Help a Reader Travel: Martha’s Vineyard

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Welcome to another post of helping a reader travel!

This weekly post is to help readers get travel advice from thousand of Deals We Like blog readers. Thus far, we’ve been able to help other readers travel to a many domestic and international destinations. Check out recent destinations and comment on suggestions here.

Last week I covered Cape Cod, and the reader that emailed me was also wanting information on Martha’s Vineyard. While Martha’s Vineyard is a fun place to stay for a few days, it is also a very easy day trip from the cape.

So let’s continue with the Cape & The Islands theme and help out reader Jeremy. Here are some things he’d love to know (along with other readers I am sure!):

  • Where to stay
  • Places to eat
  • Where to go

Ferries to Martha’s Vineyard: There are many boats that can take you to this island. Martha’s Vineyard is also a relatively large island, so you will have to find out which part of the island you want to end up in based on where you are staying. Since this island is closest to the Cape it is much easier for a day trip with the ferry ride only taking about 45 minutes (from Woods Hole that is). You can take ferries from: Woods Hole (Falmouth), Hyannis, New Bedford, Nantucket, and Quonset, Rhode Island (seasonally). However, if you are looking to bring a car then Woods Hole is your only option. If you do not need a car, pick the ferry that works best from where you are coming from. For example, if coming from New Jersey, leaving from Rhode Island will be your best option. You can read more about the Martha’s Vineyard ferry options here. Also, the launching point of Woods Hole is a really cool area as well with some great restaurants overlooking the water. There is also great bike path starting in Woods Hole and ending in North Falmouth. The bike path is now 10 miles each way.

If you’ve ever been to Martha’s Vineyard and have any recommendations, let’s help out reader Jeremy by commenting below.

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  1. My family has vacationed a few times on the Vineyard.

    Our favorite tradition is to pack a blanket, fresh bread, and a bottle of wine (or other suitable adult beverage) and head to Menemsha. Grab a whole lobster and other seafood goodies from Larsen’s Fish Market (should call and order ahead if doing this on a summer weekend to ensure you can get a lobster.) Picnic on the beach while watching the sunset.

    Another favorite is to journey out to Aquinnah to see the cliffs. There is a restaurant out there with an awesome outdoor deck looking over the sea. ( A bit overpriced (even for MV), but I remember them having the best fried clams!

    I’ll try to think of some more of our favorites, but we often spent a lot of our time chilling at our vacation home or just wandering the streets shopping and poking about.

    I would consider leaving the car behind and using the bus system. It’s easy to get to all of the major tourist areas via the buses. If you are more sporty than I am, there are bike trails throughout the island and it seems like there is a pretty strong bike culture.

  2. I wanted to add that there is also weekly ferry service from Highlands, NJ and NYC (35th St., Manhattan) that goes out on Friday afternoons and returns Sunday evenings.

    And, of course, air service from a number of carriers to the tiny, tiny airport on island. I’ve never attempted to get a mileage ticket, but it should be theoretically possible with appropriate advanced planning on Delta (seasonal service to JFK), JetBlue (seasonal service to JFK), and US Air (year-round service to DCA). Cape Air also provides service to a number of regional airports including BOS, HPN, and PVD.

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