This popular New England getaway sits right off of Cape Cod, separated only by the waters of the Vineyard Sound. Whether you’re flying to Martha’s Vineyard for a weekend pleasure trip or an extended vacation, the best way to visit the island is via a private jet charter that brings you right into the heart of the vineyard.
Private Jet Airports Near Martha’s Vineyard
With no bridge or connected road, you can’t drive to Martha’s Vineyard, so travel via air or sea is the only way to arrive. The only airport on the island is Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY) and is conveniently positioned three miles south of the central business district of Vineyard Haven. The sizable runway can accommodate most private aircraft.
Should you choose to fly into nearby Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK) or Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA), you will add at least a couple hours to your trip. Most visitors take the high-speed ferry service to the Vineyard, leaving their cars on the mainland.
You certainly have the option to fly first class into Martha’s Vineyard airport on a commercial flight but chartering a private jet is the fastest and most convenient way. Being able to schedule your own departure time is huge and reduces unwanted stress and anxiety. With minimal security delays and less crowd exposure you will be able to enjoy your charter experience even more.
What to Do on a Day Trip to Martha’s Vineyard
The island is roughly 25 miles long and 9 miles wide, with six towns divided into the “down-island” and “up-island” areas (East and West, respectively). The down-island towns are more popular for tourist excursions and day trips to Martha’s Vineyard, whereas the up-island areas are more rural and rugged with rolling hills and fishing villages.
You could spend weeks exploring the island, but if you’ve only got a day, here are a few suggested sights to make your priority:
- The Flying Horses Carousel: Down-island in Oak Bluffs, you’ll find the nation's oldest continuously operated carousel. It’s nestled near an arcade, cinema, beach, and the quaint boutiques of Circuit Street.
- Great Rock Bight Preserve: Access this gem on the island’s north coast via a mile-and-a-half hiking trail through a shady forest off of North Road in Chilmark. Steep stairs bring you down to a remote, sandy cove alongside red clay cliffs and a peaceful view of the Vineyard Sound.
- The Aquinnah Cliffs: These 130-foot cliffs are a National Landmark in the up-island town’s Wampanoag reservation. Atop the cliffs, the Gay Head Light is a 57-foot wooden, octagonal lighthouse (with a stone base) that’s been in service since 1799.
The Best Restaurants in Martha’s Vineyard
With nearly 100 square miles of island to explore, there are plenty of local venues to choose from in Martha’s Vineyard’s six towns. Try these standout options:
- The Black Dog Tavern: Right in Vineyard Haven, this year-round waterfront restaurant is not far from the airport, well known (they sell souvenir t-shirts), and serves incredible food.
- The Barn Bowl & Bistro: The #1 restaurant in Oak Bluffs has an extensive menu with moderate prices and the loyalty of the locals.
- Détente: Edgartown’s seasonal kitchen is an upscale restaurant and wine bar with inventive American fare and European influences.
The Best Times For Traveling to Martha’s Vineyard
Martha’s Vineyard is a popular summer destination, but Hurricane season also extends from June to November, so pay attention to the weather. The crowds are heaviest in July and August when the water is warmest.
The best time for flying to Martha’s Vineyard may be in May and September (the “shoulder” seasons) when the crowds are lighter, and the weather is beautiful. However, only 15,000 people live on the island year-round, so many of the shops will be closed up in the off-season—before June and after Labor Day.
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