Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Martha's Vineyard First Snowfall

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Yes, Martha’s Vineyard finally had its first beautiful snow of the year, or actually of the winter season.
The harbor is eerily calm with only one large sailboat and a few smaller skiffs still in the water.
A very different Island than the one our vacationers see!
Martha’s Vineyardvacation rentals are booking up quickly this year so do make your plans for the summer as soon as you can!

Thursday, January 19, 2012


This is the time of year one can walk the Martha’s Vineyard beaches and make believe you are the only critter on this earth.
Martha’s Vineyard vacation rentals bring many to our shores…and many footprints to our beaches…but one of the wonderful things about this magical isle is that even in the height of our summer season one may still find places to experience solitude, if desired, whether it be on a beach, on a trail or within the privacy of your Martha's Vineyard rental home. Come and see for yourself!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Getting to Martha's Vineyard by Ferry

Seasoned Vineyard visitors, Vineyard summer home owners or those that are coming to vacation in a Martha’s Vineyard vacation rental, advance car ferry reservations are a very good idea when you’re trying to get across with your car during the peak summer weeks. It can seem like a daunting task, but if you follow what is written below it will truly help simplify it!

This year, advance car ferry reservations are required for all Fridays through Mondays from June 22 to September 3, 2012 as well as for Memorial Day weekend ( May 25 – 29) and Columbus Day weekend (October 5 – 8). While not required, weekend reservations for the rest of June and September aren’t a bad idea. The Steamship Authority has a handy document with all its ferry reservation policies, rates and schedules.
At 8 a.m. January 17th - Advance car reservations for this summer go on sale online at the Steamship Authority Website It can often be a “race to the finish” so do not hesitate to act early.
You will need a profile number to be able to book online with the Steamship Authority. If you don’t have one already, set that up in advance, it’s a big time-saver.
On January 24th (a week later than online) -  Reservations by phone will be taken. Be sure to get the name of the ticket agent you speak to.
HINT: If you can’t get your first choice of date and/or time, DO buy a ticket and put your name on the waiting list, most travelers have learned they end up doing ok going that route.
Do not hesitate to call us at Sandcastle Vacation Home s (dba Sandcastle Realty Inc.) with any questions or concerns. We have been in this business for a long time and are a great resource!