More About Edgartown
The streets of Edgartown, the island's first colonial settlement, are lined with upscale shops, art galleries, and fine restaurants. Many of the stately homes are the former residences of whaling captains. The population is approximately 4,000 locals year round. In the summer months, the population can grow to 35,000.
Edgartown's stately Greek Revival houses, many of them carefully restored sea captains' homes, are surrounded by well-manicured lawns and gardens. A stroll down the historic streets will introduce you to Edgartown's architecture of solely white homes and buildings per town ordinance. The Old Whaling Church on Main Street is a beautiful six columned building built in 1843. This landmark has been restored and now hosts performing arts productions, weddings or private parties. Also on Main Street is the Vincent House Museum, built in 1672 and the oldest dwelling on Martha's Vineyard.
Lighthouse Beach is a pretty place to walk from town to enjoy the calm water or watch boats travel in and out of the harbor. The 200-acre Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary is about three miles from downtown. Owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, this nature center provides marked trails and offers conservation education year round.
Edgartown is one of the Vineyard's two towns where the purchase of alcohol is legal.
South of Edgartown is the area known as Katama. At the end of Katama Road is a three-mile barrier beach called South Beach, with surf on one side and protected salt pond on the other side. Noted for its exciting surf, Katama is a surfer's paradise. It is a pleasant bike ride from Edgartown to South Beach along a 4-mile bike path.
A five-minute ride on the "On Time," the 3 car plus passenger ferry from the Edgartown dock, takes you to Chappaquiddick, “an island off an island,” with dirt roads lined with blueberry bushes and an area of frequent sightings of deer, osprey, otters, shorebirds, and turtles. Vacationers choose Chappy for the privacy and tranquility this 6 by 3 mile spit of sand offers. By bike or kayak, explore the sand dunes and tidal ponds, the glacial moraine, and the sand plain grassland habitats. Fish for blues, bass, or bonito from some of the East Coast's best fishing places--the Gut, Wasque Point, and Cape Pogue. Enjoy the miles of unspoiled beaches accessible by 4-wheel drive. Join one of The Trustees of Reservations Nature or Lighthouse tours. Visit the 3-acre Japanese garden at Mytoi. Chappy offers miles of walking trails on the many Landbank properties.
Ferry service to Martha's Vineyard:
Service from Woods Hole, Hyannis, Nantucket and New Bedford daily year-round. Steamship Authority boats dock in the town of Vineyard Haven in the winter, and both Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs in the summer. This is the only line that accommodates cars and trucks. Island Queen
Seasonal daily walk-on passenger-only service from Falmouth to Oak Bluffs. Hy-Line Cruises
Year-round high-speed service from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs in 50 minutes. Traditional service from Hyannis and Nantucket to Oak Bluffs seasonally. Passengers only. Seastreak / MV Express Ferry
Year round daily passenger-only express service from New Bedford to Martha's Vineyard. One hour trip to Oak Bluffs in summer / Vineyard Haven in winter. New York and New Jersey transportation added in the summer. Reservations recommended. Vineyard Fast Ferry (Rhode Island)
Seasonal fast service from Quonset Point, Rhode Island, to Oak Bluffs aboard a 400 passenger high-speed catamaran. Ferry is 15 min. away from the Providence (PVD) Airport or 20 min. from Amtrak (KIN). Offers first-class amenities, advance reservations & dockside parking. May-Oct. with 2 to 3 round-trips daily.
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