Martha's Vineyard Guide
Getting Around Martha's Vineyard
Aboard the Island Queen Ferry
There are many different ferries you can take to get to Martha’s Vineyard from the mainland. Some places you can take the ferry from are Falmouth, Hyannis, Quinnset, RI, and Woods Hole. You can also take a ferry from Nantucket if you are coming from there. If you have a car with you, you can actually take it with you on the Steamship Authority ferry from Woods Hole. Since we were coming from Providence, RI we ended up driving to Woods Hole and taking the Island Queen ferry to Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard. There is a ferry almost every hour both ways, so I bought the tickets on my phone and it was super easy. They even have coffee and some beer/wine on the ferry. Just make sure you arrive on time because the ferry pulls out at exactly the time it says it’s going to leave.
Where To Go In Martha's Vineyard
Something I didn’t realize until going to Martha’s Vineyard is that although it is a small island, there are a few different towns on the island. Each part of the island has a different feel to it and is known for specific things. In this Martha's Vineyard travel guide, I'm going to break down what to do in each area of the island.
(Some of the cute shops in Edgartown below)
Things To Do In Martha's Vineyard
- Aquinnah, MA – If you have a car, you should go see Gay Head, now known as Aquinnah, because it offers stunning views of the ocean and iconic red clay cliffs.
- Shopping in Edgartown - Spend an afternoon strolling around downtown taking in the local shops and getting some ice cream.
- Gingerbread houses in Oak Bluffs - Again, if you have a car, these houses are worth the drive to see.
- Charter a sailboat from Vineyard Haven for a sunset cruise
- Memensha – Get some fresh seafood and go eat it on a picnic table watching the sunset in the quaint fishing village of Chillmark, MA.
- American Legion Memorial Bridge – Go see the iconic bridge where the famous Jaws scene was filmed.
Where To Eat In Martha's Vineyard
Where To Eat In Edgartown
Where To Eat In Vineyard Haven
Where To Stay In Martha's Vineyard
If you're looking for a luxurious and relaxing stay in Martha's Vineyard, the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown is the perfect choice. The hotel boasts stunning views of the harbor and offers easy access to many of the island's top attractions. Including beaches, shops, and restaurants. The rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated, with comfortable beds and modern amenities. The hotel's on-site restaurant, Water Street, serves delicious cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. Guests can also enjoy the hotel's outdoor pool, fitness center, and spa services. With its prime location and top-notch amenities, the Harbor View Hotel is the ultimate destination for a memorable Martha's Vineyard getaway.
A quick story about our experience staying in Martha's Vineyard:
While I wish I could tell you all about our lovely accommodations in Martha’s Vineyard, unfortunately I cannot. I could write a novel about our experience in the Airbnb I booked, but I’ll spare you the details. Let’s just say, I thought I found a steal when I booked an Airbnb located on a sailboat. The reviews painted a dreamy picture of sipping cocktails with their husbands watching the beautiful sunset over the water while chatting with the world-traveler Airbnb host about his adventures and how he gives back to villages in Haiti.
Reality check: It was raining and dark, nowhere to sit and enjoy the wine we brought, and just a super odd experience with the Airbnb host and his lady “helper”. Oh and there was a bad storm that night. So we were up till 3am, both rolling with the waves and crashing into the walls of our own twin beds all night. Let’s just say seasickness and a toilet that doesn’t flush don’t mix well. We arrived to the sailboat with no sleep or shower the night before and left even worse off. For some visuals and laughs, check out my Vlog on Youtube here. I promise you won’t regret it!
Best Time To Go To Martha's Vineyard
The best time to visit Martha's Vineyard is during the summer months, from June to August. This is when the weather is warm and sunny. So it's perfect for outdoor activities such as beach-going, hiking, and biking. Additionally, many of the island's attractions and events are open during this time. Including the famous Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair and the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival. However, it's important to note that summer is also the busiest time on the island, with crowds and higher prices. For a quieter and more affordable experience, consider visiting in the shoulder seasons of May or September, when the weather is still pleasant and the crowds have thinned out.
Martha's Vineyard Outfit Inspo
As always, I hope you find this useful when planning a trip to Martha’s Vineyard!
Comment below and let me know your favorite places on the island and if you love any of my recommendations, I would love to hear about your experience!