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Oak Bluffs, My Favorite MV Town …





Ocean Park


Circuit Avenue



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Flying Horses (oldest carousel in the US)

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I love all of Martha’s Vineyard but I find that most of my favorite places and favorite things to do are in Oak Bluffs. Maybe it’s my growing up there as a summer kid. Maybe it’s because it’s the most eclectic of the six towns on MV. Maybe it’s all of the above and more.

An editorial a year or so in the Vineyard Gazette asked “which town is the wealthiest on the Island?” It goes on to say that ” there are two varieties of affluence — the wealth that is concentrated in private coffers, and the wealth that enriches the public arena.” “The leaders of Oak Bluffs often complain that their town lacks such high-tax properties as the waterfront hotels of Edgartown and the vast estates of Chilmark, but instead is home to many of the Island’s public, nonprofit facilities — the regional high school, ice arena and hospital. To this list, we would add a public park system which is arguably the jewel of Oak Bluffs, unparalleled anywhere else on the Island, and also the national treasure of the Camp Ground. None of these things are great generators of tax revenues — but think how improverished the Island would be without any of them.”

My creation

Oak Bluffs hosts two of the summers biggest events… Illumination Night  in the Camp Ground on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 and the Fireworks at Ocean Park held on Friday night, August 16, 2013.

You can take a flight of fancy on the Flying Horses the oldest platform carousel in the United States… shop along eclectic Circuit Ave… or eat in many of Oak Bluffs restaurants and cafes.

My creation

Oak Bluffs is a party town and yet a family town… it’s hectic and lively and yet quiet and serene. You certainly won’t find a more interesting town on Martha’s Vineyard then Oak Bluffs.


(**Oak Bluffs website)

(Oak Bluffs Calendar of Events)

– by Joan –



Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

2 thoughts on “Oak Bluffs, My Favorite MV Town …

  1. Hi Joan
    Thank you for posting the pictures of Oak Bluffs, my “spiritual home” even if I can’t go there. There is just something really special about the town, whether it is the cottages, the Tabernacle, or just the place itself. Trinity Park seems like it would be very spiritual, maybe because of all the camp meetings that were held there. Maybe people loved it so much their spirits stayed. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

    Anyway, thanks again for the pictures… they cheer me up just looking at them!

  2. love love love the houses!!!!!! it’s like going back in time….♥

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