Want to start your new union off on the right foot? You could book a hotel in a busy city with a soundtrack of street noise. Or, you could opt for a luxurious, private stay in the glamorous and still gloriously secluded island of Martha’s Vineyard.
Long a playground for royalty and celebrities alike, the 88-mile stretch boasts scenic water views, fine dining, and top-tier recreation around every corner. Located six miles off Cape Cod, you can’t drive over a bridge to get here. Rather, you’ll need to book a plane or take the ferry across. Once you arrive, however? You’ll never want to leave.
Whether you’re a seasoned visitor or are planning a first-time trek, there’s no better place to honeymoon than here. We’d give the destination five stars for its incredible lobster rolls alone, but thankfully there’s more to it than that.
Let’s take a look at five ways you and your significant other can take your vows to the Vineyard in style.
Book a stay at the Harbor View Hotel
Most of the lodging options on the island are comfortably rustic. Part of the location’s nautical charm is a no-frills approach to high-class living, which makes it easy for millionaires to slip casually into the crowd, topsiders and Ray-Bans in tow. The exception? The alluring Harbor View Hotel.
For newlyweds looking to splurge, you can’t go wrong with the one-bedroom deluxe suite located in the Captain’s Cottage. Water-view rooms afford visitors incredible glimpses of the ocean and nearby Edgartown Lighthouse. Featuring sleek wooden furnishings and crisp white touches, the space is airy, light, and open. Curl up in bed and turn on the fireplace. You’re in paradise.
Take a sailboat on the water
Channel your inner Jackie Kennedy and set sail on the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic. Before you set off, spend the afternoon enrolled in Sail MV’s adult program. The three-hour course will teach you all you need to know about sailing basics, while allowing you and your partner to socialize with locals and other maritime visitors.
Manning the ropes yourself sound like a little too much work? Consider chartering a luxury yacht instead. A skipper and crew will take care of all the manual labor for you, so the only thing you have to worry about is when to pop the next bottle of champagne.
Pack a picnic and head for Menemsha Hills
While the Vineyard is remote and bucolic itself, for those romantic adventurers seeking a little more aloneness, the 211-acre Menemsha Hills nature reserve is ideal. Located just outside of Chilmark, it’s main attraction is Prospect Hill. Sweat and grow together as you ascend the 308-foot summit, then settle in at the top for breathtaking views of the Aquinnah Cliffs.
A great way to fuel up for your hike? Stop in at the Chilmark General Store. The high-end grocery features a full restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner highlighting local and organic fare. Grab a baguette from the Pain D’Avignon bakery in nearby Hyannis, and a bottle of Kombucha and hit the trails together.
Take in the Mytoi Gardens
Surprisingly, Martha’s Vineyard is home to some of the most intricate and artistic Japanese gardens in the world. The Mytoi Gardens are located in Chappaquiddick, which is part of Edgartown on the eastern side of the island.
Take your time and stroll through the mesmerizing Zen gardens. Meander beneath the towering maple trees and lose your breath crossing the showcase pond. Absorb some delightfully unexpected culture and return to your seaside digs with a newfound sense of appreciation for the diverse and dynamic locals who call this enchanting place home.
Dine at Sweet Life Café
There are no shortage of seafood restaurants on the Vineyard, and all are equally delicious in their own right. However, when you’re ready for an elegant change of pace, head over to Oak Bluffs, and right into the doors of Sweet Life Café.
Chef Carlos Montoya hails from New York City, where he worked at the famed Aureole and Fresco dining establishments. At Sweet Life, known to be a favorite of the Obamas, he’s cranking out some of the finest French American cuisine both on and off the island. Set in a gorgeously refinished Victorian townhouse, if you’re lucky enough to nab a seat at this exclusive spot, any dish off the menu will impress. Pair your pick with a bottle of chardonnay from the cellar – one of the most expansive on the island.
They say when the honeymoon is over, that’s when real life begins. We can’t think of a more exciting and illustrious place to begin your journey together than on the majestic shores of Martha’s Vineyard. Go for the history, the vistas, and the top-notch sightseeing. Stay for the laidback peacefulness and renewed sense of calm you get when you ditch reality for a while and immerse yourself in everything island life has to offer.
Courtney Myers is the Founder of Vintch.
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