Thursday, February 23, 2012

CYCLING ON MARTHA’S VINEYARD

Delight the senses, rejuvenate the soul, energize the body!


There is great freedom in spinning along on a bicycle and in our view, there is simply no better way to see your world. You are within every scene you see...engaged with your surroundings and fully connected to the people and the places along the way.

The wind in your face and in your hair (under a helmet of course), beautiful scenery, gentle rolling hills or great long stretches of flat terrain, a stop at a sandy stretch of beach for a cooling swim, a break at a local ice cream shoppe (old English spelling – seems appropriate!) or a cafĂ© for a cooling drink. What could be better?!

Well….possibly staying at your own Martha’s Vineyard vacation rental with family or friends.  Contact www.sandcastlemv.com – for additional information! We are experts on the Island and can help plan your trip.  

Take the memory of your cycling adventure on the Vineyard with you to be enjoyed forever!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Boating on the Pristine Waters of Martha's Vineyard


Ocean or Harbor or Bay or Pond!

Martha's Vineyard has many types of waterways and many ways to enjoy them during your Martha’s Vineyard vacation.  - a leisurely paddle in your kayak, a gentle row, energizing kite surfing or sailboarding, a windblown ride in a motor boat, or a relaxing sail.

It is a great way to get to beaches beyond the madding crowds, and to get up close and personal with the other beautiful boats and yachts that ply the Vineyard waters.

A perfect day may include enjoying a leisurely paddle, or row, in one of the harbors, bays or tidal ponds -  to view wildlife in their natural habitats, to access quahog (clam!) beds (be sure to get a license!), or to explore areas inaccessible from land.

Glide along under the spectacular Aquinnah cliffs. Slide past the Edgartown Lighthouse from Edgartown Harbor into Cape Pogue Bay and over to the pristine beaches of Chappaquiddick Island. Take an evening paddle to observe the miracle of  phosphorescence in the nighttime waters….just to name a few of the possible adventures that await you!



Friday, February 3, 2012

Solar Light 2012



Not an original idea, but a great one!

A storm….power lost….lo and behold there is light!

Whether it happens in your own home or in your Martha’s Vineyard vacation rental home …
Solar lights used inside at night are the safest and least expensive solution when the current  in your home goes off during a storm. Not only are they safe, but they give off plenty of 'free light'  (they are cheaper than batteries ) when the current is off and they then can be put back outside to recharge in the daytime. They can also burn all night long if you need them. (A side benefit is that they do not attract bugs as regular lighting does… so I am told!)

One can stick the solar light pipes into plastic drink bottles containers.  The lights usually fit into the small (20 oz) water bottles and they also fit into most of the larger liter bottles. If you need a weight in the plastic bottle to keep them from tipping over, you can put a few of the pretty colorful "flat marbles" that they put in aquariums, and vases or you can also use sand (plenty of that available on Martha’s Vineyard!), aquarium gravel, etc., whatever you have available.
May you never have to use this idea!