Welcome to Martha's Vineyard, the largest island in New England and one of the most popular destinations in the world!
Located seven miles off Cape Cod in Massachusetts, it's less than ninety minute drive from Boston. Featured in many movies and even a reality show, Martha's Vineyard got the world-wide recognition and glamorous image for being a summer playground for celebrities and artists who come to "The Rock" to enjoy the peace and privacy it provides. The Island is also a chosen spot for presidential vacations , premier corporate events, fundraising, auctions, and one of the top five wedding destinations in the United States with most engagements, honeymoons and "tying the knot" ceremonies happening during the "shoulder seasons" (spring and fall).
Martha’s Vineyard was given its name in 1602 by Bartholomew Gosnold, who led the first recorded European expedition to Cape Cod. Gosnold named it for his little daughter Martha and the wild grapes abundant around. The Vineyard is virtually divided into two parts: "Down-Island" eastern part of the Island with the most populous towns of Oak Bluffs, Tisbury (also known as Vineyard Haven) and Edgartown with the Island of Cappaquiddick (Chappy); less densely populated western part "Up-Island" with three rural communities in Chilmark, Aquinnah and West Tisbury. Martha's Vineyard is a part of Dukes County which also embraces the Elizabeth Islands, lying several miles west of the Vineyard across the waters of Vineyard Sound.
Free of fast food and chain stores, part of the Island's appeal is the way the Vineyard has preserved its heritage, charm, and character. This laid back island has quaint little villages with roots that go back for generations, drawing summer residents here for centuries. Don't forget the scenic sandy beaches surrounding the island. There's Aquinnah beach , with its gorgeous multicolor Gay Head clay cliffs and breath-taking ocean views; wild surf spot South Beach in Katama ; popular Oak Bluffs-Edgartown state beach; pristine and private Lambert's Cove beach in West Tisbury, and many others.
Martha's Vineyard has something for everyone. Experience romantic sunsets with a glass of wine and fresh seafood in Menemsha ; visit organic farms, markets, and galleries in rural West Tisbury; relax on a country drive in Chilmark with its New England stone walls, horse stables and grazing cattle; go glamorous with shopping, fine dining and strolling in the heart of Edgartown ; and enjoy playtime in Oak Bluffs with fishing, golfing, water sports and recreational activities.
The Vineyard hosts a large vibrant artistic and cultural community committed to connecting people through art and spreading education about diversity, tolerance, individual responsibility, and healthy life choices. People from all over the world visit the Island for its spiritual and holistic retreats, organic raw food and healthy diet choices, fine food and wine, and International Film festivals. There's also plenty to do for Jaws movie fans who are excited to visit the iconic locations where their favorite scenes were shot. It's so easy to fall in love with the Island. Take time for togetherness on an unforgettable romantic sunset sail cruise. Snap and share a selfie from the top of several antique lighthouses. Or embrace a personal moment of centering meditation on a pristine beach surrounded by the music of the waves. You will get "hooked" for life!
If you are looking to have a truly New England experience, the exclusive yet accessible island of Martha's Vineyard is the best place for you to explore!