The Island of Martha’s Vineyard

Just four miles off the coast of Cape Cod, the island of Martha’s Vineyard is a world unto its own. Visitors have long been drawn to its magnificent beaches, picturesque harbors, historic villages, lively markets, and miles of walking trails. Many, however, are content to settle into a relaxed island frame of mind, iced tea in hand on a shady porch.

Whatever your inclination, look to the front desk staff at The Charlotte Inn for personal advice and tips on enjoying the special places and best-kept secrets of Edgartown and further afield on Martha’s Vineyard. From stunning sunset vantage points to the island’s popular new coffee houses to sailboat and fishing charters, we’re happy to help you indulge in your next adventure.

After an active day of outdoor adventures, shopping, and exploring Martha’s Vineyard, you’ll relish your return to The Charlotte Inn for an exquisite dinner at our fine restaurant, The Terrace, and a luxuriously relaxing evening in your well-appointed guest room.

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The six towns of Martha’s Vineyard


As our guest of honor, you’ll find classic simplicity and sophistication everywhere you look in this historic whaling village. After exploring the old-world charms of your one-of-a-kind guest room at The Charlotte Inn, we suggest taking a short walk to Edgartown harbor. Stroll past stately captain’s houses with fragrant roses tumbling over white picket fences. Watch working fishing boats unloading the day’s catch, the Chappy ferry chugging back and forth across the channel, sailboats and motor yachts cruising the waters, and at the easternmost point of land, the Edgartown Lighthouse standing sentinel over the harbor entrance. You’ll find countless cafes and coffee bars, art galleries and jewelry stores, bookstores and clothing shops to while away the hours.

Oak Bluffs

Colorful Island charm characterizes Oak Bluffs. In the heart of town is the Camp Ground, home to whimsical gingerbread houses and the Tabernacle, which hosts events all summer. Nearby, families enjoy the Flying Horses Carousel, the country’s oldest operating merry-go-round. Circuit Avenue has a lively pulse, with restaurants, shops, nightclubs, and cultural events. With plenty of open parks, public beaches, and a lighthouse overlooking Nantucket Sound, Oak Bluffs has plenty of plein-air photo opportunities, too.

Vineyard Haven

Also called Tisbury, this thriving town is anchored by the island’s main ferry port. Restaurants, a lively collection of shops, and several working boatyards populate the downtown and waterfront. Eastville Beach by the lagoon drawbridge has roadside parking for fabulous views of boats entering and leaving the harbor, a great spot to enjoy take-out lunch from the nearby fish market. Hidden vistas include Lake Tashmoo, whose overlook off State Road offers a peek at Vineyard Sound, and the West Chop Meadow, at the north end of Main Street heading toward the West Chop Light.

West Tisbury

Home to the twice-weekly farmer’s market and the Agricultural Fair in August, West Tisbury also boasts a lovely stretch of south shore beach at Long Point Wildlife Refuge, along with the Polly Hill Arboretum, year-round artisans festivals, and Alley’s General Store. Enjoy its many walking trails across island conservation lands and explore the woods, the north shore and Tisbury Great Pond. A meander along State Road will bring you past cafes, gourmet farm stands, and artisan workshops such as Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks.


A small up-island town with some big vistas, Chilmark includes the picture-perfect fishing village of Menemsha, the pounding surf at Squibnocket, sweeping views over south shore farmlands to the Atlantic Ocean, and longtime island chocolatier Chilmark Chocolates. Browse the Chilmark Flea Market and Menemsha shops, explore menus at its many restaurants, and try the mango lassi at Mermaid Farm on Middle Road. This town has some of the prettiest rural drives to be found anywhere.


People come from all over to see the dramatic outcropping of clay cliffs, the sturdy brick lighthouse, long sandy beaches, and top-of-the-bluff cafes and little shops at the westernmost point of the island. Once known as Gay Head, Aquinnah has long been home to the Wampanoag people, whose tribal lands are here. It’s a bit of a hike from wherever you are to get to Aquinnah; once there, however, its quiet natural beauty is soothing. Don’t miss Moshup Beach, a land bank jewel open to the public for swimming, sunning, and fishing.