Known primarily as a port town, Edgartown sports an appealing and picturesque natural environment easily attracting the tourists of Martha’s Vineyard. The frequent visitors are generally awestruck by the grand mansions with elegant, sea-side gardens, the breathtaking view of the harbor, and the Chappaquiddick Island.

The tourists can enjoy this quaint, historic place in four novel ways, which can create a completely different touring experience for the adventurous visitors:

Appreciate the Arts

If you happen to be an art lover, then Edgartown boasts an impressive line-up of art galleries, which you must not miss. You can hire a reliable car and visit some of these galleries. The Antieau Gallery, originating in Louisiana, now has a follower in Martha’s Vineyard.

Located on North Summer Street in Edgartown, the gallery showcases the alternative art of Chris Roberts, which takes a different route from the conventional landscape paintings of New England artistes. The Christina Gallery, located on Water Street, in complete contrast, offers works of traditional Impressionist and Expressionist movements. The Old Sculpin Gallery on the harbor, owned and operated by the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association, displaying works of member artistes.

Pamper the Taste Buds

If you love to experiment with a wide variety of cuisines, you can take your pick at Among the Flowers Café on Mayhew Lane serving wonderful breakfast, or explore the Atlantic Fish and Chop House on Edgartown Harbor, where music and dancing keep company to enjoyable food. The Lattanzi’s on Old Post Office Square has two distinct outlets—one for dining, and one for pizzas. The diner offers excellent North Italian cuisine and an impressive collection of Italian wines.

The Newes from America Pub on Kelly Street may be appealing to American tourists favoring burgers and sandwiches over a la carte menus. The younger tourists may enjoy visiting the Wharf Pub on Main Street, which offers non-stop, live music and dancing during summer months.

Watch History on Foot

You can walk down memory lane on North Water Street. The renovated homes from the port-town era are reminiscent of a thriving whaling port of the 1800s. The Emily Post home on 34 Fuller Street was the residence of this famous manners activist between 1927 and 1960. Her beautiful garden was often the subject of her regular posts.

You can walk over to the Edgartown Lighthouse, and then dare to climb to the top of the lighthouse to get an aerial view of Edgartown Harbor. This historic lighthouse sweeps the visitor into the world of a bygone era, when the harbor area was bustled with a busy coastal life on the islanders. During the summer months, visitors are provided with guided tours of the interiors of the lighthouse and the “lantern room.”

Go Shopping for Wines

Most tourists shop for souvenirs, but if you enjoy classy wines, then do not miss out on Vintage MV Wine & Spirits, located on Nevin Square. A boutique wine shop, this place will allow you to sample some unusual wines. The Martha’s Vineyard’s New Wine Boutique offers a one-stop location for both Coffee and wine lovers. The other facility owned by the same owner, The Port Hunter, has the same tasteful décor and ambience that tasteful wine lovers simply adore.

To rent out an eco-friendly car for touring Edgartown in novel ways, contact us at A-A Island Auto Rental. You can also call us at (800) 627-6333 and (508) 696-5300. We also offer airport pick-ups for Edgartown visitors!


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