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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Martha's Vineyard is located south of Cape Cod, famous for being an affluent summer colony. Now you have a reason to make this destination race your "RUN-CATION" in 2017.  Martha's Vineyard offers 2 beautiful courses for both the half and the full marathon that showcase this amazing island in Massachusetts.   Choose either OAK BLUFFS, EDGARTOWN or TISBURY for your stay on the island with easy transportation to the race start.  Each town has it's own unique personality with very reasonable hotel rates.  You decide which town is best for you.

 

GETTING TO MARTHA'S VINEYARD

FLYING???  Travel to Martha's Vineyard is easier than you think.  You can fly directly on to the Island (MVY) from any city in the U.S. with as little as one connection and non-stop from many major east coast cities. Other optional airports are Providence, RI (PVD) which is 74 miles which is approximately a 1 hour 24 minute drive to the Steamship Authority ferry in Woods Hole or Boston MA (BOS) which is 76 miles to the ferry. 

DRIVING???   You can drive to Woods Hole (Falmouth) and park your car in Woods Hole and walk on the ferry or you can drive your car on the ferry for an additional fee (reservations required). 

STAYING ON THE ISLAND???  

  • Hotels on the Island:  Below, you have a number of hotels to choose from with contracted rates.  Most of the contracted rates require a 2 night minimum stay.
  • Ferry from Woods Hole:  If you bring a car over on the ferry, you will be required to make a reservation for your vehicle at www.steamshipauthority.com.  Vehicle reservations vary depending on the size of your vehicle.  It is highly recommended that you make your car reservation for the ferry in advance.  The ferry has limited space and if you wait the last minute you may not be able to bring your car over.  You can also take the ferry over by foot.  Car rentals are available on the island but limited.

NOT STAYING ON THE ISLAND???  COMING OVER FOR THE RACE ONLY??? YOU HAVE OPTIONS...

  • Hotels on the Cape:  If you live in the area or plan on staying on the Cape, there are a number of hotels in the area that do not require a 2 night minumum.  You can stay at most hotels for only one night in Falmouth and on the Cape.  
  • Coming over race morning?  Ferry from Woods Hole:  The race starts at 8:30am and there are (3) ferry times you can take race morning that will get you to the start line in time:  6:00am, 6:30am and 7:00am.  We recommend that you take the earlier ferry.

Steamship authority

508-477-8600

If you choose not to fly directly on the island you can take the ferry from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard.  It's a beautiful 45 minute ferry ride to either Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs.  If you are walking on the ferry you do not need to make reservations.  If you are driving on the ferry, reservations are required.

For schedules and vehicle reservations, visit the Steamship Authority website:  CLICK HERE

OTHER FERRYS

The Patriot
(passenger only, year round)
www.patriotpartyboats.com   800-734-0088 | 508-548-2626.
Operates daily from Falmouth Harbor, Falmouth, MA. This boat line is not well known but operates the earliest daily departure to Martha’s Vineyard, 3:30 a.m. (the newspaper boat), as well as about eight other daily crossings. The trip takes 35 minutes and cost $10/person. Also available as an emergency 24-hour water taxi service. These people will get you onto or off of Martha’s Vineyard when no one else can, or will.
SeaStreak
(passenger only, seasonal)
www.seastreak.com   866-683-3779
The SeaStreak offers service from NJ, NYC, and New Bedford, to Martha’s Vineyard.
The Island Queen
(passenger only, seasonal)
www.islandqueen.com   508-548-4800
Operates from Falmouth Harbor, Falmouth, MA, to Oak Bluffs. 35-minute trip, operates from late May through Columbus Day. $10/person one-way, they have parking available for $15/day, and while they don’t make as many daily trips to the Vineyard, they are a little easier to deal with because they’re a smaller company.
The Hy-Line
(passenger only, seasonal)
www.hy-linecruises.comm   800-492-8082
Operates from the Hy-Line Landing at the Ocean Street Dock in Hyannis, MA to Oak Bluffs harbor from May through October. They also offer service from Oak Bluffs to Nantucket Island during the high season, though this service does not allow for a day trip; it is only for overnight stays. The parking lot in Hyannis fills up in summer so call to reserve space if parking your car.
Vineyard Fast Ferry
(passenger only, seasonal)
www.vineyardfastferry.com   401-295-4040
Operates from Quonset Point in North Kingstown, Rhode Island to both Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs. Travel time is 90- minutes. Operates a limited number of trips, and in our experience is somewhat unreliable. This boat seems to be the first to be cancelled if there is bad weather. If you are flying into Providence it would be better to take the Peter Pan Bus from downtown Providence to Woods Hole, MA (see Bus).
 
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HOTELS


HOTELS


FALMOUTH AND CAPE COD HOTELS:  Please consider booking a hotel off the island in Falmouth or Cape Cod.  You can take the ferry over race morning at either 6am, 6:30am or 7am.  All 3 ferry times will get you to the start in time. 

 

AIRBNB AND HOMEAWAY:  There is still plenty of availability using AirBnB and HomEaway

 

MARTHA'S VINEYARD HOTELS:  You have MANY choices when staying on the Vineyard.  Here are a few hotels we have partnered with.  NOTE: Bus transportation to the START is provided from OAK BLUFFS, EDGARTOWN & TISBURY.  The race finishes in Oak Bluffs and bus transportation back to Edgartown and Tisbury is available after the race.

SUMMERCAMP--(OAK BLUFF)  (508) 693-6611 ROOM RATES:  start from:  $179/nt ...(Mention "Martha's Vineyard Marathon") Be a kid again at this whimsically renovated Martha's Vineyard hotel. Formerly the Wesley Hotel, this new incarnation is designed as a nod to Oak Bluffs’ history as a summer "camp" destination for the Methodist Church. Read more here. Summercamp also reflects the rustic, retro and nostalgic touches that any former campgoer (or former child) can embrace! Gaze at the harbor from your deck chair, grab a snack from the Camp Canteen, or play ping pong or Twister in the game room. Discover beautiful beaches, fine and casual dining, and eclectic shopping in the heart of Oak Bluffs.

SUMMERCAMP--(OAK BLUFF)  (508) 693-6611

ROOM RATES:  start from:  $179/nt ...(Mention "Martha's Vineyard Marathon")

Be a kid again at this whimsically renovated Martha's Vineyard hotel. Formerly the Wesley Hotel, this new incarnation is designed as a nod to Oak Bluffs’ history as a summer "camp" destination for the Methodist Church. Read more here.

Summercamp also reflects the rustic, retro and nostalgic touches that any former campgoer (or former child) can embrace! Gaze at the harbor from your deck chair, grab a snack from the Camp Canteen, or play ping pong or Twister in the game room. Discover beautiful beaches, fine and casual dining, and eclectic shopping in the heart of Oak Bluffs.

Oak Bluffs Bus Shuttle to start:  .25 miles     Finish:  .25 miles

 

HARBOR VIEW HOTEL--(EDGARTOWN)  (508) 627-7000 ROOM RATE:  start from $219/night ...(Mention "Martha's Vineyard Marathon") BOOK NOW!  CLICK HERE The historic Harbor View Hotel on Martha’s Vineyard, located in the very heart of Edgartown, Massachusetts, has been the second home for generations of families. With stunning ocean views and refined Martha’s Vineyard décor, we deliver the attentive personal service you thought had disappeared forever. The Harbor View Hotel offers a thoughtful year-round array of guest services, family activities and Martha’s Vineyard special events. We have been rated one of the “World’s Best Hotels” by Travel + Leisure and the “Best Overall Place to Stay” by Martha’s Vineyard Magazine.

HARBOR VIEW HOTEL--(EDGARTOWN)  (508) 627-7000

ROOM RATE:  start from $219/night ...(Mention "Martha's Vineyard Marathon")

BOOK NOW!  CLICK HERE

The historic Harbor View Hotel on Martha’s Vineyard, located in the very heart of Edgartown, Massachusetts, has been the second home for generations of families.

With stunning ocean views and refined Martha’s Vineyard décor, we deliver the attentive personal service you thought had disappeared forever. The Harbor View Hotel offers a thoughtful year-round array of guest services, family activities and Martha’s Vineyard special events. We have been rated one of the “World’s Best Hotels” by Travel + Leisure and the “Best Overall Place to Stay” by Martha’s Vineyard Magazine.

Edgartown Bus Shuttle to start:  0 miles      FINISH:  5 Miles (bus transportation provided from finish to Edgartown)

PEQUOT HOTEL--(OAK BLUFFS)  (508) 693-5087 ROOM RATES Located 1 block from the beach, this historic seaside hotel is an 11-minute walk from the ferry dock and 6.4 miles from Martha's Vineyard Airport. Quaint rooms feature private bathrooms; some have TVs. A 3-bedroom apartment-style suite offers a separate living area and a full kitchen. Freebies consist of continental breakfast, complimentary WiFi in the public areas and a computer for guest use, plus homemade cookies and lemonade. Other amenities include outdoor showers, a communal living area with a flat-screen TV and a front porch with rocking chairs. Bike rentals, beach towels and umbrellas are also available.

PEQUOT HOTEL--(OAK BLUFFS)  (508) 693-5087

ROOM RATES

Located 1 block from the beach, this historic seaside hotel is an 11-minute walk from the ferry dock and 6.4 miles from Martha's Vineyard Airport.

Quaint rooms feature private bathrooms; some have TVs. A 3-bedroom apartment-style suite offers a separate living area and a full kitchen.

Freebies consist of continental breakfast, complimentary WiFi in the public areas and a computer for guest use, plus homemade cookies and lemonade. Other amenities include outdoor showers, a communal living area with a flat-screen TV and a front porch with rocking chairs. Bike rentals, beach towels and umbrellas are also available.

Oak Bluffs Bus Shuttle to start:  .2 miles     Finish:  .2 miles

KELLY HOUSE--(EDGARTOWN)  (508) 627-7900 ROOM RATES:  $199/NT ...(Mention: "Martha's Vineyard Marathon") BOOK NOW: CLICK HERE Located in quaint Edgartown Kelley House is a gem among Martha’s Vineyard hotels that has been offering guests classic Vineyard charm since 1742. Comprised of four classic houses and cottages offering a range of well-appointed room and suites,Kelley House is the choice in Edgartown hotels. Situated just steps from the waterfront and offering a wide range of resort activities and convenient access to the best things to do in Martha's Vineyard,  From the moment you wake up with spectacular sunrise views to winding down in the evening with warm cookies and milk, every day at Kelley House is one to remember. Enjoy our spacious outdoor pool, swim and sun at one of the Vineyard's sandy beaches, or enjoy a game of golf on one of the nearby courses. With the convenient location of our Edgartown, MA hotel, fun is never far away.

KELLY HOUSE--(EDGARTOWN)  (508) 627-7900

ROOM RATES:  $199/NT ...(Mention: "Martha's Vineyard Marathon")

BOOK NOW: CLICK HERE

Located in quaint Edgartown Kelley House is a gem among Martha’s Vineyard hotels that has been offering guests classic Vineyard charm since 1742. Comprised of four classic houses and cottages offering a range of well-appointed room and suites,Kelley House is the choice in Edgartown hotels. Situated just steps from the waterfront and offering a wide range of resort activities and convenient access to the best things to do in Martha's Vineyard,  From the moment you wake up with spectacular sunrise views to winding down in the evening with warm cookies and milk, every day at Kelley House is one to remember. Enjoy our spacious outdoor pool, swim and sun at one of the Vineyard's sandy beaches, or enjoy a game of golf on one of the nearby courses. With the convenient location of our Edgartown, MA hotel, fun is never far away.

Edgartown Bus Shuttle to start:  0 miles      FINISH:  5 Miles (bus transportation provided from finish to Edgartown)

SURFSIDE--(OAK BLUFFS)  (508) 693-2500 ROOM RATES:  start from $145/nt ...(Mention: Martha's Vineyard Marathon) Overlooking Nantucket Sound, the Surfside Hotel offers a premier location in the heart of Oak Bluffs with Oak Bluffs Harbor, Circuit Avenue and the Sound in your backyard, and cafes, shopping, fine restaurants and historic sites in your front yard. Proudly family owned and operated hotel since 1987. The Surfside Hotel is pet friendly, Whether you bring your car on the ferry or rent a car, the Surfside has unassigned Guest Parking available onsite. Bicyclists may use our bike rack before heading out to explore the island for the day. The Surfside Hotel’s gracious island charm is enhanced by our shops and restaurant on the first floor.

SURFSIDE--(OAK BLUFFS)  (508) 693-2500

ROOM RATES:  start from $145/nt ...(Mention: Martha's Vineyard Marathon)

Overlooking Nantucket Sound, the Surfside Hotel offers a premier location in the heart of Oak Bluffs with Oak Bluffs Harbor, Circuit Avenue and the Sound in your backyard, and cafes, shopping, fine restaurants and historic sites in your front yard. Proudly family owned and operated hotel since 1987. The Surfside Hotel is pet friendly, Whether you bring your car on the ferry or rent a car, the Surfside has unassigned Guest Parking available onsite. Bicyclists may use our bike rack before heading out to explore the island for the day. The Surfside Hotel’s gracious island charm is enhanced by our shops and restaurant on the first floor.

Oak Bluffs Bus Shuttle to start:  .2 miles     Finish:  0 miles

MANSION HOUSE--(TISBURY)  (508) 693-2200 Participants of MV Marathon to Enjoy 15% off all room rates/  Too special to do on line, please call800 332 4112 or   508 693 2200 Established in 1791 and rebuilt in 2003, guests enjoy free, complete use of our Vineyard Haven health club complete with over 20 classes including yoga & Pilates, pool & spa. Relax on the harbor viewing cupola while watching sailboats and ferries.  With all 21st century amenities, guest rooms range from deluxe rooms and suites offering soaking tubs, flat-screen TVs, fireplaces and balconies with views of Vineyard Sound to Queen Bed rooms with Juliet balconies and village views. A limited number of rooms are pet friendly, please call us at 1-800-332-4112 for availability of these rooms. The best of the Vineyard is within easy walking distance. Movies, live theater, art galleries, Day sails, kayak, bicycle rentals and public beaches are a short stroll.

MANSION HOUSE--(TISBURY)  (508) 693-2200

Participants of MV Marathon to Enjoy 15% off all room rates/  Too special to do on line, please call800 332 4112 or   508 693 2200

Established in 1791 and rebuilt in 2003, guests enjoy free, complete use of our Vineyard Haven health club complete with over 20 classes including yoga & Pilates, pool & spa. Relax on the harbor viewing cupola while watching sailboats and ferries.  With all 21st century amenities, guest rooms range from deluxe rooms and suites offering soaking tubs, flat-screen TVs, fireplaces and balconies with views of Vineyard Sound to Queen Bed rooms with Juliet balconies and village views. A limited number of rooms are pet friendly, please call us at 1-800-332-4112 for availability of these rooms. The best of the Vineyard is within easy walking distance. Movies, live theater, art galleries, Day sails, kayak, bicycle rentals and public beaches are a short stroll.

Vineyard Haven Bus Shuttle:  .25 miles   Finish:  5 miles (bus transportation provided from finish to Vineyard Haven)

NOBNOCKET BOUTIQUE INN - (VINEYARD HAVEN)  (508) 696-0859 Participants of MV Marathon receive 15% off all room rates.  Please call for reservations.  Must Mention "MV Marathon Special" at time of booking Martha's Vineyard Bed and Breakfast.  Island luxury with a twist.  All rooms at this chic B&B have en-suite bathroom, individually controlled heating and A/C, WiFi, hair-dryer, Bluetooth radio/speaker, luxurious Frette linens and towels, sophisticated Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, cable TV/DVD and ceiling fan.

NOBNOCKET BOUTIQUE INN - (VINEYARD HAVEN)  (508) 696-0859

Participants of MV Marathon receive 15% off all room rates.  Please call for reservations.  Must Mention "MV Marathon Special" at time of booking

Martha's Vineyard Bed and Breakfast.  Island luxury with a twist.  All rooms at this chic B&B have en-suite bathroom, individually controlled heating and A/C, WiFi, hair-dryer, Bluetooth radio/speaker, luxurious Frette linens and towels, sophisticated Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, cable TV/DVD and ceiling fan.

Vineyard Haven Bus Shuttle:  .5 miles   Finish:  5 miles (bus transportation provided from finish to Vineyard Haven)

Pre-race:  BUS TRANSPORTATION to the start at the High School for both the Half and Full Marathon is available from TISBURY, OAK BLUFFS and EDGARTOWN.  The finish is in Oak Bluffs, so bus transportation will be available from Oak Bluffs to back to Edgartown and Tisbury, post race. 

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GETTING AROUND THE ISLAND


GETTING AROUND THE ISLAND


Getting around Martha's Vineyard is pretty easy.  If you are staying in Tisbury, Oak Bluffs or Edgartown it is really not necessary to rent a vehicle.  Everything is within walking distance and each town is self contained with shops, restaurants, stores and hotels.  If you choose to explore the island, you can rent a vehicle from Hertz, Avis or Enterprise, or rent a Jeep or Moped from a local bike shop.  Parking is NO HASSLE throughout the whole island.  Bike are another great way to get around the island too and you can rent a bike for $10 -$20/day

Bike Rentals:

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Car Rentals:

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STUFF TO DO ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD


STUFF TO DO ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD


TOP TEN TIPS FOR MARTHA’S VINEYARD ACTIVITIES

Winter Activities

  • Walk the beaches. Many beaches, especially ‘Up-Island’ are closed to the public during the summer months. Take this opportunity to enjoy these unspoiled stretches with no one else around!
  • Shop. The winter is a great time to pick up bargains. Take advantage of the winter wind-down to grab that island keepsake at a discount, or shop for next season as stores clear out for next summer.
  • Get back to nature. Wonderful hiking trails abound – from a gentle strolls to energetic hikes. Plus, the views can be stunningly different with less (or no!) foliage to obscure the expanse. See what new spots you can discover.
  • Eat. Tons of great restaurants are open year round all over the island. Many run special theme nights or discount nights. Check with us for the latest offerings.
  • Pamper yourself. Enjoy a massage or facial. Relax, unwind, de-stress. Onsite here at Vineyard Square, Sea Spa Salon is offering great daily discounts on treatments.
  • Support a community event. Locals come out to play and support their favorite causes in the winter.  Every week there boasts an array of events to support many Island charities. Join in and enjoy the local color!
  • Catch a movie. In addition to the year round big box office releases at Edgartown Cinema, each Saturday you can enjoy an offering from MV Film Society at the Katherine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. Sometimes a documentary, sometimes a foreign film – always something a little off the mainstream.
  • Gallery Stroll. Enjoy the local art scene at a quieter pace, chat to the gallery owners about the collections while they have time to chat back. Then hit one of the many craft or artisan fairs at this time of year.
  • Work out. Jog through the quiet streets. Take a yoga class at one of our many amazing studios. Spin, hit the Y for some Zumba or other fun class before checking out their pool and other great facilities. Recommit to your workout with a fun getaway to our nearby island!
  • Disconnect and reconnect. Turn off the phone (yes we said it!) and reconnect with a loved one. The quiet of the Vineyard in winter is the perfect atmosphere to rediscover why you fell in love.

In-Season Activities

  • Stroll (or Jog) North Water Street. Beautifully renovated captains’ homes date to when Edgartown was a major whaling port called Great Harbour. Don’t miss the Emily Post House garden at 34 Fuller Street. The famous advocate of all things mannerly summered there from 1927 until her death in 1960. She wrote often of her garden, especially her Dahlias, which are still lovingly tended by the current owners.
  • Climb Edgartown Lighthouse. Saunter down to Edgartown Lighthouse, take a tour and climb to the top for the best view of Edgartown Harbor. 
  • Tour Chappaquiddick’s East Beach. Ride the On-Time Ferry and meet the van on “the Chappy side.”  Take an over-sand vehicle tour of beautiful East Beach, learn about the natural history of this unique location and tour Cape Poge Lighthouse – the lighthouse that visitors rarely see as it’s ONLY accessible by beach vehicle or boat! Talk about “insider!”
  • Be a Jaws Groupie. “It’s only an Island if you look at it from the water,” is Brody’s infamous line from Jaws, which was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard in 1974.  Ask us for a Jaws tour map and we’ll point out the most recognizable movie locations. Then, take Brody’s advice and get out on a boat. Options abound – from a short ride around the harbor on a launch to a full-day adventure on the high seas. See some of our suggestions on our Beaches and Boating page
  • Revel in Beach Nightlife. Ride out to Menemsha, join the throng on the beach, and picnic in the stunning light of the setting sun. Revel in the party atmosphere as children play, impromptu jam sessions break out, music fills the air, and new friends are made. Let us call ahead to Larsen’s Fish Market to arrange a take-out New England Clambake of lobster, clams, corn on the cob and all the fixin’s.
  • Hop on a Bus. If this is your first Martha’s Vineyard visit (or even if it’s not), we highly recommend a bus tour to hit island highlights. Our favorite is the brightly painted Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing Bus. The company offers a 2½-hour tour with a ½-hour stop at the Aquinnah Cliffs and Gay Head Lighthouse. The Cliffs are a protected National Historic Landmark and the lighthouse was made from clay bricks culled from the site. Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society on School Street displays the lighthouse’s original 1856 Fresnel Lens. You’ll learn a lot of Island lore (as well as hear wonderful anecdotes from a great group of knowledgeable drivers!)
  • Stroll (or Jog) North Water Street. Beautifully renovated captains’ homes date to when Edgartown was a major whaling port called Great Harbour. Don’t miss the Emily Post House garden at 34 Fuller Street. The famous advocate of all things mannerly summered there from 1927 until her death in 1960. She wrote often of her garden, especially her Dahlias, which are still lovingly tended by the current owners.