It’s a challenge to escape the masses while on a relatively small island, but Martha’s Vineyard does manage to offer a few hidden gems.

Chicama Vineyard
Yes, there are grapes on this “vineyard.” In fact, in 1602, English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold named the island in honor of his daughter and the island's native grapes. Nearly 400 years later, the Mathiesen family founded the island's sole commercial winery and vineyard. Enjoy free tours and wine tastings (make sure to sample its award-winning Chenin Blanc and its surprisingly good Cranberry Satin) as well as slow-aged vinegars, mustards and jellies.

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
This 350-acre sanctuary is home to 100 species of birds, including cormorants and ospreys and other wildlife. Follow one of the six well-marked trails for views of all the island's ecosystems: marshland, ponds, woods and grasslands.

The infamous place (infamous for you-know-what) is an island off the island, accessible from a ferry leaving Edgartown. Bring your bike and explore; in the summer, you might just find a bit of relief from the crowds.

Menemsha Public Beach
Everyone will tell you that Aquinnah is the place to witness life-affirming sunsets. They’re right, but they’ve also told everyone else, so the area tends to turn into a circus just before dusk. To enjoy more of the calm that’s usually associated with the end of the day, head to nearby Menemsha Harbor; to some, THIS is the place for the best sunsets on Martha's Vineyard. [Why not check them both out and decide for yourself!]

“Go to Menemsha beach at 6:00,” says one TripAdvisor Member. “Bring your own wine, if you want. Buy a lobster and slaw from the local fish market and park yourself on the sand. There are families and friends there. Everyone's friendly. Eat your dinner and wait for the sunset. You won't be disappointed. It's spectacular.”

Chappaquiddick Graveyard
This cemetery is notable for the grave of Wiliam Martin, an African-American whaling captain whose gravemarker faces away from all the others.

Farm Neck Country Club
This Country Club has a nice restaurant offering a pleasant menu in a peaceful setting.  It's casual and open to the public, but country club appropriate attire is required -- polo shirts rather than t-shirts.  After the hustle and bustle of Oak Bluffs, this restaurant was a refreshing change offering a chance to relax  and dine overlooking the golf course in relative tranquility.  A favorite of the locals and located off County Road, this restaurant is a hidden gem.