Martha’s Vineyard is Open for the Summer! Here Are 4 Things To Know Before You Go
Everyone could use an escape these days. Warmer weather and months spent cooped up inside have us daydreaming of sandy beaches, golf havens, and spacious hiking trails. Good thing there’s an island oasis just a short drive from Boston that has all three, and so much more.
On Martha’s Vineyard, spectacular scenery abounds on nearly 100 square miles of picturesque beaches, nature trails, and charming town centers perfect for exploring with the whole family. Plentiful outdoor restaurant seating and minimal-contact lodging also means you can rest easy knowing the safety of visitors is a top priority.
“The Island is perfectly positioned to safely host people,” says J.B. Blau, owner of the Year-Round Restaurant Group. “There’s tons of open space here to distance yourself and enjoy all this sanctuary has to offer.”
Considering planning your Island getaway? Here are four things you should know before making the journey.
How to Get There
There may be no tunnels or bridges connecting the Vineyard to the mainland, but don’t let that deter you. Traveling to the Vineyard is actually quite easy, whether you choose to take a ferry or fly there. Both are scenic in their own right, making the journey a quintessential part of the Island experience. Here’s how each option works:
By Sea: Ferry service for passengers and cars runs from Woods Hole on Cape Cod (about a two-hour drive from Boston). The ferry crosses 12+ times daily, but you must make a reservation on the Steamship Authority website to secure a spot for your vehicle. In the summer, passenger ferry service is also available from New Bedford, Hyannis, and Falmouth.
By Air: Daily flights are available from Boston Logan on Cape Air, along with additional in-season flights from major carriers.
Where to Stay
No matter your budget or preference, there’s over 80 Island lodging options available from luxurious hotels to family-friendly guest houses. Many are also adjusting their services to provide a safe, stress-free experience, like the Rest Assured program at Nobnocket Boutique Inn in Vineyard Haven that allows guests to limit housekeeping and receive breakfast in bed.
“This time is perfect for guests looking for a different, quieter kind of Island experience,” says Nobnocket co-owner Simon Hunton.
What to Explore
What truly makes Martha’s Vineyard special is its great outdoors that attracts adventure seekers and nature lovers from all around. The miles of beautiful beaches are a major draw, yes, but don’t miss out on the diverse wildlife with hikes that take you through rolling hills and lush forests. Ditch the car and bike to one of the weekly farmer’s markets, hit the links at one of the Vineyard’s five golf courses, or take a paddle board out on the calming waters of the Island’s serene waterways.
“The Vineyard has so many outdoor activities and so much unspoiled beauty to enjoy,” says Hunton. “You can take more time for yourself hiking, biking, kayaking, and more, without the craziness of the city all around you.”
Dining at a Distance
Locally grown farm-to-table favorites and seafood staples from award-winning chefs make Martha’s Vineyard a foodie’s dream destination with no chain restaurants in sight. Grab some takeout for a picnic or experience many of the beloved eateries in a new way with added outdoor seating so you can safely enjoy your favorite Island dishes while breathing in the crisp Island air. Towns are also shutting down a few main thoroughfares on weekends to allow for more outdoor dining and walking space.
“The Island is full of delicious dining options where you can have a great culinary experience, even in a takeout bag,” says Blau.
So, what are you waiting for? Sunny skies and wide open spaces await on Martha’s Vineyard this summer. Just don’t forget to pack your camera, and a face mask.
This post is funded in part by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.This is a paid partnership between Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce and Boston Magazine's City/Studio