As we all know, the holidays are going to look differently this year, but that doesn't mean they can’t be just as delicious as always. Whether you are on Martha’s Vineyard or wherever you call home this holiday season, we wanted to share with you some delicious recipes that will bring you closer to the Island, while at the same time showcasing a few locals creating delicious content on their sites.
Martha’s Vineyard is a special place for so many people, and for those that can’t be on Island for the holidays, this list of recipes will be perfect to bring some of the Island onto your table and menu this holiday season.
Spiced Pear Bourbon
This is the perfect holiday cocktail for those looking for something that involves spices and pears, two of the season’s most delicious ingredients. Local blogger MVY Living brings this cocktail to life in her latest blog post.
Drunken Clams and Sausage
Imagine a big bowl of these Drunken Clams and Sausage as an appetizer for your holiday meal, wouldn’t that be delightful? Head to a local seafood market and pick up the fresh clams, and then make sure to secure some incredible Island sausage, which you can find at farms like Grey Barn and Morning Glory Farm.
Sumac, Paprika, and Garlic Sea Salt Brined Turkey and Gravy
Bring an actual taste of Martha’s Vineyard into your homes this holiday season by cooking with Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt. This recipe brines and roasts a turkey, but you can use the same technique to make a lovely roast chicken with the same flavors and results.
Twice Baked Boursin Potatoes
Every holiday table needs potatoes, and local food blogger and chef Marnely brings us this simple recipe for potatoes that are cheesy and delicious. Use whatever creamy cheese you have available locally, and find potatoes popping up at most farmer’s markets and farm stands.
Maple Roasted Delicata Squash
Such a seasonal ingredient, you can recreate this recipe at home with deliciously local New England maple syrup and local squash.
The holidays are all about treating ourselves and our loved ones, and nothing is more delicious than a simple and rich chocolate cake. This recipe from local cookbook author Sarah Waldman, is just the thing you need to get through the holidays. Need a local chocolate to use in this recipe? Try Not Your Sugar Mamas!
Have you ever considered a visit to Martha’s Vineyard for the holidays? Or even a staycation in another home if you’re already here? We know the holidays are going to look a lot different this year but they can still be extra special, and nowhere more so than Martha’s Vineyard. We love the idea of cozying up in a Vineyard vacation rental home, bundling up for a winter walk along the beach, and sipping hot chocolate in an up-Island retreat with no one in sight. Or strolling along North Water Street in Edgartown enjoying all the stately captain's homes potentially blanketed under some winter snow? (This place is gorgeous in the summer but you should see how picturesque it is with a dusting of that pretty white stuff sprinkled on top!)
Now’s the time to enjoy the peace and serenity that this season on Martha’s Vineyard allows. For the locals it’s our favorite time of year, a quieter pace, but as beautiful as ever. And now with COVID, we are most appreciative of the vast open space and reduced crowds, which our fall and winter visitors are grateful for too. If you’re looking to retreat to an island hideaway this holiday, here are some lovely homes available for you and your closest family or friends to enjoy, whether you’re coming to stay or just want a change of scenery on-Island.
Traveling to Martha’s Vineyard? Be sure to read the latest COVID safety guidelines here.
Winter Waterfront Oasis on Sengekontacket Pond
If you want: Open space, seclusion and water views
This charming Edgartown home is situated in an idyllic private wooded setting on Sengekontacket Pond, one of the largest salt-water ponds on Martha's Vineyard. The deck looks out over Major's Cove to Felix Neck Sanctuary across the water and Nantucket Sound a mile away.
Stay warm beside the working fireplace and enjoy the cathedral ceilings in the living, the dining room, and the kitchen. The home is fully furnished with four bedrooms, three of which have water views. The home sits in an association noted for its quiet, safety, and charm.
Stately Captain Spring House by Vineyard Haven Harbor
If you want: Accessibility, entertainment and en-suites for all.
With sweeping views of Vineyard Haven Harbor, this recently built in-town luxury home combines commanding water views with a sophisticated and stylish living space. The main floor of Captain Spring House features an open Great Room designed for entertaining, with living and dining areas, plus a large Gourmet Kitchen that would make Christmas dinner easier than ever!
All four of the bedrooms feature full marble baths with tub and shower, and flat screen TVs, perfect for a small group of friends to stay together while also having privacy. The views get even better on the third floor Penthouse Lounge boasting two large mahogany sun decks, both of which face the harbor.
Then there is the Home Theater and a Pool Room Lounge complete with a tournament pool table. Talk about location! The Captain Spring House sits quietly on a side street, just a block from downtown Vineyard Haven, walking distance to the Steamship Authority Ferry, and local restaurants, and retail shops.
Luxurious South Beach Getaway
If you want: A ton of shared gathering and entertaining space.
This modern farmhouse near South Beach has been luxuriously renovated throughout the Main House, connected Carriage House, and outdoor spaces. The first floor features a hub of interconnected living and entertaining areas, making it the perfect gathering spot for those closest to you.
The chef’s kitchen boasts stainless appliances, granite counters, dining area, and two prep counter/breakfast bars for the enjoyable meals together. The kitchen also opens into the lounge area for easy entertaining, complete with a wine refrigerator and a beverage refrigerator, plus additional seating. With 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths there’s ample room for everyone!
Coastal Contemporary in the Heart of Edgartown Village
If you want: All that Edgartown has to offer, including grand views.
Tucked away in Edgartown Village, this contemporary coastal-style home sits atop a knoll that enjoys water views across Edgartown Harbor. The property includes a four bedroom Main House and a separate one bedroom Guest House suite.
The Main House is bright and open, with many areas for relaxing and entertaining, including living room, sun room, open chef’s kitchen and sitting area, media room, and the third story nautically-inspired crow’s nest with grand views across Edgartown Harbor. The cottage-style Guest House has its own full bath for additional privacy.
Captain’s Cottages at the Harbor View Hotel
If you want: A short walk to the Edgartown Lighthouse & all the amenities of a hotel.
Sprinkled along a lovely walkway at the Harbor View Hotel, the Captain’s Cottages exude an individual charm fit for a fairy tale. Inside, they display the finest of luxe comfort and amenities. Glossy white, fresh wicker, nautical stripes and upscale furnishings accent a classic New England ambience.
Varying floor plans offer many options ranging from one to three bedrooms with kitchenettes. There are eight cottages with 28 cottage units. All prize personal privacy with access to all of the resort’s services.
Farm House at Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center
If you want: A tranquil, rural setting amid a stunning horse farm up-Island.
In the middle of an active horse farm, this elegant and gracious 5000 Sq. Ft home is perfect for a large gathering of family and friends. Misty Meadows Farm sits on 5.5 acres of stunning surroundings including a Gunite pool, extensive gardens, enclosed courtyard with a patio, lawn and deck. This property abuts 20 acres of protected Sheriffs Meadow Property, including Nat's Farm, expanse of field, meadow, oak woods and pasture. The interior of the house is extremely well appointed and comfortable, including an updated Chef's Kitchen, and all the amenities needed to enjoy a rustic retreat for your Martha's Vineyard holiday stay. Interested parties can email Flanders Real Estate at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-645-2632.
Spacious and sunny showstopper in Katama
If you want: Fun-filled family meals and ample entertaining space
Surrounded by sliding glass doors and large windows, this light filled house sets the tone for a relaxing Vineyard vacation. The large family room with soaring ceilings is the anchor for this open floor plan with kitchen and dining area setting the mood for fun-filled family meals and entertaining. The decor is crisp and modern with a nod towards our nautical surroundings.
This 4 bedroom, 2 and half bath home sleeps 10. It boasts a modern décor, a master bedroom on the first floor, and all the amenities you would need for a vacation on the island, in any season.
In-town luxury in the heart of Edgartown Village
If you want: Walking distance to downtown Edgartown for holiday shopping and strolling
This house offers four luxurious bedrooms, plenty of bathrooms, two dens and a media room. The first floor features a chefs kitchen with easy access to the dining room that leads to the sitting room and porch with views of the backyard and pool. The first floor master is en suite with access to the back porch. Second floor master is also en suite. The remaining two bedrooms with hall bathroom are on the second floor.
Den/office with powder room provides an addition space for guests. In-season pool and hot tub are in the backyard with a private cabana with wet bar, refrigerator and bathroom. This house is just blocks from main street, bike path and all the wonderful shops and restaurants that Edgartown Village has to offer.
We may not be able to enjoy large family gatherings for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah this year, but these celebrations can still be made special by joining those closest to you during a winter stay on Martha’s Vineyard.
While many visitors frequent the Island in the summer, the fall and winter are especially enjoyable. The slower tempo and reduced crowds are even more attractive in these days of social distancing, and you may want to consider an Island retreat for the holidays. Plus hotel rates and great deals can be had!
If you’re thinking about safe travel here be sure to check out the latest COVID-19 guidelines and browse our list of open and available hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts that are committed to providing you with a clean, safe and enjoyable stay this holiday season on Martha’s Vineyard.
The Nobnocket Boutique Inn - This charming Vineyard Haven inn is located just a short walk from the Steamship Authority ferry terminal and was recently awarded a prestigious Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence, and for good reason! Enjoy a relaxing stay at this well- appointed property for three nights over Thanksgiving for just $575 per person including tax. This Holiday offer includes gourmet breakfast every morning, welcome glass of champagne, a Thanksgiving meal from one of our local fine dining restaurants and more!
The Charlotte Inn - Discover the old-world ambiance of The Charlotte Inn, where tranquility and gracious hospitality meet Edwardian elegance. Tucked away on quiet South Summer Street in Edgartown Village, it is exquisitely appointed with fine art, English antiques, lavish linens, and fresh flowers, offering a romantic reflection of a bygone era for those craving a uniquely luxurious experience. The Charlotte Inn is also home to The Terrace, its on-site restaurant, which celebrates classic French fine dining, and is offering a classic four course Thanksgiving meal
The Christopher Hotel - From now through the end of November, the Christopher Hotel, a breezy boutique Edgartown Hotel, is offering an all-inclusive November Fall ‘n Fun Package. This special allows you to explore the Island in style with a Jeep rental for your entire stay and also includes an in-room Grey Barn Farm cheese-tasting amenity, a Morning Glory Farm lunch picnic, a tasting flight at Bad Martha's Brewery, local chowder and handcrafted beverage coasters from Chilmark Pottery to take home.
The Edgar Hotel - An ideal spot if you’re looking to stay in an affordable hotel in Edgartown. Newly renovated and with an on-site restaurant, Town Bar & Grill. Walkable to downtown Edgartown and right next to Stop & Shop grocery store for all your holiday cravings. The hotel also boasts a two-bedroom luxury suite with a full kitchen for delicious holiday meals in the safety and comfort of your own space.
Harbor View Hotel - Oozing in luxury and history, the iconic Harbor View Hotel has won the hearts of Vineyard visitors for over 100 years. The hotel offers dreamy spaces and well-appointed guest rooms, as well as private Captain’s Cottages, stand-alone, fully-equipped and elegant Victorian homes; and the Presidential Skyhouse Wing for those that want one of the most exclusive experiences on the entire Island. Make your stay extra delicious at Bettini, the hotel’s on-site restaurant where you can enjoy several holiday specials and savings between now and the end of the year.
Hob Knob Luxury Boutique Hotel - If you’re visiting for Christmas in Edgartown, December 10-13, consider a stay at the Hob Knob Hotel, an elegant, charming property in a classic Gothic Revival inn, just steps from Edgartown Village and the iconic Edgartown Lighthouse. Hob Knob’s impeccable hospitality, modern amenities, charming décor, and convenient location allow guests to experience firsthand the leisurely seaside lifestyle that attracts people from all over the world to Martha’s Vineyard.
Mansion House - A short walk from the Steamship Authority ferry terminal sits the Mansion House hotel on Main Street, Vineyard Haven. Enjoy expansive water views from the rooftop cupola (you can get a sneak peek on their webcam here), on-site dining at Copper Wok, a pan-Asian eatery and sushi bar. Guest rooms offer soaking tubs, flat-screen TVs, fireplaces and balconies with views of Vineyard Sound, in addition to several pet friendly rooms. Do all of your holiday shopping right outside the door!
Check out this list of all available lodging options, as well as local last minute specials here.
Fall and winter are seasons when we want to feed ourselves and our loved ones rich, nourishing, and comforting foods. Whether it’s a casual pizza and beer in an outdoor beer garden or a takeout meal from one of our local Island restaurants, these delicious foodie experiences and offerings will make you happy while staying safe.
Bad Martha’s Beer Garden
Bad Martha in Edgartown is open this fall Thursdays 12 noon to 9pm and Friday, Saturday, and Sundays 11am until 9pm. They have plenty of outdoor space in their beer garden and serve delicious cheese and charcuterie plates, as well as pizzas that you can order for eating in or taking home. Pair that with delicious and locally brewed beer, and you’ve got yourself a delightful time.
Chilmark Tavern Takeout
An Island favorite, Chilmark Tavern has been doing takeout for a bit now and they are a delicious option on those days you don’t want to cook at home. They also just recently started offering a down Island delivery service for which they will meet you at the airport, to save you on the drive up Island!
Craving tacos? Dilly’s is currently open for take-out and indoor dining Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30am to 9pm, offering $3 Street Tacos Tuesday-Friday 4-7pm: Chicken or Pork Street Style with Cilantro & Onion garnished with a lime (dine-in only). With its "Build It Yourself" style menu, Dilly’s is also a great spot to pick up tacos to enjoy at home. You can't go wrong choosing one of their five protein options prepared with their own house-made marinades, or if you'd prefer, their freshly roasted vegetables. From there, they offer countless toppings to ensure the flavor profile or spice level is exactly how you want it!
Eat with Austin & Maura
New and noteworthy is this venture by two local food entrepreneurs and chefs, Austin and Maura. They will be cooking takeout meals from the PA Club in Oak Bluffs, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4pm-8pm. You can view the weekly menu on their Instagram page. Supporting these local initiatives is a great way to be a part of the community, while staying safe and getting takeout!
These naturally fermented bagels are handmade on Martha’s Vineyard with toppings sourced from local farmers and fishermen. Follow them on instagram @fantzyebagels for news on their next sales.
Great Harbor Market
Great Harbor Market in Edgartown offers fresh salads, hot and cold sandwiches and amazing Brazilian specialties all year long. Located inside the Mobil Gas Station in Edgartown, it has a great variety of takeout meals. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or just some snacks, this market is creating freshly made meals on a daily basis. Make sure to try their breads and baked goods - such a tasty delight!
Juice by the Sea
Nourish your body with raw artisan juices and an extensive plant-based menu crafted from locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Featuring a full gluten-free and vegan menu, organic coffee and espresso bar, pastry case filled with decadent desserts, and an array of juices and wellness tonics. Juice by the Sea is a woman-owned business that nurtures our bodies from the inside.
You can order breakfast and lunch in person as well as phoning it in Monday through Saturday, 8am-2pm. Their seasonally made items are always a delight; please make sure to read their updates on how things are working regarding COVID.
The Pawnee House
Oak Bluffs is quite the place to eat and drink, and this new venture is called the Pawnee House, where 30% of the menu is plant based, but their main focus is comfort food. It’s a cozy place, with open windows and a menu that has something for everyone. They offer brunch on the weekends and do great takeout meals as well.
Please remember it is mandatory to wear a mask when outside of your home in Massachusetts. You are allowed to remove your mask when sitting at a table dining in a restaurant. For the most up to date information, please check: https://www.mvy.com/covid19.html
You don’t need to be on Martha’s Vineyard to give the gift of the Island! Several of your favorite Island retailers have their goods available online for a virtual and contactless shopping experience, and we know they would love your support. We’re asking everyone who loves Martha’s Vineyard to put their money where their heart is this holiday.
Just because you might not get to shop on-Island doesn’t mean you can’t shop with the Island in mind. From iconic Vineyard jewelry to eclectic home furnishings and even gift cards for future use, let Martha’s Vineyard business owners know you’re thinking of them whether you’re near or far.
Here are just some of our favorite Island retail stores where you can purchase online:
Soft as a Grape: Who doesn’t love a super soft and cozy Vineyard sweatshirt? Especially these days when our go-to wardrobe staples are more casual than ever. Choose from iconic t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants from Soft as a Grape, plus check out their new face mask designs too.
The Green Room: This beloved clothing and hard-goods shop on Main Street, Vineyard Haven has some of the highest quality threads on-Island, selling big name brands like Patagonia, Yeti, Free People and more. It’s a fabulously curated store and their online shop is just as impressive, capturing the essence of Island style, comfort and durability.
CB Stark Jewelers: From hip and casual to upscale and elegant, CB Stark Jewelers is renowned on Martha's Vineyard and beyond. Check out their iconic Island inspired charms, featuring uniquely Vineyard charms like a Mocha Mott’s Coffee Cup, town signs, the Ocean Park Gazebo, Edgartown Lighthouse and more.
Stefanie Wolf Designs: This Edgartown based jewelry studio is adored for its vibrant, elegant designs and distinctive colorful glass beads, culled from the owner’s travels across the globe. The studio is open to visitors year-round, and the webstore is too, with a robust inventory of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, accessories and more.
Eats & Sweets
Enchanted Chocolates: This Oak Bluffs chocolate shop produces some pretty magical confections that we just can’t get enough of. Try their aptly named “Stoner Food” dark chocolate and caramel covered pretzel rods topped with their famous "Almond Butter Crunch" crumbles and Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt. Their treats are sure to make your holidays extra sweet and this season's smaller gatherings, you’ll have more to yourself too!
Chilmark Coffee: Coffee lovers rejoice! You don’t need to be in Chilmark to score Chilmark Coffee. Local coffee guru Todd Christy brought his signature blends online for all to enjoy, no matter where you are sipping on it. Choose from favorites like the light roast Ethiopia blend or the dark roast Squibnocket Rocket. 2020 has been full of countless uncertainties but one thing’s for sure, this coffee is incredible and should be shared far and wide!
Housewares & Home Goods
Coastal Supply Company: Formally Refabulous Decor, this Island gem is situated on Union Street in Vineyard Haven just steps from the Steamship Authority terminal. If you’ve never visited you’re missing out, but thanks to their well thought out webstore you can score their coastal decor, local art and jewelry 24/7.
Rainy Day: We could actually spend all day in this store (rain or shine), but in today’s times we’re happy to be able to sit home and scroll the thoughtful selections of this Island gem. From accessories to bath and body products, books and puzzles, to greeting cards and candles galore there is something for everyone on your list at Rainy Day.
A Little Bit of Everything
Martha’s Vineyard Made: Martha’s Vineyard is known for its talented artists and now you can shop from several of the Island’s most talented makers all in one place! Just launched, Martha’s Vineyard Made offers an assortment of locally made, Island inspired gifts, and one seamless checkout experience. Choose from individual products or specially curated sets and gift boxes and hit all the notes while supporting local Vineyard artists this holiday.
Chicken Alley Thrift Shop: If you’ve ever visited the go-to thrift store on-Island there’s no way you left empty handed, and now that Chicken Alley has gone online late night shopping binges have never been more dangerous. Browse funky vintage Island finds, artwork, jewelry, and trinkets galore, all while benefiting Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.
Everybody Loves Gift Certificates!
Seriously everyone. Plus a gift certificate gives the recipient something to look forward to and we could all use more of that excitement in 2020. Not to mention a gift card purchase is a boost to the vendor you’re buying from and our local businesses will appreciate it.
The Martha’s Vineyard Bank makes it easy to support multiple businesses at once through their new LIFT certificate program. LIFT is an online store featuring discounted gift certificates from several Martha’s Vineyard based businesses, making it a one-stop shop for those who love Martha’s Vineyard and want to shop where their heart is.
LIFT features discounted gift certificates from local lodging, restaurants, artists and retailers. Shoppers have access to exclusive discounts not offered elsewhere. The site is powered by Martha’s Vineyard Bank—at no cost to merchants and has generated over $460,000 in merchant revenue to date since launching earlier this year.
If we didn’t mention your favorite Island retailer be sure to look them up, contact them and see how you can make a purchase there this holiday, even if it means picking up the phone and getting a FaceTime tour of the store. Our small businesses will thank you.
Thanksgiving might not be as big and boisterous this year, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be delicious. Whether you’re choosing to safely visit Martha’s Vineyard for the holiday or you call the Island home, we can assume you’ll appreciate comfort food more than ever this year - we know we will!
In anticipation of the holiday we’ve rounded up some of the most mouthwatering Thanksgiving offerings on Martha’s Vineyard that we could find. From dine-in, to take-out, from where to get a whole bird to everything but … and of course desserts too. Check out these delectable dining options and be guaranteed a flavorful Thanksgiving on Martha’s Vineyard.
The Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven offers one of the more casual in-person dining options, and the most affordable. Enjoy all the fixins' of a homemade Thanksgiving dinner while taking in the picturesque Vineyard Haven harbor from the cozy Tavern. The Black Dog's traditional three course Thanksgiving dinner boasts savory selections like Ginger Pumpkin Bisque and Candied Yams, plus bakery-made pie, of course! Seatings are at 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm, $46/person ($20 for kids 12 and under). Take-out meals are also available and orders must be placed before November 24th. Call 508-693-9223 for reservations or to place an order.
Bettini at the Harborview Hotel is offering a delicious four course Thanksgiving Dinner and welcomes Thanksgiving to-go orders from anyone local or staying on Martha’s Vineyard during the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy savory, herb-roasted turkey, served with all the traditional sides: creamy mashed potatoes, sausage and roasted apple stuffing, crispy Brussels sprouts and sweet potato gratin to name a few. Finish with homemade pie of course, all while savoring the taste of home with a breathtaking view of Edgartown Harbor and Lighthouse.
Seatings available from 11am – 5:30pm; $115 per adult ($35 for children 12 and under). Take-out is available with the bird and all the fixings or with everything but the bird. Call 508-627-3761 or email Bettini@harborviewhotel.com. Make Thanksgiving weekend even more special by exploring historic Edgartown by horse and buggy with their horse-drawn carriage rides!
Dining at the Terrace at the Charlotte Inn is like stepping back in time, and what could be a better way to pay homage to our ancestors this Thanksgiving than by enjoying a traditional gourmet Thanksgiving dinner at this historic Edgartown gem. The Terrace will be offering a classic four course meal with the option of a roasted Misty Knoll Farm turkey breast & braised leg, mashed potatoes, sage stuffing, sweet potato, caramelized Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce and gravy. If you’re looking for a less traditional option, they’re offering Citrus Cured Baked Faroe Island Salmon or a Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs and of course, pie. They’re now taking reservations from 3-7pm by calling 508-627-6227.
This year’s Thanksgiving take-out menus on Martha’s Vineyard are plentiful and oh so impressive. Our local restaurants are really stepping up to make sure Thanksgiving 2020 is still extra special at home despite this year’s restrictions. Here are some menu highlights and offerings that are making us extra hungry:
Black Sheep Mercantile: Brie in Puff Pastry with Cranberry Chutney and Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon & Shallots.
Offerings: a selection of breads, sides, apps, turkey, chicken, dessert.
Chilmark Tavern: Vegan Mashed Parsnip and Celery Root and Roasted Squash Soup with Pepitas and Crispy Sage.
Offerings: salads, soups, sides, turkey, ham, accompaniments, dessert.
Juice by the Sea Vegan Cafe: Kale & Spinach with Cranberry, Orange and Pistachio, and Raw Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Turtle Topping.
Offerings: appetizers, mains, desserts, all vegan, gluten-free and made with no refined sugar.
Katama General Store: Creamed Local Kale with Nutmeg and Local Shiitake & Fennel Sausage Stuffing.
Offerings: baked goods, sides, appetizers, turkey, dessert.
Life at Humphrey’s: Apple Galette and Roasted Butternut Squash.
Offerings: sides, turkey, sweets.
Little House Cafe: Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Carrots.
Offerings: everything but the turkey.
Morning Glory Farm: Farm Roasted Rainbow Beets and Cranberry Apple Sage Stuffing.
Offerings: uncooked turkey, soup, sides, quiche, pies, breads, cheese platters, centerpieces.
Salvatore’s Ristorante Italiano: Four Cheese Tortellini con Pesto and Pappardelle Filetto di Manzo.
Offerings: family-style appetizers, pasta specials, wine and dessert.
Scottish Bakehouse: Linguica, Apple & Corn Stuffing and Cheddar and Scallion Biscuits.
Offerings: soup, salads, sides, turkey, breads.
Sweet Bites: Brazilian Chicken Croquettes and Brown Sugar Glazed Baby Carrots.
Offerings: appetizers, side dishes, turkey, dessert.
*Be sure to call the restaurant directly in advance to place your order! Pre-order dates and pick up times vary.
If you’re up for cooking at home but want to secure a farm fresh turkey check out:
Let’s be honest we’re all in it for the dessert, right? Nothing completes Thanksgiving dinner quite like an expertly prepared pie and Orange Peel Bakery in Aquinnah, Morning Glory Farm in Edgartown, and Pie Chicks in Vineyard Haven have you covered. If it’s fudge your craving Murdick’s Fudge in Edgartown will be open November 23rd to November 30th, plus it makes great holiday gifts! Donut lovers can rejoice in knowing that while the Back Door Donuts bakery has closed for the season they are still accepting holiday pre-orders for their beloved apple fritters, donuts and cakes for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Visit Martha’s Vineyard. We hope you enjoy a safe holiday with those closest to you. We’re extra thankful for you this year!
The word “ART” encompasses so many types of activities and creativity - from art displayed in galleries, to glass-blowing, jewelry making, pottery, screen printing, photography, metalwork, and behind-the-scenes looks at artist studios, the list goes on and on. Throw culinary and literary arts into the mix, and you have a week’s worth of events and places to discover. Have you booked your fall stay yet?
While Martha's Vineyard is home to a vibrant year-round arts community, fall is a particularly special time to embrace the arts and culture that abound. As the weather cools, crowds lessen and inspiration thrives. If you're used to visiting the island in the summer and soaking up sun on our island beaches we challenge you to rethink your Vineyard visit and come see us during the autumn when you’ll discover all that our local artists and arts organizations have to offer, despite COVID.
Come and Fall for the Arts on Martha's Vineyard!
From outdoor concerts to book signings, free yoga classes, fundraisers and lectures, there is lots going on this fall on Martha’s Vineyard! Check out our arts calendar that is updated weekly for events and new and exciting things to do. There are hundreds of talented artists and makers on Martha’s Vineyard who would love your support! Click here to browse a directory of island artists and local art organizations to see all they have to offer.
If you're on Martha's Vineyard, or able to get here and are comfortable exploring in-person, we've mapped out those galleries, showrooms, theaters and venues that would be happy to have you.
If you’re not on island, there are still many virtual events and sites to visit. Check out the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Youtube Channel. The Martha's Vineyard Museum inspires all people to discover, explore, and strengthen their connections to this island and its diverse heritage, all from the comfort of your computer!
Galleries such as The Granary, North Water Gallery, and The Field Gallery, all have 3D Virtual Gallery Tours on their websites and bring a full gallery experience to you. Explore new works, shop for gifts, or just be inspired in the comfort of your home. Another fun activity you can do from your home kitchen is enter the Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt Recipe Contest! Details can be found here.
Though the weather has cooled, the island remains a gorgeous and vibrant destination where the slower pace lets you to savor the many things to do, eat, drink, and explore! Add to that the many local artists and businesses to support this fall, a trip to Martha’s Vineyard should certainly top your bucket list for the season!
We know it can be difficult to plan meals on vacation when you have dietary restrictions, especially when you’re gluten free. There is nothing worse than missing out on delicious food experiences because of a food intolerance! Thankfully, there are many restaurants that can accommodate gluten free diners here on Martha’s Vineyard.
Whether you’re looking for a quick snack, take-out, baked goods or a fantastic sit-down dinner, we have the perfect spots in mind with incredible gluten free offerings. Here are our favorites!
The Covington in Edgartown
The Covington is THE place to eat if you have a gluten dietary restriction. Located on Main Street, this restaurant is in the heart of town. But with a patio and pergola area, outdoor diners are immersed in a beautiful garden that separates customers from the bustling Main Street.
Local vegetables are found in many of The Covington’s plates. Almost all of their offerings can be made gluten free - the menu delineates every ingredient and common allergens to assure diners can safely enjoy their meals. Be sure to try any of their pasta dishes, or if you’re into seafood, order the halibut. Finish off the night with their decadent flourless chocolate cake. We promise, you will not be disappointed.
l’etoile in Edgartown
l’etoile is another great restaurant in Edgartown that has some incredible gluten free offerings. Situated off North Water Street, the restaurant accommodates outdoor diners in a beautiful tented space, decorated with lights that truly make you feel like you’re eating under the stars.
The menu designates all gluten free plates with a “gf” symbol. Among these options are a warm baby spinach salad, char-grilled Spanish octopus, vegetable gazpacho, pan-roasted duck breast, grilled Australian lamb rack chops and a 13-oz. ribeye steak. There is definitely something for everyone!
The Dunes Restaurant at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Edgartown
Seaside dining with gluten free options? Count us in. Head over to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort for the best of both worlds at The Dunes. Start dinner with a bowl of clam chowder or the Cobb Salad, and the Thai salmon or grilled swordfish are musts! And after you enjoy your gluten free meal, be sure to head down to South Beach for an evening stroll to take in the beauty of the Island shore!
Garde East in Vineyard Haven
Looking for a fine dining experience with plenty of gluten free options in Vineyard Haven? Look no further than Garde East. Inspired by French cuisine, the restaurant works with local fishermen, farmers and artisans to offer tasting menus with six courses (that’s right, six!). This is a true Martha’s Vineyard experience for diners– all while enjoying an unbelievable porch with rare views of Vineyard Haven harbor.
Dilly’s Taqueria in Oak Bluffs
Craving a fantastic Mexican dinner? Check out Dilly’s Taqueria located on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs. When ordering, there are two gluten free bases to choose from: white corn tortilla tacos or a rice bowl. These can then be filled with egg, roasted veggies, pollo asada (chicken), pulled pork, carne asada (steak) or blackened mahi mahi. There are plenty of additional toppings to pile on as well!
Nomans in Oak Bluffs
Nomans has quickly become one of the most popular summer hang-out spots this season. And even better, they offer plenty of gluten free options on their menu! Our favorites have been the acai bowl, green goddess salad, poke bowl, chicken tenders and fries. Go for the food, stay for the laid-back vibe and be sure to try out any of their signature cocktails made with Nomans-made rum. We promise you will have a great time!
Chilmark General Store in Chilmark
Looking for the best gluten free pizza on the Island? Well, while this topic is highly debated across the Island, we can definitely say that the Chilmark General Store’s gluten free cauliflower pizza is towards the top of the list. The 10-inch crust is an option for any existing pizza on the menu or you can create your own with countless toppings to choose from. Enjoy your pizza on the famed front porch or take it to go and check out some of the most beautiful up-island beaches.
Pie Chicks in Vineyard Haven
Pie Chick’s motto is “If you can tell it’s gluten free we won’t sell it.” This makes them the perfect place to pick up gluten free desserts – and they’ll taste just like an original pie! Pie Chick’s pies are made with an oat crumble topping and all the classic flavors: apple, blueberry, cherry, strawberry rhubarb, triple berry, and peach. Be sure to check out their website to see the flavor of the day! Gluten free cookies, granola and scones are also available to order.
Back Door Donuts in Oak Bluffs
This is a late-night experience you don’t want to miss! Back Door Donuts’ famous purple back door is located in a discreet supermarket parking lot. During the day, you would never guess that at night the lot is lined up with people craving a late-night treat. For gluten free options, be sure to call ahead to ask what flavors are offered. Typically, they will have Boston cream, chocolate frosted or powdered donuts available for gluten free customers.
More comfortable staying in? Many of our private chefs can customize a gluten free meal for you in the privacy of your own home.
Who’s to say your dog can’t enjoy dining out on Martha’s Vineyard with you? The Island is extremely dog friendly and you don’t have to leave your furry friend at home. You can bring them on the ferry and many hotels allow for dogs too. When it comes to dining with dogs, there are several outdoor eateries on the Island that will allow your (leashed and well behaved) pooch to join you for a meal!
As the result of restaurants all over the Island adopting social distancing guidelines, additional outdoor seating for you and Fido has become available - even at restaurants where dogs weren’t allowed prior to this season! Here’s where to enjoy outdoor dining with dogs on Martha’s Vineyard.
Waterside Market in Vineyard Haven
Located on Main Street, Waterside Market is the go-to spot for breakfast and lunch. The market allows customers to sit with their dogs outside on its beautiful patio, so you and your fluffy friend can take in views of the charming town of Vineyard Haven together!
The Net Result in Vineyard Haven
Looking for some incredible seafood in Vineyard Haven? The Net Result is the place. With all the seafood you can imagine (sushi too!) plus classic take-out options, this establishment has been deeply-rooted in Vineyard history for generations. The outdoor picnic tables are a great spot to enjoy classic Island fare with you pup!
Porto Pizza in Vineyard Haven
Bring your dog along for a pizza night at Porto Pizza in Vineyard Haven! Just across the street from the Steamship Authority ferry dock, Porto Pizza is a convenient lunch or dinner stop upon arriving to the Island, and the pizza is sure to please. After dinner take a stroll along Owen Park Beach, which your dog is sure to love!
Nomans in Oak Bluffs
Located outside of downtown Oak Bluffs, Nomans is the perfect place for a secluded, laid-back vibe. Enjoy one of their signature rum drinks or stay for a meal out on their expansive lawn. Dogs can enjoy the fantastic atmosphere with you out on the patio. This is definitely a fun place to be - with or without your pup.
Coop de Ville in Oak Bluffs
Heading into Oak Bluffs? Coop de Ville is a fun spot right on the harbor that allows dogs in their outdoor seating! With beautiful views of the harbor, you and your pup can sit and watch the boats pass by all day long.
Lookout Tavern in Oak Bluffs
Another fantastic spot conveniently located in Oak Bluffs that also allows dogs outside, is the Lookout Tavern. As the name suggests, customers can look out at the Vineyard Sound and watch the ferries come in and out of the Oak Bluffs pier. With just about anything you can think of on the menu (even sushi!), there is something for everyone at the Lookout!
The Seafood Shanty in Edgartown
For the first time, this famous restaurant in downtown Edgartown is allowing dogs to dine outdoors with their owners thanks to newly added, and expanded, outdoor seating. Now the new seating, located right on the sidewalk in front of the building, accommodates dog owners for the unparalleled experience of dining right on Edgartown harbor!
Town Bar and Grill in Edgartown
One of the newer restaurants in Edgartown, Town Bar and Grill not only allows dogs, but encourages them! They’ve got a great outdoor setup with views of Upper Main Street and a fantastic menu with something for everyone and a fun, casual vibe!
Bad Martha in Edgartown
Escape the craziness of downtown Edgartown in Bad Martha Beer’s beautiful outdoor pergola. Surrounded by Donoroma’s Nursery, diners are immersed in a garden of plants and flowers that is simply picturesque. Enjoy locally brewed beer, flatbread pizza and cheese and veggie boards, all while hanging out with your dog!
This summer on Martha’s Vineyard might look a little different from others, but there’s still plenty to do and enjoy safely. Given the nature of our small Island community, our resources are inherently limited, and we are taking necessary precautions and social distancing very seriously to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors. To comply with social distancing guidelines, people are finding new (and safe) ways to have fun and make the best of this unprecedented season.
Keeping you informed for MV Summer 2020
Heading into one of our bustling downtowns? Expect a few changes: Edgartown has blocked off several parking spots and sections of streets to accommodate more outdoor seating at restaurants including The Port Hunter, The Wharf, Rockfish and The Atlantic. This allows more tables distanced to comply with social distancing guidelines. Be prepared - masks are required when walking through Edgartown.
Moving along to Oak Bluffs, where the ‘MV Masquerade’ is held on Sundays. Every week, Circuit and Kennebec avenues (the main “drags” located just steps from the harbor and the Steamship Authority’s Oak Bluffs ferry terminal) are closed to car traffic, allowing pedestrians to safely walk the streets, while shops and restaurants utilize sidewalk space. To maximize safety, masks are required as you walk through town, and social distancing is in effect - the same as is true for Vineyard Haven.
What to do?
Although movie theaters are limiting their offerings this summer, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival teamed up with the local YMCA to open up the Vineyard’s Summer Drive-In. The drive-in is giving us serious retro vibes and allows for socially-distanced, friendly outdoor entertainment. Thus far the series has featured summer favorites including Jaws, Finding Nemo, Moana and The Wizard of Oz, with more hit movies scheduled through the summer. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, the YMCA, the Island Food Pantry and the Vineyard House. Additionally, The Martha's Vineyard Film Society has partnered with Featherstone Center for the Arts for Tuesday night movie nights outdoors on their beautiful campus.
The West Tisbury Farmers Market, another summer favorite, has also seen adjustments in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. The market has relocated to the Ag Hall this summer, allowing more space for market-goers to safely browse through their favorite local vendors. The stands are organized in a circular formation and shoppers are required to follow the clockwise walking directions for extra safety. The West Tisbury Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 12pm.
For adventure seekers, nature lovers, families, couples, and anyone eager to get outside, Martha’s Vineyard is just the place to get away to! The Island, even though small, is mighty in terms of diverse ecosystems that co-exist. Beaches are obvious, but in between those beach days, Martha’s Vineyard has hiking trails along rolling hills, salt marshes, forest, along with freshwater and marine ecosystems. Spend a day floating on a kayak, or paddle board into the night while exploring the island. Plenty of water sports abound, and most of them are paired alongside educational tours where fun and learning go hand in hand. If you’re looking for outdoor wellness activities, Martha’s Vineyard has lots to offer – between beach fitness classes, trail running, biking, and Alpaca yoga, this island offers us many open-space options. With families being eager to get outside, now truly is the best time to breath in the crisp Vineyard air.
The Island offers a diverse list of activities to do outdoors, and we are more than happy to have non-profit organizations like Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation with their TrailsMV phone app that allows you to easily view and explore island trails, the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank with their properties open daily from sunrise to sundown (except during deer hunting season), and The Trustees of Martha’s Vineyard, with their ever-changing program of outdoor activities are all a must. These organizations make it easy to connect with nature and breathe the fresh air the island has to offer.
1. Explore the Hiking Trails: walking, running, walking or hiking our island trails is such a fun pastime and one that makes us all feel better almost instantly. With dozens off walkable trails on Martha’s Vineyard, choose a different one to explore every week!
2. Go for a Bike Ride: cycling, whether as a family or on your own, is a great way to get outside and get a workout! If you don’t have a bike, you can rent one by the hour/day/week at any of our local island bicycle shops.
3. Plan a Picnic: a great way to support local island businesses is to order a picnic lunch! Most places like local markets and restaurants can prepare a takeout picnic order of things like sandwiches, chips, and the likes. Just bring your own blanket and choose a local park or beach to picnic on!
4. Have a Scavenger Hunt: a scavenger hunt can be anything you would like it to be and is for ages 2-100! Make it simple enough for the young kids in identifying items in nature like leaves, bugs, rocks, etc. or make it complicated for the older ones by having the scavenger hunt focused on bird species, a variety of trees, etc!
5. Go Stargazing: not every outdoor activity has to take place during the day! As long as you are safe, stargazing is such a cool activity to do and the perfect way to relax your mind before bed. Slow down and watch the stars!
6. Hit up the Farmers Market! This season, the popular West Tisbury Farmers Market is being held on the grounds of the Ag Hall, where the Ag Fair has traditionally been. This sprawling space allows guests to continue to support the Vineyard’s vibrant farming community, with options ranging from the obvious – fresh produce, pies, breads, and other baked goods – to the truly unique-to-MV items, like Grey Barn Farm cheeses, MV Seasalt, and Enchanted Chocolates, all offering small-batch, Island-made and grown products.
7. Go Horseback Riding: there are a few island barns that work to share their horses for riding lessons and the like. If equestrian adventures are what you are looking for, this is the island to do it on!
8. Go Geocaching: we are still not 100% sure we understand what geocaching is, but it seems to be all the rage with the people that do understand it! For those of you like us, here’s a definition for it: “Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.” Apparently, there are many on the island!
9. Camp Under the Stars: want to really do something out of the box? Camp outdoors! As the weather warms up, it’s such a fun activity to do with kids of all ages, or maybe as a solo activity to reconnect with yourself and nature. Set up a tent, tell scary stories, stargaze - so much fun! Make sure to use caution, only camp overnight on your own property, and be aware of any bugs or wild animals.
10. Go on a Photography Adventure: anyone can do this, because we all carry a camera in our pockets - our phone! Head out with your phone or actual camera and explore one of our gorgeous island towns. Set a theme - maybe you’ll capture photos of blooming flowers, beach scenes, lighthouses, or anything else that catches your eye! It’s a great way to capture memories!
What are you looking forward to when next you set foot on Martha’s Vineyard? Maybe it’s the summertime aroma of fresh fried clams that entices you, or a juicy tomato salad redolent with the lilt of farm-fresh basil or maybe it’s that first morning cup of Joe enjoyed with a blueberry muffin in hand and toes dangling over the dock just skimming the water.
Whatever has been, or promises to be, your personal taste of summer heaven, you’re sure to find it among the diverse and always delicious offerings found on the menus of the Island’s many restaurants.
Why not get a jump on the season by purchasing a gift card from your favorite Vineyard restaurant – for yourself or your favorite Island fan. (If you don't see your go-to restaurant listed below, try giving them a call to order a gift card by phone). Or, anticipate your arrival with some fun merch to keep your mind on the prize of the season to come. Either way your support will be so appreciated, and you’ll be one step closer to savoring the flavors of Martha’s Vineyard this summer
Espresso Love: merchandise, coffee, and gift cards
We can't wait to have: one of their breakfast sandwiches while enjoying their outdoor courtyard
Nancy's Restaurant - Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard: gift cards
We can't wait to have: a Dirty Banana alongside Donavan for sure!
The Net Result: merchandise
We can't wait to have: their fresh sushi while sitting on their outdoor picnic tables
Offshore Ale Company: merchandise and gift cards
We can't wait to have: a cold, local brew alongside some peanuts
Ocean View Restaurant: gift cards
We can't wait to have: their chef’s risotto and short ribs, yum
Nomans: gift cards
We can't wait to have: one off those incredible pig roasts outside while enjoying their lawn games with friends
Alchemy: gift cards
We can't wait to have: their fried oysters
The Black Dog: gift cards and merchandise
We can't wait to have: their classic quahog chowder overlooking Vineyard Haven harbor and watching the ferries come and go
l'etoile restaurant: giftcards
We can't wait to have: their elegant surf & turf
19 Raw Oyster Bar: merchandise and gift cards
We can't wait to have: all the raw oysters
Dilly’s Taqueria: gift cards and merchandise
We can't wait to have: their empanadas!
State Road: chocolate and non-perishables
We can't wait to have: brunch on a leisurely Sunday morning
The Dunes at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort: gift certificates
We can't wait to have: a cocktail overlooking the Winnetu lawn
Katama General Store: gift cards and merchandise
We can't wait to have: their brown butter lobster roll
Mocha Mott's: merchandise
We can't wait to have: an iced mocha with extra homemade whipped cream
Bad Martha Beer Brewery: merchandise
We can't wait to have: a cold one
Town Bar & Grill MV: gift cards
We can't wait to have: their mac & cheese fritters while sitting on their patio enjoying the summer breeze
Behind the Bookstore: gift cards
We can't wait to have: an iced lavender latte
Sea Smoke: gift cards
We can't wait to have: all the BBQ meats
Aquinnah Shop: gift cards
We can't wait to have: their stuffed quahogs
The Barn Bowl & Bistro: gift cards
We can't wait to have: those Asian dumplings
One thing is true no matter where you go, delicious, locally sourced foods are one of the delightful pleasures of life! The Martha's Vineyard's landscape is graced by many small farms, offering produce, oysters, poultry, cheeses, breads, fiber and so much more. As spring comes into bloom, our local farmers are sharing their wares in safe and innovative ways, keeping our Island fed.
Today, and every day, love to support our farmers, and hope that you'll be so inspired by their offerings below that once we get the "all clear," you'll visit Martha's Vineyard, take the time visit a farm stand and treat yourself to a sample, or two, from our local farms.
Morning Glory Farm
“Morning Glory Farm, started in 1975 by James and Deborah Athearn, grows about 65 acres of vegetables and small fruits on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.”
Items offered: Eggs, kale, pea shoots, pesto and potatoes are available on the honor system from the fridge by their farm stand exit.
The Grey Barn
“Bergamo, Italy, October 22, 2019 - The Grey Barn of Chilmark, MA announced today that is has won a silver medal in the category of soft cheese at the 32nd Annual World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy for its certified organic, washed rind cheese, Prufrock.”
Items offered: fresh baked bread, cheeses, eggs, beef, veal, pork, lamb, raw milk, vegetables, fruit, and flowers, plus extras like Chilmark Coffee, small batch jams, and chocolate. 8am - 5pm every day.
Mermaid Farm and Dairy
“We are a small dairy farm started in 2005. We have grown from four cows to 29 and we have 60 sheep. We were started by Allen Healy and Caitlin Jones. They have two children who love to farm as well. The cows are loved like family members.”
Items offered: cheese, yogurt, local meats; self-service farm stand
Ghost Island Farm
“After over two decades of experience running a large farming operation and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Rusty has designed a new program combining a traditional CSA with a co-op. As with a CSA program, members will pay up-front for the upcoming season. This way the farm has funds early in the season to cover operating costs and we are able to buy all of our seeds, potting soil, and fertilizers for the year.”
Items offered: local vegetables, Cinnamon Starship bread, Nip & Tuck meat, Mermaid Farm yogurt, Pam’s Pesto, Island Kimchi, Kulture Club Kombucha; Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm
The FARM Institute
“Once cultivated by Native Americans and European settlers, the 162-acre Katama Farm nearly turned into a 700-lot subdivision in the 1970s before forward-thinking locals stepped in. In 2005, The FARM Institute, an island nonprofit devoted to connecting children to agriculture, made it their headquarters and restored the buildings and grounds.” Items offered: local meat (pastured pork and locally raised beef) and eggs; call to order 508-627-7007; pick up on porch, daily.
Cottage City Oysters
“Open Ocean Farming in the cold, clean, crisp flowing waters of the Vineyard Sound, Oak Bluffs Martha’s Vineyard.”
Online ordering: just go on their website www.cottagecityoysters.com and order $50 minimum. Have a cooler? Place it on your front door and the Cottage City Oyster guys will deliver your oysters to your door and call you once delivered! Such a delicious way to support our oyster farming community.
Have you ever wondered if you could have a Martha’s Vineyard experience delivered to your doorstep? Our local Martha’s Vineyard retailers offer a wide variety of Island made and inspired products. We encourage you to peruse their websites, shop til you drop, and in a few days time, a part of Martha’s Vineyard will come home to you!
A great campaign, called “Rally for Retail” allows lovers of Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Newport and more, support the areas they love by visiting their favorite retailers on-line. It’s a win/win, and you get to have a reminder of your special place delivered to you to enjoy until we can travel well and safely again.
Alison Shaw Gallery
Support local photographer Alison Shaw and shop online for a few of the books she has photographed over time. Includes local cookbooks and more!
CB Stark Jewelers
The classic Martha’s Vineyard jewelers are online for your shopping pleasure - order a significant piece that represents the island.
Craving locally made chocolates? You can order these tasty treats online but if you’re on island, they will also deliver to your front door!
Faherty is a family business working tirelessly to create great products that last a lifetime. They make thoughtful decisions for our community, customers and planet and you can find their shop in Edgartown, but can also order their full line, online.
Island Alpaca Co. of Martha's Vineyard
Why not bring the softest items, made from alpaca wool, into your life right now? We all need that comfort and you can purchase socks, sweaters, and so much more on their website!
Katama General Store
Shop for gift cards and locally made items here - Katama General Store is a favorite in Katama and we love their items!
Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt
We are all cooking and baking more at home these days, so make sure to sprinkle and finish your food with locally harvested Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt.
Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks
Looking for a piece of glass art that’s hand-blown right here on Martha’s Vineyard? MV Glassworks offers a few gorgeous pieces on their website!
Morrice Florist of Martha's Vineyard
Order books online and, if you’re local, floral arrangements to brighten your home during these times.
We are all living in sweats lately - and there's nothing comfier than those Menemsha Blues sweatshirts.
A small boutique shop in Edgartown, with an online shop that currently has sales of up to 70% off, so make sure to check them out.
Not Your Sugar Mamas Chocolate
Craving chocolate? Why not have the healthiest kind - dairy-free, refined sugar-free, vegan chocolate made on Martha’s Vineyard. Plus, they've come out with a cookbook, so get baking with chocolate at home!
Rainy Day MV
Not only does this Vineyard Haven shop have online shopping but if you follow them on Instagram, you can shop through their social media as well!
Stefanie Wolf Designs
Ocean inspired jewelry handmade in Edgartown, and you’ll find everything from stud earrings to bracelets, necklaces, and much more.
Soft As A Grape
Another cozy clothing option, this time from the classic shop, Soft As A Grape.
Third World Trading Co.
Shop your favorite eclectic boutique at the end of Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs!
The Boneyard Surf Shop
Looking for surf goods, shirts, and more? This surf shop in Edgartown offers great items online.
The classic New England brand and a Vineyard favorite, you can order online with 30% off and 50% off their sale section (limited time).
Nothing like a locally made, made to order piece of jewelry that you can carry with you and remind yourself of your favorite place in the world.
Luxury bedding, furniture, decor, and more can be found in this online shop. You can even personalize items for a fun and unique gift idea.
Bunch of Grapes Bookstore
At home and not enough books to read? Instead of purchasing books from the big online retailers, support our local Vineyard Haven bookstore by ordering books from them.
Citrine X Trust
Everything from this Martha’s Vineyard boutique shop uplifts your spirit - or protects it! Find clean beauty and wellness products, as well as trendy yet sustainable clothing and locally made jewelry.
This Oak Bluffs jewelry shop carries a variety of local artists and jewelers - from wampum bracelets, sea glass necklaces, and much more.
A mother-daughter collaboration that spun into being after countless trips throughout Asia, Central America, and the Middle East. Inspired by the textiles from their travels, more than what's leading the current trend, they look to personify the laid back island lifestyle that their home practically breathes. Each piece is hand sewn at their studio on Martha's Vineyard and purposely designed to outlive fashion cycles.
Looking for thoughtfully curated home goods? Everything from candles, blankets, and much more available here. Very unique items!
Do some spring shopping at this boutique shop in Edgartown, offering a 20% discount with a special code.
Sea Legs MV
A new boutique in Edgartown, Sea Legs has a variety of goods you can pre-order online.
Known for their beach to bonfire clothing line, this Oak Bluffs shop is definitely a favorite!
You might think it’s all fun and games, beach days and lounging by the pool when you visit Martha’s Vineyard! And sure, we definitely love that about the Vineyard; but we’re also a destination for education. Whether you want to learn to cook with local Island products or discover a new art project, the Island offers that and more. Though the year-round opportunities for classes and education on Island are vast, these grow substantially in-season with addition of summer camps for kids and learning experiences for adults. For now, we’ve listed just a sampling of what’s available year-round on-island.
ACE Martha’s Vineyard
If you’re looking for continuing your education and workforce training that’s geared towards Martha’s Vineyard residents, ACE MV is the place to be. They offer a wide range of courses in education, business and administration, technical and trades, energy, health care, agriculture, computer literacy, languages, leadership, and more, along with providing opportunities to earn a certificate, license, or degree in a number of economic sectors, without having to leave the Island.
Course offerings vary, but some of the current ones include: public speaking, first aid, email marketing, Microsoft Basics, photography fundamentals, Intro to Finance, Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A Training, and so much more!
Catherine Walthers Cooking
Award-winning chef and cookbook author Catherine Walthers dives into the world of culinary arts with her classes. It’s a fabulous experience for the foodies in your family or group of friends.
“Based in the heart of Martha’s Vineyard, the West Tisbury Kitchen Lab offers cooking and cocktail classes of all kinds, geared toward seasonality, local ingredients and great food. This is a great activity if you love to cook or enjoy good food plus want to learn more and improve skills from chefs, instructors and cookbook authors who share their experience. On the Vineyard, during the summer they might tour an heirloom tomato garden or visit a local farmer and cook with the produce. They offer classes in knife skills, ancient grains, vegetarian cooking, soup making, tequila tasting, and much more. Classes can be scheduled for kids and young adults.”
Featherstone Center for the Arts
There are so many ways to describe what Featherstone achieves but we’ll let them describe it in their own words:
“Featherstone Center for the Arts is a vibrant community art center offering year-round arts education and experiences for all ages and abilities on Martha's Vineyard. Galleries, studios and outdoor spaces provide creative outlets for visitors, students and artists. Through our wide range of programming and collaborations we strive to make art accessible to all. Scholarship/tuition assistance is available for all classes at Featherstone for adults and children as well as Children's Summer Camp!”
Classes vary throughout the year and include: ceramics, drawing, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, literary arts, art therapy, mixed media, music, painting, printmaking, technology, and more!
Pond View Farm Equestrian Lessons
On Island for over 50 years, this farm has been the longest continually operating riding facility on Martha's Vineyard. Situated on the shores of the Tisbury Great Pond, it is a part of Vineyard history! For the horse lovers in your group, this is a great learning experience – whether you’ve signed on for the kids summer camp or just a few riding lessons to bring back memories.
“Pond View Farm's summer camp is designed to give children of all ages and abilities an opportunity to explore their love of horses beyond the boundaries of a riding lesson. With a combination of mounted and dismounted instruction, children will have the opportunity to learn to properly care for and handle their horse. Everyday experiences and careful instruction, tailored to the age and experience of the campers, teach general stable and grooming routines, as well as safety, grooming, tack care, and horse health. The fun really begins when they play gymkhana games with the horses, go on a trail ride, or make horse treats!”
Seastone Papers continues to expand its classes which offer a variety of paper making and book making practices. The classes are designed to explore paper as art. In addition to those listed on their website, Seastone Papers will design private teaching sessions for individuals and groups. Open studio for those with paper making experience is scheduled once a week! A sampling of what Harvest Paper making is like in the fall:
“Fall is a great time to harvest fibers for paper making. Local plant fibers which include bast, leaf, and grass fiber plants will be prepared, cooked, and beaten for sheet forming. These plants include corn husk, iris leaves, gladiola leaves, and ornamental grasses. This is an opportunity to experiment. You will learn how to process fibers, create sheets of paper, and explore interesting fiber combinations with inclusions.”
We have only listed five out of the dozens of classes available on Martha’s Vineyard. To view a full list of classes, check out this list put together by the Martha’s Vineyard Times or check our MVY Directory.
Martha’s Vineyard is home to dozens of hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts — but many of its visitors want the comforts of home along with the space and amenities it provides. Whether you’re traveling as a couple or a family, or a group of friends in town for a wedding or special occasion, we’ve rounded up 10 summer rental homes on Martha’s Vineyard that you’ll definitely want to check out. Got a boat? There are beachfront houses with private docks. Want a pool? We’ve got those too. Happy house hunting!
Modern Farmhouse Compound With Pool & Party Barn, offered by Point B Realty
Location: Katama, Edgartown
This luxurious new Katama Compound features a 4-bedroom Main House, a Party Barn, a separate work/office building, and a heated pool. The Main House features a modern open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, wide plank floors and kitchen, living, and dining areas. The dining area opens to the gourmet kitchen which has a large, center island/breakfast bar, stainless appliances, and granite counters. All four bedrooms have en suite baths making it the perfect place to stay with a large group while still maintaining privacy. The home is convenient to Katama General Store and offers easy access to South Beach and Edgartown Village via a bike path across the street.
Darling Downtown Edgartown Cottage, offered by Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate
Location: Downtown Edgartown
This precious three bedroom and two bath cottage is located within walking distance to downtown Edgartown. Carefully renovated with attention to the character of the house. The first floor offers a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room, two sitting rooms, an adjacent bedroom, and laundry area with shower bathroom. The second floor has two bedrooms and a full bathroom. Tastefully furnished. The backyard is a generous size, nicely landscaped and the patio area offers lots of space for outdoor dining and relaxing. A great property on which to enjoy your Vineyard vacation.
Spectacular South Beach Home with Wrap Around Deck, offered by Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate
Location: Katama, Edgartown
This beautiful home is located in the popular Katama South Beach area and two miles to downtown Edgartown. The home offers a large wrap-around deck and a nicely landscaped yard. Oak Flooring and oak staircase; high ceilings and glass wall allow the sunlight to enter the home. There are ceiling fans throughout the house. A private balcony deck is located off the master bedroom, and the home is very nicely furnished and decorated. Conveniently located near the bike path.
Post & Beam Beauty Nestled in the Woods, offered by Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate
Location: South Shore of West Tisbury
A newer post and beam home with large great room and gas fireplace. Enjoy a very sunny and private area with grass lawn located on a wooded lot with access to West Tisbury beaches, including coveted Lambert’s Cove Beach. The home offers two master suites with private baths, and an open kitchen and dining area with seating for eight. Featuring new furniture with a mix of antiques; hardwood floors in main living area, screened in porch and outside shower. House is equipped with central air conditioning and a deck, whether you want to beat the heat or soak up the sun.
Sun-filled Katama Beach House with Waterviews, offered by Point B Realty
Location: Katama, Edgartown
This immaculate sun filled Katama beach house is a short walk from South Beach and enjoys distant views of the Atlantic Ocean from its multi-level decks. The main living areas on the second floor are framed by a wall of sliding glass doors that open to a large wraparound mahogany deck with room to dine, entertaine, and relax. The modern floor plan features a living area with vaulted ceiling and fireplace, open dining area, and a gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances and breakfast bar. A sliding door from the living area opens to a separate sunroom with additional entertaining space. A converted garage that connects to the first floor, provides additional hangout space. The private master bedroom suite occupies the entire third floor and three other bedrooms are located on the first floor with sliding doors that open to a covered deck. Outside, the professionally landscaped grounds include large front and backyards, and English style perennial gardens. There is easy access to the bike path and South Beach.
Historic Captain’s Home on Edgartown Harbor, offered by Point B Realty
Location: Downtown Edgartown
Designed in the style of a classic captain’s house, this recently renovated waterfront home fronts on prestigious North Water Street which offers sweeping water views across Edgartown Harbor, Katama Bay, Chappaquiddick, and out to Nantucket Sound. This home boasts a fresh, coastal color design-style throughout and both the living room and dining room open out to a large harbor-facing deck, delightful for outdoor dining and entertaining large groups. Enjoy a well-equipped, eat-in gourmet kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances, perfect for making your own meals or hosting one of the Island’s personal chefs. Outside, a large grassy yard stretches from the home all the way to the harbor's edge, where guests enjoy a shared private sandy beach. Guests may also take advantage of the deep-water dock available in August (for a fee and by special arrangement with the landlord), as well as a rooftop widow's walk, with panoramic views across the harbor and village. All of downtown Edgartown–with its restaurants, shops, harbor and lighthouse–is literally steps from the front door.
Historic Captain Morse House, offered by MV Seacoast Properties
Location: Downtown Edgartown
Rate: From $5,000
The Captain Morse House, at the corner of Morse and North Water streets, is one of Edgartown's finest homes. This fully renovated and exquisitely detailed home is perfect for your dream Vineyard vacation. Included is central air-conditioning, though you will hardly need it as the home is just up the street from the harbor. The home features 11 bedrooms, a sleep loft, seven full baths on three floors, a formal living room and dining room, a family room, a game room, and a new gourmet kitchen. All is tastefully decorated with period furnishings and artwork. Enjoy all Edgartown village has to offer right outside your door!
Close to Edgartown Village, offered by MV Seacoast Properties
Rate: From $2,000
Located within walking distance of the Edgartown Village this cozy 3-bedroom home provides all the basic amenities one could ask for! No need for a car with this property. The grocery store, restaurants, and attractions are all within walking distance. Want to go to State or South Beach? You can easily catch the bus which takes you right to it. Enjoy Wi-Fi and an outdoor shower after a long day exploring Martha's Vineyard!
Mid-Century Chilmark Beach House, offered by AirBnB and VRBO
This mid-century house offers resort-type elegance as well as a relaxed beach house vibe. The location is totally private but near world-class beaches and the much-adored Menemsha fishing village. Chilmark is simply magical and you will build memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy four bedrooms, three baths, a large living area, and large master bedroom with bath. Fully equipped kitchen/dining overlooks the pool; quality linens throughout. Outside, a 4-foot-deep spa pool invites you to exercise, lounge or play…or just enjoy its shimmer all day long. The house is bathed in sun and dramatic sky with miles of conservation trails just steps outside the door. Besides exclusive access to white sand beaches, this secluded end of Martha’s Vineyard offers a wide range of activities from art and culture to fishing and fine dining
Nautically-Inspired Luxury Retreat New South Beach, offered by Point B Realty
Location: Katama, Edgartown
This architectural gem is tucked away in the prestigious Beach Plum Meadows area of Katama. The large gambrel-designed luxury home features three floors of grand living and entertaining space, with close proximity to the sandy shores of South Beach. The second floor features a magnificent, light-filled great room with two-story high vaulted gambrel ceilings, and open-design living and dining areas with a gas fireplace, large screen TV, and fully-equipped chef’s kitchen with large prep island/breakfast bar, granite counters, and commercial stainless appliances. Sliding doors open to a large screened porch and decks for outdoor dining, grilling, and entertaining. The third-floor deck has distant seasonal water views of South Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, as well as year-round views across the meadows and fields of the Farm Institute and surrounding conservation land. The deck opens from a "Crow’s Nest" Office/Work Area, that sit amid great room balconies and walkways. The property is located less than one mile to South Beach and offers easy access to the bike path and Edgartown Village.
Be sure to check out all our Real Estate rental agencies to find the perfect rental home for your needs!
Winter is in full swing on the Island and by now we’ve grown used to the colder temperatures. But we’re also loving the fact that there’s still plenty to do on Martha’s Vineyard, even in the middle of winter. Today, we’re showcasing some of our favorite winter late night dining spots. We know the first question you’ll ask is: what do we consider to be “late night” dining? We took a few considerations into play - since darkness still comes early, for the purposes of this blog we’ll consider anything after 8 pm to be ‘late night’ dining. Although the short days and still-early sunsets lead some of us to dine out earlier, there remains a large segment of the population that still wants to dine later in the evening - whether by preference, for a special occasion, or any other reason. So… without further ado, here’s our list!
Bettini Restaurant, Edgartown
Wednesday - Sunday until 9pm
Treat yourself to some chef-inspired items like upside down chicken pot pie using local Island chicken. Heads up - always get the Rainbow cookies for dessert!
Sharky’s Cantina, Edgartown
Sunday - Thursday until 10pm; Friday and Saturday until 11pm
In Edgartown, it’s the same menu but closed a little earlier than Oak Bluffs. Try any of their specialty tacos or ask the bartender what his/her favorite is.
The Newes From America Pub, Edgartown
Open daily until 9pm
Enjoy some late-night fish and chips at this historic pub in Edgartown!
The Wharf Pub, Edgartown
The Pub is normally open until 9-9:30pm
Note: Closed until March 13th, 2020 for winter break.
A true classic, the Pub is where you hang out with Jade at the bar while having some of the best stuffed quahogs on the Island!
Town Bar & Grill MV, Edgartown
Sunday – Thursday until 10pm; Friday – Saturday until 11pm
Note: will be closed February 17, 2020 to March 1, 2020 for winter maintenance and improvements and will reopen March 2, 2020.
A new late-night dining option on Island, Town has bar snacks, flatbreads, and entrees - a little something for everyone!
Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company, Oak Bluffs
Sunday - Thursday until 9pm; Friday and Saturday until 10pm
Aside from their award-winning chowder, this spot is known for its delicious appetizers. With a new chef this season, the food is surely delicious!
Ocean View Restaurant, Oak Bluffs
Sunday - Thursday until 9:30pm; Fridays and Saturday, 10pm
Hungry for a blend of New England and Italy? Ocean View is your go-to place for that! Their pasta entrees really hit the spot late at night.
Offshore Ale Company, Oak Bluffs
Friday and Saturday until 9:30pm
Who doesn't want to dive into a hot bowl of chowder before bed? It’s not just us - and Offshore has that and more!
Sharky’s Cantina, Oak Bluffs
Open until 1am, seven days a week
Craving some Tex-Mex goodness and some of the best nachos on Island? Sharky’s is your go-to for that Mexican meal!
Bangkok Cuisine, Oak Bluffs
Open daily until 9:30pm
Craving some authentic Thai food? Then this is the spot to get it - we recommend everything on the menu but their curries are delightful and their crab rangoons are out of this world!
Dos Mas, Oak Bluffs
Open daily, weekends until midnight and weekdays until 11pm
The guys over at Dos Mas, with their hand-pressed tortillas and delicious margaritas will have you saddled up to the bar until at least midnight during the weekends!
The Cardboard Box, Oak Bluffs
Open daily except Sundays, until 10pm
Lounge and enjoy music while eating deliciously local and thoughtful food here. Make sure to try their cocktails, so creative!
Copper Wok, Vineyard Haven
Open daily until 10pm
Craving some late night Asian? Everything from sushi to fried rice, plus the in-between of some of your favorite authentic Chinese entrees. It’s also a great place for takeout!
Mikado Asian Bistro, Vineyard Haven
Open daily until 9:30pm
Now and again we’re craving late night sushi and Mikado is just the spot!
While many people think of Martha’s Vineyard as a playground for the rich and famous, there are places for every taste and budget, and frugal finds all around if you know where to look. That’s right, you can actually spend a day discount shopping and scoring great deals all over Martha’s Vineyard, without ever having to pay full price. From scouring our local thrift stores to salvaging unwanted goods and discovering brand name labels at bargain prices you’ll be amazed at how much you don’t have to spend shopping on Martha’s Vineyard. Here’s a list of some of our favorite spots to save big and score big.
Martha’s Closet, Vineyard Haven
Conveniently located in the Tisbury Marketplace in Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Closet is the only consignment shop on Martha’s Vineyard. You’ll find a plethora of women’s clothes, shoes, and accessories as well as a few finds for men too. Don’t be surprised if you pick up a North Face jacket or a pair of Frye boots. While the selection varies from day to day there are always gems to discover. Not only can you go to Martha’s Closet to shop, but you can sell your clothes there too (depending on the season and space available). Just bring in your unwanted goods and a sales associate will determine what they will try to sell. 60% of the sale price reverts to you as store credit or cash once sold. So clean out your closet or suitcase and head on down to Martha’s Closet to find your new favorite piece today.
Trader Fred’s, Edgartown
Martha’s Vineyard’s only true discount store, Trader Fred’s is a treasure trove of name brand clothes and accessories located at the Edgartown Triangle. It’s all about the hunt here, and you’ll never know what you’ll find at this quirky store that’s always filled to the brim with things you might need and things you never knew you needed. From clothes to shoes, beach umbrellas, sunglasses, sporting good equipment and even cigars, you’ll want to head to Trader Fred’s if you’ve forgotten a vacation staple or just want to take home some bargain souvenirs. It’s worth browsing the store just for fun, but chances are you won’t leave empty handed.
Chicken Alley Thrift Shop Supporting Martha’s Vineyard Community Services
If you want to make a day of it shopping for a cause then you’ll want to be sure to get to Chicken Alley Thrift Store too. This beloved shop is one of the largest streams of ongoing financial support for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, which provides a variety of programs and services for adults and children, including Island Community Counseling, CONNECT to End Violence, disability services and early childhood programs. Chicken Alley is a beloved hidden gem amongst Islanders and visitors alike. It is considered a social gathering place as much as it is a store. Many people visit multiple times a day and the inventory is always moving and changing. So go for the deals and stay for the camaraderie. From bargains and treasures, to unexpected finds Chicken Alley should be your go-to spot before ever paying full price. Not only do they carry clothes, shoes, accessories, homegoods, and appliances but they sell large furniture and jewelry too. Plus, they’re always accepting saleable clothing, furniture, kitchenware and the Art and Collectibles Sale which takes place annually on the second Sunday of August is a can’t-miss event.
Second Hand Store Benefiting The Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, Edgartown
Want to shop and give back to the local Martha’s Vineyard community? You’re in luck - The Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club Second Hand Store generates funds to support the programs of the MV Boys and Girls Club, which provides quality programs, education, and services to the Island-wide youth population. For this cause the Second Hand Store accepts tax-deductible donations of quality used goods including (but not limited to): furniture, art, clothing, jewelry and housewares. These donations are sold at reasonable prices and the proceeds benefit the boys and girls of the Island. Now that’s a shopping spree you can feel good about!
Dumptique, West Tisbury
You know what they say, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure” and this couldn’t be truer than at Dumptique, the Island’s only free ‘store.’ That’s right, everything at Dumptique is free for the taking! Located at the West Tisbury Transfer Station, where it’referred to as the ‘recycling shed,’ Dumptique is packed with books, small household items, clothes, shoes, linens and more. Dumptique is also the place to go if you have items to donate, and the volunteers working are generally more than happy to accept most things that come their way. Good finds don’t last long here so be sure to go early if you’re on a treasure hunt and hours are limited so plan accordingly. Discover something new-to-you without paying a dime? Now that’s the ultimate deal.
Estate Sales and Yard Sales
Martha’s Vineyard is a very transient place, and people are always coming and going, which means their stuff is too. There are also a lot of people with very expensive taste that are often looking to pass it on, which means you’re in luck! For some of the best bargains on-Island you’ll want to hit local estate sales and yard sales where you might just find some incredible deals straight from the person parting with them. Not to mention you might just get to explore amazing (and sometimes quirky!) homes in the process. For a round-up of yard sales in high season check out the MV Times classified page here.
Great deals await, happy hunting!
Temperatures are getting colder by the minute, as the days are getting longer. It’s what living in New England feels like - a variety of weathers all in one week. But since we know it’s mostly cold, we wanted to showcase some of our favorite culinary delights this season: soups, stews, and chowders!
First let’s get technical: What's the difference between soup and stew? Our friends over at Taste of Home say: In theory, a soup is a combination of vegetables, meat or fish cooked in liquid. A stew is any dish that's prepared by stewing – that is, the food is barely covered with liquid and simmered for a long time in a covered pot. Now how about chowders and bisques? Simple! Bisques and chowders are simply two types of thick soup; bisque is generally smooth while chowder is chunky.
It’s essential to know the difference when cooking them, but since we’re going to be sharing all the spots where you can eat them without dirtying dishes - let’s move on!
Edgartown Clam Chowder by Bettini Restaurant in Edgartown
Nothing better than a hot bowl of creamy chowder and when you’re at Bettini Restaurant at the Harbor View Hotel, you get just that. Chef Patrice Martineau even creates a house-made oyster cracker to accompany the chowder and it’s one for the books.
“Bettini’s fresh take on Vineyard style sets the stage for chef-inspired menus that showcase the season’s freshest offerings from local farms, fishing boats, foragers and markets. Expansive windows reveal a magnificent coastal view that reinforces the kitchen’s relationship with the local landscape, creating a seamless Island-to-table dining experience.”
Quahog Chowder by The Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven
Known for being topped with buttery croutons, this Quahog Chowder at The Black Dog Tavern is a local favorite. Want to recreate it at home? We found the recipe over on Recipe Girl.
Lobster Stew by The Cardboard Box in Oak Bluffs
Indulge in this Lobster Stew at the Cardboard Box and rejoice at all the goodness that is good food. Made with sweet potato, roasted onion, smoky bacon, basil, and a lobster cream that’s to die for, this Oak Bluffs spot deserves a place on your list when looking for creative food that you will love.
French Onion Soup by The Newes Pub in Edgartown
French Onion Soup is such a classic and one you can always find at this historic pub in Edgartown. This soup is broth-y and full of delicious, caramelized onions, topped with bread and broiled cheese for that perfect spoonful every time.
Named by Travel & Leisure as one of the best places to eat on Martha’s Vineyard, the Newes serves American and British pub food that pays respects to the variety of fresh, local ingredients the Island has to offer.
Soup to Go by Waterside Market in Vineyard Haven
We love this option at Waterside Market! Packaged in glass mason jars, the culinary team at the Market has ready to go soups - they vary from daily specials to the chef’s classic chili, but you can almost always find a delicious option to bring home and reheat to your liking. We commend and applaud Waterside Market’s initiative of using less plastic in their day to day productions!
Fresh ingredients, organic and local when possible, innovative recipes made from scratch daily including soups, salads, and killer sandwiches. Tuck into the house-roasted, hormone-free meats, breakfast (served until 4 pm!) and Stumptown Coffee. Make sure to check Waterside out when in Vineyard Haven - it’s a great spot to wait for your ferry or grab a quick meal before heading back home.
Black Bean Soup by The Wharf Pub in Edgartown
If you’re heading to Edgartown for lunch, a stop at the Wharf Pub at the bottom of Main Street is a must. The menu is focused on tasty New England food with creative twists and this Black Bean Soup is one of them. Pair it with some Chowder Fries (New England clam chowder, bacon, green onion, jack & cheddar cheese) and you’ve got a delicious winter meal!
Looking for inspiration to create soups at home this winter? Below are links to some of our local favorites from Island writers:
Udon Noodle Soup with Miso-Glazed Vegetables and Chicken via Martha’s Vineyard Magazine
Butternut Squash Soup by Food Minded Fellow
Winter Soups from The Martha’s Vineyard Times
The arts scene on Martha’s Vineyard thrives throughout the seasons. From fine art galleries to cultural centers to working studios, there are dozens of places to explore the rich history and incredible talent of Island makers and creators. Arts and culture lovers on Martha’s Vineyard never have to go far to find world class art, unique artifacts and friendly faces willing to share the story of their offerings. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the most eclectic places to be inspired and delighted by our local talent.
MVAA: Old Sculpin Gallery, 58 Dock Street, Edgartown
Formerly a sail loft, a whale oil factory, an old grain store, and a boat builder’s shed, the distinctive building now known as the Old Sculpin Gallery, home of the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association, is over 240 years old. Over the years its unique shingled tower has welcomed visitors to the waterfront along Edgartown’s harbor and today its wide floorboards and hand hewn beams welcome art lovers into its gallery and studio spaces. Incorporated in 1954, the MVAA opened for the benefit of the Island community: “to increase facilities of art education, create interest in the arts, make an art center for the whole Island, establish a permanent collection, and preserve an old landmark.” Today the gallery represents dozens of Island artists and hosts weekly receptions throughout the summer season.
Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks, 683 State Road, West Tisbury
Martha's Vineyard Glassworks was founded in 1992 and built on a piece of quintessential Island farmland. The studio was intended to be a facility for glassblowers to work every day, develop technical skills, create glasswork, and build a life around glassblowing. The glassblowing studio can be observed from the gallery, which allows customers to watch a work of art come to life, from the raw materials and an artist’s vision, to the final piece. Each piece is individually handblown without the use of finishing molds to achieve shape; rather, the consistency seen in the work is the result of repetition and a strict attention to detail. Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks has become a popular destination for glassworkers, tourists, artists, interior decorators, collectors, and trade workers alike.
Althea Designs Gallery, 34 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven
Althea Freeman-Miller of Althea Designs is known for her linoleum block printing technique examples of which are displayed all over the Island. Her bright and bold images often feature one graphic object, like a bird, or a bicycle, which she hand-carves onto pieces of wood. The designs are printed on hand carved linoleum blocks, making for unique shirts, cards, and other items. Visit Althea in her Vineyard Haven gallery for a chance to meet the artist and browse her iconic designs. Her workshop also features the work of other local artists including Conrado designs, Roy Bikini suits, Leslie Freeman pottery and Elysha Joy jewelry.
Chilmark Pottery, 145 Field View Lane, West Tisbury
Potter Geoffrey Borr moved to the Island of Martha's Vineyard in 1982 when he was inspired to establish a pottery studio in a peaceful and beautiful environment. The result of his efforts is Chilmark Pottery, located in a weathered, shingled barn tucked in among the trees of West Tisbury. Most days visitors will find the potters hard at work and willing to answer questions about their craft. Geoffrey's thoughtfully designed, hand-crafted pottery, in its distinctive seascape or copper-red hues, fill the shelves and line the porch rails. Throughout the year, Chilmark Pottery also offers classes. You’ll find Chilmark Pottery conveniently located right off State Road in West Tisbury.
Field Gallery, 1050 State Road, West Tisbury
The Field Gallery and Sculpture Garden is a unique artistic environment located in downtown West Tisbury, and one of the most Instagrammable spots on this list. Inside, three galleries present rotating exhibits of contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography. Outside, the large field is home to the whimsical sculptures of Field Gallery founder Thomas Maley, the modern stone sculptures of Lew French and many others. The gallery hosts an impressive group of more than 25 talented artists, all with an Island connection and endless Vineyard charm. Look out for weekly events and receptions in season, and, if time allows be sure to visit the Gallery’s nearby sister gallery, The Granary, the oldest and largest art gallery on Martha's Vineyard located in an iconic red barn.
Michael Blanchard Gallery, 93 Dukes County Avenue, Oak Bluffs
Formerly located in the Crossroads Gallery on Circuit Avenue, photographer Michael Blanchard has opened a new gallery at 93 Dukes County Avenue in Oak Bluffs in 2019. Michael is a well- known Island based photographer who discovered his passion for photography while in recovery for alcohol addiction. Michael expertly captures the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard and shares his inspirational photographs far and wide. According to Michael his photography serves as an expression of the happiness and serenity he feels in the absence of alcohol, and he actively supports others in their fight against addiction. View his work by visiting his Gallery, which also serves as a meeting place for Michael’s fans who find it a safe space to talk about healing from addiction and other life challenges.
If you’re planning a trip to Martha’s Vineyard and you have yet to explore the new Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Vineyard Haven you must add it to your itinerary now. This beloved facility sits in a storied building, perched above the Lagoon in Vineyard Haven, having recently completed a massive $31 million restoration project. The Museum offers sweeping water views, an impressive collection of Island history, a cafe featuring local treats and a world class schedule of arts and culture programs. Whether you go for the views, the exhibits, the building itself or the food, just make sure you go!
Location, Location, Location
The Museum is situated overlooking Lagoon Pond and Vineyard Sound in Tisbury, or Vineyard Haven. The campus is a ten minute walk from the Steamship Authority’s Vineyard Haven terminal and an eight minute walk from Five Corners.
The building itself is of historical significance and is a striking property that can’t be missed. A lighthouse once existed on the front terrace and, in 1895, the Coast Guard ordered the construction of a 29-room Marine Hospital on the property later adding onto it in 1938. Before the Museum purchased the property in 2011, the site was owned by the St. Pierre family who operated the St. Pierre School of Sport, a camp that many Island kids visited every summer. Today the Museum features a permanent exhibit “On This Site” which details the life of the building before it became the Museum, where you can listen to oral histories from some of the patients and nurses who spent time there as well as some of the memories of the campers who called this campus home during their childhood summers.
In addition to “On This Site” the Museum offers several other permanent exhibits that highlight fascinating Island history and the impressive collections the Museum has acquired. The Martha’s Vineyard Museum preserves and exhibits fine art, furniture, photographs, textiles, manuscripts, and everyday objects that Vineyarders have made and used.
The museum also offers a regular rotation of current exhibits as well as online exhibits including oral histories from Martha’s Vineyard veterans and fishermen over the years and the remarkable journal of a young girl’s life on a whaling ship in the 1800s among other things.
Programs and Events
In addition to visiting the Museum to tour it’s space and galleries you also have the opportunity to attend special events, classes, exhibit openings and more. Be sure to get on the Museum’s email list to receive updates on what’s happening. Upcoming winter events include:
The Museum Cafe
The cafe is as diverse as the Museum itself, offering a variety of delicious food brought from eateries across the Island. Visitors can access the cafe without paying for entry to the museum, and can enjoy a snack or lunch, while gazing out across Vineyard Haven Harbor and Lagoon. Once inside, visitors to the cafe can’t miss the incredible Fresnel lens hanging above, which was once part of the Gay Head Lighthouse. This spectacular artifact features over 1000 individual glass panes, and is one of only 39 first-order Fresnels remaining in the U.S.
Things to Know When Visiting
Group rates are applicable for parties of 10 or more, and private tours can be arranged with advance notice.
Photos: Courtesy MV Museum
Ah, is there anything more lovely than being swept away to a romantic island for Valentine’s Day? We think not. Martha’s Vineyard oozes with charm and beauty, plus it’s an island after all, so it’s inherently romantic. No bridges or tunnels to get here, so the added treat of a boat or plane is alluring to couples of all kinds. Mid-February on Martha’s Vineyard is calm and quiet, the perfect setting to actually relax, reflect and appreciate your Valentine. The slower pace and welcome peacefulness adds another layer of romance. If you’re considering a jaunt to Martha’s Vineyard this Valentine’s Day here are some tips on making it even more magical.
Where to Stay?
For a truly romantic experience take advantage of the Island’s quaint inns and luxurious hotels.
Nobnocket Boutique Inn is located a short distance from the Vineyard Haven ferry terminal, so it’s convenient, while also being elegant and modern. It prides itself on offering “luxury with a twist” and does not disappoint. For the most romantic room in the house, ask them about the Luxury Grand Room (with fireplace) or a Deluxe Room and add some Champagne and strawberries for an extra special touch.
In Edgartown, The Harbor View Hotel is as spectacular as ever this time of year. With sweeping views of the ocean and Chappaquiddick and only steps from the iconic Edgartown Lighthouse, this newly renovated historic hotel is where glamour meets comfort. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Island while cozied up in one of their impressive suites. Book their Valentine’s Day package and cruise in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz while exploring the Island then end the day with a delicious dinner at their on-site restaurant, Bettini. The package includes chilled Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries delivered to your room upon arrival.
Just up Main Street in Edgartown you’ll find the Edgar Hotel, a newly updated boutique hotel that operates as a member of Choice Hotels International in the Ascend collection. The Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard delivers Island elegance, comfort, and impeccable accommodations to travelers. It boasts on on-site bar and restaurant, Town MV, with live entertainment and nightly specials. You won’t even have to leave the property! For the most walkable option, stay at the Mansion House Hotel and Spa, located just steps from the Vineyard Haven ferry terminal and walking distance to several year round restaurants. This historic property offers a whole host of amenities including a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and full service spa.
Where to Eat?
This year the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is the place to be for Valentine’s Dinner. Enjoy water views while dining atop the Linnemann Pavilion at the Museum, where you can admire the beautiful 1854 Fresnel Lens. The Lens, which was first installed in the Gay Head Lighthouse, now occupies the Museum like a suspended jewel adorned with 1,008 glass prisms. Enjoy a four-course Valentine's Dinner prepared by Island chefs Kyle Anderson (Kitchen Porch), Kevin Crowell (Detente), Regina Stanley (Art Cliff Diner), and Sean Yancey (West Chop Club) while listening to the enchanting music of Jeremy Berlin and Rose Guerin. Limited tickets available. Reservations required. Members $80, Non-Members $90. Reserve here.
Whether you choose the stay at the Harbor View Hotel or not, the Hotel's own Bettini Restaurant is a must visit during your stay. Their four-course Valentine’s Day dinner includes such scrumptious selections as Cured Hamachi Sashimi, Duck Tournedos, Pumpkin Ravioli, Bitter Cacao Crusted Beef Filet, Yuzu-Kosho Crusted Tasmanian Salmon and more. Dinner is served from 5:30PM-9PM and is offered at $95 per person. Reservations are recommended, call 508-627-3761 or book online here.
What to Do?
Share a relaxing day de-stressing and detoxifying. Join your partner for an invigorating massage or body treatment at one of Martha’s Vineyards finest spas this Valentine’s Day. The Mansion House Spa offers couples massages, as well as hot stone and aromatherapy massages. Sea Spa Salon in Edgartown offers treatments specifically tailored to him and her, including customized facials. Try one of their signature body scrubs and leave feeling softer and more rejuvenated than ever.
Enjoy some of the Island’s most talented musicians for live entertainment that will get you on your feet. Beloved performer Mike Benjamin will be playing acoustic covers of classic hits at the Newes from America Pub in Edgartown from 7 to 9PM. Be sure to grab a seat at the bar and score one of their iconic wooden nickels. The lively duo, Brothers McMahon will steal your heart at the Ritz, where they’ll be performing a mix of rock, pop and classics at the Island’s most storied dive bar.
The real treat this Valentine’s Day (and every day on Martha’s Vineyard!) is the natural beauty of the Island which makes it the most picturesque location for romantic walks along the beach. February may not make for a hot day under the sun, but a bundled up stroll along the sand with your partner is one of the most romantic ways to spend some time together. Plus now’s the time that you can access some of the Island’s most beloved beaches like Lucy Vincent Beach and Lambert’s Cove Beach, which are restricted to town residents in the summer.
How fast time flies, especially when you’re on Martha’s Vineyard! We’re coming to the end of the first month of 2020 and we couldn’t be more excited to be entering into February. Sure, some might say, it’s one of the coldest months on Island but it’s also one of the calmest, most restorative months. Locals and visitors alike take it upon themselves to work on winter projects, catch up on all their reading, connect with friends, and nourish their bodies while preparing for another spring season to awake on Island.
As we mention all these items being checked off, we can see a constant - the subject of self-care, of nourishing, of reflecting on the past and looking towards the future. Martha’s Vineyard Island has become synonymous with summer fun and gorgeous beaches, but the winter is just as fun, albeit a different way. We might not have the ripe, juicy tomatoes from Morning Glory Farm but we appreciate how local Martha’s Vineyard restaurants have stepped up to the plate to bring us fresh, tasty salads that nourish us from within. Below, we’re sharing a few Martha’s Vineyard restaurants that are open at this time of year and serving up salads as fresh as a hot summer day in Katama.
The Barn, Bowl & Bistro
A classic never fails and we go to The Barn, Bowl, & Bistro for a Classic Caesar salad for when you’re craving that traditional combination of creamy dressing and crisp romaine lettuce with crunchy croutons in every bite.
Build on the base of crisp romaine or baby kale with Caesar dressing, croutons and Parmesan cheese, to which you can add chicken, blackened shrimp, steak, and/or anchovies to make it a fully loaded meal! We love that you can switch out the classic romaine for baby kale for an even more nourishing meal.
The Cardboard Box
Aptly named “Today’s Awesome Salad”, this salad at The Cardboard Box changes daily depending on what’s seasonal, local, and available. Did you know that their produce is sourced from Loon Farm, Chilmark, the sole farm providing for their restaurant? We love seeing this hand in hand relationship, where true farm to table is delivered to your plate.
Life at Humphreys
A gorgeous made to order “Slice Salad”. Imagine all this goodness: oven roasted pesto chicken, tomatoes, spiced roasted walnuts, cranberries & Gorgonzola with their house made balsamic dressing. It’s a filling salad that will satisfy your hunger in every bite.
Not only is the salad delicious, but we love the history of its source: Life at Humphreys wasn’t always “Life at Humphreys”. It was the result of a love story between two Vineyard restaurants that needed each other to lift themselves and the Island community up; Humphreys Bakery and Slice of Life Cafe!
The Scottish Bakehouse
This is the latest and greatest salad coming out of The Scottish Bakehouse kitchens and we are here for it. Smashed sweet potato with black lentils, feta cheese, juicy pomegranate seeds, flavorful sautéed kale and a creamy tahini dressing - it all comes together to make the perfect bite. Sweet, savory, salty goodness - what more could you ask for?!
“For Islanders and visitors, this is your one-stop option for any meal or snack on the daily. Many quick to-go choices are available in the fridge along with beverages. Coffees and teas are self-serve and there are newspapers and magazines for purchase to enjoy while sipping your chosen bliss.”
Town Bar & Grill
Don’t you just love when you see a Beet Salad on the menu? Town has one that you’re going to love love love! Made with roasted beets, creamy goat cheese, crunchy candied walnuts, fresh mixed greens, all dressed in a honey balsamic dressing, it’s a classic combination we all love. Beets and goat cheese - whoever discovered that deserves a beach house on Martha’s Vineyard! Another beet salad we love is at...
The Wharf Pub
This beet salad also combines the goat cheese we love with earthy beets, but also includes a sprinkling of dried Cape Cod cranberries, which adds to the sweetness of the salad overall. Two great options for beet salads, right in Edgartown!
Did you or someone you know get engaged over the holidays? It’s a popular time of year to pop the question and Martha’s Vineyard is a popular place to tie the knot. After all, can you imagine a more charming, romantic and unique place to say “I do?” From our beautiful beaches to rolling hills, rustic locations and chic abodes, there’s no better place to celebrate your forever. If you’re dreaming of an Island wedding and ready to start tackling what’s next, we’ve rounded up our tips on initial steps for planning the perfect affair on Martha’s Vineyard, big or small.
Pick a Date or Time of Year
Martha’s Vineyard is a dynamic place that can change significantly from season to season. Generally speaking “wedding season” takes place in the fall and in the spring, when the weather is a bit cooler, vendors are more accessible, and great deals can be had on venues and lodging. If a summer wedding is what you've always dreamed of, you’ll want to plan far in advance as many vendors will book up early and possibly charge a premium for peak season rentals and accommodations. Winter can make for a beautiful event but keep in mind that many businesses and vendors operate seasonally, so be patient when reaching out if you are not receiving automatic responses.
Additionally, weather is a consideration in any location and a Martha’s Vineyard destination wedding can be even more weather sensitive, as windy days can bring ferry cancellations and other obstacles. No matter the time of year you choose for your Martha’s Vineyard wedding, the natural landscape of the Island will provide a fabulous backdrop for your nuptials, rain or shine.
Select a Location
Location, location, location. If you’ve selected Martha’s Vineyard as your wedding location you’ve already selected one of the most beautiful places in the world, congratulations! Now you need to think about the type of environment you envision yourself getting married. Are you looking for a casual, beachy vibe or a more elegant affair?
If the former is what you envision, consider the oceanside Allen Farm in Chilmark, the Sailing Camp in Oak Bluffs, or the Grange Hall or Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. For more formal events the Dr. Daniel Fisher House, Old Whaling Church, Harbor View Hotel and Winnetu Oceanside Resort offer beautiful properties with pristine landscaping and graceful and stylish digs. Other popular locations include the Vineyard’s historic lighthouses, many of which, including the Edgartown Lighthouse, East Chop Lighthouse, and Aquinnah Lighthouse, are available for private events.
Talk to a Wedding Planner
If we can offer one piece of advice, especially to those brides and grooms who do not call Martha’s Vineyard home, it’s to consider a wedding planner. Whether your budget allows you a full-service wedding planner or a more affordable day-of coordinator, the value of wedding planners on Martha’s Vineyard cannot be overstated. These trained professionals are well connected to vendors, know how to navigate the challenges of unpredictable circumstances that may arise, and work incredibly well under pressure. Whether you’re planning a large wedding of 200+ guests or a Martha’s Vineyard elopement there’s a pro ready to help set you up for success. Browse our directory of local wedding pros here.
Consider How You’ll Get Here...
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Martha’s Vineyard is a true Island, and is accessible by boat or plane only! This means your guests will need to accommodate these factors in their planning and it’s on you to guide them appropriately. When it comes to water travel, the Steamship Authority is the Island’s year-round ferry service and the only fleet that accommodates cars.. Reservations are needed if you or your guests would like to bring a car to the Island. Available space can book-up months in advance, especially in the summer, so plan accordingly. Direct flights to Martha’s Vineyard are available year-round from Boston, New York, NY and Nantucket, and the summer months welcomes direct flights from Washington D.C. and, new in 2020, from Charlotte, NC and Philadelphia, PA.
...and Where You’ll Stay
While getting here is half the fun, once you’re on-Island you’ll need a place to stay. For large groups and wedding blocks consider one of our local hotels including the Summercamp hotel on Oak Bluffs harbor, or the Hob Knob, Harbor View Hotel, Edgar Hotel and Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Edgartown. Some of our historic inns function as wedding venues as well, allowing you to stay and celebrate on property, such as the Beach Plum Inn, Outermost Inn and Captain Flanders House. Many large groups prefer to rent private homes to accommodate guests and our local rental agencies can help recommend the perfect location for your guests. Many homeowners also rent their homes through WeNeedaVacation.com, VRBO, HomeAway and AirBnb as well, allowing you all of the comforts of home at various places across the Island.
Communicate to Your Guests
Once you’ve determined your date, location and lodging we recommend creating a wedding website with all pertinent information as soon as possible for you to share with your guests. Given the additional logistics involved in getting here and the advanced reservations that are often required, you’ll want to make sure your guests can start planning their stays right away. Feel free to share any and all of the helpful content from our website to help inform both yourself and your guests. Good luck and remember to keep calm and plan on!
Though it’s hard to believe we’re ushering in a new decade, Martha’s Vineyard is ready and waiting for you to celebrate with us! From New Year’s Eve themed parties to New Year’s Day brunches there’s no shortage of happenings to ring in 2020.
Here’s a round-up of just some of the things in store for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve Day on Martha’s Vineyard.
New Year’s Eve, Tuesday December 31
New Year’s Day, Wednesday January 1
All details subject to change, contact the restaurant for additional details and reservations.
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