Travelers who fly from the mainland to Martha's Vineyard will land at the Martha's Vineyard Airport. Currently, 3 car rental companies operate on-site at this airport. They are Avis, Budget and Hertz. You will find them across from baggage claim in the main passenger terminal. The airport strongly recommends that you book your rental car in advance. With a VroomVroomVroom registration, you'll have no problem guaranteeing that you can pick up the rental vehicle of your choice when you arrive.
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Martha's Vineyard is an island off the coast of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (commonly called 1 of the 50 United States) that is a popular summer vacation destination for people living in the New England area. It is the 3rd biggest island off the U.S. Atlantic coast, and the biggest without bridge or tunnel access. Located near Cape Cod, the island is accessed only by boats and planes, with ferry boats transporting vehicles including rental cars, trucks, and vans alongside passengers.
Often simply called “The Vineyard”, it is perceived by many Americans to be a getaway mainly for affluent families. Due to the other 8 thousand rental homes on the island, there are only about 17 thousand residents on Martha's Vineyard, but the population grows to 100 thousand or more during peak summer weekends.
Martha's Vineyard includes six towns – Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and West Tisbury – each with its own officials and slightly different laws and regulations. You can book a rental car at several locations within these smaller municipalities.
Many people going to Martha's Vineyard will be traveling from the mainland village of Hyannis. Hyannis, located within the city of Barnstable, Massachusetts, is the transportation and business center of Cape Cod, and is a major gateway – via ferry boats and small planes – to the tourism and vacation home meccas on the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.
The only way to the island, unless you have a plane, is to take ferry ride from any number of locations. When you arrive, the first thing you should do is head to Edgartown. This quaint little town has been settled since 1692 and has established itself as one of the most “elegant communities” on the island.
Made famous by Spielberg with the JAWS series, and a long list of notable residents, the sense of history is great on this island.
Here you can find all kinds of nook and cranny shops and art galleries, but you might need to hop out of the car for a while and walk around to find them. Make sure you stop at one of the world famous Murdick's Fudge Shop placed right in the middle of downtown where you can watch as the professionals hand make over fifty different kinds of fudge and peanut brittle.
It's a short six mile drive along a beautiful coastline to get to Oak Bluffs. The Flying Horse Carousel is a main attraction for people of all ages with a bit of a historic link. This carousel is one of the oldest in the nation and anyone under twelve can enjoy a ride on what appear to be flying horses (which are actually suspended from above, instead of supported from below). The horse figures are so old, the hair used is real horse hair and the saddles are made from leather.
Oak bluffs (left) also has the famous “gingerbread cottages” where once a year in the fall, the community takes part in Grand Illumination Night decorating their houses with thousands upon thousands of Chinese lanterns and light them all at once. It's quite a sight to see, if your holiday coincides with the festival.
One of the oldest communities in Martha's Vineyard is West Tisbury, a must if you're visiting the island for its historic background. The town was first settled by English settlers in 1669.
Other historic locations are the Gay Head (Aquinnah) and East Chop Lighthouses, which are respectively 150 and 130 years old. There are also multi- colored clay cliffs in Gay Head which are worth a look.
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