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Katama General Store is a quaint little store with a gourmet twist. Its in a great location with easy access. Its a perfect last stop before heading to South Beach in Edgartown. The food is fresh, offerings are more diverse and include unusual gifts, party-platters, home-cooked meals, household accessories and ready-to-go Vineyard entertaining solutions. Great place for vacationers who want to have an enjoyable time and stay out of the kitchen. You can go in for lunch or take-out. The main grocery store in town can get incredibly busy so avoid the mainstream and head into Katama General Store where you can find everything you need without the hassle. Party catering is also available.
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Whenever friends come to visit the Island, if they haven't been here before I always try to show them some key areas:
1.) Oak Bluffs (gingerbread houses at the Tabernacle, Circuit Ave., Ocean Park, the beach, the O.B. Harbor, etc.) Plenty of souvenir shops there too.
2.) Tisbury, AKA Vineyard Haven: Coastwise Wharf (which is just the dock next to the Black Dog tavern restaurant, frequented more by touists than locals), shopping downtown
3.) Drive through West Tisbury, stop at Alley's General Store if they want to, walk around the Maley Gallery across the street, and head up to Chilmark to the small fishing village of Menemsha. The HomePort restaurant has great lobster and it's cheaper if you order takeout through their back door. You can walk down to the beach & watch the gorgeous sunsets. There are also 2 seafood stores, and cute burger/clam joints in the area.
4.) Drive up through pretty, hilly Chilmark to Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head) and check out the clay cliffs and the Gay Head Light. There are some Wampanoag souvenir shops at the top of the hill, along with fast food take out spots and one indoor/outdoor restaurant.
Best public beaches: South Beach in Edgartown, Gay Head Beach in Aquinnah. Family BBQ's usually take place along the State Beach between Oak Bluffs & Edgartown.
Need a grocery store? Best prices I've seen are at Reliable in Oak Bluffs. Best variety in general is Stop & Shop in Edgartown, and best health food stores I've found are at Cronig's/Supernatural/Healthy Additions in Vineyard Haven.
You'll either need a car to get around (which is very expensive to bring on the boat) or take the bus. There are plenty of buses. You can bike ride but I do not suggest it. Whatever you do, please DO NOT RIDE MOPEDS on the Vineyard! Its ver dangerous.
Be safe & have fun!
This company has a fleet of buses and minivans, and offers tours of the island. It's a great way to see the sights, in a reasonable time, and at a good price. If you're just visiting for the day, this is the way to go.
This is the town where the boat's passengers debark. It's the departure point for guided tours of the island. Here are some examples of the Vineyard's architecture, including some rather quaint and colorful houses. This town was the island's first settlement, and has been the county seat since 1642.
I purchased my bus tour at the same place i got my ferry ticket as a package, i paid around $40.00. The bus tour went around the island and only had 1 stop. along the way you will learn plenty about the past and present of Marthas Vineyard from how it was named to what celebrities live there. You will also see many beautiful views along the way. The only stop was at a great little lookout point. There are only a couple shops and a couple restaurants. It was a short stop that lasted only 30 minutes so I didnt get the chance to eat at the sit down restaurant. But you can eat at one of the quick ones. If i had more time i woulda ate at the restaurant that had a patio sitting on stilts overlooking the cliffs (see restaurant tip). If you are only at marthas Vineyard for a daytrip, this will pretty much take the whole day. There are some nice beaches there so you might want to stay for at least a night.
If you do take the bus tour, at your one and only stop, dont just eat and use the restroom. Walk up the pathway about 20 yards past the little shops and check out the viewpoint. Here you can see a lighthouse on the top of the hill. Our tour bus driver told us the beach below was once a nude beach. Too bad i couldnt see any women down there, it was empty.
This is the best way to visit the island. You don't really need a car there; just take a bicycle or sign up for a local bus tour (which I did). The boats normally run all day. Check the web site for schedules.
The cliffs at Gay Head are gorgeous when the sun sets. Another popular activity is to pick up fish and chips or fried clams in a box and take them down to Menemsha beach to have a dinner picnic and watch the sun set. This picture, from Memorial Day weekend (end of May) is actually a little deceving...it was so cold that we could only sit on the beach for a few minutes before diving back into our car!
A Showplace seven-acre park. The annual fireworks and summer band concerts are held here. The houses surrounding the park reflect the more affluent families in their size and style — Queen Anne and Gothic Revival.
The statue was a gift of Charles Strahan, who served in the Confederate Army and was editor of the now-defunct Martha's Vineyard Herald, which was printed in Oak Bluffs. In 1980, the town re-painted the statue. -- The statue clearly is of a Union soldier; U.S. is stamped on his kit.
At the turn of the century, Oak Bluffs was the summer destination place for thousands of vacationers. Originally known as Cottage City, this charming Victorian seaside community bustled with activity then, as it does now
The Methodist Campground area, established as a religious summer retreat in 1835, provided a unique experience for visitors for many years. Hundreds of imaginative and colorful gingerbread cottages, decorated with flowery window boxes and enhanced by elegant porches, were everywhere and have become a focal point of a visit to Oak Bluffs.
Oak Bluffs offers a super selection of things to do to keep the whole family happy during their stay. There are public beaches where you can relax and swim in the beautiful waters of Vineyard Sound; charters for those who love to fish; bikes and mopeds for those who want to get out and see the Island; and spas and fitness for those who want to relax and recharge. Then, when your day is through, find a nightlife listing for the best places after dark on Martha’s Vineyard.
We weren't there over night and it was only one day, but I can give you a tour of what we saw for the day. It was cloudy and windy, but still a nice day!
Try to spend an Afternoon on the beach at Gay Head. Buses will take you, and be warned 1/2 of the beach is a nude beach. There are magnificent clay cliffs and there is nothing like covering your body in clay and rinsing off in the (very cold) ocean.