What are the best things to do on Martha’s Vineyard?

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray

Though eating lobster and lounging make for wonderful pastimes on Martha’s Vineyard, they’re far from the only things the area has to offer. In fact, here are our picks for the best things to do on Martha’s Vineyard.

1. Visit the Island Alpaca Farm. Where else can you visit a friendly herd of alpacas and spend the day learning about them while enjoying a sunny day on the farm? Alpacas roam in the sun while the farmers share information on how they are bred and lovingly cared for.

2. Shop local at the West Tisbury Farmer’s Market. This is the Vineyard’s longest running farmer’s market, now on its 39th year, and it is packed to the brim with local produce and artisan made products. During the summer, the market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

3. Catch the sunset on Menemsha Beach. A sunset so gorgeous that everyone on the beach claps and the boats tout their horns once the sun disappears into a burst of pink-, orange- and purple-tinted sky.

4. Walk around the Camp Meeting Grounds and Gingerbread Cottages. A brisk walk around the campgrounds will let you enjoy the bright-colored cottages and discover some Oak Bluffs history as you stroll.

5. Bike over to Chappaquiddick. Rent a bike over at Wheel Happy and take the four-minute ferry to Chappy. It’s a great workout.

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    What are some of the best beaches on Martha’s Vineyard?

    While most down-island Martha's Vineyard beaches are public, like State Beach and South Beach, other up-island ones are restricted. Residents can apply for a seasonal beach pass to them, but whether you’re enjoying fun in the sun at a private or public beach, the sand is the only thing that counts. Some of the best beaches on the island include Menemsha Beach, where the best sunsets are viewed. Head there early to grab a spot on the coast for an idyllic picnic and to watch the colors of the magnificent sunset. If you’re headed out for a day of fun with the family, grab your sunscreen and go to State Beach — and don’t forget to have a classic Vineyard moment by jumping off the Jaws Bridge in Oak Bluffs.
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    What is the best thing to bring home from Martha’s Vineyard?

    Martha’s Vineyard is home to many artisans and while most of their art is of the food variety, you can find a few non-edible souvenirs to take home. Stefanie Wolf Jewelry is one of them. She’s at home designing colorful and durable pieces that showcase her love for the Vineyard. Now, if edible souvenirs are more of what you had in mind, grab a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans from Chilmark Coffee, or a bar of raw chocolate from Not Your Sugar Mamas. Both of those delicious items can be found at Morning Glory Farm in Edgartown. The latest culinary venture is Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt, which is harvested from local waters and dried on the island. Perfect for cooking and toppings, MV Sea Salt is a souvenir everyone will find tasteful.
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    Where is the best nightlife on Martha’s Vineyard?

    When in Edgartown, stop by The Wharf for trivia on special nights and then walk over to The Atlantic Fish & Chop House across the street for live music such as the Mike Benjamin cover band. If Oak Bluffs is more of your scene, Dreamland tends to have concerts and special events on a weekly basis. Just recently, in fact, it hosted pop sensation Aaron Carter’s concert on the island. And if you’re looking for a place with a young crowd where drinks are flowing and the dance floor is always full, step inside The Lampost and you won’t be disappointed.
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    What is the best way to see Martha’s Vineyard in one day?

    A combination of renting a bike and buying a one-day bus pass is the best way to see Martha’s Vineyard in a day. The bike trails allow you to ride short distances, like from Edgartown to Oak Bluffs, while the public buses can do the longer stretches for you up island to Chilmark and Aquinnah. Head to The Artcliff Diner in Vineyard Haven for the best breakfast on island – owner Gina Stanley is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and her menu items are a combination of seasonal produce and classic Americana. Now that you’ve had a hearty breakfast, bike ride to Katama Farm and visit The FARM Institute, where you can spend the morning and afternoon actually working on farm chores. As a souvenir, take home some of the Institute’s own yarn. For dinner, head to The Sweet Life Cafe — the Obamas had their own date night here this past summer — and be sure to order the Taleggio and peach salad. Dance the night away at The Atlantic in Edgartown, where Mike Benjamin’s cover band (Thursdays) and a live DJ (Saturdays) keep the waterfront rockin’ well into the evening.
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    What are the best restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard?

    Though Martha’s Vineyard has the enviable spot along the Atlantic coast, not everyone knows how to properly prepare lobster tacos and clam chowder. To help you differentiate the area’s restaurants, Forbes Travel Guide has listed the best places to eat on Martha’s Vineyard.

    1. Water Street Restaurant. Surrounded by historic whaling homes, Water Street Restaurant is located inside the Harbor View Hotel and caters to your every desire. The team of chefs, led by Shaun Brian Sells, pays attention to every single detail on the dish and is growing a few of its herbs, greens and produce on property.

    2. Hooked. If you’re only ordering one thing, get the lobster tacos. The combination of flavors and textures works perfectly with the fried lobster meat.

    3. Detente. Tucked away on Nevin Square in Edgartown, Chef Kevin Crowell and his team create some amazing flavor combinations. During the season, try the peach and Taleggio salad.

    4. Offshore Ale. The laid-back atmosphere of Offshore, located in Oak Bluffs, can be described by one thing: the huge barrels of peanuts that are shelled and then thrown on the floor. Being the Vineyard’s only local brewery, try whatever is on tap and bring a growler home.

    5. State Road Restaurant. With its own garden out back, State Road is known for its creative and contemporary take on classic American dishes.
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    What are the best hotels on Martha’s Vineyard?

    While some people come to Martha’s Vineyard to rent private homes or estates, there is quite the impressive list of hotels where you can stay. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the five best places to check in to:

    1. Harborview Hotel and Resort. A tradition for generations of family, the Harbor View Hotel provides timeless comfort in a serene setting overlooking the Edgartown Lighthouse and historic homes from the 19th century.

    2. Beach Plum Inn. Located on seven luscious acres overlooking the fishing village of Menemsha, the Beach Plum Inn provides both country-style rooms and cottages.

    3. Outermost Inn. Surrounded by the sea and undeveloped landscape, the views from the Outermost Inn are breathtaking. Built originally in 1971, it fashions bright and airy rooms for their guests.

    4. Winnetu Oceanside Resort. Right on South Beach in Edgartown, the Winnetu is the perfect summer resort for families, with great programs for all ages.

    5. Vineyard Square Hotel and Suites. Located in the center of Edgartown, this hotel is considered “getaway central” because it overlooks the harbor and the historic waterfront district.
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    Where is the best shopping on Martha’s Vineyard?

    Though a number of Martha’s Vineyard businesses sell crewnecks, coasters and cookbooks, only a select few places are must-visits during your visit. Here are the five places we recommend doing your shopping for souvenirs (and additions to your wardrobe).

    1. Jack Wills, Edgartown. The fabulously British company store is packed to the brim with colorful hues and the latest fashions from across the pond. Best known for its party dresses and online style guide, Jack Wills is the place to shop if you’ve been invited to a soiree on the Vineyard and need a head-turning ensemble for the occasion.

    2. Vineyard Vines, Vineyard Haven. The classic Martha’s Vineyard shop found across the nation. Head to this local store and check out the classic preppy styles. Need a bow tie for Sunday brunch? Vineyard Vines is the place to shop for it.

    3. C.B. Stark Jewelers, Vineyard Haven. Treat yourself to a gorgeous piece that depicts the island, like the Classic Island Tie Bracelet.

    4. Island Outfitter, Oak Bluffs. Enhance your seasonal wardrobe here with exclusive brands such as Holebrook and Smith Optics. This is the store to visit in the event your luggage is lost in transit because their classy summer ware epitomizes Vineyard life.

    5. Juliska, Vineyard Haven. Whether you’re furnishing your Cape Cod home or bringing back a gorgeous souvenir, this is the place to shop for delicate home goods. And if you’re invited to a private dinner but don’t know what to bring, Juliska carries amazing hostess gifts, such as the latest cookbooks, artisan food items and timeless kitchenware.
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    What are the best things to do with kids on Martha’s Vineyard?

    Because of its proximity to the water, Martha’s Vineyard offers a boatload of fun things to do with children. We have gone through all the activities, wet and dry, in the area and have listed the best things to do with kids on Martha’s Vineyard.

    1. Flying Horses Carousel, Oak Bluffs. The nation’s oldest platform carousel, the 
Flying Horses has also been designated as a national landmark. Constructed in 1876, 
it still brings joy to children and adults alike. Grab a brass ring and earn a free ride!

    2. The Farm Institute, Katama. The Farm has a variety of summer camps and activities for kids starting at age 2. As a non-profit teaching farm, it connects children and adults to agriculture and farm animals.

    3. Island Cove Mini Golf, Vineyard Haven. Nothing beats a fun game of mini golf. Grab the little ones for big fun on the greens before dinner.

    4. Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Edgartown. Take a stroll through history at the museum and discover fun facts about the island.

    5. Mytoi Garden, Chappaquiddick. A serene moment on vacation is always needed and, as your family threads slowly and quietly through these Japanese gardens, you’ll feel at peace with the Vineyard.
  • On September 3, 2013
    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray answered the question: Marnely Rodriguez-Murray

    What are the best things to do on Martha’s Vineyard?

    Though eating lobster and lounging make for wonderful pastimes on Martha’s Vineyard, they’re far from the only things the area has to offer. In fact, here are our picks for the best things to do on Martha’s Vineyard.

    1. Visit the Island Alpaca Farm. Where else can you visit a friendly herd of alpacas and spend the day learning about them while enjoying a sunny day on the farm? Alpacas roam in the sun while the farmers share information on how they are bred and lovingly cared for.

    2. Shop local at the West Tisbury Farmer’s Market. This is the Vineyard’s longest running farmer’s market, now on its 39th year, and it is packed to the brim with local produce and artisan made products. During the summer, the market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

    3. Catch the sunset on Menemsha Beach. A sunset so gorgeous that everyone on the beach claps and the boats tout their horns once the sun disappears into a burst of pink-, orange- and purple-tinted sky.

    4. Walk around the Camp Meeting Grounds and Gingerbread Cottages. A brisk walk around the campgrounds will let you enjoy the bright-colored cottages and discover some Oak Bluffs history as you stroll.

    5. Bike over to Chappaquiddick. Rent a bike over at Wheel Happy and take the four-minute ferry to Chappy. It’s a great workout.