Meet Our ‘NEW’ General Manager

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Say ‘Hello’ to our General Manager, Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett’s Story

A graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in tourism planning and development,  Andrew Bartlett launched his hospitality management career in Southern California. There, he held management positions at two exclusive properties in the town of Ojai: the Su Nido Inn and Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.

Mr. Bartlett returns to the Vineyard after a four-year tenure as general manager of the Plantation on Crystal River in Central Florida, which, like Harbor View Hotel, is managed by Scout Hotels.

“Andrew has built an impressive hospitality career focusing on luxury boutique properties and has been a highly regarded member of the Scout Hotels team since 2009,” said Robin Kirk, president of Scout Hotels. “We are confident that under his stewardship, Harbor View Hotel will continue to thrive.”

Questionnaire

Q. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

  a.  ‘If money were no option, I would enjoy living in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire on Lake Winnapesaukee.’

Q. What do you like to do in your free time?

  a.  ‘I am a motorcycle enthusiasts and enjoy riding whenever possible.’

Q. What is your favorite food?

  a.  ‘This is very tough to nail down in one specific dish but as far as cuisine I do enjoy authentic Italian food.’

Q. Name a country you would like to visit and why.

  a.  ‘I would enjoy visiting South Korea to understand and gain a better appreciation of where my wife is from.’

Q. Tropical or Cold Climate weather? Ocean or Lake?

  a.  ‘Cold/Lake’

Q. What’s your favorite sports team?

  a.  ‘Boston Bruins’

Q. If you could speak another language, what would it be?

  a.  ‘Korean’

Q. We hear you have a motorcycle, how long have you had your license and where are some of your favorite places to ride?

  a.  ‘I have had my license since 1999 and my favorite riding spots include VT and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.’

Q. Where is your favorite “spot” to go on the Island?

  a.  ‘I enjoy much of the island but to spend time and relax I enjoy taking trips up island towards Aquinnah and Chilmark to explore.’

Q. What is your ideal day in Martha’s Vineyard?

  a.  ‘A ride up island to do a hike or walk on the beach followed by a lobster roll in Menemsha and dinner/drinks with friends and family.’

Q.  What is an interesting skill that most people wouldn’t know you have?

  a.  ‘I spend much of my free time tinkering with antique boats.’

Q. What was the happiest moment in your life?

  a.  Impossible to pick one moment out of a lifetime of wonderful moments but my wedding day easily ranks at the top.’

 

WELCOME BACK ANDREW!

 

 

 

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

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