My husband and I just returned from a perfect week in this house on Martha’s Vineyard. We chose the house because it was near Edgartown, was available during the last week of the low season, and seemed tasteful and quiet. It was all those things and more – convenient to town and beaches, clean, well-equipped, nicely furnished, peaceful, with a lovely deck facing the woods. There was also a spacious outdoor shower, beach chairs, a reliable WiFi connection, and an airy room on the second floor with a number of beds that would be perfect for children or a young family.
The owner, Jackie, was prompt, helpful and friendly in all our communications. She answered all our queries ahead of time and we knew that we only had to call if we had any problems or questions along the way.
The house is in a wonderful spot for biking, walking and exploring. Although there’s a very good bus system that runs between all the towns on the island, we brought our car and bikes with us so were able to get around on our own. We biked into Edgartown frequently and also to South Beach at the end of Katama Road; also from Edgartown along Beach Road to Oak Bluffs, bike path all the way with splendid views.
The first beach you pass as you head north out of Edgartown is a perfect spot for watching the sun go down, also a popular place for evening fishing. We loved Chappaquiddick and took our bikes over on the ferry twice - we loved the Japanese Gardens as well as the Cape Pogue Nature Preserve at the end of Dyke Road. I would strongly suggest a day (or more) Up Island. The cliffs at Gay Head (Aquinnah) are a must (although I imagine they’re very busy during high season), the village of Menemsha is exquisite, and the roads and views around Chilmark and West Tisbury are lovely. South Beach at Long Point (off the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road) is gorgeous and we could barely tear ourselves away.
Although we got used to biking on sandy roads, this would be a long trek without a car, one of the things that makes it so special - a long, quiet beach abutting a bird refuge with access to numerous walking trails. Stunning! What struck us about Martha’s Vineyard is how varied it is, wild ocean next to quiet, inland ponds; farmland and meadows; woodlands and cliffs; crisp, white New England towns; lighthouses galore; and a fishing village that seems lost in time. It is hard to believe that an island can be so many different things. We explored every day and yet can't wait to return and see more.