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Fall 2017 on Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard Wine & Food Festival

Fall on the Vineyard is a terrific time to take advantage of a myriad of activities from the historic to the athletic, from the educational to the just plain fun.

Open year round, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum offers a wealth of information about the Island’s unique history, culture and art. Located in the heart of historic Edgartown, the Museum offers many exhibits and collections as well as special events such as tours of the historic and picturesque Edgartown, Gay Head and East Chop lighthouses.

Martha’s Vineyard offers a coastline to be enjoyed by bicyclist of all ages. Wheel around the towns enjoying the sights and sounds of shops, restaurants, beaches and an occasional cranberry blog. Pedal to the red clay cliffs of Aquinnah and while enjoying 200 year old lighthouse, experience the scenic views of the Elizabeth Islands. There are many great bike shops around the island, Martha's Bike Rental located in Edgartown will deliver anywhere on the Island.

After you put your bike away, there are many great hiking opportunities in the Fall on the Vineyard, thanks to carefully preserved Land Conservation/Preservation and Nature Trails that are open to the public. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Edgartown, offers four miles of trails, featuring an observation building, Nature Center, Discovery Room and interactive natural history programs for children and adults. Visit the Polly Hill Arboretum, in West Tisbury, and discover the extraordinary range of plants that can be grown successfully on Martha’s Vineyard, open until Columbus Day.

Did you know that the Vineyard has its own glassblowing facility? The Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks invites the public to visit their West Tisbury studio to gain a better understanding of glassblowing. Come watch a work of art come to life, from the raw materials and an artist's vision, to the final piece.

If you’ve worked up a thirst watching the glassblowing, consider calling to set up an appointment for a tour of the Off-Shore Ale Company brewery right in the center of Oak Bluffs. Afterwards, you can stroll around Oak Bluffs exploring the lively Circuit Ave, or to Trinity Park which is surrounded by quaint gingerbread style cottages or enjoy a quiet stroll through Ocean Park.

Other great activities include the Native Earth Teaching Farm (508-645-3304) in Chilmark, the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury, and Island Alpaca in Oak Bluffs.

Kayaking
Kayaking in the Cape & Islands

Perhaps the best way to discover the natural beauty of the Vineyard in September and October is to take advantage of some of the great programs offered by MassAudubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. Join a naturalist on an exciting, 2-hour Guided Kayak Tour focusing on the natural history of saltwater communities found on Martha's Vineyard. Or if you prefer to explore Sengekontacket Pond on your own, register for the self-guided Kayak Quest Tour, available daily Mon.-Fri. until September 30.

The Trustees of Reservations offer a guided tour of Cape Poge Lighthouse. Learn its history, climb the spiral staircase, and witness breathtaking views. Both of these Trustees-sponsored tours are located on Chappaquiddick and run until October 13.

If you enjoy farmer’s markets, be sure to stop in at the West Tisbury Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning until October 11.

For over 65 years, the MV Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, (the "Derby") has attracted fishing enthusiasts of every age and experience to the Island. This year it runs from September 10 - October 14 and invites all to participate in the natural beauty of this island sanctuary.

Those of you who are really adventurous will love taking the one-hour Vineyard Ghosts Walking Tour of Edgartown, Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven. Led by lantern at 8 pm, the tours are filled with great stories, mysteries and fun and are available through October 1. Call 774-563-0762 for more information.

Looking to learn more about birds on the Island? Consider joining bird guide Robert Culbert (508-693-4908) every Saturday morning from May to November for a guided tour of great birding spots on the Island.

For all you chocolate lovers, don’t miss The Featherstone Center for the Arts’ Annual Art of Chocolate Festival in Oak Bluffs on October 6 - 8.

And for the food and wine enthusiasts, the Martha's Vineyard Food and Wine Festival takes place October 19 - 22. Enjoy fine wines from around the world and delectable foods prepared by local chefs.

If you're looking for a place to stay for convenient and quick access to all that Martha's Vineyard has to offer, don't pass up staying in a beautiful Martha's Vineyard rental during your stay, for the ultimate vacation experience.

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About Elizabeth Weedon

About Elizabeth Weedon: I have worked for WeNeedaVacation.com since 2008, and I've been a loyal homeowner listed on the site since early 1998. An enthusiastic member of the Homeowner Support Team, I provide fellow Cape and Islands vacation rental homeowners with advice about online marketing and rental management techniques to ensure them a successful rental experience each season. In addition to phone and email support to our homeowners, I also create and edit much of the content on our website, as well as our Homeowner Blog and monthly newsletters. I am also the Press & PR Coordinator for the company, responsible for drafting our press releases and responding to press inquiries and interviews. I grew up summering on the Vineyard, where I have managed my family's rental home since the mid-1980's, and I'm passionately devoted to the Island. My husband and I live in Wellesley where we have raised our 2 grown kids and our Black Lab, Maisie.