For those of you that have been to the island of Martha’s Vineyard, you know that the process of bringing a vehicle along on your Vineyard vacation can be very trying if you don’t know the process! Our island population goes from around 15,000 year round residents to 100,000 August visitors. You really do need to take a ferry to and from the island. It is a 45 minute ferry ride from the Cape.
Once you have booked your Vineyard vacation rental, you will need to work on making arrangements for getting here. The Steamship Authority does not take reservations for the summer season until sometime in January. This year they open reservations online and via mail on January 20th. Mark your calendars! They will open the phone lines up on January 27, 2009.
Sometimes it feels like you have won the lottery when you get just the right times for your reservations for your August vacation. The process can seem unbearable much of the time but following are some tips that might help:
- Go online to the Steamship Authority and sign up for your profile number and pin prior to making your reservation.
- Go online as soon as you can on January 20, be patient as you may get bumped off the site due to high volume.
- Book any time you can on the day of travel or as close to the day of travel and request to be wait listed for your preferred times.
You should know that the wait list system does seem to work out for most travelers that are reserving their tickets this far in advance. The steamship has represented in the past that they do not completely book all of the boats so they will have some flexibility. Things do shift around but you may not know for sure right up until travel time. They do also have a day of sail number you can call to try to change your reservation while you are on the road.
I once had a customer call and book a house one Saturday in August, drive down and get right on the boat and arrive at my office to pay for their vacation home and pick up their key, all in the same day. This is not the norm and I do not recommend you wait to see if this works but, please realize that some of the systems that may seem very flawed can work well in the end!
With the start of a New Year it is time to reflect back and review the successes of 2014 in order to plan forward in 2015. The addition of a new agent and continued success of our seasoned agents has increased production while maintaining, if not exceeding, our customer/client services.
The graphs below give a good snapshot of the current rental market on Martha’s Vineyard. It is exciting to see that the overall bookings in 2014 were up 18% from 2013.
2014 Sandpiper Rentals Report
Length of stay has been a point of interest so we decided to start tracking these numbers and present the following pie chart with the percentages of those bookings for 2014.
The high end market has been stronger over the last few years . They tend to book fairly consistently throughout the year with the exception of June, July and December seeing decreases. Many factors can be attributed to this trend. Most importantly, there is high demand for the high end house and we have been seeing a growing inventory. These numbers are based on a rental rate of $8000/wk and higher and occupancy in July and August.
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Ringing in the New Year on Martha’s Vineyard
Like most of you, we are now falling back into our routines after a lovely holiday season. It felt good to clear out the decorations and get my living room back to normal, call it quits early last night and have an early start this morning. I love heading into a New Year and organizing my goals and dreams for the months ahead!
I have to admit that I fell into the old cliche and spent three days in a row at the gym and tennis center after the 1st of the year. It is one of my saving graces for the winter as the temperatures outside don’t have the same appeal they used to! The indoor tennis center is a great source of exercise with a social bonus for the quiet winter months on the island.
We also have a YMCA on the island and it is great for my kids as it is just across the street from the High School. We are very fortunate to have it so accessible and with great activities for all ages.
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