Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Welcome to Gay Friendly Martha’s Vineyard Massachusetts…

Martha’s Vineyard lies seven miles off Falmouth’s Coastline. The Island has six towns, each with its own distinct flavor. Oak Bluffs, where ferries dock and depart, is famous for its “Gingerbread Houses” located in an area known as “The Campground.”   TGay Lesbian Pridepages Martha's Vineyardhis was originally where the Methodist Church held summer camp revivals beginning in the 1850s. Later Campground tents became cottages, each more colorful and ornamented than the next.  Edgartown was once a sea captain’s town and its Greek Revival homes reflect a quiet stateliness. Tisbury, known also as Vineyard Haven, has shopping and excellent dining and is where many island visitors arrive by ferry. West Tisbury is pure bucolic New England, replete with church, general store, and mill. Nature lovers will enjoy such spots as Polly Hill Arboretum and Lamberts CoveChilmark has beautiful views and gorgeous homes, stone fences and the fishing village MenemshaAquinnah (once known as Gay Head) is home to many Aquinnah Wampanoag and has the spectacular mile-long Aquinnah Cliffs, a geological timeline of forests and glaciers.

 

Aquinnah, once known as Gay Head is home to the Wampanoag Indian tribe. It is the highest point on the island with a mile of spectular multi-color clay cliffs stretching to the sea. There is a tribal center to visit and learn about the history of the Wampanoags. The natural beauty also invites the public to use its beautiful beach with its own discreet clothing optional area. Don’t forget to check out the shops and great chowder served at the cliffs.

Edgartown was once the sea captain’s town and is adorned with many majestic Greek revival and Victorian Homes. Its main street is full of shops and like Oak Bluffs, its restaurants serve alcohol. The oldest house on island, the Vincent House and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum reside in Edgartown. A very short ferry ride brings you to the island of Chappaquiddick with its nature preserve, Wasque, and the Japanese garden of Mytoi.

Oak Bluffs, in season being the hub of transportation, with boats arriving and departing Falmouth, Nantucket, Woods Hole, New Bedford and Hyannis. It is known for its lively night life, great restaurants, shops and the Arts District. Also steeped in Victorian history, there are the famous Gingerbread Houses that developed from the summer revival camp set up by the Methodists in 1850. There are close to five hundred ornamented, colorful cottages in the Camp Meeting Association grounds with the centerpiece being the Tabernacle that is the backdrop for weekly concerts and provides family entertainment through- out the summer. Ocean Park is the crown jewel of Oak Bluffs with its newly restored gazebo that will host several events including the spectular annual fireworks, an end of summer ritual.

Tisbury, also known as Vineyard Haven, is a charming town with a bustling main street. Ferries dock here year round and shipping to and from the island is usually from this port. Originally known as Holmes Hole, this is where the seamen would find rest and comfort during storms. A fire in 1883 destroyed much of the down town but it was rebuilt with turn of the century charm.

West Tisbury, located mid island, is pure bucolic New England, replete with a general store and picturesque church. It is home to several walking trails, horse farms and the famous Polly Hill Arboretum.