Circumnavigating Martha’s Vineyard in a day.

Dana Gaines

Someone knew somebody with a boat, and fishing gear wasn’t a problem: In every home on the Vineyard, there’s a closet by the stairs that smells of wet dog and holds tackle, boots, and old copies of The New Yorker.

Brian Cullman

September and October are no longer among the Island’s best-kept secrets. Early autumn on Martha’s Vineyard is a less crowded, less humid, less hectic version of summer, with bright sunny days topped off by cool, comfortable evenings.

Nancy Tutko

The forces of nature impose occasional inconveniences upon everyday Island life. A ferry cancelled due to high winds, downtown streets flooded after heavy rains, Beach Road awash with sand and surf during a nor’easter. Lately those vagaries have seemed more dramatic, sometimes even a little ominous.

Nancy Tutko

Seven writers share elemental Martha’s Vineyard experiences.

Friends and family on the shoreEat lobsters, quahaugs, corn, and more;And for dessert we gather ’roundTo toast the sunset on the Sound.


This share with which we’re laden downCould fill a truck and feed a town.We’ve learned to cook, preserve, and                freeze,And scrounge for bok choy recipes.


On the Fourth of July seven years ago, my life changed.

Nicki Miller