Haute Spots Boston: Martha’s Vineyard

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Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce

Photo Credit: Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce

With the summer in full swing here in Massachusetts, local Bostonians and tourists alike flock every year to our favorite island getaway – Martha’s Vineyard.

How to get here:
Unlike its smaller sibling, Nantucket, where you can simply bring a bike to get from one side of the island to the other, on the Vineyard (as it is simply known to locals), a car is a must.

The Steamship Authority
The Steamship Authority

Photo Credit: The Steamship Authority

When bringing your car over, book a reservation aboard The Steamship Authority, which runs daily ferries that will transport you from Woods Hole (Falmouth) to Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs in less than an hour. Cape Air offers daily nonstop service direct from Boston’s Logan Airport to Martha’s Vineyard Airport. A variety of charters are also available, including Ocean Wings and Tradewind Aviation.

Where to stay:

Harbor View Hotel
Harbor View Hotel

Photo Credit: Harbor View Hotel

One of the best properties on island to stay is the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown located just a short drive from the ferry. The property has been a fixture on the island since 1891, offering a variety of luxury guest rooms and suites. We recommend a stay in a one-bedroom suite that comes complete with a king bedroom, spacious bathroom, gas fireplace living room with separate dining area and a kitchenette with farmer’s sink, microwave and small refrigerator.

Harbor View Hotel
Harbor View Hotel

Photo Credit: Harbor View Hotel

Where to eat:
Before dining at the Lighthouse Grill, be sure to enjoy a few relaxing moments on the beautiful porch that sprawls the front of the main building overlooking the ocean. The restaurant focuses on “island-to-table dining,” so seafood is certainly one of its specialties. For dinner, we recommend the signature blackened swordfish served with a side of crisp asparagus or the 16-ounce uber tender Delmonico steak with creamy Yukon potato puree and herb roasted mushrooms.

Lighthouse Grill
Lighthouse Grill

Photo Credit: Lighthouse Grill

Things to do:
Martha’s Vineyard offers a variety of seasonal activities if you are looking for some adventure. Book a round of golf at Mink Meadows Golf Course in Vineyard Haven or relax aboard a sailing charter. There are five lighthouses on the island with some offering daily tours. If you are looking to bring home a souvenir of your trip, head into Oak Bluffs for some great local boutique shopping. The island is also home to more than 50 art galleries featuring hand crafted contemporary art, metalwork sculptures, hand-blown glass and artisan jewelry.

Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce

Photo Credit: Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce

Nightlife:
When it comes to nightlife, the Vineyard has a variety of options. For live music, head to Port Hunter or Bad Martha Brewing in Edgartown. If relaxing is the only thing on your agenda for the weekend, bring a bottle of wine and head over to Menemsha to take in the beautiful sunset beachside and enjoy some coconut shrimp at The Bite seafood shack.

Bad Martha Brewing Co.
Bad Martha Brewing Co.

Photo Credit: Bad Martha Brewing Co.

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