The Petunia Patch on Martha's Vineyard

Other Vineyard Sites

We often hear from our guests that the Island is much bigger than they expected, and sure enough, there is so much to explore beyond Oak Bluffs! The Island’s three largest towns are Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, and Edgartown. Collectively, this part of the Island is known as “Down Island.” The other area of the Vineyard includes the towns of West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Aquinnah, which are known for picturesque farms, hidden coves, antique farmhouses, sprawling meadows, and old stone walls. This part of the Island is locally called “Up Island.” You can travel to all areas of the Vineyard via car, public transportation (buses), or via bike paths that stretch across the Island. Don’t miss these highlights:

Island Towns

  • Chappaquiddick

    Chappaquiddick Island, known as “Chappy” to most Islanders is a separate 33-mile wide island. A small Edgartown ferry provides a shuttle for car, bike, and foot passengers. Chappy is the ideal beach destination for those seeking seclusion and pristine island views. While on Chappy, explore the Mytoi Garden, a serene botanical oasis.

  • Chilmark

    Chilmark is about a thirty minute drive from Oak Bluffs, but the journey will be most memorable! Winding, tree-lined Island roads traverse bucolic farmlands which give way to breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Chilmark has a very small town center, but the Chilmark Store is a favorite of Vineyarders and celebrities alike.  Grab a slice of the Chilmark Store’s famous pizza, and enjoy it while rocking in a chair on the rustic front porch. Travel a little further down the road, and you’ll discover the quaint fishing village of Menemsha. Menemsha is known its fresh seafood and exquisite sunsets.  Here you can buy a cooked lobster, cracked and ready to be eaten with melted butter on the beach!

  • Edgartown

    Stroll the lanes of Edgartown and check out the magnificent historic homes of 19th century whaling captains. Edgartown is a great place to shop with many boutiques and eclectic little shops. Dining is a great experience with many restaurants to choose from, some right on the harbor. The stately Whaling Church is a lovely landmark, as is the Edgartown lighthouse with its nearby beach.

  • Vineyard Haven

    Vineyard Haven offers excellent shops, fine restaurants, and a beautiful harbor. Walk to Owen Park, located at the lower end of Main Street, to watch the ferries coming and going. The Tisbury Town Beach is also located at Owen Park, and is a great spot for kids to wade, swim, or look for crabs.  Are you a theatre buff? Visit the Vineyard Playhouse, which houses the Island’s only year-round professional theater company.

  • West Tisbury

    West Tisbury has many points of interest for nature lovers. Cedar Tree Neck sanctuary offers unspoiled woods, with a freshwater pond and brooks, and is bounded by North Shore Beach. Picnics, fishing, and bathing are not permitted, but there are marked trails for those who enjoy bird-watching and gentle hikes. The Polly Hill Arboretum boasts more than two hundred species of trees, beautiful flower gardens, and a picnic area. Tours are available.

Chappy Ferry


Aquinnah Cliffs

Gay Head Light

Edgartown Lighthouse

Old Whaling Church in Edgartown

Island Sunset

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