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How to Have a Romantic Getaway on Martha’s Vineyard

by Harbor View Hotel

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its charming character, cute boutiques and fresh sea-to-table cuisine. Beautiful beaches, stunning views, and a slower pace of life create the perfect backdrop for a couple’s vacation. It is here that many lovers bend down on one knee and ask to spend their lives together. Along the beach, wedding vows are spoken into sacred existence and couples of all ages celebrate milestones. Whether you are hoping to reconnect with your loved one during a tranquil day spent in nature or you are about to embark on a new chapter with your significant other, Martha’s Vineyard is an idyllic location for your romantic getaway. Let’s discover the abundance of options for romance on the island.


The ocean plays such a central role in all things Martha’s Vineyard that we highly recommend planning to spend time on the water during your stay. There are ample opportunities for enjoying the splendor of the ocean with boating activities for any taste. Book a private yacht and sail away at sunset. Join a fishing charter and snag the fresh catch of the day. For an opportunity to explore secluded coves, sailing charters can transport you and your loved one to a private beach. If you’re in search of a little more adventure, give parasailing a try and witness the wonder of the waters from high above. Whether you’d prefer a group tour or something more private. the opportunities are endless. Keep in mind that private boating experiences are often limited, so making a reservation in advance is always a good idea.


The natural beauty of Martha’s Vineyard is treasured, and significant care has been taken to preserve the stunning local scenery. State parks, forests and wildlife sanctuaries fill the island, providing the perfect opportunity for a stroll through nature. We suggest you take a pair of binoculars with you, as wildlife experts and avid birdwatchers alike often rave about the rare species seen here. For a secluded day with your beloved, plan a trip to Chappaquiddick Island. This rural island is a nature lover’s paradise. Stroll through pristine landscapes along Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge or the Wasque Beach nature reserve. Soak in the views and bring along a picnic for a romantic meal in nature.


One of the best ways to see the true natural beauty of Martha’s Vineyard is to explore the island from the seat of a bicycle. The island boasts miles and miles of beautiful bike trails with incredible views of the country landscape and ocean. For those enjoying a stay with us at Harbor View Hotel, bike rentals are complimentary. Simply ask your concierge, and we’ll be happy to help you explore the area on two wheels.


The quaint streets of Edgartown are filled with charming restaurants serving some of the freshest seafood imaginable. Enjoying an intimate dinner for two is an absolute must during your romantic getaway. The Harbor View Hotel offers the ideal evening opportunity. The Bettini Restaurant, located onsite, is one of the best restaurants on the island, with top-tier food in a one-of-a-kind setting. Enjoy a memorable meal while overlooking Edgartown Harbor, and pair your romantic meal with a glass of wine. Our renowned wine room features an outstanding collection of world class wines, which won the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence in 2022 and 2023.


There is undoubtedly nothing more romantic than an idyllic sunset, and a beautiful, serene beach is just the place to enjoy these picturesque sunsets together. Luckily, Martha’s Vineyard is full of public beaches where you can take in one of the most stunning scenic views imaginable while strolling along the soft, sandy shoreline or enjoying a romantic picnic. The awe-inspiring blend of pinks, purples, reds and oranges will leave you breathless as you listen to the gentle fall of ocean waves. These picture-perfect evenings will leave you feeling like you’ve entered another world just for the two of you.


After taking in a beautiful ocean sunset, Edgartown is the ideal location for an evening stroll. A quintessential New England town, you’ll find yourself enchanted by the endearing energy of the place. It’s whimsical, peaceful and wholly romantic. The charm and atmosphere of the town makes it both fun and relaxing to explore, especially after dinner. For a more casual, beach town bar scene, Oak Bluffs is a fun place to explore. Best known for its delightful gingerbread-style houses, Oak Bluffs also offers an exciting annual calendar of events. During your visit, you may be lucky enough to catch the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival or the Grand Illumination Night.


Martha’s Vineyard offers romance year round. During the winter, charming New England homes are decorated with holiday lights, and the towns are lit up, creating a picture-perfect setting. At the Harbor View Hotel, the fireplace in the lobby greets you with warmth, and the intimate setting at Bettini Restaurant offers the ultimate winter ambiance. In the summer, the great outdoors beckons. Festivals and events kick off with live music and entertainment ramping up. The energy is contagious, and the fun is endless. Come fall and spring, the crowds lessen, and couples immerse themselves in the crisp, fresh air. It’s a place where your pace slows and you have the time to turn your focus to the one you love. Martha’s Vineyard truly is the perfect couple’s paradise. With picturesque views, adorable boutiques and memorable activities, you and your special someone are sure to have the time of your lives during your romantic adventure.

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