Martha's Vineyard is a large and affluent island about 7 miles off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The year round population is about 16,000 but during the summer months it swells over 100,000. Several U.S. Presidents have spent their summer vacations here, notably Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. According to this quote from Wikipedia, Martha's Vineyard is made up of 7 towns:
- Tisbury, which includes the main village of Vineyard Haven, and the West Chop peninsula. It is the island's primary port of entry for people and cargo, supplemented by the seasonal port in Oak Bluffs.
- Edgartown, which includes Chappaquiddick island and Katama. Edgartown is noted for its rich whaling tradition, and is the island's largest town by population and area. It is one of the island's "wet" towns.
- Oak Bluffs is most well known for its gingerbread cottages, open harbor, and its vibrant town along busy Circuit Avenue. Oak Bluffs enjoys a reputation as one of the more active night-life towns on the island for both residents and tourists, and is also a "wet" town. It was known as "Cottage City" from its separation from Edgartown in 1880 until its reincorporation as Oak Bluffs in 1907. Oak Bluffs includes several communities that have been popular destinations for affluent African Americans since the early 20th century. It also includes the East Chop peninsula, Lagoon Heights and Harthaven.
- West Tisbury is the island's agricultural center, and hosts the beloved well known Martha's Vinyard Agricultural Fair in late August each year.
- Chilmark, including the fishing village of Menemsha. Chilmark is also rural and features the island's hilliest terrain.
- Aquinnah, Aquinnah is home to the Wampanoag Indian tribe and the famous Clay cliffs.
Photo of Gay Head courtesy of Wikipedia and JP06035.