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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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

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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.

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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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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!

 

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December 11-13th, 2015

5th Annual Teddy Bear Suite

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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!

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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.

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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 mvyradio.com for details. Please call Greg with your questions at 508-280-3068.

Insider Tip: Secure your tickets early at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2466110

 

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!

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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!

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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).

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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

Cheers!

Gretta

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

Directions: 

  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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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

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