Martha's Vineyard offers spectacular beaches, historic villages, pristine natural settings, and a wide range of shopping, restaurants and entertainment. While spanning nine miles wide, twenty-three miles long and located just seven miles off the Cape Cod coastline, it is one of the largest islands in New England. This unique community consists of six towns; each offering their own distinctive character and worldly charm.


AQUINNAH (FORMERLY "GAY HEAD")

Before the arrival of English colonists, Aquinnah was inhabited by the Wampanoag, a Native American people, related to the larger Algonquin Nation of Southern New England. First settled by English colonists in 1669, it was officially separated from Chilmark and incorporated in 1870 as Gay Head, Massachusetts. In 1997, by popular vote of 79 to 76, the town changed its name to Aquinnah, which is Wampanoag for "land under the hill." Throughout its history, the town has been home to a Wampanoag community and controls tribal lands in the town. The most outstanding feature this small town has is its brightly colored clay cliffs.
Things to do & see...

  • Gay Head Cliffs
  • Gay Head Lighthouse
  • The Outermost Inn for dinner or an overnight escape
  • Lobsterville Beach

CHILMARK

Chilmark was first settled in 1660 by James Allen, William Peabody and Lt. Josiah Standish (son of Captain Myles Standish) in the southern portion of Tisbury. The town officially incorporated on September 14, 1694, the first town to separate from the two original towns of Tisbury and Edgartown. Today the town is mostly residential, with a small working harbor along the Vineyard Sound side of the town.
Things to do & see...

  • Menemsha, including Menemsha Harbor (popular sunset-watching location), Menemsha Pond (popular for sailing or kayaking) and "Squid Row."
  • Lucy Vincent Beach
  • Tiasquam River
  • Menemsha Hills Reservation
  • The Chilmark Community Center
  • Beetlebung Corners
  • Great Rock Bight Preserve
  • Martha's Vineyard Land Bank, property. Has a handicapped-accessible, shady, wide, level walking trail with benches, you can stop and admire the views of Vineyard Sound and the Elizabeth Islands. A more challenging and steeper trail leads to a sheltered bay where the, so called Great Rock stands in front of a sandy beach.

EDGARTOWN

Edgartown is an old whaling town that re-emerged in the 20th century as a summer sailing and beach town. It is characterized by 18th and 19th century homes, including well-preserved whaling captains' homes and historic churches.
Things to do & see...

  • Edgartown Harbor and Edgartown Lighthouse
  • The Whaling Church run by the Martha's Vineyard Historic Preservation Society
  • Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary run by the Massachusetts Audubon Society
  • Katama, including South Beach and Katama Airfield
  • Chappaquiddick - including the ferry, Mytoi, the Dyke Bridge, Wasque, and Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge and Lighthouse.


OAK BLUFFS


Originally incorporated in 1880 as Cottage City, Oak Bluffs is home to many historical and nationally recognized landmarks. The Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, located in the center of Town offers a unique experience for visitors. Consisting of hundreds of imaginative and colorful gingerbread cottages containing the most perfectly preserved collection of Carpenter Gothic style architecture in the world. These truly unique Victorian "gingerbread" cottages are just a stone's throw from the famed Tabernacle.
Things to do & see...

  • Steamship Authority wharf (seasonal transportation to Woods Hole, and New Bedford, Massachusetts)
  • Oak Bluffs Harbor (year-round transportation to Falmouth, Massachusetts and seasonal transportation to Hyannis and Nantucket, Massachusetts, Quonset Point, Rhode Island)
  • The Flying Horses Carousel (the oldest operating carousel in the United States)
  • Circuit Avenue, and the Island and Strand Theatres
  • The Wesleyan Grove, also known as the Martha's Vineyard Camp meeting Association (MVCMA) or "The Campgrounds," including an elaborate collection of over 350 gingerbread cottages which encircle the Methodist Tabernacle that serves as the center point of the community
  • Ocean Park, Hiawatha Park, and Viera Park
  • Farm Neck Golf Course
  • State Beach and the Inkwell beach (setting for the movie The Inkwell)
  • Manuel F. Correllus State Forest
  • The East Chop Lighthouse
  • The Barn Bowl & Bistro – bowling alley & casual family dining
  • Jump off Jaws Bridge at State Beach, a rite of passage for most tourists

WEST TISBURY

West Tisbury was first settled by English settlers in 1669 as part of the town of Tisbury. The town was officially incorporated in 1892, the last town on Martha's Vineyard to be incorporated. Despite its separation from Tisbury, the original settlement of the town is still located in West Tisbury. Historically, it has been the agricultural heartland of the island.
Things to do & see...

  • The Martha's Vineyard Airport
  • Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary
  • The Grange Hall
  • Alley's General Store
  • Lambert's Cove (including Lambert's Cove Beach and Seth's Pond) and Makonikey
  • Long Point Wildlife Refuge - 600+ acres of beach, dunes, woodlands, and walking trails

VINEYARD HAVEN (TISBURY)

Known by the original Wampanoag inhabitants as Nobnocket, this area was first referred to by the colonial settlers as Homes Hole; "Homes" from a Wampanoag term for "old man," and "Hole" meaning a sheltered inlet. In 1871 the village officially changed its name to Vineyard Haven. Though the name Vineyard Haven technically refers only to one section of the town of Tisbury, the names are used interchangeably, with Vineyard Haven now being a commonly used title for the whole town. Vineyard Haven is the main port of entry to Martha's Vineyard.
Things to do & see...

  • Steamship Authority wharf (year-round transportation to Woods Hole, MA)
  • Owen Park and Legion Field
  • Lake Tashmoo, including Tashmoo Overlook and Tashmoo Opening
  • Lagoon Pond
  • The Black Dog Restaurant, Bakery and General Store
  • The Capawock Theatre
  • West Chop, including the West Chop Lighthouse
  • Martha's Vineyard Shipyard (150 years of history)
  • The Katharine Cornell Theatre
  • The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center

 

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Directions to the Steamship Authority Ferry Terminal in Woods Hole
Terminal Address - 1 Cowdry Road Woods Hole, MA 02543
Parking lot address – 228 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, MA 02540

From New York City: To Woods Hole - Route I-95 to Providence, RI I-195 East to Wareham, MA Cape Cod, Exit 22A Cape Cod and the Islands to Route 495/25 East, follow across the Bourne Bridge and then follow Route 28 to Falmouth and Woods Hole. Distance from New York City: Approximately 261 miles.

From Boston: To Woods Hole - Route 3 (Southeast Expressway) to the Sagamore Bridge, Route 6 West to Buzzards Bay and cross the Bourne Bridge, follow Route 28 to Falmouth and Woods Hole. Alternate Route: Follow Route 128 to Route 24 South, follow 24 to Route 495/25 East, take 25 to Buzzards Bay, cross the Bourne Bridge and follow Route 28 to Falmouth and Woods Hole. Distance from Boston: Approximately 75 miles.
From Points in Western Massachusetts: To Woods Hole - Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 11A, Route 495 South; follow 495 / Route 25 East, across the Bourne Bridge, follow Route 28 to Falmouth and Woods Hole

From Hyannis to Woods Hole: Take Route 28 West to New Seabury Rotary in Mashpee. Circle the rotary and take your third right to pick up and continue onto Route 28 towards Falmouth Center. Proceed towards the town on Route 28 to the traffic light intersection at Jones Road and Route 28. Before the lights you will see one of our green directional signs pointing the way. At the lights, turn right onto Jones Road. Continue straight on Jones Road to the second set of lights (intersection of Jones Road and Palmer Avenue) and then turn left onto Palmer Avenue. Proceed to end of road and turn right onto Woods Hole Road. Follow to Woods Hole.

Miscellaneous Driving Distances

  • Woods Hole to Hyannis: Approximately 26 miles (about 40-45 minutes)
  • Boston to Woods Hole: Approximately 75 miles
  • Providence to Woods Hole or Hyannis: approximately 70 miles
  • Allow sufficient time for traffic in summer months, also on Southeast Expressway, Route 3, from Boston area


TRAVEL BY FERRY

Steamship Authority from Woods Hole
(The only vehicle ferry)
https://www.steamshipauthority.com

On Martha's Vineyard call: 508-693-9130
Central Reservations: 508-477-8600
Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs, Year-round, Passengers & Cars, 45 minute trip, RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR CARS.

The Island Queen from Falmouth to Oak Bluffs
(Passengers Only)
Service to Oak Bluffs
http://islandqueen.com | 508-548-4800
30-minute trip.

Falmouth Edgartown Ferry: "The Pied Piper"
(Passengers Only)
Service to Memorial Wharf, Edgartown
http://www.falmouthedgartownferry.com | 508-548-9400
RESERVATIONS STONGLY RECOMMENDED

New Bedford Fast Ferry
(Passengers Only)
Service to Oak Bluffs
http://seastreak.com | 866-453-6800
Service from New Bedford, 1-hour trip.

Quonset Point RI Fast Ferry (Passengers Only)
Service to Oak Bluffs
http://www.vineyardfastferry.com  | 401-295-4040
90-minute trip

TRAVEL BY AIR

Cape Air
Service from Westchester, Providence, Boston, New Bedford, and Hyannis to MV Airport | West Tisbury, MA
800-227-3247 | https://www.capeair.com 

US Airways Express from LaGuardia
800-428-4322

JetBlue from JFK
800-jet-blue

Linear Air Taxi from Boston and NYC
844-201-4702 | http://fly.linearair.com/boston

Shoreline Aviation
781-834-4928 | http://www.shorelineaviation.net/marthas-vineyard-air-charters

Tradewind Aviation LLC from White Plains, NY to MV
800-376-7922 | 203-267-3305
charter@tradewindaviation.com

 

ACTIVITIES

HIKING  

Martha's Vineyard Land Bank
167 Main Street
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
508-627-7141 – contact for walking trails

Sheriff's Meadow Foundation
57 David Avenue
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
508-693-5201 – contact for walking trails

 

FISHING

Martha's Vineyard Annual Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby- September
http://www.mvderby.com/

Great Harbour Sport Fishing Charters, Edgartown
508-627-2128
http://www.vineyardfishing.com

Menemsha Blues Charters, Chilmark
508-645-3778
http://www.menemshabluescharters.com

Tomahawk Charters, Aquinnah
508-645-3201
http://www.tomahawkcharters.com


GOLF-PUBLIC

Farm Neck Golf Club
County Road
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
508-693-3057
http://www.farmneck.net

Mink Meadows Golf Club
320 Golf Club Road
Vineyard Haven, MA
508-693-0600
http://www.minkmeadowsgc.com


GOLF-PRIVATE

Vineyard Golf Club
72 Club House Lane
Edgartown, MA 02539
508-627-8930
http://www.vineyardgolf.com

Edgartown Golf Club
71 Curtis Lane
Edgartown, MA 02539
508-627-5343
http://edgartowngolfclub.com

 
TENNIS-PUBLIC

Edgartown
Robinson Road

Oak Bluffs
Niantic Avenue

Vineyard Haven
Church Street
Lake Street

West Tisbury
Old County Road

Vineyard Youth Tennis
618 Airport Road
Vineyard Haven, MA
508-693-7762

 
TENNIS-PRIVATE

Boathouse/Field Club
16 Field Club Lane
Edgartown, MA 02539
508.627.3535

Mattakesett Properties and Tennis Club
270 Katama Road
Edgartown, MA 02539
508-627-9506


Farm Neck Golf Club
County Road
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
508-693-3560

 
HORSEBACK RIDING

Pond View Farm
New Lane
West Tisbury, MA 02575
508-693-2949
http://pondviewfarmmv.com

Arrowhead Farm
174 Indian Hill Road
West Tisbury, MA 02575
508-693-8831
http://arrowheadfarm.net

Red Pony Farm
85 Red Pony Road
West Tisbury, MA 02575
508-693-3788
http://redponyfarmmv.com

 
SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN

The Farm Institute, Katama
508-627-7077
http://www.farminstitute.org

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary–Fern & Feather Day Camp, Edgartown
508-627-4850
Ages 4-18
http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/felix-neck

Featherstone Center for the Arts Summer Programs – Oak Bluffs
508-693-1850
Ages 7 to 12
http://www.featherstoneart.org

Martha’s Vineyard Sharks – Summer Baseball Clinics – MVRHS
860-817-3803
Ages 12 & under
http://www.mvsharks.com/view/mvsharks/summer-clinics

Sail MV – Teaching Water Safety, Maritime History and Sailing
508-696-7644
Ages 8+
http://www.sailmv.com


PRIVATE CLUBS

Boathouse/Field Club
16 Field Club Lane
Edgartown, MA 02539
508-627-3535

Edgartown Yacht Club
1 Dock Street
Edgartown, MA 02539
508-627-4361

Chappaquiddick Beach Club
37 Chappaquiddick Road
Edgartown, MA 02539
508-627-8221

Martha's Vineyard Rod & Gun Club
1799 The Boulevard
Edgartown, MA 02539
508-627-3537

East Chop Beach Club
72 East Chop Drive
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
508-696-7716

West Chop Beach Club
162 Iroquois Avenue
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
508-693-1005

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

ART GALLERIES

Aquinnah
Gay Head Gallery

32 State Road
508-645-2776
http://www.gayheadgallery.com

Chilmark
Gossamer Gallery

24 South Road
508-645-7978

Kara Taylor Gallery
24 South Road
http://www.karataylorart.com/gallery

Edgartown
The Christina Gallery

32 North Water Street
508-627-8794
http://www.christina.com

Debra Gaines Fine Art Gallery
56 Eel Pond Lane
508-627-9989
http://www.debragaines.com

Edgartown Art Gallery @ The Charlotte Inn
27 South Summer Street
508-627-6227
http://edgartownartgallery.com

Eisenhauer Gallery
38 North Water Street
508-627-7003
http://eisenhauergallery.com

Heidi White
8 Main Street
508-627-6006
http://heidiwhitehome.com

North Water Gallery
27 North Water Street
508-627-8296
http://www.northwatergallery.com

Willoughby's
12 North Water Street
508-627-3369
http://willoughbyfineartgallery.com

Oak Bluffs
Alison Shaw Gallery
88 Dukes County Avenue
508-696-7429
http://alisonshaw.com

Cousen Rose Gallery
71 Upper Circuit Avenue
508-693-6656
http://cousenrose.com/homepage.html

Featherstone Center for the Arts
Barnes Road
508-693-1850
http://www.featherstoneart.org/Home

Gallery Josephine
91 Dukes County Avenue
508-687-0187
http://galleryjosephine.com

Island Images
57 Circuit Avenue
508-696-7772
http://www.islandimagesmv.com

Vineyard Haven
Island Art Gallery-Kennedy Studios
66 Main Street
508-693-3948
http://www.kennedystudiosmv.com

Louisa Gould Gallery
54 Main Street
508-693-7373
http://www.louisagould.com/gallery/

Seaworthy Gallery
34 Beach Road
508-693-0153
http://seaworthygallerymv.info

The Peter Simon Gallery
54 Main Street
http://www.petersimon.com/the-simon-gallery/

West Tisbury
Davis House Gallery
985 State Road
508-693-4691

The Field Gallery & Sculpture Garden
1050 State Road
508-693-5595
http://www.fieldgallery.com

The Granary Gallery at the Red Barn
636 Old County Road, West Tisbury
508-693-0455
http://granarygallery.com

Hermine Merel Smith Fine Art
548 Edgartown Road, West Tisbury
508-693-7719
http://www.hermine-merel-smith.com

Martha's Vineyard Glassworks
683 State Road, West Tisbury
508-693-6026
http://www.mvglassworks.com

MUSEUMS

Cottage Museum, MVCA
1 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs
508-693-7784
http://www.mvcma.org/museum-shop

Martha's Vineyard Museum
59 School Street, Edgartown
508-627-4441
http://www.mvmuseum.org

Polly Hill Arboretum
809 State Road, West Tisbury
508-693-9426
http://www.pollyhillarboretum.org/

MOVIE THEATERS

The Capawock Theatre
43 Main Street, Vineyard Haven
508-627-6689
http://mvfilmsociety.com

The Strand Theater
11 Oak Bluffs Avenue, Oak Bluffs
508-693-8300
http://mvfilmsociety.com

The MV Film Center
79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven
508-696-9369
http://mvfilmsociety.com

Entertainment Cinemas
65 Main Street, Edgartown
508-627-8008
http://www.entertainmentcinemas.com/locations/edgartown


BOWLING ALLEY

The Barn Bowl & Bistro – Oak Bluffs
13 Uncas Avenue
508-696-9800
http://thebarnmv.com


RESTAURANTS

CHILMARK

Home Port Restaurant - BYOB
512 North Road
508.645.2679

The Bite – take out
29 Basin Road
508.645.9239

Menemsha Fish Market
54 Basin Road
508-645-2282

The Galley – take out
12 Fenner Way
508.645.9819

Chilmark Tavern - BYOB
9 State Road
508-645-9400
 
EDGARTOWN

Alchemy
71 Main Street
508-627-9999

Among the Flowers Cafe
17 Mayhew Lane
508-627-3233

Atlantic Fish & Chop House
2 Main Street
508-627-7001

Atria
137 Main Street
508-627-5850

Black Sheep Charcuterie
18 North Summer Street
508-939-4082

Detente
3 Nevin Square
508-627-8810

Chesca's
38 North Water Street
508-627-1234

The Grill on Main
227 Upper Main Street
508-627-8344

Isola
19 Church Street
774-549-9428

L'Etoile
22 North Water Street
508-627-5187

Dunes Restaurant at the Winnetu
31 Dunes Road
508-627-3663

Edgartown Diner
Old Post Office Square
508-627-9337

Newes Pub
Kelley Street
508-627-7900

Plane View Diner
MV Airport
508-693-1886

Quarterdeck Restaurant – take out
Dock Street
508-627-5346

Right Fork Diner
Katama Airfield
508.627.5522

Rockfish
11 N. Water Street
508.627.9967

The Seafood Shanty
31 Dock Street
508-627-8622

Sharky’s Cantina
266 Upper Main Street
508-627-6565

Square Rigger
Upper Main Street at the Triangle
508-627-9968

The Terrace Fine Dining Restaurant at The Charlotte Inn
27 S. Summer Street
508.627.6227

Water Street at The Harbor View Hotel
131 N. Water Street
508-627-3761

The Wharf Pub & Restaurant
3 Main Street
508-627-9966


MENEMSHA

The Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant - BYOB
50 Beach Plum Lane
508-645-9454

Home Port Restaurant - BYOB
512 North Road
508-645-2679
 
OAK BLUFFS

Coop De Ville Restaurant
Dockside
508-693-3420

Fishbones Cafe
Dockside
508-696-8227

Giordano’s Pizza & Pasta
Corner of Circuit Avenue
508-693-0184

Jimmy Seas Pan Pasta Restaurant
32 Kennebec Avenue
508-687-9702

Lookout Tavern
8 Seaview Avenue Ext.
508-696-9844

MV Chowder Company
9 Oak Bluffs Avenue
508-696-3000

Nancy's Restaurant
29 Lake Avenue
508-693-0006

Ocean View Restaurant
16 Chapman Avenue
508-693-2207

Offshore Ale Company
Kennebec Avenue
508-693-2626

Park Corner Bistro
20 Kennebec Avenue
508-696-9922

Red Cat Kitchen
14 Kennebec Avenue
508-696-6040

Sandbar & Grill
Dockside
508-693-7111

Sharky's Cantina
31 Circuit Avenue
508-693-7501

Slice of Life
50 Circuit Avenue
508-693-3838

Smoke 'n Bones
20 Oakland Avenue
508-696-7427

The Sweet Life Café
63 Circuit Avenue
508-696-0200


VINEYARD HAVEN

Artcliff Diner
39 Beach Road
508-693-1224

Beach Road Restaurant
79 Beach Road
508-693-8582

Blue Canoe Waterfront Grill
52 Beach Road
508-693-3332

The Black Dog Tavern
Beach Street
508-693-9223

Copper Wok at the Mansion House
9 Main Street
508-693-3416

Little House Café
339 State Road
508-687-9794
 
WEST TISBURY

Lambert's Cove Inn Restaurant
Lambert's Cove Road
508-693-2298

State Road Restaurant
688 State Road
508-693-8582


BEACHES

AQUINNAH

Lobsterville Beach
Located on the calm north shore beach. Parking is very limited.
Resident Permit Required

West Basin
At the end of Lobsterville Beach. Parking is very limited.
Resident Permit Required

Moshup Beach
A Martha's Vineyard Land Bank property. Expect to pay a hefty day rate to park.

CHAPPAQUIDDICK

Chappy Point
Reachable via the Chappy Ferry, on Edgartown Harbor.

East Beach
On Chappaquiddick, managed by The Trustees of the Reservations.
Fee.

Wasque Point
On Chappaquiddick, another Trustees of Reservations property. Great place to enjoy the ponds, ocean and Katama Bay. Fee.

CHILMARK

Lucy Vincent
Off South Road, tranquil and lovely. Clothing optional section on eastern end. Resident Permit Required

Menemsha Public Beach
Next to the colorful Menemsha harbor. Safe for kids, lifeguard on duty, popular spot to watch the sunset.

Chilmark Pond Preserve
Small, dramatic and isolated, with parking for a few vehicles.
Resident Permit Required

Great Rock Bight Preserve
Off North Road. The trail to the beach is long, steep and has stairs – but it is worth it.

EDGARTOWN

Bend-in-the-Road Beach
Along Beach Road. Shallow water, small waves and clean sand, with lifeguards.

Lighthouse Beach
This harbor beach at Starbuck's Neck is a beautiful spot to watch the boat traffic come and go.

South Beach
This long, popular south shore beach with dunes and surf is located on Atlantic Drive.  

Fuller Street Beach
Small and quaint, located at the very end of Fuller Street near Lighthouse Beach.

OAK BLUFFS

Eastville Point Beach
Located on the outer harbor side of Vineyard Haven, calm waves, clear water and sunset views.

Oak Bluffs Town Beach
Enormously popular, very narrow beach. Some parts have lifeguards.

Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach
Along Beach Road between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, a great family beach.

TISBURY / VINEYARD HAVEN

Lake Tashmoo Beach
Located at the end of Herring Creek Road. Lifeguard on duty.

Owen Park Beach
A small harbor beach just a short walk from downtown.

Vineyard Haven Harbor
A narrow strip of land between the Steamship Authority and the Black Dog Tavern. Not great for swimming, but good place to wade.

WEST TISBURY

Long Point Wildlife Refuge
Open to non-residents who purchase stickers from the Trustees of the Reservation.

Uncle Seth's Pond
A small freshwater pond off Lambert's Cove Road.
Beach permit required.

Lambert's Cove Beach
A special spot.  Reserved for year-round and summer residents of West Tisbury. Beach permit required.

Sepiessa Point Reservation
A nature preserve. Although you can't reach the beaches without a kayak or canoe, this is a great swimming and picnicking spot.


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