The vineyard is a magical place. Anyone who's ever been here knows that. And while some might think that a drop in temperatures means a drop in action, that's simply not true. There are so many great things to do on the island in the winter — and certain things you can only do on martha's vineyard in the winter.
january kicks off the year with the mvy radio big chili contest, now in its 28th year. Take the chill out of winter with the hottest of the hot, or warm up with a milder chili — there’s something for all taste buds. And getting here is simple! JUMP On the ferry and then hop on a free bus that takes you right to the event in oak bluffs. The day heats up with live musical performances and a full bar, so why not stay the night? Visit our calendar page for more details, and our stay here page to find the perfect overnight accommodations.
this february, hit the ground running at the 17th annual martha’s vineyard 20 miler road race. The race has been named one of the top 100 races by new england runner magazine, and the course covers some of the most beautiful terrain on the island. Starting at vineyard haven harbor, passing by the gingerbread cottages in oak bluffs, winding along the beach barrier between nantucket sound and a 700-acre pond, crossing over island farmland, and trekking through the state forrest, it’s like running and site seeing all at the same time! Join over 500 registered runners of all levels, or stake your spot along the route to cheer them on. Book your hotel reservations early by visiting our stay here page, and find the perfect place for an after-run meal at our dine here page.
The winter winds down but the silver screen blows up with the martha's vineyard film festival in march. Kicking off its 14th year, the film festival draws thousands of movie lovers, buffs, and critics alike — all viewing some of the best independent films of our time. Movie goers from around the globe come to enjoy this fun winter event, which gets the island buzzing with creative energy. It’s a great time to visit martha’s vineyard in the winter, but book your stay early and make your dinner reservations soon — because the island will be hopping that weekend! Visit our get here page, our stay here page, and our dine here page to best plan your trip.
Come on over, and see why we say the island’s “off season” is actually on.
See you on the Vineyard!
Martha’s Vineyard is a special place anytime of the year, including the Winter — the season that allows you to fall in love with the Island “without her makeup on,” and to grow a true appreciation for all she has to offer.The community of Martha’s Vineyard is rich in arts, culture, and history, and that carries on throughout the year. On any given Winter day, there are art classes to take, independent movies to see, theater productions to enjoy, live music to hear, and museums and galleries to stroll. Check out our Calendar, Museum, and Arts, Culture, and Entertainment pages for more info.
The natural beauty of the Island is far from stark in the Winter. In fact, Winter is a great time to really see the land of Martha’s Vineyard. With seemingly endless hiking trails that meander through fields, woods, marshlands, and along ponds, bluffs, and beaches, hiking on the Island is popular in the Winter — as is snowshoeing and cross-country skiing when snow falls. Visit our Hiking page for more info.
You can also enjoy other great outdoorsy activities in the Winter here. Take a tour at one of the working year-round farms on the Island; join a group for bird watching (there are over 120 species here in the Winter!); take a country drive down Island roads; or catch a magnificent Winter sunset over the water. Throw on an extra layer, and you’re all set — the Island is generally 8 – 12 degrees warmer than Boston! Visit our Calendar, Birding, and Farm pages for more information.
Prefer to stay inside? We’ve got you covered. Pamper yourself with a luxurious massage, facial, or specialty service from one of the beloved Island spas. Enjoy a hot toddy at a warm Island bar. Cozy on up to a fireplace at numerous Island hotels and inns. Treat yourself to a locally produced meal at a delicious Island restaurant. Check out our Spa, Dine Here, and Stay Here pages for more information.
Have you been to Martha’s Vineyard during the Winter? What’s your favorite thing to do? I made a snowperson on the beach last weekend, pictured above.
Grab your coat, and we’ll see you in the Vineyard!
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