Welcome to Edgartown
Luxurious living in a stately seaport village.
Once the site of a major whaling industry, Edgartown now boasts a number of well-preserved historic estates, and the community is known for hosting yachting events around the town’s harbor. The nautical theme runs throughout the town, and boating and waterfront activities are the focus of most recreation here.
Founded in 1642 by Rev. Thomas Mayhew, Jr., Edgartown was the first colonial settlement on Martha’s Vineyard and now enjoys a reputation as one of the most elegant New England communities. It also has a more scintillating claim to fame — this is where Stephen Speilberg filmed his iconic movie Jaws.
What to Love
- Gorgeous estates
- Scenic seaside views
- Nautical lifestyle
- Diverse community
People and Lifestyle
Full of trees and waterfront activities, Edgartown is quiet and beautiful, stately and luxurious. What won’t you find in Edgartown? Noise. Those daily aggravations of life back on the mainland. Edgartown residents tend to be highly educated — in fact, Edgartown ranks as one of the most educated cities in the nation. Though the community is diverse, residents tend to be affluent and cultured and have probably seen the world a time or two. The peaceful, slow pace of life makes this an ideal getaway.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Known for its bustling season, Edgartown caters to its summer crowd and offers an impressive array of restaurants and boutiques. Devour seafood towers and contemporary bistro fare at 19 Raw Oyster Bar or enjoy the yacht-club vibe at Atlantic Fish and Chophouse, a stylish spot known for steak, seafood, and occasional live music. Behind the Bookstore is a seasonal al fresco coffee shop offering drinks, breakfast, and sandwiches, while Rosewater offers sumptuous fresh baked goods, prepared foods, specialty homewares, and hostess gifts with both an island and global flair.
Find treasures like handmade jewelry, French and Italian perfume, hair accessories, eyewear, handbags, wallets, and hand-blown American glass at the chic Claudia Jewelry, or head to preppy mainstay Vineyard Vines for Martha's Vineyard-inspired clothing for the whole family.
Elevate your sartorial selections at Sundog, the island’s top clothing boutique for men, or find a stylish antique at Past and Presents. Then stop in for a drink at chef-owned and operated L’etoile, a French-inspired cocktail bar and restaurant.
Things to Do
Celebrate the holidays with Christmas In Edgartown, one of New England’s most charming events. Elegant horse-drawn carriages carry passengers through the picturesque town and, in a time-honored tradition, Edgartown offers its charming seaside village version of a tree lighting ceremony. Taste of the Vineyard is a two-night affair that kicks off the island’s social season and supports the preservation of the Island’s historic landmarks and scenic landscapes.
If what you’re looking for is a quiet day at the beach, head to South Beach, one of the island’s most popular spots.
Edgartown is home to Edgartown School, a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon school of excellence that teaches Kindergarten through 8th grade.
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