A Time To Remember

Visiting Martha's Vineyard

The beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard is a must see if you haven’t had the pleasure of strolling North and South Water Street in Edgartown, viewing all the big beautiful houses that once belonged to old whaling captains or seeing the Gingerbread Cottages in Oak Bluffs, formerly called “Cottage City”. This small island is home to 15,000 islanders year round and in the summer that number grows to be more than 100,000 visitors that are coming and going. The island is known for its beautiful landscaped lawns, charming homes, elegant restaurants, quaint inns and gorgeous beaches.The Vineyard has a lot to offer during any time of the year. There are many activities that will keep you and your family busy from sun up to sun down. Whether you are spending a week, weekend, or coming for just the day, you will have plenty to keep you busy. Start with seeing the spectacular sites of the Vineyard on bike, then why not stop for lunch and try one of the many fabulous restaurants that offer delicious seafood. After that you will enjoy getting to know the history behind this precious island and its many historical landmarks. Your days and nights will be filled with delight as you familiarize yourself with this devastatingly beautiful island.

The island consists of 6 small towns including Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah. The natural landscape that surrounds each town is something to be appreciated. The untouched areas “up island” are truly one of the prettiest sites that you will ever see. From the colorful cliffs of Aquinnah, to the greenest of green fields, to the pearly white beaches the island is truly a rare beauty. The island has a fragrance all its own also and everywhere you go you will smell the beach roses that line the narrow roads mixed with the slight scent of the ocean breeze. Your island trip to the island will be one of your family’s treasured memories.



Some of the “ Sites to see” in Edgartown;

  • The beautiful old whaling captain homes on North and South Water Street.
  • The Edgartown Light House.
  • Cannon Ball Park
  • State Beach where they shot the movie “Jaws”
  • Felix Neck Wild Life Sanctuary
  • Some of the “Sites to see “ in Oak Bluffs;
  • The Flying Horses
  • The Gingerbread Cottages located in the Tabernacle
  • The Gazebo
  • The East Chop Light House
  • Martha’s Vineyard Skateboard Park
  • Some of the “Sites to see” in Tisbury
  • The Famous Black Dog Restaurant
  • The West Chop Light House
  • Some of the “Sites to see” in Aquinnah
  • The “Gay Head” Lighthouse
  • The “Gay Head” Cliffs
  • Some of the “Sites to see” in Chilmark
  • Lucy Vincent Beach

Websites for the following locations;

Helpful websites;

Steamship Authority www.steamshipauthority.com/ssa/sa.cfm

Vineyard Transit www.vineyardtransit.com

If you are planning a trip to the island here are some tips you may want to consider;

*You can use the Steamship Authority located in Woodshole, MA to get to the island, boats run about every hour on the hour.

*If you are using the Steamship Authority and you are planning to take your car over to the island, you need to make reservations in advance. Keep in mind that summers on the Vineyard are very busy and sometimes reservations for a vehicle need to be made well in advance, if you are traveling during the islands off season vehicle reservations on the Steamship Authority are much easier to come by.

If you are unable to schedule a reservation for your vehicle; consider being just a passenger on the boat and remember you can always rent bikes or a car once you are there. Also, keep in mind that there is a Transit system on the island and buses run on an average every 15 minutes.

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