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Friday, February 6, 2009

East Coast Vacation Getaway- Martha’s Vineyard

Roaring beaches, majestic rows of Victorian houses, captain houses, lighthouses and peo, Martha’s Vineyard is a picturesque New England island. One could explore a true fishing village with its Native American community, while riding a bike on the endless beach road when you never know what will be around the next bend. Adorned by fields of flowers and grass, you could actually see llamas grazing on the front lawn and could even stop by the next corner to buy that ice-cold lemonade and oatmeal cookie or perhaps take a ride in the flying horses, the oldest carousel in the country.

Six distinctive small towns make Martha's Vineyard a tourist haven. Stepping foot on the Vineyard immediately brings you face to face with the island’s history. It has some fabulously restored whimsical storybook houses. Hundreds of colorful Victorian gingerbread cottages line the quaint streets of Oak Bluffs on the Vineyard’s northeast shore. It is also a diner’s paradise. Tourist rush in the season gets maddening here. One just can’t miss the magnificent stonewalls surrounding ocean view fields of Chilmark.

Stay in the affluent Edgartown and enjoy boat and people watching at the Memorial Wharf. Whether you want to see the lilacs bloom in spring while riding a rented bike or just relax on a snowy winter weekend, Edgartown will be courteous enough. If you thought Martha’s Vineyard would be a wine heaven then this island is a sure disappointment. You would not find sideways style wine tasting in this Vineyard. In fact West Tisbury is the only place on the whole island where you’d actually find a vineyard.

Marvel at the red –clay cliffs of Gay Head now called Aquinnah also home to the Wampanoag Tribe. Relish a lobster roll while watching scenic sunsets in the fishing village of Menemsha.
Bike, Kayak, rent a cottage or sail to a remote beach; rain or shine terrific activities are infinite here. Just don’t come on a weekend trip, it won’t be enough for the relaxing atmosphere in Martha’s Vineyard.

A mere 100 square mile area, located just 5 miles from the Cape Cod coast, visitors are ferried from various mainland ports many times a day. A wedding, a meeting or just on a short vacation with family, this east coast holiday get away has a little something to offer everybody, all year round.

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