Martha’s Vineyard is known as a beautiful summer beach resort area; but of course, as it is located in the Northeast, there are many months that don’t produce “beach weather”. So why then, should anyone come here in the spring? Ah, I’m glad you asked!
Spring has a charm all its own, with warm sunny days and a crispness still in the air in the early mornings and late evenings. Flowers and lush green trees are in bloom, making the Vineyard really beautiful in the spring and worth the trip to experience it. Beyond its natural beauty, here are my the reasons to visit to Martha’s Vineyard in the spring:
Enjoy Martha’s Vineyard without Crowds
OK, “crowded” is relative, but if you visit in a “shoulder” or off-season (i.e. – not July and August) you will notice and likely appreciate the less populated feel of the island. Whether you are trying to drive somewhere, find a parking spot, or get a seat in a restaurant, everything is easier this time of year! And having zero stress/road rage when you are on vacation is a good thing, right?
Spring is An Affordable Time to Visit
Bargains are not something that the Vineyard is known for in the summer months! In the spring, however, you are likely to find awesome hotel specials, as well as deals at shops who are trying to clean out last season’s inventory. Restaurants are even likely to offer more deals as they try out new menus and compete for the smaller spring audience. Of particular note is Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week, held during the third week in June every year. Most island restaurants participate and offer a variety of tempting menus and special pricing.
Mild Martha’s Vineyard Weather has Advantages
While the warm summer months are good for sun bathing, there are many outdoor pursuits that prompt our visitors to appreciate the mild climate in spring. Exploring and connecting with nature is a favorite pastime any time of the year on Martha’s Vineyard, but most enjoyable in the spring and fall. Here are some popular choices for outdoor activities:
Take a guided walking tour – I would be remiss if I didn’t include this! The only way to really see and get to know the towns of Martha’s Vineyard is on foot. You can see a lot on your own, but a tour offers the added benefits of being informative and entertaining. These walking tours are inexpensive, and at just around an hour they are easy to fit into the busiest of days.
Explore hiking trails – There are miles, and miles of trails to explore thanks to a multitude of conservation groups on the island. The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank, the Nature Conservancy, Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, The Trustees of Reservations, Vineyard Conservation Society, and the Vineyard Open Land Foundation have all contributed land available for public use. If you really enjoy hiking, I recommend that you pick up a copy of “Walking Trails of Martha’s Vineyard” by William Flender which highlights 53 walks on the island.
Go for a bike ride – Martha’s Vineyard has over 44 miles of bike paths – from flat to hilly, sunny paths along the beach and cool wooded paths through the State Forrest. There is something for everyone! Just keep in mind that the island is 100 square miles, so you probably will not want to do the whole thing in one day.
Enjoy the water – You don’t have to be in it, to enjoy the breathtaking views or a watersport! Kayaking, paddleboarding and windsurfing are all available (with guides willing to teach newcomers); and if you are not an “active type” on vacation, there are plenty of spots (indoors or out) to enjoy a view.
Of course, an all-time favorite thing to do on Martha’s Vineyard any time of year is just relax! Take a walk on an uncrowded beach or just put your feet up, enjoy a good book and breathe in the sea air. Come recharge your batteries. Martha’s Vineyard is calling you!
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