Martha’s Vineyard’s Towns: Artsy Culture and New England Charm

Martha's Vineyard Photo Contest, Christmas in EdgartownThe total shoreline of Martha’s Vineyard is 126 miles, and her total land area is 100 square miles. “The Vineyard” is only 5 miles offshore and is twice the size of her sister island, Nantucket. Where Nantucket is mostly flat and sandy, Martha’s Vineyard has woods, fields, hillsides, and the breathtaking Aquinnah Cliffs.

Today, the year-round population of 15,000 lives in six towns. From east to west they are: Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury (Vineyard Haven), West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head).

The towns of the island retain their own character and style. The “down island” towns of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown are shopping havens with attractions and restaurants to suit every taste. Oak Bluffs is home to the Flying Horses Carousel, the oldest working platform carousel in the country, as well as the famous Gingerbread Cottages. The “up island” towns of Menemsha, Chilmark and Aquinnah are quaint, quiet places reminiscent of the island’s maritime past. From the Edgartown Scrimshaw Gallery to the Scottish Bake House to the pristine beaches and cliffs of Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard is an island with something for everyone.

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