The Calm Before the Tourist Storm: An Off Peak Getaway to Martha’s Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard Winter

What: Martha’s Vineyard Gourmet Getaway

Where: Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown, MA

When: Monday through Thursday, until April 15

Why: This is a smart, sneaky time of year to visit Martha’s Vineyard. Built in 1891, the Harbor View Hotel is located near an old whaling port and brings a modern sensibility to a classic New England aesthetic–one that you can’t normally enjoy for less than $315 on a peak season night if you’d like a room with breathtaking water views. Going into the shoulder season, Harbor View is offering $109 rates and a welcome basket with spa goodies to boot. And while the Hamptons may still seem closed up, Edgartown is a vibrant, hospitable slice of the vineyard that’s best visited before its narrow streets are swarming with tourists.

As part of the “Gourmet Getaway” package, guests can taste Chef Levon Wallace’s three-course dinner for $28 per person. The menu features locally-sourced ingredients and fresh produce from the island and New England farmer’s backyards. It should make for a pleasant change of pace on a weekday evening; order the Edgartown Bay scallops with lobster, leeks, and house-cured bacon, ease into the cozy elegant setting of the dining room, and let the salty ocean breezes move over your face.

How to get there: For your end of winter getaway, take a Peter Pan or Greyhound bus from Port Authority to Woods Hole, and anticipate brief layovers in Providence or Bourne, Massachusetts. Take the ferry from the Steamship Authority in Woods Hole to either Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs. (Harbor View Hotel, 131 North Water Street, Edgartown, Mass., 800.225.6005,