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A Few Days on The Vineyard

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A June 2005 trip to Martha's Vineyard by Sierra

Marthas Vineyard ferry Photo, Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: Martha's Vineyard - more commonly called simply "The Vineyard" by those who live in the northeast - has always been a picture of quaint, nautical New England-ness. Today, the island proudly remains franchise-free and fiercely protects its lifestyle.

A Few Days on The Vineyard

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Overview

Martha's Vineyard ferry Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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Martha's Vineyard is a 35-minute ferry ride from Cape Cod. While there is air service available, most visitors arrive to the island by boat. The Vineyard has a year-round population of approximately 15,000 spread over 100 square miles The locals relish the laid-back lifestyle of the island and are in no rush to see it overrun by major corporations (i.e. McDonald’s, Starbucks). The locals are fiercely protective of the local businesses and quiet country lifestyle. In fact, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket attempted to secede from Massachusetts! Although the summer season is known for...Read More

Hostelling International - Martha's Vineyard

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Hotel | "HI - Martha's Vineyard"

Hostelling International - Martha's Vineyard Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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The Hostelling International - Martha's Vineyard, a 72-bed traditional saltbox homestead, celebrated its 50th anniversary this spring. Of particular note: this hostel was the first purpose-built youth hostel in the US. HI-Martha's Vineyard is seasonal, open mid-April to early October. It's inexpensive, too - just $22 to $24/bed/night and $16/night in the spring/fall. The women's dorm (the smallest dorm room) sleeps right, and there is one private room ($88 to $96/night, depending on the season), with a large men's dorm and two sizeable coed dorm rooms. All beds are brand-new bunk beds (2005), which are comfortable enough as hostel lodgings go. The pric...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 7, 2005

Hostelling International - Martha's Vineyard
Edgartown Rd.
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts 02575
(508) 693-2665

Coop De Ville

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Restaurant

Coop De Ville Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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My relatives who live on Cape Cod gave me one warning about Martha's Vineyard: "Don't eat in waterside restaurants," they said, "because you end up paying for the view, and the food isn't always that great." However, while wandering around Oak Bluffs, I found a restaurant that defied that train of thought entirely: Coop de Ville.Coop de Ville, located harborside in Oak Bluffs, is best known for their wings, served in five different degrees of hot or four specialty flavors. They have mild, medium, hot, suicide, and 3 Mile Island, as well as Cajun, New Orleans style Voodoo, Jamaican Jer...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 11, 2006

Coop De Ville
Dockside Market Place
Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts 02557
+1 508 693 3420

Flying Horses Carousel

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Attraction

Flying Horses Carousel Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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Hand-carved and built by Charles Dare in New York City in 1876, the Flying Horses Carousel moved to Martha's Vineyard in 1884. Today, the Flying Horses is the oldest carousel in continuous operation in the US and is a National Historic Landmark. Despite its age and long-standing popularity, the carousel is in excellent condition. The animals sport real horse hair and glass eyes, and one of the favorite features for riders is trying to catch the brass ring to earn a free ride. Did you know that the idea of a carousel as we know it today dates back to around 1680 France, where horse models were attached to a central pole. Young princes would ride these single-row carousels, which ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2005

Flying Horses Carousel
Oak Bluffs Ave
Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts 02557
+1 508 693 9481

Menemsha Fish Market

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Attraction

Menemsha Fish Market Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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Menemsha, a small fishing village within the larger town of Chilmark, is located along the northwestern coastline of Martha's Vineyard. There's a nice public beach here, and it is also home to a Coast Guard station. Menemsha is also home to The Menemsha Fish Market, located along the docks at 54 Basin Road. The Menemsha Fish Market isn't a restaurant, per se, but they do serve some of the best clam chowder and seafood chowder on the island. They also supply both fresh and prepared seafood to restaurants around the island. You can also buy direct from them for your own dinner party, whether it's a family meal or a large party:...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2005

Menemsha Fish Market
54 Basin Rd.
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts 02535
(508) 645-2282

Black Dog Tavern

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Restaurant | "The Black Dog Tavern"

Black Dog Tavern Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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The Vineyard has a year-round population of approximately 15,000; in the summer, that figure swells to 100,000, with approximately 25,000 visitors per day. As a result, many businesses - especially restaurants - are only open during peak tourist months, April-October. Named for his faithful companion Lab/boxer mix canine who was named for the dog in Robert Lewis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. The Black Dog Tall Ships Co. has been setting sail from Martha's Vineyard since 1964. But it was Captain Robert Douglas's frustration over the island not having a year-round restaurant that put this island landmark company into business in 1969. Since then, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 11, 2006

Black Dog Tavern
20 Beach Street Extension
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts 02568
+1 508 693 9223