|Martha's Vineyard Island|
A StoryBook Island
Martha's Vineyard is a living, breathing storybook. Wind swept 'moors' to the southwest, a stately port town to the southeast, a colorful, festive, seaside community to the northeast and the convergence of a year-round population in the northwest are what have drawn visitors to the shores of Martha's Vineyard for hundreds of years.
Annual festivals and celebrations, historical significance, remote locales, and the sheer beauty of the Islands are just a few of the rewards to be extolled when spending time within these shores. Not to mention the wonderful cross-section of celebrated individuals who have come to cherish the Island for the very same reasons: Bill and Hillary Clinton, Tom Welling, Warren Buffett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ted Danson and Mary Steenbergen, Carly Simon, Peter Simon, James Taylor, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon, John Belushi, Spike Lee, Michael J. Fox, William F. Buckley, Alan Dershowitz, former US Senator Bill Bradley, Diana Ross, Beverly Sills, Art Buchwald, Walter Cronkite, Dorothy West, Mike Wallace, David Letterman, Jay-Z, David McCullough, Katherine Graham, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Diana, Princess of Wales, Patricia Neal, Luke & Owen Wilson, Tom Hanks, and Meg Ryan.
This section highlights the unique accommodations found in each towns. Bed-and-breakfasts, hotels, inns and motels can be found in every town and are unique enough to appeal to every discerning traveller.
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The Vineyard, at a glance...
Among the nooks and crannies that you will discover - as well as other prominent Vineyard destinations - here are just a few places to put on your list of locations to visit.
Vineyard Haven/Tisbury (formerly "Holmes Hole"):
Owen Park and Legion Field
Lake Tashmoo, including Tashmoo Overlook and Tashmoo Opening
Vineyard Haven Harbor, including the Marine Railway
The Black Dog, The Mansion House, and Capawock Theatre
West Chop, including the West Chop Lighthouse and West Chop Woods
Oak Bluffs (formerly "Cottage City"):
Gingerbread Cottages at Oak Bluffs
The Flying Horses Carousel (The oldest operating carousel in the United States.)
The Island and Strand Theatres
The Martha's Vineyard Campground Meeting Association, (MVCMA), also known as simply, The Campgrounds, including an elaborate collection of over 350 Gingerbread Cottages which encircle the Methodist Tabernacle that serves as the centerpoint of the community
Ocean Park, Hiawatha Park, and Viera Park
Farm Neck Golf Course
State Beach and the Inkwell beach (setting for the movie, The Inkwell.)
Manuel F. Correllus State Forest
East Chop, including the East Chop Lighthouse
Edgartown Lighthouse is one of five lighthouses on the island. It is located at the opening of Edgartown harbor. It can be viewed by walking north on North Water Street to an area adjacent to the Harbor View Hotel.
The On Time (also known as the Chappy Ferry) is so named not because there is no schedule but because the boats running the route were built "on time" without delays in construction. The trip between Martha's Vineyard and Chappaquiddick takes 2-3 minutes.Edgartown is an old whaling town that re-emerged in the 20th century as a summer sailing and beach town. It is characterized by 18th and 19th century homes, including well-preserved whaling captains' homes and historic churches.
The Martha's Vineyard Airport
Edgartown Harbor and Edgartown Lighthouse
The Whaling Church
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary run by the Massachusetts Audubon Society
Katama, including South Beach and Katama Airfield
Chappaquiddick - including the ferry, Mytoi, Dike Bridge, Wasque, and Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge and Lighthouse
Christiantown, including Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary and the Mayhew Chapel
The Grange Hall
Alley's General Store
Lambert's Cove (including Lambert's Cove Beach and Seth's Pond)
Menemsha, including Menemsha Harbor (popular sunset-watching location), Menemsha Pond (popular for sailing or kayaking, "Squid Row".
Lucy Vincent Beach
Menemsha Hills Reservation
The Chilmark Community Center
Aquinnah (Formerly "Gay Head"):
Gay Head Cliffs
Gay Head Lighthouse
The Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah