Vineyard Haven—the village is the center of the town of Tisbury—has a rich and deep maritime tradition and was one of early New England's busiest ports. In the modern era, Tisbury's summer crowd has had a literary/journalistic bent with famous summer residents.
Today, you can saunter through art galleries, visit a variety of shops, and swing by Leslie's Drugstore, where you can catch up on the outside world with one of the out-of-town newspapers. The famous independent bookstore, Bunch of Grapes, is here – Bill and Hilary Clinton have both held book signings there, and dozens of other writers hope for one of the summer signing spots at the store.
Vineyard Haven is the Island's most year-round community. Numerous restaurants and coffee shops are open 365 days and there is a regular schedule of community events throughout the year.