Winter is ending, and evidence of spring’s onset can be found daily: flowers are blooming, peepers are peeping, and warm breezes are blowing. Spend a long weekend on the Cape or Islands during this early off-season, and you’ll be surprised at how much there is to do! Many homes and condos are available for long weekends off-season, prices are very reasonable, and crowds are non-existent. (And while you’re here, scout out next summer’s rental!)
Fascinating process of glass blowing
Martha’s Vineyard Museum
Edgartown: Open year-round, the Museum is a terrific resource of the history and culture of the Island and its environs.
Edgartown: Tour the Edgartown Lighthouse from May 24 – June 15, weekends only.
See some wonderful views at Edgartown Lighthouse
Aquinnah Cultural Center
Aquinnah: Learn more about the history and culture
of the Wampanoag Tribe on the Vineyard.
American Heritage Trail Oak Bluffs
: Explore the Island’s African American history with
a 4-hour tour, or join the 1-hour tour of the Oak Bluffs sites.
MV Sightseeing Tours
Oak Bluffs: Offering bus tours of the six island
towns to provide a great overview of the Vineyard.
: Vineyard Guides services are available seven days a week,
in season and off season, at an hourly rate. One of their “step on” guides can help
you explore the island by motor coach or in your own car.
Polly Hill Arboretum West Tisbury:
A horticultural and botanical landmark developed by the legendary horticulturist,
Polly Hill, who bought 20 acres on the Island under cultivation while preserving
40 additional acres as native woodland. Their Quest is a fun way for a family to
tour the Arboretum and learn about their trees.
MV Land Bank:
Land bank properties are, except during the hunting season, open daily to the general
public from sunrise to sundown. Guided walks conducted by the Land Bank’s scientific
and management staff are scheduled regularly in the off-season. The Land Bank also
sponsors a day-long cross-island hike on National Trails Day, which is the first
Saturday in June.
A Martha’s Vineyard Land Trust, the Foundation has conserved over 2,600 acres on
the Island and welcomes you to enjoy their sanctuaries with self-guided nature walks,
visitor kiosks with maps, and new and expanded trails.
Edgartown: Explore Felix Neck’s four miles of trails, which
provide spectacular views of the surrounding woodlands, meadows, ponds, salt marsh,
and barrier beach. Also, visit their year-round Nature Center and Discovery Room.
Flying Horses Carousel
Oak Bluffs: Located right at the bottom of Circuit
Avenue in the heart of Oak Bluffs and recently restored, the Flying Horses is the
oldest platform carousel in the United States and is a national landmark.
Oak Bluffs/Vineyard Haven: Island Alpaca is open daily and
is fun for all ages. Learn more about these extraordinary animals, take a self-guided
walking tour, and watch an informative video-presentation.
Gingerbread Cottages of Cottage
Oak Bluffs: Stroll around “Cottage City” and admire the brightly-colored
Gingerbread Houses circling the grand Tabernacle.
The iconic “Gingerbread Houses” in Oak Bluffs