Whether you're looking for a cozy, romantic getaway or the quintessential Martha's Vineyard beach excursion, our boutique Edgartown hotel is located in the heart of it all! Picturesque and buzzing with activity, The Richard is the perfect home base for your Martha's Vineyard vacation.
Looking for exclusive travel to the island? Check out Linear Air or Cape Air for unique air shuttle options.
Here are our suggestions for exploring Edgartown and beyond:
1. Edgartown Lighthouse
What's a visit to the Cape without seeing one of its iconic lighthouses? A tour will lead you all the way to the top lantern room where you can enjoy expansive views of the harbor. Looking for a guided tour experience? Martha's Vineyard Excursions has got you covered.
2. A Beach for Everyone
While there's no shortage of sandy spots around the island, we've picked a few that are our "go-to's." Breathtaking views of the harbor and sunsets can be found at Lighthouse Beach, where Joseph Sylvia State Beach provides ample room for beach games and smooth waters for swimming. Looking for white sands and fewer crowds? Katama Beach is your spot.
3. Edgartown Art Galleries
Stroll from gallery to gallery, viewing pieces from local artists. With all types of artwork being represented, everything from contemporary to classic to multimedia, maybe you'll find that perfect piece to take home. Each one of these galleries offers up a completely unique experience and you can easily spend an afternoon strolling through each:
North Water Gallery
6. Sights of the Island Tour
First time to the island? We recommend taking the Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing tour where you'll learn about the island's history, get a glimpse of some of its iconic landmarks and enjoy an hour-long stop in Edgartown to enjoy some local shopping or dining.
7. The Gingerbread Cottages of Oak Bluffs
A historic landmark in Oak Bluffs, the Gingerbread Cottages and Campground, have roots in the Methodist Church and still stands as a religious and cultural space. The Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association leads walking tours of the cottages every Tuesday and Thursday in July and August.
8. Polly Hill Arboretum
Developed by the late legendary horticulturist, Polly Hill, this horticultural and botanical landmark boasts a large varied of trees and shrubs. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the perfect spread after an afternoon spent exploring the grounds of the arboretum.
9. Catch a Film
Two historic theaters stand on the island, The Strand and The Capawock. Both have been renovated since their inception back in 1915 and 1913, respectively, and are single screen theaters with viewings of recent films, local film festival presentations, and documentaries.
10. Hit the Water
Of course, the easiest way to explore the Cape's water is to hop in for a swim, but we know that New England waters can be a bit chilly sometimes. If you're looking to explore the waters without actually diving in, we recommend renting a kayak from Island Spirit Kayak to paddle your way around or float on top during a lesson with Skyhigh Kiteboarding.
Not looking to be so adventurous? Try a relaxing ocean tour with Plan Sea
Embark on a daytime cruise, set out to sea as the sun sets over the horizon, enjoy a one-of-a-kind bachelorette party, or witness a 4th of July fireworks show you’ll never forget––all possible aboard the Plan Sea. With the capacity for up to 22 passengers, this sea vessel offers indoor and outdoor seating, plus a wet bar and is sure you to leave you with memories of a lifetime.
We also love Catboat Charters. Captain Kurt is one-of-a-kind and will ensure that you have the experience of a lifetime! If you're in the mood to set sail in a slightly larger boat, we suggest Mad Max. Headed by Captain Robert, hop on board and you're in for some stunning sunsets!
11. Explore the Island on Two Wheels
One of our favorite ways to explore the Vineyard is to grab a bike and follow the trails to whatever destination we have in mind, whether that be all the way to Oak Bluffs or to one of the more local beaches. We recommend renting a bike from Wheel Happy, they're right next door!