Martha's Vineyard offers visitors a myriad of unforgettable activities and experiences, and planning ahead will help you to get the very most out of your visit.
For details regarding any of the information below, please consult with the hotel’s concierge staff, who will be happy to arrange for tickets, make reservations, and provide you with expert guidance.
Widely known for its relaxed and quiet charm, Martha's Vineyard is the quintessential destination for seaside retreats.
For generations, locals and tourists alike have flocked to the island's numerous beaches, enjoying the surf, summer breeze, sunshine and sand. Your stay at the Harbor View provides easy access to the shores of Edgartown and beyond, from Lighthouse Beach and its stunning views to Aquinnah Beach and its ruddy cliffs.
In an effort to help you get the most out of your stay, we've included a brief overview of popular Vineyard beaches, featured below.
Public Beaches in Edgartown:
Lighthouse Beach: Much as its name suggests, an iconic white tower - crowned by a glass-paneled lantern room - anchors this quiet. sandy haven. Originally built in 1828, the "Harbor Light," as it was called, sustained irreparable damage by a hurricane in 1938, and was replaced the following year by a pre-existing cast-iron lighthouse, transported from Ipswich to its current location, just footsteps away from the Harbor View Hotel.
East Beach: A hidden gem among the shores of Martha's Vineyard, this private paradise is often overlooked by Vineyard visitors. Located mere minutes from the Harbor View Hotel, this seaside expanse can be reached via the Chappy Ferry. An irresistible draw for mountain bikers and bird-watchers, this beach is also perfect for family picnics and meandering strolls.
South Beach: This shoreside spot comprises some of the best surfing on the island, making it a popular destination for the young - and young at heart. With ample parking and easy access via bike or shuttle, active-lifestylers are sure to find a favorite in this beach near Edgartown.
Fuller Street Beach: With calm tides and warm temperatures, this Outer Harbor beach is a favorite among families with younger children. Picnic under the sun or stroll north and west to Little Beach, which leads to the even-warmer waters of Eel Pond.
Public Beaches Beyond:
Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach: Highly recommended by the hotel, this beach is perfect for a for a relaxing saltwater soak - perhaps best initiated by a launch off "wooden bridge," a prime location for diving. Of course, those more inclined to sightseeing than swimming are invited to scan the horizon for unobstructed views of Cape Cod and Nantucket Sound.
Aquinnah Beach: This picturesque expanse of cliffs, sea and sand is the ideal backdrop for laid- back summer days. No wonder it's a favorite among families who seek a quiet, peaceful seaside retreat.
Menemsha Beach: Those with an appetite for local cuisine best head to here – because this popular surfside strand offers a countless array of options for casual, on-beach dining. Menemsha also serves up the island's most tantalizing sunsets, so be sure to stay for a twilight picnic.
To explore more of Martha's Vineyard's numerous beaches, visit www.mvy.com/beaches.html
SWIMMING AND SUNNING
Located just steps from the Historic Building, our heated outdoor pool is the perfect place to chill on a warm summer day. Just pick out a lounge chair, roll out a warm and fluffy towel, and settle in under the Vineyard’s golden sun.
Casual summer fare – ranging from light and healthy snacks and made-to-order sandwiches to hand-crafted drinks for every age – is just a few steps away at North 41. Simply place your order in person or with a poolside attendant, and let us do the rest.
In virtually every town and village throughout the Vineyard, accomplished artists can be found passionately immersed in their craft. And while their pursuits vary greatly - from sculpting and painting to casting and kilning – they share a common purpose: to showcase their work in galleries and shops, art shows and exhibitions. We highly recommend that you find time to view these feats of creativity first-hand, and discover Martha's Vineyard through the eyes and hands of an artist.
Farm Neck Golf Course (“The Pebble Beach of the East”)
Semi-private | 18-holes | Oak Bluffs (15-minute drive from hotel)
Mink Meadows Golf Course
Semi-private | 9-holes | Vineyard Haven (20-minute drive from hotel)
Stretching the length and breadth of the island, there are close to 100 miles of bike paths – some along beautiful beaches, others through forests or alongside quiet country roads. Always ride carefully, especially in summer when visitor traffic becomes more active. Complimentary bikes are available for guest use.
Over 300 species of birds are known to inhabit Martha's Vineyard. However, birds from all over the east coast can be found here, including the European cuckoo, the blackburnian warbler, the magnolia warbler, the bay-breasted warbler, the Canadian warbler and the black-throated blue warbler.
The Harbor View Hotel is located in Edgartown, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Transportation is available only by plane or by boat.
Visitors who wish to to fly commercially may do so year-round via American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta, Jet Blue and Tradewind Aviation. In addition, chartered flights may be arranged. Travelers also have a choice of terminals: Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY) and Katama Airfield.
Year-round ferry service is available, departing from Woods Hole, MA. Seasonal services, operating out of Hyannis, Falmouth, New Bedford, Quonset and NYC are also available.
For more detailed information, please see below.
Falmouth / Edgartown Ferry: This popular run offers passengers two significant benefits: valet parking at the Falmouth pier, and direct service to Edgartown, where the hotel is within easy walking distance.
Island Queen: Ease of parking and a direct route to Oak Bluffs (just 10 minutes by car to the hotel) make this ferry a real favorite.
Steamship Authority: The only service equipped to carry automobiles to the island, this ferry – always in high demand during the summer months – provides passengers with a choice of ports: Vineyard Haven, or Oak Bluffs.
Sea Streak: This New Jersey-based fleet offers seasonal Vineyard service from two popular locations: New York City and New Bedford, MA.
Hy-Line: A family-owned, Massachusetts-based service, Hy-Line departs for Martha’s Vineyard seasonally, from ports located in Hyannis and Nantucket.
Vineyard Fast Ferry: Rhode Island’s Quonset Point serves as home port to this impressive fleet, which ferries to Martha’s Vineyard on a seasonal basis, and offers several attractive features. Among them: dockside parking, business-class amenities, and proximity to both Providence airport and Providence Amtrak.