by Scott Garrity
Many folks visit Martha’s Vineyard during August and September and, each month offers different attractions and qualities. If you’re thinking of planning a visit to the Vineyard this month or next, here are some thoughts to help with your planning.
August is a great month to visit the Vineyard because the weather and the water temperatures are generally at the warmest of the year. President Obama has scheduled two vacations on the Vineyard during August in past years and is expected once again during this month this year.
The Top Gun Marlin & Tuna Shoot-Out Tournament and the 12-Metre Edgartown Regatta are two events held during August. If you are an offshore fisherman, you can register for the marlin and tuna tournament at the Wesley Hotel in Oak Bluffs. Viewing the regatta race can be quite thrilling and may be a unique experience to try to be a part of.
Visiting the Vineyard in September comes with the benefit of reduced prices on lodging and fewer crowds and lines at the favored attractions. The majority of Martha’s Vineyard hotels, inns and rentals reduce their rates after Labor Day because many people are in the “back to school” and “summer is over” mode. However, the weather can still be quite nice and sunny days in the 70’s are possible. Although you might not dare to swim at the beaches, the charm of the Vineyard scenery is still fun to enjoy in jeans and a sweatshirt. There will be less traffic and fewer waits at restaurants and shops during this time.
The West Tisbury Farmer’s Market is a popular event during September. The Grange Hall in West Tisbury is the venue and showcase for fresh produce, unique flowers and great home cooking. This fits into the “quintessential New England Fall activities” category and is sure to please folks young and old.
Of course, any time of year is a great time for taking in the sights in downtown Oak Bluffs. Stroll down Circuit Ave and browse through the charming shops. There are many options for coffee, snacks, lunch and dinner. Mad Martha’s is a favorite spot for ice cream and Murdick’s Fudge has fresh fudge made daily. The Flying Horses Carousel is a landmark attraction and is the nation’s oldest operating platform carousel. The rides are a huge bargain, about $2 per ride, and if a rider gets the special brass ring they get a free ride.
August and September are great months to visit Martha’s Vineyard and we hope these ideas help you plan your visit to the island.
Scott Garrity runs marthas-vineyard-vacation-tips.com. Visit his site to see large photos and read about other tips for a Martha’s Vineyard vacation.