A summer vacation should be full of outdoor recreation, family sights and activities and lovely scenery. An RV vacation is an added bonus as your family has a great opportunity for bonding and spending quality time together. On Martha’s Vineyard you can have it all. This quaint island off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a wonderful destination for a family vacation.
Discover miles of beaches, a thriving art culture, outdoor fun and natural beauty. Explore the little New England villages and browse antique shops, boutiques, and enjoy delicious food. You can camp at the only campground on the island – Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground – where there are full hookups and spacious wooded sites.
In the seaside village of Edgartown, the shopping and harbor views simply cannot be beat. The homes date back to the early 19th century and the days of whaling. Visit South Beach and the Edgartown Lighthouse while here to get the real feel of this island paradise.
Take the Chappy Ferry from Edgartown to Chappaquiddick. The ferry is called “Chappy” because that is the shortened version of Chappaquiddick, a tranquil and isolated spot to the east where you can ride a bicycle on the many sand tracks which crisscross the island. You will need some small mode of transport to really get around, such as traveling to Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge, but you can also hike it if you don’t mind longer distances.
Next hit the beach town of Oak Bluffs and experience an old-fashioned merry-go-round, the Flying Horses Carousel, operating continuously since 1876 it is the oldest platform carousel in the United States! This National Historic Landmark is the pride and joy of the town and anyone of any age will enjoy this marvelous ride.
Gorgeous coastal views are available at Chilmark and roads lead to fishing villages where you can get seafood fresh from the sea. Be sure to have your camera ready to shoot some photos of the peaceful scenery where stone fences line the hills. Take Middle Road to get some views of the farm lying along the Atlantic shoreline.
Aquinnah Cliffs is another must-see. Take a bus to get to these amazing cliffs and Gay Head Lighthouse. Aquinnah’s isolation makes it a great place to go to avoid any crowded tourist areas. An inspiring town to say the least!
Vineyard Haven, part of the Town of Tisbury, also boasts a lighthouse, the West Chop Lighthouse, with magnificent views. Again, be sure to have your camera ready as you’ll want to share these moments with friends back home.
Yes, Martha’s Vineyard is a place of beauty, inspiration and lots of history. This is where you can explore by foot, on a bike, or take the public transportation system to get where you want to go. At night you can settle down in your RV motorhome with the family and relive the fun you had during your day of adventures. You won’t want to leave to go home once you arrive. But you can always return once again to experience the unique and serene Martha’s Vineyard.
Picture credits: All pictures in this post are courtesy of Travel New England.