It’s an Age-Old Tradition to Discover Martha’s Vineyard Island
We Will Help You Plan Your Favorite Island Activities
Let our Concierge staff guide you to all that Martha’s Vineyard island has to offer from the most scenic walking trails to a sunset cruise through Edgartown Harbor. Browse Edgartown and Martha’s Vineyard activities below to make the most of your stay.
Mink Meadows Golf Course is located in Vineyard Haven, a short 20-minute drive from the Harbor View Hotel. This historic golf course, built in 1936 by Wayne Stiles, is a semi-private nine-hole course. The front nine of the course measures 3,078 yards, and the back nine, measures 3,139 yards.
Farm Neck Golf Course, opened in 1979, is an 18-hole regulation length golf course in Oak Bluffs. Some consider this course to be the East Coast Pebble Beach. This medium-length layout has 3 sets of tee boxes for a fun, but challenging golfing experience. The course features 6,807 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.
Stretching the length and breadth of the island of Martha's Vineyard there are close to 100 miles of bike paths some along beautiful beaches, others through forests and alongside quite country lanes. The summer on Martha’s Vineyard brings extra car traffic. Please ride defensively.
Over 300 species of birds are known to commonly inhabit and frequent Martha’s Vineyard. However, birds from all over the eastern coast can occasionally be found here as they can find themselves blown off course due to hurricane winds. This can lead to some pretty exciting bird sightings. Some of the most exotic birds, which have been spotted on the island are the European cuckoo, blackburnian warbler, magnolia warbler, bay-breasted warbler, Canada warbler and the black-throated blue warbler.
Outdoor Heated Pool
Take a dip or just improve your tan. Our outdoor heated pool located next to the Main Building is an ideal place to rest and relax on a hot summer day. Comfortable chaise lounges and plenty of towels are always on hand. The shallow end is perfect for younger children and the maximum depth of the pool is 6.5 feet. Snacks, Lunch and drinks are all available without leaving the pool area. The outdoor pool is open daily during the summer months from 8:00A.M. to 8:00P.M. Please note an adult must accompany all children.
In virtually every town on the Vineyard you will find small galleries, painting studios, pottery studios and other one-of-a-kind talented craftsman. To see Martha’s Vineyard through an artist’s eyes, be sure to take time to explore the artist’s world of the Vineyard.
Beaches On Martha's Vineyard
Lake Tashmoo Beach, Tisbury Town Beach, Owen Park Beach, Lagoon Bridge Park, Eastville Point Beach, Oak Bluffs Town Beach, Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach, Bend-In-The-Road Beach, Lighthouse Beach, East Beach, Chappaquiddick, Katama or South Beach, Long Point Wildlife Refuge, Uncle Seth's Pond, Menemsha Public Beach, Chilmark Pond Preserve, Lobsterville Beach, End of Lobsterville Beach, Moshup Beach.
Chappaquiddick Island, (called Chappy by the locals) is a small island off the eastern end of the larger island of Martha's Vineyard and is part of the town of Edgartown. The two islands are connected, along their southern coast, by a narrow barrier beach not accessible by paved roads. The eastern edge of the Island is a barrier beach formed thousands of years ago by offshore currents that deposited tons of sand. Today, this beach extends for seven miles from Wasque Point past the Cape Poge lighthouse to the Gut. The southeastern point of this beach, called Wasque Point is a very popular fishing spot for catching bluefish, striped bass and others.
Flying Horse Carousel
The Flying Horses Carousel is the nation's oldest operating platform carousel and a National Historic Landmark. The Flying Horses were brought to Martha's Vineyard in 1884. The Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust owns it. Located on Oak Bluffs Avenue, in the heart of Oak Bluffs, this treasured carousel has been enjoyed by Vineyard children, residents and visitors of all ages for more than a century. Handcrafted in 1876, the horses have real horsehair and a genuine leather saddle.
The Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, located in the town center of Oak Bluffs, offers a rare experience for visitors. Consisting of hundreds of artistic, colorful, one-of-a-kind gingerbread cottages, it contains the most perfectly preserved collection of Carpenter Gothic style architecture in the world. These truly unique Victorian "gingerbread" cottages are just a stones throw from the famed Tabernacle. The Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association continues as a tribute to the Methodist revival meetings that began back in 1835 and continued through the Civil War era. Thousands flocked to the meetings on Martha’s Vineyard and over time, they built the Victorian Gingerbread village of cottages in on same spot they had once pitched canvas tents. Famous dignitaries such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and President Ulysses S. Grant were visitors to the cottages more than 100 years ago.
The personality of Martha’s Vineyard changes with the four seasons. There is no better way to soak in those changes than to take a long walk or hike through the Vineyard’s many trails. Children and strollers are easily handled on some trails while others may be too strenuous or offer too much soft sand. Be sure to take snacks and water. Interested in a jogging route? Click here for a link to three Harbor View Hotel jogging trails.
On Martha’s Vineyard there are numerous places to horseback ride for all ages and levels of ability. Picturesque trails pass through the beautiful Vineyard countryside, with scenic stonewalls, fresh water ponds, and farm meadows interspaced with wooded areas. Most stables are flexible to meet your needs.
Lighthouse buffs consider the five lighthouses on Martha’s Vineyard to be the most diverse in a small, contained area in the country. While the Edgartown Lighthouse can be enjoyed from the Harbor View Hotel veranda, our concierge can provide directions and information on the other four. Note: While staying on Martha’s Vineyard, lighthouse buffs will also be able to see the lighthouse at Taurpaulin Cove, Nobska Light in Falmouth and Great Point Light in Nantucket. All of the Island's lighthouses, except the Cape Poge Lighthouse, are easily accessible by road.
Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society
Situated in the Historic District of Edgartown, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is the Island’s largest repository of cultural artifacts, historic photographs, archival records and genealogical records. Maintained by the Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society, the museum brings the Island’s vibrant history alive. Our concierge can provide more detailed directions to the museum.
The Fabulists are a troupe of dedicated Vineyard Playhouse actors and writers who perform witty adaptations and fun new scripts for children every Saturday during the summer. Your kids will “ham-it-up” with lots of improvisation and audience participation.
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Explore Felix Neck's four miles of trails, which provide spectacular views of the surrounding woodlands, meadows, ponds, salt marsh, and barrier beach. In the summer, enjoy watching a nesting pair of ospreys and a tree swallow colony. From the observation building, look for waterfowl in the pond during the fall and winter. Year-round, visit our nature center or the discover room to see barn owls nesting in the barn dormer through our owl cam.
Come and explore the Vineyard’s Farm Institute to enjoy a relaxed hands-on experience where you’ll receive a personal farm tour, one-of-a-kind activities such as creating fiber art, interactive food preparation and even farm operations. Kids will get to see and touch real farm equipment like tractors and loaders. Then top it all off with an authentic Martha’s Vineyard hayride.