Get Your Family Hooked on the Vineyard

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Edgartown Lighthouse, Martha's  Vineyard
I'LL BE BACK: You can't just visit the Vineyard once (Wikipedia)

Getting There:
Avoid the summer traffic heading to Cape Cod and take the hour-long ferry from New Bedford, an hour's drive south of Boston. The ferry lands in either Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven. Cars are not allowed on the ferry. Round-trip tickets are $72 for adults, $42 for children ages three to12.

Cape Air also has daily flights from Boston to Martha's Vineyard that take a mere 35 minutes each way. For schedules and fares, visit

Rooms at The Winnetu Oceanside Resort start at $295 in summer, with a two- to three-night minimum stay. Also inquire about the scenic boat ride from the hotel into Edgartown for dinner.

The three-hour sea kayaking tours with The Trustees of Reservation are $40 for nonmembers, $30 for members, and $18 for children 15 and under.

Cutler Bike Rentals in Edgartown has all your bike rental needs, from burleys to baby seats to tandems. They also offer guided tours around the island via bike.

For a fishing guide, it's hard to top Cooper Gilkes, a third-generation islander who knows all the coveted spots on the Vineyard. Coop's guided trips last four to five hours and he offers fly fishing and deep-sea fishing as well as surfcasting.

Sharky's Cantina, a popular Mexican restaurant with both locals and visitors, just opened their second venue on Upper Main Street in Edgartown (their other location is on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs). Kids will enjoy the heaping pile of nachos or mini-tacos while mom and dad can savor watermelon or blood orange margaritas and a meal of tilapia fish tacos or a large steak and shrimp burrito. You'll especially appreciate the affordable tab.

Grab an outdoor table at the Right Fork Diner (508-627-5522) in Katama and watch the planes take off overhead. Open for breakfast and lunch.

Boston-based writer Stephen Jermanok has authored or contributed to 11 books on the outdoors, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England , Discovery Channel's Backcountry Treks , Discovery Channel's Paddlesports , Outside Magazine's Guide to Family Vacations and Men's Journal's The Great Life . His latest book is New England Seacoast Adventures . His many adventures appear in National Geographic Adventure , Outside , Men's Journal , Forbes FYI , Travel + Leisure , Hooked on the Outdoors , and Backpacker . He can be reached at

Published: 6 Aug 2008 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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