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 for 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.
One of the things that makes Martha’s Vineyard such a special place is its people. The sense of community on Martha’s Vineyard is palpable and omnipresent, friends and neighbors come together in good times and bad and every day there is tireless work being done on all fronts to preserve and protect our Island home and its inhabitants. Whether you’re a local, a part-time resident or an occasional visitor if you’ve been moved or inspired by the efforts of one of our local organizations and you’re in the giving spirit we know they’d love your support. We’ve rounded up some of our local organizations that are doing great things and that are accepting donations to support their efforts. If you have the gift of time please inquire about volunteer opportunities too!
The Red Stocking Fund of Martha’s Vineyard
The Red Stocking Fund is a completely volunteer run, non-profit organization that provides food and clothing for families in need for the holidays. Additionally, the Red Stocking Fund provides food when possible through the winters on Martha's Vineyard. The organization depends totally upon donations of toys for kids, newborn to 14 years old. This time of year you can find toy collection boxes at various locations around Martha’s Vineyard and the organization accepts monetary donations as well. Throughout the year various local events also support the Red Stocking Fund, including the Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Festival and the Martha’s Vineyard Chili Festival. Contact 508-776-6050 for more information about how to help.
Island Food Pantry
The Island Food Pantry strives to cultivate a healthy, hunger-free community on Martha’s Vineyard. While many people think of Martha’s Vineyard as an affluent community, there are still many families that struggle to meet their basic needs. Anyone who is not financially able to obtain the food they need may use the Island Food Pantry. Together with their many volunteers, partners, and supporters, the Island Food Pantry helps sustain Martha’s Vineyard residents in times of need by providing a dependable source of wholesome food, with the mission that no one should go hungry on Martha’s Vineyard. The Island Food Pantry believes that businesses, nonprofit organizations, churches, schools, residents, seasonal residents, and visitors all have a role to play in reducing food insecurity on Martha’s Vineyard.
Sandy Paws Rescue
Sandy Paws Rescue Inc. is a 501(c)3 non profit organization dedicated to the well-being of family pets in need. Sandy Paws provides pet adoption as well as assistance to families in financial distress and helps to connect pet owners with spay and neuter services. Sandy Paws is a 100% volunteer-only operation, committed to seeing its dogs placed in wonderful forever homes. The organization exists solely on donations as the adoption fees alone do not cover the amount spent on vetting and transporting rescues away from high-kill shelters. In addition to monetary donations, Sandy Paws is often looking for volunteer to help transport animals, write grants, conduct home visits, provide reference checks, foster animals and provide administrative services.
From the end of June to the end of August, volunteer-led Camp Jabberwocky offers children and adults with a wide range of disabilities the chance to enjoy summer in a small family-like community – living together and enjoying jam-packed days filled with adventurous activities and experiences that are safe, empowering, exciting and fun. Campers stay between one and four weeks during which time they enjoy activities and classes on campus and out-and-about in the community of Martha’s Vineyard. According to Camp Jabberwocky no one has ever been turned away for an inability to pay – and it costs the camp in excess of $1,450 per week to provide programming for one camper. Because Jabberwocky is committed to asking campers to pay only what they can afford, it is always seeking donations to offset the cost of programming for its campers.
Island Housing Trust
The Island Housing Trust is a non-profit organization that supports a diverse and vital community on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard by creating and sustaining permanently affordable housing solutions, both rental and ownership. Over the past decade, the Island Housing Trust has provided hope and opportunity to hundreds of low- and moderate- income Island families seeking a dignified solution to their affordable housing needs. Together with its supporters, they work towards a stronger, more resilient and sustainable future for our Island community. Over the past ten years Island Housing Trust has sold and rented 102 homes and apartments to low- and moderate- income families throughout Martha’s Vineyard. The goal is to create 100 new safe, stable, permanently affordable year-round homes by the end of 2020, which could solve nearly half of our Island-wide housing needs within the next five years.
For a full list of organizations you can help support this holiday and throughout the year visit https://firststopmv.org/ an Island-wide guide for local social service resources, programs, activities and opportunities.
We are just a little over a week away from Christmas Day and you might be one of two people:
Once just a holiday item Enchanted Chocolates' special peppermint chocolate treat has returned – but the good news is, it’s now here to stay year-round! The perennially popular 70% cacao chocolate is blended with food grade peppermint essential oil, then sprinkled with crushed candy canes. It’s no wonder it’s one of Emmy’s favorites and now available all year!
Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt
Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt is produced by husband and wife team Heidi Feldman and Curtis Friedman, a tech consultant-turned entrepreneur, farmer and carpenter who share a commitment to local, sustainable food production and a deep love of Martha’s Vineyard. Order online here.
Stefanie Wolf Designs
This is Stefanie Wolf Designs’ Stack Bracelet in Ocean with magnetic closure. This brand-new bracelet design is what happens when Stephanie takes her colorful glass beads and turns them on their side. These boldly colored bracelets are such fun! Closing with a click of a magnet, you'll never fumble to put on yours. Bending gently to fit your wrist, these bracelets fit somewhere between a supple beaded strand and a fixed-shape bangle. The clasp is an unusually strong magnet encased in a wrapping of sterling silver. People can find Stephanie at her store, upstairs at 12 N Water St., open daily 10 am-5 pm as well as online at https://stefaniewolf.com
For the artsy one in your life, get a gift designed by Althea, where all the original designs are created with hand-carved linoleum blocks. Prints, sweatshirts, shirts, and so much more in-store and online.
Blue Wave Body Co.
Bluewave Cosmetics was created out of this spirit: Gwyneth makes every product herself, uses fresh, natural ingredients and oversees every aspect of the product, from concept to shelf. All products satisfy a specific need or desire - whether for something comforting, or innovative, or for something that just smells delicious. And everything she makes works – every ingredient is extensively researched; recipes are tested and retested and new items are constantly added to the collection. Order online by 12/19!
Chappy Wood Company
The trees from which these beautiful gifts are made have been selected from all corners of the Island. Each item is then milled and produced entirely on Chappaquiddick Island, just off Edgartown. The milling, drying and finishing process is intentionally slow, starting with a whole tree as the raw material. Over the course of a few months, that tree is milled, cored, dried, sanded and finished to produce a truly local wood product. All products are finished with food/allergy safe walnut oil and are intended to be used and shared daily. Order online here.
Rachael Cassiani Art
Want a piece of art that reminds you of the Island? Look no further than Rachael Cassiani’s work! The title of this piece is, "Chilmark Sunset" (12"x12") and is available through The Field Gallery. It’s the perfect reminder of those gorgeous Chilmark sunsets. Contact The Field Gallery to purchase her work.
Winter means cozying up over hearty meals and here on Martha’s Vineyard there are still dozens of restaurant ready and waiting to cook you your next best meal. This time of year brings beloved seasonal dishes, popular and affordable dining deals, and unique foodie opportunities you won’t find during the summer months. Whether you’re a local looking for a new haunt this winter or a visitor making the rounds, we’ve compiled some of this season’s most delicious happenings.
Lunch at the Outermost Inn in Aquinnah
Quite possibly the most exciting news in the dining world on Martha’s Vineyard is the addition of lunch at the Outermost Inn in Aquinnah. Known for its spectacular sunsets and world class cuisine, this coveted up-Island restaurant is offering lunch through January 6. If you make it anywhere on this list make sure it’s here. Typically this seasonal restaurant serves dinner and shutters in the fall, but this year they’ve extended their season to offer lunch - and people are raving about it. Served Thursday through Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm and switched out to brunch on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, we have our fingers crossed that they'll keep it going even longer. Get there as soon as you can to savor things like short ribs and fried chicken.
Decadent Dinner Deals at the Harbor View Hotel
If you haven’t visited the new Harbor View Hotel you’re missing out. The recently renovated historic hotel is home to Bettini Restaurant where you'll find acclaimed chef Patrice Martineau (formerly of Daniel Boulud’s “Daniel” restaurant among other notable eateries) serving up some true culinary art. On Tuesdays satisfy your sushi craving with Bettini’s Bento Box Dinner Special. The Bento Box contents varies weekly and includes Miso Soup and a Japanese Fluffy Cheesecake with Green Tea, Yuzu Ice Cream all for $25 per person. For a taste of France, visit Bettini on Thursdays for Raclette Night. Raclette, (a word derived from the French verb racler, meaning, "to scrape") is a traditional meal comprising of Alpine cheeses melted on the wheel and then scraped onto accompaniments, such as potato, vegetables, and meats. The Raclette dinner includes Creme Brûlée for dessert at $25 per person. To say that is a great deal is a serious understatement!
Chef Amy’s Food Truck is Open for Business
Martha’s Vineyard boasts only a handful of food trucks and Chef Amy’s is the new kid on the block. The best part? Chef Amy stays put at her location on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven for all to enjoy this season. Her island inspired menu features favorites like jerk chicken, “bad ass” ribs, butter chicken, chicken gyro, plus fried plantains and other “side kicks.” She also offers fresh, cold pressed juices and a dedicated kids menu.
Oak Bluffs Cardboard Box Now Open Year Round
One of Oak Bluffs’ beloved spots, the Cardboard Box, (from executive chef/owner Ben DeForest of the Red Cat Kitchen and most recently the Oyster Bar 02557) announced it will now be open year round. That means we get a full 12 months of fun, food and revelry on Circuit Avenue!
Happy Hours make for happy times
Now’s the time of year to score cheap (and even free!) food on Martha’s Vineyard. Town Bar & Grill in Edgartown serves free passed apps, like their signature Captain’s Pigs in a Blanket, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6pm and from 8-10pm for Town Social Hour. If Italian is more your thing, swing by La Soffitta in Vineyard Haven and enjoy half-priced appetizers from 4-6pm on Mondays and Thursdays. Then there’s the beloved waterfront watering hole Lookout Tavern in Oak Bluffs where you can take advantage of their ½ price raw bar and appetizer specials Monday through Friday, until they close for the season on December 31. Shellfish lovers can rejoice knowing they can score local oysters for only $1- and that’s cheaper than we usually pay at the fish markets! Enjoy local oysters at Beach Road in Vineyard Haven for $1 Wednesday to Saturdays at the bar only from 5-6pm. The Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company will also offering $1 local oysters from 4-6pm daily starting in January.
Weekly Dining Specials
Fear not, you can find something delicious and affordable every night of the week no matter your preference or budget. Our local restaurants keep things interesting and accessible for locals and visitors alike. One thing is for certain, you won’t leave hungry when savoring these great deals and discounts!
During the holiday season, more and more friends and family have started gifting the gift of an experience. As you’ll discover, people love to be on the receiving end of these experience gifts! Make this type of gift giving even more welcome by giving an experience that takes place on Martha’s Vineyard – after all, who doesn’t want a gift that brings them closer to the Island? These Vineyard experiences are varied, so there’s something for everyone on your holiday list. From the foodie to the art lover and the adventure seeker, we hope you create new and fun experiences with friends and family this holiday season and in the new year to come!
Membership to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum
The gift of a membership to Martha’s Vineyard Museum is such a great gift for anyone - whether they live on Island or not. All membership levels include:
Grey Barn Bread Program Winter 2020
For the bread lover in your life who lives on Martha’s Vineyard the Grey Barn & Farm offers the perfect gift. The twelve weeks of wonderful, certified organic bread made for you right at the farm brings the following: “Each week you [or the person you gift this to] will receive two breads. Enjoy one of our core sourdough loaves in rotation (Whole Wheat Boule, White Batard, Japanese Milk Bread or our Herb and Polenta Bread); and take home and indulge yourself in one additional artisanal loaf. May include Seasonal Brioche, Seasonal Levain, and other bakery creations that include our farm's local and certified organic products.”
A Grey Barn swag bag is included so that you [or the recipient] have something in which to take your lovingly made bread home, protected from the elements.
Membership to The Trustees
Share your love and support of land conservation and the outdoors: your friend or loved one will enjoy the many benefits of a gift of Membership to The Trustees. The family membership ($70, fully tax deductible) includes:
ResortMan Martha’s Vineyard Luxury Transportation Services’ All Island Tour
A four-hour Island tour with ResortMan is the perfect way to share the Island with your loved ones! This tour exclusively features the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, where visitors will be introduced to Martha’s Vineyard’s 100 square miles and 6 unique towns through its history and special points of interest. Enjoy the best of the Island in luxury and comfort. ResortMan has a variety of tours, including custom tours so make sure to contact them for specific details and to book!
Sponsor an Alpaca
For the alpaca lover in your life, one of the best gifts comes straight from Island Alpaca! Participation in the program will help keep the alpacas healthy, happy and well fed! Of course, Island Alpaca hopes you can meet the alpacas in person and select the one you’ll want to call your own and sponsor. Or, view their characteristics on the Island Alpaca website sales pages. Since each alpaca has its very own unique personality, why not choose the one that best suits the person you are gifting it to? Such a fun gift idea!
For the food lover in your life, an experience with Farm.Field.Sea. is a must. Whether you choose tickets to an oyster farm tour & sunset sail or passes to the Martha’s Vineyard Oyster Festival, this organization is known for its brilliantly curated experiences that focus on the farm-to-table and sea-to-table movement.
Island Spirit Full Day Kayak Tour
For the friend or family member who loves being on the water, a Full Day Kayak Tour is the perfect gift idea. Lunch picnic, and snacks provided - a true sea kayaking experience to remote locations! Departure points based on wind and tides. Full Day locations include Aquinnah loop around the cliffs; Edgartown to the Chappaquiddick ‘Gut’; one-way Tashmoo to Menemsha drift or East and West Chop day in the rip! For the adventurous, this is the perfect gift for summer 2020!
Art Class at Featherstone Center for the Arts
For the creative spirit in your life, a class at Featherstone Center for the Arts is a great idea! Featherstone has all types of classes, not limited to jewelry, art therapy, literary arts, music, painting, mixed media, printmaking, stained glass, technology, as well as art nights.
View all available classes here.
Vineyard Trust Membership and/or Tickets for Taste of the Vineyard
If you’re gifting to someone over the age of 21, a membership to the Vineyard Trust AND tickets to Taste of the Vineyard would be a dream come true! As a bonus, your gift of a Friends Circle membership provides vital support for Vineyard Trust’s ongoing preservation work across the Island. For more than 40 years, the Trust has acquired, preserved and managed 20 endangered historical landmarks across Martha’s Vineyard, restoring living institutions to their rightful place in Island life.
In addition to the knowledge that you are helping to keep Martha’s Vineyard authentic, you will receive the following tangible benefits:
Happy Holidays and Happy Gifting to You All!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Thursday, December 12th through Sunday, December 15th, the town of Edgartown, located “down Island” on Martha’s Vineyard, is hosting their 38th Annual Christmas in Edgartown.
Voted Best of the Vineyard for the fifth year in a row, Christmas in Edgartown is a 4-day festival you don’t want to miss! Every year through the various events, Christmas in Edgartown helps raise over $50,000 for Island-wide charities and nonprofits. It’s really a community-driven event that is filled with holiday cheer for all - and the money raised helps everyone in the community have a merrier holiday season.
Over 100 Edgartown and Island businesses participate in the weekend festivities, events are listed on the Christmas in Edgartown website - come be a part of the holiday magic! What’s great is that HyLine is running a High Speed Ferry direct to Edgartown from Hyannis for Christmas In Edgartown, so make sure to check out that schedule and enjoy the fun and merriment. The Steamship Authority will be running their regular service from Woods Hole, so that’s another option. Maybe you’ll see Santa and some reindeer on the ferry this year?
Don’t Miss These Signature Christmas in Edgartown Events!
Late Night Lights on Main Street: Let evening shop lights entice you in during Christmas in Edgartown Late Night Lights on Main. To kick-off Christmas in Edgartown, stores will be open until 8 pm on Thursday for you to focus on holiday shopping before the busy weekend of festivities begin. Come early, stay late, and hop between parties, sales, discounts with a drink or appetizer in between.
Kick off Christmas in Edgartown with Rockland Trust! A traditional kick off to Christmas in Edgartown, the Rockland Trust Party is not to be missed. Come join us for delicious bites, wine, cheese, music and giveaways. Please call 508-627-7038 with your questions.
Martha's Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite: Join Point B Realty in celebrating their ninth enchanting year. The Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser is a magical holiday tradition where family memories are made, and the money raised goes to help the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club. Each year, our family of bears, dressed in holiday splendor, bring the magic of the season to all those who visit. Suggested donation of $5 benefits the Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club. Please call 508-627-4567, ext 807 with questions.
Lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse: Don’t miss this time-honored tradition! Edgartown’s version of a tree lighting is full of seaside village charm. The magical event is brought to you by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Viewing festivities will be hosted by the Harbor View Hotel.
Donaroma’s Joy to the World! After the summer sun and brilliant shades of autumn have passed, we celebrate the holidays with our Evening of Enchantment, a stroll through our magically decorated Donaroma’s Nursery and Garden Store. This year we have the pleasure to celebrate “Joy to the World” with our beautiful community. Come join us for a few wondrous hours for the whole family to enjoy and capture the spirit of the season. Donations benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club.
Holiday Cocktail Party at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House: Enjoy fine libations and passed hors d’oeuvres at the historic Dr. Daniel Fisher House. Ticket price $75 per person (21+) Tickets purchased after December 1st may be picked up at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House. Please contact the Vineyard Trust for details: 508-627-4440.
27th Annual Christmas in Edgartown Art and Crafts Festival: This year's annual Holiday Art and Crafts Festival will again be showcasing the work of over 40 Island artists and craftspeople. Free parking on site. Come take care of all your holiday shopping. Food is available and parking is free. Benefiting Edgartown School 8th grade class trip to Washington DC. For questions about the event or how to be a vendor, please call Fran at 508-560-6721.
Plum Hill School Annual Elves Faire: Crafts, Decorate a Gingerbread House, Silent Auction, Holiday Gifts, Delicious Hot Food and Drink. Proceeds benefit the Plum Hill School. Please email email@example.com with questions.
Christmas in Edgartown Parade: Not quite the 4th of July, but it is a strong runner-up! Join the fun to see floats, animals, music, dancers, kids, fire engines, and of course Santa. The parade will take place on Main Street between Peases’ Point Way and Water Street.
The 35th Annual Great Chowder Contest: The Great Chowder Contest crowns the best clam chowder and the best seafood chowder made on Martha's Vineyard. Under the tent on Winter Street in Edgartown, more than a dozen professionals, restaurants and individuals vie for the title of best clam or best seafood chowder. Admission is $10 per person which entitles you to a sample of each of these delicious chowders. All benefits from ticket sales go to The Red Stocking Fund. Online ticket sales here.
MVRHS Minnesingers Concerts at the Old Whaling Church: $15 per adult, $10 seniors & students. Children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult but must have a physical Free Ticket for admittance. Tickets available for purchase after Thanksgiving at The Carnegie (Edgartown), Alley's General Store (West Tisbury), Leslie’s Pharmacy (Vineyard Haven), Our Market (Oak Bluffs) or at the door. Please call 508-627-4440 with your questions.
Teddy Bear Trot Holiday 5K Run & Walk: The Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, in conjunction with Point B Realty, is happy to be sponsoring the 5th Annual Teddy Bear Trot 5K and Fun Run, part of the Martha's Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite, as well as the Christmas in Edgartown festivities. Awards will be given for age groups, as well as festive dress. Participants of all ages and levels are encouraged to participate and dress as festively as possible. Dogs and strollers are welcome! To register today, click here. Entrance fee is $25 for pre-registration, and $30 race day. Kids' fun run registration is $10. All proceeds go to the Club’s Happy Healthy Kids program, an after-school program which provides free food to hundreds of Island children each week and is the focus of the Martha's Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite fundraiser. This year, the Teddy Bear Suite has a fundraising goal of $45,000, which will underwrite the Health Happy Kids program. Join us for this cornerstone event of Christmas in Edgartown weekend! For information, visit https://mvteddybearsuite.com/.
Photos: Joshua Robinson-White, Vineyard Lights
The Martha's Vineyard Oyster Fest celebrates all things seafood, with something for everyone. Meet local oyster growers, gatherers, chefs, sommeliers, brewers, and mixologists as they share what they love to do. Eat local seafood, drink fine wine and local brews, groove to live music, learn about the superpowers of oysters. Let it all go, with fellow merrymakers, for some real good, salty fun. Tickets on sale here.
The festival will take place on May 8th and 9th, 2020, at the new Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Vineyard Haven. We caught up with one of the founders of the Oyster Festival, Nevette Previd, and asked her a few questions about her oyster loving life!
What is it about oysters and the shellfish industry that excites you the most?
Oysters/Shellfish have superpowers! And, a trifecta of positive impact. They are a delicious, healthy, versatile protein source, they work to mitigate the effects of humans and climate change on our local waters and have played a positive role in improving the local economy of the Island via the boom of oyster farming. Amazing!
It's an oyster and wine festival - so tell us, what would be your ideal wine for Island oysters?
My obvious, ideal wine for oysters is Veuve Clicquot (anytime really). I also love Naissance Sauvignon Blanc from Jackson Family Wines or any Rosé. According to my co-producer John Clift, sommelier, and owner of MV Vintage Wines - Muscadet makes for a 'heavenly pairing' that makes oysters 'dance.' For fried or cooked oysters, my go-to is Brewer Clifton Chardonnay.
Did you grow up eating oysters? Can you recount an early oyster experience you had?
No! But my son has downed raw oysters and clams like a champ since he was two years old. My first experience with oysters was when I lived in London. On one fateful day, under a little friendly prodding from friends, I tried raw oysters, escargot, steamers, and sushi - and I never looked back.
Fun That Fuels the Future
The Martha’s Vineyard Oyster Fest (MVOF) is a mission-based festival that aims to drive long-term local, regional, and national awareness of Martha's Vineyard and Massachusetts-farmed oyster and native fish profiles.
Founded by Nevette Previd of Farm.Field.Sea., the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group (MVSG), and John Clift of the MV Wine Festival and purveyor of Vintage MV Wine & Spirits and 19 Raw, the festival gathers oyster farmers, the who’s who in the beverage industry, the area’s best chefs, and a fantastic cadre of special guests, to celebrate the bounty from the sea.
They aim to quench the ever-growing appetite for a cultural event that marries food, wine, education, and music. They hope guests take away a deeper understanding of this incredible class of mollusks, Bivalvia—their culinary versatility, health benefits, and real, positive environmental and ecosystem impact.
A portion of the MVOF proceeds will go to the Martha’s Vineyard Shell Recovery Partnership. This MVSG program reduces and recycles shell waste on the Island, provides a local source of shell for shellfish restoration, and improves shellfish production, which in turn improves local water quality. All shells from the MVOF will be recycled through this program.
Make sure to check out ticket sales online here and start planning your bivalve adventure to Martha’s Vineyard next May 2020!
It’s fall on Martha’s Vineyard and with the seasons changing, so do restaurant menus. Today, we’re getting really hungry by sharing “The Most Delicious Fall Restaurant Dishes on Martha’s Vineyard!"
When you think of the Fall season on Martha’s Vineyard and most of New England, you think of warm, grounding foods that take the chill off because, as we all know, the warmer temperatures aren’t around anymore and we’re trying to stay as cozy as possible.
The Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seed, Aleppo Pepper, and Brioche Croutons is one that will warm you up from head to toe. It’s the ideal way to start a meal at this Edgartown restaurant, as it is light enough to indulge in.
The Barn, Bowl, and Bistro
For those that want something healthy and fresh, but at the same time full of Fall flavors, this salad from the Barn is delightful: Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad combine with red cabbage, candied pecans, dried cranberries and blue cheese crumbles tossed in a lemon vinaigrette.
Treat yourself to dinner at this gorgeous Edgartown restaurant and check out their new Fall menu. The coziest dish? The Braised Short Ribs, which are slowly coaxed to tenderness in red wine jus and served with the creamiest mashed potatoes and confit carrots.
The Cardboard Box
Nothing says cozy and comfort like these crispy servings of buttermilk-ed, 1/2 fryer chickens with sweet cornbread cast iron skillet, luscious braised collards and a honey-chili butter that will have you licking your fingers!
You might not think eggplant as a fall ingredient, but it’s actually in season until late October so we love that we can include it in this roundup. Head to Vineyard Haven and get the Garlic Eggplant from Copper Wok and you won’t be disappointed. Plus, garlic is a great ingredient to keep your immune system strong and healthy this time of year!
The Fish House MV
With a tempting selection of grab and go items for dinner you can choose from local lamb or veggie shepherd’s pie, veggie or chicken pot pie, mac and cheese and lobster mac and cheese. All homemade, they are the perfect quick meal when you don’t have time to cook before the early winter darkness settles in right around 4 pm.
Life at Humphrey’s
Hungry for lunch? Try their Garden Harvest veggie sandwich! Roasted carrot purée, roasted butternut squash, red peppers, red onions, lettuce, cucumbers spread with an amazing cranberry goat cheese and topped with walnuts, this sandwich is healthy, filling, and bursting with textures.
On Upper Main Street in Edgartown is Lucky Hank’s, which you might think about for breakfast but, you’ll happily discover, serves up some amazing lunches and dinners as well. Check out its Morning Glory Farm Candy Roaster Squash and Roasted Garlic Soup with shredded Morning Glory Farm kale, Gala apple, toasted almonds, and a goat cheese crouton. What’s not to love?!
The Newes From America Pub
For those craving pasta, another great option is the Roasted Butternut Squash ravioli with sage cream, toasted pecans, and cider syrup from this historic Edgartown pub.
Town Bar & Grill
These Squash Ravioli are served with a luscious sage brown butter sauce and sprinkled with maple-bourbon soaked cranberries, Parmesan cheese, and candied walnut crumbs for some texture. The squash filling inside the ravioli is so creamy and delicious, you’ll want to order this one every time you visit!
Now, if you’re not looking to stay cozy but are still hungry, make sure to check out our other foodie blog posts linked below:
WHERE TO FIND THE BEST FRIED SEAFOOD ON MARTHA’S VINEYARD
FINDING THE BEST BURGER ON MARTHA’S VINEYARD
WHERE TO EAT THE BEST PIZZA ON MARTHA’S VINEYARD
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