The Petunia Patch on Martha's Vineyard

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall…the Vineyard has it all!

While July and August win the popularity contest when it comes to attracting visitors to the Vineyard, the old adage holds true: popularity isn’t everything. Every season on the Island holds its own treasures that are waiting to be discovered.

Visit the Island in the spring, and witness this sleepy island come to life. Enjoy walks on the Island’s beaches that have been virtually untouched since last year’s flip flops were packed away and breathe in the ocean air! Take a morning walk into town for a hot cup of coffee and a delicious muffin or hop on a bike and explore the streets of gingerbread cottages that make Oak Bluffs famous!
 
Like all other New Englanders, us Islanders welcome the Spring’s nice weather with open arms and we celebrate! Perhaps you like to run, perhaps you like the bike, perhaps your want to reconnect with nature, or perhaps you’re just looking for some good food and live music - whatever your interests may be, there are Spring events suited to all! Some of these events include the Vineyard Artisans Festivals , “Ride the Vineyard” for cyclists of all ages, the Oak Bluffs Memorial Day 5-K Road Race and Fun Run, Island Alpaca’s Annual Shearing Day, the Taste of The Vineyard Gourmet Stroll, the Oak Bluffs Harbor Festival, and the Oak Bluffs Summer Solstice Festival. Springtime on the Island offers the same spectacular beauty and exceptional adventure as the summer, but without the crowds. So spread out a beach blanket (there’s plenty of space!), unpack a picnic, and properly say goodbye to Old Man Winter.

While Labor Day marks the official end to the summer season, Mother Nature chooses not to work on the same calendar and there is nothing more beautiful than Fall on Martha’s Vineyard. The kids are back in the school, the masses have returned home, and the beaches are yours to claim! September offers golden sunshine, warm ocean water, and ice cream cones without the long lines.

Crisp nights herald the onset of cool weather, but that doesn’t mean that we retreat indoors! Take a drive up to the small fishing village of Menemsha, order some clam chowder, and cuddle up under a blanket with your sweetheart to watch a world renowned sunset. On Tivoli Day in Oak Bluffs, stroll the main street of Oak Bluffs while enjoying live music, end-of-season shopping, and delicious food. For those who love to fish, the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Tournament kicks off in September and lasts until mid-October. Other Fall events include the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival, the Columbus Day 5-K Road Race and Fun Run, the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival, Artisans Festivals, and Featherstone Art Gallery’s Annual Chocolate Festival. So grab your sweatshirts, but bring your sandals (you’ll still need them!), and come discover why so many islanders spend their summers dreaming of Fall on the Vineyard.

Ho-Ho-Ho! Sweet Pea is also available for the Vineyard’s annual Holiday Weekend, which occurs in mid-December. Here is a perfect opportunity to escape the madness of off island Christmas craziness! Step back in time and stroll through the shops, enjoying complimentary cider, cookies, and other treats as you go. Tree lightings, Christmas concerts, wreath-making workshops, a chowder contest, and a tour of the Edgartown Inns are just some of the special holiday activities offered. Everyone gathers for the Edgartown Christmas parade, which ends with an appearance by Santa himself! When you’re not busy having fun, take a walk along the beach and enjoy the lovely solitude of the island in winter. Sweet Pea is well heated, cozy and ready to host you for a memorable pre-Christmas weekend!


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