If you’re a foodie like me, you know this is the most wonderful time of year on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. Why, you ask? Because Restaurant Week kicks off this coming Sunday, June 15 — and my life becomes a fantastic food frenzy for the 5 days following.
Martha’s Vineyard has some of the freshest and most amazing food anywhere on the planet (It’s no wonder that we’re one of only six places in the world that hosts the Local Wild Food Challenge). And Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week was made for food-lovers.
Now in its 6th year, Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week offers culinary adventurers and everyday diners the chance to experience the bounty of the Island — at a fraction of the price it might otherwise cost. Special price-fixed menus let your taste buds explode without blowing up your wallet.
This year’s participating restaurants include award-winning and well-loved taverns, eateries, inns, luncheons, grills, and cafes. Dinners won’t run over $50 for a 3- or 4-course meal. Plus, there are breakfast and lunch options this year too, which means foodies can quite literally eat their way around the Island for 5 full days.
Come enjoy the freshest seafood right out of our waters. Indulge yourself with pasture-raised, and small-farmed meals. But make your reservations early! Restaurants will book up fast.
Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week runs Sunday, June 15 through Thursday, June 19, 2014. For more information, like Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @MVEats.
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The Island of Martha’s Vineyard is relatively small (less than 100 square miles) – but many people are surprised to realize just how big the Island really is once they get here. There’s so much to see and do on this little piece of heaven, and you won’t want to miss any of it while you’re visiting.
Lucky for you, you don’t have to.
Once you’re on the Island, getting around Martha’s Vineyard is a snap. Here are some smart tips for enjoying all the Island has to offer – with or without a car.
1. Public Transportation: The public transportation on Martha’s Vineyard is enough to make any city folk envious. It’s reliable, affordable, clean, accommodating, and always on time. The Martha’s Vineyard Regional Transit Authority, or VTA, picks passengers up in every Island town – including at both the Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs ferries, and the airport. The busses have racks that hold up to 3 bikes, and are dog- and kid-friendly (children under 6 ride free!). Fares are affordable, with single rides for as little as $1, day passes for $7, and weekly passes for $25.
2. Bike the Island: Martha’s Vineyard is well-known and loved for our pristine bike paths — over 44 miles of them! Whether you want a leisurely tour or a vigorous challenge, along the ocean or through the forests, scenic or direct routes are available for every skill level. One of the most popular bike paths connects Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. The six-mile, paved trail travels along the Nantucket Sound on one side and the 7-acre Sengekontacket Pond on the other, and is entirely flat except for a few very slight inclines. Looking to rent bikes while you’re here? Check out our Bike Rentals page!
3. Walk It: Each town on Martha’s Vineyard has its own unique and wonderful character — and the three busiest towns are each 100% walkable. With shops, restaurants, theaters, museums, and art galleries all within a stone’s throw from the ferries or wherever you might be staying, walking the streets of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, or Edgartown is a tried and true way to explore our quaint Island.
4. Rent a Moped or Car: The buzz of moped motors can be heard all season long throughout the Island. That’s because they’re an affordable yet independent mode of transportation on Martha’s Vineyard. You can easily rent a moped and car rentals are also a convenient option! Visit our Car Rentals page to reserve yours today.
5. Hail a Cab: Private taxi service and shared taxi vans are also available to get you from Point A to Point B. Most towns have a designated spot to grab a cab, and you can always call in advance to arrange a specific pick-up and drop-off. Visit our Taxi page for contact info.
6. Tour Guides: There are numerous group and private tour companies available to help you see the beauty of Martha's Vineyard. Tour buses are located at the Steamship Terminals, and depart regularly on scheduled times. Private passenger vans are available for customized group tours. Aerial tours are available to give you a birds-eye view of the Island and wonderful narrated walking tours provide you with in-depth detail on towns and subjects of interest. Visit our Tours page for more info.
7. Private Car Service: For the discerning traveler, private car services are also available. This is a great option for weddings and special events – or to simply kick up the style meter a notch or two. Visit our Car Service page for more details.
So if you find yourself planning a trip to Martha’s Vineyard and you can’t get your car over, don’t fret! There are many ways to get around the Island and enjoy all it has to offer — with or without a vehicle.
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Martha’s Vineyard celebrates its farming and fishing heritage through its tradition of locally grown farm-to-table and ocean-to-table culinary experiences. Our Island chefs pride themselves on using local ingredients supplied by the Vineyard’s many small farms and fishermen. Vineyard food is often a culinary experience in itself — but like so many other things we do on the Island, we bring food to a whole new level. With these three culinary adventures – yes, adventures! – you get to experience Island food like never before.
Culinary & Garden Adventure: Jan Buhrman, the master caterer behind Kitchen Porch Catering, and John Bagnulo, MPH, PhD, naturalist, and nutritionist, team up to bring you a 3-day intensive culinary and garden adventure. The weekend will prepare you to grow healthier, fresher food in the most user-friendly way, making the most of limited space, extending your growing season, improving your soil, and ultimately improving your health. This class will help you choose what to grow, what varieties make the most sense, and what to do with the bounty so that it lasts you all year long. Learn how to take a 20′ x 20′ plot and transform it into a planted garden ready for summer! You will take away a plan for your own garden and plants ready to be planted, along with the confidence of gardening. Plus, each day Jan will teach you how to cook and preserve food right from your garden. April 25-27, 2014. Visit Kitchen Porch to register.
Farm. Field. Sea.: Wow your palette at this year’s intimate, experiential, soil-to-table experiences for foodie and adventure travelers. Partnering with local farmers and the Island’s top chefs, Farm. Field. Sea. invites guests behind the scenes for a hands-on experience of the Island’s unique, authentic food community. Supercharge your immersion in all aspects of growing, fishing, harvesting, and foraging for food and bring a fresh, local meal to the table. One-day event on June 14, and August 2. Two-day event October 25 & 26. Visit Farm. Field. Sea to register.
Local Wild Food Challenge: This October, the 5th annual Local Wild Food Challenge is going to rock the Vineyard. The challenge is to create the best dish using at least one wild ingredient from the Island. Past years have included wild mallard duck breast glazed with a mix of Chilmark cherries, crispy frog legs served in switchgrass crust and topped with pumpkin, sassafras and Irish moss mousse, venison sausage with chestnut and pear stuffing, beach plum vinaigrette over watercress salad, and countless others. The event is open to all. Visit Local Wild Food Challenge for more information.
Martha's Vineyard is perfect for adveture travelers and is truly a foodie's paradise. Come enjoy the bounty of our Island with one — or all! — of these culinary adventures.
And don't forget about Martha's Vineyard Restaurant Week, June 15 - 19! Check us out on Facebook for more details.
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You know that old saying about April Showers… but there’s no reason to let a little rain dampen your good time on the Island! No matter what time of year you visit, no one ever comes to Martha’s Vineyard hoping it will rain. But here’s why it’s actually a blessing in disguise if it does: There are so many great things to do on Martha’s Vineyard when it rains, things you might not otherwise make the time to enjoy! So if you find yourself on our magical Island during rainy weather, check out these fun activities.
Featherstone Center for the Arts: Featherstone is the premier destination for all things art on Martha’s Vineyard. Its campus is both beautiful and large, and offers a robust variety of classes and workshops year round for people of all ages. And don’t miss their great gallery openings!
Old Sculpin Gallery: Over 240 years old, this gallery and studio space is a piece of art in itself. It also offers children’s art classes and educational programs, and is home to Martha’s Vineyard Arts Association.
The Yard: If you still want to be active while it’s raining, stop in for a community dance class at The Yard! Not feeling motivated to move? Check out one of their performances instead. Either way, you’re sure to have a great time.
Beadniks: Looking for something fun and creative? Check out Beadniks, an activity-based bead store that specializes in unique beads and artifacts from around the world. Design jewelry right in the store! You can also take your beads to go.
Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena: Lace up your skates or rent a pair onsite, and take a spin on the ice at MV Arena during their public skating hours throughout the week. Or, sign up to take a lesson.
Take a Swim – Indoors! Both the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard and the Mansion House Inn have indoor pools and offer day passes. You packed that bathing suit for a reason — use it!
These are just some of the many fun things to do on Martha’s Vineyard when it rains. You can also see a movie at one of the numerous Island theaters; visit the local libraries and bookstores; check out the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and the Aquinnah Cultural Center; shop the countless unique stores, or dine at any one of our incredible restaurants. Want help finding the best of everything? Be sure to check out MVY.com for all your planning needs.
So, you see, a little rain might just actually let you discover some of the best the Island has to offer.
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Photo Credit: Michelle Yao
Martha’s Vineyard is known for our amazing farm-and-sea-to-table cuisine. Our Island-fresh and locally grown produce, as well as our fresh catches and pasture-raised meats, make the Vineyard a foodie’s paradise. And while our special Island boasts some of the most gourmet restaurants you’ll ever have the pleasure of dining at, Martha’s Vineyard is also chockfull of culinary delights to enjoy on a budget. But not to worry: these cheaper choices stay true to the Vineyard experience and don’t sacrifice a single ounce of flavor.
La Choza: Literally meaning, “the shack,” La Choza serves up fresh and delicious food fit for a palace. Their burritos and "untraditional burritos" — which are basically burrito bowls (much like traditional taco salads) — are amazing. Orders are to-go from their prime corner location in Vineyard Haven.
Rocco’s Pizza: Eat in or take out scrumptious Italian dinners and pizza offered at prices that are budget and family friendly. Delicious daily specials and traditional entrees are priced to please.
Linda Jean’s: Enjoy a freshly made meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in Oak Bluffs at a restaurant that’s been keeping bellies full since 1976.
The Wharf: Edgartown’s hot spot for friendly service and good food that won’t break the bank. Their sandwiches, burgers, and paninis are especially yummy – and budget friendly.
Scottish Bakehouse: Not only an amazing bakery, the Scottish Bakehouse also serves up some incredible eats to-go. Try their quinoa burger or the ½ roast of chicken – really, anything on the menu – and your belly and your wallet will be happy.
Sharky’s Cantina: With two locations (one in Oak Bluffs and one in Edgartown), it’s easy to eat well on a budget. Their menu boasts “50 items under $10.” Plus, they offer a kids’ menu!
Lookout Tavern: A great spot in Oak Bluffs with a great view – and great prices on their appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches. It’s like the trifecta of budget dining.
The Newes from America: Classic pub food in a warm and inviting atmosphere makes for a fun evening at this Edgartown restaurant that feels anything but cheap.
Coop de Ville (pictured above): Located right on Oak Bluffs Harbor, Coop de Ville serves up delicious, fresh, and totally affordable food – but get there early, because this hot spot fills up fast.
The Black Dog Bakery & Café: If you’re looking for an affordable spot for breakfast or lunch, The Black Dog Bakery and Café on State Road in Vineyard Haven is the place for you. This Island landmark also has incredible house-made desserts!
Net Result: Some of the freshest and cheapest take-out on the Island, Net Result is a must for those looking for quality food at affordable prices. They’re not open for dinner, but here’s a little insider tip: Get there before they close at 6pm and order your dinner to-go early.
Love food as much as we do? Be sure to check out all of the places to eat on Martha's Vineyard by visiting our Dine Here page.
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Martha’s Vineyard is well known for our picture-perfect beaches, quaint towns, historic lighthouses, independent shops, beautiful bike trails, pristine waters, and farm-and-sea-to-table cuisine. But a little lesser known fact is something else that makes the Island so very special: Martha’s Vineyard is incredibly pet friendly! With these 10 great places to stay with your dog, there’s no reason to leave your best friend home when visiting.
These 3 year-round hotels are the perfect options for you and your furry sidekick!
1. Mansion House Inn: Just a quick walk from the ferry in Vineyard Haven, Mansion House Inn is an ideal spot for many reasons. They have rooms specially designed for your dog’s needs, and they’re within walking distance to one of the few year-round, pet friendly beaches on the Island, Owen Park Beach.
2. Hob Knob: This eco-boutique hotel welcomes you and your (small) pet in style. Dogs that weigh 20 pounds or less will have a vacation of their lifetime at the Hob Knob. Located in downtown Edgartown, close to shops, restaurants, entertainment, and the harbor, you’ll likely have the vacation of a lifetime, too.
3. Harbor View Hotel: The award-winning Harbor View Hotel has it all, and lets you share it all with your dog. Dogs are allowed in the lobby, the front porch, the yards – even poolside. The hotel is also conveniently across the street from dog-friendly Lighthouse Beach.
These next hotels are great seasonal options!
4. Winnetu Oceanside Resort: Winnetu offers private homes for rent on their property that are pet-friendly, and what a property it is! A short walk to popular South Beach, the resort also has a Children’s Day Program, tennis club, swimming pools, a fitness facility, and easy (and pet-friendly!) shuttle transportation to and from Edgartown. Be sure to speak to the hotel about your pooch, though, because dogs are not allowed everywhere on the property.
5. Duck Inn: If you’re looking to truly get away from it all, the Duck Inn up-Island in Aquinnah is the place for you and your doggy. One of the Island’s better-kept secrets, the Duck Inn is a 5-bedroom bed and breakfast (freshly made, organic breakfast each morning), with a private beach, ocean views, a hot tub, and fireplace. The Duck Inn is also a great option for those planning a group vacation — you can rent the entire house!
6. Island Inn: Island Inn is nestled between the two popular towns of Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. Its lush green property overlooks the Nantucket Sound, offers an outdoors freshwater pool, and is right next to a golf course. It’s also right along a flat, paved trail – perfect for walking Fiddo – and a short walk away to the beach at Sengekontacket Pond, which is dog friendly!
7. Vineyard Square Hotel: Dubbed “Getaway Central,” Vineyard Square Hotel is located in the heart of Downtown Edgartown and recently underwent some spectacular renovations. They offer private suites with separate entrances for you and your doggy companion. The lovely rooftop veranda boasts stunning views of Edgartown Harbor, and their famous porch is perfect for people watching.
8. Tivoli Inn: If you prefer something quaint and cozy, the Tivoli Inn is for you. Located within walking distance to the many great things Oak Bluffs has to offer – restaurants, beaches, waterfront dinning, the harbor, the tabernacle, public transportation, bike oaths, and the summer ferry – the Tivoli Inn welcomes your pooch as a valued guest. This charming Victorian gingerbread cottage is also part of the African American Heritage Trail!
9. Kathleen’s Kottage: This unique “host home” style bed and breakfast is perfect for those who care more about being out and about and taking advantage of all the Island has to offer – but who still need a comfy place to rest at the end of an active day. The friendly owners are happy to greet you and your dog with a genuine Island welcome.
10. Lambert’s Cove Inn: One of the most romantic retreats on Martha’s Vineyard, Lambert’s Cove Inn is located on 7 spectacular acres in the pastoral town of West Tisbury. It’s especially nice that this inn – named “Best Inn on Martha’s Vineyard” by Boston Magazine – is welcoming of your pet.
Be sure to check out all of the dog-loving businesses on Martha’s Vineyard by visiting our Pet-Friendly Page.
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Did you know that MVY.com is the perfect resource for planning your next – or first! – Vineyard vacation? It’s a one-stop tool that makes planning your trip almost as fun as taking your trip!
1. Find the Perfect Place to Stay. Whether you’re looking for a motel room, a quaint bed and breakfast, a charming inn, a boutique hotel, a cottage, a condo, a campsite, an entire house for your whole family (and pet!), or even a hostel, MVY.com’s Stay Here page makes finding the perfect place to fall asleep each night easy as counting sheep.
2. Taste the Vineyard. The Island’s unique bounty includes fish fresh from the sea, local meats, small-farm dairy, and Island-grown vegetables. Sample the best of the Vineyard at any number of restaurants easily found on our Dine Here page. No matter where you choose, one thing is certain: Come hungry.
3. Have Fun! A vacation isn’t a vacation unless you’re doing what you enjoy. And Martha’s Vineyard has something – in fact, we have a lot of things – perfect for everyone. Water sports, boating, shopping, fishing, biking, hiking, history tours, lighthouse tours, garden tours, all-Island tours, museums, spas, fitness centers, golfing, art fairs, street festivals, live theater – the list is endless! Create your perfect vacation itinerary by visiting our Play Here page and the Calendar of Events.
4. Find a Deal. Taking a vacation to Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t have to break the bank. There are numerous Hot Deals to take advantage of. Check ‘em out and get discounts at some of the best businesses on the Island. If you prefer waiting until the last minute to book your getaway, our Last Minute Lodging page is the place for you – great accommodations at great prices.
5. Use Us. MVY.com is the perfect resource for all of your vacation-planning needs. But its usefulness doesn’t end there. Use the site while you’re on-Island to find businesses you can trust, and rest assured that your vacation will be one to remember.
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Did you know that Martha's Vineyard was just named one of the most romantic
places in America? If you’ve been to the Island, that probably comes as no surprise. But if you haven’t ever been here, Valentine’s weekend is the perfect time to WOW your lover with a romantic getaway that goes beyond anything they’d ever expect — and here are 5 tips for a perfectly romantic Valentine’s celebration on the magical Island of Martha’s Vineyard.
1. Book the perfect room or suite! The Vineyard has an abundance of romantic places to stay, including award-winning hotels, eco-friendly boutique inns, and charming beds and breakfast. Numerous local accommodations are running Valentine Promotions that are sure to make that special person feel oh-so loved. Hob Knob will be welcoming guests with ½ a dozen roses, a split of champagne, and oysters on the half shell. They will also be offering a special Valentine’s menu for their guests. Harbor View Hotel offers a lovers package that includes a room in the main house, champagne, strawberries upon arrival, and next-day brunch. Vineyard Square Hotel greets you with a box of chocolates, a bottle of Prosecco, and a long-stem rose — all while you enjoy a luxury suite at a discounted Valentine’s rate. Guests are also invited to enjoy a Valentine’s specially priced spa service at the on-site Sea Spa Salon. The Mansion House Inn offers romantic rooms with fireplaces and views of Vineyard Sound. Valentine’s guests will enjoy a gift basket and can take advantage of in-house couple’s massage. This is just a sampling of the wonderful places to stay; be sure to check out our Stay Here page to see all options.
2. Wine and dine! Enjoying fabulous wine and a delicious meal is par for the course here on Martha’s Vineyard. In fact, it’s one of the things we do best. From our endless choices of local farm-to-table (and ocean-to-table!) restaurant offerings, you’re sure to enjoy a meal made with pride by an Island chef. Some of our romantic suggestions include Water Street at Harbor View Hotel, Le Grenier, The Grill on Main,
Lucky Hank’s, MV Chowder Company, and The Newes. Be sure to check out our Dine Here page to see all options.
3. Bouquets of love! Is Valentine’s Day ever really complete without flowers? Whether your Valentine prefers long-stem red roses or something more unique, Vineyard florists have a robust selection sure to please. Year-round flower shops that offer beautiful varieties include MV Florist and Gifts and Morrice Florist — and delightfully fresh bouquets can also be purchased at Cronig’s Market.
4. Sweets for your Sweetie! Skip the store-bought box of chocolates and say I love you with Island made-by-hand chocolates and truffles. A craft in itself, Vineyard chocolate makers have received national attention and awards for their delectable treats. Wow your Valentine with specialty made chocolates and truffles from New Moon Magick - Enchanted Chocolates, Vineyard Sweets MV , and Not Your Sugar Mamas.
5. Add a little sparkle! Make this Valentine’s Day dazzle with special one-of-a-kind jewelry from an independent Island jeweler. Find beautiful, Vineyard-designed and created necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and so much more at CB Stark Jewelers, Claudia’s, Moonstone Jewelers, Sioux Eagles Designs, and Alex and Ani.
Come discover one of the most romantic places in the country! See you on the Vineyard!
The vineyard is a magical place. Anyone who's ever been here knows that. And while some might think that a drop in temperatures means a drop in action, that's simply not true. There are so many great things to do on the island in the winter — and certain things you can only do on martha's vineyard in the winter.
january kicks off the year with the mvy radio big chili contest, now in its 28th year. Take the chill out of winter with the hottest of the hot, or warm up with a milder chili — there’s something for all taste buds. And getting here is simple! JUMP On the ferry and then hop on a free bus that takes you right to the event in oak bluffs. The day heats up with live musical performances and a full bar, so why not stay the night? Visit our calendar page for more details, and our stay here page to find the perfect overnight accommodations.
this february, hit the ground running at the 17th annual martha’s vineyard 20 miler road race. The race has been named one of the top 100 races by new england runner magazine, and the course covers some of the most beautiful terrain on the island. Starting at vineyard haven harbor, passing by the gingerbread cottages in oak bluffs, winding along the beach barrier between nantucket sound and a 700-acre pond, crossing over island farmland, and trekking through the state forrest, it’s like running and site seeing all at the same time! Join over 500 registered runners of all levels, or stake your spot along the route to cheer them on. Book your hotel reservations early by visiting our stay here page, and find the perfect place for an after-run meal at our dine here page.
The winter winds down but the silver screen blows up with the martha's vineyard film festival in march. Kicking off its 14th year, the film festival draws thousands of movie lovers, buffs, and critics alike — all viewing some of the best independent films of our time. Movie goers from around the globe come to enjoy this fun winter event, which gets the island buzzing with creative energy. It’s a great time to visit martha’s vineyard in the winter, but book your stay early and make your dinner reservations soon — because the island will be hopping that weekend! Visit our get here page, our stay here page, and our dine here page to best plan your trip.
Come on over, and see why we say the island’s “off season” is actually on.
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Martha’s Vineyard is a special place anytime of the year, including the Winter — the season that allows you to fall in love with the Island “without her makeup on,” and to grow a true appreciation for all she has to offer.The community of Martha’s Vineyard is rich in arts, culture, and history, and that carries on throughout the year. On any given Winter day, there are art classes to take, independent movies to see, theater productions to enjoy, live music to hear, and museums and galleries to stroll. Check out our Calendar, Museum, and Arts, Culture, and Entertainment pages for more info.
The natural beauty of the Island is far from stark in the Winter. In fact, Winter is a great time to really see the land of Martha’s Vineyard. With seemingly endless hiking trails that meander through fields, woods, marshlands, and along ponds, bluffs, and beaches, hiking on the Island is popular in the Winter — as is snowshoeing and cross-country skiing when snow falls. Visit our Hiking page for more info.
You can also enjoy other great outdoorsy activities in the Winter here. Take a tour at one of the working year-round farms on the Island; join a group for bird watching (there are over 120 species here in the Winter!); take a country drive down Island roads; or catch a magnificent Winter sunset over the water. Throw on an extra layer, and you’re all set — the Island is generally 8 – 12 degrees warmer than Boston! Visit our Calendar, Birding, and Farm pages for more information.
Prefer to stay inside? We’ve got you covered. Pamper yourself with a luxurious massage, facial, or specialty service from one of the beloved Island spas. Enjoy a hot toddy at a warm Island bar. Cozy on up to a fireplace at numerous Island hotels and inns. Treat yourself to a locally produced meal at a delicious Island restaurant. Check out our Spa, Dine Here, and Stay Here pages for more information.
Have you been to Martha’s Vineyard during the Winter? What’s your favorite thing to do? I made a snowperson on the beach last weekend, pictured above.
Grab your coat, and we’ll see you in the Vineyard!
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