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Martha's Vineyard is a picturesque island offering visitors diverse scenery and architecture. In 1602, Captain Bartholomew Gosnold named the island “Martha’s” in honor of his infant daughter and “Vineyard” for the abundance of wild grapes. Martha’s Vineyard is the larger of the two main islands south of Cape Cod.
Locals often refer to the island as two parts: “Up-Island,” where you will find yourself in the quaint gray-shingled country villages of Chilmark, West Tisbury, Menemsha and Gay Head (Aquinnah) and “Down island, ” where you will find the three main towns of Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Tisbury, also known as Vineyard Haven.
Vineyard Haven is technically a village within the town of Tisbury. This area was first referred to as Homes Hole; "Homes" from a Wampanoag term for "old man," and "Hole" meaning a sheltered inlet. The names Vineyard Haven and Tisbury are used interchangeably, with Vineyard Haven being the more popular choice.
Vineyard Haven is the main port of entry to Martha's Vineyard with year round ferries.
Oak Bluffs, to the east, is known for lively-colored Victorian “gingerbread” cottages built in the 1870’s and the old Methodist Summer Campground.
Edgartown, once a prosperous whaling port, was the first settlement on the island. This upscale town is lined with Greek Revival and Federal style white clapboard homes, art galleries, expensive boutiques and gift shops.
The more rural parts of the island are West Tisbury, Chilmark (untouched beaches), Menemsha (quaint fishing village) and Gay Head, now “Aquinnah" (colorful clay cliffs and home to descendents of the Wampanoag tribe).
Villages in Martha’s Vineyard
Aquinnah / Chilmark / Edgartown / Oak Bluffs / Tisbury (Vineyard Haven) / West Tisbury
TOP THINGS TO DO AND SEE ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD
- Aquinnah: Aquinnah Gay Head Cliffs
- Chilmark: Menemsha Harbor
- Edgartown: Cape Poge Light / Chappaquiddick Island / Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary / Norton Point / South Beach / Wasque Beach on Chappaquiddick
- Oak Bluffs: African American Heritage Trail / Gingerbread Cottages and Tabernacle / Martha's Vineyard Bike Paths / Sengekontacket Pond / The Flying Horses Carousel / Ocean Park
- Vineyard Haven (also knowm as Tisbury): Tuck and Holland / Benjamin and Gannon Shipyard / Shehandoah and Alabama Tall Ships / Vineyard Haven Harbor
- West Tisbury: Alley's General Store / Field Gallary and Sculpure Garden / Long Point Beach and Conservation Area / Polly Hill Arboretum / Indian Burial Ground
Please see below for Cape Cod Bed and Breakfasts and Inns in Martha's Vineyard.
No. of rooms: 2
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast served