Pet lovers, it’s crushing to get the “what about me?” look as you’re preparing to take off for vacation. Luckily, there’s no need to leave the dogs behind when you visit The Vineyard. From pet friendly accommodations to tail wagging beaches, here’s everything you need to know about traveling with pets to Martha’s Vineyard.


Ferries, and Buses, and Taxis, Oh My!



All paws on deck! Get the sailor’s cap ready, because someone will officially become a sea dog on this getaway. Dogs are welcome aboard Martha’s Vineyard ferries free of charge as long as they are with their owner (leashed or in a pet carrier). Owners are responsible for cleaning up any messes and keeping paws off seats and tables. Aside from service animals, pets are not allowed to enter food service areas (let’s keep the drool to a minimum!).


Don’t be surprised if plain ol’ car rides become boring compared to getting around the island. Canines can tag along on cab rides and are even allowed to fetch the Edgartown trolley with their owners. Martha’s Vineyard buses are dog friendly too, but they do have a pet policy. If a passenger already on the bus objects to having a pet on board, then you and your pup will be asked to get the next bus (and vice versa). After all, pet dander and sniffles don’t make the best travel companions.


Pet Friendly Accommodation



When hounds are hot on the scent of pet friendly hotels in Martha’s Vineyard, they end up at the dog friendly suites here at Vineyard Square Hotel. Reserved specifically for guests traveling with pets, these suites feature their own access from the Winter Street Entrance and are spaciously sized for dogs of all sizes. 


Yay or Nay on Doggy Beach Days?



What do dogs and protected birds have in common? They both love Vineyard beaches. Depending on the time of year, Fido may have to share the turf on dog-friendly beaches in Martha’s Vineyard. In July, dogs could go on leashed beach walks before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m., while in January it’s likely that no restrictions apply. Ask our front desk team for tips on where to bring your dog during your stay!


Let Loose at Trade Winds Preserve

For a barking good time, head to the Trade Winds Preserve in Oak Bluffs. This is the official dog park of Martha’s Vineyard and spans 71.8-acres with trails, meadows, and wooded areas. Designated off-leash areas give dogs the freedom to make friends and let loose, making this a stop on the travel agenda almost as good as a biscuit.


To Leash or Not to Leash?

Leash laws vary throughout the island. The Town of Tisbury, Mass., for instance, has a very specific leash law that does not permit dogs to roam free outside of the owner’s property. As a general rule, play it safe and keep pets on a leash in public. Remember, not everyone accepts a lick on the face as a warm welcome.


Pet Emergencies

Emergencies in unfamiliar territory are not the ideal travel plan, but Sparky’s habit of swallowing socks is one thing that can’t be left at home. It’s important to know where the nearest Martha’s Vineyard veterinarian is located. For Edgartown guests, Vineyard Veterinary Clinic is located less than 10 minutes from Vineyard Square Hotel.


Dining for Dogs

Didn’t pack enough puppy chow? Make a trip to Good Dog Goods in Oak Bluffs where dogs can do their own shopping. The pet-friendly store even has their own doggie bakery, in case treats didn’t make it into the travel bag either.


Dining with Dogs



Once the kibble is settled, where can you stop to eat with a pet by your side? Many restaurants with outdoor seating, like Espresso Love in Edgartown, will welcome owners and well-behaved dogs to dine.


Why leave four-legged friends behind if they can tag along? From transportation to pet friendly accommodation, Martha’s Vineyard makes traveling with pets simple!

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