My grandfather was a career military man who moved their family around throughout his career; so when it came time for him to retire, my grandparents decided to retire to Martha’s Vineyard where they had visited a few times and loved. from toddlerhood to college summers lifeguarding hte beach, I have spent my entire life going to Edgartown. I love the real summer it gives this San Francisco girl, with warm weather, beachs, and biking, Martha’s Vineyard is what true summers are all about. Here is my itinerary for one perfect day in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard; What to see, where to eat, and what to do.
Behind the Bookstore: With cute garden seating, and some of the best coffee in town, this has quickly become one of my favorite spots for breakfast as well as an afternoon cup of coffee/glass of wine. Their food is amazing and the garden setting is super relaxing.
Espresso Love: As the first place in Edgartown that started serving espresso drinks back in the 90’s, this is an old favorite. They have a lovely garden setting and delicious homemade muffins. This is also a great spot to take kids for lunch as the menu is kid friendly and the garden seating is spacious for rowdy kids.
Macphails Corner Cafe: Great muffins, coffee and breakfast sandwiches, MacPhail’s is also a great option.
After grabbing your coffee, head on down to the end of dock street and watch the Chappy Ferry make it’s short trip back and forth between Chappaquiddick and Edgartown. Not sure what it is, but it is absolutely entrancing for both kids and adults alike.
Once you are done watching the ferry, take your pick and either hop on the ferry and head over teh Chappaquiddick or head out to Felix Neck.
On Chappaquiddick..head out to the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, head to beach, kayak in the pond, visit the lighthouse or tour the Mytoi Japanese gardens. Chappaquiddick has a slower pace than the rest of the island that is amazing and relaxing. Bring your supplies, there are no stores, cafes, etc. on Chappaquiddick, so bring your lunch/snacks with you.
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary is a gorgeous nature preserve with trails, wildlife and a ton of great programs for kids. Join them for a tidal pool exploration or go out on the trails on your own. Don’t forget the bug spray, the mosquitoes like this place too.
Before heading out to the beach for the afternoon, pick up a picnic lunch at…
Katama Market: From sandwiches to homemade scones, this little market on the bike path to South Beach has it all.
Rosewater: Phenomenal baked goods, delicious sandwiches, and cute garden seating, this place has it all.
Humphrey’s: Humphreys is an island institution and makes phenomenal deli sandwiches on their own homemade bread. Stop at their tiny store front in town before hopping on your bike for the beach.
Or grab lunch on your way to South Beach at the
The Right Fork Diner: Halfway out to South Beach, is this cute diner at the airstrip. It is a great place to let the kids run around on the lawn and watch the planes as you wait for your food or table.
Head to the beach. Rent a bike in town or hop in your car. There are great bike paths to all the beaches. Edgartown has some of the best beaches on the island; body surfing? Check. Flat kid friendly waters? Check. Secluded beaches? Check. Read my post on the best beaches on Martha’s Vineyard and pick the one that is right for you.
Rain or shine, or kids always love to check out the old fire trucks at the Edgartown Fire Museum. Bonus, the fire museum is a couple of blocks from the public library (and an amazing playground for sunny days), which has a ton of toys/games for kids to explore on a rainy day or just when you have had too much beach.
From the carriage house to the interactive kids room, our kids love exploring the Martha’s Vineyard Museum on a rainy day. It is right in town, so it is easy to get to and pop in when you have an extra hour or two.
The Candy Bazaar: With its classic candy options, stop by and fill up a basket with your favorites.
The Edgartown Lighthouse: This historic lighthouse is gorgeous at sunrise or sunset. Get there before 5PM and you can go up into the lighthouse, or just relax on the beach and bring a bottle of wine. It is a great spot to get away from the busy streets of downtown Edgartown.
Chesca’s: Pasta and pizza, not super casual, but great food options for kids and loud enough that kids being loud is not a problem and the adults get an amazing dinner. Get there early as they don’t take reservations. Enjoy a glass of wine on the rocking charis on teh deck while you wait for your dinner.
Alchemy: Although not super kid-friendly, Alchemy is one of the best restaurants in town. Ask for a table on the front porch for a more kid friendly/casual atmosphere.
For the most fun dinner, pick up burgers at the Quarterdeck and head to the fishing dock and eat your food as you watch the boats and fishermen.
Ice cream is a religion on Martha’s Vineyard. There are more ice cream shops than you can keep track of. My sister loves the Candy Bazaar for its classic options and benches on the dock, my uncle loves Dairy Queen for their Blizzards, I love the Scoop Shack for their more unique flavor options, but I also love Vineyard Scoops for their coffee oreo flavor; so many options, so little time. Pick your favorite and you can’t go wrong. We have tried them all and they are all delicious.
Where are your favorite spots in Edgartown or Martha’s Vineyard? We are headed there in July, so would love to try new spots.
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