The island off the coast of Massachusetts, just south of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard is comprised of West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah, also known as Up Island, as well as Tisbury, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, referred to as Down Island. Even the president and his famed pup frequent this vacation hot spot. When planning your next day trip, take advantage of Martha Vineyard’s dog-friendly atmosphere and bring your furry friend for a day of fun.

Getting There

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The Steamship Authority
1 Cowdry Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 548-5011

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Ride on board the Steamship Authority, which pulls out of Woods Hole, to travel to Martha’s Vineyard. Pets are welcome and ride for free. This 45-minute ride offers a U.S. Coast Guard certified crew, snack bar and free WiFi. Be sure to keep your furry companion leashed and cleaned up after. This fun ship ferries cars, trucks and individuals, so travel as you will, and stop by the Transit Authority for island-wide bus services and bike rentals.

Cape Air
660 Barnstable Road
Hyannis, MA 02601
(508) 771-6944

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If you or your animal companion are adverse to riding the waves to Martha’s Vineyard, consider taking Cape Air. Cape Air gives you the option of flying to the island from a variety of locations. Advanced reservations are required as there is a limited amount of space for pet passengers. Pets ride for $10 each way and must be well-contained for the whole trip. One of the easiest, most frequented area flight options, be sure to snag a Cape Air commuter book for discount rates.


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Trade Winds Preserve
off County Road
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Trade Winds Preserve is the official dog park of Martha’s Vineyard. Enjoy walking trails that loop for two miles, or throw a ball or frisbee for your furry friend in the large meadows. Not only will you both get good exercise, but you’ll be sure to meet others who are out with their dogs as well for a little scruffy socialization right in the vineyard. Be courteous and remember to clean up after your pup at this high-traffic dog park.

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Good Dog Goods
79 Circuit Ave.
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
(866) 696-7100

It’s hard to choose just one best aspect of Good Dog Goods. This pet and earth-friendly shop sells organic treats, organic cleaners, pet supplies from beds to toys, and all but three of its products are made in the U.S.A. Bring your well-behaved, leashed pooch and let her pick out her own toys or designer collar before heading out on the town. The best part of Good Dog Goods is the dog bakery, so don’t miss out on tasty treats here.


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Espresso Love
17 Church St.
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-9211

If you find yourself in need of a cup of coffee and a good sandwich after all that walking and sight seeing, stop in at Espresso Love to enjoy both. With a menu that ranges from burgers to vegetarian sandwiches, there is something for everyone. Sip a good cup of coffee as you and your furry canine relax at the outdoor dining tables, or indulge in one of Espresso Love’s handmade desserts.

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The Surfside Motel
7 Oaks Bluff Ave.
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
(508) 693-7343

Price: from $95

The Surfside Motel is both pet-friendly and active in animal welfare, working with Martha Vineyard’s animal shelter by matching donations guests make to the shelter. All rooms accommodate all types of pets, regardless of breed, weight, fur, wings or scales, and come with a package of treats. Humans may enjoy television, air conditioning and a mini refrigerator as part of the amenities available in all of the rooms. Coffee and tea is offered all day and continental breakfast is served Saturday and Sunday mornings during the summer.

Just in Case

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Vineyard Veterinary Clinic
276 Edgartown Vineyard Haven Rd.
Edgartown, MA 02539
(508) 627-5292

It never hurts to know where the local veterinarian’s office is located when you are on vacation. Have peace of mind knowing your pooch is in good hands with the Vineyard Veterinary Clinic. It is a general practice and emergency clinic, caring for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, fish and rodents. Boarding is offered, as well as the sale of some pet supplies.

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Nicole Adams resides on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She is a freelance writer specializing in animal welfare. Her work can be found at