Things to Do in Martha’s Vineyard | Martha’s Vineyard Travel Tips

things to do in Martha's Vineyard

A few weeks ago, Chris and I had the pleasure of traveling to Martha’s Vineyard – sans children to celebrate our tenth anniversary. I have always wanted to travel to Martha’s Vineyard, but was hesitant due to the travel time from the mainland. Fortunately, the Vineyard fast ferry was quick, easy and a fun journey in itself. We were busy in the weeks leading up to our trip and I wasn’t sure what things to do in Martha’s Vineyard and had heard there wasn’t much. That was a large part of the draw for us – a romantic and relaxing getaway.

things to do in Martha's Vineyard

However, we found there are plenty of things to do in Martha’s Vineyard and had an incredible time! In fact, we could have easily extended our trip into a 6th day. 

Oak Bluffs Martha's Vineyard

Things to Do in Martha’s Vineyard:

Stroll the neighborhoods and enjoy the beautiful copper lanterns, cedar shake shingles, abundant hydrangea and all the charm that Edgartown has to offer. Hotels like Hob Knob and Winnetu have really inspiring decor, too! 

Visit the gingerbread houses in Oak Bluffs – this is a perfect little jaunt on your way to or from the ferry.

visit Martha's Vineyard - East Coast travel

Explore the island via bike. The adorable Nantucket baskets add a little charm, don’t you think? Bike along the water to Oak Bluffs or to the South Beach for a picnic.

Edgartown Harbor Light - things to do on Martha's Vineyard

Edgartown Harbor Light - things to do on Martha's Vineyard

Walk to the Edgartown Harbor Light – a small lighthouse marking the entrance to the Edgartown Harbor . It’s another beautiful place to enjoy a picnic while watching boats come and go.

sailing Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard

Go sailing. See the island by sea for a true Vineyard experience.

Bad Martha | Martha's Vineyard Brewery

Check out Bad Martha, the local brewery that doubles as a nursery. Grab a cheese plate and enjoy a few games in the courtyard while there.

waterfront dining on Martha's Vineyard

Dine waterside. The Atlantic is impeccably decorated and offers beautiful harbor side views.

Martha's Vineyard shopping

walking around Edgartown Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard boutiques | shopping in Edgartown

Shop the local boutiques. Our favorites included League of Gentleman {which is thoughtfully decorated}, Portobello Road, which offers local and vintage art and Edgartown Clothing Company.

Peruse the art galleries. There were so many pieces I’d love to add to our home!

The Cliffs Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard The Cliffs

Martha's Vineyard The Cliffs

Bundle up and head to The Cliffs. It’s easily accessible with nearby parking and offers breathtaking views. It is quite a bit cooler and windier, so bundle up!

lighthouses on Martha's Vineyard

lighthouses on Martha's Vineyard

Venture to the top of the recently moved Gay Head Lighthouse, conveniently located next to The Cliffs or visit one of the other 4 Martha’s Vineyard Lighthouses.

what to do on Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard Sunset

Menemsha - where to see the sunset on Martha's Vineyard

Grab a bottle of wine {the area is BYOB} from Oak Bluffs or Edgartown and venture to Menemsha for a breathtaking sunset on the beach. 

where to eat on Martha's Vineyard - Menemsha fish market

Visit the local fish markets in Menemsha and try the lobster rolls and chowder. Pace yourself and do your due diligence by trying all 3!

Martha's Vineyard shoreline

Martha's Vineyard shoreline

Walk along the trail / Joseph Sylvia State Beach to enjoy the flowers.

Martha's Vineyard beach

Spend a day at one of the area beaches. There are a number of beautiful family friendly beaches including South Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Long Point Refuge Beach.

Catch a view of the Chappaquiddick Beach Club and see the charming cabanas that Jaws made famous from Lighthouse Beach.

Take the Inter Island ferry to Nantucket for the day.

For hands down one of the best meals I have had in a loooong time and a romantic ambience, I highly suggest Alchemy. The Cacio e Pepe with truffles was to-die-for!

Quick tip: If you don’t bring a car, don’t fret. There are several places to rent a car or bike to explore the island and both Uber and taxis are readily available!

A big thanks to local Marnely of Cooking with Books for help planning our trip!

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2 Comments

  • Naomi says:

    Just saw your Martha’s Vineyards tips and pictures, which were awesome. Glad you had a great time, but wish you had come to Nantucket Island. Maybe next anniversary. Love your blog by the way.

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Naomi! I actually did have the opportunity to visit Nantucket for the day. We sailed around the island, visited the Whaling Museum, some shops, the brewery and drove around for a bit. I’d love to explore more if the opportunity presents itself!

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