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Feature Friday ~ Affordable Family Vacation Home Only A Mile From South Beach

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Happy times are had by all in this three bedroom Edgartown home. Located between South Beach and Edgartown you’re close enough to all the action, but far enough away to avoid all the noise and hustle. Come in and relax after a long day at South Beach (only a mile away!) in the comfortable open floor plan that opens up onto a screened in porch. Perfect for summer nights watching the fireflies or stars fall from the sky. Upstairs you’ll find comfortable bedrooms with plenty of space.


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Plan Ahead Activities and Events For Your Vacation

Before I get to my blog post, I would like to take a minute to remember the 4 people who lost their life (Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi, and Sean Collier) as well as the injured from the horrible events that transpired last week, and to thank the BPD, FBI, ATF, MSP, MBTA, WPD, ICE, NEMLEC, EMS, BFD, MIT, SWAT, and the civilians who ran into danger to help those injured. Thank you for your heart, dedication, and perseverance over the last week. We are Boston strong.



Last week I spoke about some great family activities. This week I want to talk to you about some amazing opportunities and activities that should be planned in advance of your visit.

If you’re planning on being here for more than a week with smaller children, I recommend looking into some of the amazing camps we have here on island. I strongly suggest booking in advance since the fill up quick. With some many camps on island there’s something for everyone, including sailing camps through Sail MV and Black Dog Tall Ships to mention a few. MV Adventure Camp, is a camp where everyday is a different activity geared towards the outdoors, such as mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking. Have a horse lover in the family? Contact Pond View Farm, Arrowhead Farm, or Red Pony Farm. They provide week long camps where your child learns all areas of the horse world.

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 If you’re a family of thrill seekers, I would call Classic Aviators to schedule a biplane ride for two at a time. They will take you up over Katama and do barrel rolls, dives, and more, giving you an experience of a lifetime, and a view of the vineyard few often see. Another extreme activity would be learning how to kite surf, a fast growing sport here on Martha’s Vineyard. A good company to learn from is Skyhigh Kiteboarding.

One of the more popular family activities is fishing. Sure you can get a fishing pole and some bait from the tackle shop and shore cast, but if you want a unique experience, fish with a local. They know these waters better than anyone else. Some local charter boats include, Smokin Eel Charters out of Oak Bluffs, Porky’s Bait and Tackle out of Edgartown, and Tomahawk Charters out of Menemsha. If you’re looking for a charter who will take you diving My Brother Charters is a great option.


Finally make sure you plan ahead for all the amazing events on island, including Harbor Fest, Summer Solstice Celebration, Taste of the Vineyard, 4th of July celebrations, Grand Illumination, The Ag. Fair, August Fireworks, and many others!  Certain events require tickets purchased in advance (usually available on www.ticketsMV.com) or at least registration, especially all the road races happening throughout the summer. Plan for a lot of traffic on those days and consider taking the bus or cab to events, you won’t have to fight for a parking space, and will save you a lot of time.



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New to Martha’s Vineyard This Spring

What a gorgeous day today on Martha’s Vineyard!  This is perhaps my favorite time of the year – next to Derby Season that is.  The weather is turning in our favor, stores and restaurants are opening up again, and boats are slowly going into the water. After months of holding its breath the island is finally exhaling, bringing with it fresh hope and new adventures.


There’s a lot happening this spring. On the construction front, the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority pier is currently being worked on to fix the damaged caused by Hurricane Sandy. Also the Roundabout has started, and in theory, should be ready for traffic by April 15. Construction workers will still be working on it through Memorial Day, then stop for the summer. They will continue working after Labor Day weekend where they will finish the bike paths, sidewalks, and the last of the landscaping.  Also, please note that East Chop Drive is currently a one-way street due to massive damage from Hurricane Sandy. We are quietly waiting to hear what will happen to the road.


Vineyard Haven will be getting a new restaurant on May 1st. Restaurateur, JB Blau, owner of Sharky’s, Chowder Company, and Dreamland, is now bringing us Copper Wok. Located where Zephrus use to be, Copper Wok will be a Pan Asian restaurant that will serve lunch and dinner 7 days a week all year round. Vineyard Haven can now claim that they are the first town to have a pizza place that delivers. No, that wasn’t a typo. The island now has a pizza place that delivers  Porto Pizza, located across from the steamship terminal, first opened late last season so many people didn’t know that they deliver. This will be their first full season delivering to the tri-town area, and won’t deliver past 9 PM, but hey, at least there’s delivery now!  Finally, Vineyard Haven will be home to a “reality” tv show this summer. “The Vineyard” will start filming in May at newly renovated Black Dog Tavern, and is set to air July 24 on ABC Family.



In Oak Bluffs, all your favorite restaurants are opening this month. The Lookout Tavern recently opened with a bang. There was standing room only for a couple of hours there. On the harbor Coop Deville is set to open April 19th, and Nancy’s is set to open shortly after that. The popular nightclub, The Lampost opened its doors on April 1st. They are now partnering with Skinny’s Fat Sandwiches. Now you can play pool, watch your favorite Boston team, and grab a bite to eat.


Photo By Jeanna Shepard
Photo By Jeanna Shepard

Edgartown has its fair share of new restaurants and shops as well. Eleven North is a semi-upscale restaurant located at 11 North Water Street. After opening last fall they now have a new chef with daily specials that will make your mouth water. The second restaurant to open last fall is Lucky Hanks, serving farm to table fare. Lucky Hanks is located on Upper Main Street, near Stop and Shop, and everything served there is fresh, organic, and locally grown. Espresso Love, one of our favorite places to go for coffee and a bite to eat, got a complete renovation over the winter. Along with new plumbing and electrical, they have laid out a new floor and extended their counter space, it will still be the same great Espresso Love, only better. Not Your Sugar Mama’s is opening a second location this season. calm your sweet tooth at their new Winter Street location. Don’t worry about not fitting into a bikini after indulging here; all their products are gluten free and made from organic sugar. You’ll notice a few changes with stores as well. Vineyard Vines flagship store is moving out of Nevin Square and into a location on N. Water Street. moving in to their old space will be a luxury food store.

We’re excited to see all these new things happening all around us.