It might take a few extra steps to get here, but it really is easier than you think.
Because Martha’s Vineyard is an island, the first thing you need to do is figure out how you’re getting here. And you’ve got two choices: boat or plane, unless you plan on swimming.
Year-round ferry service is provided 365 days by the Steamship Authority in Woods Hole (a charming little village in Cape Cod, MA), and they are the only ferry service that is equipped to bring vehicles over to the Island – so if you plan on having your car with you, you must reserve a space with the Steamship Authority well in advance of your trip, since there is only a limited number of cars that can come over on each ferry.
Looking for more exclusive travel options? Private car service is a great stress-free option to whisk you away to any of the ferry terminals on your own schedule. Private boat charters can be booked with Beamish Charters, Island Time Charters, Plan-Sea Adventures, and Redhead Charters. Private air travel can be booked with Tradewind Aviation, which operates a shuttle service between Martha's Vineyard and White Plains, NY, along with its private charter service; and Jannus Air, which operates an on-demand air charter seasonally to and from Martha's Vineyard for travel throughout New England and the Northeast.
Now that you know how you’re going to get here, your next step is to decide which town to stay in. Martha’s Vineyard has six small towns, each with their own distinctive personality, attractions, stories, and varieties of places to stay. The three port towns of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown are easily accessible and have concentrated town centers easy to explore on your own by foot. The three other towns are more rural and are located “Up Island,” and are perfect for those looking for an even quieter getaway. Learn more about each town by visiting our Towns Page. The Island offers so many lovely overnight accommodations to choose from. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the choices, let one of our Reservation Services help. For no charge to you, they’ll help you find a great place to stay!