Residents have come to say "up island" to mean western areas of the island -- Aquinnah, Chilmark and West Tisbury. Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Tisbury are "down island".
Celebrities have been coming to Martha's Vineyard for decades. Locals have gotten used to them, and scarcely seem to notice any more. It's considered impolite to stare.
South-facing beaches have the most surf. Uncle Seth's Pond on Lambert's Cove Road is the only freshwater beach and has only very limited parking.
Martha's Vineyard Historical Society, 59 School St. (Cooke and School Sts), PO Box 1310, Edgartown, MA 02539, . Open: Summer: mid Jun-early Oct, Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM; Fall: early Oct-mid Dec W,Th,F 1PM-4PM, Sa 10AM-4PM; Winter: early Jan-mid Mar, Sa 10AM- PM; Spring: mid-Mar to mid-Jun, W,T,F 1PM-4PM Sa 10AM-4PM. Authoritative source for history and genealogy on the island. Excellent exhibits including the Thomas Cooke house, the Francis Foster Museum, the Captain Francis Pease House and Carriage Shed with coverage of whaling and Wampanoag history as well. Adm.: $7 adult, 6-15years $4, under 6 free.
The island's newspaper since 1847 has been The Vineyard Gazette, 34 South Summer St., Edgartown, Phone: +1 508-627-4311 Fax: 508-627-7444, .
Steamship Authority Ferries, 65 South St., Hyannis, Phone: +1 508-477-8600, . To/from Woods Hole (Falmouth) and Vineyard Haven (year round) or Oak Bluffs (mid-May to mid-Oct). The only line that carries autos. Make reservations well in advance if you're taking your car.
Martha's Vineyard Fast Ferry, 1347 Roger Williams Way, Quonset Point, North Kingstown, RI 02852, Phone: +1 401-295-4040, firstname.lastname@example.org, . Between North Kingstown (at Quonset Point), Rhode Island and Oak Bluffs.
Island Queen, Phone: +1 508-548-4800, Email: islqueen@cape, . Falmouth harbor to/from Oak Bluffs.
New England Fast Ferry, 49 State Pier, New Bedford, MA, +1 866-683-3779, . To/from New Bedford, Massachusetts. One hour.
Hy-line Cruises, Phone: +1 800-492-8082 or Phone: +1 508-778-2600, . To/from Hyannis and Oak Bluffs. Year round.
Martha's Vineyard Transit Authority, 11 A Street, Airport Business Park, Edgartown, Phone: +1 508-693-9440, Fax: +1 508-693-9953, email@example.com, . Buses run all over the island. $1 each way or buy passes. 1 day $6, 3 day $15, 7 day $25, 31 day $40.
Accurate Cab, Phone: +1 508-627-9798, +1 888-557-9798.
Adamcab, Phone: +1508-627-4462, +1 800-281-4462.
All Island Taxi, Phone: +1 508-693-2929, +1 800-693-TAXI.
King's Rental, Inc., Circuit Av., Oak Bluffs, Phone: +1 508-693-1887.
Vineyard Bike & Moped, Oak Bluffs Av., Oak Bluffs, Phone: +1 508-693-6886.
A-A Island Auto Rental, 800-627-6333, 508-696-5300, firstname.lastname@example.org, . Locations in Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown
The Gay Head cliffs at Aquinnah are a "must see". Moshup Beach below the cliffs was also named as at top ten "walking beach" by the Travel Channel in 2003, beating out beaches in Hermosa Beach, CA and Maui. Menemsha is one of the few places on the east coast where you can see the sunset over the water. Be sure to enjoy lobster from Larsen's Fish Market on the dock while watching the sunset.
The island supports a full range of restaurants from casual to fine dining.
The only two towns on the island that permit the selling of alcohol are Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. The remaining four towns have a "BYO" policy at most restaurants, enabling diners to bring their own alcoholic beverages.
There is very little crime anywhere on Martha's Vineyard.
Beware of poison ivy, a low-growing vine (which may climb) with three shiny leaves. It can cause skin inflamation at any time.
Ticks can be a problem and may carry Lyme Disease.
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