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T+L's Definitive Guide to Martha's Vineyard

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Photo: Gabriela Herman

Lay of the Land

At just 100 square miles, the Vineyard is split between down-island and up-island towns.

Down Island

Edgartown: Stately homes of 18th-century whaling captains line the streets of this historic town.

Oak Bluffs: Known for its Victorian cottages and kitschy fudge shops, this is the island’s tourist hub.

Vineyard Haven: Come here for one-off boutiques and the main ferry terminal.

Up Island

Aquinnah: Make the trek to this western town for its colorful clay cliffs and Gay Head Lighthouse.

Chilmark: Islanders escape the summer crowds for the quiet fishing villages along Chilmark’s coastline.

West Tisbury: The most bucolic area has acres of rolling farmland.

Getting Around

Catch a ferry from Massachusetts, New York, or Rhode Island. If you don’t bring your car, rent a bicycle or a moped. Taxis are also plentiful.

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