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Getting to Know Martha’s Vineyard in the Off-Season

Destination & Tourism Janeen Christoff November 15, 2016

Getting to Know Martha’s Vineyard in the Off-Season

[IMAGECAPTION]PHOTO: Gay Head Light and Aquinnah Cliffs at Martha's Vineyard (Photo courtesy Thinkstock) 

Summer’s only advantage may just be its warmth when it comes to visiting Martha’s Vineyard, notes Mike Benjamin in an article about the bucolic island in The New York Times which showcases the many sides of the destination.

“Fall is the prize,” writes Benjamin. “The thick, hazy air of summer is gone, yet it is still warm enough for a swim well into October. The summer crowds — presidential guests, Hollywood stars and their entourages, seasonal residents and vacationers — have mostly vanished. The pace slows gracefully.”

Winter brings a slower pace. 

“Winter dulls the landscape as green meadows turn beige and amber, and the ubiquitous twisted scrub oaks, leafless, appear stark and naked, hunched over like weathered old witches clutching broomstick and cane,” writes Benjamin.

Many shops, restaurants and bars are closed in the off-season, but visitors will still have options when visiting in the winter. 

“Winter breakfast spots are Linda Jean’s in Oak Bluffs (classic eggs, toast and home fries) and the venerable Black Dog Tavern, whose tables face Vineyard Haven Harbor, where one can watch for the ferry,” notes Benjamin who also points out that there are also nightlife options still available in the off-season. 

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“In the winter live music, from jazz to blues to singer-songwriter to a weekend dance band play on at the Newes From America pub in Edgartown and, in Oak Bluffs, Park Corner, Offshore Ale Company, and most notably the Ritz Cafe, with live music five nights a week,” he says. 

To get an even more in-depth picture of what it’s like to experience Martha’s Vineyard in the winter, read on here.