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Martha's Vineyard

We took a Fall day-trip to the island of Martha's Vineyard in October. If you are visiting the Boston area, consider spending a day or 2 on the Vineyard - especially in the off-season, when the crowds go away. Breath-taking beaches, charming gingerbread cottages, reliable old lighthouses, cute antique and craft shops, comfy coffee houses & diners and fine cuisine await you.

You can see a lot of the highlights of the island in a day, but if you want to see it all, plan on spending at least 3 days. For a great, relaxing vacation, spend a week or two.

It takes about 90 minutes to reach the ferry in Woods Hole from Boston. Woods Hole is the main jumping off point to the island. There is plenty of parking in Woods Hole - leave your car behind. There is excellent bus service all over the Vineyard, and plenty of bike rentals too.

High season on the Vineyard is late May through early September. I think the perfect time to visit is late September to early October, when the weather is still pleasant and you can get a table at just about any cafe or restaurant without a wait.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great beaches & architecture, lots of history, shopping & food!
  • Cons:Kind of expensive
  • In a nutshell:Definitely worth the effort to get there. Lovely place!
  • Last visit to Martha's Vineyard: Oct 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • mary2u99's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2006 at 8:35 PM

    Martha's Vineyard look great... wonderful pictures. Happy birthday to you.

  • KittyLou's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2005 at 12:34 PM

    I camped on the Vineyard with a G.S. troop as a junior high kid. Have not been back but would love to -- nice page. October is a great time in New England.

  • Cruefan's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2005 at 7:41 PM

    Great tip in the bus service. I use it everytime I go out.

  • nomada's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2004 at 6:02 AM

    Well, it looks worth the effort !!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2003 at 6:18 PM

    I agree with your tips and that it is too expensive; however, it is quite an adventure to see and enjoy the ambiance.

  • RhondaRuth's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2003 at 12:50 PM

    I just went to Oak Bluffs for a day in Sept. myself. It was great fun just walking around, but we were also lucky -- a sidewalk sale was going on -- what fun! Love your lighthouse pictures, Sharon.

  • JudyinPA's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2003 at 8:28 AM

    A fall trip here sounds like such a great idea. We probably would explore with a bicycle and spend the night.

  • ayers_rock_where's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2003 at 8:23 AM

    no wonder tommy hillfiger lives there its awesome


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