Learn How To Save Money On Your Summer Vacation Rental On #BookDirect Day!

Vacation in Martha's VineyardEvery vacationer wants to have the best vacation they can while having their budget go as far as it can. But many people do not know the best ways to get the most out of their money.

While there are many tips and tricks that savvy vacationers have found to save money one of the most overlooked methods is to book directly with management companies and owners.

Today February 7th, Sandpiper Rentals will be participating in #Bookdirect day. This event is an opportunity for upcoming vacation property seekers to learn the benefits of booking directly with management companies and owners. So what are some of the benefits of booking directly with management companies such as Sandpiper Rentals or a property owner directly?

Save hundreds of dollars in processing fees.

 While booking online with sites such as Airbnb and HomeAway offer property seekers the ease of searching and booking their properties impersonally online, these sites also have a large overhead of which they pass those costs to you. This results in expensive fees added to your property that could be better used in your pocket during your vacation.

As result of a more personalized relationship between property owners and their managers, they are able to keep these fees much lower.

More security in the booking process

When booking directly with property management companies and owners, you are given the security and peace of mind that your rental will be as you desire.

Booking directly also gives you more flexibility should you have special requests or in-depth information about your property choice.

Inside knowledge of your vacation destination

Owners and property managers know what you are looking for and can directly share their experience and knowledge with you about your choice of destination or property.

Be it the best beaches, sightseeing spots or restaurants, Having direct access to property owners and managers knowledge of your vacation destination is priceless!

More options to choose from

Sandpiper Rentals only puts a fraction of their properties on these sites.  Get a personalized search from one of our vacation specialists to access the full scope of our inventory that meets your personal needs.

Did we mention that booking direct can save you money?

 We did but we have saved the best for last. When you book direct this gives you access to the best offers available because there are no third party costs being past on to you, the owners or property managers. These savings allow owners the room to be competitive with their offerings which more savings and value to you.

 As you can see the value of booking direct cannot be understated. If you are interested in more details, contact a Sandpiper Rentals vacation specialist today!

Get Excited for Taste of the Vineyard

Taste of the VineyardDo you love good food? What about charitable causes? If you answered ‘yes,’ don’t miss out on this year’s Taste of the Vineyard.  The Taste, as it’s also known, is held for two nights every June.  This year, 2016, marks the 31st iteration.  Starting June 16th, the lawns of the Dr. Daniel Fisher House will host more than 15,000 square feet of tents featuring delicious food and handcrafted beers and wines from more than 90 of Martha’s Vineyard’s finest establishments.  Revelers will pick up their complimentary wine glass and buffet tray, then stroll amongst the tasty offerings.  After you’ve had your fill, head over to the dance floor, where Jerry Bennett and the Sultans of Swing will provide the tunes.
Two nights after the party, the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust will reconfigure the tents and host a dinner and charity auction for 350 invited guests.  These guests will enjoy a preliminary cocktail hour and peruse the items for auction.  After the silent auction, they’ll be treated to a delectable dinner, coffee, cordials, and Chilmark chocolates.  Dancing, of course, is also on the agenda.
The Taste of the Vineyard is a charity event.  All proceeds go to the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.  What originally started out (in the mid-80s) as an effort to save the Flying Horses Carousel has transformed into a fundraiser to preserve twenty landmark buildings.  The Taste is the organization’s most important fundraiser, and has sold out every year since 1999, so get your tickets early!  Attendance is limited to 1,200.  Tickets are $150 per person, all of which goes to a fantastic cause.  Don’t miss out on Martha’s Vineyard’s most-anticipated event!

To view a complete list of the restaurants and breweries participating, you may do so here.

If you’re on Martha’s Vineyard, you may also wish to view the historic properties the Preservation Trust preserves.  You can find a full list below:

Be sure to stop in and check out these fantastic properties. If you’re looking for something truly unique, we highly recommend the Flying Horses Carousel, which we’ve discussed in a previous blog post.

And if you’re heading to Taste of the Vineyard, you’ll need a great accommodation. Our Martha’s Vineyard vacation rentals provide a perfect base for relaxing and unwinding in between all of the great activities you can enjoy during your time on the island. We have rental properties all over Martha’s Vineyard, so you can choose to stay on your favorite part of the island. Whether you want to be right in town or more isolated, we have the perfect rental for you. Visit our website to check availability and learn about all of our services!

Why Do You Need to See the Famous Flying Horses of Oak Bluffs?

Flying Horses Oak BluffsLooking for something unique on your Martha’s Vineyard visit? Visit Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs. This carousel – the oldest operating platform carousel in the United States – is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark. If you’re on the island, stop by and check out this unique piece of American history.

History of the Flying Horses

Experts estimate Flying Horses’ construction occurred somewhere around 1876. It originally stood on New York’s Coney Island. In fact, one of the decorative panels includes a stamp which reads “Coney Island #4.”

In 1884, a man named F.O. Gordon, of New York City, purchased the carousel. He relocated it to a town called Cottage City (what we now know as Oak Bluffs), and situated it near the entrance to Oak Bluffs Harbor. In the late 1880s, the town purchased the carousel, uprooted it from its harbor-side location, and shifted it to its current location on Circuit Avenue, which is Oak Bluffs’ main business and entertainment district.

The carousel has changed hands a number of times since then. Ultimately, in 1986, the Martha’s Vineyard Land Trust acquired it and assumed control over its day-to-day functioning. Today, not much has changed; the 1923 Wurlitzer Band Organ plays tunes from the past century, reading the notes from original paper rolls. Children (and adults!) also still have the chance to grab the lucky brass ring and win a free ride.

The carousel operates daily, from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Rides cost a mere $2.50. As previously mentioned, riders who successfully grab the brass ring win a free ride. This is a fun, family-friendly activity, and something you can tell people about for years. Come enjoy this piece of American history!

After Flying Horses

After you’ve finished, head out to enjoy some of Oak Bluffs’ many outdoor attractions. There are a number of beaches in the area, such as Joseph Sylvia State Beach, Oak Bluffs Town Beach, and Inkwell Beach. You could rent a kayak and paddle around Oak Bluffs’ picturesque harbor. Those looking for real adventure could charter a fishing boat and head out for a fun-filled day in the sun.

If the water isn’t your thing, there are a number of terrestrial activities you can enjoy, such as renting a bike to cruise around town. You may also consider trading Flying Horses’ wooden steeds for real horses and go on a beach trail ride.

Whatever your preference, you’re guaranteed to have a great time in beautiful Oak Bluffs!

Every adventure in Oak Bluffs begins with a great accommodation. Our Martha’s Vineyard vacation rentals provide a perfect base for relaxing and unwinding in between all of the great activities you can participate in during your time on the island. We have rental properties all over Martha’s Vineyard, so you can choose to stay on your favorite part of the island. Whether you want to be right in town or more isolated, we have the perfect rental for you. Visit our website to check availability and learn about all of our services!

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