Martha’s Vineyard After the Season Ends – Every September, most of Martha’s Vineyard shuts down for the end of season. You might think that tourism dies with the last shop light of summer, but the area’s locals will tell you, this small island is actually a paradise in the off-season. You won’t find warm sunshine to bask in on a beach, or an ice cream cone at Bernie’s, but that doesn’t mean the magic is over.
Martha’s Vineyard in winter has its own flavor of beauty. Stealthy winds dare to strip the dunes of their sands offering the best excuse to close the doors and light a fire. In fact, one of the coziest places to spend a few nights is the Harborview Hotel in Edgartown. The accommodations are upscale, and Bettini’s seafood is freshly caught no matter what time of year. If you’re looking for an experience in intimacy, consider the Presidential Skyhouse. This suite offers your own private butler, four large bedrooms, and stunning views of the Atlantic. When booking reservations, make note – the hotel is only open Thursday through Sunday from November to April, and in 2020 the hotel will be closed for renovations in January and February. The Harborview reopens in March 2020.
If you’re up for a bit of tourism, put on a hat and coat and head over to the island’s museum. The arboretum at Polly Hill also has scheduled walking tours.
When the cold begins to subside and the frost is changing to dewy mornings, the first rays of spring are meant for soaking up unrestricted sunshine on beaches or hiking the sandy trails of Felix Neck. Martha’s Vineyard has over 40 miles of cycling paths offering abundant exploration. And there’s no better time than the mild weather of spring when the temps are perfect for strolling in a light jacket and taking in the beautiful sights surrounding the Sound.
Celebrate the departure of winter’s breath at Alchemy. Their seafood dinners are incredible. Edgartown’s Raw Oyster Bar opens in April every year and a fan favorite are their cold-water oysters. Take a ride on the Flying Carousel. It’s from the 1800s and is America’s oldest carousel. The attraction opens in mid-April, just in time for your spring getaway.