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Martha’s Vineyard is an uber relaxing getaway and an ideal destination for couples, groups of friends and families looking to unwind enjoy simple pleasures. Think beaching, bicycle riding and good food.

A quaint island near Cape Cod, Mass., “The Vineyard” as it’s often called, is known for its slow pace and turn-down vibe, making it an oasis for Northeasterners from big cities who seek a quick change of scenery and recharge— especially in the summer months— where you can take full advantage of the many waterfronts and beaches. The lush greenery is calming and the people are welcoming, making it the perfect locale for a long weekend getaway.

Here’s what you need to know to nail a short stay at Martha’s Vineyard.

1 What’s Oak Bluffs?

Martha’s Vineyard has a rich history of upwardly mobile Black people, particularly in the Oak Bluffs area, which makes it a favorite destination for African-Americans, particularly in the summer. Oak Bluffs is home to some of the best restaurants on the island, the famous Inkwell Beach, and the go-to summer drink spot, Donovan’s, located right on the scenic Oak Bluffs Marina. Neighboring areas like Vineyard Haven and Edgartown offer their own charm and close proximity to the Oak Bluffs.

2 Ocean Views

As popular as Inkwell Beach is, beach towns such as Aquinnah and Menemsha on the Southwest side of the island offer even better quality beach experiences. The boardwalks are lined with little food huts selling fresh seafood and more, leading to the shoreline where you can experience some of the best beaches on the east coast of the U.S. and watch the sunset.

3 Sleep Here

There are very few hotels on Martha’s Vineyard, so the vast majority of people rent homes. Not only is this cost efficient, but it’s the perfect complement for popular recreational activities—think barbecuing and lounging on backyard decks and poolside. As rental homes are in high demand, especially in summer months, be sure to book your home as far in advance as possible.

4 For Foodies

There’s no shortage of savory bites on the island, which is best known for its fresh seafood. From flaky fish and warm buttery lobster rolls, to breakfast biscuits doused in gravy, to succulent desserts, you can find all kinds of cuisine at hotspots such as The Sweet Life, 20byNine and “Back Door” doughnuts. No matter your palette, there is something for your taste buds to get excited about.


Rondel Holder is a marketing executive and the founder of the popular food and travel blog,  Soulsociety101.