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A Travel Guide with Eric Dowdle: Martha's Vineyard

This Week, It’s All About Martha’s Vineyard!

The following post was first published on BYUtv

Last night, we joined Eric as he traveled across the country to the old-fashioned island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts in Painting the Town with Eric Dowdle!

With all the picturesque views of this folk-centered community, it’s no surprise that Eric felt right at home on the island! So with his help, we’ve created the ultimate travel guide to help you feel at home, too, when you visit Martha’s Vineyard!

If you’re longing for a trip to this East Coast haven, this guide is the perfect way to make sure you get to take part in all the local traditions of the town!

Famous Landmarks Worth Giving A Visit:

Island Alpaca Company (1 Head of the Pond Rd, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568)
When you think of Martha’s Vineyard, you probably don’t think of alpacas roaming the town, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Island Alpaca Company! Come mingle with these cuddly creatures and get to know the history behind how alpacas got all the way up to Massachusetts.

The Jaws Bridge (267-125 Seaview Ave, Edgartown, MA 02539)
A trip to Martha’s Vineyard wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the iconic bridge used in the filming of Steven Spielberg classic Jaws. Now known by tourists and locals alike as the Jaws Bridge, this landmark holds a special place of fame in cinematic history.

J. P. Uranker Woodcarver (179 County Rd, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557)
One of the highlights of the town is J. P. Uranker’s Woodcarving shop, one of the few places in the country where you can get a hand-carved sculpture that captures the history, beauty, and uniqueness of the island.

Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association (80 Trinity Park Oak Bluffs, MA 02557)
Known for its colorful “gingerbread houses,” this campground takes you back generations through the history of Martha’s Vineyard. This national landmark invites you to participate in the feeling of a tightknit, small-town community by exploring the campground yourself!

Tuck and Holland Metal Sculptors (275 State Road, Vineyard Haven, MA) A classic feature of the island is the artistic weathervanes atop each household. At Tuck and Holland Metal Sculptors, you can see how these custom weathervanes are made by hand and shaped into pieces of one-of-a-kind art.

Best-Kept Secret of the Town:

Oak Bluffs Town Beach is the perfect place to relax in some of the most impressive nature in Martha’s Vineyard. The authentic views, sights, sounds, and smells will have you never wanting to leave.

Oak Bluffs Town Beach (Seaview Ave, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA)

Eric's Favorite Places to Eat:

Being the island that it is, Martha’s Vineyard has some of the freshest and most delicious seafood around. Check out one of Eric’s favorite places that offers tasty grub straight from the Atlantic!

Menemsha Fish Market (54 Basin Rd, Chilmark, MA 02535)
This family-owned seaside market represents what Martha’s Vineyard is all about. Here you can get a taste of the local flavor—literally—by picking up some fresh smoked fish, lobster, or seafood soup!

The "Martha’s Vineyard" Painting

The folksy vibe of the town gave Eric plenty of fodder to create an amazing painting of Martha's Vineyard and its unique charm. Check it out here!

And if you love this painting, don't forget to buy the puzzle!


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