Retire in Marthas Vineyard, MA

Livability Score
56
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. 7aFoods

Still have memories of this space's longtime incarnation as "Back Alley's" - too bad they couldn't have kept the name in action - but I've grown to...

2. 20byNine

Pleasantly surprised to discover this newer spot in Oak Bluffs. Fantastic dinner option when you are still full from a late lunch and don't want to commit...

3. State Road Restaurant

I had an amazing brunch here! The brunch on Sunday is first come, first serve from 8am-2pm. We arrived right around 9am and were seated immediately. The...

4. Water Street Kitchen and Public House

This is a new restaurant that opened up around May 2016. It comes with high review, and therefore, not easy to make a last minute reservation on weekend. We...

5. Pie In The Sky

This is a cool little cafe/bakery in woods hole. It's a short walk from the marine biology laboratory, which I'm staying for the week. I wanted something...

Golf
1. Willowbend

When it gets so hot in Tulsa we escape here! This place is absolutely beautiful! My in-laws bought a house in Willowbend and we love visiting them! They...

2. Holly Ridge Golf Club

I'm not going pro any time soon. That being said I think this 18 hole par 3 course in S. Sandwich is a gem. A place I play whenever I'm in Sandwich. The...

3. Hyannis Golf Course

Great course. Fairways and greens are in incredible shape. This is one of the best public courses on all of Cape Cod. The price is very reasonable. The...

4. Farm Neck Golf Club

Great staff. Course is well maintained. Food is excellent. Overall great experience!!

5. Whaling City Golf Course At New Bedford

One of the better public courses in the area. 18 holes with a driving range. Good value and friendly staff.

Active
1. The Mod Spa

I am super duper late on this review, and I apologize to the staff at The Mod Spa for this-- I owe you guys!! :) This past May, I organized a bachelorette...

2. Woods Hole Science Aquarium

The WHOI/NOAA aquarium in the small seaside town of Woods Hole is the oldest in the country- so in a sense, it's a vintage kind of place. Admission is free,...

3. Anderson's Bike Rental

This place easily deserves a rating of 5. They're super conveniently located just steps off of where the ferry lands, the service is outstanding, and the...

4. RideAway Kayak

Reasonably priced and friendly service. We even got a map of the area and shared where we could go for the three hour kayak. Took our boys 7 and 11 along in...

5. Martha's Bicycle Rental

Hour for $12, but I was having too much fun to return in an hour. Friendly service - ask for Bianca

Arts
1. The Ritz

I'd heard about The Ritz from a few friends a while back, and walked in two nights ago. Great live music + friendly servers welcomed us when I walked in....

2. Martha's Vineyard Glassworks

World class art glass, with fun shows and demonstrations of glass blowing. I still treasure the large green vase I bought here on a visit, and it holds...

3. Gingerbread Houses

The Gingerbread Houses is always the highlight of any trip to Oak Bluffs in Martha's Vineyard! The houses are adorable, very tiny with beautiful detail. It...

4. Ryan Family Amusements

I love this place. I used to go play games at Ryan's with my nieces when they were little and now I go there with my four year old who loves it. There is...

5. The Field Gallery & Sculpture Garden

My Picasso might be your Play-Doh. Your affordable might be my mortgage. Therein lies the trouble in providing a rating for something as personal and...

Shopping
1. Bunch of Grapes Bookstore

I love this place! Private owned book stores are the way to go and this place has an amazing selection!

2. Island Alpaca

I'm really not sure how this could get any better. Island Alpaca is a little hard to get to if you're not a local, but it's totally worth the trip. If...

3. MOCEAN Cape Cod

Mocean is the cutest outdoor shop in the Mashpee Commons! I always come here when I visit my inlaws. They have new stuff all the time and the staff here are...

4. Martha's Vineyard Glassworks

World class art glass, with fun shows and demonstrations of glass blowing. I still treasure the large green vase I bought here on a visit, and it holds...

5. Mashpee Commons

This shopping center has plenty of good fun stores to walk in- a nice mix of beach shops, regular shops, fine dining, casual dining and ice cream/ fudge...

Health
1. Healing Point Therapeutics

I must admit I was completely skeptical of hypnosis prior to meeting Marisa. Based on what I had seen in films/television, I honestly thought of it as a...

2. Relaxation Spa

Went for a mani-pedi with my best friend at Relaxation Spa. My friend chose this place because they mention on their website all their measures towards...

3. The Glass Jar Coop

I am very pleased with the service. The products are excellent. Everyone is extremely professional.

4. Cranberry Nail Spa

I absolutely cannot say enough good things about Cranberry Nails. I'm mad at myself for having taken so long to write this review because I have, I kid you...

5. Healthy Additions

Five star store! Too bad I didn't take photo of protein powder section - they have everything and then some! Entire section of coconut oils too along with...

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