Vineyard Haven, the bustling main port of entry to Martha’s Vineyard (one of two, the other is in Oak Bluffs) is also known as the town of Tisbury, where ferry service operates year-round and the vivacious downtown never goes completely quiet. This is where you’ll find unique, one-off boutiques and art galleries for shopping afficianados, as well as the Martha's Vineyard Vacation Rentals office.
Vineyard Haven also boasts a vibrant dramatic arts community with performances at the Katherine Cornell Theater and Vineyard Playhouse; as well as outdoor puppetry and music performances to delight young minds at the Owen Park gazebo throughout the summer. You can catch award-winning film festival movies at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center or a fresh fish dinner at the picnic tables of the Net Result market. Walking past town towards the north end is West Chop, a wealthy summer colony since the turn of the 19th century; it boasts its own zip code and private West Chop Club.
Elegant summer mansions meander along the coastline as you are led back towards town on a three-mile loop, often catching sailboats in your view to the water or golfers playing nine holes at the semi-private course, Mink Meadows. Driving onward toward West Tisbury, you’ll find some of the most scenic water view overlooks on the island.
Many fine summer homes are available for rent including waterfront generational manors on the Sound or Lagoon, in-town cottages, and traditional and luxury homes featuring a variety of architectural interests in the Federal, Greek Revival, Queen Anne and Gothic styles. Many have been thoroughly updated for today’s luxury hotel standards, affording a comfortable stay with modern amenities.
Where to Stay in Vineyard Haven:
Downtown/Historic District: shopping, the arts, restaurants and theater with significant historical architecture.
West Chop: bordered by downtown, stately summer homes along the seaside and a quiet repose to this long-established community.
Central: low-key residential neighborhoods with quick access to other island towns.
Lagoon: vintage summer cottages mixed with waterfont homes and access to kayaking, sailing and boating.
Lambert’s Cove: striking topography with rolling, hilly terrain and gorgeous, private beaches.
Tashmoo: for the outdoor enthusiast - kayaking, canoeing, and beach access.
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Vineyard Haven Beaches:
Owen Park Beach
Tisbury Town Beach
Lake Tashmoo Town Beach