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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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photo courtesy of LA Brown Photography and mvy.com

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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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.

 

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Martha’s Vineyard: A New Way to Stay

Planning a trip to Martha’s Vineyard?

Once you’ve decided that the Vineyard is the place to be, you have to choose where you’re going to stay. A quick search will yield dozens of options but if you’re looking for the newest, most comfortable, and affordable accommodations, you’ve got to check out Lark Hotels’ three fabulous new properties on the island!

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1. Summercamp Hotel – Oak Bluffs

During the winter of 2015-16, Lark Hotels reimagined an iconic seasonal Oak Bluffs hotel into a summer retreat designed for guests to recapture the glory days of childhood. Summercamp harkens back to long, lazy days of exploration and wonder, of play and interaction — all in very adult comfort and style, inviting guests to be a kid again at the whimsically renovated New England getaway! Summercamp’s interior design is a key part of the guest experience — fun, nostalgic and retro-chic, yet distinctly at home on “The Vineyard.” Think vintage games in the function room, bold colors and geometric shapes, rope swings and bows and arrows as design elements, dragonflies and fireflies on fabrics. The reimagined Martha’s Vineyard boutique hotel is a nod to the past with an eye to the future. Gaze at the harbor from your deck chair, grab a snack from the Camp Cantina, or play ping pong or Twister in the game room. With hotel accommodations for every lifestyle and budget — 16 different room types, from the spacious Lark Suite to a room with bunk beds — Summercamp is THE place for fun and relaxation on this magical island. Nightly double occupancy rates at Summercamp range from $149-$509, depending on room chosen and season of travel.  From plush beds, to iPads, to porches featuring expansive harbor views, Summercamp provides all the amenities guests desire and more.

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2. The Sydney – Edgartown

The Sydney is a small, but distinctive fixture in central Edgartown — a magnificent Victorian home built in 1892 by Captain Charles W. Fisher, with an intact lawn and lovely architectural details.  It’s chic, petite and perfectly located.  While respecting the history of the space, Robin’s Nest designers incorporated chic textiles with classic New England influences, as well as bold tones of pink, apple green and blue. Modern furniture melds with original wood flooring, molding and wainscoting to blend the old with the new. Eight chic and newly remodeled guestrooms have a stylish vibe and charm all their own. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, chandeliers, and intricate crown molding are just a few of the characteristics that make The Sydney’s rooms irresistible. The Sydney occupies the second and third floors of the former captain’s home, while the first floor houses l’etoile, one of the island’s most acclaimed restaurants.  Chef-owned and operated, l’etoile offers an inventive, seasonally driven menu that may be enjoyed in the vibrant, casually elegant dining rooms or in the tented outdoor garden patio in the warmer months. The restaurant’s martini and wine bar is a stylishly intimate popular destination for cocktails or wine before or after dinner. Rates at The Sydney are from $249 to $549, depending on the room type and season of visit.

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3. The Christopher – Edgartown

It’s an island vibe you’ll find at The Christopher… and not just the Massachusetts coastal islands! Blending the casual chic of the French Caribbean with the New England charm of Martha’s Vineyard, The Christopher’s bright, “The Vineyard meets St. Barts” feel makes it the ideal, casually sophisticated escape from life on the mainland. Batik prints and rattan furnishings mix with locally made pottery, handmade African baskets, and area photography. Breezy and tropical in feel, yet distinctly New England; modern, yet warm, welcoming and textured. Guests can’t help but relax and enjoy themselves amidst the stylishly laid-back design. Gather with friends in The Christopher’s designer guest lounge or enjoy a cold drink in our secluded back courtyard. With a BYOB evening mixer bar and flickering fire pit, this special space livens things up on spring, summer, and fall nights. Edgartown Harbor, the shops and galleries of Main and Water streets, and world-class restaurants are just outside our front door. The Christopher offers 15 bright, newly remodeled, modern accommodations. Guest rooms feature plush beds and modern amenities, such as USB ports and Apple TV. Some even feature private balconies. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, chandeliers, and intricate crown molding are just a few of the characteristics that make our rooms irresistible. Nightly double occupancy rates at The Christopher range from $269-$589, depending on room chosen and season of travel. From luxury linens to iPads and Tivoli Bluetooth radios in every room, The Christopher provides everything you’d  need and more.

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Book your flight to Martha’s Vineyard now at www.capeair.com or call 1-800-CAPE-AIR.
More about Lark Hotels

Lark Hotels embrace the locations they are in, but in playful, unexpected ways. Think “sense of place” with imagination and a touch of mischief. Each Lark Hotel invites guests to experience modern luxury in the heart of an iconic destination, to feel the pull of a nostalgic getaway while surrounded by today’s amenities and to find attentive service when they want it and privacy when they don’t. For information on Lark Hotels or to book your stay, please visit www.larkhotels.com.