The exclusive island of Martha’s Vineyard is located around 8 miles off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Established in 1642 as Great Harbour, Edgartown holds the honour of being the oldest English settlement on Martha’s Vineyard and is the county seat. The charming white-painted captain’s houses and beautiful New England style churches were built at the height of the whaling era. To the south of the town the area around South Beach is known as Katama, pronounced locally as Kah-TAY-mah. There is a good choice of holiday rentals in Edgartown from which to enjoy this lovely island. Edgartown also includes Chappaquiddick island. The town has a lighthouse and several local shops and restaurants.
The beaches close to your Edgartown holiday rental are one of the main draws to this lovely island. South Beach is a large public beach which has some of the best surf on the island. Alternatively, enjoy a stroll along the water’s edge and relax in the sunshine. Cycling
A great way to get around the island and enjoy some fresh air is by bicycle. Most roads have a dedicated cycle track and the island has several bicycle rental companies. Your Edgartown holiday home rental is within a few miles easy riding of several beaches as well as downtown Edgartown.
Once the home of the whaling industry, boat trips now take visitors after smaller catches which are nonetheless an exciting day out on the water.
This small town is at the westernmost point of Martha’s Vineyard and is famous for its brightly colored Gay Head Cliffs. The historic Gay Head Lighthouse sits at the top of the cliffs. Aquinnah is the home to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, the only federally recognized Native American tribe.
Located in the harbour area, close to your Edgartown rental accommodation, you can now climb to the top of this landmark for great sea and harbour views.
Vincent House is the oldest residence on Martha’s Vineyard. Built in 1672, the house is furnished with period antiques and accurately represents island life over the last four centuries. The small museum is open from May 1st until Columbus Day and guided tours are available which include Vincent House, the Old Whaling Church and the Dr Daniel Fisher House, all in Edgartown.
Edgartown is generally regarded as a summer vacation resort when temperatures reach a pleasant 26°C (78°F). From November to March temperatures regularly drop below freezing overnight. Martha’s Vineyard has moderate rainfall throughout the year.
The nearest airport to your self catering holiday rental in Edgartown, MA is the Logan International airport just outside Boston. It is 72 miles (113km) from Edgartown. There is a small regional airport on Martha’s Vineyard which has flights to Boston, Providence and New Bedford airports.