Pull out the suitcase and the sad summer ritual begins: Your every step is shadowed. Eyes that beg for mercy envy every t-shirt being added to your bag.
But there can be a happier ending: Travel to MV with your pet is easy. The Steamship Authority Ferry, Island Queen departing Falmouth, and MV-bound Hy-Line from Hyannis all accept properly crated or leashed pets on board. Once on the Island, Vineyard Transit Authority buses and Island cabs allow pets, though final say is at the discretion of the driver.
As for accommodations, we’ll get you started with the following five pet-friendly options on Martha’s Vineyard that invite both you and your pet to get away together this summer.
Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown
The Harbor View Hotel’s Island Dog Package includes nightly accommodation, 2017 Vineyard Seadogs Calendar, dog treats, Orbee ball, Black Dog squeaky toy, bandana, and travel snack bag. Packages start at $109
Hob Knob, Edgartown
Hob Knob offers your pet its Very Important Pet (V.I.P.) Package experience at $175 which includes a customized Crate Cushion, Nauti Knot chew toy, Red Sailor Stripe Collar, Hob Knob Water Pail and Hob Knob Food Bowl, and a V.I.P. canvas tote bag. Pet friendly rooms are limited. Call the hotel at 508-627-9510 to book.
Island Inn, Oak Bluffs
Pets are allowed in some of the rooms on the Island Inn’s sprawling campus. Guests travelling with pets are advised to inquire about availability when making reservations. There is a pet charge of $22 per pet per day with a cap of $110. Beaches and a bike path are within walking distance of the Inn.
Mansion House, Vineyard Haven
The Mansion House offers pet friendly rooms with ground floor access at walking distance from the Vineyard Haven ferry terminal. Each pet friendly room features two double beds for families and friends and a doggy bed for man’s best friend. Pet friendly rooms are limited and cannot be booked online; availability can be confirmed by booking by phone at 1-800-332-4112. More information and rates are available at pet policies and guidelines.
Surfside Motel, Oak Bluffs
Though the Surfside Motel has no breed, size or weight restrictions, all visiting pets must conform to the accommodation’s rules regarding behavior and guests must provide the Front Desk with a cell phone number when dog is alone in a room. A non-refundable $25 surcharge per night, per pet applies.
To learn more about what outdoor experiences are available for your pet on the Island, we suggest asking the concierge or manager who will be best informed about what local rules govern leash, beach and local hiking trails nearby. Advice on restaurants offering dog friendly outdoor seating can also be requested.