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Martha's Vineyard Guide

Heading to Martha's Vineyard soon? We've put together a list of some of our favorite things to do, places to visit and where to eat! Are we missing any of your favorites? Comment below!

Things to do:

  • Visit the Gingerbread Houses in Oak Bluffs Campground - one of our favorite things to take pictures of when we are on MV are these iconic summer cottages. They include more than 300 properties that are privately owned by camping descendants and members of the Camp Meeting Association. If you want to see what they look like on the inside, you can tour the Cottage Museum during the summer months!

Gingerbread House
Photo by @longislandladie

  • Flying Horses Carousel - built in 1876, this famous carousel located in Oak Bluffs is the oldest operating platform carousel in America. Our favorite part about this spot is that you can play the brass ring game. Whoever catches the brass ring, scores a free ride!

Flying Horses Carousel

Photo by @kdkins9

  • Ocean Park - situated in Oak Bluffs just a short walk from the ferry you'll find this grassy 7 acre community park, complete with a bandstand and gorgeous fountains. It's the perfect spot to relax and if you walk through the surrounding neighborhood, you'll find the iconic gingerbread houses.

Ocean Park

Photo by @capeology

  • Jaws Bridge - located in between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, you'll spot the famous bridge that Amity citizens in the 1975 Steven Spielberg movie, "Jaws" jumped off of.

Jaws Bridge

Photo by @jon_stockstill

  • Island Alpaca Co. of MV - located in Vineyard Haven, this 19 acre farm is home to over 50 alpacas! They offer fun events like alpaca yoga classes, birthday parties, and more!

Island Alpaca Co. of MV

Photo by @islandalpaca

  • Martha's Vineyard Museum - shares the historical island heritage through photographs, paintings, books, and more! The museum encourages visitors to explore the diverse heritage of the island. They are currently allowing guests to reserve a socially distanced time slot on their website and are following proper COVID protocols.

Martha’s Vineyard Museum

Photo by @mvmuseum

  • Check out our jewelry at Coastal Supply Co. MV - located at 65 Main St in Vineyard Haven!

Capeology Martha’s Vineyard Necklace

Photo by @capeology

  • Edgartown Lighthouse - one of the five lighthouses located on MV. It is the first two-story wooden lighthouse and was originally built back in 1828. It is the perfect spot for a photo opt!

Edgartown Lighthouse

Photo by @jmontesphotography

  • Chappaquiddick - "Chappy" is a small island full of 18 square miles of sandy beaches, walking trails, the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, and the Cape Poge Lighthouse. It is a part of Edgartown and only accessed by ferry on Dock St.

Chappaquiddick

Photo by @mollywho

  • Old Sculpin Gallery - one of Vineyard Trust's landmark buildings located in Edgartown. The gallery's mission is to preserve and enhance the cultural life of the Vineyard community. Don't forget to pose for a photo next to the famous whale tail located outside of the building!

Old Sculpin Gallery

Photo by @oldsculpingallery

  • The Scoop Shack - located on Dock Street in Edgartown, this homemade ice cream shop uses the finest classic and creative ingredients to produce some of Martha's Vineyard's best ice cream!

Scoop Shack

Photo by @capeology

  • Murdick's Fudge - known for their handmade fudge, peanut brittle, chocolate nut clusters, caramel popcorn, and more! They've been using the same recipes since 1887 and are located in Edgartown.

Murdicks Fudge
Photo by @murdicksfudgemv

  • Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery and Tasting Room - located in Edgartown (they also have a location in Falmouth), the brewery produces top-notch beers and ales. They offer food pairings, lawn games, outdoor seating, and live music!

Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery

Photo by @badmarthaedgartown

  • Morning Glory Farm - a 60 acre farm in Edgartown that has been growing fruits & vegetables since 1975.

Morning Glory Farm

Photo by @morninggloryfarmmv

  • Aquinnah Cliffs - this natural National Historic Landmark and home to the American Indian Wampanoag people is one of the island's most-visited tourist spots. These infamous clay cliffs were carved by glaciers millions of years ago. Visitors can explore the lower beach paths of Moshup Beach or take the upper trails to catch a view of Gay Head Light and Elizabeth Islands.

Aquinnah Cliffs

Photo by @sam_frawley

  • Back Door Donuts - first housed as a bakery back in 1948, long before patrons began lining up at the back door. The original bakery (Walmsley's) was known to toss a donut or two out the back door in the early hours of the morning. In 1971 under new ownership, Peter White was believed to be the first to run an offical sales operation from the back door. What began as a secret known only to those "in the know" quickly became a must-do for Vineyard residents and visitors alike in Oak Bluffs.

Back Door Donuts

Photo by @backdoordonuts

  • Lucy Vincent Beach - this hidden gem is one of the most beautiful and picturesque beaches on the island. Sadly, the iconic landmark at the beach collapsed last May, but we had to share one of our favorite shots.

Lucy Vincent Beach

Photo by @jmontesphotography

Restaurants:

  • 19 Raw Oyster Bar - located just off of Main Street in downtown Edgartown, their menu includes oysters (of course), fresh salads, and hearty filets. Reopening for the 2021 season in April!

19 Raw Oyster Bar

Photo by @theryanpatrick

  • MV Salads - a fun and healthy salad experience in Oak Bluffs that works closely with local farming friends on the island to ensure that every bite is flavorful and fresh. Their business is built on a foundation of kindness; kindness to their patrons, to their colleagues, to their island, and to the environment. Fun fact: their Instagram RockWall serves as an awesome photo spot, which has even been visited by celebrities like, Spike Lee!

MV Salads

Photo by @marnely_murray

  • Atlantic Fish & Chophouse - offering a unique variety of indoor and outdoor dining experiences in Edgartown. Enjoy some of the freshest seafood and steaks, tasty appetizers, and an extensive wine list. Opening for the 2021 season on April 1st!

Atlantic Fish & Chophouse

Photo by @atlanticedgartown

  • The Newes From America - located next to the Kelley House in Edgartown, this historic pub is famous for serving up American and British Cuisine. The pub food pays respect to the variety of fresh and the local ingredients that the island has to offer. One of our must-have items on the menu is the calamari!

The Newes

Photo by @foodiesnapstagram

  • The Dunes Restaurant - Martha's Vineyard's only restaurant at South Beach. Enjoy casual, relaxed dining, refreshing sea breezes, and a fabulous ocean view. Reopening for the 2021 season on May 15th!

The Dunes Restaurant

Photo by @marnely_murray

  • Waterside Market - a year-round market & cafe offering all-day breakfast, coffee, sandwiches, salads, lobster rolls & more! Located on Main Street in Vineyard Haven, it's a great spot to sit outside and enjoy the delicious food. Online ordering and curbside pickup is also available.

Waterside

Photo by @marnely_murray

  • The Black Dog Bakery Cafe - serving a full breakfast and lunch menu, plus speciality coffees, cakes, pastries, and more! They have five locations: Tavern (Vineyard Haven), Bakery Cafe (Vineyard Haven), Heights Cafe (Falmouth), Water St. Bakery (Vineyard Haven), and Dockside Cafe (Oak Bluffs).

Black Dog

Photo by @sweetsavorysara

  • Alchemy - features vibrant cultures and culinary styles of Italy, France, and Spain, combined to create a unique American bistro experience, unlike any other! Located on Main Street in Edgartown.

Alchemy

Photo by @alchemymv

  • Nancy's Restaurant - a family-owned and operated waterfront seafood restaurant serving Oak Bluffs since 1960. They provide classic seafood fare, a sushi bar, creative cocktails, and two large menus heavily influenced with Middle Eastern cuisine.

Nancy's Restaurant

Photo by @nancysrestaurant_mv

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