Skip the Long Lines on Black Friday, Shop Local!


Black Friday is the time of year that every person either dreads or becomes unnaturally excited about.  Every year people, for those who choose to partake, brave the bitter cold to stand in extremely long lines at Best Buy or Wal-Mart to purchase the beloved flat screen or the new gaming system they have been dreaming of. 


Instead of battling the crowds on Black Friday, we encourage you to partake in Martha’s Vineyard’s “Shop Small” Saturday.  This is a nation wide campaign developed by American Express to encourage consumers to shop at small local businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Shop Small is beneficial to the Martha’s Vineyard community in that is helps promote and support the great restaurants and shops on the island.  The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce has encouraged local restaurants and shops to get involved this year with specials, sales, and promtions.  Harbor View Hotel is located just a short walk from all the great shops and restaurants. On Shop Small Saturday, November 28th Harbor View Hotel will be offering a special promotion all day: Buy One Small Plate Receive the Second Small Plate Free (equal or lesser value).



30 Things To Do in Edgartown

30 Things To Do in Edgartown

Are you visiting Martha’s Vineyard this summer? Make sure to explore the historic whaling village of Edgartown. Filled with historical landmarks, sustainable farms, delicious restaurants, and plenty of family-friendly activities, it’s a town to explore while on island! Print out this handy list of the best 30 things to do in town and make it your goal to check them all off!

30 Things To Do In Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard

  1. Have breakfast at Lighthouse Grill over looking the Edgartown Lighthouse.
  2. Bike ride to Morning Glory Farm.
  3. Watch how Murdick’s Fudge is made in their local shop.
  4. Visit the FARM Institute and spend the day doing farm chores.
  5. Take a selfie with the Edgartown Lighthouse.
  6. Rent a Kelley House bike and ride all around town.
  7. Take the ferry to Chappaquiddick Island and explore the Mytoi Gardens.
  8. Check out a local author at the Edgartown Public Library.
  9. Go on a biplane ride on classic aviators in the Katama Airfield.
  10. Do a beer tasting at Bad Martha’s Brewery (if you’re over 21!)
  11. Walk around the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.
  12. Run into the Vineyard Sound on the corner of the Old Whaling Church.
  13. Head to Vintage Wine MV for a spur of the moment wine tasting (if you’re over 21!)
  14. Go on a walking ghost tour of Edgartown.
  15. Spend a day sunbathing on South Beach.
  16. Collect sea glass on Lighthouse Beach.
  17. Go on a Mad Max sailing adventure.
  18. Walk over to the Pagoda Tree and read about its history.
  19. Have a cold beer at the local pub, the Newes From America Pub.
  20. Explore old whaling captain’s homes on North Water Street.
  21. Shop the boutique stores on Main Street Edgartown.
  22. Walk around the art galleries on North Water Street.
  23. Play a round of golf at the Royal and Ancient Chappaquidddick Links.
  24. Pamper yourself with a massage at Sea Spa Salon.
  25. Pack a picnic with goodies from Soigne Gourmet Food Shop.
  26. Take a picture on the Memorial Wharf.
  27. Walk around town while eating ice cream from Mad Martha’s.
  28. Visit Felix Neck Santuary.
  29. Sip on a cocktail on Harbor View Hotel porch sitting on our famous rocking chairs.
  30. Catch a movie on a rainy day at Entertainment Cinemas.
  31. Have a burger at Henry’s Hotel Bar and hashtag #Henrysmv on social media.

Agricultural Bliss at the Grey Barn

Last week I headed up-island to Chilmark to visit the Grey Barn. For those of you that are unfamiliar, the Grey Barn is a stunning plot of land that has been carefully and lovingly designed and built to supply owners and the island with wholesome, organic, meats, cheeses, and milk. While the Grey Barn officially started in March 2010 with 3 cows, since then it has grown to be home to roughly 27 milking cows, 45 pigs, 6 goats, 320 chickens, and a family of ducks, and become a Vineyard establishment.

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I drove west along the scenic Edgartown Road up to Chilmark and joined the rest of the group at the Grey Barn farm stand for the tour.

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Here we were met by the Farm Manager Michael who started the tour off by showing us where the cows were milked twice a day. The healthy cows at Grey Barn can produce up to 5lbs of milk and milk fat a day.

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The milk cows are Dutch Milking Cows, which Michael explained were bred back in the day by the aristocracy to produce milk which was rich in proteins and fat…

Which is perfect for making Grey Barn’s island-famous CHEESE! Which is all made on-property in vats like these…

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Grey Barn is all about high quality- quality of their products (milks, cheeses, meats), and the quality of the lives of their animals. They believe that all of this goes into making their final product delicious and good for you- free of the hormones and chemicals that you can find in so many foods today.

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This philosophy starts with the soil. After a cow is milked and all the curds and cow milk is gleaned, the unused portion (aka the milk waste) is placed in a tank and used to feed the pigs (because its filled with nutrients, vitamins, and  protein) or put into the organic fertilizer that is then spread on the field. This strengthens the grass in the feilds and in turn enriches the cows, goats, and pigs that graze there. In the winter the cows of Grey Barn are fed sprouted barley, hay, and molasses, but NEVER dried grain. This means that the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids is roughly 3:1 (in the healthy, even essential range for humans).

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Grazing itself is an art at the Grey Barn. Cows are grazed 24/7, but are never in a single field for more than 12-16 hours. This frequent rotation provides better grazing and stimulation for the cows, and prevents overgrazing, allowing fields to recover and regrow. Each field differs in plant composition- meaning that each field provides different nutrition for the grazing cows.

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It is important that cows get enough time to eat and rest. A healthy Grey Barn cow will eat up to 30,000 calories a day and rest for 12 hours a day… which is good because these gals are BIG! Michael explained that resting is actually one of the most important things that a cow can do!

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Grey Barn also produces pigs for consumption. While I am a vegetarian, and sometimes the details of the meat industry can be upsetting, I have to say the pigs here looked very happy, healthy, and well looked-after. Michael explained that these pure Berkshire Pigs live outside in expansive, wooded enclosures their entire life until they are ready for slaughter. Pigs, he explained, are actually very clean animals, so the Grey Barn moves their pigs to a new enclosure every few weeks to keep their living environment clean. These little guys looked like they had a pretty good life…

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They Grey Barn produces a variety of milks, butter milks, delicious cheeses, and meats, that are used in a variety of restaurnats around the island- including right here at our Lighthouse Grill. If you are interested in taking a farm tour, be sure to check out their website for a schedule of times. And their Grey Barn Farm stand is open every day from 7am to 7pm and works on the honor system. I find myself making a trip over to West Tisbury pretty frequently to pick up some of their delicious Eidolon cheese.

Visit them at: 22 S Rd Chilmark, MA 02535

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Thanks for reading- check back weekly for more adventures here on the island! And be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @harborviewmv



Shopping in Edgartown – Newest Shops

Part of the vacation experience here in Edgartown is of course the shopping! Whether you’re hitting the usual shops or visiting the new shops in town, you’re sure to find some great items to take home with you. Below, we’ve listed some of the newest shops in town – and perfect places to pop in and pick up some island treasures!

1. The Great Put-On’s Tesori

The Great Put-On has been a staple of Dock Street in Edgartown for a number of years now and just this season  they have opened up a brand new jewelry store on 7 Winter Street! With designers such as  Julez Bryant, Julieri, Samaria 13, and Buj, Tesori brings in a hint of luxury and elegance characteristic of Edgartown. This is the perfect shop to stop in for a special occasion, a day when you need a great gift for a wedding, or any time you’d just like to treat yourself!

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2. Stina Sayre – European Style Clothing

For a more sophisticated look for a more formal wedding, or for the mother of the bride, Stina Stayler is a good place to peek in. An island staple for over two decades, Stina has had a store in Vineyard Haven for many years but this summer has opened a new store location here in Edgartown. Originally from Sweden, Stina brings handcrafted European design defined by “simplicity and function” and marked by “feminine edge, avant-garde and minimal.” Stina, wanting to be close to her customers and their tastes, can be found in her stores at drawing board, or cutting away at gorgeous bolts of fabric. What is born are beautiful, unique pieces that are approachable yet have an allure of adventure and fun. Read more about the new location on Winter Street on the Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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3. Nikki Sedacca Gallery

Now with two spaces in Nevin Square on Winter Street, Nikki Sedacca has been creating artistic jewelry for the last 25 years.  The new space right on Winter Street has an extensive collection of blown glass sculptures in gorgeous blues that would be perfect for a decorating your beach house, as well as fine oil paintings, abstract and impressionist work, and amazing pottery works of art!


4. Slate

Located on North Summer Street, Slate is bringing some of the best designers and artisans in the USA here to Edgartown. Whether you’re looking for the perfect summer beach bag or for a dress to wear out on the town, Slate has got you covered. With gorgeous jewelry, natural organic beauty care products, and a scattering of lovely books that inspire, Slate might just be our new favorite shop in town!

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 5. C.B. Stark Jewelers

The new C.B. Stark opened June 2015, Stark on Main Street Edgartown and is the perfect place to shop local for special occasion baubles. They even have a selection of engagement rings if this summer is the time you pop that very special question!


Harbor View Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of our most popular desserts, if not the most popular, are our freshly made and warm out of the oven chocolate chip cookies! Today, we’re sharing our popular recipe with you today – make sure to pair them with a cold glass of milk and eat them straight out of the oven for best flavor!

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For a number of years our most popular dessert has been our freshly baked chocolate chip cookies! Today, we’re sharing our popular recipe with you! Chewy in the middle with a slight crisp on the edges, these cookies are packed with an array of gourmet chocolate chips and served with a cold glass of milk. A hint of salt and a splash of vanilla extract balance the cookie’s flavor, making them the best you’ll ever taste. Make a batch of our popular cookies today and rejoice in chocolate love!

Our Harbor View Chocolate Chip Cookies are available daily on the Henry’s dessert menu and baked to order by our chefs!

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Harbor View Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: Two Dozen Cookies

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup bread flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Sift all the dry ingredients together
  3. Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each egg.
  5. Add the vanilla and dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
  6. Add the chocolate chips and mix until combined.
  7. Scoop tablespoon-size portions onto parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Serve with a glass of cold milk.

You can find this recipe, and much more, in our coffee table book. “The Hotel That Saved A Town” can be purchased at our Harbor View Hotel Front Desk, as well as order it online at one of our local bookstores like Bunches of Grapes and Edgartown Books.

2015 Pink & Green Weekend

When spring and the cherry blossoms are in bloom, the island breathes fresher air, it feels like life is renewed! To celebrate, the Edgartown Board of Trade hosts Pink and Green Weekend. Taking place May 8th through the 10th, this is one of the most popular weekends on Martha’s Vineyard! Below you’ll find a list of events happening! 

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Whispering Angel Rose Reception

Head to the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown to kick off the annual MV Wine Fest. This ticket includes door prizes, light appetizers and some of the best Provence Rose from Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel. Buy tickets here. 

Pink and Green Pub Crawl

Bartenders and Mixologists all over Edgartown are working on their specialty cocktails.  Be sure to try them all!  A full list of participating restaurants will be confirmed soon, but these are some of the participating restaurants: Isola, Henry’s, The Atlantic, Grill on Main, Terrace at Charlotte Inn, and more!

Cirque Du Pink and Green at Donaroma’s

The nursery is transformed into a pink and green circus, with fun for children of all ages!

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Real Men Drink Pink

Please join Aimee Cronin from Drync for an unforgettable Rose tasting at Chesca’s Restaurant in Edgartown, part of the MV Wine Festival. Rose is the hottest thing in the wine industry – find out why by tasting some of the best Roses from around the world. Plus, get the inside scoop on how you can track all the wines you love with Drync. Buy tickets here. 

Kids Decoupage Herb Pots

Using beautiful Japanese papers, we’ll decoupage tiny pots perfect to start a spring windowsill garden that can be the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Soil, seeds and care cards provided. Free to all.

Pink & Green Dog Show

Stop by the Mini Park in Edgartown for our annual dog show from 12-1pm on Saturday! Show up with your furry dog dressed in pink and green and win a ribbon for best in show! Donations will be accepted for the MV Animal Shelter.

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Pretty In Pink

Shop at Tracker Home Decor while enjoying pink lemonade and key lime cookies!

Pink & Green Prom

Come enjoy the Pink and Green Prom featuring DJ Rockwell at the Harbor View Hotel.  Hor’s d’ouevres, dancing and cash bar. Vote for Prom King and Prom Queen and let David Welch capture your perfect prom pose in the photo booth. Purchase tickets in person at In The Pink and the Harbor View Hotel. You can also purchase tickets ONLINE!

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Mother’s Day Brunch

If you have children attending the island public and charter K-8 schools, have them write an essay on how awesome their mom is and be entered to win one of four prize baskets including prizes from local sponsors such as: Stefani Wolf, Sea Spa Salon, Jack Wills, Vineyard Vines, Not Your Sugar Mamas, Chilmark Coffee, and so much more! To make reservations please call Water Street at 508-627-3761 and view menu here

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Photo Credit: Sydney Mullen for the Edgartown Board of Trade

Celebrate Easter Sunday 2015

This Easter Sunday, join us along with your friends and family, on our annual Easter Egg Hunt as well as our Easter Sunday Brunch. Continue reading for more details.

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Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet

Join us at the Harbor View for an elaborate spread as you celebrate Easter with those close to you. Brunch reservations required, please call 508-627-3761. Seating begins at 10a.m and you can view executive Chef Caleb Lara’s brunch menu here

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Easter Egg Hunt

Our annual community Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10 AM and we will be meeting on the hotel’s front lawn. The children are divided into younger kids and older kids, so everyone gets to have a good time and finding their own eggs which will be scattered around Edgartown Lighthouse Beach and Harbor View’s Great Lawn. 

2015 Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival

 As the official hotel sponsor of the 15th annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, we’re excited to welcome film buffs from near and far with a special weekend package to celebrate the beloved island event, taking place March 19-22 in the heart of Chilmark. 


Throughout the weekend, festival-goers can enjoy screenings of more than 20 movies, moderated discussions with film subjects and directors, a filmmakers’ brunch, live music, farm-to-table food, free filmmaking workshops for children, and an art exhibit featuring Martha’s Vineyard-based artists. For the full schedule, see here.

Martha’s Vineyard Movie Escape Packages:

The Festival Pass includes two nights room & tax and two All Access Passes to the MV Film Festival. Starting at $479 in the Main Building and $599 Water View Room. Festival Pass allows you to see as many films as you like throughout the weekend and guarantees you a seat at every show.

The Couch VIP Pass includes two nights room & tax and two All Access VIP Passes to the MV Film Festival. Starting at $679 In the Main Building and $799 Water View Room. The Couch Pass gives you the same benefits as the Festival pass and allows you first choice of the popular couch seats.

Book any of these two packages here


About MVFF

For the past 15 years, The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival has been dedicated to producing community events, educational programs, and films that spark discussion, debate, and action.

As in past years, the MVFF’s “Hay Café” will be a warm, inviting place to enjoy farm-to-table meals, gourmet coffee, and live music. Screening venues in the Chilmark Community Center and the Chilmark School will be transformed into community living rooms complete with cozy couches, powerful films, and inspirational guests.

The MVFF is more than movies.  The focus is on bold storytelling in a wide range of topics.  Films are carefully selected for their ability to spark dialog about who we are and how we contribute to our greater world. The passionately engaged audience helps MVFF offer a unique viewing experience that is not widely available, one that melds award-winning films with thoughtful conversations, all within a laid-back and welcoming community atmosphere.

Thirsty Thursdays Recipes from Henry’s Hotel Bar

Cocktail recipes straight from our popular hotel bar, Henry’s. Created by in-house mixologist and beverage director, Greg Fournier, these cocktails are inspired by the island and our surroundings during the fall/winter season. 

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Starting with the Earl of Edgartown cocktail, a recipe that’s inspired by gorgeous tea. Made with London Dry Gin, a splash of fresh lemon juice, and a specially made Earl Grey Tea simple syrup that’s incredibly easy to make yet tastes amazing! 

Earl of Edgartown

Makes one cocktail

1 oz. Earl grey tea simple syrup*


1 ¾ ounces London Dry gin

¾ ounce Lemon Juice

*To make simple syrup:  simmer 1/2 cup water, ½ granulated sugar and 1 Earl Grey tea bag for five minutes until sugar is dissolved. 

  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add gin, lemon juice, and earl grey syrup.
  3. Shake vigorously 10-20 seconds.
  4. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Up next, La Perla cocktail recipe is perfect for a ladies brunch or friendly get together – the gorgeous pink color that comes from the strawberry puree really makes it pop and topping it off with a splash of prosecco is a delicious way to enjoy bubbles.

La Perla Cocktail

Wondering how to make a strawberry puree? Just wash and trim fresh strawberries and throw in the blender or food processor until it becomes a smooth pulp. Use for cocktails or desserts!

La Perla

Makes one cocktail

1 1/2 oz. Ruby Red Absolut vodka

½ oz simple syrup

½ oz. Strawberry puree

¾ ounce Prosecco

Lime wedge garnish

  1. Combine all ingredients, but the Prosecco and lime wedge into a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass.
  3. Top with a splash of Prosecco and garnish with a lime.

Last but not least, sip on this delicious tropical inspired cocktail recipe, the Chiquita Side Car combines Jameson Whiskey that’s being infused with bananas. You can infuse by a variety of methods, the easiest being steeping the ingredients in the liquid. For example, to infuse whiskey with banana flavor, place 1 cup of banana chips in 1 cup of whiskey and let steep for a week or two. It’s that easy!

Chiquita Side Car, served at Henry's Bar in Edgartown, MA.

Chiquita Side Car

Makes one cocktail

1 ½ oz. Banana infused Jameson

1 oz. Cointreau

½ oz. lemon juice

Lemon twist

Brown sugar for rimming

  1. Rim a chilled martini glass with the brown sugar.
  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into the prepped martini glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

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An Evening of Comedy

An Evening of Comedy at the Harbor View Hotel

Everyone needs a good laugh – particularly during these cold winter nights! And what better way to laugh than by getting out of the house and heading to the Harbor View Hotel for dinner and a show? 

Please join us Friday, February 27th for an Evening of Comedy and laughter at the Harbor View Hotel!  Featuring comedians Orlando Baxter, Amy Tee, and Shaun Bedgood! Special guests, Johnny Showtime and Dan Cassidy, will be the evening’s MCs and will host a pre-show comedy themed game of trivia. Those who would like to join us for the dinner prior to the show will dine on our prix-fixe menu: Baby Kale Salad, Henry’s Famous Fried Chicken and Harbor View’s Signature Chocolate Chip Cookie.


  • Doors & Prix-Fixe Dinner Starting at 7p.m.
  • Pre-Show Comedy Themed Trivia with hosts Johnny Showtime and Dan Cassidy begins at 7:30p.m.
  • Comedy Show starts at 9pm
  • $25 per person Comedy Show Only
  • $55 per person Includes Prix-Fixe Dinner (menu above) in Water Street – includes tax and gratuity
  • 18+ event

Seating is open and on a first come first serve basis. For more information or to book a hotel room please call 508-627-7000.

To purchase tickets:

Special Guests Johnny Showtime & Dan Cassidy!

An Evening of Comedy at the Harbor View Hotel

Can’t make it this Friday? Join us March 13th for a second show in our Evening of Comedy series. More details here.