The Petunia Patch on Martha's Vineyard

A Walking Tour of Oak Bluffs

Circuit Avenue

Circuit Avenue is the heart of Oak Bluffs, and is just a two minute walk from The Petunia Patch and Sweet Pea. Interesting boutiques, souvenir shops, restaurants, a grocery store, bakery and ice cream parlors line the main street of town. Looking for a famous Black Dog T-Shirt? The Black Dog’s on Circuit, too! All the entertainment you can ask for is also located right here, including the Island Movie Theater, the Game Room, and the Flying Horses Carousel. You can truly feel the lively pulse of the Island on Circuit Avenue!

Great Night Life!

Are you interested in the night life? Then you’re in the right place! Oak Bluffs is the Island’s center for night-time entertainment with no driving necessary since all Oak Bluffs drinking establishments are within walking distance of the Petunia Patch. Enjoy outdoor drinks, sushi, and live music at the Oak Bluffs harbor. Try Nancy’s ,The Sand Bar or another fine establishment by the water’s edge. The Offshore Ale Company is a great place to enjoy home-crafted brews and delicious pub-style food. If you feel like dancing, hop on over to the Lampost or David's Island House for live music and and an active social scene. Don't forget to stop by Seasons Eatery and Pub, which is the Island place to be for karaoke and local flavor. After a fun night on the town, you’ve worked up an appetite! Follow the delicious aroma right to Backdoor Donuts and enjoy some warm donuts or famous apple fritters. If you choose to stay close to home and concoct your own delicious cocktails, the town’s package stores are only a short walk from The Petunia Patch and Sweet Pea.

The Methodist Campground and Tabernacle

Take a stroll to the “Campground” and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a Victorian fairy tale! Oak Bluffs became a mecca for travelers from around the world as early as the beginning of the 1800‘s. It also became a center for the 19th century Methodist movement. In the area known as the Martha's Vineyard Campground Meeting Association or “The Campground,” members of the Methodist church would come each summer to pitch tents and have open air meetings. Over time, these meetings became increasingly more popular and members began replacing their tents with small wooden structures that are now known as Gingerbread Cottages. This fanciful name originated from the ornate molding and bright, pretty colors of these lovely cottages that remind visitors of storybook dwellings. The campground cottages developed in a circular pattern around the meeting area. A need for a more permanent structure arose and the Tabernacle was built at the Campground’s center. The Tabernacle was a covered, open-sided structure that allowed speakers and meeting attendees to escape the elements. The Tabernacle has recently been renovated but still maintains its original look and purpose. Today, this beautiful structure hosts religious services, concerts, sing-a-longs, art shows, and many more community activities.

Cottage Museum

If you’re visiting the Campground, stop by this tiny museum for a quick history lesson! The Cottage Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view the interior of a typical Campground cottage, complete with period furnishings and offers a glimpse of life in the Campground in the 1800s. The Museum also displays vintage photographs, a selection of stereoscopic photos of Cottage City , along with other interesting documents relating to the history of the Campground.

Flying Horses Carousel

A must-do for anyone - young or old - visiting island! The Carousel was brought to the Vineyard in 1884, and is the nation's oldest operating platform carousel and a National Historic Landmark. There are big horses on the outside for the older kids and adults, and small horses on the inside for the rookies. Try your luck at catching the brass ring, and win a free ride! The Flying Horses is one of the few carousels in the country that still has a ring machine, and both inside and outside riders can catch rings while merrily spinning to the music. Go ahead, give it a whirl!

Wesley House

Grab yourself a rocking chair on the broad, lovely porch at this landmark hotel and take a little rest while you watch the bustling Oak Bluffs harbor. The Wesley Hotel is the last of the grand seaside hotels built in Oak Bluffs during the late 1800's. Because of its prominent location, it’s one of the first buildings seen by travelers approaching the island by sea.

Harbor

Take a daytime or evening stroll along the Oak Bluffs marina and pick out your dream yacht! Oak Bluffs has the largest island harbor and is always a busy, exciting place during the summer months. Some of the town’s best restaurants, ice cream shops, and bars are along the harbor. One of the nicest things is an evening stroll by the harbor with your honey or your family. First buy an ice cream cone and then meander along the long wharf, enjoying the sunset and the sights. Return to The Petunia Patch via the Campground and catch glimpses of the lighted interiors of the sweet little cottages.

Oak Bluffs Public Beach

Grab your pail and shovel and head down to the Oak Bluffs Public Beach, only a five minute walk from The Petunia Patch. This beach offers golden sand, calm and shallow water, and is the perfect place to collect seashells or snorkel. This is a very good beach for young children because of the low surf. There are many other island beaches to explore, and they can be accessed by bike, car, or public transportation.

Ocean Park

Beautiful Ocean Park is only a two minute walk from The Petunia Patch. This green oasis and offers the ideal spot to sunbathe, fly a kite, play frisbee, or let your little ones run around while you relax and enjoy the ocean views. The gazebo in the center of Ocean Park serves as a bandstand for the Vineyard Haven Band, which gives lively and well attended performances every other Sunday night in the summer. People bring beach chairs or spread blankets on the grass and have picnics and socialize. The Vineyard tradition is for kids (of all ages!) to march around the bandstand with the music!



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