Martha’s Vineyard – Past and Present
From its discovery in the 17th century to the present day, Martha’s Vineyard has enchanted those who arrived on its shores with its pristine beaches and hauntingly beautiful meadows, woodlands and landscapes. Named for the youngest daughter of Bartholomew Gosnold and the wild grapes growing in profusion, Martha’s Vineyard began as a whaling port and farming community and has since become a home to over 15,000 year round residents and a destination for more than 7 times as many summer visitors.
A Place of Respite and Relaxation
Though over the years Martha’s Vineyard has earned a reputation as a retreat for presidents and the rich and famous, at heart what draws visitors to return again and again is the lure of peace, privacy, and the atmosphere of a place apart where simple pleasures of a simpler time can be recaptured. Only seven short miles from the mainland but with a marked absence of highways, malls and city stress, Martha’s Vineyard continues to draw thousands to its shores to enjoy the beaches that ring its perimeter, historic sites, arts and cultural events, great dining and shopping and the comforts of its inns, resorts and rental homes.
Welcome to Our Shores
Whether you are staying for an afternoon, a summer or a lifetime, we hope you will take time to explore as much of our beautiful Island as your time allows and check in with us on MVOL.com for the most up to date and complete information on Martha’s Vineyard.