We recently took a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard during the Memorial Day long weekend. It was our first time exploring the New England besides Boston. The image below pretty much sums up the things to see/do in this island.
Martha’s Vineyard is an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts that is known for being an affluent summer colony. You can only travel there by air or by boat. We decided to go with Steamship Authority and booking tickets were easy.
We drove to the woods hole and take the ferry from there. If you need to take your car with you in the ferry, you need to purchase the tickets in advance. But if you’re planning to rent a car or bike in Martha’s Vineyard, you can just show up at the steamship authority ferry terminal and buy the tickets there. The round trip ticket per adult is just $16 from Woods hole to Martha’s Vineyard. The schedules are available online.
Here’s the schedule until June 14- Ferry Schedule – Martha’s Vineyard
The ferry ride is just 45 mins and you can choose your destination as “Oak Bluffs” or “Vineyard Haven”. Martha’s Vineyard has 7 small towns, scenic beaches, beautiful light houses and pretty houses. Not to mention, the boutique shops and the seafood.
We took a car with us in the ferry because we were travelling with family. We took a ferry to Oak Bluffs, but we drove to Vineyard Haven to spend some time exploring the streets, boutique shops etc. My sister got a henna tattoo done from Bridgette of of Maple Mehndi. If you are there, be sure to check her out. She is a wonderful artist.
Then, of course, we had to check out the Amazing light houses – there are 3 in Martha’s Vineyard. We went to Gay Head Light House based in Aquinnah and Gay head cliffs. We spent some time at the light house, then we took a trail from there to the Gay head cliffs where you see endless water view and the light house from far. We couldn’t really enjoy the beaches because it was little cold that day. But if you go on a sunny day, make sure to spend some time at the scenic beaches. On a side note, this light house makes the perfect place for pictures – engagement pictures, family portraits etc.
After that, we headed to Edgartown – it has a completely different vibe than Vineyard Haven. Beautiful Gingerbread houses, Breweries and another Light house. We mostly drove around town and then had lunch at Sharky’s Cantina. We also stopped by a beach on the way to Oak bluffs.
Finally, we went back to Oak bluffs near our terminal to spend last hour before we headed back to Boston. Oak bluffs is known for Ice cream and Pizza, there were at least 5 ice cream shops in the same street. We had to try ice cream, so we went to Mad Martha’s Ice cream shop. The Street outside the terminal had bike rentals, surf shops, clothing stores and more.
However, I would recommend a 2 day stay at Martha’s if you’re coming from far.
Thanks for reading!