Martha’s Vineyard is a small island located south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Although, the island is sparsely populated year-round, it’s widely celebrated for being a summer colony. It’s also known as vacationing spot for the affluent. While there, you may spy anyone from the Nation’s President (current or former) to Hollywood’s hottest celebrity.

 

Because the island is not connected to the mainland, you have to get there by either, water or air transportation methods. So, when planning your escape to the Vineyard, here’s a short to-do list to make your get away the most beneficial.

 

island-home.jpgMake a reservation on one of the local ferries. Unless you are planning on flying or own your own boat, you must use one of these services. While on the island, you have few choices in regards to transportation, bus, bike, taxi or car. If you plan on the latter, you can rent at an exorbitant fee or bring your own car via ferry to the island. In this case, it’s best to book your ferry reservation well in advance.

 

MV HouseRent a house. Although most people stay at hotels, resorts or B&Bs, it’s nothing like having your own space and being able feel at home. Most of the houses have full functioning kitchens, outdoor grills, washers and dryers and outdoor lounging spaces. If you are a rowdy bunch like we were, your own digs are a smart choice. Before we got on the ferry in Falmouth, we went to the local grocery store and stocked up on food and wine.

 

Taxi tourTake a Guided Tour. We found a really great taxi driver that had had a van and for $10 a piece (there was 11 of us) not only agreed to take us in to town, but gave us an 1 ½ hour tour with our final destination being the beach.

 

SouthbeachHave a beach day. With it being an island, you’re surrounded by water. The beaches are plenty and if you have that exhibitionist spirit, there is even something for you! There’s South Beach, Oak Bluffs Beach, The Inkwell, etc…

 

Aquinnah CliffsGo to Gayhead Cliffs. These cliffs are located on the most Western tip of the Island and are marbled with hues of red, orange and yellow.

 

WampanogCheck out the Aquinnah (the native name for Gayhead) Cultural Center. Connected to the Cliffs, the center contains a wealth of knowledge regarding the Wampanoag Tribe and their traditions. The Wampanoag remain the only tribe that is recognized by the commonwealth of Massachusetts. If you have time, you can visit the actual reservation as well.

 

MV LighthouseVisit one of the many lighthouses. There are 5 in total, all located on the North side of the Island.

 

Boat

MV SunsetCharter a private boat. For a nominal fee, of course, this is definitely something you want to do. We had an awesome husband and wife team that gave us 4-hour tour. The boat we chartered was the boat also used by Sasha and Malia Obama (yeah we thought we were fancy) and it was BYOB! Imagine 11 rambunctious women on a boat with wine…yeah! We were able to take in a lot of history about the Vineyard and it’s inhabitants, and witnessed a breath-taking sunset.

 

esperanza-riding-companyOutdoors Sports. Be it horseback riding, kayaking, golfing or hiking, Martha’s Vineyard provides great opportunities to get active.

 

black dogGo shopping in Edgartown. For all my shop-a-holics, make sure you make a stop in town to hit up all the unique and quaint boutiques, some of which are exclusive to the Vineyard.

 

farmers market2Catch a Farmers Market. You know I’m a self-proclaimed tree hugger so, no explanation needed. I found some of the best locally made edibles and to top it off, they just happened to be having a blueberry festival and I have a strange affinity for blueberries, so I was in heaven!

 

MVFFMVFF – Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. Apparently this is big deal over on the Vineyard. I was both surprised and impressed they had a film on James Baldwin, followed up with a discussion headed up by Prof. Henry Louis Gates…Go MV!

 

Art galleryVisit an Art Gallery. If you’re the artsy type, they have plenty of rare finds made by local artist.

 

MENEMSHAFood/Wine Tours. While it’s called Martha’s Vineyard, there is only 1 actual vineyard on the island. Although the vineyards are not plentiful, the food is. If you have a shellfish allergy or just don’t like seafood, this may not be the place for you. The seafood is so abundant and fresh as if it just came out the sea, you will be in gastronomical bliss!

 

martha-s-vineyard-inn spaHave a Spa Day. Because the ultimate goal of vacation is to relax and luxuriate, nothing says that better than a spa day and you have a plethora of choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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