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Your Winter Getaway To The Adirondacks Awaits

Winter is here, and while many people like to run away to the sun and the sand, our favorite destination in the winter is right in our backyard, Saranac Lake in The Adirondacks.

Saranac Lake offers many things for visitors, from a reawakened downtown lined with restaurants and shops, to festive events, to cold-weather outdoor activities. Here are some of our favorites:

New Year’s Eve Celebration First Night

The First Night celebrations offers a shared cultural celebration to mark the passing of the previous year and beginning of the new one. More than a dozen acts in ten different venues will entertain you. Each performance lasts about one hour, and seating is first come, first served. Fireworks are lit off at midnight over Lake Flower.

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

Running from February 1-10, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is a week of sporting events, parades, a gala, fireworks, and more. The carnival starts and ends with amazing fireworks displays. Miss the carnival? Don’t worry you can enjoy the ice palace all winter long!

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Historic Hotel Saranac

Pampering more your style? The newly reopened Hotel Saranac offers the amenities of a high-end city resort, while set in cozy Saranac Lake. Enjoy comfort fare, craft beers, and creative cocktails at Campfire Adirondack Grill, enjoy top-of-the-line spa treatments at Ampersand Spa, or poke around Academy & Main, a shop filled with cut-above local goods.

Get Sporty

Just a short drive from Saranac Lake, visit Lake Placid’s Olympic Sports Complex and channel your inner Olympian. Visit the museum, check out the historic ice skating rink, or even hop in a bobsled if you’re feeling adventurous!

While this only begins to cover the multitude of options awaiting you in Saranac Lake, we hope this get you started planning your perfect winter getaway. Although it is far up north, getting there is easy!

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Hop on a quick Cape Air flight in Boston, and you’ll be there in less than 2 hours. With three flights each day, baggage agreements with most major carriers, and a single itinerary, traveling is a breeze. Book your flight today at capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR.

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Fall Fun On The Vineyard

Just because the sun has set on summertime, does not mean the fun is over on Martha’s Vineyard. In fact, the fall is one of the best times of the year to visit. The island boasts beautiful fall foliage, much smaller crowds than during the summer months, and the calendar is jam-packed with festivals and events throughout the fall season. Here is a guide on the best events to attend on Martha’s Vineyard this fall:

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Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival

Wine and foodies alike will gather for four days and nights of wine tastings and special events to celebrate the Island’s rich tradition of farming and fishing. The events will introduce guests to local culinary talent, farmers, and oyster producers, while also bringing in guest chefs and vintners from Boston and beyond. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society, whose annual grant program assists and perpetuates agriculture on Martha’s Vineyard. To learn more or buy tickets, visit their website.

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photo courtesy of Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival

Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival is a 6 day celebration of arts and culture from around the globe. Hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society September 4-9 in Vineyard Haven, guests can enjoy over 40 films from around the globe, exciting talks by guests from film, media, and politics, live musical events, and local dinners and art showcases. For more information or to buy your tickets, visit their website.

Fall For The Arts

For the entire month of October, Martha’s Vineyard will be celebrating the depth and diversity of the island’s arts and culture with Fall for the Arts. Galleries and studios stay open through the month of October for special events and showcases. The culinary arts are also highlighted with the Art of Chocolate event and the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival. The month concludes with Art*Island, a festival of arts and ideas.

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Besides the amazing events that are scheduled throughout the fall, the fall is an amazing time to simply visit the island and enjoy the slower pace, cooler weather, and less-crowded restaurants and shops.

Don’t waste a second of your precious vacation time. Get there faster with Cape Air. Catch a flight from Boston, Hyannis, New Bedford, or New York, and you’ll be there in just minutes. To book your flight or check flight updates, visit capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR.

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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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The Courtyard at Surfsong Resort Tortola, Fine Dining At Its Best

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Would you like to experience fine dining in the intimate setting of a boutique resort?  If so, you have to visit Surfsong Resort in Tortola. Surfsong has now opened The Courtyard Dining Experience for the public to enjoy.

With over 20 years of culinary experience, Executive Chef David Cioppa joins the Surfsong family from NYC where he has honed his skills at numerous haute cuisine, 3-star restaurants, including his recent post as Executive Chef at Firehouse Restaurant in the Adirondacks and positions at Picholine and The Soho Grand Hotel in Manhattan. David enjoys offering a personal touch to the culinary experience in an intimate boutique setting.

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The ambiance of The Courtyard at Surfsong pairs perfectly with Chef David’s adventurously creative yet refined cuisine, which at all times prominently features fresh local ingredients.  The intimate dinner setting is nestled among towering granite boulders with the romantic glow of an open fire and a soothing rhythm of a waterfall. Surfsong offers a set 3-course menu with a choice of several entrees.  Alternatives for dietary restrictions and preferences are always available.

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Located at Surfsong Villa Resort on Beef Island, Tortol, The Courtyard at Surfsong offers BVI’s latest fine dining culinary experience on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch. In order to preserve the tranquility of the resort, we have very limited seating available to outside patrons, strictly by advance reservation. Please make your reservations well in advance.

For reservations and more information on Surfsong call 284-495-1864 or visit http://www.surfsong.net/culinary/the-courtyard-at-surfsong/.

If you mention that you fly Cape Air when you make your dinner reservation you will enjoy a complimentary cocktail.

Getting to Tortola is easy.   Hop on a flight from any major city in the U.S. to San Juan, then jump on a quick 40 minute Cape Air flight to Tortola and you’ll be there faster than you imagined.  Check out Cape Air’s Tortola schedule with more than 15 daily flights to choose from. Book your flight to Tortola now at www.capeair.com or call 1-800-CAPE-AIR.