Sailboats off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Sunset on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. (ThinkStock)

What to do in Martha's Vineyard

The only traffic light on Martha’s Vineyard is a red blinker, which should tell you something about the tempo of this 100-square-mile island. It’s a laid-back, liberal getaway with perfectly white picket fences, unlocked doors, and lots of lobster rolls. Down-island is where the action is, if by action you mean the fresh donuts you can get from the back door of Martha’s Vineyard Gourmet Cafe and Bakery. Or the live jazz in Oak Bluffs. In fact, all towns except for Oak Bluffs and Edgartown are dry (no alcohol), and last call is at midnight. Up-island, there’s no real scene whatsoever—except maybe the locals sitting in rocking chairs on the porch of the country general store. It’s just the natural drama of bright-green pastures, bright-white dunes, big waves, and Cape Cod–style houses built on acres and acres.

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Traveler Reviews of Martha's Vineyard

Pieter rates Martha's Vineyard
I spent four summers vacationing here while in college and they were some of the greatest times in my life. I definitely urge visitors to get "up-island" and see something outside of the three towns of Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Vineyard Haven. Hop a bus out to Menemsha for the sunset or get a ride up the the general store on Center Road and you'll see there's more to this island than yacht clubs and Black Dog t-shirts.
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