Here’s a sampling of especially inviting places that remain open in the winter.
To stay: The Mansion House in Vineyard Haven; 508-693-2200; www.mvmansionhouse.com; winter rates from $99; and the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown; 508-627-7000; www.harbor-view.com., from $109. Both are dog-friendly.
To eat: The Newes From America Pub, Edgartown, named one of Martha’s Vineyard’s best places to eat by Travel + Leisure, 508-627-4397; www.kelley-house.com; from $13. State Road Restaurant, West Tisbury; farm-to-table cuisine and great burgers; 508-693-8582; www.stateroadmv.com; from $14. Copper Wok, Vineyard Haven (at the Mansion House), Asian-fusion with good sake drinks; 508-693-3416; www.copperwokmv.com; from $13. MV Chowder Company, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-3000; www.mvchowder.com; from $10.
Winter walks: We hiked 312-acre Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary, in Vineyard Haven on Vineyard Sound; www.sheriffsmeadow.org; and 194-acre Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Edgartown, on Nantucket Sound; www.massaudubon.org. Also check out the trails maintained by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank (www.mvlandbank.com) and the Trustees of Reservations (www.thetrustees.org.)
Upcoming events: Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, Chilmark; March 17-20; film, food, music, and art; www.tmvff.org. Alpaca Shearing Day, Island Alpaca Farm, Oak Bluffs, April 23; www.islandalpaca.com.
Ferry: www.SteamshipAuthority.com. Rates through March 31: vehicles shorter than 17 feet long, $43.50 one way; between 17 and 20 inches, $53.50 one way. Passengers only, adults $8.50 one way; ages 5-12, $4.50 one way.
Island information: www.mvy.com.