"I imagine most people pick August, going to the beach and being outside, but my ideal day is New Years Day. Every January 1st, for the past eight years, regardless of the weather, a couple of families and mine have gone swimming on Lambert’s Cove Beach. "

Mark Baumhofer

"Shop at the Farmers Market in West Tisbury. Admire our local produce. Snack on Kitchen Porch popovers and fresh squeezed orange juice or wheat grass. Rock out to the music of the Cattle Drivers featuring Chappaquiddick’s own Kevin Keady."

Steve Raichlen

"A perfect warm weather Vineyard day would include equal parts of work, tennis with friends, walk by the ocean with my dog being chased by the waves and ending with a meal shared as the warm day leaves with the promise of a repeat."

Laura Schroeder

When we asked dozens of friends to describe their perfect Martha’s Vineyard day, we got enthusiastic answers ranging from “Art Cliff for breakfast….followed by crab fishing with my son at Owen Park” to “morning tennis at Farm Neck, followed by Eggs Benedict and Bloody Marys” to “watch the sun go down behind the west end of Squibnocket Pond.”

Though there as many versions of Vineyard perfection as there are Vineyarders, there were some places and experiences beloved by many: clams at Giordano’s in Oak Bluffs, anything from the Scottish Bake House; bike (or car, with the top down) rides along Middle Road; long walks on longer beaches, and dinner with friends while watching the sun set (followed by the inevitable applause) at Menemsha town beach.

Perfect Days

Hilary Dreyer

Susie Safford

Kim Carlamagno

Sunset, Steve Myrick

Rob Roth

Lauren Petkus

Ben Martin

Menemsha, Sunset, Steve Myrick

Natalie Salzman

State Beach, Dog, Walking, Lisa Brown

Marjolaine Goldsmith

Sengekontacket Pond, Fishing, Sunset

Stephanie Tibert

Native Islanders and frequent visitors share their itineraries for a perfect day on Martha’s Vineyard.

 Vineyard Primer

Vineyard history, etiquette, lingo, and more

Martha’s Vineyard history with some surprises

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There’s a lot of history packed into this little Island, beginning with a glacial moraine and the Wampanoag name of Noepe, “the island amidst the streams.”

Setting the record straight

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Bemused readers ask novelist Nicole Galland for her take on navigating the precarious social landscape that comes with living on the Vineyard.

Made on MVY: Bad Martha Beer

Made on MVY: Vineyard Bread Project

Made on MVY: Frock

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Made on MVY features products created on Martha’s Vineyard, and is sponsored by the artists and businesses collected here.

Local Favorites

Bluefish keep Vineyard rods bouncing

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Bluefish kept anglers busy last week, both on and offshore. Striper action slowed down, and squid, which have showed up in big numbers in recent years, are mysteriously absent. Peter…

Where to grab ice cream on Martha’s Vineyard

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We all scream for ice cream — even if we’re not chasing a Good Humor truck down the block. After all, this sweet, chilly indulgence is to summer what champagne…

Meet the Locals

Island Music celebrates twenty-six years of tuning in

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Island Music on Main Street, Vineyard Haven, is a true labor of love for owner Ed Griggs. A longtime musician and music lover, Mr. Griggs makes his living through his…

Meet a local home beer brewer

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The second annual Martha’s Vineyard Mini Maker Faire happened last week. The Faire showcases Island “makers” — beekeepers, sword makers, robot designers, artists, musicians — anyone who has come up…