WALK to Eastville Point Beach and Lagoon (saltwater) pond.
As you approach EVENTIDE, you'll recognize its large, wrap-around porch and white lattice from our online pictures. It is near East Chop, halfway between the downtowns of Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven at 1.7 miles to either. Your family or group will enjoy the shade of the porch and the sunny yard bordered by hedges and a nice white fence. Two picnic tables seat 9 and 4, respectively. The fully-furnished home has a well-equipped kitchen. Everything needed for cooking and serving meals is provided. Just add your favorite foods or enjoy a variety of 'take-out.' The dining room, living room, 2 baths and 5 inviting bedrooms, comfortably sleeping 9, make the house a home. The living room has cable TV, VCR-DVD player, WiFi, couch, chairs, cushions, etc. Playing cards, games, puzzles and many books are provided for your enjoyment. Across the breezeway from the kitchen is the laundry room: washer, dryer, charcoal grill, yard games and another shower.
Bringing A Car With You?: We provide an excellent Island map for our guests. A great, inexpensive bus system connects with the airport, ferry terminals, our house and most points on the Island. 1-, 3- and 7-day passes are available on board any bus at deep discounts. Mopeds and bikes may be rented near both ferry terminals. Please note that mopeds are not allowed on the bike paths.
A ferry reservation is required to bring a car to Martha's Vineyard Island. The Steamship Authority ferries begin accepting car reservations in early January, so that's when a reservation should be made. They operate between Woods Hole on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard.
Check-in time at our home is 4:00 pm, and check-out is at 11am. If you choose to leave your car on the mainland, there is a calendar-day charge of $12 to $15 at most ferry ports. Passenger-only ferries operate from Woods Hole, Falmouth and New Bedford, MA and Quonset Point, RI. You may also fly to the Vineyard: Call CapeAir or go to their website for their schedules and reservations.
BIKE TRAILS: One of the many bike paths, goes by the house, continuing several miles to the Vineyard Haven-Edgartown Road. From there, the bike path follows the road to Vineyard Haven and, in the other direction, to Edgartown. There are also bike trails through the State Forest, so you really can 'get away from it all.'
Public Transportation makes a car less necessary. We use the local bus system, with a stop close to the house. Fares are simple to understand. Based upon 2012, they are $1 per town traveled. Deeply-discounted passes are sold on-board any bus. (exact change or bills, please). One example of the savings is a round-trip to Aquinnah and the famous clay cliffs, costing $10, while a 1-day pass is only $7. A 3-day pass is $15 and a 7-day is just $25.
Do you want to have a car with you, but can't get a boat reservation? On-Island car rental agencies include Hertz and Avis, along with some local ones. Contact them at their websites or toll-free numbers. Car rental rates on the Vineyard are higher than on the Mainland.
More Vineyard Info: The Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce is located near each ferry terminal: Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven (Tisbury). We can also recommend the Vineyard Gazette and Martha's Vineyard Times newspapers, available at the Vineyard Haven Cumberland Farms and at Pharmacies and General stores in most towns. There are several free publications about Island happenings, which you may pick up on the ferries, at the terminals and in various stores on The Vineyard.