One of New England's oldest and most refined towns, Edgartown is the premier community on Martha's Vineyard, and our selection of Edgartown vacation homes offers a unique place to call home during your explorations. Settled in 1642, the town boasts stately Greek Revival homes abutting the traditional gray clapboard manses the greater Cape Cod region is known for. Sailboats and small yachts can be seen tethered to the docks along the picturesque harbor and waterfront. A stroll downtown reveals widow's walks and fanlights galore, evoking a forgotten time and place. It's no wonder sitting and former presidents find this idyllic town a choice vacation spot—and no doubt your family will, too.
Like the rest of the Vineyard, Edgartown is home to many beautiful parks and protected lands. Manuel F. Cornelius State Forest encompasses nearly 5,400 acres; hike and bike 14 miles of trails and admire the beautiful flora and fauna.
Nearby Chappaquiddick Island boasts several wildlife refuges covering nearly 1,000 acres, including Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Mytoi, and Wasque. Head here to admire the 200-year-old Cape Poge Lighthouse or relax on the barrier beach. You also get more than a dozen miles of hiking trails and salt marshes amid hundreds of beautiful cedars.
Operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary offers 200 acres of sloping land and sea for hiking, biking, and kayaking.
Edgartown beaches are some of the most idyllic and unspoiled on the island. Norton's Point (also known as Katama) is the most popular, with plenty of sand and surf. Katama Bay boasts dunes galore, and Wasque and Cape Poge on Chappaquiddick are meccas for bass fishermen. Lighthouse Beach near the harbor is great for families thanks to its scenic views and calm waters, and Bend-in-the-Road Beach offers a relaxing spot to rest and take in the scenery after a long day of biking.
Edgartown offers myriad historic homes and museums to visit, at least for photo opportunities. Vincent House (built in 1672) is the oldest home on the island and houses furnishings from the last 400 years. The Thomas Cooke House boasts 11 rooms of historic exhibits as well as a tool shed and Colonial herb garden. Chappy Schoolhouse, built in 1850, is a one-room building that educated Chappaquiddick children until the mid-20th century. Norton Boathouse, once a counting house for the whaling trade, features maritime photos and artifacts.
Scenic beaches, wildlife refuges, and well-preserved historic structures make our Edgartown vacation rentals the ideal home base for your next New England escape.
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