Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard

Families at Inkwell Beach, Martha’s Vineyard; credit Martha’s Vineyard CC

Martha’s Vineyard


Martha’s Vineyard is a New England maritime gem. Naturally beautiful with picturesque cliffs, beautiful beaches, rolling hills, and scenic flatlands, the island is enhanced by warm-to-hot temperatures in the Summer. There is a profusion of color from the diverse tree and plant life in the Fall, crisp air and picturesque snow in the Winter, and blossoming flora in Spring. It has a history of welcoming a diverse group of Native American, European and African descendants. Today, they are a force in the island’s hospitality and art communities, making Martha’s Vineyard one of the top destinations for those seeking a resort experience that respects each culture. Summer is a perfect time when it hosts the annual Martha’s Vineyard Black Film Festival, Inkwell Beach and occasional Obama sitings. Martha’s Vineyard encompasses six major towns: Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, West Tisbury, and Vineyard Haven, each possess stately homes, boutiques, antique stores, coffee houses, restaurants, galleries, innkeepers, scenic bike paths, picturesque nature trails and magnificent beaches.

Many visitors forget the that a thriving back community formed in North Myrtle Beach in the days of Jim Crow Segregation. There are surviving black businesses that merit a visit … More

Oak Bluffs
Enter the Victorian gingerbread fairyland that is Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. Nestled beneath towering oaks, and surrounded on two sides by Nantucket Sound, this architectural gem of Martha’s Vineyard … More

Black Innkeepers
Consider Oak Bluffs Inn, Martha’s Vineyard Inn, Shearer Cottages and Martha’s Vineyard Spa to Go present a supple … More

General Attractions
Don’t miss Aquinnah with its picturesque cliffs, beaches, and Native American Tribal grounds and West Tisbury with a winery and strawberry and llama farms. For culinary delights, there are several inexpensive diners and restaurants for breakfast or lunch, however dinners can be rather expensive … More

Heritage Sites
Bradley Memorial Church, Eastville Cemetery, Gospel Tabernacle, Home of Dorothy West, Pulpit Rock, Grace Episcopal Church, Homestead & Grave of Whaling Captain William Martin, and … More

Shops and Galleries
There’s a changing set of black-owned shops and galleries on the island. So don’t be disappointed if the list below changes before you arrive. Rest assured though, there will always be … More

Cultural Sites
Seaport of Menemsha, Mural of Captain William Martin, Cottages Corner, Powell House, “The Bunny Cottage”, Nancy Michael Memorial Plaque and Rebecca Amos Memorial Plaque don’t stand out like a MLK or Malcolm X statue, but they are important sites … More

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