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Martha’s Vineyard has quite the reputation as an idyllic summer destination, and for good reason.
The island’s beaches, restaurants and shopping make it a outstanding place to spend time, especially when the weather is warmer, but those are far from the only reasons to hop on over.
Martha’s Vineyard also beckons with a whole lot in way of history and arts, which are especially well represented in Vineyard Haven’s cultural district.
When you visit, what will you find?
Read on for an introduction to the area!
Vineyard Haven Harbor from above
Vineyard Haven, for those who haven’t yet had the chance to go, is located within the town of Tisbury on the northern end of Martha’s Vineyard.
There are a few different ways to get there. Year round, a ferry runs from Woods Hole on Cape Cod to Vineyard Haven (traveler’s tip: the ferry has snacks!).
Additionally, there’s seasonal service between New Bedford and Vineyard Haven, which operates from mid-May through mid-October.
The ferry terminal is a part of Vineyard Haven’s cultural district, so guests will be in the right place as soon they step off the boat.
Hustle and bustle on the harbor docks
Once they do, there will be plenty of enjoyable ways to spend the day. To stay up to date with all things arts on the island, the ArtsApp is a great resource.
The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, located on Beach Road, always has something fun on screen. The center shows a huge variety of works during all seasons, ranging from independent films to classics to documentaries.
The Society’s film center is also home to the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival, which brings excellent entertainment and movie stars to the island each year.
— Film Festival (@filmfestival) July 7, 2015
Move stars like Jake Gyllenhaal!
For a little live action, head for the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse.
This professional theater presents contemporary and classic plays, along with the staged readings, musicals and the occasional world premiere, all inside a cozy setting.
Getting familiar with each other at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse via Facebook
Like all of Massachusetts, Vineyard Haven has quite a bit of history to explore, too.
The William Street Historic District, located just a quick walk from the water, boasts a magnificent array of Greek Revival homes built by wealthy maritime tradesmen during their heyday.
At the Gannon and Benjamin Marine Railway, the island’s extensive boatbuilding history is alive, well and on display. Bunch of Grapes, the highly esteemed independent bookstore that also hosts events, is well worth a visit as well.
A sunny day outside Bunch of Grapes via Facebook
When it comes to shopping, Vineyard Haven has an embarrassment of riches. All Things Oriental, Rainy Day and Midnight Farm are just a few of the boutiques to put on your list, with many more listed here.
The famed Black Dog Tavern
There are a host of places to sleep over in Vineyard Haven, although they do often book up quickly during the busy summer months. The Mansion House Inn and Crocker House Inn are two of the best, with many more fine choices here.
You take an even closer look at the Vineyard Haven Cultural District, along with 22 more unique Massachusetts neighborhoods, on massvacation.com.