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Located seven miles of coast of Cape Cod, MA, the island of Martha's Vineyard, one of America's most renowned destinations, comprises 100 square miles with six small towns, each with its own distinctive personality. This year-round destination, features miles of beautiful beaches, hiking and cycling trails, one-of-a-kind dining, shopping and recreational options, 5 historic lighthouses, small farms, golf, fishing, the “gingerbread” cottages and more historic architecture, a wonderfully diverse art scene, and every water sport imaginable offer endless hours of exploration, recreation and relaxation.
A diverse and lively dining scene offers abundant local produce and fresh seafood with meals featuring an array of cuisines at a variety of venues. From casual to elegant, you're taste buds will be delighted! Lodging is available at many price points, including hostel and family campground, to cozy inns, B&Bs, hotels and vacation rentals options.
Many transportation options make getting to the Vineyard easy with year round ferry service from Cape Cod, and additional seasonal ferry and flight service from many destinations. The Island is open year-round, and value conscious travelers might consider Autumn, Winter or Spring a perfect time to discover all the Vineyard has to offer!
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Vineyard Haven is a community within the town of Tisbury, Massachusetts on the island of Martha's Vineyard. It is listed as a census-designated place (CDP) by the U.S. Census Bureau with a population of 2,114 as of the 2010 census.The area was called "Nobnocket" by the Wampanoag people and was first referred to by the colonial settlers as "Homes Hole," "Homes" from a Wampanoag term for "old man" and "Hole" meaning a sheltered inlet. By the 19th century, it was more commonly spelled "Holmes Hole" after the descendants of John Holmes (1730–1812) who had settled in the village during the second half of the 18th century. The village officially changed its name to Vineyard Haven in 1871. The name Vineyard Haven technically refers only to one section of the town of Tisbury, but the names are used interchangeably and Vineyard Haven is commonly used as a title for the whole town. Vineyard Haven is the main port of entry to Martha's Vineyard and one of the three main population centers (with Edgartown and Oak Bluffs). The Steamship Authority wharf is located in Vineyard Haven where ferries arrive and depart year-round. (A second, seasonal wharf is located in neighboring Oak Bluffs.) The year-round population is only about 2,000 people, but that number increases tremendously in the summer.
Falmouth ( FAL-məth) is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States; Barnstable County is coextensive with Cape Cod. The population was 31,532 at the 2010 census, making Falmouth the second-largest municipality on Cape Cod after Barnstable. The terminal for the Steamship Authority ferries to Martha's Vineyard is located in the village of Woods Hole in Falmouth. Woods Hole also contains several scientific organizations such as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), the Woodwell Climate Research Center, NOAA's Woods Hole Science Aquarium, and the scientific institutions' various museums. For geographic and demographic information on specific parts of the town of Falmouth, please see the articles on East Falmouth, Falmouth Village, North Falmouth, Teaticket, West Falmouth, and Woods Hole. Falmouth also encompasses the villages of Hatchville and Waquoit, which are not census-designated places and fall within the village of East Falmouth based on postal service.
New Bedford (Massachusett: Accushnet) is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. As of the 2020 United States Census, the city had a population of 101,079, making it the state's sixth-largest city and the largest of the South Coast region. New Bedford is nicknamed "The Whaling City" because it was one of the world's most important whaling ports in the nineteenth century, along with Nantucket, Massachusetts; and New London, Connecticut. The city remains known for its fishing fleet and accompanying seafood industry, for its high concentration of Portuguese Americans, and as the primary setting of Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick.