A Taste of Autumn Bliss: Things to Do on Martha's Vineyard this Fall

Jen Hawkins O'Hanlon, REALTOR®


As the leaves turn vibrant shades of red and gold and the summer crowds recede, Martha's Vineyard awakens with the enchantment of fall. This charming island, with its coastal beauty and cultural allure, offers a unique blend of experiences for those who venture here during the autumn season. In this blog, we'll explore the myriad delights of Martha's Vineyard in the fall, with a special focus on two iconic events: the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby and the Martha's Vineyard Food and Wine Festival in October.

1. Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby: For over 75 years, the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby has been a beloved island tradition. Running from mid-September to mid-October, this legendary fishing competition draws anglers from all corners of the globe. Whether you're a seasoned fisherman or a novice looking to try your luck, this event offers an unparalleled opportunity to reel in impressive catches and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow fishing enthusiasts. From the excitement of the daily weigh-ins to the chance to land the "Big One," the Derby is an unforgettable experience that showcases the island's rich maritime heritage.

2. Martha's Vineyard Food and Wine Festival (October): October brings a culinary extravaganza to the island with the Martha's Vineyard Food and Wine Festival. This delectable event celebrates the island's diverse food and beverage scene, featuring world-class chefs, renowned winemakers, and local artisans. Attendees can partake in wine tastings, culinary demonstrations, farm-to-table dinners, and more. It's a chance to savor the flavors of fall with dishes crafted from the freshest seasonal ingredients while enjoying wine pairings that complement the island's culinary offerings.

3. Hiking Trails: There are seemingly unlimited trails to hike on Martha's Vineyard. Head up Island to witness the stunning fall foliage. Menemsha Hills Reservation and Waskosim's Rock to are two popular Chilmark trails. The Manuel F. Correllus State Forest is a great places for an easy hike on level terrain. Almost all of the trails on Martha's Vineyard are pet friendly as well!

4. Enjoy the Beaches: While swimming may be reserved for warmer months, the beaches are perfect for a brisk autumn walk or a cozy beachfront picnic. In particular, South Beach in Katama offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. And the best part, for all of the dog lovers out there - the restrictions are lifted and often our furry friends are allowed on the beaches with us.

5. Kayaking and Canoeing: Enjoy a calm day on the water. The island's ponds and harbors are serene during the fall season.

6. Culinary Delights: Apart from the Food and Wine Festival, the island's restaurants and eateries offer seasonal dishes that showcase locally-sourced ingredients. Savor the taste of fall with dishes that highlight the island's flavors.

7. Biking your Way through Fall: Outdoor enthusiasts can indulge in biking along the island's scenic paved bike paths, through the miles of State Forest trails or visit the charming towns. The cooler autumn weather makes biking the perfect outdoor activity.

8. Lighthouses and Scenic Vistas: Martha's Vineyard's iconic lighthouses, such as Edgartown Lighthouse and Gay Head Lighthouse, provide stunning views. Don't forget your camera!

Martha's Vineyard in the fall is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be explored. From the exhilarating Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby to the culinary delights of the Food and Wine Festival, the Island offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and seasonal festivities. Whether you're a fishing enthusiast, a food lover, or simply seeking the tranquility of an autumn escape, Martha's Vineyard is the perfect destination to savor the magic of fall. Plan your visit and immerse yourself in the enchantment of this island gem during this spectacular season.



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