Our Farmer’s Market

After a scenic drive along West Tisbury-Edgartown Road, just passed Alley’s General Store & 7a Foods, I arrived to find the West Tisbury Farmer’s Market at the Grange Hall.  A beautiful Wednesday afternoon, the sun was shining bright upon the tents of each outdoor vendor & parking was easily found along the street.

The island was all a buzz with questions of when and where President Obama & his family might show up next… Would it be the farmer’s market, Today?  This video gives a look at what the President might choose on his visit to the market.

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Open every Wednesday from June 18th – August 27th & Saturday from June 7th – October 11th 9:00 am- 12:00 pm & packed with vendors.

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Each vendor shares a piece of who they are with high quality goods and smiling faces.  The Kitchen Porch stand (above) offers everything from grab and go lunch items to freshly made popovers.

As I peeked in to each market stand, I was tickled to see items from all over the island.  From local produce, fresh cut flowers, baked goods, plants, & chocolates.  You Name It, They’ve Got It!

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A favorite of mine is the island sea salt produced by Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt.  Available at the West Tisbury Farmer’s Market until September.

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Look how cute the ‘Travelers’ are!  An ode to the past, these petite treasures are perfect reminders of when islanders used to make their own sea salt stash.  Perfect for visitor gifts or as an ‘on the go’ essential.

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Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt is produced by the husband and wife team of Heidi Feldman and Curtis Friedman, a tech consultant-turned-entrepreneurial farmer and carpenter who share a commitment to local, sustainable food production and a deep love of Martha’s Vineyard.  As seen (above) with the carefully crafted table Curtis constructed and Heidi’s genius use of island shells and sea glass to form the shape of the island.

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Another favorite of mine is Tea Lane Farms fresh cut flowers from right here in West Tisbury.  Tea Lane offers the freshest flowers & accommodate everything from Weddings, Special Events, Custom Bouquets, DIY Flower Buckets.

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At Tea Lane’s market stand seasonal flowers cut that morning are plentiful.  They come in all different shapes and sizes.  Lilies and Sunflowers were on display in silver buckets all a glow! The Stargazer lilies were a ‘must have’ purchase for this trip to the market.

The West Tisbury Farmers Market is not to be missed…  My day at the market was exactly what I needed to unwind and discover all the island had to offer.  If you are coming in the off season, the Winter Market becomes the next best thing & a local favorite.  Held indoors at the new Agricultural Hall the market hosts over 25 vendors, great food and live music!

See you there…

With Love, ~C.

What About Bob

The Vineyard is home to many celebrities, some that were born here, some that find their way to the beautiful island, and some that just come for the summer. Bob Carroll is an island celebrity, born and raised on South Summer Street in Edgartown. Bob has done so much for Martha’s Vineyard and after 90 years, he still calls the island his home.            

At one point Bob owned the Seafood Shanty, Harbor View Hotel, Kelley House, Edgartown Marine and other prime real estate all at the same time. How did he turn into the successful businessman? It all started with a coffee shop. In the 50’s his friend leased him a coffee shop where you could buy a cup for 10 cents. He realized men would come in, buy a cup, and then sit there all day not allowing anyone else in thus preventing the shop from making a profit. Bob simply raised the price of coffee and his problems were solved

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Bob then realized that Edgartown needed another restaurant. He bought a building and made a little restaurant out of it, this was the Seafood Shanty. The Seafood Shanty is still a popular pick for islanders and tourists and often has lines out the door.

Four years after the success of the Seafood Shanty, in 1965, Bob took out a loan from the Plymouth Savings Bank and bought the Harbor View Hotel for $225,000. Bob did so much for the hotel: he changed the lay out of the rooms, gave the main building guest rooms back its beautiful view of the lighthouse by changing the locations of the bathrooms, added a swimming pool, added the 3 story Governor Mayhew building, and extending the traditional 3 month season by bringing in groups for conferences in the spring and fall. The 3 story, 51 room, Governor Mayhew building was a hit right away to the public. It sat right next to the pool and had seventeen twin-bedded rooms. Each floor had its own electric heater and the building paid for itself in the first two years.

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Soon after the Harbor View, Bob bought the Kelley House and Edgartown Marine. Bob was very well liked and respected through out the island. Not only was he well known for all of his business and success, but he served as an Edgartown selectman, which also made him a police commissioner, from 1960-1970. He said that he could get anyone out of trouble in half an hour. Bob played himself as a police commissioner in the movie Jaws that was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard in 1975.

Bob was 62 when he got out of the hotel business for good. He sold the Harbor View in 1986, but still calls it his home. Being the smart businessman he is, Bob negotiated a lifetime tenancy in the penthouse atop the harbor view. Bob currently resides there and is celebrating his 90th birthday tonight at Water St.

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Happy birthday Bob!

XOXO,

Carly

Sandcastles on South Beach 2014

Wednesday was the 8th Annual Sandcastle Competition on South Beach.

Never wanting to miss a good time, the Harbor View gang went over to check it out. And BOY was it a good time! The weather was stunning and sunny and the interns took full advantage of a trip out of the office…

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The stakes were high- the winner get a flag announcing to the whole beach they are the winner AND bragging rights! The competition was broken up into Juniors (younger than 13) and Adults (13+) with a special “People’s Choice” award that was voted on by other passing beach-goers.

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The competition was fierce. And the subject matter of the sand sculptures was pretty varied…

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We showed up as most of the teams were putting the final touches on their sand creations. And while most of the teams were from the Eastern Seaboard, there were some teams from the Midwest and the South. This “Jaws” enthusiast was all the way from the California!

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Of course, Harbor View Hotel had a team representing us! The activities department had been hard at work since 10am and were almost complete by the time we showed up…

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But Seth, the Director of Activities here at the hotel, took some time off of sand sculpting to do a quick interview with Lucas about what it takes to compete…

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After hours of building the winners were announced and awards were presented…

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The First Place Winners for the Junior Division built an  octopus enjoying a birthday cupcake, using beach rocks as sprinkles. Nice work guys!

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The Adult competition was pretty stiff and the Harbor View team didn’t win first unfortunately. BUT we still held our own against the other teams! Here is the hardworking team with their ribbons.

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All in all it was a really fun summer day. Everyone was out to catch the waves and some rays and see the sand castle competition. If you didn’t make it this year, be sure to stop by next summer- or better register as a team! The competition is run ever year by the Edgartown Board of Trade. Hit up the website for more information!

What a afternoon! Thanks to everyone for reading!

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Cheers!

Gretta x

 

 

Elizabeth Cecil Art Opening

We decided to kick off the weekend early last week by throwing an art opening to celebrate the wonderful Elizabeth Cecil. Elizabeth is a photographer here on the island and her work captures some stunning scenes of life on Martha’s Vineyard- from the animals at the Grey Barn and the Agricultural Festival, to surfers catching the waves up at Dukes County. Her work is also now part of a permanent collection hanging on the walls of the Governor Mayhew Building here at the Harbor View Hotel.

As five o’clock drew nearer, the clouds were pretty stormy and we feared that we would have to keep our party inside. But at five the clouds cleared up and gave way to a beautiful sun-soaked evening. The two Elizabeths took a quick snap before the guests arrived…

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The cheese plate, supplied by the Water Street Restaurant was beautiful (and delicious… the marketing team had more than our fare share ahem…)

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But Elizabeth’s work was an even bigger hit! The Pool and hallways were soon filled with people buzzing about her work and pointing out their favorite’s to friends.

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The evening was filled with good food (and wine!) and good friends. Some people were Harbor View regulars and others had never been inside the building, but everyone agreed that Elizabeth’s work looked amazing on the Governor Mayhew walls. Hotel guests joined in the festiviites and were happy to meet the artist who’s work they had been admiring all week.

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In addition to the wine a cheese, delicious hors d’oeuvres were passed around…

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…and Krishana of Tea Lane Farm provided stunning flowers to decorate the pool area. The triple lillies were my favorite…

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I was a little obsessed!

And just when we all though we couldn’t eat another bite, the servers came around with mini donuts from the island-famous Nik’s Donuts! And they were all dressed up for the special occasion! No one could resist a sweet snack…

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And at that point the Instagramming got out of control! Good thing too, because the donuts disappeared mighty fast…

All in all a really fun night of food, art, and friends! If you made it to the Harbor View Hotel on Thursday night, thank you so much for joining us! And if you didn’t get a chance to stop by, be sure to take a peek in the Governor Mayhew buiding soon to see Elizabeth’s work!

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Thanks for reading and hope you get a chance to join us for our next event!

For more information about Elizabeth and her work, please visit her at: http://elizabethcecil.com/

Cheers,

Gretta x

 

Friday at the Flower Farm

On Friday the team got up early and trekked Up Island for the flower harvest at Tea Lane Farm.

Tea Lane Farm is a flower studio which grows stunning organic flowers in it’s greenhouses and fields in Chilmark. They provide flowers for Weddings, Special Events, and Custom Bouquets. Summer is (obviously) a really busy season for the Tea Lane team, between all the weddings and parties that happen on the island. But they graciously invited us over to tour the field and talk about their business.

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The day could not have been more beautiful. It had been rainy and gross the past couple days, but the sun had finally broken through and all we wanted to do was spend the whole day outside. We met the owner Krishana Collins on Middle Road and followed her in our car along a bumpy dirt road. We emerged from the trees at the edge of a large field and could already see the girls harvesting flowers. Krishana walked us through the rows, showing us the different types they grow- Chrysanthemums, Snapdragons, Bachelor Buttons, Zinnias, Sunflowers, and huge lilies of every color. It was such a beautiful sight to see the ladies of Tea Lane crouching down in the feilds and emerging with armfuls of beautiful liliies. Paradise!

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Krishana told us about her growing technique and how to harvest the flowers, and then helped us pick out our own fresh bouquets- that matched our outfits (of course!)

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We had a little TOO much fun… even our cameraman Lucas got into it!

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Tea Lane Farm supplies flowers to the West Tisbury Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays all summer, and they have a farmer’s stand which works on the honor system. You can also contact them to order the most beautiful fresh flowers on the island for your next party by checking out their website.

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Thanks for reading, and I hope you get a chance to pick up some Tea Lane Farm flowers this summer, they really are stunning!

Cheers x,

Gretta

 

Meet the Marketing Team!

Our Scout Hotels marketing family has grown, even if only for the summer. Here are the some of the people you will hear from in the upcoming weeks, so read on to meet us all!

Elizabeth (Regional Director of Marketing)

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Our fearless leader Elizabeth is Vineyard bred. When she is not in the office or touring around the island on her bike, she is throwing a good party. Elizabeth owns a bright pink dresser, is fueled by Nespresso Espresso and loves to jam out to Beyonce.

 

Chay’lin (Marketing Assistant)

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Chay’lin is a New Zealand born mermaid. The ocean, yoga, her better half, their two pups- Luna-Kai & Springsteen, and all things “Fresh -&- Fantastic” make this Island Girl smile!

 

Gretta (Summer Intern)

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Hailing from DC, Gretta is a Junior at Occidental College in LA. She is so excited to be spending her first full summer on the Vineyard. A caffeine addict, Gretta loves sailing, peonies, Gossip Girl reruns and anything purple.

 

Carly (Summer Intern)

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Carly grew up in Wellesley, MA and is a junior at the University of Delaware. Carly is practically a local and has summered on the Vineyard ever since birth. She is addicted to candy corn, loves listening to her favorite songs on repeat, and always craves milkshakes. Victoria Beckham is her spirit animal.

 

Lucas (Cameraman Extraordinaire)

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Lucas grew up here on the island in Vineyard Haven. A recent graduate of Savanna College of Art and Design, Lucas is now a cinematography wizard. He loves Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band (some say too much…), buffalos and romantic sunsets.

To learn more about us and our adventures on Cape Cod and the Islands, stay tuned and keep reading this summer!

Also make sure to follow us on Instagram @HarborViewHotel and “like” us on Facebook!

 

Brilliant Times in Biplanes

I recently had the chance to see the island from a whole new perspective- from the air!

I woke up bright and early full of excitement and anticipation. I have never been one for heights, and I was honestly a little nervous to go up in a small plane, but I had heard great things and so grit my teeth and said yes!

Carly picked me up outside the Harbor View and we drove down to meet  the cameraman Lucas at the Katama Airpark, just a short drive south of Edgartown. We arrived and pulled up outside Classic Aviators and I met with the team. They were grouped around a beautiful bright red 1941 Waco. I completely forgot my pre-flight jitters when they pushed her out. The morning sun caught the wings of the plane and lit her up brilliantly.

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The team including Matt and Brett explained the safety features of the plane and helped us mount the GoPro to the wing of the plane. After a few more instructions I was handed a (super glamorous!!) leather helmet and goggles climbed in!

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Matt started up the engine and we were off! We bumped along over the grass  and as we let the engine warm up, Matt explained told me more about the history of the Katama Air Field, which has been used since 1924.

Finally the engine was all warmed up and with a great whirring of propellers we took off along the airstrip and into the sky!

I was immediately astonished by the view. The island was bathed in bright light from the sunrise and looked pretty dazzling. I watched as cars and houses shrank as we climbed higher. Matt took me over Katama Bay and Chappaquiddick Island, pointing out interesting landmarks and houses along the way. Finally we turned and flew over Edgartown. It was amazing to see the town I am so familiar from above! We dipped and dived over Main Street and made a tight loop over the Harbor View Hotel.

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The whole time I was so captivated by what I was looking at that I completely forgot all about my fear of heights. There was no time to be scared when I had the best view on the island! We kept our eyes peeled for sharks (don’t worry, we didn’t see any!) and Matt pointed out an old shipwreck north of Edgartown dating back to the 1800s.

We did one last lap over Edgartown before zooming back over to the airstrip to land. I found myself wishing we didn’t have to go back, but could stay up in the air for a few more hours. I finally understood what Matt had told me before we took off—that flying can become an addiction!

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The Classic Aviators biplane rides are a must for all ages, and the team is professional and very friendly. Located at the Katama Air Park just a 15-minute drive from the Harbor View, Classic Aviators offer rides to different parts of the island- from Edgartown to Aquinnah and all the beaches and harbors in between. Rides are offered beginning at 9am, and while reservations are not required, calling ahead during high summer season is always a good idea.

For full information go to: http://www.biplanemv.com/index-2.html or call: (508) 627-7677

Cheers!

Gretta x