Great Reasons to Visit Martha's Vineyard in the Winter

Great Reasons to Visit Martha's Vineyard in the Winter

This is an original publication of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce and cannot be republished in part or in full without express permission.


One of the most magical times on Martha’s Vineyard, winter’s delights include Mother Nature, inspired finds, amazing price and a little romance!   A quick and easy ferry ride of only 45 minutes sets the escapist tone of a wonderful winter getaway. And here some winter-only reasons to make the trip! As always, be sure to visit our calendar to see all the events happening; more are added every day. 

 New Year’s Celebrations 

Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect place to ring in the New Year! Whether you prefer a quiet evening in, a year-end fabulous dinner out, or a fabulously lavish party that goes into the wee hours, the Island is where to be. With countless, romantic boutique inns and B&Bs, quietly saying hello to the new year with your significant other is magical on Martha’s Vineyard. Plus, with award-winning restaurants dotted throughout the Island, you’re sure to enjoy a fabulous “last meal” of the year. And if you like an all-out party on New Year’s, the Harbor View Hotel has got you covered with nosh, two dance floors, fireworks, and a midnight champagne toast.


 Discounted Prices
It’s no secret that Martha’s Vineyard has a reputation as an expensive destination. And while there are budget-friendly options in every season, the prices never get better than in winter. Often, you can enjoy the same, high-end accommodations for a fraction of the price. So if you’ve ever wanted to see what the Island is like, but have had concerns about the cost, come on over in the winter! Sure, you can’t sunbathe, but winter walks on the beach are lovely. Trust us.

Winter Walks
Speaking of winter walks, the Island truly is a gem to discover by foot. With countless miles of walking trails throughout, Martha’s Vineyard practically begs you to go further, walk more, discover her less seen, inner beauty away from the towns and roads. Take a hike on your own, join Polly Hill Arboretum during the winter months to meander their 70-acre public garden to look for seasonal plants of interest, go bird watching, or grab a Land Bank Trail map, your favorite walking companion and enjoy miles and miles of nature’s bounty. (The majestic snowy owl is often spotted on the Island, and is truly a sight to be seen!)

Snowman on the Beach
Have you ever? If not, you should. There are few things quite as fun as building a snowman where you usually catch a sunburn.



Those miles of trails just mentioned? They’re also simply perfect for snowshoeing! This favorite outdoor winter activity is made even more fun if you choose a trail that leads to the beach. There’s something to be said for standing at the shoreline in snowshoes.

 Island Art Classes 

Martha’s Vineyard has a robust art scene, and winter is a wonderful time to dive right into the heart of it. The Island is lucky to have an incredibly active and vibrant art center, Featherstone Center for the Arts, which offers hands-on classes in all modalities throughout the winter. This is the perfect season to check into your inner artist and let your creativity flow — no experience needed!

Big Chili Contest
What would winter be without food? The Island heats up in March with the annual Big Chili Contest. The daylong event has been attracting crowds from off-Island for years, and there’s a reason for that: It’s a super fun party with live music, drinks, and (of course) chili — all done with an Island twist.

Annual 20 Miler & Amity Island Relay
The Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler is a “must” race for die-hard runners of various levels. From highly competitive athletes looking for to test their readiness for Boston and other spring marathons, to dedicated recreational runners, this race offers the chance to combine a visit to one of the East Coast’s most beautiful shore communities with a race on a fast, USATF sanctioned course. But this event is fun for the less serious runners, too, as there’s also a partner “Amity Island Relay.” The Island becomes abuzz with visitors and its fun to cheer for the racers along the way.

The Martha’s Vineyard Independent Film Festival
 Come for dinner, and stay for the show — all of them. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival runs from March 16-19, at the Chilmark Community Center. Enjoy the incredible lineup of movies, with the opportunity to speak with directors, editors, and members of the community. Moviegoers will also enjoy eclectic food, live music, and guided meditation.
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December 2016 04:17
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