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Dog-friendly vacation on Martha’s Vineyard | thepupdiary.com

7 Jun

Martha’s Vineyard is a pawfect location for a long-weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of New York City! We especially like the two words – “off season” – when things on the island are a bit relaxed and not as crowded. The Martha’s Vineyard high season begins the end of June through Labor Day. Here’s how we spent a few days on the island!

On the Steamship Authority Ferry to Martha's Vineyard

On the Steamship Authority Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard

Getting there: We rented a car and drove 4.5 hours from Midtown Manhattan to Woods Hole, MA for the 45- minute dog-friendly Steamship Authority ferry to Vineyard Haven. Leashed dogs are welcome in all areas of the ship except the food stands. The vehicle fare is expensive ($137 round trip!), but having a car on the island is pretty much a necessity if you want to visit all the sites. Book your car ferry reservation in advance. Spaces are limited and it sells out!

Where we stayed: We stayed in the Mansion House hotel in Vineyard Haven for one night. They are conveniently located near the dog-friendly Vineyard Haven beach areas, shopping, the ferry, but they do charge a non-refundable $50 pet fee per dog per stay. Our hotel room rate and pet fee combined was over $400 for one night- yikes! Dogfriendly.com lists some other options. If you have a group of people or are staying for a longer period, check VRBO for options – they do have a filter for pet-friendly homes.

Nancy's walk-up snack stand in Oak Bluffs

Nancy’s walk-up snack stand in Oak Bluffs

Dining options: There are seafood “shacks” with walk-up windows in most of the towns. Other than that, we did not find any restaurants where dogs were welcome on outdoor patios. We were offered to keep the dogs on a leash just outside the patio, but that is not an option for us. We had yummy food at all of the walk-up stands and then just ate at benches which were plentiful in most areas.. Nancy’s in Oak Bluffs had a nice patio by their walk-up stand and did allow the dogs. We ate at Quarterdeck in Edgartown and The Galley in Menemsha.

Aquinnah Cliffs

Aquinnah Cliffs

Activities: Shopping, exploring, walking, beaches — there are lots of fun activities! We were welcome in all of the shops and there are “main street” shopping areas in Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown. We especially loved The Black Dog stores! There are several beach areas and many do not allow dogs at any time. We found the Vineyard Haven beach area to be the most dog friendly. The Oak Bluffs area allows dogs at certain times depending on the season. The state beaches did not seem to allow dogs at any times. Signs are clearly posted at most beach areas with their dog policy. We loved visiting Aquinnah and seeing the Aquinnah Cliffs, but dogs are not allowed on those beaches. They do have walk-up snack stands with picnic tables, so it is a nice stop for lunch and a gorgeous view! Menemsha is a cute little salty stop with a few shops, pretty water views, and walk-up snack shacks. Once again, no dogs on those beaches! We loved walking through the Campmeeting Association campground area in Oak Bluffs! We stopped in Good Dog Goods, a cute dog boutique in Oak Bluffs, and they had tips for us on off-leash dog areas and beaches.

Oak Bluffs Beach Rules

Oak Bluffs Beach Rules

Day Trips: Provincetown on the end of Cape Cod is extremely dog friendly and a great place to visit if you are out on the Cape.
It is about a 2-hour drive from Woods Hole, MA (Steamship Authority ferry terminal). Gopetfriendly.com has a nice review of the P-town area.

You can definitely tour most of Martha’s Vineyard in two days! It really is a beautiful place for a dog-friendly getaway! Have fun!!

Hundreds of gingerbread cottages all in a row | thepupdiary.com

6 Jun

A fairy tale land came to life! That is how we felt in the Campmeeting Association campground in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. Over 300 beautiful cottages – some dating back to the 1800s – are home to year-round and seasonal residents. The colorful cottages, now listed in the National Register of Historical Places, are a short walk from the dog-friendly Steamship Authority ferry.

What started as a religious tent settlement back in the 19th century has turned into an interdenominational community. Some of the cottages have remained in the same family for generations. (Mom said we probably can’t live there since we are so noisy!) But we did meet a cute Westie who was sitting on his porch as his parents did some renovations around their house. They stopped their work when they saw us and came to meet us. They love terriers as much as mom does!

A little Westie on the porch

A little Westie on the porch