Planning a Family Reunion on Martha’s Vineyard

If it’s been years since you’ve seen Aunt Sally in the flesh, you’re probably thinking of ways to make up for lost time by planning the best family reunion ever. With all the hustle and bustle of downtown Edgartown and the Vineyard’s many attractions, you certainly have options — but having too many great choices can be a bit daunting, too. Don’t worry — we’ve come up with a few tips for planning an unforgettable family reunion on Martha’s Vineyard.


Family reunion on the coast of Martha's Vineyard.
Photo: Massachusetts Office of Tourism / Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0.


Pick an Attraction to Anchor Your Reunion

Consider the size of your group and their interests. If you’re bringing a large crew, rent a private charter on Mad Max to conquer the high seas, or a enjoy a Cape Poge over-sand tour on the other island, Chappaquiddick.


If your group is a little on the small side, take an afternoon stroll through beautiful meadowlands at the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury, or get on the green for a family golf day. Kids coming on the trip? Take a spin on the Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs or let loose at one of the Vineyard’s gorgeous beaches.


Plan the Menu

You probably shouldn’t let Aunt Sally go hungry during  your family reunion on Martha’s Vineyard.  The crew can enjoy an upscale menu and friendly atmosphere at Chesca’s Restaurant, or venture into downtown Edgartown to quench seafood cravings over a waterfront meal at Atlantic Fish and Chop House. The island offers a plethora of delicious restaurant options, so take a vote on where you and your family would like to sit down and dig in (and don’t forget to make those reservations early)!


Getting to the Vineyard

When it comes to getting everyone to Martha’s Vineyard at the same time for your family reunion, the earlier you make travel arrangements, the better. The island is accessible by plane or by a 45-90 minute ferry ride. For more information on getting to Martha’s Vineyard, try our travel guide.


Moving The Crew

The Vineyard Transit Authority bus system will help you move your whole crew.If you’re venturing outside Edgartown, have your folks hop aboard the Vineyard Transit Authority bus system. Day passes are inexpensive, and shuttles run regularly from town to town all day during the summer. If Aunt Sally isn’t a fan of public transit, call the Stagecoach Taxi and peruse the Vineyard at your leisure.


Book Your Vineyard Family Reunion Directly With Your Hotel

When all that’s left on your family reunion planning list is to pick a place to rest your head at night, you’ll find the best rates when you book directly with your Martha’s Vineyard hotel rather than on a huge travel site. That’s because those sites charge an arm and a leg for something we know we can do better — helping you plan a top-notch family reunion on Martha’s Vineyard with Aunt Sally and the rest of the crew.

Live like a New England Local This Spring
Martha’s Vineyard vs. Nantucket: Which One Comes Out on Top
Treat Yourself to Something New at Martha’s Vineyard Shops
A Guide to Martha’s Vineyard Weather through the Seasons
Explore Downtown Edgartown on Your Martha’s Vineyard Escape
Look at That: What to See in Martha’s Vineyard
Why You Should Still Visit Martha’s Vineyard in the Winter
Spend a Day at a Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Property