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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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?