Wind's up, surf's up, sail's up, you name it, they've got it. This shop sells everything from waterproof watches to snorkel gear. Their motto is, "If it's for the water or the beach, chances are we have it." Indeed they do. In addition to sale items, you can lease a kayak, sailboat, canoe, body board, surf board, and wet suit. Enjoy the water vehicle of your choice by hour, day or week. Lessons are also taught in sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.
Lily Farm Road & Great Plains Road West Tisbury, MA 2568 +1 508 693 3276
This organic farm specializes in growing daylilies. A family farm, it grows many varieties including soft shades of peach, pink, lavender, yellow and more. Individual prices range from $5 and up. Choose 25 plants for $99; if you buy any ten plants, you get one for free. Also for sale are great gifts for the gardener in your life, including gift certificates. The majority of the farm's business is mail order, but they do take orders for pick-up from May to September.
South end of Middle Point Road West Tisbury, MA 2568 +1 508 693 3678
The local Trustees of Reservations oversee this pristine stretch of beach, dunes and grassland located on the South Shore. Nature trails lead up from the half-mile shore through the forest and grassland, offering glimpses of fresh and brackish water ponds and a wide range of local flora and fauna. The admission fee for adults is USD3; children get in free. Parking at this popular refuge costs USD9 per car and is limited. Call the gatehouse at +1 508 693 7392 anytime to inquire about parking status.
71 Airport Road (off Old Country Road) West Tisbury, MA 02575 +1 508 693 7022/+1 888 405 6723(Toll Free)
Participate in an air show unlike any other as you take flight aboard a 1948 L-17 Warbird. The pilot-owner has over 30 years of logged airtime and takes you on a journey high above the island. Passengers may select from either a 40-minute ride circling the island ($40 per person) or an hour-long, round-trip flight to Nantucket, Woods Hole or Cuttyhunk ($200 flat rate). Both trips depart from the Martha's Vineyard Airport. To make reservations, call the toll-free pager and leave a number where you can be reached. Open May through December.
636 Old County Road Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 +1 508 693 0455
A rustic, bright red barn is home to this popular gallery, representing a number of internationally recognized artists, including the famous photographers Margaret Bourke-White, Carl Mydans, and Alfred Eisenstaedt. The gallery is known for its weekly Sunday afternoon receptions with featured artists in the courtyard sculpture garden. In addition to paintings and sculptures, the gallery offers antiques as well. Artwork may be ordered from the gallery's Web site but a visit to its ever-changing collection is recommended.
53 Christiantown Road West Tisbury, MA 02575 +1 508 693 5786
Since 1988, Seastone has been offering classes in papermaking, book arts and surface design. The barn studio sits on three acres of beautiful woodland. The facility, two stories high, is equipped with all the necessary equipment to explore the various ways that pulp fiber can be transformed into art. Summer workshops last one day or up to a week and include hands-on experience. Please call to schedule an appointment.
43 Dike Road Chappaquiddick Island Chappaquiddick Island, MA 2539 +1 508 627 7689
This breathtaking stretch of barrier shoreline and adjacent upland marshes, forests and grasslands offers a protected habitat to dozens of species of wildlife, especially nesting waterfowl. Located on Chappaquiddick Island, it is reachable by boat or, at certain times and with the proper permits, over-sand vehicles. During summer, guided tours can be booked with a naturalist through the Islands Regional Office. The beach is open to everyone, but regulated by the Trustees of Reservations. No camping is permitted.
Beetlebung Corne Chilmark Community Center Chilmark, MA 2535 +1 508 645 9484
In this fishing town, as in centuries past, fishermen and lobstermen return from a long journey at sea to unload their catch. The harbor, as well as other island spots, was used in the movie, Jaws. The town is comprised of farmland, ponds, and rolling hills. An ancient stone wall cuts through Chilmark. The town's nickname is Beetlebung Corner, because years ago the Tupelo trees were used to make "beetles" (mallets) and bungs (wooden stoppers).
809 State Road West Tisbury, MA 02575 +1 508 693 9426
Polly Hill started growing trees and plants from seed on the family farm more than 40 years ago, and they all grew to become the island's premier natural showcase. Hill has developed numerous plants now grown around the world; including the famous North Tilsbury Azalea. At the same time she expanded the range of plants on Martha's Vineyard. The requested donation for adults is quite a reasonable amount and children 12 and under may enter for free. Lectures are held throughout the season and tour arrangements may be made in advance.
High atop the beautiful cliffs of Gay Head rests an equally magnificent lighthouse. A lighthouse has operated on this site since 1799, with the current 51-foot structure holding court since its construction in 1856. The site is generally closed to the public due to problems with erosion but tours of the lighthouse are given by the historical society by appointment. The lookout in Gay Head offers a good view of the lighthouse, and you can see the original fresnel lens at the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society in Edgartown.
In 1835, members of a church decided to use this
part of the island for a summer meeting. Each year, the meeting became more and more popular. Soon, members of the congregation built cottages and stayed longer. Eventually, their ...
A perfect spot on a rainy day, the library boasts
an extensive collection of books, reference materials, compact discs and audio and videotapes. You can also get access to the Internet, use a personal computer, or dig into the ...
Since 1884, islanders have enjoyed the beauty of this magnificent
carousel. Built by Charles W.F. Dare, it is the nation's oldest platform carousel still in operation. Acquired by the Preservation Trust in 1986, the carousel is a National Historic ...