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Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

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Unwind in luxury on this quaint New England island

Martha's Vineyard, just south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, combines New England charm with upscale accommodations and activities. Plan your getaway to the island by choosing the best of the best.

Stay at Harbor View Hotel
This historic hotel sits amid cottages once owned by 19th-century whaling captains, and it overlooks Edgartown Lighthouse, Edgartown Harbor and Chappaquiddick Island. If traveling with family or as a group, opt for the spacious three-bedroom suite located on the second and third floor of the Captain Huxford Cottage. It offers enough space for everyone to unwind in peace. If it's just you and another, request a deluxe water-view room in the main house, located at 131 N. Water St. in Edgartown, and have a private porch all to yourselves. The hotel features a private dock and boats, allowing you to book a picnic cruise, sailing lesson or sport-fishing adventure. Visit harbor-view.com for more information and reservations.Nice place

Eat at Atria
Chef/owner Christian Thornton uses the best local ingredients to create his New American menu of "global comfort food." The offerings at Atria, 137 Main St. in Edgartown, change daily. Recent dishes have included Poached Island Lobster with Mascarpone Gnocchi and Seared Foie Gras, as well as Atria's Surf & Turf with Seared George's Bank Scallops and Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs. Ask for a table on the restaurant's rose-covered wraparound porch for the ultimate in fine dining al fresco. Visit atriamv.com for more information and reservations.

lay at Farm Neck Golf Club
Golf Digest calls this course "a jewel on the Vineyard." See for yourself at the club, 1 Farm Neck Way in Oak Bluffs. Located on a peninsula of farmland on the eastern side of Martha's Vineyard, the woodlands, salt marshes and open meadows of the 18 holes present a challenge to golfers of many skill levels, while the breathtaking views often serve as a distraction. Book some time with one of the club's multiple pros to improve your skills while on vacation. To learn more, visit farmneck.net.

Take a day trip to Chappaquiddick Island
Jump on the ferry at 53 Dock St. in Edgartown and travel 527 feet to this now-separate island for a day of lounging on East Beach, one of the area's best, or of taking in the sights and sounds of one of two nature preserves: Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge and Three Ponds Preserve. Visit chappyferry.com to plan your visit.

Edgartown Scrimshaw Gallery
A trip to Martha's Vineyard would not be complete without a visit to this gallery, located at 43 Main St. in Edgartown. You'll find scrimshaw sculptures and art from more than 100 artists, plus unique scrimshaw watches that double as elegant timepieces and works of art. Call 508-627-9439 for more information.

You can fly into Martha's Vineyard or take a ferry from several ports on the mainland. Either way, book early to get a spot.

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