MV Obsession

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Former Daggett House …



I stayed a few times at the Daggett House Inn before it was  renovated and turned into a private residence.  One of the things I remember most is their famous Grape Nut bread/toast.

On the lower level of the inn was the breakfast room.  According to the Guide to Martha’s Vineyard:

“The room was the first tavern on Martha’s Vineyard to sell beer and ale.  In 1660 the taverner, John Daggett, was fined five shillings for “selling strong liquor.”  In 1750 the Daggett House was added to the building.   Through the years the Daggett House was a custom’s house, a sailor’s boardinghouse, a store, and during the whaling era, a counting house. ”

An interesting feature of the Daggett House was its secret room.  I’m not sure what it was used for in the 1600′s or so but during the past years as a B&B it was a guest room, provided they could find the secret door and providing the GHOST wasn’t in residence!!!



The back of the Daggett House had a nice expanse leading to the edge of Edgartown Harbor.  A perfect place to have a breakfast or sit and read.


I stayed at the Daggett House twice…  once in the main house and once in the charming 2 room house in the garden.  It was one of the nicest bed and breadfasts, and  now is one of the nicest looking homes in Edgartown.


Grapenut Bread from the Daggett House.

(This recipe was a staple of the Daggett House Bed & Breakfast on Martha’s Vineyard until it closed. They used to readily hand out recipe cards so I’m assuming there are no copyright issues. But just in case there is, I’m giving full credit here to the inn as it’s their recipe)

Makes 2 loaves


2/3 c Grapenuts

1/3 c wheat germ

3 T butter

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 c dark brown sugar

1 1/3 c boiling water.

Stir and let cool to barely warm.

Then, combine 1 T yeast, 1 tsp sugar and 2/3 c warm water, and let stand until bubbly.

Add yeast to the dry mixture. Add 4 c all-purpose flour.

Knead until soft and smooth, then return to bowl and let rise, covered, until double in volume.

Punch down and divide into two loaves, knead for a few minutes, and put into greased loaf pans. Let rise until double in size.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

UPDATED 6/18 to include picture of freshly baked Grape-Nut bread…yum


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

20 thoughts on “Former Daggett House …

  1. ooh, yum. And I do love that house. Good news! We’re going to the Vineyard in August!!…I’ll keep you posted. Right now it looks like the only rooms left are at Harborside Inn, which is OK. Rooms are now $400. a night tho. Ugh.

  2. Great photos! What are grapnels? Bread looks delish!

  3. I’ll have to try the grape nut loaf!! 😉

  4. You Blog is place specific. Very interesting. I tend to travel to many interesting places like our 25 day cruise to New Zealand, the Fiji Islands and New Caledonia. I found many interesting things to write about on that bucket list vacation. I would be interested in your reactions (if you have the time.). Thanks for liking my landscape.

    • Thank you for your interest in MV Obsession… I think ! I say that because I have 2 blogs… Through Jersey Eyes which is the one I use for the photo challenges among other things… and MV Obsession which is my obsession with the island of Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Cape Cod. Both blogs, place specific 🙂
      I am looking forward to perusing your blog… will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you again.

      • My wife and I moved to NC from NJ almost 8 years ago. We lived in Ramsey and Fairlawn. I have also lived in CT and visited Martha’s Vineyard a few times. Beautiful island.

  5. I’m not far from the lovely towns you mentioned.

  6. That is my 9th great grandfather’s place. John Daggett came to the colonies in 1630. Thanks for the great pictures and story.

  7. Special indeed. We do have the recipe for their famous Grape-Nut bread, makes the best toast ever. One time staying there we were in the room right over the kitchen and the aroma was wonderful. Do you get to MV often ? Not nearly enough for me 🙂

  8. Thanks for the tour of the Daggett House. And for the recipe. Yumm

  9. was our favorite breaskfast spot on the island.. we loved their seafood omlettes… very sad when it closed….

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