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Destination SOUL: An Insider's Guide to Martha's Vineyard

eading to the island this month? We'll meet you there. SoulCycle is teaming up with smartwater to bring SOUL to Martha's Vineyard. Sign-ups are open now and classes run through Sunday, August 27. In honor of the pop-up experience, we caught up with Rachel Thebault, the chef and owner of Tribeca Treats and a Vineyard faithful to get the scoop on her favorite summer spots.

A stop in Edgartown to ride at SoulCycle and smartwater's Destination SOUL pop-up is a must this month, but what other sites and activities should you add to your Martha's Vineyard agenda? Tribeca Treats' Rachel Thebault is here with the answer.

Chappaquiddick. I'm biased, as this is my home base, but I think Chappy has the best beaches on the Vineyard. Cape Pogue is a gorgeous barrier beach at the northern part of the island — accessible by boat or car — while Wasque is the southeastern tip of Chappaquiddick, with views of Nantucket and wide, never-crowded beaches. Much of Chappy is made up of nature preserves, so there are also lots of internal island trails for hiking, jogging and mountain biking. Take either the Chappy Ferry or drive across Norton Point Beach — it's well worth the trip.

Shopping in Edgartown. There are lots of fun shops along Main Street and Dock Street. NRO has great adult and kids clothes, as well as toys for the kids. Salte on South Water has beautiful home goods and gifts and its sister shop, Slate on North Summer, has great island casual women’s apparel. The bookstores on Main Street are also a favorite — every summer I stock up on 8 to 10 great beach reads and best-sellers, and my kids go crazy over the kids sections and puzzles.

Libations. There are several places around Edgartown to pick up a bottle of rosé or tequila, but my favorite is Vintage in Nevin Square (off Winter Street). The owner, John Clift, used to be the beverage director at the restaurant Atria, and he is extremely knowledgable about their wine, beer and booze selection. He’s always able to recommend a good choice at a variety of price points.

Edgartown Dining. Détente is my favorite for a nice dinner. It has indoor and outdoor seating, quiet (but not sleepy) ambience, and chef Kevin Crowell makes a fabulous menu with lots of local ingredients. For a more casual, lively meal, I love the Port Hunter. They don’t take reservations, so it can be hard to get a table, but it’s worth waiting at the bar for a few drinks. Lastly, Alchemy is a reliable in-between for a meal that's not too fancy or casual.

Jaws Bridge. It's fairly touristy, but an annual must for my kids is a jump off the American Legion Memorial Bridge, aka Jaws Bridge. Located on Beach Road, between Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, the bridge is about 12 feet above the water (depending on high or low tide), and an exhilarating jump for both kids and adults.

Morning Glory Farm. If you’re staying at a home, Morning Glory Farm is a great place to stock up on fruit and produce grown either at the farm or otherwise organically sourced. They also have a small selection of prepared foods and cheeses. New this year, they have a kombucha bar, where you can bottle fresh kombucha from kegs (my daughter loves to mix and match different flavors!).

The Flying Horses. A favorite rainy-day activity (or a time-killer before an OB ferry), the Flying Horses is an old-fashioned carousel (with a small arcade) in Oak Bluffs.

Oak Bluffs Dining. The Sweet Life Cafe and Red Cat Kitchen are two of my favorites for dinner in OB, but, whichever you choose, be sure to save room for dessert at Back Door Donuts, which serves hot donuts to people who line up after dinner.

Sunset in Menemsha. Menemsha Beach and Harbor is a great spot to watch some beautiful sunsets. Pick up lobster rolls and clam chowder from Larsen’s and have a picnic.

The Outermost Inn. The Outermost Inn in Aquinnah is another beautiful spot for a fabulous dinner and sunset over the Aquinnah Cliffs. Well worth the drive all the way Up-Island!

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