A short ferry ride from Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard is a special kind of island. Dotted with charming small towns like Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, and Aquinnah, the island is famous for its gourmet farm-to-table cuisine, natural beauty, and beach culture. It's a great weekend getaway for relaxing and chilling by the sea. And for those days when just reading a paperback on the beach makes you antsy, you'll never want for more active things to do in Martha's Vineyard.

01Follow Jaws to Menemsha

Fishing shacks near the pier in Menemsha village. Sarahskennedy / Getty Images

A small fishing village within the town of Chilmark, Menemsha is best known as the principal location for Steven Spielberg's iconic film Jaws. Movie buffs can soak up the atmosphere while re-living scenes of the shark thriller. Everyone else can chow down on fresh-caught seafood at a choice of wharf-side restaurants. As you head out of town, be sure to climb the bluffs at Menemsha Hills for spectacular views across Vineyard Sound. The area is part of a protected nature reserve most suitable for sunset picnics.