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Rainy Day Activities

Good ideas for what to do while waiting for your check-in or ferry. Our favorite thing to do while waiting for a house check-in is to drop the bags at the house (please do not go inside) and grab some of our beach chairs and umbrellas and hit the beach. It’s the...

Swimming Pools

Since 2008, when I started renting out the Captain Morse House, we have had requests for a pool. The realtors all said that I would make 30% to 50% more in rent. So my August rates would rise from $27,000 (in a normal year) to $40,000 and even less people would be...

Food Tourism

There are several companies that are specializing in food tourism on Martha’s Vineyard. The Cottage City Oyster Farm, will take you out onto the water where you can learn all about these incredible bivalves. The tour includes a tasting from right out of the...

Yacht Racing Teams

We are really proud of the Captain Morse House’s long association with Yacht Racing Teams. Each year at the second to last weekend in July the Edgartown Yacht Club hosts an annual sailboat regatta which includes the prestigious Round the Island Race. The...

The Big House

This is the story of a Big House. It is similar to the Captain Morse House. 11 bedrooms. The difference? I run mine as a vacation renal home. On Amazon one reader mentioned that”We all Have a Big House.” I think he means that we all have places where are...

Search and Referral

Social Media Companies and Referral Networks We have been getting several “referrals” lately from companies that make a living doing so. They attempt to capture requests and route them to the correct vendor. The problems is that they are using algorithms...

Tax on Short Term Rentals

2018 State of Massachusetts Chapter 337 AN ACT REGULATING AND INSURING SHORT-TERM RENTALS Updated 1/14/2019 State of Massachsetts info on the Vacation Tax – FAQs Here! Actual Law signed by Charlie Baker Here Applies to rentals 31 consecutive calendar days and...

History of Captain John O. Morse

Captain John Osborne Morse   John Osborn Morse was born on May 22, 1800 in Edgartown, Massachusetts. He was the second of eight children born to Uriah Morse and Prudence Fisher Morse. Uriah Morse ran the small ferry from the foot of Morse Street to Chappaquiddick...

AirBnb and the Generic Vacation

Last summer we had a corporate retreat at the Captain Morse House. The “suggestion” from the stay coordinator was that we put away all of the personal items in the house and make it more generic. I thought that was an odd request but then I thought that...