Martha’s Vineyard in the Fall

Perhaps the greatest time on Martha’s Vineyard is the fall. The crowds leave, the traffic lessens, and the weather gets a wee bit cooler. There is still plenty of things to do. The bluefish derby takes place for all to fish the island from boat or shoreline in the months of September and most of October. There are a lot trail walks and guided walks given by both the land bank, a Polly Hill, Sheriff’s Meadow and Vineyard Conservation. Grab a land bank map and start walking! The weather in the fall is usually gorgeous. Warm sunny days and cool nights. Morning Glory farm has their pumpkin festival in October, which is always a big hit with everyone. Face painting, and pumpkin chunkin’ where they shoot pumpkins from a catapult. Many restaurants and shops stay open until Christmas. You can often find great sales in most of the shops, and you don’t need a reservation in the restaurants.

November ushers in a more quiet season, but still lots to do. My favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is so beautiful here. In the morning you can walk and pick wild cranberries in several locations on the island. Some people go duck or geese hunting. The day after the big feast, Felix neck holds their Fall festival, which brings many families to walk the property and engage in family arts and crafts. Hay rides, face painting the works. Here in the fall you can find anything from Tai chi to book clubs, to knitting to bowling leagues. There is never a dull moment unless that is what you want. Which many people who live here year round actually look forward to… the slower pace of fall.


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