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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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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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Your Perfect Maine Getaway Awaits

Maine in the winter paints a much different picture than in the summertime when its streets are flocked with tourists. Enjoy a perfectly quiet weekend filled with snowy outdoor adventures, cozy dining, and friendly-priced, off-season lodging.

We’ve put together a guide to your perfect Maine weekend in three of our favorite destinations: Bar Harbor, Rockland, and Augusta.

What to do?

Bar Harbor:

If you are of more adventurous nature, Bar Harbor’s Acadia National Park offers a wide range of outdoor winter activities including snow shoeing, cross country skiing, snow mobile trails, and even hiking for the especially daring. If you’d like to enjoy the solitude and winter beauty, but not endure the low tempatures, there is a loop on Cadillac Mountain where you can appreciate the views from the warmth of your car.

You can also do some shopping downtown, learn about local history at the Abbe Museum, enjoy a show at the 1932 Criterion Theater, or get in touch with your inner chef at the Ambrosia Cooking School.

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(photo courtesy of Acadia National Park)

 

Rockland:

Rockland offers multiple museums for the artistic, history-buffs, and children including, but not limited to, the Farnsworth Museum of Art, Maine Lighthouse Museum, and the Coastal Children’s Museum.

Augusta:

Augusta is perfect for a relaxing, yet culturally stimulating, vacation. While it boasts many brewpubs and local wine makers, you can also learn about Maine history at the Maine State Museum, Old Fort Western, and the Blaine House (or Governor’s Mansion).

Where to Stay?

Bar Harbor:

Spread out in one of the Mira Monte Suites, and enjoy their half-priced off season room rates. Or, cozy up with a panoramic, waterfront view in the romantic and peaceful Saltair Inn.

Rockland:

Enjoy Rockland’s very own boutique hotel, 250 Main, which is perfect for the modern traveler. Located right on Rockland’s main street, overlooking the harbor, 250 Main is Rockland’s newest hotel, boasting modern industrial decor and breathtaking views.

Another local option, located in the heart of Rockland, is the Rockland Harbor Hotel. Conveniently located just steps from downtown, you can easily explore all the town has to offer. You can also enjoy the patio fire pit. Smores anyone?

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(photo courtesy of 250 Main)

 

 

Augusta:

If you want to stay right in Augusta, try the Senator’s Inn, where you can enjoy their full service spa then dine at their fantastic restaurant, Cloud 9. Or, drive just a few miles down the road to the Maple Hill Farm Inn, offering a very serene setting in the rolling fields and woods.

What to eat?

Bar Harbor:

Visit locally owned, Mache Bistro, where the menu changes daily, and includes anything from bruschetta, to pork belly tacos, to slow roasted pork chops. If you’re looking for more of a charming pub atmosphere, head to the Thirsty Whale, who is famous for their fish sandwiches and homemade chowders.

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(photo courtesy of Mache Bistro)

 

Rockland:

You cannot go to Rockland without visitng Primo, where James Beard Award Winning Chef, Melissa Kelly, creates a new menu daily, using many ingredients she grows herself on her four-acre farm adjacent to the restaurant.

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(photo courtesy of Primo Restaurant)

 

Augusta:

Visit the Liberal Cup Public House and Brewery for a refreshing pint of craft beer and a heaping serving of fish and chips. Or, head to Slate’s Restaurant & Bakery to enjoy American fare while taking in live music and local artwork displayed on the walls.

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Whether you decide to take make your trip a wintery, outdoor adventure or a cozy, romantic weekend of dining and spa treatments, Cape Air can get you to Maine. Hop on a Cape Air flight from Boston to Bar Harbor, Rockland, or Augusta, and you’ll be there in minutes. For more information, or to book your flight, visit www.capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR. And enjoy the ride!

Now through Sunday, February 4 get away for less! If you book your flight to Maine by Sunday, we are offering flights starting at $69 to Augusta, $79 to Rockland, and $89 to Bar Harbor. These fares are valid for travel 2/1/18-3/31/18. For full details visit www.capeair.com.

 

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Hop Up To Vermont For Killington Wine Festival

Do you love wine, beautiful views, and delicious food creations? Make your way to Killington, Vermont July 14-16 for the 16th annual Killington Wine Festival. Your tastebuds will be delighted by the multitude of fine wines, spirits, and local cuisine, all while taking in the best views Vermont has to offer.

Friday, July 14

The weekend kicks off the with the Estate Tasting. Enjoy a beautiful, scenic gondola ride up to the Peak Lodge, where you will have the chance to meet the vitners, enjoy specialty wines, and light hors d’oeuvres. Following the Estate Tasting, the Killington Wine Trail runs from 6-10pm with many local restaurants offering special food and wine pairings.

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Saturday, July 15

Saturday is the main event! The day begins with Killington Wine Festival’s signature event, the Grand Tasting. At the foot of the mountain enjoy a variety of wines from all over the world, Vermont wines and spirits, and local artisanal cheeses, chocolates, and more. Admission to the Grand Tasting includes tastings, a gondola ride, and a signature tote with a wine glass.

Following the Grand Tasting, grab a lawn chair or a blanket and head to the Killington Resort for free outdoor concerts by local artists. After an afternoon of wine tastings and live music, local restauarants will be hosting wine dinners thoughout the evening, featuring special wine and food pairings.

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Sunday, July 16

The fun doesn’t have to stop just because the weekend is coming to a close! Killington Wine Festival goes out with a bang with the Wine & Nine Golf Outing. Enjoy 9 holes of golf, 9 specialty wines, and a delicious dinner. Not a big golfer? You can purchase a ticket just for the tastings!

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Purchase your tickets at www.killingtonwinefestival.com.

Get There Fast!

Hop on a Cape Air flight from Boston to Rutland, and you’ll be sipping wine in no time. With three flights a day, getting there is convenient for any schedule! Book your flight today by visiting www.capeair.com or calling 1-800-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.