Things to Do in Edgartown
Called "the Vineyard" by locals, the island offers the best of New England in one quaint, historic, sand-between-your-toes package. Edgartown's beautifully renovated captains' homes date to when this refined village was a major whaling port. Roam the island and discover Jaws filming locations, the stunning cliffs and lighthouse of Aquinnah, the fishing port of Menemsha, sailing, world-class restaurants, art galleries, shopping, beaches, and more.
History of Edgartown
Incorporated by settlers in the summer of 1671, Edgartown, MA is one of the two original towns on Martha's Vineyard. Located at the eastern end of the island (down island in local vernacular), Edgartown was a primary whaling port during the 19th century. The bay provided shelter for vessels from all over the world, and captains commissioned grand family homes in what would become the heart of town. These mansions shared a common feature - an elaborate top floor room overlooking the harbor known as a widow walk, where legend has it that wives would watch for their husband's safe return from sea. Many of those original captains homes, including The Edgartown Inn, have been restored to their former glory thanks to a thriving preservation movement.
Fans of Steven Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster Jaws may recognize Edgartown, MA as the main shooting location for the town of Amity, and many local landmarks captured in the film can still be seen today.
Today, the island community is a vibrant destination for visitors looking for a quintessentially New England getaway. Easily explored by foot or bicycle, Edgartown, MA offers chic shopping, creative restaurants, and proximity to sandy beaches and a bustling harbor. The Edgartown Harbor Light sits at the entrance to Edgartown Harbor near our Martha's Vineyard hotels and serves as a cue for incoming ferry passengers know that arrival is imminent or as a fond farewell for those departing.
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