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What is Your Favorite Winter Activity on Martha's Vineyard?

One of the most frequently asked questions from friends off island is what do you do in the winter.  I respond that most of us year-round residents enjoy the solitude and beauty of quiet winter days.  We love going to one of the many restaurants that remain open without worrying about crowds ( and finding a parking space with ease and getting our shopping done without waiting in long lines.  The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society has been a welcomed winter activity bringing not only Oscar-nominated films to the Island but streaming in opera on Sundays from January to April.

When I am not in the office or taking an off-Island excursion I love to have family and friends over for cozy dinners of eggplant parmesan, lemon 

pasta, stuffed pork chops or a yummy meatloaf.  As my daughter, son-in-law and two grandson’s live on Island it is great to be available for after school pick up’s and activities and a dinner in front of the fire. 

There are also many options for staying in shape if you can’t get outdoors.  I like the pool-ates on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the pool at the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven.  That all being said I will be happy to see Spring arrive soon.

By Joanna Fairchild


My favorite thing to do on Martha’s Vineyard is to enjoy and take advantage of the simple luxuries of Island living in the offseason.   The Island is serene, beautiful and lures me outside to enjoy the natural wonderland at my doorstep.  On a cold sunny day, I love to go hiking on the many Land Bank trails that meander around the countryside Up Island with striking views over the Sound.  In the evenings, I like to have good friends over to enjoy drinks by the roaring fireplace 

and making a comfort meal for them from one of my grandmother’s Hungarian recipes…!

By Alan Schweikert

Every Sunday morning I look forward to picking a new island trail to hike and explore.  Typical morning involves meeting a couple of friends at the Black Dog Restaurant on Vineyard Haven Harbor.  Sitting by the window looking out over the Vineyard Haven Harbor sipping a coffee and eating a plate of loaded blueberry pancakes. Winter time on the Vineyard is magical! The air is fresh and crisp..The salty smells of the ocean and the bright full moons are memorable all year long!

By Marilyn Moses



My favorite activity in the winter is to hike the various island Land Bank Trails. My favorite thing to do is public skating at the MV Ice Arena.  It's a healthy and fun family activity!


By Jennifer DaSilva


5 Best Restaurants On Martha's Vineyard

Nancy's RestaurantNancy's
29 Lake Avenue Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Nancy's Restaurant is a family-oriented seafood spot on the water in Oak Bluffs Harbor. Famous for lobster rolls and fried clams, Nancy's has two menus - one for the snack bar which is great for a quick bite or cheap meal and another menu for the contemporary, full-service dining room upstairs.

Farm Neck Café
1 Farm Neck Way Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

The Farm Neck Cafe is a hidden gem on the Farm Neck Golf Course in Oak Bluffs. This upscale cafe offers lunch options like fresh fish tacos and marinated chicken breast, and a dinner menu that features glazed duck, beef tenderloin and more.


22 North Water Street, Edgartown, MA 02539

L'etoile is an amazing, chef-owned restaurant in a magical setting in Edgartown. The seasonal menus feature farm-fresh ingredients and locally sourced meats. L'etoile also has an excellent wine menu.


71 Main St., Edgartown, MA

Alchemy is a high-end bistro and bar in Edgartown, MA, with a dazzling selection of fresh, local meat and seafood dishes. The cocktail menu is one of the best in town.

Little House Cafe

339 State Road Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Little House Cafe is an adorable restaurant in Vineyard Haven serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From the Little House Breakfast to the hand selected wine menu, you can't go wrong here no matter the time of day.

5 Best Beaches on Martha's Vineyard

Sunset on Martha's Vineyard beach

The beaches of Martha’s Vineyard are some of the most beautiful in the country. These beaches attract everyone from celebrities to weekend warriors. Here are our picks for the 5 Best Beaches on Martha’s Vineyard:

East Beach

Sandals on Beach in Martha's VineyardLocated on the island of Chappaquiddick, this remote beach receives less traffic than many of the other beaches on the island but it is definitely worth the trip. East Beach offers gorgeous views of the Atlantic, big waves and plenty of privacy. It is also great for bird watching. This beach is accessible by car, bike or the Chappy Ferry out of Edgartown (see ferry info here). Beach admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 15 and under.

Katama Beach (South Beach)

South Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Martha’s Vineyard – and for good reason! This three-mile long barrier beach is about 4 miles south of downtown Edgartown at the end of Katama Road. The waves here are typically pretty large, making South Beach great for surfing. You easily can drive to South Beach and there is plenty of parking, or you can take the Vineyard Transit Authority bus from Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.

Joseph Sylvia State Beach

More commonly known as simply “State Beach,” this 2-mile stretch of soft sand runs along Beach Road between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. State Beach is popular for families, especially with young children, thanks to its calm, warm waters and free parking. There is lifeguard coverage on the Edgartown end of the beach. This beach is famous as the setting for many of the beach scenes in Jaws.

Menemsha Public Beach

Gay Head Cliffs on Martha's VineyardThis north-island beach is located in the historic fishing village of Menemsha, which still receives fresh deliveries of locally caught seafood every day. Menemsha Beach faces the calm waters of Vineyard Sound, which gives beach-goers beautiful views of the Cuttyhunk and the other Elizabeth Islands. This is one of the absolute best places on the island to catch a sunset!

Menemsha Beach has limited parking and public showers and restrooms. It is a short walk to great restaurants, shopping and fish markets.

Moshup Public Beach

Aquinnah’s public beach is arguably the most scenic on the island, thanks to its views of the stunning Gay Head Cliffs, a national landmark. At times, Moshup has very large waves, making this a popular surf-spot on the southern end of the island. Moshup tends to have smaller crowds because it is located “up-island,” which is more rural than the down-island towns of Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven.

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