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Often called just "The Vineyard," the island has a land area of 100 square miles. Located off Cape Cod Martha's Vineyard remains one of the most popular and picturesque destinations in New England. Accessible by boat and plane, the Vineyard landscape is made up of endless miles of pristine sandy beaches, sailboats, farmers markets and working lighthouses. Among the island's six towns, you're sure to find the part of the Vineyard that's right for you. Major towns/destinations include:
Edgartown: With stately Greek revival houses dating back to the whaling era of the early 19th century, Edgartown is a seaside village of boutique shopping and pristine harbor views.
Oak Bluffs: For more of a "beach town" feel, Oak Bluffs has the Flying Horses carousel, an arcade and an easy walk to the beach, plus the history and charm of the "gingerbread" houses in the Methodist campgrounds.
Vineyard Haven: Vineyard Haven offers visitors a blend of both. Served by the big boat ferry year-round, Vineyard Haven has shopping, beaches and is home to the largest (if not the original?) Black Dog bakery, restaurant and apparel shop.
Up Island: For a real retreat, Chilmark/Aquinnah is the place to get away from it all. This is the retreat of several notable locals including James Taylor (and brothers), Carly Simon and Walter Cronkite. Aquinnal is the tribal name for what was formerly known as "Gay Head," home of the famous red cliffs.
In the off-season, the island is quieter and far less crowded, but the shore is always beautiful. Whenever you visit, leave your car behind! Cabs are plentiful and greet the incoming ferries to help you reach your destination. Most visitors prefer to explore the island on a bicycle, moped / scooter or tourist-friendly public buses.