Martha’s Vineyard Island is the perfect year-round destination if you’re seeking fresh seafood, charming sights, upscale dining, fanciful shops, and endless outdoor activities. A Martha’s Vineyard day trip is the ideal way to spend a day while staying with us. Although the island is two hours from our inn, part of the fun of visiting is getting there! The scenery along U.S. Route 6 leads you to ferries that place you on Martha’s Vineyard. Check out our favorite things to do once you arrive at your final destination and request our free Vacation Guide for more exciting experiences near Candleberry Inn!
Five of the Best Reasons for a Martha’s Vineyard Day Trip
A Road Trip Along U.S. Route 6
The trip from Cape Cod to Martha’s Vineyard is just over two hours southwest on Route 6. Enjoy the greenery on both sides of the highway as you and your guest, or guests, listen to your favorite tunes or catch up on your latest binge-worthy podcast. Catch a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard Island once you arrive in Falmouth and take in the oceanic views. Then, step off the ferry and onto a 100-square-foot island with endless adventures!
The Fishing Village of Menemsha
The Fishing Village of Menemsha is a salt-of-the-earth fishing village where the fishermen are local and the catches are fresh. The Menemsha Fish Market offers samples of clam chowder and lobster bisque as well as a full lunch menu. Enjoy a poached lobster sandwich, which rivals the famous Sesuit Harbor Cafe lobster roll, on the dock alongside the fishermen. The village is also near quiet beaches and antique shops where you can experience all that Menemsha has to offer.
Fun Fact: The classic movie Jaws used the Menemsha Harbor for location spot filming!
Gay Head Lighthouse
Perched atop beautiful cliffs, Gay Head Lighthouse, the pioneer lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard Island, is full of history, fulling functioning, and open seasonally to the public. During the open season, usually May through October — weather permitting, the lighthouse is available for tours as well as private events. Each fall, the lighthouse hosts the Gay Head 10K— a 6.2-mile race that benefits the upkeep of Gay Head Lighthouse.
Martha’s Vineyard offers access to many towns that are full of dining and shopping. Edgartown, the most elite of the island, has streets lined with beautifully restored historic homes that are full of charm. Edgartown also offers unparalleled fine dining such as The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn. Ranked among the top five restaurants in Edgartown, The Terrace yields Old World charm and delicious dining options. Just for fun, compare The Terrace to some of the best Mid-Cape restaurants when you arrive back.
Endless Outdoor Activities
Martha’s Vineyard Island is surrounded by beaches and provides a variety of outdoor activities, from kayaking to windsurfing. The island encourages visitors to take full advantage of its shoreline, but if beaching isn’t your thing, Martha’s also offers sports and recreation options. No one will be at a loss for fun with a disc golf course and a space for horseback riding. However you like to spend your time amongst nature, Martha’s Vineyard has you covered.
Come Back to Candleberry Inn After Your Day Trip From Cape Cod to Martha’s Vineyard
If you’re planning to visit Martha’s Vineyard, stay at our inn for the best accommodations and a gourmet breakfast before you hit the road! Our nine rooms each offer a cozy stay, but for relaxing after a day trip, we recommend staying in our Seacroft Suite. This suite offers views of our garden and whispering fountain that you can admire while enjoying complimentary coffee and tea, available 24 hours a day.