what to do on the vineyard?

If you've never visited Martha's Vineyard, you might want to consider making a mini vacation out of it! (Why not?) There are plenty of things to see, places to go and delicious food to eat. Check out some of the highlights below and start planning your trip!


getting around

Rental cars are available on island if you plan to do some sightseeing or beach-hopping. Book online at MV Auto Rental. There is also public transportation on the island if you're looking for a less expensive option. See more details here.


fresh seafood

The sunsets at Menemsha Beach are arguably among the most notable in all of New England, but the best part is enjoying lobster and other seafood that has literally just come off a fishing boat. Grab a paper plate, open a bottle of wine, and relax on a part of the island that can oftentimes avoid the bustle of some other towns. (info via boston.com). Favorite food spots include Larsen's Fish Market, Home Port Restaurant and The Bite (amazing fried seafood!).



Check out the six unique towns (Vineyard Haven, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah) and see what each has to offer. From the quaint (and quintessentially New England) town of Edgartown, to the rolling green hills and stone walls of Chilmark – to the lively bars in Oak Bluffs – there's something for everyone. Grab a bike at one of the many rental shops and cruise around if you're feeling adventurous!

beaches & lighthouses

If the weather is nice, there are tons of beautiful beaches to visit on the island. Many are open to the public and are definitely worth at least a drive-by! Check out a full list of MV beaches here. Also, the five lighthouses are a must-see if you want a true New England experience (and photo opportunity). You can tour them, too. 

the flying horses

Established in 1876, it is the nation’s oldest platform carousel, and has been designated a national landmark by the US Department of the Interior. It originally operated at Coney Island, N.Y., until the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust brought it to the island in 1986, hoping to save it from dismantling. Try to grab the ring and you get a free ride. (info via boston.com)

play some golf

If you want to play while you're on the island, there are a few great courses and we're happy to set up tee times if there are any groups who want to golf. Mink Meadows is a great public course (plus, it's Obama's vacation go-to). Farm Neck is another beautiful course and also open to the public. Luckily, you'll be able to take advantage of the off-season prices that start September 15th!