Edgartown is one of New England's most beautiful communities in the heart of Martha's Vineyard. It has been a major part of the cultural landscape of Massachusetts since 1642. The town was founded as a whaling community. The architecture of the homes in the area are built in the Greek Revival style and have been well-maintained since they were built by whaling captains. The original seaport village has been preserved as well. Today, Edgartown is known as a yachting community for both residents and visitors. The main street of the town is worth taking a stroll down with plenty of historical homes and markers for you to explore.
If you are looking to move into Edgartown with your family, there are plenty of beautiful options. Many of the homes in Edgartown are from the pre-whaling years. Many are either private residences or have been converted into museums. One structure, the Old Whaling Church, has been transformed into a performing arts center.
There is one animal hospital in the area, with a few more throughout the island. Dogs are not allowed on the beaches in Edgartown, but there are plenty of public wildlife refuges and other activities to keep you and your pup busy while you spend some time enjoying this town.
Chappaquiddick is a neighbor to Martha's Vineyard to the east. It is a part of Edgartown for census purposes. The area is much smaller than it appears on a map, being mostly comprised of bays, inlets, and ponds with a few hills and fields. The area was formed by glaciers about 20,000 years ago and was settled by ancestors to the Wamanoag people more that 12,000 years ago. Wasque Point is a local beach where you are allowed to fish or walk around with your pup on a leash. Swimming is not permitted due to the undertow in the area, but there are more beaches with better swimming waters up north.
The central part of Edgartown is a sparsely populated but charming area where you will find plenty of scenic dog walking spots to enjoy. The Edgartown Great Pond is on the southern end of this community. Leashed dogs are permitted as long as you stay out of the water and are careful not to disturb the local wildlife. This town has a passion for conservation, and the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary is just one of those efforts where you can enjoy wildlife while leaving no trace. There are four miles of trails that give you a spectacular view of the rest of the island's ponds, meadows, marshes, and shorelines.
The Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge is accessible from Edgartown via ferry and is about 90 minutes from Martha's Vineyard. It has been used as a preservation area since 1995 to protect the local natural resources and wild birds that migrate through the area. The refuge is more than 5,000 acres of stunningly beautiful land, with about 350 acres available for hiking and public access. Childs River is a fishing spot in the refuge where you can even bring a paddle boat. If you are bringing your pup, you will want a comfortable harness for him, plenty of drinking water, and some snacks for the day!