Vineyard Haven, a community within the town of Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard, and previously known as “Nobnocket” by the Wampanoag people, and then as Holmes Hole by the first settlers, is a port town on island that receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, as well as being home to thousands of local islanders that live here year round.
Take the Steamship Authority Ferry into Vineyard Haven Harbor and step onto the most bustling town on Martha’s Vineyard, which is also a state-designated cultural district. The energy that Vineyard Haven exudes is catching and soon you’ll understand why people keep coming back for more.
Start with breakfast at any of the following places - we’ve also listed a few suggestions on what to order!
Now, on to exploring Vineyard Haven and all it has to offer! Start with some local shopping - we love this blog by local boutique inn, the Nobnocket, where they list a few shopping favorites in Vineyard Haven. Main Street Vineyard Haven is packed to the brim with shops, restaurants, and cafes, there really is something for everyone. And if you’re an arts & culture lover, grab a copy of the Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District map from the Visitors Center at the Chamber of Commerce.
And on the note of coffee, this little town is also home to some incredible spots to grab coffee:
Browse the offerings at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, the historic Capawock Theater operating since 1913, or Martha’s Vineyard Film Center - and possibly catch a show before leaving the island, it’s one of our favorite activities! Walk down Williams Street and check out historical whaling captains’ houses, relax at Owen Park, take a longer walk around West Chop for gorgeous views of the waters and one of the island’s lighthouses, or just relax watching the boats come and go on Vineyard Haven Harbor. Whatever you choose to do in VH, we know you’ll have a fantastic day!
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