Vineyard Haven may be the first town you visit if you arrive on Martha's Vineyard via the Steamship Authority ferry. The ferry brings happy vacationers and locals to the island many times each day.
If you do arrive on the ferry, you'll see signs of the popular Black Dog tavern and bakery before you even set foot on land. There are large flags, bearing the familiar Black Dog logo, flying on tall ships in the harbor. The various Black Dog stores are fun to explore and you'll notice many New England folks have clothing bearing the company logo.
Of course there are many other fun shops to visit. You'll find many t-shirt, ice cream and souvenir shops within easy walking distance from the Steamship Authority terminal.
Two of the best bargain shops are within a block of the ferry:
Neptune's Sea Chest
They have a big selection for take-out, including live lobsters and sushi, as well as a nice outdoor picnic area.
Vineyard Haven also offers dance classes and sessions for locals and visitors. This could be a fun "rainy day" activity or a chance to get some fun exercise during your visit. more info on ballroom dance steps