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Martha’s Vineyard

The Perfect Day in Martha's Vineyard

Comprising six unique towns—Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Aquinnah—Martha’s Vineyard is an island oasis offering charming communities, rolling meadows, world-famous beaches—and art and culture galore.

Martha's Vineyard

Aquinnah • Chilmark • Edgartown • Oak Bluffs • West Tisbury • Vineyard Haven


Most day-trippers arrive on Martha’s Vineyard via ferries that dock in Vineyard Haven, Edgartown, or Oak Bluffs. If you take the ferry to Vineyard Haven, the Black Dog Tavern (508-693-9223) is just a block away and has some great breakfasts on the menu, including 27 different egg dishes, half a dozen bakery items, and homemade granola pancakes. You may want to walk off your breakfast on Main Street with dozens of retail shops offering unique finds from jewelry to fashion and coastal treasures. From there, hop on a Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) shuttle to Edgartown and stop at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary (508-627-4850) stop. Six miles of trails run through woodlands, meadows, beaches, and salt marshes.


After exploring Felix Neck, get back on the VTA and head for Edgartown and the upper deck of the Seafood Shanty (508-627-8622), which offers great views of the harbor, delicious Bloody Marys, and quintessential fresh seafood fare. There are also tasty sushi choices here. Sharky’s Cantina (508-627-6565) boasts a massive menu chock full of great Mexican food at unbeatable prices. Catch another bus from Church Street to South (Katama) Beach, one of the most beautiful public beaches on the island.

Martha's Vineyard


Before catching a ferry home make your way to Oak Bluffs for dinner at Nancy’s (508-693-0006). Nancy’s Snack Bar on the first floor is a family favorite with great views of the harbor and a casual, affordable menu, while the second-floor Nancy’s Restaurant offers finer dining, a full bar, and outdoor patio. Families traveling with children can’t miss a ride on Oak Bluffs’ vintage Flying Horses Carousel (508-693-9481). Adults can enjoy a romantic, delicious dinner at The Sweet Life (508-696-0200), which also has an impressive wine list. After dinner, take in a live performance from one of many national music acts at Dreamland (508-560-1932).

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