Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard

The holiday spirit will be alive and well on Martha’s Vineyard during the month of December with our towns beautifully decorated and the shops displaying and selling an amazing array of gifts that cannot be found elsewhere. For those of you who have not been here during the winter it is a special treat. There are days that you can walk on the beach and not see another footprint – a magical experience for young and old when they can pretend they are the only people on this planet! Below are but a few of the things to take advantage of.  Come and enjoy!

There are special festivities in the Victorian town of Edgartown December 9th  to the 11th, 2011. Tree lighting & carols on the Village Green on a beautifully decorated Main street. Open Houses at the classically decorated Inns. A parade down Main Street. The festive lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse.  Wine, hot drinks and tasty treats as well as Christmas music and family concerts to help keep you in that holiday spirit! And….Breakfast with Santa!!!  Come get into the spirit of the Holiday no matter what your faith.

Click on the Lighthouse below to see schedule of events.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Waterfront Vacation Rental

Known as "Waterhaven" this exquisite waterfront estate overlooking Sengekontacket Pond and the waters of Nantucket Sound beyond. Custom craftsmanship and high-end amenities are featured throughout. The many bedrooms ensuite, the gourmet kitchen, screened in porch, outdoor kitchen,infinity pool with separate spa areas with hot tub/jacuzzi and sauna, pool house and guest quarters above a three car garage complete the beauty and specialness of this magnificent property. There are fireplaces located in the kitchen,on the porch and in the living room. Pool table in the basement.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Buy American

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition
Support our American businesses!

As the holidays approach, foreign factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods --merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!
It's time to think outside the box! Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?  (Even most Hallmark products are made in China.). Mind you I am not against the Chinese at all, but rather more for our American workers!
Everyone, yes everyone, gets their hair cut. How about gift certificate from your local American hair salon or barber? Gym or “Y” membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
There are a many Island owned and owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast spot. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is  about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for Mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.
Computers can always use a tune-up, and I know you can find some young or old (!) person who is struggling to get his computer repair business up and running.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local artisans spin their own wool and knit them into classically beautiful sweaters and scarves. They make jewelry, sheepskin slippers and hats, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes to name a few items.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theater?
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, do you really need to buy another few hundred Chinese made lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have that kind of money to burn, consider leaving it, instead, for the mailman, trash man or babysitter as a nice BIG tip.
You see, these Holidays are no longer about draining American pockets so that other countries can build another glittering city. It is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.
THIS is the new American Christmas/Holiday tradition.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Secret & Not-so-Secret spots in which to build wonderful memories on a range of budgets!

Many of the best finds on the Island are a little more under the surface and lucky for you, we've already done a lot of the digging for you.

It’s no wonder you often hear people reminiscing about childhood vacations spent on Martha’s Vineyard as the Island is a wonderful place for children of all ages. We'll help you plan a Vineyard vacation that will leave you and your children with memories to last a lifetime.

The Vineyard is in no short supply of fresh air and quiet or energy burning activities!
Hiking is fun for all! Be sure to pick up a map of the Land Bank and Trustee of Reservation properties. Over one-third of the Island is held in preservation and the trails go through cool woodlands, breezy meadows and along the scenic shoreline. Maps are available at their headquarters or from their websites.
Biking and jogging trails are all over the Island and our gentle, rolling terrain makes this kind of touring a very easy and wonderful individual or group activity.
For those that are water oriented, many charter boats offer half-day or daylong fishing trips and there’s also no shortage on day cruises. Motorboat, sailboat, jet ski, and kayak rentals are found mainly in the three major villages. Island Water Sports and Wind’s Up are good places to check with about rentals, and Mad Max is a popular Catamaran tour out of Edgartown. A cocktail sail at sunset on Magic Carpet is not to be missed. 

Fishing, clamming, crabbing, and just plain poking around in our ponds, bays and ocean are a favorite past time for kids of all ages! Explore on your own or call Sandcastle ay 508-627-5665 for guidance.

The FARM Institute at Katama Farms in Edgartown is another great stop for the wee little farmers right on up to the big, adult farmers, of tomorrow. An educational farm, with summer day camp programs for all ages, it gets children and adults actively involved in and excited about learning about sustainable agriculture and healthy eating.
Also look into the Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs (the nation’s oldest carousel), Nip'n Tuck Farms for hay rides, Polly Hill Arboretum for budding horticulturists, Island Alpaca Company for fuzzy fun, or Mini-Golf at Island Cove on
State Road
These are just a few things to keep you happy! Come and play!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Martha's Vineyard Triatholon

1st Annual Vineyard Warrior Triathlon
For you sports enthusiasts, Martha's Vinyeard is holding its first triatholon on September 11, 2011

a 1 mile swim, 24.6 mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run race that spans the scenic towns of
Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury, and Edgartown.
Contact Sandcastle Realty for housing opporturnities.