The unspoiled charm of Martha's Vineyard is probably best exemplified by the many scenic beaches located here. The beaches vary from protected, shallow, clear-water stretches on the northern and eastern sides of the Island to expanses of rumbling surf along the south side.
Basking in the sunlight, sipping wine on the expanses of a beautiful vineyard and strolling around to gaze at lighthouses are all prominent parts of a vacation to Martha's Vineyard. However, failing to indulge in the history and culture of the region will likely leave you feeling as though you missed a substantial element.
For those seeking accommodations Up-Island, the 'bustle' of Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven and Edgartown are left behind in favor of the ocean-edged serenity of West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah. The owners of the inns, guest houses and bed-and-breakfasts in these towns pride themselves in offering guests respite from the fast pace of daily living by providing visitors with the chance to slow down and enjoy their time away from home.
Walking these streets should be done slowly with your head tilted towards the sights of this seaside community.
For more than three hundred years, the community of Oak Bluffs has been perfecting its craft, ever aware that its fine-grained sand beaches, historically registered Gingerbread Cottages, vibrant night life and light-hearted, brightly colored personality beckons travellers from all over the world.
The town of Edgartown is one of the oldest on the Island. The passing centuries have left behind their legends of New World discovery, American Revolution participation, whaling-era hey-days and pop-culture for present day locals and travelers alike.