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June 2010 Events …

(Oak Bluffs harbor)

June will soon be busting out all over on the Vineyard.

Here are a few highlights of happenings:

*June 12 – The 3rd Annual Lighthouse Challenge

*June 17 – A Taste Of The Vineyard Gourmet Stroll

also

*June 19 – Taste Of The Vineyard Patron’s Party & Gala Auction

*June 19 – Oak Bluffs Harbor Festival & Fireworks

There are tons of things to do on MV in June – Click on the links to below for a full list of events…

MV Chamber of Commerce

mvol.com

(Oak Bluffs harbor)

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Vineyard Biking …

From mostly flat terrain, down-Island (eastern end), to hills up-Island (western end), you will find the Vineyard a beautiful place to explore with a bike.

The dark lines on this map indicate the main bike paths.  You can of course bike the other parts of the Island but those roads are shared with cars.  From short rides flat rides like the 3 miles from Edgartown to South Beach/Katama, or long hilly rides like the 20 miles across MV from Oak Bluffs to Aquinnah… you can find a terrain and mileage that meets your criteria.  Martha’s Vineyard is 100 sq miles, it cannot be biked in a day.. at least not to my knowledge.

One of the prettiest bike paths is the 6 mile stretch from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown… for a good part of the ride the ocean is on one side and Sengekontacket Pond on the other… it’s just lovely.  Another pretty ride is the 8.5 mile ride from Edgartown to W Tisbury which goes alongside the state forest

You can rent bikes (CLICK HERE) at several locations in Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven.  You can download an updated map of recommended bike routes on this site.

So get a bike, grab a map and let biking on the Vineyard put a smile on your face.


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Visiting MV With Kids …

Martha’s Vineyard is a great place for a family vacation.

Unlike big crowded theme parks, a trip to the Vineyard is a more laid back kind of vacation.

Being an Island the main attraction is the beach.  The best kid friendly one is State Beach on the eastern side of MV between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.  The water is mostly shallow and very calm.  The beach is great for finding shells and stones and sometimes an elusive piece of sea glass.

Here at Aquinnah, (Gay Head cliffs) on the western side of MV lying beneath the colorful clay cliffs, the beach is rougher and dotted with large and interesting rocks.

Bicycling is a terrific way to explore the Island.   One of the prettiest bicycle paths is right along State Beach between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown… the Atlantic Ocean is on one side and Sengekontacket Pond on the other.

Along the way look for an Osprey’s nest.

Try miniature golf at Island Cove Mini Golf on State Rd just outside of Vineyard Haven, and also try their rock climbing wall.

Some other things to do on MV are.  Nature walks and children’s programs at Felix Neck. Watch glass being blown at the Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks. Go ice skating at the MV Arena.  Try horseback riding.   Spend a few hours at Beadniks in Vineyard Haven creating a one of a kind piece of jewelry.

No matter what your age you’ll want to ride on the Flying Horses.

The Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs are America’s oldest platform carousel dating back to 1884.   They are listed on the National Register of Historical Places and belong to the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust.  Take a ride on one of these beautifully restored horses rain or shine.

And rain does happen, so what do you do withkids to keep them happy.

Bookstores.  Edgartown Books (pictured here) and The Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven.

There are several theatres on MV.. the one pictured here is in Vineyard Haven… Oak Bluffs has two theatres and Edgartown does also.

Shopping is always fun for a little while.  Try out Riley’s Reads and the Toy Box both here in Vineyard Haven.

If you take a jaunt over to the smaller island of Chappaquiddick, which is a three minute ferry ride from Edgartown, take time to stroll through Mytoi, the beautiful and peaceful Japanese garden.  Also take a guided tour out to Cape Poge lighthouse.

If you’re on MV in the middle of August you can visit the Agricultural Fair It’s amazing to see what the Vineyarders have created… from quilts and homemade jams and jellies to raising livestock.  There’s something for everyone, lots of good food, rides to go on, sheep shearing and interesting contests like skillet tossing… something I’ve been tempted to do in my kitchen at times.

So run, play, shop, go swimming and biking, ride on a flying horse or a real one, visit a farm or spend a week as a deck hand on a kids cruise on the Shenandoah or Alabama tall ships.  Enjoy all that Martha’s Vineyard has to offer.

CLICK HERE for all kinds of great information from the MV Chamber of Commerce.


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Visiting Chappaquiddick …

A few years ago we decided to take the On Time ferry over to Chappaquiddick.  In all the years of going to MV I’d never been to Chappy.  It was time.

It was a beautifully clear day and we were looking forward to taking a tour out to Cape Poge lighthouse. When we got over to Chappaquiddick we  piled into an all terrain open truck and off across the dunes we went.

Cape Poge Lighthouse is a 55 foot high wooden structure.  There’s a staircase inside but to get out onto the observation area you have to climb up a wooden ladder and through a door in the ceiling.  We were told many times by our guide to ‘watch our heads’… I was the first one up the ladder and I still can feel the bump on my head.

The view is amazing.  You can see for miles in every direction.

Including down where my daughter and grandson were waiting.  Being that I’m afraid of heights this was a big deal for me, but I’m glad I did it, the view was worth the slight tinges of terror I felt.

After our tour we headed to Mytoi Gardens. Mytoi is a botanical garden maintained by the Trustees of the Reservations.

We had a really nice time exploring a little of what Chappaquiddick has to offer.

Back on the On Time II, headed to Edgartown.


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From There to Here …

This sign in Oak Bluffs shows the miles between MV and  Helsinki (3957 miles), Waterville, ME (248 miles), London (3283 miles), NYC (179 miles), and San Francisco (2730 miles) just to name a few places. These are the actual miles but I like to think that my blog can take you to MV in a matter of minutes… no traveling required, just click and enjoy and then actually visit MV.  Each mile traveled  is a step closer to the Vineyard experience.

Apparently I like the above picture because I used it a year ago in a post with information for getting to MV- click here to read that post. 


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Newes From America Pub …

In my opinion one of the best places to eat on MV is the Newes From America Pub located in the Kelley House in Edgartown.

The Newes From America is located on the bottom floor (basement) of the original Kelley House building which was built in 1742.  The ceiling is criss-crossed with the original large and sturdy beams, the walls are thick brick and the atmosphere is like stepping back in time.  The entrance is at street level, there are no steps or stairs.

The menu at the Newes is eclectic and enticing.

One of my favorites is the Smokin Musket Turkey sandwich on peasant bread with sage mayo and cranberry sauce.  It’s like Thanksgiving on bread.

Their hamburger, in my opinion and that of my daughter, is that it’s one of the best on the Vineyard.  The 1/2 pound burger is cooked to your perfection… add cheese or mushrooms and delight your tastebuds.

Roast Beef Au Jus… roast beef, swiss cheese on a pressed roll with sherry-onion jus.

Lobster Roll – you just can’t go to MV and not have one and the lobster roll at the Newes is grand.  Tasty sweet lobster meat mixed with celery… served on a yummy roll…. my mouth is watering thinking about it.

The Caesar salad is a winner too… crisp greens, delicious dressing, lightly toasted croutons and chicken if you choose to add it.

Don’t forget clam chowder.  Like lobster rolls, you shouldn’t visit MV without having clam chowder.  The chowder at the Newes is always popular.  To be honest though I haven’t personally had it in awhile due to food allergies, however, my family members like it and that’s a good recommendation.

Fries… you’ve never had fries served like the Newes serves them… in a brown paper bag !!  Certainly a different presentation and one that somehow adds flavor and fun to a food everyone loves and pretty much doesn’t give much thought to.  You’ll love them.

I’ve eaten in the Newes and I’ve also gotten take-out from the Newes.  The service in the pub is always friendly and timely.  The only problem I ever had was with a take-out order… the mistake wasn’t noticed until we’d driven back to our hotel.  I called the Newes and they gladly took care of the problem immediately.

I haven’t touched upon the selection of beers at the Newes because well, I don’t know that much about them.  One of the interesting touches at the Newes is that for every beer you order you receive a ‘wooden nickel’. Many people pool their wooden nickels to reach the 1000 that it takes to get your name on a brass plaque on one of the bar stools.

While you’re waiting for your food to be served try taking the trivia test on the back of the menu !!!  If you don’t know the answers that’s okay… you’ll learn some intersting facts about MV when you look at the answers.  For instance, is it true that someone tried to throw former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara over board off the ferry Islander in the 1970’s !!!!

The prices are low, the food is good, it’s family friendly (kids love the bag of fries)… it’s definitely worth a trip to the Newes From America while you’re on MV… once you go you’ll go back again and again.

To find out more about the Newes From America and its history, check out this article from the MV Times.


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July Happenings …

  Ah, July, the crazy, hazy days of summer and Martha’s Vineyard is brimming with things to do.  Check out these happy, crazy statues at the Field Gallery in W Tisbury.

 MVOL calendar for July.

Chamber of Commerce calendar for July.

The Fourth of July is the biggest day of the month and there will be lots of special events celebrating our country’s 232nd birthday.  Among them are…

     *July 4th barbecue at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown

     *Edgartown 4th of July parade

     *Edgartown fireworks