Summer is officially here, so to the Vineyard we go! Whether you’re a beach bum, foodie, or enjoy arts and culture, there is something on island for you.
Is it your first visit to Martha’s Vineyard? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of what to do, where to eat, and where to stay to make planning your trip a breeze. All you’ve got to do is book your flight.
What To Do:
- Rent a Bike- There’s no better way to explore the island than on two wheels! Rent a bike, and ride from Oak Bluffs to Vineyard Haven. The ride is only about 6 miles, and the route is easy, relatively flat, and boasts some amazing ocean views. On your ride, be sure to stop at “Jaws Bridge” and Edgartown Harbor Light House.
- Explore Up-Island- Rent a jeep, take the top off, and drive up to Menemsha. Stop for lunch at the Menemsha Fish Market for quite possibly the freshest lobster roll and oysters you’ve ever had. After lunch, head over to Gay Head to explore the clay cliffs then take the walking trail to Moshup Beach.
- Take in the Culture- For a small island, Martha’s Vineyard is packed with arts, culture, and history. Not only are there dozens of public galleries, but there are also many museums, shows, and concerts you can go to. Discover the interesting stories of Martha’s Vineyard’s history at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum or catch a show with the Martha’s Vineyard Concert Series.
Where To Eat:
- Martha’s Vineyard Gourmet Cafe & Bakery- First and foremost, you must visit the Martha’s Vineyard Gourmet Cafe & Bakery, better known as Back Door Donuts after dark. A visit to Martha’s Vineyard is incomplete without fresh doughnuts and an apple fritter the size of your face.
- Offshore Ale House- For a casual dinner in Oak Bluffs, stop into Offshore Ale House for a casual meal, where you can throw your peanut shells on the floor while trying local beers.
- Détente- A local hidden gem, Détente creates magic out of a small kitchen. This is a great spot for a romantic date, but also perfect for just sitting at the bar and trying a couple small plates.
- Garde East- Enjoy dinner in a casual yet elegant setting while overlooking the harbor at Vineyard Haven’s Garde East. If you’re a seafood and wine lover, this is the place for you, with the freshest catches and a wine program featuring over 400 French and American labels.
Where to Stay:
- Summercamp– Formerly the Wesley Hotel, this new boutique hotel is a nod to the past. Summercamp takes a whimsical spin on “camp.” Grab a snack from the Camp Canteen, enjoy beautiful harbor views, or play Twister in the game room.
- Nobnocket Boutique– This newer bed and breakfast in Vineyard Haven is not only luxurious, but cozy and feels like home. They provide a complimentary gourmet breakfast (served in bed, might we add), including local Chilmark Coffee and Martha’s Vineyard Homemade jams, have bikes available for guests, massage services, and is just a walk to town.
- Harbor View Hotel- Overlooking the beautiful Edgartown Lighthouse, the Harbor View Hotel is the perfect hotel for families. Just because it’s family-friendly, don’t be fooled! It is is luxurious and offers amazing accommodations and dining options.
For more ideas for your Martha’s Vineyard trip, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce is a great place to start. Now that you’ve got the inside scoop about the best of the best on the island, all that’s left is to book your flight.
With Cape Air’s fast and frequent flights, getting to Martha’s Vineyard is a breeze. Take a quick flight from Boston, Hyannis, New Bedford, White Plains/New York City, or Nantucket and be in vacation mode in just minutes.
To check flight schedules and book your trip, visit www.capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR.