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edgartown winter

Though we love our summers and the folks that they bring, winter weekends on Martha’s Vineyard have their own magic. The busy vibe is replaced with relaxation mode, and the peaceful crash of ocean waves isn’t muffled by the buzz of beach crowds. Compared to the summer, it’s like having the island to yourself! That’s why winter can be one of the best times to plan a romantic weekend.

 

How can you make the most of a short romantic jaunt this time of year? We have some suggestions to help you enjoy a winter weekend getaway in and around Edgartown.

 

Bundle Up and Get Outdoors

Edgartown Lighthouse
Enjoy private views of Edgartown Lighthouse.

There are miles of empty oceanside to explore during the winter. Take a romantic walk on the beach to enjoy sunset views or take a drive to Oak Bluffs to try and spot snowy owls. If you have a third wheel in the form of a four-legged friend, Lighthouse Beach in Edgartown also happens to be one of Martha’s Vineyard’s dog-friendly places to unleash your pup during the winter.

 

Get Pampered at the Spa

Sea Spa Salon Edgartown
Relax at the Sea Spa Salon in Edgartown

Winter temperatures are not kind to our skin, which is partially why we suggest heading to the spa for an afternoon of self-care. Our on-site friends at Sea Spa Salon will leave you feeling totally rejuvenated. The other reason we recommend a visit? No romantic winter weekend getaway to Martha’s Vineyard is complete without a couple’s massage!

 

Pair an Outing at the Museum with Dinner

Downtown Edgartown dining
Enjoy downtown Edgartown dining.

You can do dinner and a movie anywhere. When you’re spending a romantic winter weekend in Edgartown, go a slightly different route: a trip to the museum followed by dinner and drinks in town. The chillier season is the perfect time to take in the exhibits at Martha’s Vineyard Museum, where curious minds can find plenty of fun facts about the island’s history to discuss over a hot meal.  

 

Stay Tucked Away Indoors

Vineyard Square Hotel pet friendly suites
Bring furry friends along for a stay in one of our dog friendly suites!

Arguably the most important aspect of a successful romantic winter weekend getaway to Edgartown is having the right space to retreat to. When you want to trade the public for some privacy, our luxury suites are a great place to be. Leave the chill outside and come back to a spacious room where you can get cozy by your own gas fireplace. As for that furry third-wheel we mentioned earlier? Our pet friendly suites also remain open for winter getaways with your pup!

 

Come to Edgartown for a romantic winter weekend getaway and balance your time exploring the island with some sweet indoor escapes.

 

 

Plan a Visit to the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival
Where to Get the Best Pizza on Martha’s Vineyard Near Edgartown
Explore Memorable Things to Do & See in West Tisbury
Spend a Day at the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest
See the Next Big Thing at a Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
A Guide on How to Get to Martha’s Vineyard
A Look at the History of Our Edgartown Hotel
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by Rick Conti

Most people have heard the old idiom referring to the darkest, coldest days of the year as “the dead of winter.”  This humble writer is here to tell you that there is life in the cold, dark days of winter if you have the good fortune to spend them on Martha’s Vineyard.

The beach in winter.
The beach in winter.

Last month, I wrote about a few of the culinary diversions available to off-season visitors to this fair isle.  There’s more to do than eat, however.

The absence of the crowds that characterize the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer gives the cool, crisp, peaceful days of winter a special feel every bit as pleasurable in their own way as the high season, if you know how to take advantage of them.  Fortunately for you, dear reader, I’m here to give you the advice you need for a winter respite.

First of all, there’s the beach.  The beach is for summer activities only, right?  Wrong.  A walk on the beach on a brisk winter day, provided you’re dressed for it, provides a sensory treat that’s hard to match.  Chances are that you’ll have the sand to yourself whether you choose to pass the time hiking, jogging, or simply sitting and drinking in the sights and sounds of the ever-changing shore.

My personal preference is for a good winter beach exploration.  With no competition to hinder you, there is an undisturbed environment awaiting your curiosity.  My most memorable finds include some amazing driftwood and shells, not to mention the carcasses of a massive sea turtle and a seal.

Dead animals and frozen toes not to your taste?  Then warm yourself in front of a blazing fire with a cup of cocoa or the hot beverage of your choice.  There are fireplaces in many restaurants and hotels, but my hearths of choice are located in the luxury suites at the Vineyard Square Hotel and Suites.  (No gratuity was awarded for this shameless promotion, although I can always dream.)  Okay, so the switch-controlled, gas-powered fires aren’t exactly authentic old school, but… what the heck.  You can light and stoke the wood for half an hour while I curl up by the gas fire in an instant.

In winter, the air, clear as a perfect diamond, shimmers with color and spark.  The water’s surface is flecked with frozen silver and gold.  And sunsets take on a unique glow unknown in the other seasons.  Seeing any of that during a stroll on a winter beach or wooded island lane will remain frozen in your memory long after the frost has thawed.

After all that outside activity, you’ll have built up an appetite for a hearty meal of warm comfort food.  I commend your attention to my previous post on island winter fare .

Save a cup of cocoa and room by the fire for me.  We can compare dead animal sightings.

Plan a Visit to the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival
Where to Get the Best Pizza on Martha’s Vineyard Near Edgartown
Explore Memorable Things to Do & See in West Tisbury
Spend a Day at the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest
See the Next Big Thing at a Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
A Guide on How to Get to Martha’s Vineyard
A Look at the History of Our Edgartown Hotel
Celebrate the Season | A Guide to Christmas in Edgartown