There's no other way to say it: In August, Martha's Vineyard's most popular spots can be a mad house. Instead of Vineyard Haven, take a tender into the placid Menemsha Pond. Edgartown may be the rage but Oak Bluffs will give a taste of the peace and quiet, which draws so many summer visitors. Above all, get ashore and explore. You could spend a week just cruising around the Vineyard, riding bikes down quiet dirt roads lined by old stone walls, picking out your favorite old colonial home or taking the dinghy to an empty sandy beach off Chappaquiddick.