January has always been a time of hibernation, resolutions, snow, icy temps and usually a time of slowing down…not so on Martha’s Vineyard. It is fast and furious especially with the current rental market!!!
The catalyst for this hype is that every year in mid-January our Steamship Authority released online vehicle reservations to the general public. Some may ask…what should I book first; my rental property or reserve my vehicle on the steamship authority? A bit of a catch 22…
Great questions! In my opinion; booking the rental property is a priority. Once you know your dates, it is important to lock in your property. Upon booking your vehicle and if you are unable to obtain your ideal day and time with the steamship authority; there is a “wait listing” process that really does work. By putting in a date and time closest to your desired time; the computer filters your request continuously and notifies you of the change. You can continue to do this as often as you like – for a slight fee of course.
It is important to be patient with this system. As you get closer to your day of arrival; time slots open up due to cancellations and owners re-depositing unused tickets that were previously purchased.
That being said, I welcome your rental request to help you explore and enjoy your much needed vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.
I know it was a couple of weeks ago, but it was so impressionable that my husband, Owen and I will be making this an annual event.
This year Halloween fell on the weekend that Owen was commuting to the island…we alternate our weekends on and off the island since we also still own a home in Mansfield MA. Besides, Thanksgiving, Christmas and his birthday, Halloween is one of my husband’s favorite holidays. Frankly, it frightens me too much and I am anxious for it to pass. NOT this year. I picked Owen up at 5:45 in Vineyard Haven from the Steamship Authority (which runs year round) and we casually walked up Union Street, crossing Main Street, left on Church and finally a right or left on the infamous William Street. During our walk, we were all smiles and laughter due to the adorable children and most of the adults in and out of the storefronts all dressed in full costume. As we strolled to our William Street destination, the exterior lighting, ghoulish music, dry iced lawns were so impressive. Everyone was full of enthusiasm and having a blast. We later learned that each year there are approximately 700 to 1000 “treaters” that come through to show off their garb and grab a special treat. For safety sake most neighboring roads were closed to vehicle traffic during the prime hours of the evening.
My husband’s exact words when we reached our car to head home, “This was the best Halloween of my entire life!” We are both in our 50’s and as you can imagine have been through our fair share of Halloween events, but this one tops them all. Can’t wait for Halloween 2015 on MV – how about you?
Sending out a big THANK YOU for all of those that voted us #1 Real Estate Agency in the Martha’s Vineyard Magazine contest for Best of the Vineyard. We are so pleased to work with all of you and so appreciate all of you support!
We’re looking forward to another great season and hope you will stop by our new location, 62 Winter Street, and say hello!
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