An off season visit to Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect fall getaway by the sea. YNN's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
The sublime light. The killer sunsets. The empty beaches.
"The fall is the best time to come to Martha’s Vineyard. You avoid all of the crowds but you still have all of the benefits. The stores are open, there are great restaurants," says Featherstone Center for the Arts Executive Director Ann Smith.
October is devoted to the arts with a "Fall for the Arts" theme. Four weekends full of events celebrating the island’s harvest of creativity, including a Food and Wine Festival in Edgartown, October 17-20.
Nathan Gould, the Executive Chef at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, will be hosting the opening night reception and the Sunday brunch as well as giving a Fresh off the Farm talk.
"This island is very self sustainable and if you are a smart chef, or you're just smart about food, you can build relationships with the people here," says Gould.
You don’t have to participate in the organized events to enjoy the artistic side of the island though.
"The landscape really helps people be creative. It’s a wonderful place to write, to take pictures, to paint, and everyone just has a great, free spirit," says Smith.
The best hotel values are available midweek, with free night deals common.
The local chamber of commerce has last minute stays available on their website if you have the flexibility to dash off on a whim.
Keep in mind many restaurants have limited hours and, in some cases, limited staff.
JetBlue ends its nonstop service from JFK after Columbus Day, but flights are available on Cape Air through Boston.
Ferry service operates year round from Woods Hole on the Cape.
And for all the dog lovers out there, the dog friendly island becomes even more so in the fall when beaches relax their rules.