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AWOL: The Newest Provincetown Hotel

Provincetown is a magical place. At the very tip of Cape Cod, you feel like you’re at the edge of the world, far away from familiar New England, while only a couple of hours from Boston. This small town is jam-packed with some of the most delicious food and the friendliest people.

We had the pleasure of going to Provincetown this September, one of the best times of year for a visit. The swarms of tourists have died down, but the liveliness of the community is unwavering. The crisp, fall air doesn’t hurt either.

When we heard a new, boutique hotel was opening in one of our favorite destinations, we had to check it out! We decided to take leave from the ordinary and check out Provincetown’s new AWOL hotel.

This vibrant retreat, formerly the Inn at the Moors, is nestled in the West End- just a short walk from shopping, dining, and nightlife, while offering a peaceful stay with gorgeous, waterfront views.

After we checked in, we treated ourselves to the complimentary nitro cold brew in the office then went to explore the property. Located at the beach’s iconic moors, AWOL offers a beautiful heated pool, multiple fire pits, and picnic tables, all from which you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

 

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AWOL’s rooms combine luxury, comfort, and a unique simplicity. Not to mention, each room includes its very own outdoor seating area. Again… enjoy the views!

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Once we were settled in and took a quick sunset dip in the pool, we took AWOL’s on-site bikes into town because a trip to Provincetown is incomplete without a burger from Local 186 and indulging with Lewis Brother’s Homemade Ice Cream.

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The next morning we slept in and started the morning nice and slow with a complimentary breakfast in bed at the hotel, enjoying everything from scallion muffins, sweet oatmeal, yogurt and granola, and gourmet hard boiled eggs with greens– with more cold brew to wash it down of course!

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While it was our first trip to AWOL, it certainly will not be our last. Just a quick 20 minute flight away, we will be back again next season!

Instead of wasting precious vacation time stuck in traffic, get there faster on a fast, frequent Cape Air flight from Boston’s Logan International Airport. Flying from beyond Boston? Cape Air has agreements with most major carriers, so you can enjoy baggage check throughs and a single itinerary, making your trip even easier. To book your flight or to check flight status, visit capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR.

AWOL hotel is a Larks Property. To learn more about AWOL or to book your next stay, visit their website.

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A Weekend In Martha’s Vineyard

Summer is officially here, so to the Vineyard we go! Whether you’re a beach bum, foodie, or enjoy arts and culture, there is something on island for you.

Is it your first visit to Martha’s Vineyard? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of what to do, where to eat, and where to stay to make planning your trip a breeze. All you’ve got to do is book your flight.

What To Do:

  • Rent a Bike- There’s no better way to explore the island than on two wheels! Rent a bike, and ride from Oak Bluffs to Vineyard Haven. The ride is only about 6 miles, and the route is easy, relatively flat, and boasts some amazing ocean views. On your ride, be sure to stop at “Jaws Bridge” and Edgartown Harbor Light House.
  • Explore Up-Island- Rent a jeep, take the top off, and drive up to Menemsha. Stop for lunch at the Menemsha Fish Market for quite possibly the freshest lobster roll and oysters you’ve ever had. After lunch, head over to Gay Head to explore the clay cliffs then take the walking trail to Moshup Beach.

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  • Take in the Culture- For a small island, Martha’s Vineyard is packed with arts, culture, and history. Not only are there dozens of public galleries, but there are also many museums, shows, and concerts you can go to. Discover the interesting stories of Martha’s Vineyard’s history at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum or catch a show with the Martha’s Vineyard Concert Series.

 

Where To Eat:

  • Martha’s Vineyard Gourmet Cafe & Bakery- First and foremost, you must visit the Martha’s Vineyard Gourmet Cafe & Bakery, better known as Back Door Donuts after dark. A visit to Martha’s Vineyard is incomplete without fresh doughnuts and an apple fritter the size of your face.

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  • Offshore Ale House- For a casual dinner in Oak Bluffs, stop into Offshore Ale House for a casual meal, where you can throw your peanut shells on the floor while trying local beers.
  • Détente- A local hidden gem, Détente  creates magic out of a small kitchen. This is a great spot for a romantic date, but also perfect for just sitting at the bar and trying a couple small plates.
  • Garde East- Enjoy dinner in a casual yet elegant setting while overlooking the harbor at Vineyard Haven’s Garde East. If you’re a seafood and wine lover, this is the place for you, with the freshest catches and a wine program featuring over 400 French and American labels.

 

Where to Stay:

  • Summercamp– Formerly the Wesley Hotel, this new boutique hotel is a nod to the past. Summercamp takes a whimsical spin on “camp.” Grab a snack from the Camp Canteen, enjoy beautiful harbor views, or play Twister in the game room.
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  • Nobnocket Boutique– This newer bed and breakfast in Vineyard Haven is not only luxurious, but cozy and feels like home. They provide a complimentary gourmet breakfast (served in bed, might we add), including local Chilmark Coffee and Martha’s Vineyard Homemade jams, have bikes available for guests, massage services, and is just a walk to town.
  • Harbor View Hotel- Overlooking the beautiful Edgartown Lighthouse, the Harbor View Hotel is the perfect hotel for families. Just because it’s family-friendly, don’t be fooled! It is is luxurious and offers amazing accommodations and dining options.

 

For more ideas for your Martha’s Vineyard trip, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce is a great place to start. Now that you’ve got the inside scoop about the best of the best on the island, all that’s left is to book your flight.

With Cape Air’s fast and frequent flights, getting to Martha’s Vineyard is a breeze. Take a quick flight from Boston, Hyannis, New Bedford, White Plains/New York City, or Nantucket and be in vacation mode in just minutes.

To check flight schedules and book your trip, visit www.capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR.

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Calling All Wine Lovers

Does the sound of a popping cork make you giddy? Is one of your favorite pastimes indulging in artistic culinary creations? If you answered yes, then Nantucket Food & Wine Festival is the event for you. For the past 21 years, the Nantucket Food & Wine Festival has become one of the nation’s most highly anticipated and coveted culinary events.

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Thousands of people make their way to the island for a long weekend of delighting their taste buds with world class wines and award winning food. Starting on Wednesday, May 17, enjoy seminars such as a caviar and champagne pairing, rosé brunch, and tastings by top chefs like Michael Scelfo, the Grand Tastings featuring over 600 wines, and various wine dinners.

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Some of the festivities of the weekend include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • The Harbor Gala on Thursday, May 18: The crown jewel of Nantucket Food & Wine Festival, this event features 40 restaurants and over 40 wineries. Come hungry… and thirsty for that matter.
  • The Grand Tastings Sessions on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21: Featuring over 600 wines from over 150 prestigious wineries worldwide, these are the most anticipated and attended events of the weekend.
  • Bubbles and Balance on Thursday, May 18: Get your mind and body balanced before the main festivities with an hour long yoga class followed by bubbles and bites by Champy founder and television personality, Jenny Johnson, local yogi Ieva Aldens, and blACKbook’s Holly Finigan.
  • Bon Voyage! NWF Last Hurrah on Sunday, May 21: Keep the party going for as long as possible with this one final hurrah, featuring beer, spirits, rehydration, and amazing food from coveted chefs Jose Enrique and Linkie Marias.

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To purchase tickets and for a complete schedule of events, visit the festival website: www.nantucketwinefestival.com.

Getting to the fun is easy! Hop on a fast and convenient Cape Air flight from Boston, Hyannis, New Bedford, or White Plains, and you’ll be there in minutes. Check out Cape Air’s schedule and book online at www.capeair.com or call 1-800-CAPE-AIR.

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Nantucket Stroll: A Weekend of Holiday Celebration

Are you looking to get in the holiday spirit and spend a weekend upon one of the most beautiful islands in the world? It sounds like you need to get yourself to Nantucket’s Christmas Stroll Weekend. 

An annual tradition for more than 40 years, “Stroll” is an opportunity to take in all that is charming about the holidays on Nantucket. Part of the larger “Nantucket Noel,” organized by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, Nantucket Stroll is designed to showcase local retail offerings and holiday shopping. More notably, the decorations and customs of this weekend have become an international icon as trees line the downtown streets and carolers greet all visitors.

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This year’s festivities will take place December 2-4th. As Stroll has evolved to include more businesses and visitors, the weekend’s events have also grown exponentially. Here are our top three can’t miss events:


1. Scavenger Hunt

Starting at 9 am Saturday morning, you can pick up your Stroll Scavenger Hunt 20-question brochure at the Chamber of Commerce Office at Zero Main Street. Created by Look Book of Nantucket author Barbara Tibbetts, this is a fun way to learn more about the island while enjoying a true Yuletide experience. Teams with the most correct answers will be in the running for a Stroll & Look Book prize package. Cost is $10 per team.

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2. Town Crier & Santa’s Arrival

Later that morning at 11:45 am, gather at the Main Street stage to help the Town Crier ring in the 43rd Annual Stroll and then follow him down to Straight Wharf to welcome Santa Claus at 12:15 pm. In quintessential island style, Santa will arrive via Coast Guard cutter and parade up Main Street and Centre Street to the Jared Coffin House where he’ll visit with children from 1-3 pm.

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3. Christmas Market

This is where the romance of Christmas comes alive in grand tradition as the aroma of delicous local food wafts through the air as shoppers pause to enjoy some refreshments, perhaps partake in a game or two and peruse crafted gifts and merchandise. Taking place at the foot of Main Street, Nantucket’s community non-profit organizations bring the age old tradition to life in their own version of a European Christmas Marketplace.

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To look up flights or to book yours today, visit capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR.

 

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4 Delectable Days & 4 Divine Nights On Martha’s Vineyard

Summer may be over on the Vineyard, but the fun heats up October 13 – 16 when the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival brings in some of the nation’s top chefs and vintners to celebrate the Island’s culinary talents, farmers, artisans and fishermen.

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Twenty-two events at locations throughout Edgartown offer a chance to taste, sip and learn, all while supporting the Island’s farm-to-school program, Island Grown Schools, a part of the Island Grown Initiative, and the Agricultural Society’s Farmers Program.

Getting There:

Head to MVY on fast, frequent Cape Air flights from Hyannis, New Bedford, Nantucket, Boston or White Plains. You can be on the Vineyard in minutes, which will give you more time for forks & corks. To book your flight, call 800-CAPE-AIR or visit www.capeair.com.

Events:

Details of the weekend’s events and seminars, as well as tickets, are available at http://mvfoodandwine.com/events.