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Feature Friday ~ Steps Away From Fuller Street Beach

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Enjoy the pleasures of being so close to town, but far enough away to not hear all the noise. This quaint cottage is situated 4  blocks from Main Street, you’re only a 5 minute walk to the scenic Fuller Street Beach where you will enjoy sweeping views of the Edgartown Lighthouse, Chappaquiddick, and Nantucket Sound. Inside you will be greeted with warm beach colors, comfortable couches, a well equipped eat in kitchen, a finished basement that boasts a pool table and ping pong.  This home has 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms giving everyone in your party privacy, and relaxation. As an added bonus to this home there is a finished bunk room in the garage.



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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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Local’s Guide: Oak Bluffs

 Island Map - Oak Bluffs

Where to Eat:

  • Nancy’s on the harbor is great for all occasions. They have food ranging from a burger and fries to scrumptious seafood dishes that melt in your mouth. On top of that there are many dining options all in one location. If you just want a quick bite to eat, order from the snack bar and eat outside under the warm summer sun. Perhaps you want to enjoy a nice refreshing drink and some appetizers with your friends; I suggest sitting on the upstairs outdoor patio over looking the harbor. Last, but certainly not least, if you need some air conditioning after a long day out in the sun dine inside. You still have an amazing view of the sunset over the harbor, and the dining fare ranges from burger and fries, and incredibly creative seafood dishes. Adults: if it’s after 5pm, you have to order a drink from Donovan. He has become a staple at Nancy’s and creates some of the best adult beverages on the island. I suggest the Donovan’s Delight or the Dirty Banana, they are his signature drinks and are absolutely delicious.
  • Coop De Ville is also located on the harbor, but it’s more low key. “The Coop”, as the locals call it, has a very relaxed atmosphere offering casual family dinning including lobsters, steamers, fried clams, and chicken wings. They even offer a Raw Bar.
  • Just off the harbor is the Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company, which provides a relaxed family atmosphere with a sophisticated flair. ‘Cho. Co.’ makes their award winning chowder from scratch every day; also they have a fresh raw bar where you can order oyster ‘shooters’. For example, the Citrus Vodka Shooter is an oyster topped with cocktail sauce, Tabasco sauce and a dash of citrus vodka. Other offerings include nightly specials, fresh seafood, and many other succulent options.
  • In the mood for a fun atmosphere with a unique twist? Visit Sharky’s Cantina, for an authentic Mexican meal and fresh Margaritas. Sharky’s is known for its laid back family atmosphere, great service, friendly staff, and their large portions. If you order the nacho’s thinking it will just be enough for one, think again! They have 12 ooey gooey layers stacked high enough to feed 2-3 people, and that’s the regular size! I suggest ordering either the fajitas with the marinated stake, or the Grandios Burrito. Don’t worry about bringing young children to this restaurant; they provide crayons and coloring books, as well as a kids menu.
  • Last but certainly not least on our list is the Offshore Ale Co. Here they brew their own beer, and serve hearty traditional meals such as fish and chips, meat loaf, and bangers and mash. One of my favorite things they have there is the specialty pizzas they serve from their wood fired brick oven. My favorite is the Chicken Pesto pizza. I order it all the time!


What to do:

  • Visit the Flying Horses Carousel. I have so many amazing memories from coming here with my parents, and even working here as my first job ever. The Flying Horses is the oldest carousel in the country! Built originally in 1876, this carousel has been entertaining families for generations, and generations to come. Not only is it a carousel, but it’s also a game. Catch the brass ring and you win a free ride! under the same roof is a small arcade and concession stand. If you’re here with your family do not bother going on a rainy day, the line will be out the door. Instead, try coming later in the evening when the lines aren’t that long.
  • Up for some water sports? Rent jet-skis from MV Ocean Sports located right on the harbor. You can also go para-sailing, tubing, and a few other fun activities with your family or friends
  • If you’re traveling with younger kids, I highly suggest going to the arcade located right on Circuit Ave, the main street of Oak Bluffs. Kids will have a blast playing all the games and winning prizes.
  • Oak Bluffs is home to many charter sports fishing boats, such as the Smokin Eel  or The Skipper. Many of the charter captains around here have been fishing the local waters since they were a little boy with their fathers. if you’re up for some great fishing I highly recommend one of these two boats. The Smokin Eel is a private charter boat that can take up to six people at a time for either a full or half day for inshore or offshore fishing. The skipper takes multiple families out for half day trips and only stays inshore. Don’t let that discourage you though, you can still catch a Sea Bass or Stripper during your trip.



  • Hot Rod Weekend Between June 14 – 16 Oak Bluffs is home to the Boston Area Roadster Club. Every year this large group of antique and hot rod cars gather here to raise money for their charity of choice. Owner park their cars all along the harbor, letting you take pictures look either under the hood or at the interior of these beautiful vehicles.
  • Harbor Fest Every year the residents and businesses of Oak Bluffs put together a festival on the harbor celebrating the arrival of summer. This year, on June 22, there will be live bands, great food, and local artisans selling their wares under pop up tents.
  • Summer Solstice Fireworks All day long their will be events throughout the town, culminating in fireworks at 9 PM
  • Monster Shark Tournament July 18 – 21. Every year serious big game fisherman gather on our little island for two days of shark fishing. The biggest shark wins. On Friday and Saturday between 3 – 7 pm you can gather at Our Market on the corner of the harbor and watch all the giant sharks being weighed in.
  • Grand Illumination Every year in the middle of August, before school begins and people start to head back to their normal lives, the gingerbread cottages behind Circuit Ave hang lanterns from their porches and decorate. At exactly the same time everyone lights their lanterns and the neighborhood is transformed into a magical little village for a couple of hours.
  • End of Summer Fireworks  Fireworks held every year to end the summer season with a bang. This year the fireworks will be August 16 at around 9 PM. The best viewing spot is from Ocean Park. Get there early because seating will be scarce.

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