It is a frequently asked question! Most renters that make the Vineyard an annual vacation destination are now in the decision making process of when, where and how. Because The Steamship Authority will be opening up vehicle ferry reservations for the summer months soon, many regulars are now trying to fit together the puzzle pieces.
Historically the primary turnover day for weekly rentals has been Saturday. We now see almost half of our owners use Sunday as the turnover day. This has occurred for a couple of reasons. The steamship authority is no longer able to handle the volume of cars being brought back and forth on Saturdays alone and owners have also been having difficulty finding a cleaning crew that can turn over that number of rental houses in one day.
We also now see a few owners consider mid week turn over days for the same reasons. Many of our tenants tend to like this as it gives them a full weekend on the island instead of having to pack and leave on one of the busy Saturday or Sundays.
When making your Martha’s Vineyard vacation plans you should try to book your rental home in advance of your ferry reservation so you know what days you will need to travel on. If this is done far enough in advance you should not have a problem come travel time! Many of our owners will try to be flexible on the turn over day as it gets closer to season if they can. Many of their weeks will be boxed in with prior bookings.
It always pays to plan ahead for your Vineyard vacation!