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.

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!

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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!

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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.

Easter 2015 at Harbor View Hotel

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

Easter 2015 at Harbor View Hotel

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. 

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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

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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*

Ice

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.

For more updates on our hotel bar, please like Henry’s on Facebook and follow Henry’s on Instagram

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.

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  • 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: http://hvcomedy-show.brownpapertickets.com

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.

The Hotel That Saved a Town

Who ever thought it possible that a hotel could save a town, only has to see the evidence on how the Harbor View Hotel transformed a small town off the coast of Massachusetts from a poverty stricken community to a thriving hospitality community.

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“This book was a dream project for us and there are so many people to thank! This project would not have been possible without our hotel owners who are committed to preserving the history of Harbor View and the island. Thanks to Jan Pogue, Publisher of Vineyard Stories, for steering the ship from concept to completion, to Nis Kildegaard for the in depth research and the way in which he told our story (hard to believe this was his first book!), to Alison Shaw for her stunning imagery and tireless efforts to capture the right shots, to Ben & Lainey Scott of Bluerock Design Co. for the beautiful layout and design that seamlessly integrated our branding. Finally, last but never least, thanks to Bob Carroll, former owner of Harbor View, a treasure trove of island history and at 90 years old amazes us with his sharp memory and wit!”

– Elizabeth Rothwell, Regional Marketing Director of Scout Hotels

The Harbor View the largest hotel in the largest town on Martha’s Vineyard is a vital resource on this Island, seven miles off the coast of Massachusetts. It is a popular resort for summer visitors and a part of the year round Vineyard, sponsoring and hosting dozens of community events.

But in 1891, the year it was built, it was considered so important that its construction was heralded as civic enterprise. It was bankrolled by sixteen Edgartown residents worried their town was deteriorating so badly that one prominent writer had already called it “far advanced in decay.” It was into this hopeless scene that investors collected $5,000 (equivalent today to $128,200) and financed the construction of a hotel they hoped would bring them enough seasonal visitors to help bring Edgartown back to life.

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“The Hotel That Saved A Town has a way of taking the reader back to specific historical events that shaped the Harbor View Hotel. A tumultuous past that evolved into a successful relationship between the current owners and Scout Hotels proves to the fact that indeed the town was saved – but at the same time, the town held up the hotel.”

– Andrew Bartlett, General Manager of Harbor View Hotel

You can purchase copy 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.

Social Shape Up Workshops 2015

Social media is a trend that’s here to stay and in 2015 we’re welcoming it with a set of four unique workshops all about the basics on social media, where you’ll learn how to engage your audience, turn those page views into clients, and in general, have a better sense of what social media actually means and how you should be using it.

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To achieve just that, we have partnered with Social Media Experts Jason Bridges of SocialBridge and Holly Finigan of the Nantucket blACKbook to bring you the following four Social Shape Up workshops:

Jump Start Your Social Media – Sunday February 8th from 2pm – 3:30pm 

What you’ll learn:

  • build your content strategy for 2015
  • optimize your time spent on the right platforms for you and your brand
  • set realistic “digital” goals 

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Talk Tweet To Me – Sunday February 8th from 4pm – 5:30pm 

What you’ll learn:

  • Organize content with Lists
  • Tweak your strategy with analytics
  • Find the right Twitter Chat and how to connect within it 

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Instagram 303 – February 8th from 7pm – 8:30pm

What you’ll learn:

  • Broaden your reach with hashtags
  • Using direct messaging efficiently
  • Learn about apps that integrate well with Instagram 

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Email Marketing 101 – Monday February 9th from 9am – 10:30am

What you’ll learn:

  • start a new or improve your email marketing campaigns
  • create calls to action that will lead your customers to your brand
  • creatively build your subscriber list

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Take advantage of our hotel packages that include overnight stay as well as participation in these four social media workshops. Read more about this social media + hotel package and book your package online.

Only want to stay for the workshops? Sign up for one or all four by emailing Holly at holly@nantucketblACKbook.com

The Winter Guide to Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard is one of the most popular destinations in the world and draws an incredible amount of visitors in the summer months, but there is so much more to the Island beyond the summer that one can do. Even all your favorite activities is just as beautiful and enjoyable in the winter months “off-season.” This time of the year is when you can really take in the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard.

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Top Best perks of coming to Martha’s Vineyard Off-Season:

In the winter, you can bring your car over to the island at almost half the cost as peak season. This provides you will the convenience of exploring and checking out parts of the island you may not have visited during the summer. Bring your car on island and enjoy your 45 minute ferry ride with Steamship Authority to Vineyard Haven.

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Vineyard Haven is a year round community. Main Street offers variety of boutique and unique style stores from clothing, gifts, books, jewelry, art, and much much more. Stop by The Green Room, Stina Sayre, Claudia’s JewelryBunch of Grapes Book Store to just a name a few of year round stores. Vineyard Haven is a great place to spend the day to shop and have a light breakfast or lunch. All your favorite places such as Waterside Market, Black Dog, Art Cliff, Mocha Motts, are open just like they are in the summer. Check our local newspapers Martha’s Vineyard Times and Vineyard Gazette for all the retail island sales.

Harbor View Hotel is a year round property that offers you attentive and quality service. The hotel offers a winter promotional menu for lunch and dinner at Henry’s and specialty cocktails. Water Street offers a full menu breakfast and a lavish Sunday Brunch Buffet. We have a fully equipped gym for our active guest, who enjoy a nice work out. During the winter, there are many events through out the winter, such as Thanksgiving week and our popular Grand Buffet, Teddy Bear Suite in support of the Boys and Girls Club, Christmas In Edgartown a weekend long full of events, and an incredible New Year’s Eve Bash ending the night with fireworks over the lighthouse harbor.

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The Newes from America, a year round staple pub in Martha’s Vineyard, is right in the heart of town and just a quick walk from the hotel. Weekend nights join the locals with scheduled live music and delicious beer to earn your wooden nickels towards the declaration of superiority wall.

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Lucy Vincent Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on Island. During the summer, Lucy Vincent is a private beach and is not open to the general public, but in the off-season the public may access this beach and it is easily one of the more picturesque beaches on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Since you are already more than half way “up- island” stop in Aquinnah and make sure to take photographs of the Gay Head Light House. Gay Head Light house is one of the 5 light houses, and this one being the oldest is one of the prettiest. The light house sits high on its cliff-side offering breathtaking views of the ocean. This time of the year, your 45 minute drive from one end of the island to the other, really takes 45 minutes.

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Hungry? Lobster lovers… Stop in Menemsha, your favorite place in the summer to catch the sunset, you can still get the same hot lobster roll and steaming lobster bisque or clam chowder in the winter at the Menemsha Fish Market.

Martha’s Vineyard is just as beautiful in the winter than in the summer, just without the crowd!