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Martha's Vineyard winter

A woman walking around a museum while visiting Martha's Vineyard in winter.Martha’s Vineyard is known for being a go-to summer vacation destination. However, this New England is the perfect escape any time of year. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds, try visiting Martha’s Vineyard and Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites in the winter. This season is a fantastic time for couples looking to enjoy quality, uninterrupted time together while enjoying a slower-paced vacation.

5 Things to Do in Martha’s Vineyard in the Winter

While winter is the shoulder season on Martha’s Vineyard, there is still plenty of fun to be had. Remember that some attractions may be closed or operate on limited hours, so be sure to call or check online for the most current information.

  1. Martha’s Vineyard Museum is open year-round, giving you the perfect indoor adventure, but hours vary depending on the time of year. Wander the range of exhibits that explore the history and heritage of the island.
  2. Winter is the perfect time to get new mittens or sweaters from the Island Alpaca Company. Located in nearby Oak Bluffs, the gift shop features a variety of products made from alpaca. 
  3. A majority of the shops in Edgartown close down for the season, but if you’re hoping to do some holiday shopping, head to Vineyard Haven. While you’ll still want to check out store hours, a large portion of stores in this Martha’s Vineyard town are open through the winter.
  4. If you’re looking to spend some time outdoors, make your way to Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury. The grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset, but the visitor center is closed starting in mid-October.
  5. Get in the holiday spirit by timing your visit to coincide with Christmas in Edgartown. Taking place at the beginning of December, this annual festival includes the lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse, an art and crafts festival, a parade, and more.

Our concierge staff can help answer any questions you may have about what attractions are open.

Reserve Your Winter Getaway Today

A guestroom at an Edgartown hotel to stay in while visiting Martha's Vineyard in winter.There’s still plenty of time to plan your winter vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. There’s no better place to call home on your visit than Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites. Found in the heart of charming Edgartown. Our hotel expertly combines luxury amenities and incredible lodging options, all at an affordable price.

We offer a blend of traditional guest rooms and luxury accommodations, which means you can find the perfect room type for you. After a day of exploring, come back and grab one of our board games to play back in your room. For more information about booking your stay or special offers, call 508-627-4711.

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While the winter months mostly make up Martha’s Vineyard’s off-season, that doesn’t mean you can’t spend a lovely holiday season at Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites. Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, becomes a tranquil paradise during the colder months. Gift your significant other with an intimate Martha’s Vineyard vacation for the holidays.

1. Spend a Stress-Free Holiday on Martha’s Vineyard

Hosting a family gathering does come with its own set of challenges—cleaning the house, making sure there’s enough room for everyone, meal planning, and ensuring everyone’s entertained. Relieve the stress of hosting the holidays at our Martha’s Vineyard hotel, and allow us to take some pressure of the season off of your plate. We’ll provide you with spotless and spacious accommodations, where you’ll have access to plenty of restaurants that remain open in the off-season like The Black Dog, Alchemy, and so much more

2. Initiate an Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, Season Tradition

Create a new holiday tradition with your significant other and spend your favorite holiday at our Edgartown, MA, hotel. Our variety of luxurious accommodations create an intimate ambiance perfect for a getaway with your significant other. Spend your days relaxing in your cozy lodgings, find something new to read at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, and settle in for a peaceful afternoon curled up with a blanket, a steaming mug of coffee (or tea!), and a good book. If you need to stretch your legs, bundle up and check out everything Martha’s Vineyard has to offer in the winter.

3. Discover All the Things to Do in Martha’s Vineyard

A tranquil walk on the beach is always a lovely way to pass the time, regardless of the season. Meander through the spectacular art pieces at the Eisenhauer Gallery, located on-site and open Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Embark on a peaceful winter hike at the Felix Neck Wildlife Preserve, or visit the Island Alpaca Farm to meet some friendly alpacas. If you’d rather spend the day enjoying one another’s company in your luxurious room, consider breaking out your favorite board or card game for the ultimate couple’s showdown. 

Your Winter Retreat Awaits at Our Martha’s Vineyard Resort

Even though Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, is in its off-season, there’s still plenty to do during your holiday getaway to the Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites. You and your significant other are sure to love our cozy accommodations and the lack of crowds. In addition to an on-site art gallery and restaurant, we also feature a wide array of spa services at our Sea Spa Salon. Gift your partner the present of a lifetime and spend an intimate holiday season together at our Martha’s Vineyard hotel. To start making your reservation, visit us online or give us a call at 508-627-4711.

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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.

 

 

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Martha's Vineyard Winter
Flickr/Mass Travel (CC BY-ND 2.0)

As the saying goes: “Summer people, some are not!” While Martha’s Vineyard is loved by many as a summer destination, we feel that a Martha’s Vineyard’s winter is an underappreciated gem. In the colder months, explore quiet lighthouses tucked into the white snow or walk into your favorite restaurants without a wait. Embrace the chill and discover the hidden delights of a Martha’s Vineyard winter.

 

Flip Over Fantastic Food Festivals

While there’s plenty of tranquility in the winter, we’ll let you in on an island secret: sometimes the best way to get through the colder months is a good old fashion party. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that our favorite zany, winter festivals also happen to be food themed. Warm up from the February cold by eating mountainous amounts of chili at the Big Chili Contest. Boogie to the mariachi band that performs all day and feel justified in your eat-a-thon by helping to choose the festival winner. If the thought of eating chili all day isn’t enough to give you heart burn, you may just have the stomach for Wingfest at Shaky’s Cantina. Bring wet wipes and an empty stomach because Martha’s Vineyard winter is ready to deliver some seriously good eats.

 

Sledding Martha's Vineyard Winter
Flickr/N. Friedler (CC BY ND 2.0)

Play in the Snow

Fun in the sun is not just for summer anymore. The island is teeming with outdoor spots that are all the more gorgeous in the snow. Take a stroll on any of the Vineyard’s beaches, and build a snowman by the water . If you remember to pack your skates, you can glide around the peaceful Jernegan Pond, Sheriff’s Pond, or John Butler’s Mud Hole in Edgartown. Our favorite outdoor activity? Embrace Martha’s Vineyard winter’s reputation for blustery weather by going snowkiting. Just grab your skis, a kite, and some good old fashion grit, and you’ll be off sailing.

 

Eat to Your Heart’s Content

While it’s true that some restaurants are closed during the off-season, many exciting and delectable spots remain open all winter long.  Take a bite out of the modern American delights at State Road, which, coincidentally, happens to be one of our owner’s favorite restaurants.  For a meal with large portions and no pretensions, we recommend the Wharf Pub where you can order one of our favorite cold weather treats on the island, chowder fries (yes, that’s chowder with fries on top). On date night, head to the Alchemy with its fresh seafood and mouth-watering entrees like their half-chicken (not to mention, their hand-crafted cocktails). The only downside? You’re probably going to leave the island a few pounds heavier than when you came.

 

Martha's Vineyard Film Festival
Photo: MVFF

Join in on the Arts

No matter what time of year it is, art on the island never sleeps. Many of the island’s most vibrant galleries (including the Eisenhauer Gallery in the Square) stay open throughout the winter. Escape the cold winds by taking in some local culture. If your love of art leans more towards learning than appreciation, Featherstone Center for the Arts offers art classes of all types throughout the Martha’s Vineyard winter.

 

By far, our favorite event of the season (yes, even behind ChiliFest!) is the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival in March. Sit back and grab your popcorn for a wide selection of films and have the opportunity to speak with their directors and creators. Plus, all moviegoers get food, live music, and guided meditations. With its quiet serenity, Martha’s Vineyard in the winter is the ideal time to get a little artsy.

 

The Peace and Quiet of a Martha’s Vineyard Winter

As much as we relish the lively hum that rings over the island in the summer months, the off-season is a time of relaxation and secret pleasures. Whether you’re strolling through the streets of Edgartown or off searching for the perfect sledding hill with friends, you’ll feel like you have the island all to yourself. It’s just you, snow, and sea as far as the eye can see. Take a page out of winter’s playbook and settle down for the season in the luxury suites at Vineyard Square.

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