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    Though best-known for the celebrities who retreat here seasonally, the small island of Martha's Vineyard became a hip haven to begin with thanks to its peaceful parks, sandy beaches and lush landscapes.

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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts Travel Guide

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Martha's Vineyard is just five miles south of Cape Cod and is a twenty mile long island. There are several distinct towns on the Vineyard, which has become a popular locale for celebrity mansions along private enclaves. Considered the left-wing island of the two, the Vineyard is of the liberal nature, with vacation estates owned by the Clintons, the Kennedy's and several Hollywood icons.

Edgartown is a very proper neighborhood on the eastern side of the island, with Colonial style homes accessorized by pampered gardens. It is the oldest settlement on the island, and features a number of historic houses as well as the Edgartown Lighthouse. Vineyard Haven is in the northern section of the island, and is the main commercial center featuring Victorian-lined streets of shops, eateries and ice cream parlors.

Oak Bluffs is across Lagoon Pond from Vineyard Haven in the northeastern most section of the Vineyard. The beaches in this area are considerably more crowded and noisy than those on the western and southern areas of the Vineyard. Gay Head is best known for its multi-colored cliffs that border the water's edge, and is probably the quietest section of the island, in its westernmost region. The cliffs are a historic landmark, and are off limits to visitors and residents; however, the nearby beaches are quiet and less restricted.

Directly in the center of Martha's Vineyard is an oasis for the outdoor peace seeker. The Manuel F. Correllus State Forest has walking and biking trails for the noise weary traveler and the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary offers five miles of trails winding through meadows and marshes en route to the beach near Edgartown.

Martha's Vineyard has a number of bed and breakfasts and restaurants in the main towns and public transportation via the bus is available throughout the day.

Martha's Vineyard is accessible via ferry services into Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven, or Cape Air from Boston. It is bordered by Vineyard Sound to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the south and Nantucket Sound to the east and north.

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