Discover Martha’s Vineyard
Located off the southeastern coast of Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard is the larger of the state’s two popular islands measuring at 23 miles long. With a year-round population of 15,000 that quadruples in the summertime, the Vineyard’s eclectic mix of cultures, people and terrain promise a bounty of natural scenery and outdoor pursuits, chief among them fishing, biking and of course, enjoying the fineries of the beach.
Designated into six towns, with three main tourist areas: Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven, the Vineyard is able to host and appease a wide variety of visitors from those seeking a more rarefied experience among the original Greek Revival captain’s houses in Edgartown to chowder-filled afternoons gazing upon the fret worked cottages in Oak Bluffs. Known throughout the world as a favored vacation spot of recent American Presidents, Clinton and Obama, the island is often associated with high-powered politicians, lawyers and Hollywood notables. However, regardless of status, the Vineyard draws admirers on account of its sparkling scenery and New England’s specific hardy sensibilities that act, often, as a great equalizer, allowing everyone to enjoy the island’s beauty together.
Know Before You Go
1. Join the in-the-know crowd for sunset picnics of baked lobster from The Bite, on the shores of Menemsha, a small fishing village
2. The Aquinnah Cliffs, where Jackie Kennedy summered, were created by six separate glaciers and offer splendid views and acoustics from the crashing waves 150 feet below. Moshup Beach is a must-visit while there.
3. Holding fast to its puritanical roots, three of the island’s six towns are still dry — meaning no alcohol sold anywhere, even in restaurants.
Tradewind Shuttle scheduled flights are available to the Vineyard from two New York area airports. Shuttle flights are seasonal from May through October.
Regular commuters benefit from significant savings with ticket books.
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Private Charter flights are also available to MVY and also the Katama Airport (1B2).