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

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Photo: Gabriela Herman

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Four ways to soak up the Vineyard culture.

The Campground: Hundreds of Victorian gingerbread cottages fill this landmark district, built by Methodists who established camp meeting sites here in the 1800’s. Don’t miss the annual Grand Illumination night (on August 14 this year), when house windows are lit up with paper lanterns. Oak Bluffs.

Island Alpaca: At this seven-year-old breeder’s farm, guests can feed the animals and take them for walks around the 19-acre grounds. Swing by the gift shop for alpaca hats, scarves, and sweaters, all made on the island. Oak Bluffs.

Granary Gallery at the Red Barn: Christopher and Sheila Morse have amassed an impressive and eclectic collection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs by more than 75 international and local artists in their converted barn. The highlights: black-and-white landscape photography by Margaret Bourke-White and Alfred Eisenstaedt. West Tisbury.

Edgartown Lighthouse: The iconic 1881 lighthouse was built for Crane Beach, in Ipswich, Massachusetts; after a hurricane destroyed Edgartown’s original lighthouse, this 45-foot-tall cast-iron structure was dismantled and brought by barge to the Vineyard. Climb the spiral staircase to the top for sweeping views of the harbor and Chappaquiddick. Edgartown.

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