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6 Charming Towns to Visit in Martha’s Vineyard

STOP IN VINEYARD HAVEN, OAK BLUFFS, EDGARTOWN, SOUTH BEACH, LIGHTHOUSE BEACH, AND MORE

Welcome to Martha's Vineyard, a picturesque island off the coast of Cape Cod that boasts charming towns, stunning landscapes, and a rich history. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, the island's unique blend of natural beauty and quaint charm is sure to captivate you.

West Chop Lighthouse in Martha's VineyardWest Chop Lighthouse; Photo by alwoodphoto/stock.adobe.com

VINEYARD HAVEN: THE GATEWAY TO MARTHA'S VINEYARD
Vineyard Haven is often the first stop for many visitors, as it is one of the main entry points to the island. This bustling harbor town offers a mix of cultural experiences, making it a vibrant place to start your Martha's Vineyard adventure.

MUST-SEE

  • Martha's Vineyard Museum: Dive into the island’s rich history with everything from maritime artifacts to art exhibits.
  • West Chop Lighthouse: Take a scenic walk to this historic lighthouse for breathtaking views of Vineyard Sound.

WHERE TO STAY
The Mansion House
: This historic hotel offers luxurious rooms, a rooftop deck, and an on-site spa.

Summercamp Hotel in Martha's VineyardSummercamp Hotel; Photo courtesy of Summercamp Hotel

OAK BLUFFS: A WHIMSICAL WONDERLAND
Oak Bluffs is known for its colorful Victorian architecture and lively atmosphere. It's a town where history meets fun, making it perfect for families.

MUST-SEE

  • Flying Horses Carousel: Take a ride on the oldest operating carousel in the United States. The nostalgic experience delights both kids and adults.
  • Inkwell Beach: Spend a relaxing day at this popular beach, and enjoy the polar bear plunge or yoga.
  • Gingerbread Cottages: This charming campground neighborhood is filled with whimsical gingerbread houses that look like they belong in a fairy tale.

WHERE TO STAY
Summercamp Hotel:
This playful and modern hotel is perfect for families and those looking for a unique stay.

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Alpaca farm in Martha's VineyardAlpaca farm buildings; Photo by Dan/stock.adobe.com

WEST TISBURY: HEART OF THE ISLAND
West Tisbury offers a more rural, laid-back vibe, making it an ideal spot for nature lovers and those looking to unwind. It’s known for its rolling hills, farmlands, and artistic community.

MUST-SEE

  • Polly Hill Arboretum: Explore a beautifully curated collection of trees and plants at this serene arboretum.
  • Alpaca Farm: Get up close and personal with friendly alpacas at this charming farm.

WHERE TO STAY
The Lambert’s Cove Inn and Resort:
A perfect blend of luxury, comfort, and natural beauty located in a serene setting just moments away from the iconic Gay Head Cliffs and Moshup Beach.

Lighthouse Beach, Martha's VineyardLighthouse beach; Photo by Tomika Bryant

EDGARTOWN: ELEGANCE AND HISTORY
Edgartown is the epitome of classic New England charm, with its elegant homes, historic landmarks, and beautiful waterfront. It's a town that seamlessly blends tradition with luxury.

MUST-SEE

  • South Beach: Enjoy a day of sun and surf at one of the island's most popular beaches.
  • Jaws Bridge: Take a leap off this famous bridge, featured in the movie "Jaws."
  • Lighthouse Beach: Visit the picturesque Edgartown Lighthouse and take in the stunning vistas.

WHERE TO STAY
Harbor View Hotel:
This luxurious hotel offers elegant rooms, fine dining, and unparalleled views of Edgartown Harbor.

Moshup sign in Martha's VineyardThe Legend of Moshup; Photo by Tomika Bryant

AQUINNAH: NATURE'S MASTERPIECE
Aquinnah is renowned for its dramatic cliffs, stunning beaches, and rich Native American heritage. It's a place where nature and culture come together to create a unique experience.

MUST-SEE

  • Gay Head Cliffs: These iconic clay cliffs offer some of the most breathtaking views on the island.
  • Aquinnah Cultural Center: Learn about the history and culture of the Wampanoag Tribe, the island's original inhabitants.
  • Moshup Beach: Relax on this beautiful beach, known for its crystal-clear waters and serene atmosphere.

WHERE TO STAY
The Outermost Inn:
This is a quiet retreat offering cozy accommodations and stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Lucy Vincent Beach Martha's VineyardLucy Vincent Beach; Photo by Jorge Moro/stock.adobe.com

CHILMARK: RUSTIC CHARM
Chilmark is a land of rolling hills, scenic farms, and tranquil beaches. It's a town that invites you to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

MUST-SEE 

  • Menemsha: Visit this charming fishing village to enjoy fresh seafood, stunning sunsets, and a glimpse into the island's maritime heritage.
  • Lucy Vincent Beach: Spend a day at this beautiful, secluded beach—perfect for a peaceful escape.

WHERE TO STAY
Beach Plum Inn:
A quaint inn offering comfortable accommodations and delicious farm-to-table dining.

Martha's Vineyard is a treasure trove of charming towns, each with its own unique character and attractions that cater to every type of traveler. Pack your bags, hop on a ferry or airplane, and get ready to explore the enchanting towns of Martha's Vineyard.