 8am-2pm. Their seasonally made items are always a delight; please make sure to read their updates on how things are working regarding COVID.
The Pawnee House
Oak Bluffs is quite the place to eat and drink, and this new venture is called the Pawnee House, where 30% of the menu is plant based, but their main focus is comfort food. It’s a cozy place, with open windows and a menu that has something for everyone. They offer brunch on the weekends and do great takeout meals as well.
Please remember it is mandatory to wear a mask when outside of your home in Massachusetts. You are allowed to remove your mask when sitting at a table dining in a restaurant. For the most up to date information, please check: https://www.mvy.com/covid19.html
You don’t need to be on Martha’s Vineyard to give the gift of the Island! Several of your favorite Island retailers have their goods available online for a virtual and contactless shopping experience, and we know they would love your support. We’re asking everyone who loves Martha’s Vineyard to put their money where their heart is this holiday.
Just because you might not get to shop on-Island doesn’t mean you can’t shop with the Island in mind. From iconic Vineyard jewelry to eclectic home furnishings and even gift cards for future use, let Martha’s Vineyard business owners know you’re thinking of them whether you’re near or far.
Here are just some of our favorite Island retail stores where you can purchase online:
Soft as a Grape: Who doesn’t love a super soft and cozy Vineyard sweatshirt? Especially these days when our go-to wardrobe staples are more casual than ever. Choose from iconic t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants from Soft as a Grape, plus check out their new face mask designs too.
The Green Room: This beloved clothing and hard-goods shop on Main Street, Vineyard Haven has some of the highest quality threads on-Island, selling big name brands like Patagonia, Yeti, Free People and more. It’s a fabulously curated store and their online shop is just as impressive, capturing the essence of Island style, comfort and durability.
CB Stark Jewelers: From hip and casual to upscale and elegant, CB Stark Jewelers is renowned on Martha's Vineyard and beyond. Check out their iconic Island inspired charms, featuring uniquely Vineyard charms like a Mocha Mott’s Coffee Cup, town signs, the Ocean Park Gazebo, Edgartown Lighthouse and more.
Stefanie Wolf Designs: This Edgartown based jewelry studio is adored for its vibrant, elegant designs and distinctive colorful glass beads, culled from the owner’s travels across the globe. The studio is open to visitors year-round, and the webstore is too, with a robust inventory of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, accessories and more.
Eats & Sweets
Enchanted Chocolates: This Oak Bluffs chocolate shop produces some pretty magical confections that we just can’t get enough of. Try their aptly named “Stoner Food” dark chocolate and caramel covered pretzel rods topped with their famous "Almond Butter Crunch" crumbles and Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt. Their treats are sure to make your holidays extra sweet and this season's smaller gatherings, you’ll have more to yourself too!
Chilmark Coffee: Coffee lovers rejoice! You don’t need to be in Chilmark to score Chilmark Coffee. Local coffee guru Todd Christy brought his signature blends online for all to enjoy, no matter where you are sipping on it. Choose from favorites like the light roast Ethiopia blend or the dark roast Squibnocket Rocket. 2020 has been full of countless uncertainties but one thing’s for sure, this coffee is incredible and should be shared far and wide!
Housewares & Home Goods
Coastal Supply Company: Formally Refabulous Decor, this Island gem is situated on Union Street in Vineyard Haven just steps from the Steamship Authority terminal. If you’ve never visited you’re missing out, but thanks to their well thought out webstore you can score their coastal decor, local art and jewelry 24/7.
Rainy Day: We could actually spend all day in this store (rain or shine), but in today’s times we’re happy to be able to sit home and scroll the thoughtful selections of this Island gem. From accessories to bath and body products, books and puzzles, to greeting cards and candles galore there is something for everyone on your list at Rainy Day.
A Little Bit of Everything
Martha’s Vineyard Made: Martha’s Vineyard is known for its talented artists and now you can shop from several of the Island’s most talented makers all in one place! Just launched, Martha’s Vineyard Made offers an assortment of locally made, Island inspired gifts, and one seamless checkout experience. Choose from individual products or specially curated sets and gift boxes and hit all the notes while supporting local Vineyard artists this holiday.
Chicken Alley Thrift Shop: If you’ve ever visited the go-to thrift store on-Island there’s no way you left empty handed, and now that Chicken Alley has gone online late night shopping binges have never been more dangerous. Browse funky vintage Island finds, artwork, jewelry, and trinkets galore, all while benefiting Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.
Everybody Loves Gift Certificates!
Seriously everyone. Plus a gift certificate gives the recipient something to look forward to and we could all use more of that excitement in 2020. Not to mention a gift card purchase is a boost to the vendor you’re buying from and our local businesses will appreciate it.
The Martha’s Vineyard Bank makes it easy to support multiple businesses at once through their new LIFT certificate program. LIFT is an online store featuring discounted gift certificates from several Martha’s Vineyard based businesses, making it a one-stop shop for those who love Martha’s Vineyard and want to shop where their heart is.
LIFT features discounted gift certificates from local lodging, restaurants, artists and retailers. Shoppers have access to exclusive discounts not offered elsewhere. The site is powered by Martha’s Vineyard Bank—at no cost to merchants and has generated over $460,000 in merchant revenue to date since launching earlier this year.
If we didn’t mention your favorite Island retailer be sure to look them up, contact them and see how you can make a purchase there this holiday, even if it means picking up the phone and getting a FaceTime tour of the store. Our small businesses will thank you.
Thanksgiving might not be as big and boisterous this year, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be delicious. Whether you’re choosing to safely visit Martha’s Vineyard for the holiday or you call the Island home, we can assume you’ll appreciate comfort food more than ever this year - we know we will!
In anticipation of the holiday we’ve rounded up some of the most mouthwatering Thanksgiving offerings on Martha’s Vineyard that we could find. From dine-in, to take-out, from where to get a whole bird to everything but … and of course desserts too. Check out these delectable dining options and be guaranteed a flavorful Thanksgiving on Martha’s Vineyard.
The Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven offers one of the more casual in-person dining options, and the most affordable. Enjoy all the fixins' of a homemade Thanksgiving dinner while taking in the picturesque Vineyard Haven harbor from the cozy Tavern. The Black Dog's traditional three course Thanksgiving dinner boasts savory selections like Ginger Pumpkin Bisque and Candied Yams, plus bakery-made pie, of course! Seatings are at 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm, $46/person ($20 for kids 12 and under). Take-out meals are also available and orders must be placed before November 24th. Call 508-693-9223 for reservations or to place an order.
Bettini at the Harborview Hotel is offering a delicious four course Thanksgiving Dinner and welcomes Thanksgiving to-go orders from anyone local or staying on Martha’s Vineyard during the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy savory, herb-roasted turkey, served with all the traditional sides: creamy mashed potatoes, sausage and roasted apple stuffing, crispy Brussels sprouts and sweet potato gratin to name a few. Finish with homemade pie of course, all while savoring the taste of home with a breathtaking view of Edgartown Harbor and Lighthouse.
Seatings available from 11am – 5:30pm; $115 per adult ($35 for children 12 and under). Take-out is available with the bird and all the fixings or with everything but the bird. Call 508-627-3761 or email Bettini@harborviewhotel.com. Make Thanksgiving weekend even more special by exploring historic Edgartown by horse and buggy with their horse-drawn carriage rides!
Dining at the Terrace at the Charlotte Inn is like stepping back in time, and what could be a better way to pay homage to our ancestors this Thanksgiving than by enjoying a traditional gourmet Thanksgiving dinner at this historic Edgartown gem. The Terrace will be offering a classic four course meal with the option of a roasted Misty Knoll Farm turkey breast & braised leg, mashed potatoes, sage stuffing, sweet potato, caramelized Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce and gravy. If you’re looking for a less traditional option, they’re offering Citrus Cured Baked Faroe Island Salmon or a Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs and of course, pie. They’re now taking reservations from 3-7pm by calling 508-627-6227.
This year’s Thanksgiving take-out menus on Martha’s Vineyard are plentiful and oh so impressive. Our local restaurants are really stepping up to make sure Thanksgiving 2020 is still extra special at home despite this year’s restrictions. Here are some menu highlights and offerings that are making us extra hungry:
Black Sheep Mercantile: Brie in Puff Pastry with Cranberry Chutney and Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon & Shallots.
Offerings: a selection of breads, sides, apps, turkey, chicken, dessert.
Chilmark Tavern: Vegan Mashed Parsnip and Celery Root and Roasted Squash Soup with Pepitas and Crispy Sage.
Offerings: salads, soups, sides, turkey, ham, accompaniments, dessert.
Juice by the Sea Vegan Cafe: Kale & Spinach with Cranberry, Orange and Pistachio, and Raw Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Turtle Topping.
Offerings: appetizers, mains, desserts, all vegan, gluten-free and made with no refined sugar.
Katama General Store: Creamed Local Kale with Nutmeg and Local Shiitake & Fennel Sausage Stuffing.
Offerings: baked goods, sides, appetizers, turkey, dessert.
Life at Humphrey’s: Apple Galette and Roasted Butternut Squash.
Offerings: sides, turkey, sweets.
Little House Cafe: Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Carrots.
Offerings: everything but the turkey.
Morning Glory Farm: Farm Roasted Rainbow Beets and Cranberry Apple Sage Stuffing.
Offerings: uncooked turkey, soup, sides, quiche, pies, breads, cheese platters, centerpieces.
Salvatore’s Ristorante Italiano: Four Cheese Tortellini con Pesto and Pappardelle Filetto di Manzo.
Offerings: family-style appetizers, pasta specials, wine and dessert.
Scottish Bakehouse: Linguica, Apple & Corn Stuffing and Cheddar and Scallion Biscuits.
Offerings: soup, salads, sides, turkey, breads.
Sweet Bites: Brazilian Chicken Croquettes and Brown Sugar Glazed Baby Carrots.
Offerings: appetizers, side dishes, turkey, dessert.
*Be sure to call the restaurant directly in advance to place your order! Pre-order dates and pick up times vary.
If you’re up for cooking at home but want to secure a farm fresh turkey check out:
Let’s be honest we’re all in it for the dessert, right? Nothing completes Thanksgiving dinner quite like an expertly prepared pie and Orange Peel Bakery in Aquinnah, Morning Glory Farm in Edgartown, and Pie Chicks in Vineyard Haven have you covered. If it’s fudge your craving Murdick’s Fudge in Edgartown will be open November 23rd to November 30th, plus it makes great holiday gifts! Donut lovers can rejoice in knowing that while the Back Door Donuts bakery has closed for the season they are still accepting holiday pre-orders for their beloved apple fritters, donuts and cakes for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Visit Martha’s Vineyard. We hope you enjoy a safe holiday with those closest to you. We’re extra thankful for you this year!
The word “ART” encompasses so many types of activities and creativity - from art displayed in galleries, to glass-blowing, jewelry making, pottery, screen printing, photography, metalwork, and behind-the-scenes looks at artist studios, the list goes on and on. Throw culinary and literary arts into the mix, and you have a week’s worth of events and places to discover. Have you booked your fall stay yet?
While Martha's Vineyard is home to a vibrant year-round arts community, fall is a particularly special time to embrace the arts and culture that abound. As the weather cools, crowds lessen and inspiration thrives. If you're used to visiting the island in the summer and soaking up sun on our island beaches we challenge you to rethink your Vineyard visit and come see us during the autumn when you’ll discover all that our local artists and arts organizations have to offer, despite COVID.
Come and Fall for the Arts on Martha's Vineyard!
From outdoor concerts to book signings, free yoga classes, fundraisers and lectures, there is lots going on this fall on Martha’s Vineyard! Check out our arts calendar that is updated weekly for events and new and exciting things to do. There are hundreds of talented artists and makers on Martha’s Vineyard who would love your support! Click here to browse a directory of island artists and local art organizations to see all they have to offer.
If you're on Martha's Vineyard, or able to get here and are comfortable exploring in-person, we've mapped out those galleries, showrooms, theaters and venues that would be happy to have you.
If you’re not on island, there are still many virtual events and sites to visit. Check out the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Youtube Channel. The Martha's Vineyard Museum inspires all people to discover, explore, and strengthen their connections to this island and its diverse heritage, all from the comfort of your computer!
Galleries such as The Granary, North Water Gallery, and The Field Gallery, all have 3D Virtual Gallery Tours on their websites and bring a full gallery experience to you. Explore new works, shop for gifts, or just be inspired in the comfort of your home. Another fun activity you can do from your home kitchen is enter the Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt Recipe Contest! Details can be found here.
Though the weather has cooled, the island remains a gorgeous and vibrant destination where the slower pace lets you to savor the many things to do, eat, drink, and explore! Add to that the many local artists and businesses to support this fall, a trip to Martha’s Vineyard should certainly top your bucket list for the season!
We know it can be difficult to plan meals on vacation when you have dietary restrictions, especially when you’re gluten free. There is nothing worse than missing out on delicious food experiences because of a food intolerance! Thankfully, there are many restaurants that can accommodate gluten free diners here on Martha’s Vineyard.
Whether you’re looking for a quick snack, take-out, baked goods or a fantastic sit-down dinner, we have the perfect spots in mind with incredible gluten free offerings. Here are our favorites!
The Covington in Edgartown
The Covington is THE place to eat if you have a gluten dietary restriction. Located on Main Street, this restaurant is in the heart of town. But with a patio and pergola area, outdoor diners are immersed in a beautiful garden that separates customers from the bustling Main Street.
Local vegetables are found in many of The Covington’s plates. Almost all of their offerings can be made gluten free - the menu delineates every ingredient and common allergens to assure diners can safely enjoy their meals. Be sure to try any of their pasta dishes, or if you’re into seafood, order the halibut. Finish off the night with their decadent flourless chocolate cake. We promise, you will not be disappointed.
l’etoile in Edgartown
l’etoile is another great restaurant in Edgartown that has some incredible gluten free offerings. Situated off North Water Street, the restaurant accommodates outdoor diners in a beautiful tented space, decorated with lights that truly make you feel like you’re eating under the stars.
The menu designates all gluten free plates with a “gf” symbol. Among these options are a warm baby spinach salad, char-grilled Spanish octopus, vegetable gazpacho, pan-roasted duck breast, grilled Australian lamb rack chops and a 13-oz. ribeye steak. There is definitely something for everyone!
The Dunes Restaurant at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Edgartown
Seaside dining with gluten free options? Count us in. Head over to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort for the best of both worlds at The Dunes. Start dinner with a bowl of clam chowder or the Cobb Salad, and the Thai salmon or grilled swordfish are musts! And after you enjoy your gluten free meal, be sure to head down to South Beach for an evening stroll to take in the beauty of the Island shore!
Garde East in Vineyard Haven
Looking for a fine dining experience with plenty of gluten free options in Vineyard Haven? Look no further than Garde East. Inspired by French cuisine, the restaurant works with local fishermen, farmers and artisans to offer tasting menus with six courses (that’s right, six!). This is a true Martha’s Vineyard experience for diners– all while enjoying an unbelievable porch with rare views of Vineyard Haven harbor.
Dilly’s Taqueria in Oak Bluffs
Craving a fantastic Mexican dinner? Check out Dilly’s Taqueria located on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs. When ordering, there are two gluten free bases to choose from: white corn tortilla tacos or a rice bowl. These can then be filled with egg, roasted veggies, pollo asada (chicken), pulled pork, carne asada (steak) or blackened mahi mahi. There are plenty of additional toppings to pile on as well!
Nomans in Oak Bluffs
Nomans has quickly become one of the most popular summer hang-out spots this season. And even better, they offer plenty of gluten free options on their menu! Our favorites have been the acai bowl, green goddess salad, poke bowl, chicken tenders and fries. Go for the food, stay for the laid-back vibe and be sure to try out any of their signature cocktails made with Nomans-made rum. We promise you will have a great time!
Chilmark General Store in Chilmark
Looking for the best gluten free pizza on the Island? Well, while this topic is highly debated across the Island, we can definitely say that the Chilmark General Store’s gluten free cauliflower pizza is towards the top of the list. The 10-inch crust is an option for any existing pizza on the menu or you can create your own with countless toppings to choose from. Enjoy your pizza on the famed front porch or take it to go and check out some of the most beautiful up-island beaches.
Pie Chicks in Vineyard Haven
Pie Chick’s motto is “If you can tell it’s gluten free we won’t sell it.” This makes them the perfect place to pick up gluten free desserts – and they’ll taste just like an original pie! Pie Chick’s pies are made with an oat crumble topping and all the classic flavors: apple, blueberry, cherry, strawberry rhubarb, triple berry, and peach. Be sure to check out their website to see the flavor of the day! Gluten free cookies, granola and scones are also available to order.
Back Door Donuts in Oak Bluffs
This is a late-night experience you don’t want to miss! Back Door Donuts’ famous purple back door is located in a discreet supermarket parking lot. During the day, you would never guess that at night the lot is lined up with people craving a late-night treat. For gluten free options, be sure to call ahead to ask what flavors are offered. Typically, they will have Boston cream, chocolate frosted or powdered donuts available for gluten free customers.
More comfortable staying in? Many of our private chefs can customize a gluten free meal for you in the privacy of your own home.
Who’s to say your dog can’t enjoy dining out on Martha’s Vineyard with you? The Island is extremely dog friendly and you don’t have to leave your furry friend at home. You can bring them on the ferry and many hotels allow for dogs too. When it comes to dining with dogs, there are several outdoor eateries on the Island that will allow your (leashed and well behaved) pooch to join you for a meal!
As the result of restaurants all over the Island adopting social distancing guidelines, additional outdoor seating for you and Fido has become available - even at restaurants where dogs weren’t allowed prior to this season! Here’s where to enjoy outdoor dining with dogs on Martha’s Vineyard.
Waterside Market in Vineyard Haven
Located on Main Street, Waterside Market is the go-to spot for breakfast and lunch. The market allows customers to sit with their dogs outside on its beautiful patio, so you and your fluffy friend can take in views of the charming town of Vineyard Haven together!
The Net Result in Vineyard Haven
Looking for some incredible seafood in Vineyard Haven? The Net Result is the place. With all the seafood you can imagine (sushi too!) plus classic take-out options, this establishment has been deeply-rooted in Vineyard history for generations. The outdoor picnic tables are a great spot to enjoy classic Island fare with you pup!
Porto Pizza in Vineyard Haven
Bring your dog along for a pizza night at Porto Pizza in Vineyard Haven! Just across the street from the Steamship Authority ferry dock, Porto Pizza is a convenient lunch or dinner stop upon arriving to the Island, and the pizza is sure to please. After dinner take a stroll along Owen Park Beach, which your dog is sure to love!
Nomans in Oak Bluffs
Located outside of downtown Oak Bluffs, Nomans is the perfect place for a secluded, laid-back vibe. Enjoy one of their signature rum drinks or stay for a meal out on their expansive lawn. Dogs can enjoy the fantastic atmosphere with you out on the patio. This is definitely a fun place to be - with or without your pup.
Coop de Ville in Oak Bluffs
Heading into Oak Bluffs? Coop de Ville is a fun spot right on the harbor that allows dogs in their outdoor seating! With beautiful views of the harbor, you and your pup can sit and watch the boats pass by all day long.
Lookout Tavern in Oak Bluffs
Another fantastic spot conveniently located in Oak Bluffs that also allows dogs outside, is the Lookout Tavern. As the name suggests, customers can look out at the Vineyard Sound and watch the ferries come in and out of the Oak Bluffs pier. With just about anything you can think of on the menu (even sushi!), there is something for everyone at the Lookout!
The Seafood Shanty in Edgartown
For the first time, this famous restaurant in downtown Edgartown is allowing dogs to dine outdoors with their owners thanks to newly added, and expanded, outdoor seating. Now the new seating, located right on the sidewalk in front of the building, accommodates dog owners for the unparalleled experience of dining right on Edgartown harbor!
Town Bar and Grill in Edgartown
One of the newer restaurants in Edgartown, Town Bar and Grill not only allows dogs, but encourages them! They’ve got a great outdoor setup with views of Upper Main Street and a fantastic menu with something for everyone and a fun, casual vibe!
Bad Martha in Edgartown
Escape the craziness of downtown Edgartown in Bad Martha Beer’s beautiful outdoor pergola. Surrounded by Donoroma’s Nursery, diners are immersed in a garden of plants and flowers that is simply picturesque. Enjoy locally brewed beer, flatbread pizza and cheese and veggie boards, all while hanging out with your dog!
This summer on Martha’s Vineyard might look a little different from others, but there’s still plenty to do and enjoy safely. Given the nature of our small Island community, our resources are inherently limited, and we are taking necessary precautions and social distancing very seriously to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors. To comply with social distancing guidelines, people are finding new (and safe) ways to have fun and make the best of this unprecedented season.
Keeping you informed for MV Summer 2020
Heading into one of our bustling downtowns? Expect a few changes: Edgartown has blocked off several parking spots and sections of streets to accommodate more outdoor seating at restaurants including The Port Hunter, The Wharf, Rockfish and The Atlantic. This allows more tables distanced to comply with social distancing guidelines. Be prepared - masks are required when walking through Edgartown.
Moving along to Oak Bluffs, where the ‘MV Masquerade’ is held on Sundays. Every week, Circuit and Kennebec avenues (the main “drags” located just steps from the harbor and the Steamship Authority’s Oak Bluffs ferry terminal) are closed to car traffic, allowing pedestrians to safely walk the streets, while shops and restaurants utilize sidewalk space. To maximize safety, masks are required as you walk through town, and social distancing is in effect - the same as is true for Vineyard Haven.
What to do?
Although movie theaters are limiting their offerings this summer, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival teamed up with the local YMCA to open up the Vineyard’s Summer Drive-In. The drive-in is giving us serious retro vibes and allows for socially-distanced, friendly outdoor entertainment. Thus far the series has featured summer favorites including Jaws, Finding Nemo, Moana and The Wizard of Oz, with more hit movies scheduled through the summer. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, the YMCA, the Island Food Pantry and the Vineyard House. Additionally, The Martha's Vineyard Film Society has partnered with Featherstone Center for the Arts for Tuesday night movie nights outdoors on their beautiful campus.
The West Tisbury Farmers Market, another summer favorite, has also seen adjustments in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. The market has relocated to the Ag Hall this summer, allowing more space for market-goers to safely browse through their favorite local vendors. The stands are organized in a circular formation and shoppers are required to follow the clockwise walking directions for extra safety. The West Tisbury Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 12pm.
For adventure seekers, nature lovers, families, couples, and anyone eager to get outside, Martha’s Vineyard is just the place to get away to! The Island, even though small, is mighty in terms of diverse ecosystems that co-exist. Beaches are obvious, but in between those beach days, Martha’s Vineyard has hiking trails along rolling hills, salt marshes, forest, along with freshwater and marine ecosystems. Spend a day floating on a kayak, or paddle board into the night while exploring the island. Plenty of water sports abound, and most of them are paired alongside educational tours where fun and learning go hand in hand. If you’re looking for outdoor wellness activities, Martha’s Vineyard has lots to offer – between beach fitness classes, trail running, biking, and Alpaca yoga, this island offers us many open-space options. With families being eager to get outside, now truly is the best time to breath in the crisp Vineyard air.
The Island offers a diverse list of activities to do outdoors, and we are more than happy to have non-profit organizations like Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation with their TrailsMV phone app that allows you to easily view and explore island trails, the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank with their properties open daily from sunrise to sundown (except during deer hunting season), and The Trustees of Martha’s Vineyard, with their ever-changing program of outdoor activities are all a must. These organizations make it easy to connect with nature and breathe the fresh air the island has to offer.
1. Explore the Hiking Trails: walking, running, walking or hiking our island trails is such a fun pastime and one that makes us all feel better almost instantly. With dozens off walkable trails on Martha’s Vineyard, choose a different one to explore every week!
2. Go for a Bike Ride: cycling, whether as a family or on your own, is a great way to get outside and get a workout! If you don’t have a bike, you can rent one by the hour/day/week at any of our local island bicycle shops.
3. Plan a Picnic: a great way to support local island businesses is to order a picnic lunch! Most places like local markets and restaurants can prepare a takeout picnic order of things like sandwiches, chips, and the likes. Just bring your own blanket and choose a local park or beach to picnic on!
4. Have a Scavenger Hunt: a scavenger hunt can be anything you would like it to be and is for ages 2-100! Make it simple enough for the young kids in identifying items in nature like leaves, bugs, rocks, etc. or make it complicated for the older ones by having the scavenger hunt focused on bird species, a variety of trees, etc!
5. Go Stargazing: not every outdoor activity has to take place during the day! As long as you are safe, stargazing is such a cool activity to do and the perfect way to relax your mind before bed. Slow down and watch the stars!
6. Hit up the Farmers Market! This season, the popular West Tisbury Farmers Market is being held on the grounds of the Ag Hall, where the Ag Fair has traditionally been. This sprawling space allows guests to continue to support the Vineyard’s vibrant farming community, with options ranging from the obvious – fresh produce, pies, breads, and other baked goods – to the truly unique-to-MV items, like Grey Barn Farm cheeses, MV Seasalt, and Enchanted Chocolates, all offering small-batch, Island-made and grown products.
7. Go Horseback Riding: there are a few island barns that work to share their horses for riding lessons and the like. If equestrian adventures are what you are looking for, this is the island to do it on!
8. Go Geocaching: we are still not 100% sure we understand what geocaching is, but it seems to be all the rage with the people that do understand it! For those of you like us, here’s a definition for it: “Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.” Apparently, there are many on the island!
9. Camp Under the Stars: want to really do something out of the box? Camp outdoors! As the weather warms up, it’s such a fun activity to do with kids of all ages, or maybe as a solo activity to reconnect with yourself and nature. Set up a tent, tell scary stories, stargaze - so much fun! Make sure to use caution, only camp overnight on your own property, and be aware of any bugs or wild animals.
10. Go on a Photography Adventure: anyone can do this, because we all carry a camera in our pockets - our phone! Head out with your phone or actual camera and explore one of our gorgeous island towns. Set a theme - maybe you’ll capture photos of blooming flowers, beach scenes, lighthouses, or anything else that catches your eye! It’s a great way to capture memories!
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