How do I get to Martha’s Vineyard?
You can come to Martha’s Vineyard by ferry, either as a foot passenger or with a car, or by plane.
What ferries run to Martha’s Vineyard?
The following companies run ferries to Martha’s Vineyard:
Steamship Authority (508 477 8600) – A year round car and passenger ferry runs from Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven. A seasonal car and passenger ferry runs from Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs. The ferry trip is 45 minutes. Reservations are required for cars but no reservations are required for foot passengers. Check the Steamship Authority website (www.steamshipauthority.com) for fares and availability.
Hy-Line (508 778 2602) – A seasonal foot passenger only service runs from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs. The ferry trip is 1 hour. Reservations required. Check website (www.hylinecruises.com) for fares and availability.
Island Queen (508 548 4800) – This is a foot passenger only ferry that runs between Falmouth and Oak Bluffs in the summer. The ferry trip is 35 minutes. Reservations are not required. Check website (www.islandqueen.com) for fares.
Falmouth Ferry (508 548 9400) – A seasonal foot passenger only ferry running from Falmouth to Edgartown. The ferry trip is 1 hour. Check website (www.falmouthedgartownferry.com) for fares and availability.
Seastreak (1 800 262 8743) – A seasonal foot passenger only fast-ferry running between New York City and Oak Bluffs and a seasonal ferry between New Bedford and Oak Bluffs. The ferry trip is 5 hours from New York and 1 hour from New Bedford. Reservations required. Check website (www.seastreak.com) for fares and availability.
Rhode Island Ferry (401 295 4040) – A seasonal fast-ferry for foot passengers between Quonset Point, RI and Oak Bluffs. Reservations required. The ferry trip is 95 minutes. Check website (www.rhodeislandfastferry.com) for fares ad availability.
Chappy Ferry – Car ferry running year round on a “back and forth” basis between Chappaquiddick and Edgartown. Check website (www.chappyferry.com) for fares.
Is it possible to take a plane to Martha’s Vineyard?
Yes, there are a number of airlines that fly directly into Martha’s Vineyard airport.
Cape Air – Fly year-round from Boston, Nantucket and New Bedford and seasonally from Hyannis and White Plains.
Tradewind Aviation – Seasonal flights (May-Nov) from New York (White Plains & Teterboro)
Jet Blue – Fly seasonally directly from Boston and from New York (JFK)
Delta Airlines – Fly seasonally directly from New York (JFK & La Guardia)
American – Fly seasonally from Washington DC and New York (La Guardia)
Can I bring a car to Martha’s Vineyard?
Yes but early reservations are needed for space on the ferry. Reservations open up in January and advance reservations are a must for the summer months.
What are the best beaches on Martha’s Vineyard?
One of the many reasons to visit Martha’s Vineyard is for its unspoilt and scenic beaches. Some beaches are open to the public year-round and some beaches are restricted in summer to town residents and summer visitors staying in the town where the beach is located. Here are some of our favourites:
East Beach (Chappaquiddick) – Public beach located in Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge. This stunning beach stretches for miles and gives you the feeling you’ve reached the end of the earth.
South Beach (Edgartown) – Public beach at Katama. Three miles of beach and excellent surfing.
Tashmoo Town Beach (Vineyard Haven) – Public beach at entrance to Lake Tashmoo. A bumpy ride to get down to the beach and only limited parking. Views across to Woods Hole.
Lucy Vincent Beach (Chilmark) – Chilmark residents only in summer. Can be accessed by all off-season.
Lambert’s Cove Beach (West Tisbury) – A gorgeous semi-circular cove. West Tisbury residents only until 5pm in July & August.
Owen Park Beach (Vineyard Haven) – Small public beach from where you can watch the ferries and yachts coming in and out of the harbor.
Long Point Wildlife Refuge (West Tisbury) – Public beach on the south shore. SUP and kayak rentals available in summer.
State Beach (Oak Bluffs) – Public beach with two miles of sandy beach. Take the opportunity to jump off “Jaw’s Bridge”
Lobsterville Beach (Aquinnah) – Public beach with sandy dunes. Great views across Vineyard Sound and excellent fishing. No parking on Lobsterville Road so best to take the bike ferry across from Menemsha (Summer only).
Gay Head Public Beach (Aquinnah) – Public beach with excellent surfing. Clothing optional section.
Eastville Beach (Oak Bluffs/Vineyard Haven) – Public beach close to Lagoon Bridge.
Does the Nobnocket Boutique Inn provide beach towels?
Yes, we provide guests with beach towels and beach chairs. We can also provide picnic lunches on request (additional charge).
Which towns allow alcohol to be served?
The only “dry” town left on Martha’s Vineyard is Chilmark. You can, however, take your own drinks into the restaurants there and they will serve them for you for a corkage fee. Both Edgartown and Oak Bluffs are “wet” with alcohol available in restaurants, bars and there are liquor stores. Vineyard Haven is “wetish” with all alcohol (spirits, wine and beer) served in restaurants. There are no liquor stores in Vineyard Haven. West Tisbury and Aquinnah are “damp”. In these towns only beer and wine can be purchased when ordering food at any of the cafes and restaurants.
Where can I buy alcohol?
There are liquor stores in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.
Do I need to bring a car to Martha’s Vineyard?
No, a car isn’t necessary on Martha’s Vineyard. The public transport is excellent with buses running frequently on a number of different routes around the island. There is also an abundance of taxis that can take and collect you from any location. Uber and Lyft drivers operate on the island. You can also rent a car once you are on Martha’s Vineyard. Alternatively mopeds and bicycles are available for rent and there are many bike routes around the island.
Is it possible to get massages or do yoga at the inn?
We don’t have a spa but can arrange in-room massages, both individual and couples. We provide yoga mats for anyone wishing to take a yoga class. The island has several yoga instructors and facilities that we can contact for you.
Where is the best place to stay on Martha’s Vineyard?
Is Nobnocket Boutique Inn close to restaurants?
Yes, the inn is within walking distance of some of the best restaurants (Beach Road, La Soffitta, Copper Wok, Garde East and the world famous Black Dog Tavern) on the island. The Art Cliff Diner is the undisputed spot for breakfast on Martha’s Vineyard. The owner/chef used to be the chef for the US President’s guests.
Can I walk to the inn from the ferry?
Yes, the inn is 0.5 mile from the ferry terminal, so a 10 minute walk. It is an uphill walk to the inn, as the inn is located on a bluff, so if with bags we’d suggest hopping in one of the waiting cabs.
What amenities are included at the inn?
Nobnocket Boutique Inn provides complimentary WiFi throughout the property, complimentary gourmet breakfast, hairdryers in all rooms, beach towels, bikes, complimentary hot and cold drinks, access to an iron and ironing board, books, games, DVDs, Bluetooth radios in all rooms, complimentary printing of boarding passes/tickets, luxury Frette linens and towels and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
Does the inn allow pets?
We are not able to accommodate pets but can recommend a local kennel for your dog’s own vacation.
Can you accommodate children at the inn?
Children who are 16 years old and older are welcomed at the inn.
Is there an elevator at the inn?
No, there is no elevator at the inn. The inn was built in 1908 and consistent with the historic, architectural style of the time there are many stairs outside and within the building. All rooms are accessed via stairs so some guests with mobility issues may find access challenging. Please count on us to gladly assist with your bags.
Can you provide breakfast options for gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan or pescetarian diets?
Yes, we are happy to accommodate dietary preferences but ask that you let us know in advance of your stay so breakfasts can be appropriately prepared. For those with celiac disease or severe nut allergies please be aware that we understand the seriousness of these conditions and cannot guarantee the 100% absence of gluten or nuts due to potential cross-contamination from other products being prepared.
Where did the name “Nobnocket” come from?
It’s all explained here on the blog (did I mention the James Taylor connection?)
Nobnocket – The Name
What is the best time of year to visit Martha’s Vineyard?
The warmest weather is in July and August but that is also when the island is at its busiest so traveling around the island can take time due to the increase in traffic. May, June & September all have good weather, all restaurants and shops are open and the roads and beaches are less busy. October is a great month for the outdoors and catching the color changes on warm afternoons before the cooler nights move in. March is Martha’s Film Festival month and a great excuse to be hobnobbing with the film crowd up from NYC. There is less happening Nov-Feb with the towns of Edgartown and Oak Bluffs closing down. Vineyard Haven stays open with restaurants and shops continuing to do business through the winter.
What famous people live on Martha’s Vineyard?
Now that would be telling! Why not come and visit and do your own celeb-spotting!