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Martha's Vineyard Travel Guide


Martha's Vineyard Introduction


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The island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, nearly 7 mi/11 km from the New England coast, is covered with windswept moors, dense forests, dramatic coastal cliffs and soft sandy beaches.   Click here to see the full Martha's Vineyard travel guide on Travel42 »

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Martha's Vineyard Geography


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The island of Martha's Vineyard is roughly 7 mi/11 km south of mainland Massachusetts. A glacially formed combination of rolling hills, cliffs, salt marshes and sand, the island measures approximately 20 mi/32 km long and 9 mi/14 km wide. Visitors will often hear the nautical terms "up-island" (westward) and "down-island" (eastward). As a result, the eastern towns—Edgartown, Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs—are lumped into the "down-island" category. The towns to the west and south—West Tisbury, Ch...  Click here to see the full Martha's Vineyard travel guide on Travel42 »

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Martha's Vineyard History


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The island's European recorded history began in 1602, when Bartholomew Gosnold claimed the island for the British crown, calling it Martha's Vineyard for both his baby daughter and the wild grapes growing on the land. The native Wampanoags called their island "Noepe," meaning "island in the stream."   Click here to see the full Martha's Vineyard travel guide on Travel42 »

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Martha's Vineyard Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Sightseeing on Martha's Vineyard is often done on foot: The towns of Edgartown and Oak Bluffs are best explored with good shoes and a map in hand. Both towns are treasure troves of architecture, reflecting the varying styles and wealth levels of its inhabitants over the years. Maps and suggested walking tours are available at the tourist information centers; for those who prefer narrated tours, there are plenty of those, as well. Most guided tours don't require prior arrangement.   Click here to see the full Martha's Vineyard travel guide on Travel42 »

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Martha's Vineyard Nightlife


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Martha's Vineyard always has plenty to do at night, whether you're up for live theater, music by the sea or just a good movie (there are theaters in Edgartown and in Oak Bluffs open year-round).  Click here to see the full Martha's Vineyard travel guide on Travel42 »

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Martha's Vineyard Restaurants & Dining


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Though seafood is both prime and popular on Martha's Vineyard, you can't ignore the variety of its restaurant selection. New American cuisine is very popular. A good supply of ethnic and regional food is available also, from Mexican and Cajun to French and Italian. In addition, there is a good selection of casual, reasonably priced places to dine.  Click here to see the full Martha's Vineyard travel guide on Travel42 »

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