Luxury holidays in Martha's Vineyard

Seven miles off the southern coast of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard is real-estate, summer-holiday and time-traveling heaven. Edgartown in the east is the best base, with its captains' houses (from the whaling days), quaint boutiques and incredible food scene. Contrary to popular opinion, the ‘Martha’ has nothing to do with Stewart, though the Vineyard is indeed home to domestic goddesses between May and September – their ‘look’ is likely to be laidback though, as soon as they’ve switched onto island time. It’s thought to be named after the daughter of a British explorer, but the native Wampanoags called the island ‘Noepe’, which dreamily means ‘land amid the streams’.

When to go

Summer is peak season, but things start to get going from May, though it’s June before they’re in full swing.

Getting there

  • Planes

    The island does have its own airport, but international flights are likely to land in Boston. From here, the drive south is roughly two-and-a-half hours, with a short stint on the ferry from Hyannis port in Cape Cod.
  • Automobiles

    A car is not essential on the island, especially in easily walkable Edgartown.