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