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Martha's Vineyard Guidebook

Matthew

Martha's Vineyard Guidebook

Getting Around
The best way to explore the island is by car or bike. Taxis and Ubers are also available, as is public transportation. Public buses run along the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road, a short walk from the house. See the Martha's Vineyard Transit Authority website for maps and schedules. Options for car rentals, bike rentals, and taxis are listed below.
Martha's Vineyard Bike Rentals
1 Main Street
Wheel Happy
65 Main St
Wheel Happy Too
204 Upper Main St
Edgartown Bicycles
212 Main St
Adam Cab LLC
256 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd
All-Island Taxi of Martha's Vineyard
42 Circuit Ave
Bluefish Taxi
71 Airport Rd
Lighthouse Taxi Martha's Vineyard
236 Edgartown Rd
Martha's Vineyard Taxi Co.
15 Merchants Court
A-A Island Auto Rental
5 Water St
A-A Island Auto Rental
12 & 31 Circuit Avenue Extension
Budget Car Rental
71 Airport Rd
Budget Car Rental
Hertz Car Rental
29 Water St
Martha's Vineyard Auto Rental
196 Upper Main St
Sun & Fun Inc
26 Lake Ave
Groceries
There are plenty of grocery stores on the Vineyard. Below are some of our favorites and those most convenient to our house.
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Stop & Shop
225 Upper Main Street
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Edgartown Meat & Fish Market
240 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road
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Katama General Store
170 Katama Road
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MORNING GLORY FARM
290 Edgartown West Tisbury Road
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Cronig's Markets
357 State Road
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The Net Result
79 Beach Road
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Dining
There are many excellent restaurants on the Vineyard. Below are some of our favorites. Particularly good for families with young kids are The Wharf (owned by Matt's cousins), Offshore Ale, Barn Bowl & Bistro (has bowling & food), Black Dog Tavern, and Giordano's. Great breakfast options are Right Fork Diner (where you can watch old-style bi-planes take off and land on a grass air strip), Artcliff Diner, Black Dog Tavern, Back Door Donuts, and Linda Jean’s. For a unique Vineyard experience, eat cooked lobsters on the beach at Menemsha and watch one of the best sunsets on the east coast. Call Larsen's Fish Market or Menemsha Fish Market in advance. They will cook & crack the lobsters for you and give you all you need (butter, napkins, wipes, etc.) to enjoy dinner on the beach. If you decide to try this, we'd advise taking a taxi or Uber, as parking can be difficult during the busy summer months.
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ArtCliff Diner
38 Beach Rd
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Atria
137 Main Street
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Back Door Donuts
1-11 Kennebec Ave
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The Barn Bowl & Bistro
13 Uncas Avenue
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The Black Dog Tavern
20 Beach Street Extension
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Giordano's Restaurant
18 Lake Avenue
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Larsen's Fish Market
56 Basin Road
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Linda Jean's Restaurant
25 Circuit Avenue
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Menemsha Fish Market
54 Basin Road
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Offshore Ale Co
30 Kennebec Avenue
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The Port Hunter
55 Main Street
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The Right Fork Diner
12 Mattakesett Way
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Rockfish
11 Water St.
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The Sweet Life Café
63 Circuit Avenue
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The Wharf
3 Main St
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Wolf's Den Pizzeria Tisbury
45 Beach Rd
Wolf's den Pizzeria | Edgartown
249 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd
Beaches
The Vineyard has great beaches. See the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce website for a map and descriptions of each. Below are our favorites.
Beautiful clay cliffs. A great option up island.
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Aquinnah Public Beach
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Beautiful clay cliffs. A great option up island.
Good for families with kids. Very few waves. Parking lot close to the beach. Convenient location to Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven.
Eastville Point Beach
351 Beach Road
Good for families with kids. Very few waves. Parking lot close to the beach. Convenient location to Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven.
The bridge at State Beach is fun for brave kids & adults to jump off. If you plan to go to State Beach and try this, best place to park is on the Edgartown side of the bridge (closer walk to the beach) as close as you can get to the bridge.
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Jaws bridge
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The bridge at State Beach is fun for brave kids & adults to jump off. If you plan to go to State Beach and try this, best place to park is on the Edgartown side of the bridge (closer walk to the beach) as close as you can get to the bridge.
An excellent option for families with kids. Very calm water and parking on the road close to the beach. Make sure to have kids use the bathroom before going here, as there are no bathrooms at the beach (though the dunes can suffice in an emergency!).
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Joseph Sylvia State Beach
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An excellent option for families with kids. Very calm water and parking on the road close to the beach. Make sure to have kids use the bathroom before going here, as there are no bathrooms at the beach (though the dunes can suffice in an emergency!).
Across the harbor inlet from Menemsha, this beach is just as beautiful and less crowded, but a farther drive because you have to go around Menemsha Pond to get there.
Lobsterville Beach
Across the harbor inlet from Menemsha, this beach is just as beautiful and less crowded, but a farther drive because you have to go around Menemsha Pond to get there.
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Long Point Wildlife Refuge Beach
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Nice fishing village with beach. Excellent sunset viewing. Get there early to get good parking.
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Menemsha Public Beach
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Nice fishing village with beach. Excellent sunset viewing. Get there early to get good parking.
Norton Point is one of our favorites. Our kids call it "Big Wave Beach." It is a great option for families with kids (though waves can be big on windy days) because you can drive on to the beach without having to carry all your gear. But it requires a 4WD vehicle and the purchase of a drive-on pass, which you can buy at Coop's Bait & Tackle on Edgartown-West Tisbury Road. The entrance to Norton Point is located at the end of left fork at Katama. Make sure that you deflate your tires before driving on. (There is an air station at the entrance to the drive-on section.)
Norton Point Beach
Norton Point is one of our favorites. Our kids call it "Big Wave Beach." It is a great option for families with kids (though waves can be big on windy days) because you can drive on to the beach without having to carry all your gear. But it requires a 4WD vehicle and the purchase of a drive-on pass, which you can buy at Coop's Bait & Tackle on Edgartown-West Tisbury Road. The entrance to Norton Point is located at the end of left fork at Katama. Make sure that you deflate your tires before driving on. (There is an air station at the entrance to the drive-on section.)
Small beach, very close to Ocean Park and Oak Bluffs town. Great for a quick swim if you're hanging out in Oak Bluffs.
Oak Bluffs Town Beach
Small beach, very close to Ocean Park and Oak Bluffs town. Great for a quick swim if you're hanging out in Oak Bluffs.
A nice little beach with no waves where you can watch boats and the ferries come & go in the Vineyard Haven harbor. The beach has a swing set for kids.
Owen Park Beach
A nice little beach with no waves where you can watch boats and the ferries come & go in the Vineyard Haven harbor. The beach has a swing set for kids.
Great beach, close to our house. Parking lots and bathrooms close to the beach.
Katama Beach/ South Beach
Great beach, close to our house. Parking lots and bathrooms close to the beach.
A beautiful beach on Chappaquiddick, also great for fishing. Take the small car ferry over to Chappy from the Edgartown Wharf.
Wasque Point
A beautiful beach on Chappaquiddick, also great for fishing. Take the small car ferry over to Chappy from the Edgartown Wharf.
Family Activities, Gold & Watersports
The Vineyard has tons of activities for families, rain or shine. These have been some of our favorites over the years.
Allen Farm Sheep & Wool Co
421 S Rd
Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium
20A Circuit Avenue
Book-A-Boat
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Bunch of Grapes Bookstore
23 Main Street
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Chilmark Chocolates
State Road
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Farm Neck Golf Club
1 Farm Neck Way
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Farm Neck Tennis
Field Gallery & Sculpture Garden
1050 State Rd
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Flying Horses
15 Oak Bluffs Avenue
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Granary Gallery
636 Old County Road
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Island Alpaca Company
1 Head of the Pond Rd
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Island Cove Mini Golf
386 State Rd
Island Spirit Kayak
Mad Martha's
7 North Water Street
Mad Max Sailing Adventures
25 Dock St
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Martha's Vineyard Museum
59 School St
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Martha's Vineyard Oceansports
12 Circuit Avenue Extension
Martha's Vineyard Playhouse
24 Church Street
Menemsha Blues Charters
A great place to fly kites and run around, close to Oak Bluffs town.
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Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs
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A great place to fly kites and run around, close to Oak Bluffs town.
Pirate Adventures Martha's Vineyard
Ryan Family Amusements
19 Circuit Avenue
Scoop Shack
22 Dock St
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The Barn Bowl & Bistro
13 Uncas Avenue
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Skipper
11 Park St
Tisbury Toy Box
79 Beach Rd
Parks & Nature
Cape Poge Lighthouse
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge
40 Rd To The Gut
Cedar Tree Neck
Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary
Long Point Refuge
121 Waldrons Bottom Rd
Mass Audubon's Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
100 Felix Neck Drive
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Polly Hill Arboretum
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Fishing with Kids
Our kids love to fish. Here are some good spots, along with a couple of bait shops.
Coop's Bait & Tackle
147 Edgartown West Tisbury Rd
Dick's Bait & Tackle
108 New York Ave
Eastville Point Beach
351 Beach Road
Edgartown Memorial Wharf
50 Dock St
Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier
6-8 Seaview Ave
Owen Park Beach
Sharks Landing Bait & Tackle
2 E Chop Dr