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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Thanks for reading- check back weekly for more adventures here on the island! And be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @harborviewmv



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


  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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Pretty In Pink

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


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.”


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.’






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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.



Happy birthday Bob!



Sandcastles on South Beach 2014

Wednesday was the 8th Annual Sandcastle Competition on South Beach.

Never wanting to miss a good time, the Harbor View gang went over to check it out. And BOY was it a good time! The weather was stunning and sunny and the interns took full advantage of a trip out of the office…

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The stakes were high- the winner get a flag announcing to the whole beach they are the winner AND bragging rights! The competition was broken up into Juniors (younger than 13) and Adults (13+) with a special “People’s Choice” award that was voted on by other passing beach-goers.


The competition was fierce. And the subject matter of the sand sculptures was pretty varied…




We showed up as most of the teams were putting the final touches on their sand creations. And while most of the teams were from the Eastern Seaboard, there were some teams from the Midwest and the South. This “Jaws” enthusiast was all the way from the California!


Of course, Harbor View Hotel had a team representing us! The activities department had been hard at work since 10am and were almost complete by the time we showed up…


But Seth, the Director of Activities here at the hotel, took some time off of sand sculpting to do a quick interview with Lucas about what it takes to compete…


After hours of building the winners were announced and awards were presented…


The First Place Winners for the Junior Division built an  octopus enjoying a birthday cupcake, using beach rocks as sprinkles. Nice work guys!


The Adult competition was pretty stiff and the Harbor View team didn’t win first unfortunately. BUT we still held our own against the other teams! Here is the hardworking team with their ribbons.


All in all it was a really fun summer day. Everyone was out to catch the waves and some rays and see the sand castle competition. If you didn’t make it this year, be sure to stop by next summer- or better register as a team! The competition is run ever year by the Edgartown Board of Trade. Hit up the website for more information!

What a afternoon! Thanks to everyone for reading!



Gretta x



Elizabeth Cecil Art Opening

We decided to kick off the weekend early last week by throwing an art opening to celebrate the wonderful Elizabeth Cecil. Elizabeth is a photographer here on the island and her work captures some stunning scenes of life on Martha’s Vineyard- from the animals at the Grey Barn and the Agricultural Festival, to surfers catching the waves up at Dukes County. Her work is also now part of a permanent collection hanging on the walls of the Governor Mayhew Building here at the Harbor View Hotel.

As five o’clock drew nearer, the clouds were pretty stormy and we feared that we would have to keep our party inside. But at five the clouds cleared up and gave way to a beautiful sun-soaked evening. The two Elizabeths took a quick snap before the guests arrived…


The cheese plate, supplied by the Water Street Restaurant was beautiful (and delicious… the marketing team had more than our fare share ahem…)

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But Elizabeth’s work was an even bigger hit! The Pool and hallways were soon filled with people buzzing about her work and pointing out their favorite’s to friends.

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The evening was filled with good food (and wine!) and good friends. Some people were Harbor View regulars and others had never been inside the building, but everyone agreed that Elizabeth’s work looked amazing on the Governor Mayhew walls. Hotel guests joined in the festiviites and were happy to meet the artist who’s work they had been admiring all week.


In addition to the wine a cheese, delicious hors d’oeuvres were passed around…


…and Krishana of Tea Lane Farm provided stunning flowers to decorate the pool area. The triple lillies were my favorite…

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I was a little obsessed!

And just when we all though we couldn’t eat another bite, the servers came around with mini donuts from the island-famous Nik’s Donuts! And they were all dressed up for the special occasion! No one could resist a sweet snack…


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And at that point the Instagramming got out of control! Good thing too, because the donuts disappeared mighty fast…

All in all a really fun night of food, art, and friends! If you made it to the Harbor View Hotel on Thursday night, thank you so much for joining us! And if you didn’t get a chance to stop by, be sure to take a peek in the Governor Mayhew buiding soon to see Elizabeth’s work!

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Thanks for reading and hope you get a chance to join us for our next event!

For more information about Elizabeth and her work, please visit her at:


Gretta x


Friday at the Flower Farm

On Friday the team got up early and trekked Up Island for the flower harvest at Tea Lane Farm.

Tea Lane Farm is a flower studio which grows stunning organic flowers in it’s greenhouses and fields in Chilmark. They provide flowers for Weddings, Special Events, and Custom Bouquets. Summer is (obviously) a really busy season for the Tea Lane team, between all the weddings and parties that happen on the island. But they graciously invited us over to tour the field and talk about their business.


The day could not have been more beautiful. It had been rainy and gross the past couple days, but the sun had finally broken through and all we wanted to do was spend the whole day outside. We met the owner Krishana Collins on Middle Road and followed her in our car along a bumpy dirt road. We emerged from the trees at the edge of a large field and could already see the girls harvesting flowers. Krishana walked us through the rows, showing us the different types they grow- Chrysanthemums, Snapdragons, Bachelor Buttons, Zinnias, Sunflowers, and huge lilies of every color. It was such a beautiful sight to see the ladies of Tea Lane crouching down in the feilds and emerging with armfuls of beautiful liliies. Paradise!

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Krishana told us about her growing technique and how to harvest the flowers, and then helped us pick out our own fresh bouquets- that matched our outfits (of course!)

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We had a little TOO much fun… even our cameraman Lucas got into it!

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Tea Lane Farm supplies flowers to the West Tisbury Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays all summer, and they have a farmer’s stand which works on the honor system. You can also contact them to order the most beautiful fresh flowers on the island for your next party by checking out their website.


Thanks for reading, and I hope you get a chance to pick up some Tea Lane Farm flowers this summer, they really are stunning!

Cheers x,