Monday, March 19, 2012


“When I was a child and came to Martha’s Vineyard….”. How many times have these words come out of my mouth and the mouths of a myriad of others over the generations.

It’s no wonder you hear adults reminiscing about childhood vacations spent on Martha’s Vineyard as the island is a wonderful , magical place for kids.


The Flying Horses -    Ride the world’s oldest Carousal, a National Landmark, in Oak Bluffs. If you grab the brass ring you get a free ride? Another challenge – see how many rings you can grab at one pass. You’ll understand when you get there?! Be sure to look into the large horses’ eyeballs!

Glass blowing  at M.V. Glassworks in  West Tisbury  (508)693-6026 – – A magical art well worth seeing, especially on a rainy day!
Fishing off the Edgartown Town Dock (even on a rainy day as it has a roof) – get fishing tackle at Larry’s Tckle Shop on Main Street -
Books, books, books at Bunch of Grape’s Book Store on Main Street in Vineyard Haven or the Town Libraries.
Beadniks in Vineyard Haven – (508)693-7650 - and this is not just for girls! A feast for the eyes and a great place to let your creative juices flow as you make bracelets, pendants, earrings, etc.. Help available for the ones who need it. Take Dad for the heck of it!
M.V. Museum on Cooke & School Street in Edgartown  508-627-4441 – A real treat!

SUNNY and CLOUDY DAYS are better for these:

Lighthouse tours – Call 508-627-4441 for information

Ghosts, Gossip, & Downright Scandal walking tours. 508-627-8619 -

Chappy Ferry in Edgartown – Take a ride on this little “soap box” ferry and take along your swim gear so you can swim on the Chappaquiddick beach on the other side.

Build a Sandcastle!  Take a bucket & net or seine and explore the tidal ponds. Remember to put back your catch after about 5 minutes!

Felix Neck Wildlife Preserve off Edgartown/Vineyard Haven Road– check out all the programs, walk the field, forest and shore trails or enjoy the mini-salt water “zoo”. (508) 627-4850 .
Gus Ben David’s House of Birds and Reptiles -  (508)627-5634 - off Edgartown/Vineyard Haven Road
The FARM Institute  - (508) 627-7007  at Katama Farms in Edgartown is another great stop for the “young” farmers of tomorrow (ages 2-to 100+!). It is an educational farm that teaches children and adults in a most entertaining way about sustainable agriculture, regularly hosts morning chores, and has summer camp programs for all ages.
Evening picnic by the Gazebo in Ocean Park overlooking Vineyard Sound in Oak Bluffs. Once a week in season there is an old fashion Band Concert – march around the bandstand or just sit and tap you feet.
Island Alpaca Company  - (508)693-5554  for fuzzy fun and warm, fuzzy products for all ages to buy.
Mini-Golf at Island Cove on State Road. In Vineyard Haven.
A great spot to bring kids is State Beach on Beach Road between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. The five mile stretch features calm water, sand bars, lots of parking, and a snack truck with stellar frozen lemonade.
Whether a Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Rental guest of Sandcastle or not, do not hesitate to call us at Sandcastle Vacation Homes (dba Sandcastle Realty Inc.)  - 508-627-5665 - for other ideas, directions or with any other questions you might have..

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Martha’s Vineyard has been the Island of choice for many a famous person. There were summers in the past that saw Mike Wallace and Walter Cronkite, to name a couple, sweating it out against one another in a fund raising Celebrity Tennis Tournament, and Annie Buchwald and Patricia Neal, with broad brimmed hats and proper white summer frocks (tucked up in the underclothes so as not to get in the way!) chasing each other around a very fancy Croquet green during the Celebrity Croquet Tournament!

James Taylor, Carly Simon, Caroline Kennedy, John Belushi, and Christopher Reeve have all called the Vineyard home at one time or another. Rumors were even swirling last year that Lady Gaga was building a house not far from where Meg Ryan has owned a wonderful home since the mid-90s. Every gigantic, gray-shingled waterfront estate held the possibility of being the Haus of Gaga — but no one has found it yet.

The pompadoured rocker, John “Cougar” Mellencamp, was even spotted last summer on the Chappaquiddick Ferry in the passenger seat of an SUV driven by Ms.Ryan herself.

One of the striking reasons Celebrities feel comfortable here is that they can come and go in relative anonymity and are given all due respect and avoidance if they happen to be spotted. How refreshing that must be for them to be able to leave their footprints in the sand in peace & quiet !

Friday, March 2, 2012




A speck on our planet, yet such a gem! Come explore, relax, and enjoy!

Images courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center