Experience a bit of island living in New England with a Martha's Vineyard vacation. This island of wild grapes is a favorite summer destination for New Englanders and out-of-town guests. Tourism is undoubtedly the main economic factor that keeps this island afloat, but celebrity A-listers also find peace and solace in Martha's Vineyard, thanks to hidden homes and private beaches. Martha's Vineyard is far less developed than Cape Cod, but that's what makes this island so appealing. Martha's Vineyard is a vacation back to simplicity. Farmer's markets, miles of beaches, outdoor concerts and plays, and plenty of easy-going nightlife options keep this island area buzzing. There are no direct flights to Martha's Vineyard, but vacationers can book flights to Boston and connect on charter flights to Cape Cod before hopping a ferry to Martha's Vineyard.
Each town in Martha's Vineyard has its own unique personality. Vineyard Haven is the island's main port and where ferries from Nantucket and Cape Cod arrive and where private yachts dock year-round. Oak Bluff's is the Vineyard's "fun" town. The Flying Horses Carousel in the middle of the village is the focal point and surrounded by cookie-cutter homes, ice cream stands and pizza parlors. Edgartown is the quaint and graceful village with stylish boutiques and restaurants, modern homes and impeccable landscapes. Regardless of which town you visit, Martha's Vineyard is always friendly and welcoming and visitors will find plenty to do during a Martha's Vineyard vacation.
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Summer is the high tourist season in Martha's Vineyard and when most travelers book Martha's Vineyard vacations. This is also when the ferry's run more frequently between the islands, and when Martha's Vineyard vacation rentals are at a premium.
Winter and fall are the off-seasons on the Vineyard, but also the most peaceful times to visit the island. The ferry's don't run as frequently so be sure to check ahead when booking ferry boats to/from Martha's Vineyard.
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- Take a trip to Gay Head and dip your feet in the red clay cliffs that surround the area. Part of Gay Head is designated nude beaches, but they are secluded from family areas so parents needn't worry.
- Take a walk through the Oak Bluff's center of town, grab an ice cream cone and admire the famous gingerbread homes on Circuit Avenue. These homes, which look very much like doll houses, are centuries old and provide a colorful and cheery aspect to the town.
- Dine at the famous Black Dog Cafe -- a Martha's Vineyard favorite -- and walk along Oak Bluff Beach, made famous by the move Jaws.
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