Returning to Martha’s Vineyard for the first time in 12 years, I’ve realized there are so many unique things to do on the island. It’s a beautiful, quaint, and restful place, so it’s no wonder that many people who have ties to the island somehow, over time, find themselves drawn back. It’s a very private place with a lot of hidden gems to explore. What follows is my top 10 list of things you don’t want to miss on Martha’s Vineyard.

1. Climb a Lighthouse
It might sound like a cliche thing to do in beach towns, but this island boasts 5 lighthouses with amazing views. Below are images from the lighthouse in Aquinnah. See our YouTube channel for more views from the lighthouse.



2. Have Breakfast on the Aquinnah Cliffs
You might even be visited by a friendly bird.



3. Take a Walk on the Beach
Whether you enjoy rocky beaches with cliffs, shelly beaches, a quiet spot with a dock, each beach on Martha’s Vineyard is different and uniquely beautiful. Check out our YouTube channel with a few glimpses of the different beaches. We think MV beaches are some of the most beautiful on the East Coast.




4. Visit the island’s Alpaca Farm and Gift Shop
How cute are these guys (James included)?




5. Walk the Gorgeous Property at the Arboretum
It’s free to visit and our pictures don’t do the place justice.




6. Explore the Gingerbread Houses in the Town of Oak Bluffs
There’s certainly an interesting history as to how the Gingerbreads originated.



7. Go Shopping or Dine Out in Edgartown
This pristine town is a must-see. From great shops and beautiful homes to a lovely harbor, it doesn’t get better.




8. Line Up at Back Door Donuts
Like the name implies, locals love to stand in line (open until 12:58 am) at the back door of a bakery in Oak Bluffs. While it’s a best kept island secret, the word is spreading online and you’ll find location details here. Yum!



9. Enjoy Fresh Seafood
Clam chowder, lobster, squid – yes, please. There are so many restaurants to choose from. We enjoyed a delicious seafood dinner and a lovely view at Blue Canoe in Vineyard Haven, MA.

10. Go Boating / Visit the Fishing Town of Menemsha
Rent a boat or just walk among the boats. Boats are everywhere on the Vineyard. Be sure to swing by the rustic fishing town of Menemsha – it’s like stepping back in time.




Want more advice on the best events and gathering places? I found that social media on Martha’s Vineyard is alive and well with lots of helpful souls on twitter, such as @MVTweets, who will share tips and suggestions with visitors. Tell us, have you visited Martha’s Vineyard? What are your favorite things to do on the island?