Martha’s Vineyard Favorites (from a local!)
Edgartown, MA
outdoors
South Beach
1.1 miles of beautiful public beach on Martha’s Vineyard in Katama (part of Edgartown). There is parking behind the beach and plenty of room to enjoy the sun. The waves can get big and powerful so be careful with little kids. 5 lifeguard stands along the beach with first aid. No dogs allowed during lifeguard hours (9am - 5pm) during the summer. No food or drinks sold on beach so pack your own or load up at Katama General Store on the way!
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Oak Bluffs, MA
experience
Farm Neck Golf Club
Beautiful waterfront 18 hole golf course in Oak Bluffs - and it’s open to the public so anyone can sign up to play golf or tennis! A favorite of vacationing US Presidents, if you like to golf, this is not to be missed!
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Aquinnah, MA
restaurants
The Aquinnah Shop Restaurant
Restaurant with the most incredible views of the ocean and perfect for sunset (bring a sweater or sweatshirt, it can get chilly at night!). Ask to sit outside on the deck to get the most of the view. Arrive early to see the Aquinnah Cliffs overlook and the lighthouse and browse the little gift shops before lunch or dinner.
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Edgartown, MA
bar • restaurants
The Seafood Shanty
Check out the deck for an afternoon drink and lobster roll or sushi overlooking Edgartown Harbor. There’s always free popcorn too, which goes great with a local beer on tap!
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Edgartown, MA
bar • restaurants
Atlantic
Great spot for lunch on Edgartown Harbor. Also good for a nice dinner out, and always a favorite for post dinner drinks and dancing.
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Edgartown, MA
bar
Bad Martha Farmers Brewery
Island brewery with great beers and snacks located in a garden nursery (Donaromas). Perfect spot for afternoon drink and cheese plate and enjoy some live music and corn hole! 🍻
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Chilmark, MA
restaurants
Chilmark Tavern
An up island favorite, Chilmark Tavern always impresses with a fresh, local menu and laid back setting. BYOB - bring wine (small corking fee) or liquor and they’ll mix cocktails for you!
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Edgartown, MA
shopping
MORNING GLORY FARM
The BEST fresh fruits and veggies on island. Strawberries and corn are local favorites if you can grab them in time (Morning Glory is always packed, for good reason). Baked goods are also great - the zucchini bread is my absolutely favorite and pies and jam bars are runners up. They also have a nice salad bar and some other lunch to go items.
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Oak Bluffs, MA
bar • restaurants
Jimmy Seas Pan Pasta
Be prepared for a garlic-y night, but it’s worth it. Jimmy Seas in Oak Bluffs is delicious fresh pan pastas with fresh veggies, seafood and meats. It’s small and I don’t think they take reservations, so expect a wait.
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Edgartown, MA
lodging
Harbor View Hotel
A huge resort hotel on Edgartown Harbor. It has multiple restaurants, hotel rooms, cottages for families, a pool, activities for kids and more. At the edge of Edgartown so easy to walk to the shops and restaurants nearby, but tucked at the end of North Water Street with sweeping views of the water and Edgartown Lighthouse
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Oak Bluffs, MA
bar • cafe • restaurants
Nancy's Restaurant
A Vineyard institution on Oak Bluffs Harbor always packed with tourists and visitors. You can get take out on the ground level and sit at picnic tables or get a table inside or on the upstairs deck for restaurant service. Always busy, so if you’re looking for a quiet spot avoid this :) If you go, they’re famous for their Dirty Banana frozen cocktails
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Edgartown, MA
destination
Lighthouse Beach
Lighthouse Beach is the home of the historic Edgartown Lighthouse and open to the public. Bring beach gear and hang here for the day or just take a stroll down to enjoy the views. It’s right in front of the Harbor View hotel so easy to grab a bite there before or after.
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Oak Bluffs, MA
bar • restaurants
The Sweet Life Café
Fine dining in a beautiful back garden lit up with twinkling lights. Great for a romantic night out or just to celebrate being on MV! An Obama favorite
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West Tisbury, MA
experience
Yoga Barn
My favorite place for yoga on island (and maybe anywhere else), the Yoga Barn is a relaxing refuge where you can practice while enjoying a light breeze, hearing birds chirping, with views of open fields, a pond and stone walls. Most classes are an hour and half to allow for a non-rushed class experience. A Michelle Obama favorite! Sign up online in prime summer months as it almost always fills up!
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West Tisbury, MA
destination
Lamberts Cove Beach
Only for West Tisbury town residents with parking passes from 10am-5pm (during summer season Memorial Day to Labor Day), but anyone can park and enjoy the beach from 7am-10am and 5pm-9pm daily. Also dog friendly and it’s packed with pups in the morning and evening. Great place for a morning swim or to enjoy sunset. Bit of a walk from the parking lot to the beach through a wooded path so plan accordingly.
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Edgartown, MA
outdoors
Joseph Sylvia State Beach
Public beach that stretches all the way from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown. Parking is on the road along side - get there early to get a spot. Lifeguards located at “Bend in the Road” Beach - the part of the beach closest to Edgartown town - where there is also a little parking area, wheelchair access and picnic tables - great for grabbing dinner to go and enjoying it on the beach. Perfect for young kids as there are no waves.
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Tisbury, MA
cafe • restaurants
Humphreys Bakery
One of the best sandwiches on MV, and they are enormous. The Humphrey’s turkey gobbler (roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce) is a favorite, but will also put you in a food coma. All sandwiches - mozzarella tomato, Cuban, chicken salad, ham, turkey - are on thick slices of homemade bread and will keep you full all day
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Edgartown, MA
restaurants
Taco
Quick casual tacos and Mexican food in Edgartown with backyard garden patio area
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Edgartown, MA
restaurants
Atria
A favorite on island for a special dinner or cocktail on the lawn before heading out. Food is excellent and the whole outdoor garden (with tree swing, cornhole, and fire pits) and inside was recently redone. If you’re looking for something more casual, go downstairs to the basement bar for one of the best burgers I’ve ever had in my life. And get the truffle fries :)
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Edgartown, MA
restaurants
Quarterdeck Restaurant
Classic Vineyard fried food shack - grab fried clams or oysters, fries, grilled cheese, chicken fingers, etc. to go and sit on the harbor or bring it to the beach nearby. Great for little kids and open late!
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Edgartown, MA
bar • restaurants
The Covington Restaurant
New restaurant on the Edgartown scene (opened 2017) and is a great spot. Menu originated by a famous local chef and they’ve carried it forward with fresh, modern dishes. Sit outside and watch people stroll by!
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Tisbury, MA
restaurants
Beach Road
Same owners as State Road. One of my favorite spots for lunch or dinner on island located in Vineyard Haven. Beautiful views of the Lagoon, delicious fresh food, and now serving beer, wine and cocktails (Vineyard Haven was a dry town until a couple years ago). Also an Obama favorite - the last couples time I was there, we had a sighting.
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Tisbury, MA
restaurants
The Black Dog Tavern
Opened in 1969, this is the original Black Dog on Vineyard Haven Harbor. Cozy indoor dining that makes it feel like you’re on an old wooden ship. Egg scrambles, home fries and pancakes are personal favorites. It gets busy but you can check out the general store behind the tavern for Black Dog t-shirts and gear or sit on the beach or dock while you wait. Particularly cozy in the winter months!
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Oak Bluffs, MA
restaurants
Giordano's Restaurant
Skip the sit down restaurant and get pizza (best on island) and some bites from the clam shack (fried clams, chicken fingers, etc) and take it to nearby State Beach or Owen Park. Located in the heart of Oak Bluffs.
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Oak Bluffs, MA
restaurants
20byNine
Relatively new but very well regarded Oak Bluffs restaurant. Fresh modern menu makes you feel like you’re in NYC while on island
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Edgartown, MA
bar • restaurants
The Port Hunter
Fun and lively restaurant and bar in Edgartown with a refined pub feel. Love music at night is great but it can get loud in there. Go for an afternoon drink and oysters at the bar or enjoy dinner before it gets too busy.
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Edgartown, MA
cafe • restaurants
Dock Street Coffee Shop
Dock Street is an institution, serving up breakfast and lunch in a counter style diner since 1975. Cheap, quick (if you can get a seat) and so good, this little diner café is tucked in a corner in Edgartown and is a must!
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Edgartown, MA
restaurants
Chesca's Restaurant
Delicious Italian with lots of fresh seafood. They don’t take reservations so get there early and enjoy the rocking chairs on the patio while you wait
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Edgartown, MA
destination
Edgartown
Beautiful old whaling town on MV. Stroll around the little streets with shops and restaurants, grab an ice cream and walk along the harbor or take in the view from Memorial Wharf. Some local favorites for food and drinks: Atlantic Fish and Chophouse, The Seafood Shanty, L’Etoile, Atria, Mad Martha’s Ice Cream, Rockfish, Behind the Bookstore Cafe, Detente, Backyard Taco, Port Hunter, Covington, Among the Flowers
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Edgartown, MA
bar • cafe • restaurants
Behind the Bookstore
Located behind the bookstore, this little cafe has turned into a great spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, a drink - anything you’d like! Also a great place to post up and work on a laptop if you need to
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Oak Bluffs, MA
experience
Flying Horses
Opened in 1884, the Flying Horses is the nation’s oldest carousel. Fun for all ages, ride the carousel and grab rings for a chance to win the brass ring and a free ride! There’s also a game room area. Great for a rainy day with kids or while you wait for your take out order from Giordano’s across the street!
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Edgartown, MA
restaurants
The Right Fork Diner
Located at Katama Air Field - a working grass air field right behind south beach - Right Fork diner is a perfect spot for breakfast or lunch. Couldn’t be better for little kids, who get to see the planes up close and watch them take off and land. Food is excellent too!
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Aquinnah, MA
destination • outdoors
Aquinnah Cliffs Overlook
One of the most spectacular views on the island, come up and check out the Aquinnah Cliffs overlook where you’ll see the red clay cliffs, historic brick lighthouse and 180 degree views of the ocean. Grab a bite to go at one of the fish shacks or sit down at the Aquinnah Shop for breakfast, lunch or sunset dinner. Make a day of it and check on the Landbank Beach (the beach the outlook looks over) - pay $20 to park for the day and take the path to this public beach.
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Oak Bluffs, MA
bar • restaurants
Lookout Tavern
Overlooking Oak Bluffs ferry terminal, a great spot to grab sushi (excellent!), a drink or quick lunch or dinner before or after your ferry
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West Tisbury, MA
cafe
7aFoods
Best breakfast sandwich on island (I get egg, tomato, spinach on cheddar jalapeño biscuit), with great lunch sandwiches too. Baked goods and Chilmark Coffee are delicious too!
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Chilmark, MA
destination
Lucy Vincent Beach
Open only to town of Chilmark residents in the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day), but catch it in the off season and enjoy this awesome beach
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Chilmark, MA
restaurants
Menemsha Galley
Check out the Galley in Menemsha for some great soft serve ice cream and other treats!
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Oak Bluffs, MA
restaurants
Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company
Located in Oak Bluffs, a great upscale casual spot for lunch and dinner. Of course must try the chowder!
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Chilmark, MA
restaurants
Home Port Restaurant
Best restaurant in Menemsha fishing village, the seafood is coming straight off the boat and could not be fresher. Grab take out from Home Port “Back Door” and sit at the picnic tables overlooking the water or take it down to the nearby public beach. Lobster roll is my favorite, but most people get a full fresh lobster and steamers (clams) with the traditional sides of corn and potatoes. Must go!
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Edgartown, MA
cafe • restaurants
Among the Flowers Cafe
Great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner in downtown Edgartown
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West Tisbury, MA
destination • outdoors
Long Point Wildlife Refuge Beach
Drive down a long dirt road and arrive at beautiful Long Point, a south shore beach (waves!), pond, and wildlife refuge managed by an island group that protects natural lands. There is a grass parking lot that is first come first serve, and it’s a small fee for the car to park. Best part is you get the ocean on one side and pond on another - salt or fresh water for whatever you’re feeling!
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Edgartown, MA
bar
The Newes From America
My favorite pub on island, feels like you go back in time when you walk into the Newes. Food is on the heavier side but everything is great, especially the bag of onion rings. If you go in the colder months, you can enjoy the fireplace. Make sure you ask for a wooden nickel for every beer pint ordered.
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Tisbury, MA
restaurants
Mad Martha's Ice Cream
MV ice cream classic favorite with locations in Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown
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Tisbury, MA
restaurants
The Net Result
Net Result in Vineyard Haven (right across from Beach Road restaurant!) is a great spot to pick up fresh fish to grill at home or get steamed lobsters, clams, sushi and other dishes for take out.
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Chilmark, MA
restaurants • shopping
Chilmark General Store
Great up island spot to get breakfast or lunch to go, pizza (whole and slices) and all the general grocery and summer supplies you need.
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Edgartown, MA
destination • experience
Jaws Bridge
Famous bridge x 2 - first, the “Jaws Bridge” is from the scene in Jaws when the shark swims from the ocean into the pond, second for being a must do on island to jump from the bridge into the water. This is located right on the Oak Bluffs / Edgartown line on State Beach
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Chilmark, MA
experience • outdoors
Menemsha
Picturesque fishing village (scenes from Jaws were filmed here) and one of the best places to see sunset on Martha’s Vineyard. Enjoy the public beach during the day and snag a spot for sunset (parking is tricky during prime summer months!) with beach chairs, drinks and a blanket. Stock up on lobsters, lobster rolls, steamers, corn, etc. from Larsen’s or Menemsha Fish Market right by the beach. Enjoy the fresh seafood right off the boat and a beautiful sunset!
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Edgartown, MA
cafe
Rosewater Market
A favorite coffee shop with breakfast and lunch sandwiches and fresh baked goods - order at counter and grab a seat. Dog friendly (outside)!
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Chilmark, MA
experience
Allen Farm Sheep & Wool Co
The oldest working farm on island, this incredible farm and property has been in the Allen family since the 1700s. Also my favorite place / view on the entire island (we got married here so I’m also biased!). Stop by the farm shop for fresh lamb, wool items, eggs and other gifts and enjoy the beautiful property. If you go in the spring, maybe you’ll get lucky and can meet the new baby lambs!
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Oak Bluffs, MA
experience
Island Alpaca Company
Alpaca farm, great for kids and adults if you’re like me and love these goofy animals
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Edgartown, MA
experience
Chappaquiddick Island
Take the little Chappaquiddick “Chappy” Ferry from Edgartown across the channel to Chappy (ride takes 5 minutes) and explore this separate remote island. Bring bikes on the ferry and bike around, find some beach and enjoy. No reservations needed for ferry - cars (takes 2-3 at a time) and walk on passengers line up and the two running ferries bring people over and back. Ferry runs early to ~midnight.
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Tisbury, MA
cafe • restaurants
ArtCliff Diner
A classic island favorite in Vineyard Haven, Art Cliff is a great quality diner serving breakfast and lunch. They don’t take reservations and it’s a very popular spot, so get there early but expect a wait
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Tisbury, MA
cafe • restaurants
Little House Café
Great little café off State Road in Vineyard Haven. Get coffee and baked goods to go or sit down and enjoy the simple, casual but very flavorful and delicious menu
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Edgartown, MA
bar • restaurants
Rockfish
Year round spot for dinner and drinks and a fun bar
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West Tisbury, MA
restaurants
State Road
Same owners as Beach Road, another family favorite. Located in West Tisbury, it’s quiet and tucked away. Food is excellent and ambiance is perfect low key Vineyard. Also an Obama favorite!
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Chilmark, MA
lodging • restaurants
Beach Plum | Inn & Restaurant
Beautiful Inn in Chilmark overlooking Menemsha. A quiet, serene getaway if you’re really looking to escape - it’s not near any towns. The restaurant is open for dinner Thursday to Monday in July and August with local foods from island farmers and fishermen.
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Edgartown, MA
bar • restaurants
L'Etoile Restaurant
Consistently one of the best restaurants on island, located right in the center of Edgartown. You can’t go wrong with anything you order, but definitely get some seafood as it’s as fresh as can be. Big wine list, but pricey. This is a perfect spot for a special meal out! Ask to sit on the outdoor tented patio
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Edgartown, MA
destination
Edgartown Memorial Wharf
Take the stairs up to the top of Memorial Wharf (the building with a fenced in landing on top on the left of the photo) to catch an amazing view of Edgartown Harbor, Edgartown Lighthouse and Chappaquiddick Island.
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West Tisbury, MA
experience • shopping
Alley's General Store
A Vineyard institution, Alley’s in West Tisbury has everything you need - groceries, fresh produce, beach toys, sunscreen, etc. Right next to 7A (a favorite café), across from the Field Gallery sculpture garden, and down the street from the West Tisbury Farmers Market (Sat & Weds). Make a day of it!
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Aquinnah, MA
restaurants
Outermost Inn
Maybe the most special dining experience on island if you’re looking for a magical evening. Restaurant is set overlooking the Aquinnah lighthouse with amazing views of the sunset. Fixed menu and fine dining, but perfect for a social occasion. Call to book way in advance, it’s small and books up.
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Edgartown, MA
restaurants • shopping
Katama General Store
The last stop before South Beach in Katama, stop here to get lunch (sandwiches and salads), chips, beer, water, etc before posting up on the beach all day
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Oak Bluffs, MA
bar • restaurants
Offshore Ale Co
Offshore in Oak Bluffs brews it’s own beer and serves it up with upscale pub food in a fun atmosphere
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