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Martha’sVineyard The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce is Delighted to Welcome You to the Beautiful Island of Martha’s Vineyard! ith miles and miles of unfettered coastline, a dynamic arts and cultural scene, a rich maritime tradition, Native American, African American and international diversity, absolutely fabulous locally grown food and the freshest delicacies from our ocean, the Vineyard is a perfect spot for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a corporate event or retreat or a destination wedding for every couple, in every season! What you may not know is that a Martha’s Vineyard experience is


available on everyone’s budget! From the 2011 World’s Friendliest Hostel, to a family friendly campground, to resorts catering to your every need, from rentals for the whole gang, or distinctive inns and quaint B&B’s, this Guide is loaded with information, suggestions, and ideas to make your Vineyard experience unforgettable!

Looking forward to seeing you on the Vineyard! Nancy Gardella EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Publisher: Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Cover Photo by Nicole Friedler Design & Production by CreativeWorks

© 2011 Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, Inc. / PO Box 1698, 24 Beach Street, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 508-693-0085 800-505-4815 Funded, in part, by The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

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Table of Contents

Getting to Martha’s Vineyard

By Ferry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 By Car to the Ferries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5, 6 By Bus to the Ferries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 By Train, Plane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Air Charter Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Ground Transportation From Off-Island Airports . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Harbor Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Getting Around the Island

Buses, Car Rentals, Taxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Bicycles, Renting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13-14 Reservation Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

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Real Estate

Vacation Rentals, Real Estate Rentals, Appraisers . . . .63 Real Estate Buyer Brokers . . . . . . . .63-64 Real Estate Publications . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Real Estate Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64-67 Real Estate Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

Arts & Culture

Festivals, Galleries, Instruction, Theater, Dance & Movies . . . . . . . . .68-70 Museums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Musicians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70-72 Night Clubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Photographers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72-73 Radio Stations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Theater Companies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73

Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-19 Island Map . . . . . . . . . . . .insert page 16 Boating & Fishing . . . . . . . .76-80 Beaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .back of map Fishing Derby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Biking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .back of map Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82-85 Vineyard History . . . . . . . . . . . .20-23 Amusements to Zoos Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86-87 The Towns – Where to Stay & Eat Meetings & Events . . . . . . . .88-89 Aquinnah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24-27 Chilmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28-31 Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90-91 Edgartown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32-41 Oak Bluffs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42-49 Lighthouses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92-95 Vineyard Haven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50-57 West Tisbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58-61 Index to Advertisers . . . . . . . . .96


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2012 Calendar of Events • A Taste of the Vineyard Patron Party & Auction • Oak Bluffs Harbor Festival & Summer Solstice • Boston Area Roadsters Antique Car Show



• Murdick's Run The Chop 5K • Island Affordable Housing on the Tube • The Fabulists Theatre Louisa Gould for Children • 4th of July Barbecue • Independence Day Parade • Edgartown Fireworks JANUARY • Tisbury Birthday & Street Fair • WMVY Annual Chili Festival • Edgartown Regatta FEBRUARY Around the Island Race • MV 20 Miler Road Race • Art District Stroll

• Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby • International Film Festival • NAACP 5K • Tivoli Day Festival • Art District Stroll

OCTOBER • Vineyard Artisan Columbus Day Festival • Cycle Martha’s Vineyard • Columbus Day 5 K Road Race & 1 Mile Fun Run • Food & Wine Festival • Happy Haunting Weekend • Living Local Harvest Festival

MARCH • Annual Winter Film Festival

APRIL • Osprey Festival

MAY • Vineyard Playhouse Opens • The Yard opens • Annual Tour of the Vineyard Bicycle Race • Family Planning Art Show • Memorial Day 5K Road Race • Vineyard Artisan Festivals

JUNE-OCTOBER • Trustees of Reservations begin their Natural History, Fishing, Lighthouse & Wildlife Tours • West Tisbury Farmers Market • Vineyard Artisan Festivals • Performances at the Vineyard Playhouse • Performances at The Yard • Chilmark Flea Market • Down Island Farmers Market • Sunday Evening Band Concerts • Wednesday Evening Community Sing at Tabernacle • Gingerbread Cottage Tours • Monday Evening Drumming at Bend in the Road Beach • Featherstone Flea Market Tuesdays

JUNE • Restaurant Week • Lighthouse Challenge • A Taste of the Vineyard Gourmet Stroll

• Oak Bluffs Fireworks • Chilmark Road Race • Sullivan 5 K Run/Walk • Martha's Vineyard Windsurf Challenge • Vineyard Artisans Labor Day Festival

NOVEMBER • Vineyard Artisan Holiday Festival


• Portuguese Holy Ghost Feast and Festival • Rotary Antique Show • Outdoor Vineyard Playhouse performances

• Breakfast with Santa • Christmas in Edgartown David Welch • Oak Bluffs Tree Lighting • Tisbury Holiday Celebrations • Vineyard Artisan Festival

AUGUST • Outdoor Vineyard Playhouse performances • Scoops 5 K Tour of Edgartown • Annual Possible Dreams Auction • All-Island Art Show • Sandcastle & Sculpture Contest • Edgartown Yacht Club 12 Metre-Races • Grand Illumination • Vineyard Fine Arts Show • Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair

This is just a sample of the many events offered throughout the year. For a complete schedule of events, dates and times please visit:

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Getting to Martha’sVineyard The Island of Martha’s Vineyard can be reached by sea or by air; there are no land routes, bridges or tunnels connecting it to the mainland. Year-round and seasonal carriers are available.


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■ Ferries to the Island sail from Woods Hole, Hyannis, Nantucket, New Bedford and Falmouth in Massachusetts; Quonset Point, Rhode Island and metro New York. ■ The Steamship Authority Ferries from Woods Hole operates year round. Other ferries run seasonally. Please check schedules for current information. ■ The Steamship Authority is the only ferry that carries vehicles. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. All ferry companies provide parking.

Ferry - Automobiles and Passengers:

Steamship Authority Year-Round Service (Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard) Reservations auto only: 508-477-8600 508-693-9130 TDD 508-540-1394 See our ad on page 9.

Ferries - Passenger Only:

Falmouth Ferry Service Seasonal Service (Falmouth to Martha’s Vineyard) 508-548-9400 Hy-Line Seasonal Service (Hyannis to Martha’s Vineyard) Reservations: 800-492-8082 508-778-2602 Information: 508-778-2600 See our ad on page 7. Island Queen Seasonal Service (Falmouth to Martha’s Vineyard) 508-548-4800 See our ad on back cover Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry Seasonal Service (Quonset Point, RI to Martha’s Vineyard) Reservations and Information: 401-295-4040 See our ad on page 10.

Seastreak LLC Seasonal Service (New York City to Martha’s Vineyard & New Bedford to Martha’s Vineyard) 2 First Ave, Atlantic Highland, NJ - 866-683-3779 49 State Pier, New Bedford MA - 800-262-8743 e-mail: See our ad on page 8. Viking Fleet Seasonal Service (Montauk, New York to Martha’s Vineyard) 631-668-5700 Vineyard Haven Ferry Seasonal Service (Falmouth, MA to Martha’s Vineyard) 1-508-548-9400


To Quonset Point, RI: Take Route I-95 north to exit 8A in Rhode Island, to Route 4 south to exit 7, go 2 1/2 miles to Roger Williams Way, follow signs to ferry. To New Bedford: Follow Route I-95 to Providence, then take I-195 east, to exit 15, Route 18 south to 2nd light. To Falmouth and Woods Hole: Continue from New Bedford on I-195 east, then take Route 25 east, cross the Bourne Bridge, and follow Route 28 south. To Hyannis: Continue from New Bedford on I-195 east, take Route 25 east, and then follow Rte 6.

By Car from Boston:

Take Route 3 to the Sagamore Bridge. To Hyannis: Follow Route 6 east. To Falmouth and Woods Hole: Take Route 6 west to Buzzards Bay, cross the Bourne Bridge, and follow Route 28 south.


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By Car from Boston:

Alternate route from Boston: Follow I-95 to Route 24. To New Bedford: take 24 and I-195 east. To Falmouth and Woods Hole: take 24 to I-495, I-495 to Buzzards Bay, cross the Bourne Bridge, and follow Route 28 south. ■ All ferry companies provide parking for automobiles left on the mainland.


Bus service to Woods Hole is provided from Boston and from New York (stopping in Providence) daily, year round. Call Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus Line at 888-751-8800 or 401-751-8800, The ferry from Quonset Point, RI, provides shuttle service to and from the Amtrak station in Kingston, RI.


There is year-round scheduled service to the Martha’s Vineyard Airport from Boston, Hyannis, and Nantucket, Providence RI, and New Bedford in season. The ferry from Quonset Point, RI provides shuttle service to and from TF Green/Providence airport. Charter services are also available, and the airport has facilities for private planes. Martha’s Vineyard Airport is at the center of the Island. Taxis and cars can be hired at the terminal.


Cape Air - MV Airport, 71 Airport Rd., VH

508-771-6944 / 800-352-0714 From Boston, Hyannis, Nantucket, New Bedford, White Plains NY and Providence; interline agreements for joint ticketing and interline baggage handling for connecting flights with most major airlines; joint fares for discounted travel with several major airlines. See our ad on page 11.


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Air Charter Service

Desert & Island Air Charter 800-835-9135 E-mail: EagleAir Charter - MV Airport 888-992-2459 Fax: 508-885-4315 E-mail: Fleet Aviation 866-826-9509 E-mail: Kavoo Next Gen Air Charter - MV Airport 888-435-9528 Email: Ocean Wings Air Charter, Inc. MV Airport 800-253-5039 508-693-4646 Fax: 508-228-3962 E-mail: Robinson Aviation 203-467-9555 Fax: 203-467-6346 E-mail: Tradewind Aviation LLC 800-376-7922 Fax: 203-267-3310 E-mail: continued on page 11 Serving the Cape and Islands since 1941

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Cruise with us to M ARTHA’S VIN EYARD Relax aboard our High-Speed and Traditional ferries. Enjoy the courtesy and service you deserve.


Follow us for travel alerts & special offers. Book tickets in advance online or call us. 800 492-8082 Hy-Line Landing at 230 Ocean Street, Hyannis, MA

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Make island memories on Martha’s Vineyard. LOWEST FARES, BEST SCHEDULES! Come aboard the Steamship Authority’s ferries from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard. Enjoy comfortable seating inside, or sit outside to take in the salt air and fantastic views. Explore the natural beauty and historic charm that have made the Vineyard famous. It’s the way to go!

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Getting to Martha’s Vineyard Ground Transportation from Off-Island Airports

Escort Coach East Falmouth 800-546-8116 / 508-548-8116 Year-round service MV to Boston, Providence, and New York airports and train stations and beyond. Private limousines, sedans, passenger vans, mini coaches. See our ad on page 6. ETS International 800-546-6786 K.O.N. Limousine Service Inc. Osterville 508-428-5025 Fax: 508-428-9247 E-mail: Pro Limo Toll free 877-776-5068 508-420-5068 E-mail: Town Car Travel 508-678-5500 Fax: 508-379-9085 E-mail: Providing transportation to and from the Providence area to ferries. Vineyard Coach and Concierge PO Box 4346 VH 508-693-3006 888-693-3006



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Marina and mooring services are available in the harbors at Edgartown, Menemsha, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven. Please contact the harbormasters at: Edgartown: 508-627-4746 Monitors ch. 9, 16; working ch. 74 Menemsha: 508-645-2846 Monitors ch. 9; working ch. 8 Oak Bluffs: 508-693-9644 Marina Manager: 508-693-4355 Monitors ch. 9; working ch. 71 Vineyard Haven: 508-696-4249 Monitors ch. 9; working ch. 69

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Getting Around Martha’sVineyard To help reduce traffic congestion on the Island, visitors are encouraged to leave their cars behind and enjoy Martha’s Vineyard by walking, biking, riding the VTA year-round shuttle/bus service, by taxi or tour bus. Rental and charter vehicles are also available.


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Martha's Vineyard Regional Transit Authority (VTA)

11 A St ED 508-693-9440 Fax: 508-693-9953 E-mail:

Transit Connection 508-693-0861


800-627-6333 508-696-5300 4 Water Street VH, 31 Circuit Avenue Ext OB 196 Main Street ED 71 Airport Road, MVY Airport Terminal E-mail:

Adventure Rentals

19 Beach Rd., VH 508-693-1959 Circuit Ave. Ext., OB 508-693-1887 E-mail:

Budget Rent A Car of Martha's Vineyard OB, VH, ED, MV Airport 508-693-1911 Nationwide Reservations 800-527-0700

Hertz Rent-a-Car

MV Airport 508-693-2402 29 Water St., VH 508-693-2402

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ED 508-627-4462 Toll Free 800-281-4462 E-mail:

All Island Taxi

OB, VH, Airport 508-693-2929 Toll Free 800-693-TAXI

Aquinnah Taxi

PO Box 4492, Vineyard Haven 508-560-3100 E-mail:

Atlantic Cab

OB, VH, Airport 508-693-7110 Toll Free 877-477-TAXI (MA only)

Lighthouse Taxi

508-645-6066 E-mail:

Stagecoach Taxi Company

VH 508-627-4566 508-693-9632 Toll Free 800-299-5411 E-mail:

BICYCLE – DEALERS Craig's Bicycles

196 Main Street, ED 12 Circuit Avenue Ext., OB 508-627-5700 877-369-0080 E-mail:

344 State Rd VH 508-693-8693 E-mail: See our ad on page 15.

Lake Ave OB 508-693-5457

351 State Rd VH 508-693-6966 E-mail:

Sun 'n' Fun Jeep Rentals


A Big Cab Company

PO Box 554, OB 508-693-0037 Fax: 508-693-9769 E-mail:

Cycle Works


Anderson's Bike Rentals

Circuit Ave Ext OB 508-693-9346 See our ad on this page.


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Wheel Happy

1 Main St & at the Triangle ED 508-627-4052



Cutler RW Bikes Edgartown Bike Rentals

Edgartown Bicycles Frank Jennings

212 Main St Ed 508-627-9008

Karen Overtoom Real Estate Reservation Services

Free Lodging Finder No fee booking



508-696-3900 E-mail:

4 Lagoon Pond Rd., VH 800-649-5671 (MA only) 508-693-7200 E-mail:

4 Lagoon Pond Rd VH 508-693-6593 See our ad on page 15.

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8 S Water St. - Old Post Office Sq., Ed 508-627-7210 Upper Main St Ed 800-559-0312 E-mail:

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PO Box 841, WT 508-693-7832 Fax: 508-693-5751 E-mail:

R.S.V.P. Martha’s Vineyard

PO Box 2042, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 508-693-9371 508-693-6046 E-mail: See our ad on this page.


Martha's Vineyard Sightseeing

Circuit Ave Ext OB 508-627-TOUR (8687) 508-693-4681 Toll Free 888-546-6468

Biplane Rides by Classic Aviators Ltd Katama Airport ED 508-627-7677 E-mail: E-mail:

Martha's Vineyard Transport & Tours 508-989-4699 508-939-1359 E-mail:


African-American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard 508-693-4361

Vineyard History Tours

508-627-8619 Email:

Culbert Ecological Consulting & Birding Tours

PO Box 1035, OB 508-693-4908 E-mail:

Peter Simon


508-693-6248 Email:

Repair Specialist Tune-ups •Trade-ins NoAppointment Needed

Bicycles &Accessories byTrek,Gary Fisher, Diamondback & Burley

AUTHORIZED TREK DEALER Rent a fully equipped Trek Madone Road Bike 344 State Road,Vineyard Haven (Behind Tisbury Farm Market)

(508) 693-8693


Bikes for the Whole Family! – just off the boats in Oak Bluffs & Vineyard Haven –

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Shopping on Martha’sVineyard Martha’s Vineyard is a shopper’s paradise. Although you won’t find a mall or chain store on the Island, the Vineyard is home to exclusive shops and boutiques offering antiques, handcrafts, whimsical gifts and designer label clothing.


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or art collectors, the Island has more than 50 art galleries showing the best in tradition and contemporary art. Hand-blown glass, metalwork sculpture, one-of-a-kind jewelry and just about every other medium you can think of. You’ll find work by local and nationally recognized artists represented. The Wampanoag Tribe operates shops at the Aquinnah Cliffs specializing in Native American crafts and souvenirs. You’ll find plenty of




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Martha’s Vineyard gear in the shops of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. Antique stores are also plentiful on the Vineyard. While some specialize in maritime pieces and scrimshaw, every period and taste is on hand. Whether you’re shopping with a particular item in mind or just looking for something out-of-the-ordinary, shoppers will leave the Island loaded with treasures and eager to return.

Bunch of Grapes Bookstore Inc

44 Main Street, VH 508-693-2291 E-mail: See our ad on page 18


Martha’s Vineyard Candle Company, OB 508-696-9005 E-mail: See our ad on page 18


66 Main Street, VH 508-693-1830 Fax: 508-696-1833 See our ad on this page.


CB Stark Jewelers

53A Main Street, VH 508-693-2284 27 North Water Street, ED 508-627-1260 888227-8272 Fax: 508-693-5259 See our ad on page 18.

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A traffic jam (left) at the foot of Circuit Avenue on a summer's day circa 1900. Photo courtesy of the Vineyard Gazette.


The Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs was originally located in Coney Island, N.Y., and was there for eight years until it was moved to Martha's Vineyard in 1884. The Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust restored it in 1986. Inside each horse's eye there is a miniature porcelain animal such as an eagle or goat.

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Martha’s Vineyard History Martha’s Vineyard’s history was formed by native Wampanoag, immigrants from England and the Cape Verde islands, people of color, farmers and fishermen, blacksmiths and merchants. Learn their stories and you will come to know the Island.

In 1874 a steam engine would attach to pasenger cars holding newly arrived travelers and make a short run to resorts in Katama. Photo courtesy of Chris Baer.


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Ornate Oak Bluffs house, circa 1880

he earth here tells the story erased elsewhere in New England. The famous Aquinnah Cliffs lay bare to geologists the history of the past hundred million years. Traveling the South Road to Aquinnah, one goes over low hills and valleys cut by streams that ran off melting glaciers at the end of the Ice Age. The first humans probably came here before the Vineyard was an island. It is thought that they arrived after the ice was gone, but before the melting glaciers in the north raised the sea level enough to separate Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket from the mainland. Native American camps that carbon-date to 2270 B.C. have been uncovered on the Island. The Wampanoag people have lived for thousands of years on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. “Wampanoag” means “People of the First Light.” Before Europeans renamed the island Martha’s Vineyard, it was called Noepe by the Wampanoag which means “land amid the waters.” Many Aquinnah Wampanoag still live on aboriginal lands on the southwestern end of the Island, a 3,400-acre peninsula called Aquinnah.


At present, there are over 900 members listed on the Tribal rolls. Of these, approximately 300 reside on the island of Martha’s Vineyard; approximately 150 live in the town of Aquinnah. Legend surrounds the much later arrival of the first white men. Some believe Norsemen were here about 1000 A.D. In 1524, Verrazzano sailed past and named the island Louisa. Other explorers gave different names, but the one that stuck was given in 1602 by Bartholomew Gosnold, who named it for the wild grapes and for his eldest daughter. Within 40 years of Gosnold’s visit, all of New England was being claimed and divided up by Europeans. Thomas Mayhew, a Bay Colony businessman, bought Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and the Elizabeth Islands for 40 pounds. In 1642 the first white settlement on the Vineyard was established at Great Harbour, now Edgartown, under the leadership of Thomas Mayhew, Jr. The ordained pastor of his flock, this young man, by example and precept, instituted a policy of respect and fair dealing with the natives that was unequaled anywhere. One of the first Mayhew rulings


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The Steamer Wharf in Oak Bluffs circa 1870

was that no land be taken from the Wampanoags she regained freedom upon his death in 1779. without consent and fair payment. The abolition of slavery in 1783 and the egalitarFrom this time on, the colonial settlers and the ian nature of the whaling industry have made Wampanoags lived without the terror and bloodMartha’s Vineyard a nurturing place where all shed that marked other areas in American history. people have owned land and successfully built Within a few years a congregation of “Praying Indistrong, supportive, and closely-knit communities. ans” was established This colonial period at what is still known was marked by prosperas Christiantown. ity as well as peace. The The Island also sea provided fish for acted as a safe haven both export and Island for people of African use, and the descent. One of the Wampanoags taught the earliest mentions of settlers to capture African home ownerwhales and tow them ship on-Island was in ashore to boil out the oil. the 1763 will of a Farms were productive Wampanoag man as well; in 1720 butter named Elisha Amos. and cheese were being The will, 1/272 Dukes exported by the shipload. Oak Bluffs bathing beach circa 1880 County Probate, proThe American Revovides that his “beloved wife Rebecca” receive lution, however, brought hardships to the Vinelivestock and his house for as long as she lived. yard. Despite the Island’s declared neutrality, Rebecca Amos was an enslaved woman origithe people rallied to the Patriot cause and nally from Guinea, West Africa, who survived the formed companies to defend their homeland. cruel journey of the Middle Atlantic Passage. The With their long heritage of following the sea, described house was located about five miles Vineyarders served effectively in various marfrom the farm of her enslaver, Colonel Cornelius itime operations. Bassett, in Chilmark, where she co-resided until Vineyarders, of course, knew that they could 22

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Louis Pease Store, North Water Street, Edgartown

do little to resist a British invasion of the Island, way. In 1835 the Edgartown Methodists had held a and their worst fears were confirmed on Septemcamp meeting in an oak grove high on the bluffs at ber 10, 1778, when a British fleet of 40 ships the northern end of the town. The worshippers and sailed into Vineyard Haven harbor. Within a few their preachers lived in nine improvised tents and days the British raiders had burned many Island the speaker’s platform was made of driftwood. The vessels and removed more than 10,000 sheep camp meeting became a yearly affair and one of and 300 cattle rapidly growing popufrom the Vinelarity. Many found the yard. The raid sea bathing and the was an ecolovely surroundings as nomic blow that uplifting as the call to affected Island repent. The Methodist life for more than Campground meetings a generation. were the catalysts that The whaling transformed the Island industry did not from a simple farming make a real recommunity into an incovery until the ternationally known early 1820s, seaside resort. when many of Many who came for An 1890s Day Trip to the Gay Head Cliffs the mariners a week or two eventubuilt their beaually rented houses tiful homes in Edgartown. The Civil War brought and later became property owners – a pattern the end to the Golden Age of Whaling. Ships on that still occurs today. Summer visitors become the high seas were captured by the Confederate seasonal or, as in the case of many writers and navy, while others were bottled up in the harartists, year-round residents. These people, along bors. Either way, it meant financial ruin for the with the many who retire to the Vineyard bring the ship owners and the Island. world to the Island much as the far-traveled capA new industry was “God-sent” in a very literal tains did in the great days of whaling. 2012-13 Travel Guide




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he mile-long expanse of the Aquinnah Cliffs astonished early explorers and continues to be a source of intense interest to scientists and visitors alike. Here layers of sand, gravel, and clays of various hues tell a hundred-million-year-old story of a land first covered with forests, then flooded and laid bare, time and again. Fossil bones of camels and wild horses, as well as those of ancient whales, have been found Wampum in the Cliffs’ layers. is derived The Aquinnah Cliffs are from quahog clam a national landmark; yet shells and is they are seriously threatcrafted into jewelry and other ened. To protect the art objects by Cliffs, both climbing native American and the removal of clay artists in are prohibited by law. Aquinnah.



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Because of the rocky Aquinnah is the western-most town on ledge offshore, the seas around Aquin- Martha’s Vineyard nah have always been a place of great peril to sailors. One of the first revolving lighthouses in the country was erected atop the Cliffs in 1799, when the lighthouse keeper and his wife were obliged to stand all

Wampum jewelry by native American Island artist Don Widdis

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Layers of sand, gravel, and clays of various hues tell a hundred-million-year-old story of a land first covered with forests, then flooded and laid bare, time and again. Fossil bones of camels and wild horses, as well as those of ancient whales, have been found in the Cliffs’ layers.

night and turn the light by hand. The current redbrick electrified Gay Head Light now stands in its place. Today, the lighthouse and cliffs are the background for some of the Island’s most spectacular weddings. Many of the 400 year-round residents of Aquinnah are descendants of the Wampanoag Indians, a Native American tribe, who showed the colonial settlers how to kill whales, plant corn

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and find clay for early brickyards. The Aquinnah Cultural Center, a museum detailing the history of this indigenous people, and tribe-owned handicraft shops are located at the Cliffs.

DiD YOU KNOW... The Aquinnah cliffs were formed by great glaciers scraping the land during the Ice Age. The cliffs stand 150 feet above the ocean, and expose sedimentary soil more than 150,000 years old. Some geologists put the age of the cliffs at 100 million years. Five thousand years ago native Americans lived here. The Wampanoag tribe named it Aquinnah, which means “land under the hill”. From “Tommy’s Tour of the Vineyard” by Thomas Dresser, a written tour of the Vineyard available in bookstores locally.

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Places to Stay in Aquinnah Duck Inn $115 - 250

10 Duck Pond Way, Box 160 508-645-9018 E-mail: Year Round. 5 Rooms. Groups accepted. Walk to beach, hot tub, fireplace, private baths, meeting / wedding capacity (14), water views. CB, CC, CW, ON

Totem Pole Inn 1 Totem Pole Road, Aquinnah 508-645-2815 508-645-2976 E-mail: 4 Rooms. Groups accepted. CB, CC, NS, ON, SB AMENI TIES K EY


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FOLLOW THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE VINEYARD’S FIRST PEOPLE We invite you to join us in our ancestral homeland of Aquinnah. At the stunning and beautiful Aquinnah Gay Head Clay Cliffs, stop by the tribal member-owned stores and restaurants such as: Hatmarcha Gifts, Howwosswee Trading Post, On the Cliffs or Stony Creek Gifts. You may want to enjoy a meal at The Dreamcatcher and Faith’s Seafood Shack, or sit down and enjoy the view from the Aquinnah Restaurant. Before leaving the Cliff area, come on down to the Edwin DeVries Vanderhoop Homestead, the home of the Aquinnah Cultural Center. The Aquinnah Cultural Center makes its home in the refurbished 19th century farmhouse. We offer interpreted visits and special presentations open to the public. Make sure to get a copy of Wampanoag Way, an Aquinnah Cultural Trail map that features many sites of tribal importance across the Island. Call 508-645-7900 to find out about cultural events. Our new website will be coming soon. Help support this unprecedented project by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Aquinnah Cultural Center, Inc., 10 Black Brook Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535. Attention: Capital Fundraising Campaign. Also, we have just published for sale “Wampanoag – People of the First Light,” an introduction to Aquinnah arts, history and culture. The Gay Head Cliffs are designated a National Natural Landmark by the Department of Interior in recognition of their biological and geological significance to the nation. The unusual cross-section displays the geological history of the Island, and the colorful clay cliffs are featured in much of the history and culture of the Wampanoag Tribe, and are even pictured on the Tribal logo. The Natural Resources Department of the Tribe reminds all visitors to protect the beauty of the cliffs from erosion by not climbing on them.

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hilmark is a town of rolling hills and unmatched coastline where verdant fields are dotted with white sheep and outlined by a bright blue ocean. The ancient stone walls of farms past still ribbon the hills. Summer residents prize Chilmark for it’s pastoral setting; what the town lacks in nightlife it more than makes up for


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Two of the town’s beaches, Lucy Vincent (top) and Squibnocket (left), are open only to Chilmark residents, vacation renters and inn guests.

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with peace and quiet. A The ‘Up-Island” pastoral handful of spectown of Chilmark tacular inns cater to those looking for privacy and pampering. Two of the town’s beaches, Lucy Vincent and Squibnocket, are open only to Chilmark residents and inn guests June 1

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Summer residents prize Chilmark for it’s pastoral setting; what the town lacks in nightlife it more than makes up for with peace and quiet.

through September 30. The fishing village, Menemsha, is located in the heart of Chilmark. Here you can watch the draggers come in with their nets teaming with fish and the lobstermen land their catches in a picturesque harbor you may recognize from the movie Bob Schellhammer Jaws. Seafood may be pur-

chased right off the boats or from one of the dockside cafes. Nearby the public Menemsha Beach is the ideal spot to watch dramatic sunsets.

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DiD YOU KNOW... Chilmark was named after the Vineyard’s founding father Thomas Mayhew’s neighboring English town and was settled in the mid-1600s. The first crop the farmers had to harvest was rocks. They put them in piles first, then stacked them in long low walls along their property to mark the boundaries. The walls also served to keep out wild animals and protect their domesticated animals. From “Tommy’s Tour of the Vineyard” by Thomas Dresser, a written tour of the Vineyard available in bookstores locally.

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Places to Stay in Chilmark The Captain Flanders House

$190 - 300 440North Road 508-645-3123 E-mail: May-Nov. B&B farmhouse with 2 cottage suites. Beach pass to Lucy Vincent, convenient to Menemsha. Rural setting with flower gardens, stone walls. Breakfast.

The Gem On Abel’s Hill

$2,500 - 7,500 (weekly) 5 North Abel’s Hill Road 212-369-9158 Fax: 212-987-2463 E-mail: Classic 4 BR Cape, panoramic ocean view, walk to private beach, 7 wooded acres. Outdoor shower, pool, fireplace, tennis, TV, water view. CW, NS

Summersweet Bed & Breakfast

$150 - 185 9 Shaler’s Way (off North Road) 508-645-8017 E-mail: June-September. 3R. Simple rooms with natural linens in a lovely up-island setting. Walking trails across the street. Passes to Lucy Vincent. Private baths, fireplace, internet. CW, NS, ON

MENEMSHA The Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant

$195 - 440 50 Beach Plum Lane, Box 98 508-645-9454 Fax: 508-645-2801 E-mail: May-Oct. 11 Rooms. Phones, air cond, internet, meeting/wedding capacity (100), private bath, restaurant, tennis, TV, water view. CW, CC, CB, NS

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$165 - 625; HU $1,500 - 3,500 (weekly) North Road, Box 38 508-645-2521 Fax: 508-645-9500 E-mail: May-Oct. 15 Rooms, 1 suite. Phone, internet, meeting/wedding capacity (50), private bath, tennis, TV, water view, fireplaces in cottages. CB, CC, CW, 11 HU, NS



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Places to Eat in Chilmark The Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant

50 Beach Plum Lane 508-645-9454 Fax: 508-645-2801 E-mail: May-Oct. Dinner; 85 seats; BYOB. AC, CC, I/O, R (required), WA, $$$$

Tea Lane Caterers

8-B Clambelly Road, CH 508-645-FOOD (3663) Fax: 508-645-2022 E-mail:

Larsen’s Fish Market

56 Basin Road Menemsha 508-645-2680 Seasonal, Take-out only CC

Menemsha Galley

515 North Road 508-645-9819 Fax: 508-645-3669 May-Oct. Lunch, dinner; take out. $

Caterers Kitchen Porch Gatering

CH 508-645-5000 E-mail: DINING KEY


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ne of New England’s most elegant communities, Edgartown was the Island’s first colonial settlement. The stately white Greek Revival houses built by the whaling captains have been carefully maintained to this day. They make the town a museum-piece community, a seaport village preserved from the early 19th century. The tall square-rigged ships that sailed all the world’s oceans have passed from the Edgartown scene, but the heritage of those vessels and their captains has continued. For the past hundred years Edgartown has been one of the world’s great yachting Mark Lovewell



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centers. The Old Whaling Edgartown includes the separate island of Church on Chappaquiddick Main Street is Edgartown’s icon. Built in 1843 at the height of the whaling industry, the Church has been transformed into a performing arts center and is one of the Island’s most popular wedding venues.

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Owing to a grand maritime tradition Edgartown harbor is now home to a myriad of motor and sailing vessels. The elegant Greek Revival and Federal style homes and commercial buildings rest majesticaly behind white picket fences and red brick sidewalks.

Receptions are held next door in the Dr. Daniel Fisher House, a former private residence built three years before the Old Whaling Church. Chappaquiddick, an island in Edgartown Harbor, is home to some of the Vineyard’s most beautiful private homes but no restaurants or shops. Parking is very limited, so it’s better to leave your car on the Vineyard. Pack a lunch and take a bike ride to the Island, via the On Time Ferry, for a tour of the Cape LA Brown Pogue lighthouse or visit

Mytoi, a 14-acre Japanese garden maintained by the Trustees of Reservations. Edgartown is lined with lovely boutiques selling everything from authentic scrimshaw carvings to evening gowns. Restaurants range from fine dining to famNicole Friedler ily-friendly and local seafood is the star of many menus. One of only two towns on the Island where alcohol can be purchased, Edgartown offers a sophisticated and lively nightlife.

DID YOU KNOW... Edgartown was called Great Harbor by the first settlers in 1642. To win the favor of King James II of England, the people wanted to rename the town for the King. Not wanting another Jamestown, they changed the name to honor the King’s infant son Edgar. Unfortunatly young Edgar died at the tender age of four, so there never was a King Edgar. We are the only Edgartown we know of. From “Tommy’s Tour of the Vineyard” by Thomas Dresser, a written tour of the Vineyard available in bookstores locally.

Osborne Wharf in Edgartown, circa 1850, at the height of the Whaling Era

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Places to Stay in Edgartown A Captain’s House Rental $2,500 - 16,000 (weekly); $10,000 - 70,000 (monthly) $5,000 Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Easter (weekly) 117 North Water Street, Box 5073 Summer: Phone/Fax: 508-627-4605 Winter: Phone/Fax: 941-383-8035 and Phone/Fax: 941-586-9543 6 BR, 3.5ba, fireplaces, TV/VCR, antiques, porch, deck, private beach, harbor pier, widow’s walk, outside shower, oriental rugs, lawn. NS

The Charlotte Inn $325 - 1000 27 South Summer Street 508-627-4751 Fax: 508-627-4652 E-mail: Year round. 25 rooms. Rooms furnished with English antiques in quiet garden setting one half block from Main St. “Old fashioned on purpose.” Air Cond., private bath, fireplace, restaurant, internet, TV. CB, CC, NS, ON (limited).

A Martha’s Vineyard Vacation $700 - 3,700 (weekly) 45 Hamblen Way, ED 800-544-2044 E-mail: 3 (3 BR) skylit contemporary homes & 1 (2 BR) ranch. All homes have central a/c and heat. All amenities, grounds suited for weddings and events, tent capacity up to 200 persons. Pets OK. Weekend rates available. CC

Edgartown Commons $100 - 315 20 Pease’s Point Way, Box 1293 800-439-4671/508-627-4671 May-Oct. 35 (studio, 1 & 2BR) efficiency apts. Playground, BBQ, cable TV, laundry, outdoor pool. CC, CW, HU See our ad on page 37.

A Classic Vineyard Cottage $1,450 - 1,950 (weekly) 301-656-6954; Cell: 202-285-4524 E-mail: Large 2 BR house on a private wooded acre lot. Fireplace, private baths, phone, TV. CW, HU, NS

The Arbor Inn Rooms: $115 - 250 Cottage: $900 - 1,200 (weekly) PO Box 1228, 222 Upper Main St. 508-627-8137/888-748-4383 Fax: 508-627-9104 E-mail: May 1-Nov. 15. 9 Rooms. 1880s farmhouse on 1/2 acre with gardens. LR, antiques. Cottage: 3 Rooms. Full bath & kitchen., 1 BR, LR, dining area, screened porch. CC Ashley Inn $115 - 325 129 Main Street, Box 650 508-627-9655 E-mail: Year round. 10 Rooms. 1860 Whaling Captain’s home; walk to Edgartown harbor. phone, air cond, fireplace, internet, private bath, TV. CB, CC, CW(10+), NS, AAA ◆◆◆ The Bed & Biscuit – Pets Welcome $2,000 - $2,500 (weekly) 20 Jennie Lane, RR1 Box 71B 508-627-3666 May 15-Oct. 31. 4BR house with fireplace; deck with pond and field views, phone, private bath, TV. Pets more than welcome. CW, NS 34

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Clarion Martha’s Vineyard $88 - 300 227 Upper Main Street, Box 1808 508-627-5161 Fax: 508-627-3444 800-922-3009 E-mail: Year round. 34 rooms. Phones, air cond, cocktail lounge, restaurant, internet, private bath, TV. CB, CC, CW, NS, WA See our ad on page 37.

Edgartown Inn $125 - 300 56 North Water Street, Box 1211 508-627-4794 April-Nov. 20 Rooms. Historic inn since 1820. Breakfast available. Water view, air cond, private bath/shared bath, restaurant, complimentary newspapers. NS, ON

Edgartown Lodge $89 - 249 (rooms) ; $149 - 319 (apts/suites) Box 2627, Corner of Church & Winter Streets. 508-627-1092 Fax: 508-627-7493 E-mail: Rooms and one BR apartments and suites in downtown historic district. Covered porches and decks, BBQ, parking (ltd). Phone, air cond, private bath, TV, wedding capacity (24). CC, CW, HU, NS, ON (ltd)



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Same sand, same harbor, same coveted spot on the water. This is where decades of locals or far away guests choose to meet, stay and play. Life may take them many places, but this is where they take themselves.

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Places to Stay in Edgartown continued The Fallon 22 N. Water St. 508-939-9299 Res: 1-877-939-9293 E-mail: April-Dec. 8 room boutique getaway in the heart of historic Edgartown. AC, phone, WIFI, front porch. Just steps away from gourmet dining. CC, NS See our ad on page 37.

The Jonathan Munroe House $100 - 250; Carriage House: $350 100 Main Street, Box 5084 508-939-6004 877-468-6763 Year round. 6 Rooms. Cottage suite. Jacuzzi. Breakfast. Fireplace (some). 2 blocks to harbor, opposite Old Whaling Church. CC

Green Acres $900 - 1,150 (weekly) 6 Clark Drive, Box 1487 508-627-7724 3R cottage with spacious deck, view of golf course. Gas grill, furnished kitchen, living room, cable, TV, phone, 1 BR, queen bed. Walk to town. Winter rates avail.

The Lightkeepers Inn $125 - 350 25 Simpson’s Lane, PO Box 488 508-627-4600/800-946-3400 Fax: 508-627-4611 E-mail: Year round. Relax, rejuvenate in a suite or cottage in historic Edgartown on a quiet back street one block from harbor. Air cond, private bath, cable TV, DVD/VCR. CC, CW, HU, NS, ON (limited)

Garden Studio $150 - 175 74 West Tisbury Road 508-627-5025 E-mail: May-Oct. One BR apartment, sleeps 2. Walk to town, with a private patio, outdoor shower, cathedral ceilings, and kitchenette. TV, NSP

Harbor View Hotel $365 - 1600 131 North Water Street, Box 7 800-225-6005 508-627-7000 Year round. 124 Rooms. Water views, phone, air cond, cocktail lounge, restaurant, internet, private bath, meeting capacity (150), wedding (200), heated outdoor pool, TV. Packages avail. Beach access. CC, CW, HU, NS, WA See our ad on page 35. Harborside Inn $130 - 305 3 South Water Street, Box 67 800-627-4009 508-627-4321 E-mail: April-Nov. 89 Rooms. Phone, air cond, internet, meeting capacity (125), weddings (150), heated outdoor pool, private bath, TV, water view. Sauna, whirlpool, dockage. CC, CW, ON

The Hob Knob $175-600 128 Main Street 508-627-9510 800-696-2723 Fax: 508-627-6876 E-mail: Year round. 17 Rooms. Elegant, Greek Revival. AC, phone, WiFi, Spa, Executive Facility Business Center, Minibar. CC, FB, NS, ON (ltd), WA 36

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Kelley House $120 - 600 23 Kelly Street, Box 37 800-225-6005 508-627-7900 E-mail: Year Round. 54 Rooms. Phone, air cond, private bath, outdoor pool, restaurant, TV, water view. Packages available. CB, CC, CW, HU, NS See our ad on page 38.

Martha’s Vineyard Family Vacation & Wedding Vacation Rentals $1,500 - 5,500 (weekly) Box 1650, Fall River, MA 02722 508-674-3595 / Fax 508-627-6097 E-mail: Year round. Weekly, plus weekends in fall, winter, spring. 2-5 BR houses. Heated outdoor pool, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball, tennis, phone, fireplace, TV, VCR, weddings. South Beach: 1 1/2 mi. Brochure available. CW, NS, CC Martha’s Vineyard Family Vacation Homes $800 - 2,400 (weekly) 508-733-0672 E-mail: Five well appointed homes (four in Katama, one in Oak Bluffs). Close to beaches, town, shuttle bus and bike path. Open floor plans, can accommodate large families and wedding parties.

Martha’s Vineyard House Rentals $600 - 6,000 (weekly) Katama, South Beach 781-769-0335 617-502-2475 E-mail: Year round. 3 (2-6 BR) fully equipped homes. Close to South Beach with privacy, near bike path & shuttle. Deck, w/d. Meetings/weddings capacity (28), cable TV, WiFi. CW


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ocated 1/2 mile from Edgartown Harbor, the Clarion is well positioned for dining, shopping and sightseeing in this historic whaling village.


King and Queen Beds Private Baths • Air-conditioning • Microwaves • Refrigerators Hi-speed Internet Connection • Large Screen TV’s • Continental Breakfast The Grill on Main • AAA rated. Open year-round.

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8 room boutique inn featuring hardwood floors, A/C, private baths and high ceilings. Some of the rooms have views of the Harbor, all of the rooms have luxurious in-room amenities. Bikes for rent, walk to the beaches, free parking. World renowned restaurant, l’etoile.

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The Park House & Cottage 179 Upper Main St., ED 508-240-5510 E-mail: Year round, in-town mini compound with heated pool. AC, CC, CF, WA. Pignatiello Family Vacation Home, ED Ph: 216-524-1223 Fax: 216-524-9772 E-mail: 3 Bedroom, 2.5 bath. Salt box on one acre, on bike path between Edg. and South Beach. WIFI, deck, patio, outdoor shower. Linens, beach towels and bikes provided. CC, CW, NS The Sun Dial Bed and Breakfast $150-200 54 Road to the Plains 508-627-3946 E-mail: Guest sitting room and 2 bedrooms upstairs. Continental Breakfast served in solarium, walk to downtown. CB, CC, NS, ON, SB The Victorian Inn $150 - 425 24 South Water Street, Box 947 508-627-4784 E-mail: April-Nov. 14 Rooms. Canopy beds, decks, balconies; gourmet breakfast. Air cond, fireplace, private bath, water view. CC, FB, NS

Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites $80 - 395 38 N. Water Street, Box 68, ED 800-627-4701 508-627-4711 E-mail: Year round. 34 Rooms and suites. Phone, air cond, fireplace, water view, cocktail lounge, internet, meeting capacity (50), restaurant, TV. Mobil 3 Star. CB, CC, CW, HU, NS, ON, PB, WA, AAA ◆◆◆ See our ad Inside Back Cover.

Winnetu Oceanside Resort at South Beach $225 - 1,850; weekly rates available 31 Dunes Road Reservations: 508-310-1733 Island Office: 508-627-4747 866-335-1133 Fax: 508-310-7900 E-mail: Apr-Oct. 50 suites w/1, 2, 3 or 4 BR-room options. Gen’l store, library, beach access. In-season tennis, pool, children’s program, fitness room and wellness center. Phone, air cond, internet, meeting capacity (80), weddings (145), outdoor pool, private baths, restaurant, water view. TV. CC, CW, HU, NS, WA Your Island Escape At Katama $1,300 - 4,250 (weekly) 21 Thaxter Lane 978-808-7470 E-mail: April 15-Nov1. 4BR, 2.5ba, ocean view, quiet street, 1 mile to South beach, 2 miles to town. Fireplace, cable TV/VCR/DVD. CW, NS, WV


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Places to Eat in Edgartown

Among The Flowers Cafe 17 Mayhew Lane, ED 508-627-3233 May-Oct. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch; 38 seats; alcohol served; take out. AC, CC, $-$$

Atlantic 2 Main Street, ED 508-627-7001 Seasonal, lunch, dinner; 200 seats; alcohol served. Cocktail lounge. CC, I/O, R, $$$ Black Sheep 18 North Summer St.,ED 508-939-4082 Seasonal, take out only. CC

Cakes by Liz 15 East Line Rd., ED 508-696-8444 Fax: 508-696-7298 E-mail: Food shots by Charlie Utz

Chesca’s 38 North Water Street, ED 508-627-1234 April-Oct. Dinner; 110 seats; alcohol served; cocktail lounge. AC, CC, R (6+), $$$

Détente 3 Nevin Square, Winter Street 508-627-8810 Fax: 508-627-4977 E-mail: Year round. Dinner; 45 seats; beer and wine served; cocktail lounge; take out; outdoor seating. AC, CC, R, $$$ Edgartown Inn Restaurant 56 North Water Street, ED 508-627-4794 Mid-April-Oct. Breakfast; 40 seats. $

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Edgartown Pizza 224 Vineyard Haven Road, at Triangle, ED 508-627-7770 Year round. Breakfast, lunch, dinner; 70 seats; take out. CC, I/O, WA, $ Edgartown Seafood Market 138 Cooke Street, ED 508-627-3791

Flatbread Pizza Company 17 Airport Road, ED 508-693-1137 E-mail: Pizza: lunch, dinner, take out. AC, 200 seats; alcohol served, I/O, $$

The Grill on Main 227 Upper Main Street 508-627-8344 Year round. Dinner; 96 seats; alcohol served; cocktail lounge; take out. AC, CC, WA, $$$ Humphrey’s/Dippin Donuts 32 Winter Street, ED 508-627-7725 Year round. Breakfast, lunch. Take out. $



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Katama General Store 170 Katama Road, ED 508-627-5071 Fax: 508-627-5097 E-mail: Lattanzi’s Restaurant Old Post Office Square, ED 508-627-8854 Pizzeria: 508-627-9084 Fax: 508-627-9085 Year round. Dinner; 130 seats; alcohol served; take out. AC, CC, R, WA, $$$ L’etoile 22 North Water Street, ED 508-627-5187 Dinner; alcohol served. AC, CC, I/O, R

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Lobster Tales Catering, Clambakes & Event Planning PO Box 2675, ED 508-627-5933 Fax: 508-627-5097 E-mail:

Sharky’s Cantina 266 Upper Main Street, ED 508-627-6565 E-mail: Year round. Lunch, dinner. 78 seats; alcohol served, take out. AC, CC, I/O, WA, $-$$

Murdick's Fudge & Cafe 21 North Water Street, ED 508-627-8047 Toll Free 888-55FUDGE (38343)

Soigne 190 Upper Main St., ED 508-627-8489 Year round. take-out only; alcohol served. CC

Lure Grill at South Beach 31 Dunes Road 508-627-3663 Apr-Nov. Lunch, dinner; 145 seats; alcohol served; cocktail lounge. AC, CC, R (required), WA, $$$

The Newes From America 23 Kelly Street, ED 508-627-4397 Year round. Lunch, dinner; 75 seats; alcohol served; cocktail lounge; take out. AC, CC, WA, $ Right Fork Diner 12 Mattakessett Way, ED 508-627-5522 Seasonal, breakfast, lunch, dinner; 60 seats; alcohol served; take-out. CC, I/O, WA, $$

Seafood Shanty 31 Dock Street, Edgartown Harbor ED 508-627-8622 E-mail: Seasonal, lunch, dinner; 200 seats; alcohol served; cocktail lounge; take out. AC, CC, $$ Food shots by Charlie Utz

Bill Smith’s Clambake Company 10 N Line Rd, PO Box 9000 ED 508-627-8809 877-262-0310

Square Rigger Upper Main Street, ED 508-627-9968 Year round. Dinner; 60 seats; alcohol served; cocktail lounge; take out. AC, CC, R (required) $$ Val Cakes PO Box 2453, ED 508-274-0396 E-mail:

Water Street Restaurant & Henry’s Pub 131 North Water Street, ED 508-627-3761 Year round. Breakfast, brunch, dinner; 120 seats; alcohol served; cocktail lounge; take out. AC, CC, R, WA, $$$ The Wharf Pub & Restaurant Lower Main Street, ED 508-627-9966 Year round. Lunch, dinner; 160 seats; alcohol served; cocktail lounge; live entertainment; take out. AC, CC, WA, $–$$

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n 1835 this community, originally known as Wesleyan Grove, served as the site for annual Methodist Church camp meetings, drawing congregations of more than 12,000 people. They came for the sermonizing and stayed for the sunshine. Attendees camped in family-sized tents


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that evolved into wooden cottages. As Full of diversity, Oak Bluffs wii transport the cottages multiplied, each family you to another age tried to outdo each other and “Cottage City” was born. Today there are more than 300 Gingerbread Cottages in this one-of-akind village that draws visitors from around the world. Within 40 years of the first camp meeting here, there were crowds of 30,000 attending Illumination Night - a stunning display of Japanese lanterns - to mark the end of the sumCharlie Utz

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With the Historic Flying Horses carousel, summer fireworks, Illumination Night, excellent food, lively entertainment and more than 300 Gingerbread Cottages, this one-of-a-kind village draws visitors from around the world.

mer season. This Vineyard tradition movie theater and public continues to this day. beaches make Oak Bluffs a Oak Bluffs is also the home of popular destination for families. the Flying Horses Carousel, the oldOak Bluffs has its share of est continuously nightlife, including live music operating venues and an array of dining carousel in the options. Many shops line Circountry. This cuit Avenue historic landand the mark is open Art’s DisBob Schellhammer daily during the trict, just summer, and on weekbeyond, boasts excellent ends in the spring and galleries representing fall. A game arcade, a every medium.

DID YOU KNOW... Oak Bluffs boasts a statue dedicated to soldiers who fought in the Civil War..both the North and the South. In an effort to honor and reconcile the differences it was erected by a southerner, who ran the local newspaper. As far as we know it’s the only statue in the country dedicated to both the Union and the Confederate veterans existing north of the Mason-Dixon line. From “Tommy’s Tour of the Vineyard” by Thomas Dresser, a written tour of the Vineyard available in bookstores locally.

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Places to Stay in Oak Bluffs A Bed and Breakfast Afloat $295/double occupancy Oak Bluffs Marina OB 508-650-0466 E-mail: Docked in Oak Bluffs harbor. 40 ft 1978 Islander Cutter Sailboat sleeps five. Walking distance to town. Private bath, air cond, TV, water view. CB, CW, HU, NS

Admiral Benbow Inn $75 - 175 81 New York Ave; Box 2488 508-693-6825 Fax: 508-693-7820 E-mail: Year round. 7 Rooms. Meeting capacity (14), wedding (50) private bath, ceiling fans. CB, CC, CW, NS, ON (ltd)

Arcade Building Historic Property $795 - 1,425 (weekly) $450 (weekends) 31 Circuit Avenue 617-880-7182/617-277-2549 E-mail: May 1-Oct. 15. Private bath, cable TV, VCR/DVD, air cond, water view. Wireless Internet, deck, gas grill, full kitchen, bath. Sleeps 4-5. 5-min walk to beach. In-town historic landmark bldg. CC,CW, HU Arend’s Samoset On The Sound $125+ - 185+ Corner of Seaview & Samoset Aves., Box 847 508-693-5148 End of May to Oct. 7 Rooms. Beach front. Private porch, private bath/shared bath, water view. CB, CC, CW

Attleboro House $95 - 125 43 Lake Avenue, Box 1564 508-693-4346 May-Sept. 11 Rooms. Shared bath, TV (common), water view. CC, CW

Brady's N.E.S.W. Bed & Breakfast $98 - 225 10 Canonicus Avenues, Box 197 508-693-9137 E-mail: Year round. 3 Rooms. 1 private bath, 2 shared baths, water view. Dogs welcome. CB, NS



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The Capricorn House On The Beach $95 - 225 (excluding holidays) Pequot and Seaview Avenues, Box 855 Phone/Fax: 508-693-2848 E-mail: May-Oct. 7 Rooms. 2 BR/2 bath suite with private sitting room available. Common kitchenette, fireplace, private bath, TV (common), water view, w/pvt. decks. CB, CC, NS

Coming Home Cottage $250 (weekends); $500 - 1,200 (weekly) 114 Hudson Avenue 781-986-5277 E-mail: =16028n Family vacation spot, sleeps 6. Cable TV/VCR, paddle fans, full kitchen, washer, grill off deck. 5-min. walk to Lagoon. Quiet street, safe for children. Country Charmer Vacation Rental $100 - 225; $2,200 - 3,300 (weekly) 43 Menahan Street, Box 2075 508-472-7520 Fax: 508-696-7157 E-mail: Year round. English country house. 5 BR, 4.5 ba, walk to harbor, restaurants, shops, beach. All amenities. Decks, gas grill, outdoor shower. Pets welcome. CW, NS Dockside Inn $75 - 350 800-245-5979/508-693-2966 9 Circuit Avenue Ext., Box 1206 Fax: 508-696-7293 E-mail: April-Nov. 22-room inn on Oak Bluffs Harbor. 5 HU suites, phone, air cond/heat, internet, private bath, TV, water view. CB, CC, CW, HU, NS See ad on page 45.

Dunmere By The Sea $900 - 1,500 (weekly) 7 Pennacook Avenue, Box 643 508-693-2438 E-mail: Seasonal. 3 apts. (2 or 3 BR, full kitchen, bath, LR/DR). 150’ to beach. Walk to town, ferry, tennis. Yard, grill, laundry, phone, TV, water view. Saturday to Saturday Rentals. CW East Chop Harborfront Apartments $1,195 - 1,695 (weekly) 47 East Chop Drive 508-696-0009 5 units: 2 BR & 1 BR suites. Waterfront. Phone,fireplace, private bath, TV, water front. CC, CW, HU, NS


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Martha’s Vineyard’s Premier Full-Service Resort! The Island Inn is a deluxe, all-suite, full-service resort. The property is located just a stroll away to two beautiful beaches and adjacent to Farm Neck Golf Club. This 71/2 acre landscaped resort features Har-Tru tennis courts, pro shop, tennis courts and tennis pro, Two bedroom units with kitchens, many with fireplaces. 800.462.0269 • 508.693.2002 BEACH ROAD, OAK BLUFFS, MA 02557 • 2012 -13 Travel Guide


Places to Stay in Oak Bluffs continued Federal House $110-225; also weekly 142 New York Avenue, Box 1901 508-693-8602 860-482-8483 Mid-May to Mid-Sept. Cable TV, Full Kitchen, Yard. CB, CC, CW (10+), HU, NS

Fairview Bed & Breakfast 22 Greenleaf Ave., OB 585-319-8844 E-mail: Seasonal, one room, full breakfast, waterviews, short walk to town. CC

Martha’s Vineyard Resort, Inc. $160 - 315 New York Avenue, Box 742 800-874-4403 508-693-5411 E-mail: Seasonal. 8 Rooms. air cond, private baths, weddings (100), TV, WiFi, 2 clay tennis courts on property. CB, CC, CW (14+), HU, NS, ON

Isabelle’s Beach House $150 - 275 Pennacook and Seaview Avenues, Box 3340 800-674-3129 508-693-3955 E-mail: Louisa Gould 9 Rooms. Air cond, private bath, TV, water view, continental breakfast. CB, CC

M. V. Surfside Motel $95-325 9 Oak Bluffs Avenue 508-693-2500 800-537-3007 Fax: 508-693-7343 E-mail: Year round. 38 Rooms; Jacuzzi rooms available. Suites, pets welcome. Phone, air cond, internet, private bath, restaurant, TV, water view, WiFi, weddings. CB, CC, CW, NS, ON, WA

Kathleen’s Kottage 59 Naushon Ave., OB 508-863-2734 E-mail: Nightly rentals. 3 rooms. Private bath. Sleeps 8. Short walk to town beach and park. AC, NS, Internet access

The Nashua House $69 - 199 Kennebec Ave. & Healy Way, Box 803 508-693-0043 888-343-0043 E-mail: Year round. 15 Rooms. Water view, shared baths. Breezy, sunlight-filled rooms, in the heart of town (walk to everything). WiFi. CC, NS

Island Inn $110 - 335 Beach Road, Box 1585 508-693-2002 Fax: 508-693-7911 E-mail: 51 HU, phone, air cond, fireplace, meeting capacity (150), weddings (250), outdoor pool, private bath, restaurant (seasonal), tennis, TV, water view. CC, CW, ON See our ad on page 45.

The Madison Inn $79 - 319 18 Kennebec Avenue, Box 2221 508-693-2760/800-564-2760 E-mail: May 1-Oct 31. 14 Rooms. Air cond, private bath, TV, WiFi. CB, CC, CW, NS, PB Martha’s Vineyard Family Vacation Homes $800 - 2,400 (weekly) 508-733-0672 E-mail: Five well appointed homes (four in Katama, one in Oak Bluffs). Close to beaches, town, shuttle bus and bike path. Open floor plans, can accommodate large families and wedding parties. 46

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Narragansett House $85 - 275 46 Narragansett Avenue, Box 2478 508-693-3627; 888-693-3627 Fax: 508-693-3627 E-mail: May-Oct. 18 Rooms. Private bath, wedding capacity (36), TV. CB, CC, HU

The Oak Bluffs Inn $125 - 250 64 Circuit Ave. Box 2546 800-955-6235 508-693-7171 Fax: 508-693-8787 E-mail: April-Oct. 9 Rooms. Air cond, rooms with antiques, internet, private bath. Walk to beach, gingerbread cottages, shops, dining, ferry. CB, CC, CW, NS Pequot Hotel $95 - 39519 Pequot Ave. 508-693-5087 800-947-8704 E-mail: May-Oct. 25 Rooms. Charming hotel amidst Victorian gingerbread cottages. One block to beaches, 5 blocks to shopping/dining. Air cond, internet, private bath, cable TV. CB, CC, CW, ON


Plymouth Ave House 24 Plymouth Ave., OB 617-470-1547 E-mail: Year round, group friendly, pet friendly. CF

Titticut Follies $85 - 160 (daily); $550 - 750 (weekly) 37 Narragansett Avenue, Box 106 508-693-4986 E-mail: May-Oct. 2 Rooms, 3 apts. Sweet & mellow. Well-equipped kitchens, linens supplied. Great porch, walk to everything. Modest rates. The Tivoli Inn $75 - 225 125 Circuit Avenue, Box 1033 508-693-7928 E-mail: Year round. 6 Rooms. Charming Victorian gingerbread house, walking distance to all downtown amenities and beach. Air cond, internet, meeting/wedding capacity (12), private bath/ shared bath, TV. CB, CC, CW, NS, ON (limited)

The Towers $80 - 125 PO Box 51, 20 Pequot Avenue 508-693-9894 July-Sept. 12 Rooms. shared bath. One block from beach, short walk to town. Cash only. Tucker Inn Rentals $75 - 300; $300 - 6,500 (weekly) 2 Massasoit Avenue, Box 2680 508-693-1045 Year round. 2- to 8-br homes. All amenities. Waterfront to rural and rustic. CC

Wesley Hotel $140 - 320, 70 Lake Avenue., Box 2370 508-693-6611 Fax: 508-693-5389 800-638-9027 E-mail: May-Oct. 95 Rooms. Air cond, internet, meeting capacity (100), private bath, TV, wedding (rooms only), water views. CC, CW, NS, ON (limited), WA See our ad this page.


gracious old Island inn overlooking picturesque Oak Bluffs Harbor on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. Easy walking distance to restaurants, shops and beaches. Group rates available.

70 Lake Avenue · P.O. Box 2370, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 Tel: (508) 693-6611 · Fax: (508) 693-5389 · 2012 -13 Travel Guide


Places to Eat in Oak Bluffs Coop De Ville Restaurant Dockside Market Place, Oak Bluffs Harbor 508-693-3420 May-Oct. Lunch, dinner; 36 seats; alcohol served; take out. CC, $–$$ Farm Neck Golf Club Cafe County Road, OB 508-693-3560 April 12-Thanksgiving. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner; 100 seats; alcohol served; take out. CC, R, WA, $$ Fishbones Cafe Dockside Marina, OB 508-696-8227 May-Oct. Lunch, dinner; 90 seats; alcohol served; take out. CC, I/O, R, $$–$$$ Giordano’s Restaurant, Clam Bar & Pizza Circuit Avenue, OB 508-693-0184 Seasonal. Lunch, dinner; 99 seats; alcohol served; take out. AC, $ See our ad this page. Humphrey’s/Dippin Donuts 1 Lake Avenue, OB 508-693-6890 YR. Breakfast, lunch. Outdoor Seating, take out. $ Island House Bar and Grill 11 Circuit Avenue, OB 508-693-4516 May-Oct. Lunch, dinner, outdoor seating, alcohol served, live entertainment, take out. AC, WA, CC $-$$ Jimmy Seas Pan Pasta Restaurant 32 Kennebec Avenue, OB 508-696-8550 YR. Dinner; 30 seats; alcohol served; take out. AC, CC, R(8+), $$




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Linda Jean’s Restaurant 25 Circuit Avenue, OB 508-693-4093 YR. Breakfast, lunch, dinner; 75 seats; take out. AC, CC, WA, $ LOLA’s Beach Rd., OB 508-693-6093 Seasonal, brunch, dinner, 200 seats, alcohol served, cocktail lounge, live entertainment. CC, R, WA, $$$ Lookout Tavern 8 Seaview Ave. Ext, OB 508-696-9844 May 15-Oct. 15, breakfast, lunch, dinner; alcohol served; take out. CC, $ See our ad Inside Front Cover Martha’s Vineyard Gourmet Café & Bakery Mini Mall, OB 508-693-3688 E-mail: Apr-Oct. 20 seats. AC, CC, $ See our ad on page 49. Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company 9 Oak Bluffs Ave., OB 508-696-3000 Dinner, 100 seats, alcohol served, meeting/wedding space available. AC, CC, $$$ Murdick's Fudge 5 Circuit Avenue, OB 508-693-2335 Toll Free 888-55FUDGE (38343) Nancy’s Snack Bar & Restaurant 29 Lake Avenue, OB 508-693-0006 E-mail: Lunch, dinner; take out; alcohol served, AC, CC, I/O, WA, $$

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Ocean View Restaurant 16 Chapman Avenue, OB 508-693-2207 Fax: 508-696-1902 E-mail: YR. Lunch, dinner; 150 seats; alcohol served; cocktail lounge; take out. AC, CC, WA, $ Offshore Ale Co. Kennebec Avenue (opposite the Post Office), OB 508-693-2626 YR. Lunch, dinner; 88 seats; outdoor seating; fireplace; alcohol served; live entertainment; children friendly; wireless internet; take out. AC, CC, WA, $$ Sandbar & Grill On the Dock, OB 508-693-7111 May-Oct. Lunch, dinner; alcohol served; cocktail lounge; takeout.CC, I/O, WA, $$ Seasons Eatery & Pub 19 Circuit Avenue, OB 508-693-7129 E-mail: YR. Brunch, lunch, dinner; 175 seats; alcohol served; cocktail lounge, live entertainment; take out. AC, CC, $ See our ad Inside Front Cover Sharky’s Cantina 31 Circuit Avenue, OB 508-693-7501 E-mail: Year round. Lunch, dinner. 60 seats; alcohol served, take out. AC, CC $-$$

Sidecar Café & Bar 20 Kennebec Avenue 508-693-6261 E-mail: Dinner, alcohol served. Seats 50. AC, CC $$ Slice of Life 50 Circuit Avenue, OB 508-693-3838 YR. Breakfast; lunch; dinner; alcohol served; take out. AC, CC, NS Smoke ‘N’ Bones - A Rib Joint Dukes County Avenue, OB 508-696-7427 E-mail: Dinner; 70 seats; alcohol served; take out. AC, CC, R, $$ The Sweet Life Café 63 Circuit Avenue, OB 508-696-0200 E-mail: May-Oct. Dinner; 60 seats; alcohol served. AC, CC, R, $$$ Tony’s Market 119 Dukes County Avenue, OB 508-693-4799 YR. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Outdoor seating in season; take out; kids menu; WA;beer and wine available.CC, O/I, $

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hen ships were powered by wind and canvas, Vineyard Haven was one of New England’s busiest ports. Today it is the busiest port on the Vineyard and the primary point of entry for visitors to the Island by ferry.


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Excellent shops, fine restauVineyard Haven is the rants, and a “working -class” beautiful harbor are community and the Island’s year-round only a few of the atentry port tractions that make this bustling seaside village so special to tourists and residents alike. The town that incorporates Vineyard Haven is called Tisbury, after a parish in England near the birthplace of the Island’s first governor, Thomas Mayhew. In the mid-1600s, Mayhew purchased the settlement rights from the Crown for 40 pounds Bob Shellhammer


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The West Chop Lighthouse, elegant restored Sea Captain houses and the quintessential New England harbor all add to the seaside charm of Vineyard Haven. Each July Vineyad Haven celebrates a street fair Birthday Party. Excellent shops, galleries and fine restaurants line its quaint Main Street

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and a beaver hat. The Vineyard Playhouse building on Church Street was built in 1833 as a Methodist meeting house. Today it houses the Island’s only year-round professional theater company. There are many

scenic places around the town; in addition to Main Street and the harbor, the Tashmoo Lake overlook on Louisa Gould State Road, the nearby Tisbury Water Works, West Chop Lighthouse, and Eastville, the area around the drawbridge on Beach Road are favorite spots for photographers.

DID YOU KNOW... Vineyard Haven has an impressive maritime history. More ships sailed between Boston and New York on Vineyard Sound in the 1800s than anywhere else in the world, except the English Channel. Many vessels would ride out storms, seek repairs and supplies or hire able-bodied seamen in Vineyard Haven.

Seamen “ice-cutting” in Vineyard Haven Harbor circa 1850

From “Tommy’s Tour of the Vineyard” by Thomas Dresser, a written tour of the Vineyard available in bookstores locally.

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The 1720 House $85 - 225 152 Main Street, Box 1193 508-693-6407 E-mail: Year round. 6 Rooms. Air cond, private bath, TV. Senior citizen disc. available. CB, CC, NS, ON

The Clark House at the Twin Oaks Inn $85 - 235 20 Edgartown-VH Road 508-693-6550 866-493-6550 Fax: 508-693-3276 E-mail: Year round. 4 Rooms, 1HU. phone, air cond, Fireplace, internet, meeting capacity (20), wedding (50), private bath/shared bath, TV. CB, CC, NS On (limited)

Crocker House Inn $145 - 365 12 Crocker Avenue, Box 1658 508-693-1151 800-772-0206 E-mail: www: Year round. 8 Rooms. Air cond, fireplace, jacuzzi, full private baths, stereo with CD player, iPod docking stations, flat screen TV/DVD, Free WiFi water views, walk to town, quiet and residential side street near the water CB, CC, CW (over 12), NS, ON (limited), AAA ◆◆◆



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The Doctor’s House of Martha’s Vineyard $150 - 340 60 Mt. Aldworth Road, Box 1653 508-696-0859 Fax: 508-696-0403 E-mail: Year round. 7 Rooms. Set on 2 landscaped acres, mature gardens, breakfast terrace. Walk to town. Air cond, fireplace, full country breakfast, internet, private bath, TV, complimentary bicycles. CC, ON, NS, AAA ◆◆◆ See our ad on page 53.

Fourway Carriage House Apartments $160 - 275; $950 - 1850 (weekly) Fourway, 95 Franklin Street, Box 4725 508-696-8487 Fax: 508-696-9090 E-mail: Year round. 3 HU in Carriage House. Internet, meeting/wedding capacity (80), wedding lodging also. Two 2-BR apts. with lr, dr, kit & one studio apt., 1 block to town and ferry. Wellbehaved pets. Private bath, cable TV. CW, NS, ON (ltd.) Greenwood House B & B $109 - 299 40 Greenwood Avenue, Box 2734 866-693-6150 E-mail: Year round. 4 Rooms. Phone, air cond, meeting capacity (7), private bath, TV, fridge. CB plus, NS, ON (limited), AAA ◆◆◆


Hanover House at the Twin Oaks Inn $99 - 315 28 Edgartown-VH Road, Box 2107 508-693-1066 800-696-8633 Fax: 508-696-6099 E-mail: Year round. 15 Rooms. Phone, air cond, fireplace, internet, private bath, HDTV, patio, decks, kitchenettes, full breakfast CB, CC, CW (w/exc), HU, NS, ON (limited)

Harbor Landing $70 - 215; HU $95 - 145 Beach Road, Box 1935 508-693-2600 800-545-4171 Fax: 508-693-2605 E-mail: Year round. 39 Rooms. Phone, air cond, internet, private bath TV. CC, CW, HU, ON (limited) See our ad this page.

Mansion House Inn, Health Club, Spa & Pool $99 - 538; special and weekly rates available 9 Main Street, Box 428 508-693-2200 800-332-4112 E-mail: Year round. 40 Rooms incl. suites (2-8 occ.). Full day spa. Full health club w/indoor pool, phones, air cond, fireplace, internet, meeting capacity (120), wedding (175), private bath, restaurant, TV, water view. Special group and last minute rates. CB, CC, CW, HU, NS, ON, WA. See our ad page 54.

The High Haven House Bed & Breakfast 85 Summer St., VH 508-693-9204 $79-$189 E-mail: Year round, 8 rooms, indoor/outdoor pool, pet friendly, easy walk to town. CB, CC, CW, NS, ON Kinsman House $100 - 125 Box 2028, 278 Main St. (Tashmoo & Main) 508-693-2311 Year round. 3 Rooms in guest house, walk to center of town, beach, ferry, phone. NS

Look Inn $100-150 nightly Look Street, VH 508-693-6893 E-mail: Comfortable, old farmhouse, historic district, close to ferry, shops, restaurants, beaches, affordable and relaxing. Island knowledgeable host. Fireplace, TV. CB, CC, NS, SB Lorraine Parishâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bed & Breakfast $125-$225 65 State Rd., VH 508-693-9044 E-mail: Year round. Charming B&B, short walk to town. Sleeps 4. Children welcome. Pet friendly. CC, AC, TV

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Places to Stay in Vineyard Haven Marniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House $175 - 250 RR 2 Box 201 M 508-696-6198 E-mail: Informal, eclectic, sunny, private baths. Quiet wooded neighborhood. One mile to town/ferry. 3 rms. CB+ fresh baked breads, pets OK. CW, NS, ON Nipper House Old Lighthouse Rd., VH 508-693-3048 E-mail: Year round, 4 bedrooms, sleeps 7.

Summerstone 13 Leonard Circle, VH 508-696-3963 E-mail: Year round, private setting, nice unit with kitchen, pet friendly.

Tashmoo Cottage & Hideaway 299 Daggett Ave., RR2 Box 227G 508-696-9273 Fax: 508-696-4578 E-mail: Cottage: $1,200 - 1,900 (weekly) 2BR, 1SB. Cathedral ceilings, lots of windows, full kitchen. Open to living room. Large deck. b

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Vineyard Harbor Motel Is conveniently located on the shore of Vineyard Haven Harbor. A short walk to the beautiful town of Vineyard Haven where you will find unique shops and scrumptious restaurants. Rooms feature A/C, wireless internet, a private beach, cable tv, refrigerators and parking.We offer a 525 sq ft. conference room for all your meeting and event needs and are here to assist with the planning of your next meeting or event. Photos by L.A. Brown Photography


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Secluded. 1 mile to beach. Fireplace, outdoor shower, grill. Hideaway: New wing: $2,100 - 2,700 (weekly). Old wing: $1,800 - 2,500 (weekly) New wing: 4 BR, 3 ba, 2 fireplaces, bar kitchen, outdoor shower, grill. Old wing: 3 BR, 2 ba, full kitchen, outdoor shower, grill. We welcome pets on review - in cottage, at old wing. NS Thorncroft Inn $175 - 600 460 Main Street, Box 1022 508-693-3333 800-332-1236 Fax: 508-693-5419 E-mail: Year round. 14 Rooms. Phone, air cond, fireplace, private bath, TV. Jacuzzis, hot tubs. CB, CC, NS, WA, AAA ◆◆◆◆

Tisbury House $125 - 150; weekly rates available 104 Main Street 508-696-8901 E-mail: 1 BR, private entrance, private bath and 1BR apartment with small kitchen and LR, patio and grill. Five minute walk to ferry, town, and beach.

Vineyard Harbor Motel $75 - 210 60 Beach Road, Box 1609 508-693-3334 Fax: 508-693-0320 E-mail: Year round. 2-night minimum. 40 Rooms. Air cond, private bath, cable TV, water view. CC, CW, HU See our ad on page 54. Vintage Haven Guest House $95 - 165 Box 2357, 79 Mount Aldworth Road 508-693-4954 Year round. 1 Suite for 2 people. Air cond, phone, private bath, tennis nearby, TV. CW (over 12), NS, ON (ltd.) Wapatequa B & B 85 Stoney Hill Rd., VH774-563-0706 Fireplace, pet friendly, internet. CB, NS

CAMPGROUND Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground

569 Edgartown-VH Road., Box 1557 508-693-3772 E-mail: Mid-May through Mid-Oct. Please inquire for rates. Hot showers, flush toilets, store, laundry, rec room. Group rates. See our ad on this page.

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Places to Eat in Vineyard Haven

Beetlebung Coffee House

32 Beach Street, VH 508-696-7122 YR. Breakfast, lunch, dinner; take out. CC $

The Black Dog Tavern & Bakeries

Tavern: Beach Street Ext., VH 508-693-9223 Bakery: 11 Water Street, VH 508-693-4786 Bakery & Cafe: 509 State Rd, VH 508-696-8190 E-mail: YR, Breakfast, lunch, dinner; 100 seats; alcohol served; take out.CC, $$$

V Jaime Hamlin Catering & Party Design RFD 261-K, VH 508-693-6313 Fax: 508-696-6405 E-mail:

Humphrey’s/Dippin’ Donuts

455 State Road, VH 508-693-6518 Year round. Breakfast, lunch. I/O, take out. $



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Le Grenier French Restaurant

96 Upper Main Street, VH 508-693-4906 YR, dinner; 85 seats; alcohol served; take out. AC, CC, $$$

Little Rock Farm Catering

3 Little Rock Way, VH 508-693-5651 E-mail:

Murdick's Fudge

Union Street, VH 508-693-7344 Toll Free 888-55FUDGE (38343)

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79 Beach Road, VH 508-693-6071 E-mail:

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Robin’s Homemade Fudge of Martha’s Vineyard

PO Box 1316, VH 508-693-5366 Fax: 508-693-4044 E-mail:

Scottish Bakehouse State Road, VH 508-693-6633 Fax: 508-693-9808

TisBerry Frozen Yogurt & Smoothies


29 Main Street, Unit C2 (rear), VH 508-696-1145 E-mail:

Saltwater Restaurant & Take Away

Woodland Business Center, 455 State Road 508-693-6795 YR. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Take out. AC, CC, $

79 Beach Road Tisbury Market Place, VH 508-693-1125 YR, Lunch, dinner, take out. 30 seats, I/O. $ 79 Beach Road, VH 508-338-4668 Fax: 508-338-4669 E-mail: YR, Lunch, dinner, take out. CC, I/O, alcohol served, RA, $$$

Sandy’s Fish & Chips

State Road, VH 508-693-1220 Seasonal, lunch, dinner; take out. WA, $ Photos by Charlie Utz

Woodland Grill


At the Mansion House Inn, 9 Main Street, VH 508-693-3416, 800-332-4112; Fax: 508-693-4095 E-mail:; Year round. Open from 11:30 am, lunch, dinner; 96 seats; alcohol served; take out. AC, CC, WA, $$$ 2012 -13 Travel Guide



West Tisbur y Charlie Utz

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est Tisbury is the quintessential lies purNew England village, complete chased piwith a white church, general anos with West Tisbury is the pastoral town with a store, post office, old mill and pastoral farms. new whaling great number It was the mill site that originally attracted setmoney. traditional farms tlers, because there was no stream in EdgarThe Lambert’s Cove town with enough settlement has its share of fine homes. The strength to run a water Cove was once a place of anchorage for the wheel. Sea captains once owned the largest houses in town, and some of the finest are still occupied by their descendants. Several captains’ houses can be found on Music Street, given its name after a number of its famiCharlie Utz David Welch


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The quintessential New England village, West Tisbury is complete with a white church, general store, post office, old mill and pastoral scenes. Along with some of the most beautiful beaches West Tisbury retains the highest number of traditional farms on the Vineyard.

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town of West Tisbury. The area housed clay works, salt works, and extensive trap fishing operations. All of this has vanished. Even the road to the harbor is gone. A woodland path leads to the beach, which is now set aside for year-round and summer residents of

West Tisbury. West Tisbury is the home of several art and antique galleries as well as the annual Livestock Bob Schellhammer Show and Agricultural Fair. The Fair, held each August on the grounds of the Agricultural Hall, is the highlight of a Martha’s Vineyard summer, drawing visitors back year after year.

DID YOU KNOW... Just prior to World War II, in an effort to avoid the press, aviator, author and polititian Charles Lindburgh sought out the Vineyard, and lived here for six months, accompanied by his wife, the poet Anne Morrow Lindburgh, and their children. From “Tommy’s Tour of the Vineyard” by Thomas Dresser, a written tour of the Vineyard available in bookstores locally.

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Places to Stay in West Tisbury Annabelle’s Great Pond Bed & View $100 - 150 508-693-8222 E-mail; Year round. 2 Rooms. Comfortable rooms with view of Tisbury Great Pond. Wonderful garden. Shared bath, water view. NS

The Broad Meadow Bed & Breakfast Elias Lane, WT 508-693-3591 $115-$195 E-mail: Year round, one room, private bath, country setting. CB, CC, NS The Farmhouse $75 - 150 (in N. Tisbury) 694 State Rd. (RFD 531, VH) 508-693-5354 Year round. 5 Rooms. Meeting capacity (10), 4 private baths. CB, NS


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Hostelling International– Martha’s Vineyard (Manter Memorial Hostel) $18 - 200 per person nightly 525 Edgartown-W. Tisbury Road 508-693-2665 E-mail: April-Oct. Private rooms and dorm beds. Families and non-members welcome. Fireplace, meeting capacity (30), wedding (78). CC, CW, HU, ON,

Lambert’s Cove Inn & Restaurant $155 - 350 90 Wanaquayak Road 508-693-2298 866-526-2466 E-mail: April - Dec. 15 Rooms. Air cond, fireplace, full breakfast, internet, meeting capacity (80), wedding (300), outdoor pool, private bath, phone, tennis, TV. Quiet, secluded 1790 inn set on 7 1/2 acres. Gourmet restaurant. CC, CB, NS, WA Noah’s Ark Bed & Breakfast/Benoit Vacation Homes $100-250, Open off-season only 1070 State Road, PO Box 968 West Tisbury Village 774-563-0071 E-mail: 3 Rooms. Air cond, 3 fireplaces, full breakfast, internet, meeting capacity (13), wedding (65), private bath, phone, TV/VCR. Porches, decks, patios, perennial gardens, no pets, walk to village. CW, NS, ON


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Places to Eat in West Tisbury Lambert’s Cove Inn & Restaurant 90 Manaquayak Road, Off Lambert’s Cove Rd, WT 508-693-2298 April - Dec.. Dinner; 70 seats; BYOB. CC, R (required), WA, $$$ Fella Caters 479 State Rd, WT 508-693-6924

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Martha’sVineyard Real Estate Sales & Rentals Whether you dream of vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, or making the Island your new home, there’s a wide variety of real estate services available and ready to assist you in locating just the right property.


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All Seasons Vacation Rentals, LLC Toll Free: 888-281-8660 781-239-1469 E-mail: Century 21 Vacation Rentals PO Box 1176 VH 508-693-3700 Toll Free: 800-772-5099 Fax: 508-693-8801 E-mail:

Coldwell Banker Landmarks Rentals 15 Church St., VH 508-693-6866 Fax: 508-693-9716 E-mail:

Island Home Realty 97B Circuit Avenue, OB 508-693-9100 E-mail:

Ocean Park Realty - Rentals 69 Circuit Avenue, OB 508-693-3037 Fax: 508-696-5418 E-mail:

Point B Realty, LLC 17 Winter St. #12, ED 508-627-4567 Fax: 508-627-4567 E-mail:

RE/MAX On Island, Vacation Rentals 79 Beach Road at the Tisbury Marketplace 508-696-3706 Fax: 508-858-5321 E-mail: Sandcastle Realty 256 Edgartown Road, ED 508-627-5665 Fax: 508-627-8499 E-mail: Sandpiper Rentals Inc 60 Winter Street, ED 508-627-6070 Fax: 508-627-3003 E-mail:

Island Real Estate Vacation Rentals 107 Beach Road, Suite 203 VH 508-693-4800 Fax: 508-693-7540 E-mail: See our ad on page 64.

Carroll Appraisals 97A Circuit Ave., OB 508-693-1661 E-mail:

Martha’s Vineyard Seacoast PropertiesVacation Rentals, Linda Bassett Real Estate 261 Upper Main Street, PO Box 2222 ED 508-627-9201 800-338-1855 E-mail:

Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate Appraisals 31 N Summer Street, ED 508-627-4737 Toll free: 800-832-0211 Fax: 508-627-3978 E-mail:

Martha’s Vineyard Home Rentals 31 North Summer Street, ED 508-627-7890 Fax: 508-627-4976 E-mail:

Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Rentals and Real Estate Sales Inc 107 Beach Road, VH 508-693-7711 Toll Free: 800-556-4225 Fax: 508-693-2061 E-mail:


Land Planners, Appraisers & Consultants 5 Nashawena Park, OB 508-693-5954 Fax: 508-693-0499 E-mail:


Martha's Vineyard Buyer Agents 256 Edgartown-V H Road, PO Box 1661 ED 508-627-5177 Fax: 508-627-7004 E-mail:


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SplitRock Real Estate, LLC~ Exclusive Buyer Agency 9 Windy Way, PO Box 1690, WT Office 508-696-9009 Fax: 508-696-4806 E-mail: Tobia Real Estate Ltd PO Box 856, ED Phone/Fax: 508-627-5570 E-mail: REAL ESTATE PUBLICATIONS

Real Estate Guide for Martha's Vineyard 107 Beach Road, #105, VH 508-693-2367 Fax: 508-693-0068 E-mail: REAL ESTATE SALES

Advantage Real Estate 18 Main Street, VH 508-693-6222 Toll Free: 800-292-6222 Fax: 508-693-9649 E-mail:

508 693-4800 800 287-4801 Sheila Morse Nora Jardin Michele Moore Diana Gilmore

C. David Cron Robin O’Donnell Elexis Wildanger Michael Davin

“Helping others to share… the Vineyard experience”

Sales & Rentals 107 Beach Rd. Suite 203 P.O. Box 746 Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 Fax: 508-693-7540 REALTOR®


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Caroline Taylor Properties 508-627-5554 508-627-2493 Fax: 888-627-5554 E-mail: Carroll & Vincent Real Estate 37 Main Street, ED 508-627-4080 Fax: 508-627-7407 E-mail:

Century 21 / Island Wide Realty Inc 34 Beach Road, VH 508-693-3700 Fax: 508-693-8801 E-mail:

Coldwell Banker Landmarks Real Estate 15 Church Street, VH 508-693-6866 Fax:508-693-9716 Conroy & Company Real Estate 6 State Road, CH 508-645-3533 Fax: 508-645-2485 E-mail:

Feiner Real Estate 80 Beach Plum Lane, MN 508-645-2658 Fax: 508-645-3588 E-mail: Flanders Up-Island Real Estate State Road, CH 508-645-2632 Fax: 508-645-3346

Gentle's Realty Company 15 Dock Street, ED 508-627-4444 Fax: 508-627-9055 E-mail:

Harborside Realty of Martha’s Vineyard Inc 256 Edgartown-V Haven Road, ED 508-627-3721 Fax: 508-627-4345 E-mail: See our ad on page 66.

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Hob Knob Realty LLC 117 TiltonWay, ED 508-627-4330 Fax: 508-627-4560 E-mail:

Homes on Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vineyard PO Box 74, Post Office Sq., ED 508-645-6210 Fax: 508-637-3337 E-mail:

Hughes & J C Murphy Real Estate LLP 231 Upper Main Street, ED 508-627-7800 Fax: 508-627-5265 E-mail:

Island Real Estate 107 Beach Road, VH 508-693-4800 Fax: 508-693-7540 Toll Free: 800-287-4801 E-mail: See our ad on page 64.

Jane Brown Associates At the Triangle ED 508-627-4741 Fax: 508-627-7756 E-mail:

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Kendall & Kendall Real Estate 33 Pilot Hill Lane, VH 508-693-0829 Fax: 508-693-6701 E-mail: LandVest MV 19 South Summer St., ED 508-627-3757 E-mail:

Lighthouse Properties 52 Narragansett Ave., OB 508-693-6626 Fax: 508-693-1211 E-mail:

Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vineyard Real Estate 31 N Summer Street, 2nd Floor, ED 508-627-7890 Fax: 508-627-4976 E-mail: See our ad on page 65. Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vineyard Realty 31 N Summer Street, ED 508-627-7707 Toll Free: 800-832-0211 Fax: 508-627-3978 E-mail:

Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vineyard Seacoast Properties, Linda Bassett Real Estate 261 Upper Main Street, ED 508-627-9201 Fax: 508-627-4140 800-338-1855 E-mail: Mary Jo Goodrich Island Properties 126 Dunham Avenue, VH 508-783-6310 E-mail:

Serving the Island since 1960 Offering professional service in sales, vacation rentals and buyer representation.

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Mindoro Real Estate Company Inc 15 Church Street, ED 508-627-4782 Fax: 508-627-9747 Toll free: 877-EDGRTWN E-mail:

Muriel Laverty Real Estate Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vineyard Premier Properties 4 Main Street, VH 508-693-2121 Fax: 508-693-5776 E-mail:

MVY Broker - Suzanne Lanzone & Daughters, LLC PO Box 363, ED 508-627-0702 E-mail:

Ocean Park Realty Inc 69 Circuit Avenue, OB 508-693-4210 Fax: 508-693-8992 E-mail: See our ad on this page. Karen M Overtoom Real Estate Scotchman's Bridge Lane, WT 508-693-7832 Fax: 508-693-5751 E-mail:

RE/MAX on Island 39 Beach Road, Suite 23B, VH 508-696-3704 Fax: 508-858-5326 Rosbeck Realty Corporation 20 East Line Road, ED 508-693-3020 Fax: 508-693-2890 E-mail:

Sandpiper Realty Inc 60 Winter Street, ED 508-627-3737 Fax: 508-627-7014 E-mail:

Stoney Hill Realty PO Box 214, WT 508-696-8076 Fax: 508-696-1898 E-mail:

Vineyard Homes Realty PO Box 1071 VH 508-693-7066 Fax: 508-693-7065 E-mail:

Up Island Realty 47 Codding Lane, PO Box 203, VH 508-693-3670

Wallace and Co Southebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty One North Water Street, ED 508-627-3313 Fax: 508-627-9777 E-mail:

Tea Lane Associates Beetlebung Corner CH 508-645-2628 Fax: 508-645-3656 504 State Road, WT 508-696-9999 Fax: 508-696-9929 E-mail:

Upper Cape & Vineyard Realty Beach Road, Ext, VH 508-693-5379 E-mail:

Viewpoints; Bobbi Flake Reed, Inc. 71 Main Street, VH 508-693-0222 Fax: 508-693-5888 E-mail:

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Vineyard Real Estate PO Box 3000, PMB# 3023, WT 508-693-9800 E-mail:


Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors 508-957-4300 Toll Free: 800-442-0006 Fax: 508-771-0067 E-mail:

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Arts and Culture Martha’s Vineyard is home to many visual and performance artists. Many galleries dot the Island, from Aquinnah to Edgartown, and when an artist opens a new show it is often celebrated with a Sunday afternoon reception at the gallery. Check the local papers for times and locations. Martha’s Vineyard offers a great variety of entertainment choices; we hope that you will take advantage of the many productions, performances, and artistic displays presented throughout the year..

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ART FESTIVALS The Vineyard Artisan Festivals PO Box 774, OB Andrea Rogers, Founder 508-693-7927 E-mail: Largest and only art shows where you can buy directly from Island artists. Weekly June thru October at Grange Hall in West Tisbury and special events at Grange Hall & MV Ag Hall over Labor Day and in November and December. ART GALLERIES, DEALERS & CONSULTANTS Alison Shaw Gallery 88 Dukes County Avenue, OB 508-696-7429 Fax 508-693-5829 E-mail:

Art Connections 508-693-5444 E-mail:

Barney Zeitz, Artist 67 Deer Hill Rd., VH 508-693-9421 E-mail: The Christina Gallery, Inc. 32 North Water Street, ED 508-627-8794 Fax 508-627-3916 E-mail:

Debra M. Gaines Fine Art Gallery 56 Eel Pond Lane, PO Box 209, ED 508-627-9989 E-mail: Dragonfly Gallery 91 Dukes County Avenue, OB 508-693-8877 Four Generations Art Gallery PO Box 1401, WT 508-693-5501 E-mail:

Granary Gallery at the Red Barn 636 Old County Road, WT 508-693-0455 E-mail:

Kennedy Studios Art Gallery and Framing 66 Main Street, VH 508-693-3948 Fax 508-693-8067 E-mail:

Martha’s Vineyard Art Association Old Sculpin Gallery and Studio School 58 Dock Street, ED 508-627-4881 E-mail:

Martha's Vineyard Glassworks 683 State Road, WT 508-693-6026

Pik-Nik Art & Apparel Arts District, 99 Dukes County Ave, OB 508-693-1366 E-mail: Shephard Fine Art Space OB, 508-693-8001

ART INSTRUCTION Featherstone Center for the Arts, Inc. Barnes Road, OB 508-693-1850 E-mail:

ART ORGANIZATION Pathways Project Institutes PO Box 437, CH 508-645-9088 E-mail: Arts & Society PO Box 4485, VH 508-696-0539; John Crelan, artistic director. E-mail:,

Featherstone Center for the Arts, Inc. PO Box 1145, OB 508-693-1850 CONCERTS - CLASSICAL MV Chamber Music Society PO Box 4189, VH 508-696-8055 E-mail:

CONCERT HALLS The Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center Edgartown Road, PO Box 1385, OB 508-693-1033 x 250. This modern, fully equipped 791-seat theater is centrally located, air conditioned, and provides parking.

The Tabernacle PO Box 1176, OB 508-693-0525 Erected in 1879 on the grounds of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, this open air structure hosts a variety of events throughout the months of July and August including concerts, community sings and the annual All Island Art Show. continued 2012 -13 Travel Guide


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CRAFT GALLERIES Craftworks 149 Circuit Avenue, OB 508-693-7463 Fax 508-696-3114 DANCE INSTRUCTION Rise Vineyard Performing Arts 455 State Road, Woodland Center, VH 508-693-2262 E-mail:

The Yard, Inc Off Middle Road, CH 508-645-9662 www. MOVIES At The Movies 508-627-6689 (MOVY) E-mail:

Entertainment Cinemas Edgartown 1 & 2 65 Main Street, ED 508-627-8008

Martha’s Vineyard Film Society/ Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival Richard Paradise, President, PO Box 4423, VH 508-696-9369; Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival Thomas Bena, Executive/ Creative Director PO Box 592, CH 02535 508-645-9599 E-mail: See our ad on page 71.

MUSEUMS Cottage Museum 1 Trinity Park (in the Campground) 508-693-0525 See the only Gingerbread Cottage open to the public. It contains period furnishings from the late 1800s as well as vintage photographs and documents relating to the history of the Campground. 70

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Martha's Vineyard Museum 59 School St., Corner of School & Cooke Sts., ED 508-627-4441 Fax 508-627-4436 E-mail:

MV Preservation Trust 99 Main Street, ED 508-627-4440 Alley's General Store, State Rd, WT 508-693-0088 Dr. Daniel Fisher House, Main Street, ED 508-627-4440 Flying Horses Carousel, Oak Bluffs Avenue, at the foot of Circuit Avenue, OB 508-693-9841 The Grange, State Road, WT 508-627-4440 Old Whaling Church, Main Street, ED 508-627-4440 Vincent House Museum, Main Street, ED 508-627-4440

MUSICIANS John Alaimo - Pianist 508-693-5444 E-mail:

Bagpiper James Joyce 32 Kitts Field Circle, ED 508-627-7128 E-mail:

The Jon Bates Band ED 508-627-9583 800-689-8910 E-mail:

Beetlebung Steel Band / Rick Bausman PO Box 3000, PMB 3172, WT 508-627-3786 E-mail: Mike Benjamin Music PO Box 2970, ED 508-627-6928 E-mail:







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Jerry Bennett Music - Event Music PO Box 4459, VH 508-627-3746

The Ceremony Music Source Full Service Classical & Jazz. Soloists & Ensembles (Eric Johnson) PO Box 506, WT Phone/fax 508-274-1757 E-mail:

Phil DaRosa PO Box 581, OB 413-265-5064 E-mail:

The Drum Workshop, Inc. PO Box 2262, VH Rick Bausman, 508-627-3786. Multi-faceted, multi-cultural, participatory, handson experiences for groups of all ages and abilities.

Island Community Chorus Peter Boak, director. Please check local newspapers for exact schedules, as rehearsals are set based on concert dates. For more information contact Mary-Jean Miner at 508.696.8589. Vineyard Haven Band, Inc. PO Box 2187, VH 508-645-3458 Frank Dunkl and Martha Child.


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MV Chamber Music Society 508-696-8055.

Martha's Vineyard Swing Orchestra 165 Grove Street, Cotuit, MA 508-428-8615

The Performer’s Workshop, Inc., VH 508-693-3437 Dr. Mareda Gaither Graves, Dr. Ian Nie E-mail:

NIGHT CLUBS Lampost / The Dive Bar 6 Circuit Avenue, OB 508-693-4032 Fax 508-693-5051 Nectar’s 17 Airport Road, ED 508-693-1137 E-mail: PHOTOGRAPHERS Louisa Gould Photography & Gallery 54 Main Street, VH 508-693-7373 E-mail: See our ad on page 75.

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Max Bossman Photography 508-360-9087 E-mail: See our ad on page 74.

LA Brown Photography PO Box 151, OB 508-627-1977 See our ad on this page

Nicole Friedler Photography, ED 508-274-2399 E-mail: See our ad on page 74.


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Peter Simon Photography & Simon Gallery 54 Main Street, VH 508-645-9575 508-693-1701-Gallery E-mail: See our ad on page 75. David Welch Photography ED, 508-939-0596 E-mail: See our ad on page 72.

RADIO STATIONS WCAI 90.1 FM 508-548-9600 Fax 508-548-5517 Listener Line 508-548-9600 ext. 103

WMVY Radio 92.7 FM 57 Carroll's Way, VH 508-693-5000 Listener Line 508-693-4994 Fax 508-693-8211 E-mail: Live Webcast See our ad on page 71. THEATER COMPANIES Creative Dramatics, Inc. - Phyllis Vecchia PO Box 1025, VH 508-696-8738.

Island Theatre Workshop PO Box 1893, VH 508-693-5290 E-mail:

The Vineyard Playhouse Company, Inc. 24 Church Street, PO Box 2452, VH 508-696-6300 E-mail: The Yard Creative Theater, with Music & Movement Off Middle Road, CH 508-645-9662 E-mail:

WEATHERVANES Tuck & Holand Metal Sculptors 275 State Road, PO Box 1832, VH Phone/Fax 508-693-3914 E-mail:

weddings • portraits fine art photography Showing at the Night Heron Gallery and at the Vineyard Artisans Festival

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Boating and Fishing Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vineyard is best known as a summertime home for celebrities and a tourist destination. However, the real attraction for an increasing number of saltwater fishermen is the opportunity to hook up with all of the Northeastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier gamefish on some of the prettiest beaches and water anywhere in the United States.

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A Witch of Endor Sailing Charters Vineyard Haven Harbor, VH 774-521-8395 508-685-1212 E-mail:

The Black Dog Tall Ships Schooners Alabama, Shenandoah, & Chanty Black Dog Wharf, Beach Street Ext, VH 508-693-1699 E-mail: Book - A - Boat PO Box 634, AQ Coast Guard Road, CH Phone/Fax: 508-645-2400 E-mail:

Mad Max Sailing Adventures - Catamaran 31 Dock Street, ED 508-627-7500 see our ad on page 78. Magic Carpet Island Classic Charters, Inc. - Sailboat Edgartown Harbor, ED 508-645-2889

Plan Sea Adventures Boat Charter Dock St., ED 508-627-2003 E-mail:

Sail Ena - Vineyard Sound Sailing Charters PO Box 4124, VH 508-627-0848 E-mail: see our ad on this page Sea Witch Sailing Charters 508-631-6535 E-mail: BOAT RENTING & LEASING

A-1 Martha's Vineyard OceanSports Dockside Marina OB 508-693-8476 E-mail: see our ad on page 76.

Island Water Sports 100 Lagoon Pond Road, VH Phone/fax: In-season 508-693-7767 Off-season 508-693-5884 E-mail: see our ad on page 79.

Wind's Up! 199 Beach Road, VH 508-693-1779 E-mail: see our ad on page 78. BOAT REPAIRING

Edgartown Marine Boat Services, Inc. 12 Herring Creek Road, ED 508-627-6500 1 Morse Street, ED 508-627-4388 E-mail: see our ad on page 79.

MV Marine 52 Edgartown - West Tisbury Road, WT 508-304-4247 E-mail: BOAT YARDS & STORAGE FACILITIES Maciel Marine, Ltd. Lagoon Pond Road, VH 508-693-4174

Martha's Vineyard Shipyard, Inc. 164 Beach Road, VH 508-693-0400 Fax 508-693-4100 45 Dock Street, ED 508-627-6000 E-mail: BOATING INSTRUCTION C. Shipway Racing and Sailing Phone/Fax 508-645-2593 E-mail: DIVING INSTRUCTION

Heidi Raihofer-Master Scuba Diver Trainer 508-693-9082 Fax 508-693-3536 E-mail: DIVERS - COMMERCIAL

Heidi Raihofer-Year Round Diver 508-693-9082 Fax: 508-693-3536 E-mail: DIVERS - EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

Vineyard Scuba and Snorkel 110 South Circuit Avenue 508-693-0288 Fax: 508-693-3536 E-mail:


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RENTALS: Hour-Day-Week Expert Instruction - Sales


SWIMSUITS: Best selection for women, men, children SNORKEL GEAR - WETSUITS

Everything for the beach! 508-693-4340

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Done Deal Charters VH 508-693-5245 E-mail: see our ad on page 80.

Fishsticks Charters Cell 508-951-5288 and 508-693-0291 E-mail: see our ad on page 80.

Great Harbour Sport Fishing Charters Edgartown Harbor, ED 508-627-3122 E-mail: Jean Marie Fishing Charters PO Box 816, ED 508-627-6807 E-mail:

My Brother Charters Oak Bluffs Harbor, OB 774-836-7465 E-mail:

Party Boat "Skipper" Oak Bluffs Harbor, OB 508-693-1238

Relax. We’ll take care of your boat.

Vineyard Shark Divers 203-273-1748 E-mail: see our ad on page 80.

Full Service, Year-Round Boat Yard & Marine Supplies

Launching, Hauling, Storage, Repair

Wayfarer Charters PO Box 2232, ED 508-326-2031 508-627-8510 E-mail:

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FISHING GUIDES “Livinit” Fishing Guide Service OB 508-274-0320 E-mail:


FISHING TACKLE DEALERS Captain Porky’s Bait & Tackle 13 Dock St., ED 508-627-7117 Fax: 508-627-1233 E-mail:

Tours, Paddle Boards, Rentals, Delivery

Coop's Bait & Tackle 147 Edgartown-West Tisbury Road, ED 508-627-3909 E-mail: Dick's Bait & Tackle New York Avenue, OB 508-693-7669

Larry’s Tackle Shop 258 Upper Main St., ED 508-627-5088 Fax: 508-627-5148 E-mail:

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Sharks Landing Bait, Tackle & Charter Co. 2 East Chop Dr., OB (next to Our Market) 508-696-8272 E-mail: KAYAKING

Island Spirit Kayak: Carolyn "Chick" Dowd PO Box 1666, OB 508-693-9727 Fax 508-693-9727 E-mail: see our ad on page 79.


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The Black Dog Wharf Beach Street Ext, VH 508-693-3854 Fax 508-693-1881 E-mail: Mad Max Marina 31 Dock Street, ED 508-627-7400

Tisbury Wharf 144 Beach Road, VH 508-693-9300 North Wharf, Morse Street, ED 508-627-5050 Fax 508-696-8436

Martha’s Vineyard Eco Adventures 7 Vandrow Lane, VH 508-274-6047 E-mail:

FISHSTICKS CHARTERS Light Tackle and Fly Fishing

Striped Bass • Bluefish • bonito • albacore 508 645 2832 • 508 951 5288 Capt. Kurt Freund 80

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luefish, striped bass, bonito, false albacore, and Spanish mackerel can all be caught in-season from beaches and jetties on the Vineyard. In addition, white marlin, yellowfin tuna, football-sized bluefins, and shark are all within boat range. If you decide to go fishing with one of the experienced charter captains (see page 78) on the Island, you are almost certain to come home with a keeper, a fish a minimum of 28 inches long. If you prefer to fish from shore, a trip to one of the Island’s full-service bait and tackle shops (see pages 79 & 80) will get you all the gear and insider’s advice you need. You’ll find that the proprietors have a vast information network that lets them pinpoint where the fish are running throughout the year. The first cool winds and shortening days of September set the stage for the annual fall migration,


and the Vineyard’s premier tournament: the Annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby. This month-long event, which begins in mid-September and ends in mid-October, celebrates its 66th anniversary in 2011, and attracts more than 2,000 Louisa Gould entrants – men, women, and children annually. Rich in Vineyard fishing tradition, almost 900 Islanders join hundreds of visitors in this tournament. More than just a fishing contest, it initiates a month when the common language is of wind, tides, and fish. Although the primary focus is on fishing, this tournament has become a grand and most unique fishing reunion, where during the day Louisa Gould or under a canopy of stars, new friends are made, and old friendships renewed. Finding a good spot to fish during the derby is never a problem. Any of the local tackle shops will be happy to help you out. 2012 -13 Travel Guide


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Recreation Recreational activities abound on Martha’s Vineyard regardless of the season. Whether it’s surfcasting for striped bass off the south shore, sailing the tranquil waters of the Vineyard Sound, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, touring the Island, biking along miles of scenic bike paths, even ice skating, you will find facilities for all your favorite activities

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AMUSEMENTS Funhunters Scavenger Hunt 10 Gert’s Way, ED 413-335-5770 E-Mail:

ARBORETUMS The Polly Hill Arboretum 809 State Road,WT, Visitors' Center 508-693-9426

BASEBALL Martha’s Vineyard Baseball Group LLC, OB 508-687-9705 E-mail:

CAMPS - DAY The FARM Institute Katama Farm, 14 Aero Avenue, PO Box 1868, ED 508-627-7007 Fax 508-629-0258 E-mail: See our ad page 84. Martha’s Vineyard Adventure Camp VH 508-693-8484 E-mail:

Montessori Summer Enrichment Program Tiah’s Cove Road, WT 617-688-3818 E-mail: CAROUSELS Flying Horses Carousel Oak Bluffs Avenue, OB 508-693-8055 EXERCISE & PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAMS Vineyard Pilates Center 455 State Road, VH 508-696-6452

FESTIVALS Martha's Vineyard Film Festival PO Box 592, CH 508-645-9599 Fax: 508-645-9893 E-mail: See our ad on page 71. The Vineyard Artisans PO Box 774, OB 508-693-8989

GOLF COURSES - PUBLIC IBWS Golf ED 508-627-4216 E-mail:

Mink Meadows Golf Course Golf Club Road, off Franklin Street, VH 508-693-0600

GOLF COURSES - MINIATURE Island Cove Mini Golf and Climbing Wall State Road, VH (across from Cronig's Market) 508-693-2611 HEALTH CLUBS B-Strong 29 Kennebec Avenue, OB 508-693-5997 E-mail: Mansion House Health Club, Spa & Pool 9 Main Street, VH 508-693-2200 800-332-4112 E-mail: Om of Motion 505 State Road, WT 503-329-9200 E-mail:

The Workout and Vineyard Tennis Center (Indoor Facility) 22 Airport Road, WT 508-696-8000 Fax 508-696-8009 E-mail:

HIKING & BIRDING Felix Neck Sanctuary 508-627-4850 Fax: 508-627-6052 E-mail:

Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank 508-627-7141 A trail map of all the Land Bank properties is available at the Land Bank office and at the Chamber of Commerce. Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation 508-693-5207

The Trustees of Reservations 860 State Rd., PO Box 2106, VH 508-693-7662 Fax: 508-693-7713 E-mail: See our ad page 85.

Vineyard Conservation Society PO Box 2189, 57 David Ave., VH 508-693-9588 Fax: 508-693-0683 E-mail: continued 2012 -13 Travel Guide




HIKING & BIRDING continued

Vineyard Open Land Foundation 508-693-3280

ICE SKATING EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES The Cutting Edge Pro Shop At the Martha's Vineyard Arena, Edgartown - VH Rd., OB 508-693-3933

ICE SKATING RINKS Martha’s Vineyard Arena Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd., OB 508-693-4438 508-693-3933 (Pro Shop) Fax: 508-693-4223 E-mail:

LIGHTHOUSE TOURS The Gay Head, East Chop, and Edgartown lighthouses are maintained by the Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society (508.627.4441) MUSEUMS Aquinnah Cultural Center Aquinnah Circle, AQ 508-645-7900 E-mail: pages1wampanoag_acc/index See our ad on page 27.

Cottage Museum In the Camp Ground, 1 Trinity Park, OB 508-693-0525

Martha's Vineyard Museum 59 School St., Corner of School & Cooke Sts., ED 508-627-4441 Fax 508-627-4436 E-mail:

MV Preservation Trust 99 Main Street, ED 508-627-4440 Alley's General Store, State Rd, WT 508-693-0088 Dr. Daniel Fisher House, Main Street, ED 508-627-4440

Flying Horses, Inc., Oak Bluffs Avenue, OB 508-693-9481 The Grange, State Road, WT 508-627-4440 Old Whaling Church, Main Street, ED 508-627-4440 Vincent House Museum, Main Street, ED 508-627-4440

RIDING ACADEMIES Red Pony Farm 85 Red Pony Road, WT 508-693-3788 Fax: 508-693-6935 E-mail:

TENNIS Public town courts: ED: Robinson Road; OB: Niantic Avenue, Island Inn; Beach Road; VH: Church Street, Lake Street; WT: Old County Road. Reservations recommended; on-site sign-up may be available. TOURS – AERIAL Biplane Rides by Classic Aviators Ltd Katama Airport, ED Reservations 508-627-7677 E-mail: TOURS – SIGHTSEEING African-American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard 508-693-4361

Martha's Vineyard Sightseeing Circuit Avenue Ext, OB 508-627-TOUR (8687) 508-693-4681 Toll Free 888-546-6468

The FARM Institute Summer Programs

Community Chores

Farm Tours

Local Meat & Produce available at our farm stand

Voted “Best Kids Activity” by Cape Cod Life magazine five years in a row! Phone: (508) 627-7007 14 Aero Ave., Edgartown 84

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Charlie Utz

Charlie Utz

Martha's Vineyard Transport, LLC 508-989-4699 508-939-1359 E-mail:

Nature Watch, LLC 455 State Road, Suite 178, VH 508-693-4908 E-mail:

Vineyard History Tours 508-627-8619 Email:

VineyardGuides 508-693-6248 Email:

WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary Off Edgartown-VH Rd., Felix Neck Drive, ED 508-627-4850 Fax 508-627-6052

YMCA YMCA of Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vineyard, Inc. 111R Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd., OB PO Box 881, VH 508-696-7171 Fax: 508-696-6806 E-mail: YOGA INSTRUCTION Guiding Light Yoga OB 508-687-9025 E-mail: The Sacred Circle of Yoga PO Box 532, VH 508-696-4513 E-mail: Tapas Hot Yoga 24 Union Street, VH 508-696-1880 E-mail:

ZOOS World of Reptiles & Bird Park Off Edgartown-VH Rd., Bachelder Avenue, ED 508-627-5634

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Weddings on Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sVineyard

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Nicole Friedler

David Welch

Nicole Friedler

Debbie Grant

hen you select Martha’s Vineyard as the destination, you can feel confident that the wedding of your dreams can come true! Substantial or intimate, formal or barefoot on the beach, in a church, by a lighthouse or under a shear white tent, plentiful options are available for every couple! Wedding magic is often in the details. On the Vineyard, you can rest assured that the planners, caterers, photographers, musicians, hoteliers, officiants and more will deliver the perfect experience for you and your guests. Not only will the happy couple and their guests enjoy the natural beauty of

Nicole Friedler


Nicole Friedler

David Welch

Louisa Gould

the Vineyard, but the Island also offers a vibrant arts and culture scene, one-of-a-kind boutique shopping, every water activity imaginable, biking, hiking birding and good, old fashioned fun! And we haven’t even mentioned the world class dining, specializing in local produce, dairy and the freshest, mouthwatering offerings from the sea! Why do magical moments abound here? Because your idea of romance is a natural backdrop of stunning beauty, exquisitely fresh, local cuisine, beachychic accommodations and the sounds of the surf. Choose Martha’s Vineyard: distinctive, one-of-a-kind, romantic – just like you! 2012 -13 Travel Guide


Meetings & Events

LA Brown


Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce

hile Martha’s Vineyard may be famous as a destination for play, it’s also the perfect place to host a business meeting or corporate retreat. The Vineyard combines easy access and world-class accommodations with the seclusion and quiet that only an island can offer. Martha’s Vineyard is accessible throughout the year by air and by sea. The Island is home to two airports - one for private Mark Lovewell planes, the other serviced by Cape Air year-round and by U.S. Airways during the summer season. Direct flights are available from Boston, Providence, New York City, White Plains, NY and Washington, D.C. Ferries set sail to the Island from Falmouth, Hyannis, Nantucket, New Bedford and Woods Hole Massachusetts as well as Quonset Point, Rhode Island and New


York City. The Woods Hole ferry carries cars with advance reservations. Nicloe Friedler With 85 hotel, inns and B&Bs, accommodations for groups of any size are available with a range of amenities and rates. Meeting rooms are available with high-tech A/V equipment, full catering and concierge service. Charlie Utz Group activities on the Island are plentiful. Explore more than 30 miles of paved bike trails, take a tour of an historic lighthouse, take a sail on one of the tall ships available for charter, or relax with a round of golf. Families can enjoy a variety of local attractions including one-of-a-kind shopping, original artwork and handcrafts, natural beauty Mark Lovewell and fun for the kids. Whatever your goals, Martha’s Vineyard will provide your colleagues with an experience they’ll never forget. 2012 -13 Travel Guide


Farms on Martha’sVineyard

Charlie Utz


Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce

Charlie Utz

ave you ever milked a cow? Or gathered still-warm eggs from a hen house? Or seen how wool from sheep is spun into yarn? Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vineyard offers affordable, family fun, educational activities and opportunities to learn about the production of food and agricul-

tural products and the Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long and proud farming heritage. Activities include hayrides, corn mazes, pick-your-own operations, farm stands, tours, farm chores, horseback riding and the Agricultural Fair in August.

Morning Glory Farm

Katama Farm, 14 Aero Ave, ED Phone: 508-627-7007 Fax; 508-629-0258 E-mail: see our ad on page 84



Charlie Utz

290 West Tisbury Road, ED 508-627-9003 Fax: 508-627-3955 E-mail:

The Farm Institute

Native Earth Teaching Farm

94 North Road, CH Phone: 508-645-3304

TEACHING FARMS AND CAMPS Island Grown Initiative

PO Box 4849, VH 508-680-6360 E-mail: The Island Grown Initiative is a grassroots non-profit working to support local food and farming on Martha's Vineyard. IGI raises consumer awareness about the importance of locally-grown food and works to build and reinvent the necessary infrastructure that supports the growers.


Peter Simon

Island Alpaca Company

1 Head of Pond Road, OB Ph/Fax: 508-693-5554 E-mail: 2012 -13 Travel Guide



Lighthouses of Martha’s Vineyard David Welch


Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce

Davin Welch

he five lighthouses on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard represent the most diverse group in a small, contained area in the country, according to lighthouse enthusiasts. All of the lighthouses are on the north side of the Island: they look out over Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound, and over the entrance to Edgartown Harbor and Cape Poge. The West Chop Lighthouse was the Island’s last manned light. The lighthouse was built in 1817, and in 1838 the wooden building was replaced by the present brick structure. It was moved back from the edge of the 60-foot-high bluff in 1848 and again in 1891. Today, the


The Gay Head Lighthouse in Aquinnah

small caretaker’s cottage at its foot is occupied by Coast Guard personnel. The East Chop Lighthouse in Oak Bluffs stands on the site of one of the first telegraph signals, set up in 1828. Signals from Nantucket were received here and relayed on to Woods Hole, Bournedale, South Plymouth, Duxbury, Marshfield, and Dorchester Heights. A series of raised and lowered arms and flags conveyed news about cargos of ships arriving at Nantucket. In the mid-1800s, Captain Silas Daggett built a privately owned lighthouse on East Chop. It was funded by local merchants who 2012 -13 Travel Guide


The Lighthouses of Martha’sVineyard


The Lighthouses of Martha’sVineyard Gay Head Light in Aquinnah

The East Chop Lighthouse

The West Chop Lighthouse

Betsy Corsiglia

sailed in the area and by some of the ships passing through. Many, however, refused to pay a fee after they arrived safely in port and this lasted only six years. In 1875, the U.S. government bought the lighthouse and the present cast-iron structure was built on the cliff 79 feet above the sea. Until 1988, when it was painted white, the East Chop Light was fondly called the Chocolate Lighthouse, for its brown-red color. The original Edgartown Lighthouse was built in 1828, on a small man-made island in the Edgartown harbor. An Act of Congress allocated money to build it 1⁄4 mile from shore. Later, $5,500 was appropriated to complete the project and Seth Vincent was paid $80 for a right of way to the tower. For the first year, the only way to get to the light was by boat, but another 94

Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce

Betsy Corsiglia

$2,500 was allocated to build a foot bridge. The first structure was replaced in 1938 by one that was rafted to the Vineyard from Ipswich. Although the new light was placed on the original site, sand had filled in the area between the island and the shoreline, and the current Edgartown Lighthouse stands on shore. The Gay Head Lighthouse has always been perilously close to the ever-eroding cliffs. The red brick light was built in 1844 to replace a wooden tower authorized by President John Quincy Adams. In 1856, the marvelous Fresnel lens with its 1,009 prisms was installed, after having been proudly exhibited at the World’s Fair in Paris. It is now preserved at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, and is lighted every evening after dark. The Cape Poge Lighthouse is by far the Is-

West Chop

East Chop


Cape Poge


Max Bossman

The Edgartown Lighthouse

The Cape Poge Lighthouse

land’s most remote, built in 1801 when an act of Congress appropriated $2,000 for it. The Cape Poge Lighthouse is by far the island’s most remote; built in 1801 when an act of Congress appropriated $2,000 for it. It is the second lighthouse activated on Martha’s Vineyard. The original lighthouse was made of wood and had a small caretaker’s cottage. In 1816 the keeper’s house was enlarged and in 1880 replaced with a duplex. The present white wooden structure was built in 1893, and is 35 feet high with a light visible for a distance of 9 miles. In 1987 it gained the distinction of being the first entire lighthouse to be moved by helicopter; in 1997 the lantern itself was moved by helicopter for repairs. The Trustees of Reservations offer

Charlie Utz

guided tours of the Cape Poge Lighthouse (508-627-3599, see their ad on page 85). The Gay Head, East Chop, and Edgartown Lighthouses are maintained by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum (508-627-4441) under a 30year lease with the United States Coast Guard. The Gay Head and East Chop Lighthouses are open for sunset tours from late June through mid-September, from 1 1⁄2 hours before sunset to 1⁄2 hour after. The Edgartown lighthouse opened to the public in 2008 and is open daily. The lighthouses are available for wedding ceremonies and other special events; call the Martha’s Vineyard Museum at 508-627-4441. Tax-deductible donations to help save the lights may be designated as “lighthouse donations” and mailed to The Martha’s Vineyard Museum, PO Box 1310, Edgartown, MA 02539. 2012 -13 Travel Guide


Index to Advertisers

Ron Hall

Anderson’s Bike Rentals ..............................13 Aquinnah Cultural Center ..............................27 Bunch of Grapes Bookstore ..........................18 Cape Air ..........................................................11 CB Stark Jewelers ..........................................18 Clarion Inn Martha’s Vineyard ......................37 Craig’s Bicycles ..............................................15 David Welch Photography ............................72 Dockside Inn ..................................................45 Doctor’s House of Martha’s Vineyard ..........53 Done Deal Charters ......................................80 Edgartown Commons ....................................37 Edgartown Marine ........................................79 Escort Coach ....................................................6 Fallon of Edgartown, The ..............................37 Farm Institute ................................................84 Fishsticks Charters ........................................80 Giordano’s Restaurant ..................................48 Harbor Landing ..............................................53 Harbor View Hotel & Resort ..........................35 Harborside Realty of Martha’s Vineyard, Inc. ..66 Hy-Line Cruises ................................................7 Island Inn, The ..............................................45 Island Queen....................................Back Cover Island Real Estate..........................................64 Island Spirit Kayak ........................................79 Island Water Sports ......................................79 Kelley House ..................................................38 Kenneth Lieberman, Attorney at Law ..........19 LA Brown Photography ..................................73 Lookout Tavern ....................Inside Front Cover


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Louisa Gould Photography & Gallery............75 Mad Max Sailing Adventures ........................78 Mansion House Inn, Health Club, Pool & Spa..54 Martha’s Bike Rentals ....................................15 Martha’s Vineyard Candle Company ..............18 Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground ......55 Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival ....................71 Martha’s Vineyard Gourmet Cafe and Bakery, Inc. ....................................49 Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate ....................65 Martha’s Vineyard Seacoast Properties RE Sales ................................................67 Max Bossman Photography ..........................74 Nicole Friedler Photography ..........................74 Ocean Park Realty, Inc...................................66 Peter Simon Photography & Simon Gallery..75 R.S.V.P. Martha’s Vineyard ............................14 Rainy Day ........................................................17 Rhode Island - Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry..............................................10 Season’s Eatery & Pub ........Inside Front Cover Seastreak LLC ..................................................8 Steamship Authority ........................................9 Trustees of Reservations ..............................85 Vineyard Harbor Motel ..................................54 Vineyard Shark Divers ..................................80 Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites ..............................................Inside Back Cover Wesley Hotel ..................................................47 Wind’s Up! ......................................................78 WMVY Radio 92.7 FM....................................71

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Travel Guide 2012-2013  

A travel guide to the island of Marth's Vineyard, published by the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce.

Travel Guide 2012-2013  

A travel guide to the island of Marth's Vineyard, published by the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce.