10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha’s Vineyard This Winter

As winter blankets Martha’s Vineyard with chilly winds and rolling storms, a serene hush descends upon the island. While many businesses shutter their doors and the once bustling beaches embrace a colder solitude, a unique charm emerges from the quieter streets. Islanders, having weathered the bustling summer and fall seasons, now find respite in the stillness of winter, seizing the opportunity to rest and recharge. Visitors seek solace in discovering the island’s hidden gems, places where they can escape the cold and experience the warmth of Martha’s Vineyard in a different light. Join us in exploring “10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha’s Vineyard This Winter,” as we unveil the inviting havens that beckon both islanders and travelers alike during this peaceful season.

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha’s Vineyard This Winter – Town MV, Edgartown

Despite the seasonal quietude, Town MV defies the norm, welcoming visitors and locals alike seven days a week to a lively atmosphere. Located just outside of downtown Edgartown, this is the place for those seeking a social escape four seasons a year. Stop in to catch the latest game, relish a delightful meal, curl up by their fire, or simply unwind with a drink at the expansive bar. Tuesdays offer extra excitement, with entertaining trivia nights that draw a spirited crowd. When much of the island is quiet this time of year, Town MV promises a social and fun-filled experience, making it the perfect spot for those craving a lively winter retreat on the island. Be sure to look out for their weekly specials! 

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha's Vineyard This Winter Town MV Edgartown Restaurant
Town MV in Edgartown offers a lively scene year-round. Photo by Ryan Zipp

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha’s Vineyard This Winter – The Newes at the Faraway Hotel, Edgartown

Tucked away in the streets of Edgartown in the new Faraway Hotel (formerly the Kelley House), The Newes is a timeless gem offering a culinary journey steeped in history. With its doors open from Wednesday to Friday, 4 PM to 9 PM, and welcoming guests throughout the weekend from 12 PM to 9 PM, this iconic Edgartown establishment is a testament to the island’s hospitality since 1742. The Newes offers a seasonally-inspired American and British pub fare, served in a historic setting by the harbor. As you step into this revered establishment, you’ll be enveloped by a welcoming, dark wood vibe that sets the stage for a truly intimate winter experience. The crackling fireplace adds a touch of warmth, creating the perfect ambiance for indulging in delicious and comforting winter meals.

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha’s Vineyard This Winter – the attic, Vineyard Haven

Step into the inviting warmth of the attic, Martha’s Vineyard’s coziest dining destination (and one of its newest!), nestled on charming Main Street in Vineyard Haven. This elevated tavern-style restaurant beckons with a mouthwatering menu that promises a memorable dining experience. The Attic opens its doors to patrons from Sunday to Thursday, from 4 PM to 9 PM, and extends its evening hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 10 PM. For those seeking an early escape, indulge in the daily Happy Hour from 4 PM to 6 PM, featuring half-priced appetizers that add an extra layer of delight to your visit. Don’t miss their daily winter specials with favorites like Prime Rib, Fish and Chips, and spaghetti and meatballs. Established in 2023, as a sister restaurant to Waterside Market and Fish, The Attic has quickly become a cherished favorite for delicious comfort foods, offering not just a meal but an elevated dining experience.

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha's Vineyard This Winter The Attic Restaurant Vineyard Haven
the attic in Vineyard Haven offers a tempting menu of comfort food favorites, and the largest whiskey selection on Martha’s Vineyard.

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha’s Vineyard This Winter – Rosewater, Edgartown

Embrace the cozy charm of winter at Rosewater, a delightful coffee shop nestled on South Summer Street in Edgartown that just reopened from its winter break. Now open throughout the winter, this inviting spot offers a welcoming ambiance with ample seating and a delectable food menu with locally sourced ingredients. We especially love their Breakfast Bowl and Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Whether you’re seeking a quiet reading nook, a productive workspace, or a place to catch up with a friend, Rosewater provides the perfect setting. Indulge in their ready-to-go meals, freshly baked goods, and a menu featuring breakfast (all day!) and lunch options, all complemented by a variety of beverages.

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha’s Vineyard This Winter – The Barn, Bowl, and Bistro, Oak Bluffs

Escape the winter chill and step into the spirited ambiance of Barn Bowl and Bistro, a unique option for unwinding on Martha’s Vineyard. Beyond the traditional bowling experience, this bowling alley stands out with its fun and warm atmosphere and a delightful blend of great food and drinks. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM (kitchen closed from 4 – 5 PM), Barn Bowl and Bistro provides a lively escape for those seeking action and excitement. Bowling lanes are available by online reservation, making it the perfect indoor activity to shake off the winter blues and enjoy some vibrant entertainment on the island. Check their calendar of events to see what’s in store, as they often host comedy shows, paint parties, and more in their second-floor lounge. Please note, they are closed on Sundays, so plan your visit accordingly for a bowling adventure that adds a touch of excitement to your winter escapades.

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha's Vineyard This Winter The Barn Bowl Bistro Vineyard Haven Restaurant And Bowling
Enjoy a game of bowling and an impressive menu of pizza and pub fare at the Barn Bowl & Bistro in Oak Bluffs.

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha’s Vineyard This Winter – Nats Nook, Vineyard Haven

Discover the hidden gem that is Nats Nook, a tucked-away haven for coffee and crepes in Vineyard Haven. Open every day from 9 AM to 2 PM, this inviting spot offers plenty of tables, making it an ideal place to work, chat, or simply unwind. Nats Nook stands out with a unique menu featuring a diverse selection of crepes, including gluten-free and vegan options, ensuring there’s something for every palate. Paired with their excellent coffee, the experience at Nats Nook is a delightful blend of warmth and culinary innovation, making it a must-visit spot for those seeking a distinctive and satisfying winter retreat on Martha’s Vineyard. Note that it is very convenient to the Vineyard Haven Steamship Authority terminal making it an easy stop on your way to or from the mainland!

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha’s Vineyard This Winter – Little House Cafe, Vineyard Haven

Step into the heartwarming Little House Cafe and Bakery, serving “Food Made with Love” to the Martha’s Vineyard community for over a decade. Open year-round for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this quaint spot offers a warm environment and the menu boasts a wide variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods, and hearty entrees! What sets Little House Cafe apart is not just its delectable menu but the small and quaint ambiance that adds to its charm. It’s the perfect spot to savor good food and indulge in the delights of their delicious bakery. Follow them on social media to stay up to date on specials events including winter wine dinners!

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha's Vineyard This Winter Little House Cafe Restaurant In Vineyard Haven
The Little House Cafe is a beloved local spot serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner year round.

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha’s Vineyard This Winter – The Black Dog Tavern, Vineyard Haven

Conclude your winter exploration on Martha’s Vineyard with the charm of the Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven. Surround yourself with its cozy, old-world nautical vibes, complemented by beautiful ocean views. The menu boasts local seafood, chef-crafted entrees, and homemade desserts, alongside famous breakfast offerings. They have a full beer and wine menu, plus housemade craft cocktails. Alternatively, explore the recently remodeled Black Dog Bakery up the road, where a brand-new bar and live music nights enhance the cozy ambiance. Treat yourself to an array of baked goods while basking in the warmth of this inviting spot, completing your winter journey through Martha’s Vineyard’s delightful and diverse retreats. Both are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! 

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha’s Vineyard This Winter – Bettini at the Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown

Indulge in elegance at Bettini, a fine dining oasis attached to the luxurious Harbor View Hotel. Even in the winter, this establishment offers enchanting lighthouse and sunset views over the harbor. The warm dining room sets the stage for a relaxing yet elevated atmosphere, making it the perfect fancy option to unwind. Bettini provides a year-round culinary delight with its delicious menu, and is also a great spot to savor a drink at the bar. Plan your visit to coincide with their hours: Monday for breakfast (7:30 AM – 10:30 AM), Thursday for an all-day menu (5:00 PM – 9:00 PM), and Friday through Sunday for a complete dining experience with breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Immerse yourself in the luxurious and serene ambiance of Bettini this winter!

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha's Vineyard This Winter Bettini Restaurant At The Harbor View Hotel Edgartown Dining
Start your winter mornings out right with an exquisite breakfast from Bettini at the Harbor View Hotel. Photo courtesy Bettini

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha’s Vineyard This Winter – Catboat Coffee, Vineyard Haven

Catboat Coffee Co. is a year-round coffee shop that combines specialty beverages, Lebanese sandwiches and dips, a rotating selection of artisanal cheeses, and island-made goods.
A culinary destination, Catboat Coffee Co. is the home of complimentary food brands Epicure and Martha’s Vineyard Cheesery. They offer grab-and-go options as well as catering, and this warm and inviting coffee shop is the perfect place to grab a quick snack, scrumptious lunch or expertly poured coffee beverage all year long. Be sure to follow them on social media to stay up to date on their special Thursday night offerings like Quesadilla Night, Lebanese Mixed Grill, Pulled pork and more! Learn more about this relatively new outpost on one of our previous blog posts Catboat Coffee Drops Anchor in Vineyard Haven’s Tisbury Marketplace.

10 Cozy Spots to Unwind on Martha's Vineyard This Winter Catboat Coffee Vineyard Haven Dining Out
Expect great coffee and friendly service at Catboat Coffee in the Tisbury Marketplace.

From lively taverns and coffee shops to fine dining and cinematic delights, each venue offers a unique charm, making winter on the island a season to savor. Whether you choose the lively atmosphere of The Town MV, the culinary delights of the attic, the historic charm of The Newes, or the elegance of Bettini, Martha’s Vineyard unfolds as a haven for winter retreats. Join us in enjoying these island gems, discovering warmth and delight in every corner of the island during the serene winter months.

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