Where to Stay in Martha’s Vineyard

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Where to Stay in Martha’s Vineyard

Staying at the Best Beach Hotels at the Summer Colony

Do you want to know about where to stay in Martha’s Vineyard? Our mission, in this post, is to address and answer this question.

The large tides are tumbling into the beach as you bathe in the sun’s rays. The nearby lighthouse continues to stand tall, withstanding history’s events and becoming a tourist spot for all those who want to see the harbor at a panoramic view. The 19th century Gothic houses of the past Methodist confuses you as they are painted in bright and colorful hues. The herds of fluffy alpacas and thriving wildlife pull you closer to nature at the island’s reserves.

Oh, and the bridge from the first Jaws movie inclines you to go over the ledge and jump into the water. Martha’s Vineyard’s many beautiful beaches, historic lighthouses, animal reserves, and venues from famous movies are open to cater your luxurious traveling needs. Hence, knowing where to stay in Martha’s Vineyard’s best beachside hotels are a must and is exactly what this article is here to do for you. The good news is you don’t have to worry about costs as all these accommodations are affordable and light to one’s pocket!

I. Getting to Martha’s Vineyard via Ferry

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The trip to Martha’s Vineyard can either be through boat or plane. So if you easily get seasick or you have a deathly paranoia of heights, I’ve got bad news for you – you gotta swim 4 miles to get to this island. But before it comes to that, you might want to double check the ferries’ prices and speed in getting you to the island because you might just find something that will either be a quick or cheap ride.

What Martha’s Vineyard Ferry Options are Available?

There are 9 ferry ports from 7 ferry companies that can take you to Martha’s Vineyard. To name a few, the celebrities that visit Martha’s Vineyard are Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Larry David, and even the royal Princess Diana and Barack Obama — which we can all agree is royalty in our hearts (Business Insider, 2019). The ferry companies that can take you across the sea and into this island are Steamship Authority, Island Queen, Hy-Line Cruises, Seastreak, Vineyard Fast Ferry, and Falmouth-Edgardtown Ferry.

Let us now move on and take a closer look at your ferry options:

1. Steamship Authority (Woods Hole, Massachusetts)
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This ferry is located at 1 Cowdry Road, Woods Hole, Massachusetts. From there, it will take 45 minutes to reach Martha’s Vineyard. Their ferry prices are at $8.50 for a one-way trip for adults, $4.50 for children ages 5 to 12, and no charge for children under 5 years old. If you plan on transporting your bicycle and/or motorized vehicle, too, then a bicycle costs $4 to transport one-way, a vehicle with up-to 16’ in length costs $81, and a vehicle with the length from 17’ to 20’ costs $91.

If you want to take your bike or car with you through the ferry, and you like the prices, then you can immediately call to make reservations at 508-477-8600. If you have any inquiries or if you want to know more about their company, you can check them out at www.steamshipauthority.com. I have personally used this location a few times, and it was great! No problem with loading my vehicle on, either.

2. Hy-Line Cruises (Hyannis, Massachusetts)
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This ferry port is located at 220 Ocean St, Hyannis, Massachusetts. From there, it will take a whole hour to reach Martha’s Vineyard. Their ferry prices are at $29.50 for a one-way trip and $59 round-trip for adults. $19.50 for a one-way trip and $39 for a round trip for children ages 5 to 12. But there is no charge for children under 5 years old. I know that these are not the lowest prices on the list but at least their ferry rates for transporting bikes are as low as $7 for a one-way trip and $14 for a round-trip.

If you are comfortable with their prices and you don’t have a car to transport, you can start to make reservations at 800-492-8082. If you have any inquiries or if you want to know more about their company, you can call them at 508-775-7185 to speak with the Admin Offices, or you can just simply check them out at www.hylinecruises.com and avoid the chit chat.

3. Seastreak (New Bedford, Massachusetts)
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This ferry port is located at 49 State Pier, New Bedford, Massachusetts. From there, it will take 45 minutes to reach Martha’s Vineyard. Their ferry prices are at $40 for a one-way trip and $70 round-trip for adults. Children ages 3 to 12 are free, except when it is the holidays. In that case, it costs $22 one way, $40 round trip for children. Just like the previous ferry, their ferry rates for transporting bikes are $7 for a one-way trip and $14 for a round-trip. Their ferry rates for adults might be pricey, but it would be great to bring the kids and save some cash.

If you have a big family (with children ages 3 to 12, of course) and you don’t have a car to transport, you can start to make reservations at 800-262-8743. If you have any inquiries or if you want to know more about their company, you can check them out at www.seastreak.com.

4. Island Queen (Falmouth, Massachusetts)
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This ferry is located at 75 Falmouth Heights Road, Falmouth, Massachusetts. From there, it will only take 35 minutes to reach Martha’s Vineyard. Their ferry prices are at fair $14 for a one-way trip and $22 round-trip for adults. $8 for a one-way trip and $12 for a round trip for children ages 5 to 12. But there is no charge for children under 5 years old. As for their ferry rates for transporting bikes, they are charging $4 for a one-way trip and $8 for a round-trip.

If you want to take your bike or car with you through the ferry, and you like the prices, then you can immediately call to make reservations at 508-548-4800. If you have any inquiries or if you want to know more about their company, you can check them out at www.islandqueen.com.

5. Hy-Line Cruises (Nantucket, Massachusetts)
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This ferry is located at 220 Ocean St, Hyannis, Massachusetts. From there, it will take 1 hour to reach Martha’s Vineyard. Their ferry prices are at fair $36 for a one-way trip and $65 round-trip for adults. $24 for a one-way trip and $45 for a round trip for children ages 5 to 12. But there is no charge for children under 5 years old. As for their ferry rates for transporting bikes, they are charging $7 for a one-way trip and $14 for a round-trip.

If you want to take your bike or car with you through the ferry, and you like the prices, then you can immediately call to make reservations at 800-492-8082. If you have any inquiries or if you want to know more about their company, you can call them at 508-775-7185 or check them out at www.hylinecruises.com.

6. Seastreak (New York)
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This ferry is located at East 35th Street and FDR Drive, New York. From there, it will take 5 hours 15 minutes to reach Martha’s Vineyard. Yes, it does take longer than the previous ferries on this list, but come on, New York? Unless you drive up to the previous ferry ports mentioned, 5 hours and 15 minutes is the fastest time you’ll get when riding a ferry from New York City (also known as, “the City that Never Sleeps“). Their ferry prices are at fair $165 for a one-way trip and $240 round-trip for adults. $75 for a one-way trip and $135 for a round trip for children ages 3 to 12. As for their ferry rates for transporting bikes, they are charging $20 for a one-way trip and $30 for a round-trip.

If you want to take your bike with you through the ferry, and you also like the prices, then you can immediately call to make reservations at 800-262-8743. If you have any inquiries or if you want to know more about their company, you can check them out at www.seastreak.com.

7. Seastreak (Highlands, New Jersey)
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This ferry is located at 326 Shore Drive, Highlands, New Jersey. From there, it will take a whopping 6 hours just to reach Martha’s Vineyard. With consideration to the distance that has to be travelled, their ferry prices are $165 for a one-way trip and $240 round-trip for adults. $75 for a one-way trip and $135 for a round trip for children ages 3 to 12. For transporting bikes, they are charging $20 for a one-way trip and $30 for a round-trip. It might be best if you just rent out a bike when you’re at Martha’s Vineyard instead of paying for the transportation when you come from Highlands, New Jersey.

If you’re in New Jersey and you want to go to the nearest ferry port, then you can immediately call to make reservations at 800-262-8743. If you have any inquiries or if you want to know more about their company, you can check them out at www.seastreak.com.

8. Vineyard Fast Ferry (North Kingstown, Rhode Island)
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This ferry is located at 1347 Roger Williams Way, North Kingstown, Rhode Island. From there, it will take 1 hour 45 minutes to reach Martha’s Vineyard. Their ferry prices are at fair $56 for a one-way trip and $89 round-trip for adults. $44 for a one-way trip and $66 for a round trip for children ages 3 to 11. For infants under 3 years old, it costs $22 for a one-way trip and $33 for a round trip. For seniors aged 60 and above, it is $50 for a one-way trip and $84 for a round trip. As for their ferry rates for transporting bikes, they are charging $8 for a one-way trip and $16 for a round-trip.

If you want to take your bike or car with you through the ferry, and you like the prices, then you can immediately call to make reservations at 401-295-4040. If you have any inquiries or if you want to know more about their company, you can check them out at www.vineyardfastferry.com.

9. Falmouth-Edgartown Ferry (Falmouth, Massachusetts)
Falmouth-Edgartown Ferry
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This ferry is located at 278 Scranton Avenue, Falmouth, Massachusetts. From this popular New England location, it will only take 1 hour to reach Martha’s Vineyard. Their ferry prices are at $36 for a one-way trip for adults, $24 for children ages 6 to 12, and no charge for children under 5 years old. If you plan on transporting your bicycle and/or motorized vehicle, too, then a bicycle costs $5 to transport one-way. Although they are more expensive than the other company in Falmouth and they also only offer a one way trip, at least children up-to ages 6 are free — if that counts as a bonus for you and your family.

If you like what you see (i.e. the prices, travel time and age groups), then you can immediately call to make reservations at 508-548-9400. If you have any inquiries or if you want to know more about their company, you can check them out at www.falmouthedgartownferry.com.

II. Top 3 Beach Hotels in Martha’s Vineyard

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You have reached the island! Now, where do you stay for the rest of your stay? According to TripAdvisor and other hotel booking agencies, the best Martha’s Vineyard hotels on the beach are:

3. The Hob Knob

Where to stay in Martha’s Vineyard - The Hob Knob
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Located at 128 Main Street in Edgartown, this charming hotel residential-style hotel is 3 miles away from Joseph Sylvia State Beach, a 5-minute walk away from Martha’s Vineyard Museum, and Edgartown Golf Club is 4.8 km away.

It’s amenities are complete with a parking lot, a fitness center with gym and workout room, free — yes, free — High Speed Internet (WiFi), free breakfast, their own bicycle rental, car hire, sauna, spa, bar/ lounge, nearby tennis court, fax and photocopying services, dry cleaning services, laundry services, ironing services and a gift shop, and a business center with internet access for all those coming in for a business venture — who can blame you, this island is a hotspot for all those looking for a simple yet elegant time.

Where to stay in Martha’s Vineyard - The Hob Knob
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They have three types of rooms: non-smoking rooms, suites, and family rooms. As for what’s inside the rooms, you will have bathrobes, safe, refrigerators, flatscreen TV, toiletries, hair dryer, telephone, iron, your very own seating area, iPod docking station — because ‘who does like music?’ — air conditioning, and, of course, housekeeping service. These rooms cost $115 up-to $180 dollars per night (Booking.com, 2020).

What’s more is that the hotel just recently decided to add 18 more rooms, add a backyard pool, expand the hotel spa and reorganize its parking (Vineyard Gazette, 2020). Also, it is ranked number one out of the B&Bs/ Inns in Edgartown (TripAdvisor, 2020). If these don’t already show that the Hob Knob is successfully booming with customers, I don’t know what will.

For more information and details, you can call them at 508-928-8700. But hey, if you think this hotel is already great, you might want to reconsider as you haven’t even checked out the top 2 hotels of Martha’s Vineyard yet!

2. Pequot Hotel

Where to stay in Martha’s Vineyard - Pequot Hotel
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This hotel comprises three areas: the Annex, Middle Building, and Main House. This huge hotel is more like a modern and bright yet warm and inviting cottage.

The Annex is situated across the courtyard from Main House. It is designed in a cottage style, but it has no TVs. It has the following rooms:

  • Annex Queen has a queen-sized bed, private bath, air-conditioning, wifi, but no TV.
  • Annex Twins has two queen-sized beds, a private bath, air-conditioning, wifi, but no TV.

The Middle Building has cozy rooms on three floors which can be accessed by the exterior stairways above the courtyard. It has the following rooms:

  • Middle Queen has a queen-sized bed, private bath, air-conditioning, wifi, and a flat-screen TV.
  • Middle – 2 Full Beds has two full-sized beds, private bath, air-conditioning, wifi, and a flat-screen TV.

The Main House has a wide variety of rooms and suites. It is the closest to common areas and the front porch of the entire hotel. It has the following rooms:

  • Main House Queen has a queen-sized bed, private bath, air-conditioning, Wifi, flat-screen TV, and mini-fridge.
  • Main House Twins has two queen-sized beds, private bath, air-conditioning, Wifi, flat-screen TV, and mini-fridge.
  • Courtyard King has a king-sized bed, private bath, entry porch with 2 rockers, air-conditioning, Wifi, mini-fridge, and flat-screen TV.
  • First Floor 2-Queen has two queen-sized beds, a private bath, air-conditioning, and flat-screen TV.
  • Bi-Level 2-Queen has one bedroom with a bay window on the lower level, one full bath in the entry hall, and a second private bedroom at the top of the interior stairway.  Each bedroom has one queen bed, air-conditioning and flat-screen TV. 
  • Seashell 2-Queen is more furnished than the other rooms. It has a sitting area with pull-out couch, decorative fireplace, private bath, air conditioning, mini-fridge, and flat-screen TV.
  • Sunrise King Suite has a sitting area, vaulted ceiling, decorative fireplace, ceiling fan, and inner stairway with open rails, private bath, air conditioning, mini-fridge, and flat-screen TV.
  • 3-Bedroom Apartment Suite has two small bedrooms with queen beds, one small bedroom with a full-sized bed, and one private bath, a kitchen, central living area with flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, Wifi, and private porch.

All these rooms cost from $120 and up. Now, if you like any of them, you can make an online reservation at https://guest.rezstream.com/search/pequot-hotel?_ga=2.138087797.452542939.1598620050-403108136.1598620050. If you’d rather make a call, you can dial (508) 693-5087 or write them an email through reservations@pequothotel.com. Let me enlighten you that there are famous shops, art galleries, gourmet restaurants, the Inkwell and South beaches are close to the Pequot Hotel. If the big and inviting hotel with touristy hotspots around it is still not your type, there’s still hope with the best beachside hotel in Martha’s Vineyard!

1. The Lightkeepers Inn

Where to stay in Martha’s Vineyard - The Lightkeepers Inn
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This inn has only six suites. However, all of them have a private living room, full kitchen, private bedroom, full bathroom, private entrances and can accommodate 4 people. These are the Lightkeepers Inn’s suites:

  • 1. Gay Head Light Suite is on the first floor with a shared covered patio equipped with table and chairs, charcoal grill, and soda and ice machines.

The suite has a fully equipped kitchen with stove and oven, sink, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and full size refrigerator; a dining area with table and chairs for four; a separate air-conditioned bedroom with a queen-size canopy bed, bureau, desk, and portable fan; a full bathroom off of the bedroom; a living room with full size sofa bed, reading chair, small library, flat screen cable television with iPod docking station, DVD/VCR player, CD radio and wireless internet, and; a private line telephone with unlimited local calls.

  • 2. Edgartown Light Suite is on the first floor with a shared covered patio equipped with table and chairs, charcoal grill, and soda and ice machines.

The suite has a fully equipped kitchen with stove and oven, sink, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and a full size refrigerator; a dining area with table and chairs for four; a separate air-conditioned bedroom with queen-size canopy bed, bureau, desk, and portable fan; a full bathroom off of the living room with full size sofa bed, reading chair, small library, flat screen cable television with iPod docking station, DVD/VCR player, CD radio and wireless internet, and; a private line telephone with unlimited local calls.

  • 3. Cape Pogue Light Suite is on the first floor with a shared covered patio equipped with table and chairs, charcoal grill, and soda and ice machines.

The suite has a fully equipped kitchenette with stove top, sink, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and a half size refrigerator; a dining nook with table and chairs for two (two more chairs available) a separate bedroom with queen-size bed, bureau, bedside tables, and portable fan; a full bathroom off of the bedroom; a living room with full-size sofa bed, reading chair, small library, flat screen cable television with iPod docking station, DVD/VCR player, CD radio and wireless internet, and; a private line telephone with unlimited local calls.

  • 4. West Coop Light Suite is on the second floor with a private deck which is equipped with table, umbrella, and chairs for four, a charcoal grill, and access to soda and ice machines.

The suite has a large living room with a full-size sofa bed, reading chair, small library, flat screen cable television with iPod docking station, DVD/VCR player, CD radio and wireless internet; a fully equipped kitchen with stove and oven, sink, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, a full refrigerator, and it is also open to a dining area with table and chairs for four; a separate air-conditioned bedroom with queen-size bed, bureau, desk, bedside tables, and portable fan; a full bathroom off of the bedroom, and; a private line telephone with unlimited local calls.

  • 5. East Coop Light Suite is also on the second floor with a private deck which is equipped with a table, umbrella, and chairs for four, a charcoal grill, and access to soda and ice machines.

The suite has a fully equipped kitchen with stove and oven, sink, microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher, toaster, and a full size refrigerator; a separate dining area with dining table and chairs for four; a small library in the hallway to the air-conditioned bedroom with queen-size bed, bureau, bedside tables, hideaway cable television behind mirror, and portable fan; a full private low ceiling bathroom off of the large living room with full-size sofa bed, reading chair, flat screen cable television with iPod docking station, DVD/VCR player, CD radio and wireless internet, and; a private line telephone with unlimited local calls.

  • 6. Lightkeepers Cottage has an entrance to the private deck, which is equipped with a charcoal grill and furnished with table and chairs and overlooks an intimate backyard garden.

The suite has a living room with a king-size sofa bed, coffee table and two end tables, armchair, CD radio, wireless  internet, flat screen cable television with iPod docking station, DVD/VCR player, dining table and four chairs, and a door to the patio; an adjoining the living room, a fully equipped kitchen is next to a full bathroom; a hallway from the kitchen leads to the private air-conditioned queen-size bedroom with double closet, large bureau, flat screen cable TV with iPod docking station, DVD/VCR player, and; a private line telephone with unlimited local calls. 

From the Lightkeepers Inn’s location at 25 Simpsons Ln PO Box 488 in Edgartown, it is a 11 min walk from the Edgartown Lighthouse, an 11 min walk from Lighthouse Beach, and a 10 min drive from South Beach. The cost to stay at the Lightkeepers Inn starts at $150 up to $200. Not too damming on the wallet for the best hotel on the beach of the popular Martha’s Vineyard.

To check their availability and make an online reservation, visit their website at https://guest.rezstream.com/search/the-lightkeepers-inn. For any more questions and inquiries, you can call them at 508 627 4600.

III. Getting Around Martha’s Vineyard

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If you don’t have or did not bring your car into the island, there still are plenty of choices for you to travel and get to places in Martha’s Vineyard.

Some of the choices are provided by the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority. Located at 11A Street, Airport Business Park in Edgartown, they provide cheap transit bus rides and paratransit services (i.e. “THE LIFT” and the “Medivian”) all year round. So, if you have any clarifications on their public transportation, you can call them at 508-693-9440 or send them an email through info@vineyardtransit.com. Without further ado, here are their services in detail:

Public Transportation (Buses and Paratransit Services)

  • Bus

Their buses travel through and to Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, Aquinnah, Chilmark, and West Tisbury. All buses accommodate the handicap and pets. They even have bike racks. The bus fares cost $1.25 per town pass through during off-season and $2.00 during the in-season. But since Martha’s Vineyard is used to commuters and tourists, they have day passes that allow you to have an unlimited pass from one day to an entire year! Their length of the day pass and its costs are as follows:

  • 1 Day Pass –    $10.00
  • 3 Day Pass –    $18.00
  • 7 Day Pass –    $30.00
  • 31 Day Pass –   $60.00
  • Annual Pass –   $150.00

What’s more is that children of six and under can ride free as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Seniors of the age 65 and above, people with disabilities, and the military can buy tickets and day passes at a discount rate.

  • The Lift

The Lift is a bus service specifically for people with disabilities. This service is available all day and has a fixed-route bus service. To apply and make a reservation for the Lift service, you have to call (508) 693-9440 ext.1 before you can get on it.

  • Medivian

The Medivan is a medical transportation for senior citizens aged 60 and older and disabled persons. Just like the “Lift”, you must apply and make a reservation by dialing 508-693-9440 ext. 1. When you succeed in making a reservation, you have to call them again a day before your scheduled trip to confirm your seat in the service. 

This ride costs $20.00 for a one way and $40.00 for a round trip fee which will be collected by the driver upon boarding the van. Unfortunately, there are no refunds if you miss your reservation date. So, make sure to re-confirm and be on time.

However, “public transport is very time consuming and pretty frustrating,” complained a reviewer in TripAdvisor (2016). So, you might want to consider the next options.

Here are the other services aside for taxis and buses:

Private and Group Tours

If buses aren’t your style, you can try the accommodating and varying private and group tours available near the ferry dock. There are two types of tours: Bus Tours and Van Tours.

To be guided around the island, the Bus Tours are probably for you. They leave on a scheduled basis from Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven to specific tourist spots. However, these are private tours or taxi rides. They can’t stop anywhere you like. So, keep in mind that these tours are point to point tours.

If you already have a plan of the places you want to go to and you just need a guide, you should probably skip the Bus Tours and head for the Van Tours instead. However, these usually require at least groups of 4.

The available Bus Tours are: (Retrieved from https://www.mvtransportandtours.com)

It departs from Oak Bluffs. It costs $45 Per Person for a 3-Hour Full Island Tour.

The available Van Tours are: (Retrieved from https://www.mvtransportandtours.com)

4 Hour Private Tour which costs $400.00 to see the whole island & more.

3 Hour Private Tour which costs $300 to see the whole island.

4-Hour tour in a luxury SUV.

2 Hour Private Tour which costs $200 to explore unique towns.

Rental Cars

If all the public buses and tour guides are just not for you and you prefer the freedom of exploring and traveling Martha’s Vineyard on your own, you can rent a car instead. There are plenty of car rental services close to the ferry dock. The car rental shops available are:

  • A-A Island Auto Rentals, Inc.

To make a reservation, call 800-627-6333. Once you’re at the island, you can make your way to 196 Main St, Edgartown and pick up your car for the day or week.

  • Island Adventure Rentals

To make a reservation, call 508-693-1959. Once you’re at the island, you can make your way to 19 Beach Rd, Vineyard Haven and pick up your car for the rest of your stay.

  • Budget Rent a Car of Martha’s Vineyard

To make a reservation, call 508-693-1911. Once you’re at the island, you can make your way to 243 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd and pick up your car for the rest of your stay.

Bicycles and Moped Rentals

There are bike trails all over Martha’s Vineyard. 44 miles of them to prove my point. So, believe me when I say they have bike and moped rentals, shops, repair shops and even tours scattered across the island.

To rent a two-wheeled beast, Adventure Rentals is your main guy. This 20 year old company can assure your quality and safety. They even offer free customer pick up in most spots of the island. So you don’t have to worry about finding their shop at 19 Beach Rd, Vineyard Haven. If you want to make future reservations, you can call them at 508-693-1959 or send them an email through islandadventuresmv@gmail.com.

IV. Main Takeaways (Summary)

We now know how to get to, where to stay at, and how to get around Martha’s Vineyard. All that’s left to do is make your calls for reservations, pack your swimwear and OOTDs, and make your way to the port you prefer! To get you started, here is a summary of all the choices you have to a ferry, a beachside hotel, and a mode of transportation on the island:

I.                    Martha’s Vineyard Ferries

Here are the (1) available ferries going to Martha’s Vineyard, (2) the time it takes them to reach Martha’s Vineyard, (3) the prices for passengers and/or bicycles and vehicles, and (4) the ferry’s location, phone number and website:

Ferry NameTravel TimeFerry PricesFerry AddressFerry Telephone NumberFerry Website
Steamship Authority45 minutesAdult $8.50 one-way; Child (5-12) $4.50 one-way; Child (under 5) free; Bicycle $4 one-way; Vehicle Under 17′ in length (Apr. 1-Oct. 31) $81 one-way; Vehicle 17′ but less than 20′ (Apr. 1-Oct. 31) $91 one-way.1 Cowdry Road, Woods Hole, MA 02543Reservations: 508-477-8600 Woods Hole Parking Info: 508-457-7275www.steamshipauthority.com  
Island Queen35 minutesAdult $14 one-way; Adult $22 round-trip; Child (5-12) $8 one-way; Child $12 round-trip; Child (under 5) free; Bicycle $4 one-way; Bicycle $8 round-trip.75 Falmouth Heights Road, Falmouth, Massachusetts 02540508-548-4800www.islandqueen.com
Hy-Line Cruises  1 hourAdult $29.50 one-way; Adult $59 round-trip; Child (5-12) $19.50 one-way; Child $39 round-trip; Child (under 5) free; Bicycle $7 one-way; Bicycle $14 round-tripHy-Line Cruises 220 Ocean St Hyannis, MA 02601Reservations: 800-492-8082 Admin Offices: 508-775-7185www.hylinecruises.com  
Hy-Line Cruises  1 hourAdult $36 one-way; Adult $65 round-trip; Child (5-12) $24 one-way; Child $45 round-trip; Child (under 5) free; Bicycle $7 one-way; Bicycle $14 round-trip.Hy-Line Cruises, 220 Ocean St, Hyannis, Nantucket, Massachusetts 02601Reservations: 800-492-8082 Admin Offices: 508-775-7185www.hylinecruises.com
Seastreak45 minutesAdult $40 one way; Adult $70 round trip; Children (3-12) free with the exception of the 9:00 a.m. New Bedford departure, 5:45 p.m. Martha’s Vineyard departure and all holiday weekends when the rate is $22 one way, and $40 round trip; Bicycle $7 one way; Bicycle $14 round trip49 State Pier, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740800-262-8743www.seastreak.com
Seastreak5 hours 15 minutesAdult $165 one way; Adult $240 round trip; Children (3-12) $75 one way; Children $135 round trip; Bicycle $20 one way; Bicycle $30 round trip.East 35th Street and FDR Drive New York, NY 10002800-262-8743www.seastreak.com
SeastreakAbout 6 hoursAdult $165 one way; Adult $240 round trip; Children (3-12) $75 one way; Children $135 round trip; Bicycle $20 one way; Bicycle $30 round trip.326 Shore Drive, Highlands, New Jersey 07732800-262-8743www.seastreak.com
Vineyard Fast Ferry1 hour 45 minutesAdult $56 one way ($66 peak days); Adult $89 round trip ($109 peak days); Children (3-11) $44 one way; Children $66 round trip; Infants (0-2) $22 one way; Infants $33 round trip; Seniors (60+) $50 one way; Seniors $84 round trip; Bicycle $8 one way; Bicycle $16 round trip.1347 Roger Williams Way, North Kingstown, Rhode Island 02852401-295-4040www.vineyardfastferry.com
Falmouth-Edgartown Ferry1 hourAdult $36 one-way; Child (6-12) $24 one-way; Child (under 6) free; Bicycle $5 one-way278 Scranton Avenue, Falmouth, Massachusetts 02540508-548-9400  www.falmouthedgartownferry.com
II. Martha’s Vineyard Beach Hotels:

1. The Lightkeepers Inn

1. Gay Head Light Suite

2. Edgartown Light Suite

3. Cape Pogue Light Suite

4. West Coop Light Suite

5. Eat Coop Light Suite

6. Lightkeepers Cottage

2. Pequot Hotel

The Annex

  • Annex Queen
  • Annex Twins

The Middle Building

  • Middle Queen has a queen-sized bed, private bath, air-conditioning, wifi, and a flat-screen TV.
  • Middle – 2 Full Beds has two full-sized beds, private bath, air-conditioning, wifi, and a flat-screen TV.

The Main House

  • Main House Queen
  • Main House Twins
  • Courtyard King
  • First Floor 2-Queen
  • Bi-Level 2-Queen
  • Seashell 2-Queen
  • Sunrise King Suite
  • 3-Bedroom Apartment Suite

3. The Hob Knob

  • 128 Main Street in Edgartown
  • All these rooms cost from $120 and up
  • To make a reservation: 508-928-8700
  • It’s amenities are complete with a parking lot, a fitness center with gym and workout room, free High Speed Internet (WiFi), free breakfast, their own bicycle rental, car hire, sauna, spa, bar/ lounge, nearby tennis court, fax and photocopying services, dry cleaning services, laundry services, ironing services and a gift shop, and a business center.
  • They have three types of rooms: non-smoking rooms, suites, and family rooms. All the rooms have bathrobes, safe, refrigerators, flatscreen TV, toiletries, hair dryer, telephone, iron, your very own seating area, iPod docking station — because ‘who does like music?’ — air conditioning, and, of course, housekeeping service.
  • These rooms cost $115 up-to $180 dollars per night
III.                Martha’s Vineyard Transportation:

Public Transportation (Buses and Paratransit Services)

  • Bus

Bus fares cost $1.25 during off-season and $2.00 during in-season.

  • 1 Day Pass –    $10.00
  • 3 Day Pass –    $18.00
  • 7 Day Pass –    $30.00
  • 31 Day Pass –   $60.00
  • Annual Pass –   $150.00
  • The Lift
  • Medivian

Private and Group Tours

The available Bus Tours are:

The available Van Tours are:

Rental Cars

  • A-A Island Auto Rentals, Inc.

196 Main St, Edgartown

800-627-6333

  • Island Adventure Rentals

19 Beach Rd, Vineyard Haven

508-693-1959

  • Budget Rent a Car of Martha’s Vineyard

243 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd

508-693-1911

Bicycles and Moped Rentals

  • Adventure Rentals

19 Beach Rd, Vineyard Haven

508-693-1959

islandadventuresmv@gmail.com

References

Booking.com (2020). Hob Knob. Retrieved from https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/hob-knob.en-gb.html?aid=7344277&label=metatripad-link-dmetaph-hotel-382891_xqdz-4ab0739d3efde13f3a2f4866e9069132_los-01_bw-055_dom-comph_curr-PHP_gst-02_nrm-01_clkid-X0kEqwokGJYAAXUaVJMAAABy_aud-0000_mbl-M_pd-B_sc-2_defdate-1_spo-0_clksrc-0&sid=0452c77632bf673fa37b1d52b5baee07&all_sr_blocks=38289104_88768106_0_1_0&checkin=2020-10-22&checkout=2020-10-23&dest_id=20062155&dest_type=city&group_adults=2&group_children=0&hapos=1&highlighted_blocks=38289104_88768106_0_1_0&hpos=1&no_rooms=1&sr_order=popularity&sr_pri_blocks=38289104_88768106_0_1_0__24900&srepoch=1598620881&srpvid=68955de872e30277&ucfs=1&from=searchresults;hptv=do.

Brandt, L. from Business Insider (2019). Martha’s Vineyard is a magnet for millionaires, CEOs, and celebs — and the Obamas reportedly just bought a $12 million mansion on the island. Here’s a look at the rich and famous who flock there every summer. Retrieved from https://www.businessinsider.com/marthas-vineyard-obama-ceos-millionaires-celebs-homes-vacations-2019-12.

TripAdvisor (2020). The Hob Knob. Retrieved from https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotel_Review-g41558-d115117-Reviews-The_Hob_Knob-Edgartown_Martha_s_Vineyard_Massachusetts.html.

TripAdvisor Reply. (2016). Re: Getting around Martha’s Vineyard. Retrieved August 28, 2020 from https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/ShowTopic-g29528-i562-k9425160-Getting_around_Martha_s_Vineyard-Martha_s_Vineyard_Massachusetts.html.

Asimow, N. Vineyard Gazette (2020). Hearing Opens on Hob Knob Inn Expansion. Retrieved from https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2020/07/10/hearing-opens-hob-knob-inn-expansion.

Appendix

Figure 1  |  The Top 10 Beach Hotels in Martha’s Vineyard

RankTripAdvisor (Best Traveller Ranked Martha’s Vineyard Beach Hotels)Expedia (10 Best Beach Hotels in Martha’s Vineyard)Travelocity (Top Martha’s Vineyard Beach Resorts & Hotels)Booking.com (Our Top Picks Hotels on Martha’s Vineyard)
1Winnetu Oceanside ResortThe ChristopherThe Lightkeeper’s InnKelley House Hotel
2Vineyard Harbor MotelMadison InnMansion House Inn and SpaPequot Hotel
3Isabelle’s Beach HouseThe Oak Bluffs InnHarbor View HotelDockside Inn
4The Hob KnobThe Lightkeepers InnPequot HotelThe Richard
5The Lightkeepers InnMadison House Inn and SpaMV Surfside HotelHob Knob
6Crocker House InnThe Nashua House HotelNarragansett HotelHarbor View Hotel
7The Beach Plum InnSummercamp Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard, Ascend Hotel Collection
8Summersweet Bed and BreakfastPequot Hotel Summercamp
9Captain R. Flanders’ HouseThe Ashley Inn West Tisbury Inn
10Lambert’s Cove HideawayVineyard Square Hotel and Suite The Attleboro House
WebsiteRetrieved on August from https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Hotels-g29528-zff10-Martha_s_Vineyard_Massachusetts-Hotels.htmlRetrieved on August from  https://www.expedia.com/Marthas-Vineyard-Hotels-Beach-Hotel.0-0-d6047691-tBeachHotel.Travel-Guide-Filter-HotelsRetrieved on August from  https://www.travelocity.com/Marthas-Vineyard-Hotels-Beach-Hotel.0-0-d6047691-tBeachHotel.Travel-Guide-Filter-HotelsRetrieved on August from https://www.booking.com/region/us/martha-s-vineyard.html

Figure 2  |  Ranking of the Top 10 Beach Hotels in Martha’s Vineyard

RankRestaurantsAveraging of rank
1The Lightkeepers InnTop 5 + Top 4 + Top 1 = 10 / 3 = 3.33
2Pequot HotelTop 8 + Top 4 + Top 2 = 14 / 3 = 4.67
3Hob KnobTop 4 + Top 5 = 9 / 2 = 4.5

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