Guide Book with Helpful Links – eConcierge
Our top recommendations for Martha’s Vineyard and Edgartown
General Information on the Island
Martha’s Vineyard Wikipedia
Martha’s Vineyard Gazette
Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
Martha’s Vineyard Online
If you have ever rented a house before and found it devoid of everything including salt & pepper then you will be pleasantly surprised. We aim to always have some basic kitchen staples on hand so to eliminate duplication please check the kitchen before you go shopping.
There are many farmers markets on the island. The local spots we use are listed at this link:
Stop & Shop – (suggest shop early am to avoid the crowds) 222 Upper Main Street – 508-627-9522
Edgartown Meat & Fish Market – New at the triangle with great selections – 240 Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road, Edgartown, MA 02539 508-627-6200
Edgartown Seafood Market – Good local Seafood Market – 138 Cooke St. (near 100 Main St.) 508-627-3791
Al’s Package Store – the locals shop – 258 Upper Main St , – (508) 627-4347
Great Harbor Gourmet & Spirits – 40 Main St. – (508) 627-4390
Town Provision – close to the house – 12 Mayhew Lane – (508) 627-7557
Morning Glory Farm – just out of Edgartown on the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road (508) 627-9003
Fruits and vegetables, corn, herbs, beef, eggs, pies and baked goods, plants.
Mon-Sat 9-6, Sunday 10-5.
Reliable Market Oak Bluffs– Family-owned grocery that is getting a lot of buzz for fresh island goods.
36 Circuit Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA 02568 508-693-1102
West Tisbury Farmers’ Market
This brings the farmers and their goods to you at the Old Agricultural Hall on South Road in the center of West Tisbury, by Alley’s General.
Open seasonally Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m.
A new service in 2021 called the New England Country Mart will deliver groceries to you.
There are so many places to search online that there is hardly a reason to list them here. In any case I will list a few of my favorites.
Best Greasy Spoon – Dock Street Coffee Shop
Best Local Fine Dining & Seafood – Square Rigger
Great Coffee, a walk away – Espresso Love
Top Rated – Atria – Their Brick Cellar Bar under Atria is GREAT for Burgers, Beer and surprising Entrees.
Fine Dining and place to be seen – Alchemy Restaurant
Best Brews on Tap & Burgers – Newes From America
Out of Edgartown
State Road Restaurant (West Tisbury) – State Road
Beach Road Restaurant – oyster happy hour (Vineyard Haven) – Beach Road
Sweet Life MV (Oak Bluffs) – Sweet Life
Casual Spot (Oak Bluffs) – Offshore Brewery
Best Breakfast & Lunch (Vineyard Haven) – Art Cliff Diner
Best Seafood (Menemsha) – Larsens Lunch on a Lobster Trap – Classic MV
Best Seafood (VH) – Net Result
There are so many places to search online that there is hardly a reason to list them here. Here are a few notables
Grey Barn – Bread, Cheese & Charcuterie
Rose Water Wine & Spirits
Salt Rock Chocolates
Shopping for Her (and Him)
CB Stark Jewelers
Shopping for Him (and Her)
Boneyard Surf Co.
For All Wedding and Event Vendors – Click Here
Enhance your visit by planning your events and activities. Need a private chef? Want to go fishing? Want to get married? Consider a concierge.
Jacalyn Kane – Brochure Link
More and more guests are requesting catering and private Chefs
Here are some sources – * indicates they have worked at the house before
Julie* – Julie Chef
Little Rock Farm – Little Rock Farm
Jamie Hamlin Catering* – Jaime Hamlin*
Catherine Walthers – Catherine Walthers 774.521.8406
Reception Catering: Nomans – Oak Bluffs
Chef Canieka firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert “Bobby” Donahue – Live In Chef Services Private Chef
Spring Sheldon* – Sea & Spoon Kitchen springsheldon.com 413-695-1595
Tyler Gibson – Private Cooking – email@example.com (508) 733-6930
Barbara Gold* – firstname.lastname@example.org
Shane Tank email@example.com 920-737-5752
Créatif – Private Chefs & Catering 617-233-0880
Tina Miller* – <firstname.lastname@example.org> 508-561-0042
Julie Moffet* – <email@example.com> 508-364-8968
Island Bartenders* – Ken Chisholm 774 327 9034
Raw Bar –
Edgartown Seafood – Link
John’s Seafood – Vineyard Haven Link
Golf & Tennis
Farm Neck – 6 Har-Tru Tennis Courts and a top rated 18 hole semi-public golf course. Farm Neck was a collaboration of three architects, Geoffrey Cornish, Bill Robinson and Patrick Mulligan. When built, the course was carved into a beautiful peninsula or “Neck” of farmland on the eastern edge of the Island abutting Vineyard Sound. As you play, you will find yourself traversing a striking variation of topography and vegetation – everything from woodlands, to open meadows, to salt marshes, to stunning overlooks and intimate brushes with the ocean’s edge. Along with its intrinsic beauty, Farm Neck enjoys a widespread reputation for championship caliber golf. Farm Neck has continually earned a 4 1⁄2 out of 5 star rating in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play,” and is considered by many to be one of the premiere golfing experiences in the Northeast, “A true test of golf in an idyllic setting.”
Edgartown Golf Club – Private small 9/18 hole golf course in Edgartown – You will need a sponsor or letter of introduction from your Golf Club. Off Season offers the best opportunity for play.
Vineyard Golf Club – Private – You will need a sponsor or letter of introduction from your Golf Club. Off Season offers the best opportunity for play.
Mink Meadows – Public 9 hole golf course. Mink Meadows was established through the visionary work of New York City banker Robert Bigelow, an avid hunting and fishing sportsman. His love of both the Vineyard and the outdoors resulted in the acquisition of property known as Mink Meadows in the West Chop area circa 1928.
Royal and Ancient Chappaquidick Links Golf Club – 9 hole course on Chappy that you will have to Google. I played it once and it was really fun. They offer several options: you can pay $50 the day of play; you may purchase day passes at a discount for 5 or more online; and we also have individual ($600) and family ($2000) memberships available as well. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or call at: 508 627-2729 and visit royalchappy.com for more info!!
Wheel Happy Bike Rentals and Service – good basic rentals – check out the Surly Bikes for beach riding
Edgartown Bicycles – Rentals & Repairs – higher end bikes
Pools & Gyms
The best bet for both a pool and gym is the YMCA
The pool is 75 feet by 6 lanes and is kept at 83 degrees
You can get an individual week long membership for $75. A family membership is $110 for two adults and unlimited number of kids.
If you are already a member of a YMCA you can use the facility for $10 a day. Easy to get to and the closest to the house
The Mansion house in Vineyard Haven has an indoor pool and workout center.
This is a bit harder to get to in the summer due to the traffic. It is right in downtown Vineyard Haven.
The pool is 75 feet by 3 lanes and is kept at 83 degrees
The Airport workout and vineyard tennis center is just a workout center. It is near the airport.
Boating, Fishing & Water Sports
Things to do plus Boating and fishing information
Sail Martha’s Vineyard
Windsurfing – kayaking – sailboats
Edgartown Classic Sailing on “Magic Carpet” 508-627-2889 or 508-645-2889 (best to reach by phone) *
Cat Boat Charters in Edgartown 508-524-6903 Kurt Petersen
Mad Max Marina Catamaran Sailing *
Sail & Motor Boat Rentals – Island Water Sports 508-693-7767 office 508-693-5884 off-season
Sail, Kayak & small boat rentals– Winds Up 508-693-4252
Para-Sail and Motor Boat rentals – A1 MV Oceansports 508-627-2838 or 693-8476
Recommended Fishing Charters
Captain Jefferey Canha – Done Deal Vineyard Haven 508-737-5717
It will depend a lot on when you come but there is great music on the island.
The best source is the bulletin boards in town and the internet at MV Online (see MVOL).
Local Nightlife – The Atlantic, Seafood Shanty and Wharf Pub in Edgartown – all located near Dock Street and Main Street. Great music is also at the Port Hunter
Here are some sources I found that are not on MVOL
Classical concerts are held at the old Whaling Church on Mian street but they haven’t posted a schedule yet.
The Martha’s Vineyard Ticket and Event siteplays there.
If you want to hire a group for a in house concert these folks might do the trick
Most of the music is for a younger group but this venue has more classic music.
Live music at the Katharine Cornell Theater, VH.
The Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs has music. I saw Arlo Guthrie there.
IMP & WIMP: Improv comedy various venues, summer series at the Grange Hall Theater, WT.
Island Theater Workshop: Year-round community theater, VH.
Vineyard Playhouse: Mainstage summer productions, holiday shows, Shakespeare for the Masses, dramatic readings. Seasonal at the Amphitheater: The Fabulists for Children, Shakespeare, VH.
The Yard (seasonal): Modern & classical dance, opera and theater, CH.
MV Excursions – Private and Group tours in Vans holding up to 14 people
MV Tours – Private Tour Service
MV Tours & Transport – Private Tour Service
Trip Advisor – Listings and Ratings
There are surprises awaiting an exploration of Up Island. Bigger, vaster and beautiful. Take sometime to go up and discover why some people never go to “town”.
West Tisbury Agricultural Hall – Amazing building – great events
Alley’s General Store – Long running business on the island
The Granary Gallery – Great Art from several island inspired artists
Featherstone Center for the Arts – Events and classes and gallery