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 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
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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