From woodlands and white sand beaches to the historic homes of wealthy whalers, Martha’s Vineyard offers natural beauty, one of a kind attractions and vintage charm. This tiny island south of Cape Cod is a popular destination for vacationers and celebrities, including President Barack Obama and rock star Jon Bon Jovi.

The western portion of Martha’s Vineyard, commonly known as up-island, is the location of majestic natural wonders and quiet rural towns. Aquinnah contains the red clay Gay Head Cliffs and Martha’s Vineyard’s first lighthouse that was built in 1799. The town of Chilmark is home to the fishing village of Menemsha, famous for seafood and stunning sunsets.

Down-island to the east lies the historic village of Edgartown, whose scenic churches and white-painted homes preserve the prosperous whaling history of Vineyard. Just a shuttle stop away, the town of Oak Bluffs is a popular religious retreat. Visit the Methodist Campground, and its residences of colorful gingerbread cottages. Both towns have miles of gorgeous public beaches.

A local bus system makes traveling to different island locations easy. A car ferry is available from Wood’s Hole, Massachusetts to Martha’s Vineyard. Passenger ferries leave from various points in New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. A ferry travels from the Vineyard to the historic Chappaquiddick Island, where wildlife flourishes in undisturbed marshes and beaches.