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Village Spotlight: West Tisbury


Lambert’s Cove Sunset

Farmland, rolling hills and sweet beaches define West Tis, and it’s the only town that spans the island from the north coast to the south shoreline. Officially considered up-island, because of its size, the eastern edge borders the down island towns and doesn’t feel quite so far removed as Chilmark or Aquinnah. Still, the majority of West Tis is rural and forest filled – inviting you to get lost in the delights of the island.

Some things that you won’t want to miss:

West Tisbury Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday and Wednesday morning all summer, the farmers pick their best and bring it to the West Tis center for the market. Not only is their fresh seasonal produce, but you’ll also find baked goods, meat, jams, salsas, wool – and the best spring rolls ever!

The Artisan’s Festival. Vineyard artists including glass blowers, weavers, jewelry makers, clothing designers, painters, potters and more head to the Grange Hall every Thursday and Sunday for one of the best summer fairs around.

As you drive up State Road from Vineyard Haven, you’ll come upon a wonder strip of stores. At Glass Works, you can watch the fascinating art of blowing glass. Both Citrine and Banana’s Gallery have very cool women’s clothes that you won’t find anywhere else. Fiddlehead Farm has local and organic produce and incredible gourmet treats including the best smoked salmon and tuna ever. Coming soon, the owners of Oak Bluff’s popular restaurant, The Slice of Life, are about to open up a new restaurant in West Tisbury – very exciting.

And don’t forget the beaches! Lambert’s Cove is the town beach (sticker required) on the north side. It boasts calm waters and gorgeous sunsets. Almost across the street, you’ll find Seth’s Pond the perfect spot for little ones. Long Point Beach is on the ocean side and is part of the Trustees of the Reservation – so you do need to belong or pay a fee to enter. West Tisbury holds the island’s commercial airport and miles and miles of bike trails as well.

Of course, we have a wide variety of rental properties in West Tisbury as well. On the water, tucked in the woods, near town, in the middle of nowhere…just let me know what you’re looking for!

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Best Kid-Friendly Beaches on Martha’s Vineyard

Beaches are certainly the main attraction on Martha’s Vineyard in the summer. Some of them have big waves, some don’t. Some of them are pure sand, some are rocky where the waves break. This is your guide to the best kid beaches on the Vineyard. Don’t forget sunscreen, drinks, umbrella or tent, chairs, towels, toys and boogie boards! Here are my favorite kid beaches:

  • Lambert’s Cove Beach is located in West Tisbury. You need a sticker to park your car here or a walk-on pass to enter. Lambert’s Cove  is located on the Vineyard Sound so the water is warm and calm and there’s lots of great rock and shell hunting! Dogs are allowed on the beach in the morning and evening and life guards are on duty until 5 pm.
  • State Beach is found along the border of Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, this picturesque public beach is a wonderful place for swimming, building sandcastles and making new friends. Parking is plentiful and it’s an easy walk over the dunes and onto the beach. Your kids will want to stay here all day!
  • Menemsha Beach rests at the end of the main road in Menemsha, one of the last working fishing villages in New England, this stretch of public beach is a favorite for families. No fee or stickers are required and the water is calm and clear. There are also many great spots to grab lunch so leave the picnic baskets at home.
  • Long Point is in West Tisbury on a beautiful wildlife refuge, Long Point is a wonderful experience for the whole family. Arrive early during the height of the season as parking lots fill up quickly.
  • South Beach is the happening beach in Edgartown with some big Atlantic swells, beach volleyball and tons of families. The walk isn’t too bad from the car with various entry points along the road, and the beach is public so you’ll have easy access. There’s a great bike path from town through Katama to the beach.