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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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Great Family Activities on Martha’s Vineyard

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Martha’s Vineyard, our home and playground. There are so many things to do here for all ways of life. Here is a list of some of out favorite activities for you and your family to enjoy together.

  • Beaches
    • South Beach is located is Katama on the other side of Edgartown. With two miles of wide sandy beaches there’s plenty of space for everyone to enjoy. Here you can see seals playing in the water, play volleyball on the beach with nets that are already set up, body surf on the large waves, or challenge your family and friends to a friendly game of beach soccer or paddle ball. But be warned, this beach has a very strong current and rip tide, so little kids may not want to swim.
    • State Beach is located between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown on State Beach Road. this 6 mile long beach has shallow calm water that is perfect for families with small children, or if you have rented a boat to waterski/wakeboard. State Beach is also known for “Jaws Bridge” or “Second Bridge”, where people of all ages gather together to jump off of it in to the channel below.
  • Activities
    • Flying Horses is the the older carousel in the country. All the horses are original, hop on and catch the brass ring for a free ride.
    • Parasailing. Perfect for the thrill seeking family, parasailing is an amazing opportunity to see the island from above. If you’re ready to parasail, just go to MV Ocean Sports on the Oak Bluffs Harbor and they’ll set you up for a memory you’ll never forget.
    • Charter Fishing. Martha’s Vineyard is known as a fishing mecca. There are hundreds of charter boats available for fishing, whether you want to catch gental Flukes, or  fighting Sharks and Tuna. The Skipper is a wonderful group fishing boat that takes two trips daily and fishes for flukes, sea bass, blue fish. They have been voted Martha’s Vineyard Best Fishing Boat numerous years in a row, and are perfect for families with younger kids. If you are looking for more private experience, or a stronger fight, I suggest Smokin Eel Charters (Oak Bluffs), Captain Porky’s Bait and Tackle (Edgartown), Contessa Flyfishing (Edgartown), or Tomahawk Charters (Menemsha).
    • Sailing. Sailing is not just a hobby here, it’s a way of life. If you’re looking for lessons for you or your children, Sail MV are the people to speak to. They have lessons for people of all ages and all skill levels. If you’re looking for unique experience, The Black Dog Tall Ships provide a sunset cruise on one of two large restored schooners. If you’re looking for something a little more private on the small scale, Sea Witch  Sailing Charters is a great option.
    • Hiking is used loosely on the island, but there are some amazing walking trails throughout the island. Walk through the State Forest, or any numerous Trustees of Reservation trails.
    • Water Sports include tubing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, wind surfing, kite surfing, paddle boarding and more. Check Out MV Ocean Sports, Island Spirit Kayak, and Winds Up for lessons, rentals, and tours.
    • Biplane Ridesare not for the faint of heart. You and one other, will go up over South Beach, fly around, and then suddenly be doing loops and dives, before coming back to the small airfield in Katama. If you’re into thrill seeking Classic Aviators on Martha’s Vineyard are the people to contact! Bring a camera to capture the epic adventures.
  • Another great family trip is a day spent up-island visiting Aquinnah and Menemsha. Aquinnah is home to the beautiful clay cliffs, and artisanal shops from local artist and the Wampanoag Tribe.  After visiting Aquinnah in the morning, take a quick jaunt over to Chilmark Chocolates and pick up some amazing chocolate that are made on site.  Follow that with a trip to Menemsha where you can have lunch and dinner, then watch the beautiful sunsets that make you feel like you’re in a Monet painting.



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