Discovering historic Martha’s Vineyard is something that should be on every retiree’s travel bucket list. Not only is this New England island quaint and peaceful, but there is so much to do while here.
Some might say that getting to the island is “a hassle,” when in reality you can just walk on a ferry in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and be on island in 45 minutes flat, over calm seas that greet you as you ride along. Once you arrive on Martha’s Vineyard, we have created a great list of suggestions for senior travelers seen below - for both relaxed seniors as well as active seniors. As the senior population in the US grows, we more and more travelers above 65 years of age looking to experience the world after working all their lives, and Martha’s Vineyard has so much to offer! Here are some suggestions:
Book a relaxing inn, like Isabelle’s Beach House in Oak Bluffs, the Nobnocket in Vineyard Haven, or the Hob Knob in Edgartown.
While you can definitely explore the island in 12 hours, we always recommend taking a weekend or a few days during the week to really get to know MV. Book a few nights in a bed and breakfast and you’ll have a home base to come back to and relax after every day.
Take an island tour
Whether you’re here for a day or longer, you want to be sure you don’t miss anything Martha’s Vineyard has to offer. Some of the easiest ways to do that is with a tour! Whether it be a guided tour on a bus or a in a van, or a self-guided walking tour, a history tour, or even a food tour, you can be sure you get the best sample of everything Martha's Vineyard. Find all available tours on our TOURS page by clicking here.
Schedule a massage
Because it’s all about relaxing! And the island has dozens of spas that will cater to your every need. Whether you need reflexology, a full body massage, a hot stone pedicure, or acupuncture - Martha's Vineyard has it all! Check out some of our faves here.
Go on a kayak or paddle board adventure
If you’re looking for a water adventure, there are numerous options on the island, and they don't disappoint! From paddle board adventures at the Aquinnah Cliffs, to relaxing paddle-board yoga, to sunset kayak tours, getting on the water is a great way to enjoy Martha's Vineyard
Visit the Martha’s Vineyard Museum
Their mission is “to inspire all people to discover, explore, and strengthen their connections to this Island and its diverse heritage”, which we love because you’ll learn so much about our island with just one visit!
Browse a local bookstore
Nothing better than supporting a small & independent bookstore, and the island has a few great ones, like Edgartown Books and Bunches of Grapes in Vineyard Haven!
Watch a movie with the Martha's Vineyard Film Society
With so many new movies coming out, the film society theater is just the place to watch them - the space is gorgeous and perfect for a rainy day of movie watching.
Visit the Carnegie and explore the island’s history
The Carnegie serves as Vineyard Trust’s flagship landmark and the starting point for historic walking tours of the Trust’s other Edgartown properties.
Go golfing at one of the island’s golf courses
Golfing has to be on of the best pastimes on island - and it’s very accessible if you set it up with enough time. After all, it's one of President Obama's favorite pastimes on MV! Courses like Farm Neck Golf, Edgartown Golf, and Mink Meadows are great options.
Sit on the beach and read a book!
This one is the easiest - don’t do a thing but relax on one of our many beaches while reading or watching the waves come in! You’ve earned it!
Want more suggestions, or have questions about retiree travel to Martha's Vineyard? Call us! We're happy to help. 508-693-0085 ext.0
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