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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 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.

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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!

#MeetTheAgentsMonday The Barn Bowling Alley Martha’s Vineyard

New Bowling Alley, The Barn, on Martha’s Vineyard

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Winter months are long and cold on Martha’s Vineyard.  There are not many activities going on to occupy one’s time. It gives you a good break from the chaos of the summer and a time to relax with family and friends you may have missed during that time. You meet at local, year-round bars and restaurants to discuss any and all changes that may have happened to about to take place on the island.  

Then I heard The Barn, Bowl and Bistro, a new bowling alley, bar and restaurant on Uncas Avenue in Oak Bluffs is opening up in the spring of 2015. To say I’m excited is an understatement. We’ve all experienced changes to that island, some good and some bad, but this is a change that seems to be unanimously a positive one. We have another entertainment center for adults and children alike. Especially with the closing of Flatbread a.k.a. the Hot Tin Roof, The Barn has renewed our excitement for summer to come.

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Follow the building process on:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bowling-Center-on-Marthas-Vineyard/1424960034431794

I hope to see you there!


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Ferry Tickets Sold Out


If you missed our blog post about vacation rentals that come with ferry tickets, this is a HUGE reminder. If you’re trying to travel during the peak season, especially August, you may find that the dates you’d like to travel are completely,  unequivocally,  comprehensively SOLD OUT.

Now, don’t panic! We have over 30 beautiful vacation rentals with very thoughtful owners. Many are a part of Steamship Authority‘s Head Start program where they can make summer reservations before the general public. The owners know that there are experienced renters that wait with bated breath for the moment it turns 12AM January 13th to book their ferry tickets. These owners have done the work for you. They have transferable round trip ferry tickets that you can use when you book with them.

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Search the complete list: Rentals with Ferry Tickets

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