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Martha's Vineyard Massachusetts Vacation Travel

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When to go?
The shoulder seasons are a great time to visit Martha's Vineyard. The weather is warm enough to enjoy all that the island offers, but the crowds have gone, leaving you feeling like this little slice of tranquility is yours alone. If you do visit during the high season (June - August) make your reservations early as hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts book quickly. Take note: if you go during the off-season in winter, some restaurants and bed and breakfasts may be closed until the weather becomes more favorable.

Where to stay?
Most people stay in one of three towns in Martha's Vineayard: Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown. The upshot is that they all have plenty of things to do and are located on the water, but can be very crowded during the summer - especially on weekends and holidays. The alternative is to stay in more remote inns and b&bs further inland. What you gain in tranquility you lose in proximity, so renting a car is necessary.

What to do?
The favored activity in Martha's Vineyard is, well, nothing really. Come to Martha's Vineyard for the relaxation of quaint, beach town life. Stroll past gorgeous old houses in Oak Bluffs, ride bikes on the extensive trail network, and lounge on the beach, but don't miss the Vineyard Gourmet Cafe & Bakery's Back Door Donuts. Edgartown is home to most of the shopping on its main street, and Oak Bluffs is the place to find the most active nightlife on the island.


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