Delving Deeper into Edgartown

In 1692, Reverend Thomas Mayhew, Jr. brought group of families to begin to colonize a part of the island, after his father Thomas Mayhew purchased it. The town’s current name is a tribute to Edgar, the son of James II of England, who died at the age of three in 1671. In the 1800s Edgartown began hosting ships from all across the world and captains would built mansions for their families – generally with widow’s walks that are found on the top floor and overlook the harbor. The tiny town was able to make fortunes through this port – and is now generally known for its tourism.





Edgartown has several boutique shops for visitors to explore, which are mostly found on Main Street. Slate is a new store on the island, and there you can find gorgeous nautical themed clothing. At In The Pink find classic, preppy Lily Pulitzer prints in dresses, pants, shirts, and skirts. Edgar is perfect shopping for those looking for high-end Vineyard clothing and golden swan-shaped pool floats. Backwater Trading Company has East Wharf Bags, an eco-friendly company considering all their bags are made entirely from recycled sails. They come in all different sizes, from wristlets and wine totes to beach bags.




Ice Cream

At the end of Main Street in Edgartown, you can watch the boats coming in to shore. Right on the water is the Ice Cream Candy Bazaar, where you can grab a little basket and pick out your favorite guilty pleasure, whether it’s Smarties, Twizzlers or chocolate anything. It’s also a great place to watch the sunset over Chappaquiddick. 


Mad Max

Next to the Ice Cream Candy Bazaar, you can hop on the Mad Max, which is a state-of-the-art catamaran. It sails daily at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and can be rented for private sails for parties up to 49 people. The boat sails past the Edgartown Lighthouse, and one course ravels along Chappaquiddick shores, and another goes past the colorful towns of Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven.


Catboat Charters

This could couldn’t be a true in-depth look into Edgartown without mentioning “The Tigress” Catboat charter sailboat. If you have spent anytime on the Edgartown the you have most likely seen the characteristic American Flag sail cruising through the harbor. Captain Curt offers a variety of cruise destinations and lengths, so be sure to check out his website here (and for more beautiful shots, check out his Instagram too).


Edgartown Lighthouse

The Edgartown Lighthouse is probably one of the sights you think of, when you think Martha’s Vineyard. Originally it was built on a standalone island, before the sands eventually connected it to the greater land of the town. It is available for private occasions such as weddings, and tour times of the lighthouse can be found here. Plenty of dogs can be spotted running around with their owners on Lighthouse beach, and splashing in the calm waters of the bay.





Henry’s looks over the Edgartown Lighthouse and harbor, and it only a short walk away from the beach. Located in the historical Harbor View Hotel. Henry’s is the more casual of the two restaurants located in the hotel. It’s a gastro-pub with an Edgartown flair.  It has a Tapas-ispired menu with small plates and full-size entrees alike. Here, you can buy one of their signature cocktails, while enjoying one of the best views in town. The best thing on the menu? The lobster tacos.




Katama Airfield

It’s only a short bike-ride to the Katama Airfield, located outside the town’s main drag. It is the largest grass airport in the United States, and you can get a great view of planes taking off and landing. There, you can eat at their enormously popular Right Fork Diner and experience some classic favorites like burgers, shakes and fries and enjoy the planes. If the line is too long, or you’re looking for a quick bite they have a snack bar where you can order the best milkshakes on island. I swear. There are bi-plane rides that satisfy thrill-seekers and view-enjoyers alike. You can go on a trick ride, where the plane barrel rolls, twists and turns or choose a specific route and see some parts of the island from the skies.




South Beach

South Beach is just down the road from the Katama Airfield, and is one of the most popular destinations on island. It extends three miles and has extensive parking lots for those always worried about double parking, illegal parking, and of course, the parallel park. On one side, there is a large salt water pond, which works great for those with little kids who are just learning to swim. On the other side is beach with surf, which works best for more experienced swimmers.south-beach

Oak Bluffs: Town Profile

Town Profile: Oak Bluffs




Oak Bluffs is one of the hottest towns in Massachusetts during the summertime, and one of Martha’s Vineyard’s most popular hubs. It’s historic yet modern, quiet but loud – it manages to vary depending on how exactly you want your visit to be. It’s super easy to walk around OB since it is so compact, as Vineyard towns tend to be. So spending a day in Oak Bluffs is easy and fun. Here are a few of the activities and places to see on your visit.


Flying Horses Carousel

The Flying Horses Carousel is open from 10AM-10PM in the summertime. It boats the title of oldest carousel in the United States and was first operated in 1876 on Coney Island in NYC. It is also recognized as a historical landmark. To me, it’s a childhood memory. It wasn’t until 1884 when the carousel was relocated to Oak Bluffs. The horses still have their original eyes, but their original horsehair manes have been replaced. As you go around the carousel, admire the original artwork surrounding you and try to capture as many brass rings as you can – because the last one is the brass ring which gives you a free ride! Otherwise rides are $1.50 for a single ride.



Martha’s Vineyard Camp-Meeting Association Cottage Museum and Gift Shop

Oak Bluffs is known for its vibrant (non-edible) gingerbread houses, and traditionally decorated with lanterns for the annual Illumination Night. However, the cottage museum is the only gingerbread house that the public is invited to see. It’s a great opportunity to see the 1800s furnishings that most Vineyard houses would have had during those years. The tour also provides a history of the campground and its background. The gift shop sells jewelry, postcards as well as the aforementioned lanterns. The hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 10AM – 4:30PM.




Pecoy Point Preserve

Pond shores, sloping grasslands, salt marshes and a freshwater pond are some of what you’ll find at the Pecoy Point Preserve. Located near Oak Bluffs, this all-natural land serves as an escape from the suburban. It’s a perfect place for outside activities such as hiking, mountain-biking, horseback-riding, dog-walking, fishing, and kayaking.


Ocean Park

You’ve probably seen a picture or twenty of the big white gazebo located in Ocean Park, the heart of Oak Bluffs. It’s a beautiful little park that has views of some of the gingerbread houses, and Oak Bluffs Town Beach which overlooks the sea. Here you can fly a kite, or watch the fountain or play with your dog. The gazebo is especially beautiful at night when it’s lit up.




Circuit Avenue

Circuit Avenue offers quite the potpourri of shops to the ordinary traveler. It is also flush with bars, restaurants, ice cream stores and great people watching. Some places you should stop on Circuit Ave include:


Johnny Cupcakes

While unfortunately it is not a bakery, Johnny Cupcakes is a fun place to find graphic tees. They’re sold out of industrial size refrigerators, with Martha’s Vineyard specific designs, even though it’s an international brand. Think skull and bones prints, but with cupcakes. Nothing better.





Every piece of jewelry in this store is made from people on island. A nod to the Wampanoag tribe on island, a solid amount of the jewelry is made from wampum. Martha’s Vineyard shaped necklaces and accessories can be found here.
Slip Seventy-Seven

This store is a casual contemporary clothing store, for those looking for something more relaxing to lounge in, compared to some of the more high-end retailers on the island. Slip77 in Oak Bluffs is its flagship store, and therefore draws its name from its location. The store is near the boat slips in the harbor, as well as the revolutionary year of ’77.


Good Dog Goods

Good Dog Goods is the cutest little shop for dogs and dog lovers everywhere. Decorated with dog-themed paraphernalia, this shop offers mugs, pillows, frames amongst other things with almost every breed of dog imaginable. They also have a cute little bakery in the back with delightful biscuits shaped like lighthouses to whales. I do not recommend eating (although tempting) because they’re only for dogs.




Ryan Family Amusements

An old-timey arcade located in the middle of circuit avenue, where you can win big with their various games. A perfect rainy day activity to tire out your kids. They have the traditional skee ball machines, hunting simulators and toy grabbers for those who think they’re especially lucky.




Oak Bluffs Town Beach

The Oak Bluffs Town Beach is located just a quick walk from Ocean Park and where the Steamship Authority’s dock in town. It is a clean beach with calm waters whip lap the shore very gently. Here you can lounge, play and swim – only a walk away from several in-town restaurants.





Giordano’s has been a popular hub in Oak Bluffs since the 1930s. It’s a four-generation long family restaurant with, as voted by Martha’s Vineyard Magazine for several years in a row, the best pizza on island. They also have a convenient take-out pizza window, and a seafood window for those who are on the go – or want to sit in Ocean Park instead of the restaurant.



-Isabel Getz





36 Hours on Martha’s Vineyard

As it is the largest New England island, with its hundred square-mile stature, Martha’s Vineyard is brimming with possibilities and activities for all to enjoy. The several towns on island all have starkly different personalities from one another, from the (slightly) urbane Oak Bluffs to the quiet fishing villages in Chilmark’s Menemsha. However, all towns are riddled with hints of its whaling past, with its five distinctive lighthouses and several ports and fishing markets. It may seem overwhelming on what exactly to get done on the Vineyard, so the Harbor View is providing a perfect 36-hour weekend on island. Arrival by plane or ferry is simple. For a full list of ferries to the island, look here.






1. Farm-to-Table-to-Beach, 2 p.m.
After hopping off the ferry, grab a bite to eat at the farm-to-table Scottish Bakehouse on State Road in Vineyard Haven. Choose one of their spectacular grilled sandwiches, from the Portobello wrap spinach, red onion, goat cheese) or their FBLT (frickin’ bacon lettuce tomato) and one of their renowned baked goods (personal favorite: gluten-free cheesecake bite). Then continue on to Joseph Sylvia State Beach in Oak Bluffs. There, either relax and enjoy your sweets, or get more active by renting kayaks or paddleboards from Island Spirit Kayak, located right on the beach! Walk-ins welcome. Also for movie buffs, it’s a great spot to get a good look at the infamous “Jaws” bridge.




2. Show-Shopper, 4:30 p.m.
There’s more to Martha’s Vineyard Fashion than just Vineyard Vines and salmon-colored pants. Explore the boutique shops Edgartown has to offer. At Slate, a new store on the island, find gorgeous nautical themed clothing. At In The Pink find the classic, preppy Lily Pulitzer dress for all your Vineyard cocktail party needs.  Walk next door to Backwater Trading Company, and pick up one of the East Wharf Bags, which are made entirely from recycled sails. They come in all different sizes, from wristlets to wine totes to beach bags ($45-$150). After, stroll down Main Street and turn left onto Dock Street and go into Portobello Road. Open from 10am to 6pm, this store is inspired by the London Flea market of the same name, and offers an eclectic collections of toys, books, signs, and thoughts. Stop by Edgar for high-end Vineyard clothing and cutesy, swan shaped pool floats.




3. Harbor Views, 6:30 p.m.
Stop for a cocktail or a seafood appetizer at Henry’s located in the Harbor View, a classic bar and restaurant that overlooks Edgartown Harbor, where you can look at all the boats coming in. Yachts and sailboats tend to park right in the harbor which is excellent for marveling purposes. Order the Chatham Mussels ($19) or some New England Cheeses ($16) for a snack before going out. Order any one of their signature cocktails such as The Lightkeeper ($13, a drink made with Grey Goose vodka, Fresh Lemonade, St. Germaine topped with soda water on the rocks) or The 125, the hotel’s 125th anniversary drink!




4. Light up l’étoile, 8 p.m.
One of the longest running chef owned and operated restaurants on the island, l’étoile is a French restaurant that offers an extensive three course meal, while maintaining a vineyard feel by using native ingredients. This restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating options, with lanterns to light up the night. Some of the standout eating options include Hudson Valley Duck Foie Gras ($26), Prime Chesapeake Bay Soft Shell Crab ($17), and Striped Bass Fillet on Spring Sweet Pea Risotto ($39). With drinks, expect to pay around $140 – a good deal for an exquisite meal.



5. Ice Cream, 9:30 p.m.
Scoop Shack is the new kid on the block, in terms of ice cream on the Vineyard, and has proven to be the best. With their special flavors (mint green tea with honey and ginger snaps) and modern takes on classics (mint chip, cookie dough), it’s no wonder why there’s always a line. But fear not, for it moves quickly. $4.50 for a single scoop, and no need to feel guilty for being a cup person instead of a cone person, as they have eco-friendly spoons. .25 cent taffy fills huge buckets in the store of every color and flavor, as well as other old-timey candy, fills the shelves. The ice cream is homemade on the Vineyard. Probably (definitely) the best ice cream on island.








6. Early Birds, 8 a.m.
Only having 36 hours to spare, an early start is the right start. If you’re up for it, watch the sunrise as the Harbor View has one of the best views on the island. After that, stretch out and work out with the Harbor View’s yoga on Great Lawn to get a good jump on the day. The best part? It’s free to all Harbor View guests.



7. Nooks and Crannies, 9:30 a.m.
After showering off that workout, head back into town and find Behind the Bookstore. Which, yes, is in fact behind Edgartown Books. A cute nook, with tarps overhead produces a cool shade for basking. Decorated with flowers, it creates a calming ambiance. Breakfast is served from 8 a.m – 12 a.m. and offers simple and elegant options. Go for something simple like the House-made Granola and Yogurt ($7, with berries $9) or something more robust like the House-cured Salmon on Homemade Rye ($13.50) or the Fried Egg BLT with avocado ($11).



8. (Farm) Stand of Ovation, 11 a.m.
Head on over to West Tisbury Farmer’s Market, to pick up locally grown foods and goodies for lunch. Only open in the mornings on Saturday’s and Wednesday’s, this is a necessary stop. The market has everything for the perfect picnic from breads and veggies, to smoked fish and meats and maybe even an alpaca wool picnic blanket! Look here for more information on the farmer’s market.




9. Moooving On, 12:30 p.m.
From there, head up island to Menemsha Beach. It’s a beautiful drive with water views, and a good chance to experience a small portion of the vast beauty, which is Martha’s Vineyard. Make a stop on the way to the beach at Grey Barn and Farm to taste some of the best cheese on island, if you forgot to buy some at the farmer’s market, and meet some cute dairy cows while you’re at it.



10. Blue Water, 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy one of the prettiest beaches on island, Menemsha Beach. Look out at the bright blue water, which is reminiscent of Bermudian shores which can be wavy or flat, depending on the day. Enjoy your farmer’s market lunch and lounge. Bring along a book or pay rock bocce – since stones are plentiful on the beach.



12. Lazy Lobsters, 6:30 p.m.
For dinner, enjoy some of the best seafood on island. The Home Port in Menemsha serves seafood caught in local waters, by local fishermen. It doesn’t get much more Vineyard than that. This particular restaurant is known for two things, which are must-orders. The first being their world class New England Clam Chowder ($8) and their Menemsha Lobsters which are market price. For an extra few bucks, the chefs will crack the lobster for you, a meal fittingly titled the “Lazy Lobster.” The Home Port is especially conveniently placed for it offers a prime view of the world-famous Menemsha sunset, which can be enjoyed from your table. Alcohol cannot be purchased from the Home Port, as it’s located in one of the dry towns on the Vineyard – but fear not, it’s BYOB and they provide ice buckets and mixers.




13. Back Door Donuts, 8 p.m.
Scoot on over to Oak Bluffs to queue up for the best doughnut you’ll have in your life. By day, M.V. Gourmet Café and Bakery is an everyday bakery, but by night it transforms into Back Door Donuts. Back Door Donuts makes fresh donuts and pastries from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The thing to order here is the Apple Fritter, which is pretty cheap for being probably the best food you’ll have in your life.



14. Dance It Off, 9:00 p.m.



Start heading back home to the Harbor View, but stop again in Edgartown at The Port Hunter. Here live music is played almost every Saturday night, giving you a great opportunity to dance off that apple fritter. It’s a small joint so it’s perfect for smaller groups to hang out and dance off.








15. Lighthouse Grill, 10 a.m.
Voted “Best Brunch” by Boston Magazine, Sunday’s are a great day to be Harbor View Guests. At the Lighthouse Grill, which is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests and islanders alike can enjoy a prime selection of delicious foods. The menu is not available online, because it changes every week. You can expect to see some old favorite like omelets and pancakes – but expect more than that. With a buffet component and a menu, all parties will be satisfied by this brunch.




16. Walk it Off, 11 a.m.
Walk off your brunch with a final walk around Edgartown. Check out the art of local vineyard artists in the lopsided, historical Old Sculpin Gallery. Grab a few slices of fudge or peanut brittle for your friends and family from Murdick’s Fudge. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch them sculpting and making the fudge right before your eyes. The smell is overwhelmingly good.



The Harbor View


-Isabel Getz


Martha’s Vineyard Farmer’s Market

Martha’s Vineyard Farmer’s Market


On Saturday mornings in June, and Wednesday AND Saturday mornings in the months of July and August, The West Tisbury Farmer’s Market comes into full bloom. From the hours of 9am-12pm, local companies gather around Grange Hall in West Tisbury to bring fresh produce and agricultural products to summer goers and year-round residents. This market originally started in 1974 by a small group of twelve friends. Now, the market is bustling with businesses, as it currently has 39 vendors – operating in the exact same place where it first began 42 years ago.

From alpaca wool scarfs from Island Alpaca to baked-that-morning pies to refreshing Limeade coolers to BBQ flavored mussels from MV Smokehouse, it’s impossible to go wrong at the farmer’s market, as there’s something for everyone. Well, unless you don’t go. Then that would be a mistake. In the wintertime, the market is quieter but still has several vendors, operating nearly every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm, in the months of October, November and December. The Winter Market takes place in the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Hall.




Today, I decided to go to the Farmer’s Market for the first time since I was a little girl selling veggies from the Farm Institute as a part of my farm camp curriculum. Driving through West Tisbury always reminds me of my first summers on Martha’s Vineyard, as the town never changes. Pulling into Grange Hall, people and cars are everywhere, but there is ample space for parking, which is very fortunate considering I happen to drive a monster car. Kind of.


People from all areas of the island come together for this specific event, which is definitely convenient because it’s basically smack-dab in the middle of Martha’s Vineyard. When I walked into the fray, tents of all different colors lit up the morning, helped along by their vibrant produce and products. And dogs. Lots and lots of puppies everywhere. The only word I can think of to describe the scent is fresh. The first thing to catch my eye is Enchanted Chocolates. Why? Because chocolate. Their assortment contains confections that are only made with 70% cacao.

Flowers pour out of almost every crevice at the market. Beautifully cultivated arrangements capturing basically the entire color spectrum were sold in tin vases from a few different vendors. An impressive feat, considering all the flowers sold at the market must be grown on the island. Tea Lane Farm is run by a friend of the Harbor View, and has the most spectacular flowers I’ve ever seen. Dahlias, columbines and lilies ae displayed in bursting color.




Island Bee Company also has a stand there, showcasing their different honeys and assorted bee-goods. From candles, to soap, to traditional honey it’s amazing that this business is run purely by a local family, relying solely on their queen bees to make their goods. Fun fact: the honey color changes depending on the season. Spring honey being a completely different color than summer.




Last but certainly not least is the “Egg Roll Lady.” You may have heard of her. You also may be able to guess what she sells. Thi Khen Tran is a Vietnamese immigrant who started by selling lettuce at the farmer’s market until she decided to begin selling her egg-rolls, her kid’s favorite meal. The line for her rolls was especially long compared to other stands, and I waited. I ended up eating one of her vegetarian egg rolls for lunch and it certainly did not disappoint.





I only mentioned a few of the stands I visited, but there are so many more to experience and take a look at. It would be impossible for me to be able to talk about all the wonderful stands there, without losing your attention. I highly recommend you go. 10/10.


– Isabel Getz

A Complete List of Ferries to Martha’s Vineyard

Finding the perfect ferry for you!

Getting to an island is hard. Today, I’ll attempt to make it easy. (Tickets for all ferries mentioned can be found online. For your convenience, we’ve provided links to the websites.)



Bringing a car?
The Steamship Authority (Woods Hole, MA)

Unless you’re James Bond (which you very well might be), you and your car cannot travel the ocean to get to your destination. Yet.

The Steamship Authority has got you covered. They’re the only ferry that allows and accommodates for cars. It offers service all year long, but it almost certainly requires a reservation – especially during the heavy travel months of June, July and August – so make sure to call ahead! If you are not bringing a car, you don’t need a reservation in order to assure a seat on the boat. The ferry takes off from Woods Hole on Cape Cod and docks at either Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs (Vineyard Haven year-round, Oak-Bluffs May-October).



Need for speed? Or want to slow it down?
Hy-Line Cruises (Hyannis, MA)
This service travels from Hyannis on Cape Cod, MA to Oak Bluffs. While this service accommodates for the modern day hustle and bustle of new generation and your over-caffeinated grandmother with a fast ferry, it also offers the traditional slower service on a cruise. Bikes are allowed but only for an additional fee.

Hy-Line Cruises (Nantucket, MA)
Newly amended this year, this ferry runs more often than it ever has – making inter-island travel much simpler with this hour and ten-minute ride. Perfect for a day trip of shopping, dining, and beaching.
The Falmouth-Edgartown Ferry (Falmouth, MA)

This ferry transports people, bikes, and even your dog to Martha’s Vineyard on a new state-of-the-art fast ferry that takes only 75 minutes. Again, unfortunately, no safe passage for your cars can be found here.

SeaStreak (New York, New York)

A five-hour trip which is helped along by their bar, 12 large screen TVs and Wi-Fi.

SeaStreak (Highlands, New Jersey)
About the same as the New York ferry.

SeaStreak (New Bedford, MA)
A quick 50-minute ride can be found here and bicycles, birds, cats and dogs are permitted. SeaStreak also provides a motorcoach service between Boston and New Bedford, which makes getting to the island much easier.

Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry (North Kingstown, RI)
Reservations are very encouraged on this particular vessel. A 75-minute ride, where pets and bicycles are allowed. Only provides service during the summer season.

This was a complete list of passenger ferries to the island of Martha’s Vineyard and I hope you found it helpful. The Harbor View, I hear, is a great hotel to stay at if you’re visiting. Just saying.








A Fresh Look for Captain Bradley, Captain Morse and Captain Snow Cottages at the Harbor View Hotel

Happy Summer 2016!

Here at the Harbor View Hotel we are excited to present three newly renovated cottages that are now available to enjoy this summer season. Local designer Lisa Pyden used her unique vision to create an open and bright feel to the updated guest rooms. Lisa wanted to keep with the historic feel of the hotel, but also introduce a fresh new color palette, putting an elegant twist on a classic beach cottage. You will be excited to see the transformation of the guest rooms into coastal chic living spaces. The cottages are tucked away behind the historic main hotel building, with private decks and pool views.


Rooms in the Captain Bradley Cottage, located closest to the main building, each have one King-sized bed and several are pet-friendly and have porches (by request). The square footage of the cottage is 335.

Our Captain Morse Cottage features a lovely spacious two-bedroom suite with two Queen beds and a comfortable living room boasting a Full-sized sofa bed. Additionally, the Captain Morse Cottage has a full kitchen, complete with stove, oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and coffee-maker, and two full baths (with shower and bathtub, respectively) means this cottage has plenty of space for a family or a group of friends looking for a luxurious Vineyard getaway. The cottage also comes with a private porch, perfect for enjoying a drink and the island weather.

Lisa Pyden Cottage 4 Bedroom

Finally, Lisa’s latest project in partnership with the Harbor View was to renovate the Captain Snow Cottage. This townhouse contains two side by side units each with one King-sized bed, a secondary room with two Twin-sized beds, and two Full-sized sofa beds in the spacious upstairs living room, meaning there is room for the whole gang. A full kitchen, complete with stove, oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and coffee maker gives guests the flexibility of preparing meals at home or allows for guests to entertain friends and family while staying at the Harbor View Hotel. The unit boasts a total of 1200 square feet.

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Lisa Pyden Renovations3

Lisa Pyden Renovations4

Born and raised in California, designer Lisa Pyden worked with a prominent Southern California interior design company after graduating from design school before moving east and starting her own interior business here on Martha’s Vineyard. With years of experience in the interiors world, Lisa knows that good design works to compliment the architectural structure with the addition of elegant cabinetry, flooring, and countertops, and is then elevated with sophisticated textiles. Lisa’s background and experience blends beautifully to bring a classic East Coast elements with a fresh and modern California vibe.

Lisa Pyden Profile

You can find out more about Lisa and her work here.

You are sure to fall in the love with the new renovated Captain’s Cottages with relaxing comfortable new furnishings curated by Lisa Pyden, and all the amenities you need to feel right at home.

Visit our website to book today!

Pirate Adventures on Martha’s Vineyard


Photo by: Joe Mikos

Ahoy land-lubbers! This summer, you can join the pirate crew of the Sea Gypsy X on the Island. This new pirate ship allows kids of all ages to sail the high seas plundering for treasure and singing pirate songs.

Once aboard, kids will put together a treasure map to determine the course of the ship, raise the Jolly Roger battle flag and steal back the keys to a treasure chest! After using water cannons to fend off their foes, they will discover where “X” marks the spot for the treasure. In the end, everyone gets a share of the pirate’s booty and they will head back to port with singing, dancing, and drinking pirate grog.







Photo by: Joe Mikos


Pirate Adventures Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect fun and wholesome family activity for those spending the week or even just a day on the Island. Dedicated to sparking a kid’s imagination, owner Catherine McCarthy (aka Lady Pearl) describes the journey on the Sea Gypsy as an interactive adventure cruise where “kids can be kids,” and families can “let loose together” on a journey of wonder and delight!

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Photo by: Joe Mikos

Each 90 minute pirate adventure includes 30 minutes of face painting, dress up and pirate training, and 60 minutes at sea hunting for treasure and fending off other pirates. The custom designed ship is manned by Captain Flint, licensed United States Coast Guard captain trained in First Aid and CPR.

The season is now underway through September sailing up to five trips a day, 9 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. It is $32 for kids and adults and $20 for infants. Reservations are required. Private charters and sunset cruises are also available.

Christmas in Edgartown


There is nothing quite like the holiday season! There is a little bit more magic everywhere you look. In Edgartown this could not be more true. The Christmas magic is everywhere, from the decorations, to the events, nothing is short of holiday cheer.

We don’t want you to miss out on any of the events this weekend so we have listed our Top 10 Can’t-Miss Events for Christmas in Edgartown.

We even included some Insider Tips for you!


Christmas in Edgartown

December 11-13th, 2015

5th Annual Teddy Bear Suite

Join us in Captain’s Cottage #61

Dec 11th – Dec 13th

Teddy Bear Suite is open: Friday, Dec. 11th | 10 am – 8 pm, Saturday, Dec. 12th | 12 am – 6 pm, Sunday, Dec. 13th | 10 am – 4 pm

Enjoying its 5th enchanting year, the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite fundraiser is a magical tradition where family memories are made. The money raised goes to help the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club and its after school programs – vital services used by hundreds of Island children and their families.

Insider Tip: Try to take a picture with every teddy bear!


Annual Lighting of the Lighthouse

December 11 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Don’t miss the Annual Lighting of the Lighthouse! Enjoy hot chocolate, holiday goodies, music on the hotel porch and more. Enjoy the holiday cheer as everyone counts down to the much anticipated lighting of the light Lighthouse. Please call Betsey Mayhew at 508-627-4441 x 112 for more information. Sponsored by MV Museum & Harbor View Hotel

4 – 5pm Bell Choir on Front Porch (West Tisbury Congregational Church)

4pm – 6pm Children’s Arts & Crafts

4:30pm – 5:30pm Photos with Santa (benefits Rising Tide Equestrian Center)

5:30pm – 7pm Holiday Music by the Joanne Cassidy Band

6pm Lighting of the Lighthouse

Insider Tip: Join us for dinner in Henry’s where we have added additional seating for dinner!



Horse and Wagon Rides

December 11th – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Enjoy free horse and wagon rides from the Mini Park on Main Street to the Harbor View Hotel. Please call 772-713-5433 with your questions.

Insider Tip: A great way to park and have fun transportation to and from the Harbor View.


Christmas in Edgartown Parade

December 12th – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Don’t miss Edgartown’s Main Street Parade – the season’s most festive parade! We will have Santa, Frosty, music and more! Please call Jeff at 508-524-7737 with questions.

Insider Tip: Keep your eye out for the Harbor View Hotel’s float!


The Annual Great Chowder Contest

December 12th – 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The 31st Annual mvyradio Great Chowder Contest is the centerpiece of the Annual Christmas in Edgartown celebration. It will be held on Saturday, December 12th from noon until 2pm. More than a dozen amateur and professional chefs will compete for the bragging rights of  making the Best Quahog Chowder or the Best Seafood Chowder. This year, a more spacious tent will be up at the Kelley House – entrance to the event will be on Dock Street. Admission is $8 and all tickets sales benefit the Red Stocking Fund of Martha’s Vineyard. Listen to 88.7 FM WMVY or for details. Please call Greg with your questions at 508-280-3068.

Insider Tip: Secure your tickets early at


Photos with Santa

December 12th – 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Santa! I know him! Follow Santa to the Kelley House Lobby for a photo by the fireplace after the parade! Please call 508-627-7900 with any questions. Donations accepted for Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Insider Tip: Bring your camera and snag a picture with Santa while you tell him your list!




Kelley House Galley Open House

December 12th – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy Holiday treats and wine while viewing the works of local photographers at the Kelley House Gallery. Located in the hotel lobby. Please call 508-627-7000 with questions.

Insider Tip: Unwind and warm up while viewing the natural beauty of Martha’s Vineyard seen through the lens of local photographers.


Minnesingers Concert at the Old Whaling Church December 11th – 8:00 pm, December 12th- 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm

The MV Preservation Trust presents the Island’s premier high school choral group, the MVRHS Minnesingers, to perform a concert of seasonal favorites at the magnificent Old Whaling Church. Please call Janet at 508-627-4440 with questions. Tickets $15.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Seniors & Students, and 12 & Younger are Free! 

Insider Tip: We heard a rumor from Rudolph that someone in a big red suit will be at the Saturday 4:00 show!


Local Arts & Crafts Fair December 11th – 13th

Friday, Dec. 11th | 5 pm-8pm, Saturday, Dec. 12th | 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday, Dec. 13th | 9 am – 1 pm

Take care of your holiday shopping while supporting local artisans and enjoying a pint from the Newes Pub. Visit the Chappy Room of the Kelley House to enjoy local gifts and handmade items. Please call 401-486-6923 with questions. Please note various hours Friday through Sunday:

Insider Tip: Enjoy a pint at the Newes while you shop for local, handmade Christmas gifts!


Harbor View Sunday Brunch Buffet December 13th – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Enjoy the delicious creations of Chef Caleb Lara’s Sunday Brunch Buffet at Lighthouse Grill while overlooking the beautiful Edgartown Lighthouse and harbor. Adults $38.00, Kids $18.00. Please call 508-627-3761 with your questions.

Insider Tip: Enjoy our locally sourced Katama Bay oysters!


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Be sure to come in and enjoy the holiday décor at the Harbor View Hotel, thanks to Lisa Pyden Designs.

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).



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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