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Edgartown or Oak Bluffs?

Edgartown or Oak Bluffs

Edgartown or Oak Bluffs? Visitors to Martha’s Vineyard would do well to visit both, although one may appeal to certain vacationers more than others. Let’s take a look at what these two beautiful towns have to offer.

Edgartown

Edgartown is Martha’s Vineyard’s ‘big city,’ with a population just north of 4,000. The town is famous for South Beach, the Edgartown Lighthouse, and a litany of great shops and restaurants.

South Beach provides visitors the chance to relax and enjoy the quiet, calm, shallow waters. Visitors rave about the clear water, and even its warmth compared to surrounding areas. Don’t miss out on this beautiful and tranquil setting!

The Edgartown Lighthouse marks the entrance to Edgartown Harbor and Katama Bay. This picturesque, 45-foot tall lighthouse is a short walk (10-15 minutes) from downtown Edgartown. Be sure to visit at sunset and capture a dramatic photograph of the lighthouse silhouetted against the harbor.

Looking for fine dining in a cozy setting? Check out Alchemy, located right on Main Street. Let chef Giordano Smiroldo prepare a delicious entree of locally-sourced seafood, or enjoy one of their bar’s fabulous cocktails. Visit their website to see Alchemy’s list of 2015 awards. It’s well worth a visit!

If it’s a cold beer you’re seeking, check out Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery. The brewery offers a variety of beers, from light to dark, and is famous for it’s beautiful outdoor seating.

Martha’s Vineyard sign

These are just a few of the things to do and see in Edgartown. It’s definitely worth the trip!

Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs stands on the far northeastern corner of Martha’s Vineyard. It’s home to, amongst other things, the world’s oldest platform carousel. The town is also famous for its gingerbread cottage architecture, and its active nightlife.

The Flying Horses Carousel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. It was originally built sometime between 1876 and 1878, and was purchased by Oak Bluffs in 1889. Stop in and, for just a few dollars, take a ride on a piece of national history!

Oak Bluffs’ gingerbread-house architecture sets it apart from many other destinations throughout America. Stroll through the streets, admiring the unique styling of its many dwellings. Truly, it is a sight to behold!

Oak Bluffs is famous for its active nightlife. Walk around and soak up the festive atmosphere, or engage in some fine dining at some of the town’s many restaurants. You can even visit several local establishments for live music and dancing.

So, will it be Edgartown or Oak Bluffs?  Truly, you can’t go wrong with either setting. Both offer unique experiences in picturesque settings. If you’re looking for relaxation, perhaps head to Edgartown. If you’re looking for a beautiful setting, mixed with an active nightlife, head to Oak Bluffs.

Whether you choose Edgartown or Oak Bluffs, be sure to reserve your accommodations through Sandpiper Rentals. Our Martha’s Vineyard vacation rentals are ideal for relaxing and unwinding in between all of the great activities you can participate in during your time on the island. Our rental properties are located 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. Our homes are all unique, yet they all offer comfortable accommodations and luxurious amenities. Visit our website to check availability and learn about all of our services!

Alchemy of Edgartown MA is an Amazing Dining Experience

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Alchemy of Edgartown, MA

Searching for a fine-dining experience in Edgartown, MA on Martha’s Vineyard? Look no further than Alchemy: a Bistro and Bar located at 71 Main Street. They describe their menu as “serving creative new American cuisine with French and Italian influence.” Chef Giordano Smiroldo and his team craft delicious dishes six nights per week (closed Wednesdays), starting at 5:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by phone (508-627-9999), or by clicking here.

Alchemy’s food receives rave reviews from diners. As of October 15, 2015, Alchemy’s diners have rated their meal experiences a 4.6/5. Diners often cite their outstanding food, extensive drink menu (Alchemy’s wine selection won a silver medal from Cape Cod Publications), and friendly and professional customer service. Reviewers also rave about the restaurant’s beautiful décor, with a bar and dining room on the first floor, and a dining room and lounge on the second floor. There is also outdoor seating available for warmer evenings, but availability is limited, and there is high demand.

Before you order your dinner, why not sip on one of Alchemy’s delicious cocktails? The drink menu boasts high-quality liquors mixed to perfection by Alchemy’s talented bartenders, and offered in generous portions. Patrick Ahearn recommends trying the Jaybird Swizzle: a tropical drink which serves four. If you’re seated at the beautiful downstairs bar, you can also order from a limited bar menu.

Edgartown visitors rave about Alchemy’s fine cuisine. Appetizers include a wide variety of dishes, ranging from a grilled asparagus and Jonah crab salad, to a local yellowfin tuna crudo, to a delicious beef tartare with hand cut pomme frites. Entrees and bistro fare offer the finest ingredients, including fresh seafood, in a menu replete with delicious options: roast half chickens, ribeyes, fried oysters with remoulade, and charred shishito peppers.

Once you’ve completed your meal, why not enjoy one of Alchemy’s fine desserts? Options include:

  • Flourless chocolate torte: crème Chantilly, candied orange peel, and hazelnut brittle
  • Sticky toffee pudding: Warm Mejdool date cake, vanilla ice cream, walnut crumble, toffee sauce
  • Lemon pudding cake with blueberry sauce
  • Alchemy’s sundae: vanilla and chocolate ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauce, pineapple, brandied cherries, honey-roasted cashews, and bruleed marshmallow

Alchemy of Edgartown MA is one of Martha’s Vineyard’s finest restaurants. After a day wandering the island (perhaps on a lighthouse tour), why not sit down and experience fresh, high-quality food and drinks in a cozy, lively setting? Truly, this is one of Edgartown’s top dining experiences.

Plan Your Stay on Martha’s Vineyard

Be sure to reserve your accommodations with Sandpiper Rentals. Our Martha’s Vineyard vacation rentals are ideal for relaxing and unwinding in between all of the great activities you can participate in during your time on the island. Our rental properties are located 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. Our homes are all unique, yet they all offer comfortable accommodations and luxurious amenities. Visit our website to check availability and learn about all of our services!

 

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