Top Picks for Martha’s Vineyard and Edgartown
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Martha’s Vineyard General Information
Helpful Services (Back to Top of Page)
Strollers, Cribs and Baby Rentals MVBabyRent.com
Tents, parties, heaters and furniture Big Sky Rentals
Local sitter who wants to promote your business – Baby Sitting Flyers
Martha’s Vineyard Refuse District – aka The Dump (508) 627-4501
Cycling (Back to Top of Page)
Edgartown Bicycles – Rentals & Repairs – higher end bikes
Music (Back to Top of Page)
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).
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.
Theater (Back to Top of Page)
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.
Dining (Back to Top of Page)
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
Best Late Night Night Cap (good food too) – Alchemy
Best Brews on Tap & Burgers – Newes From America
Out of Edgartown
Casual Spot (Oak Bluffs) – Slice of Life
Best Breakfast & Lunch (Vineyard Haven) – Art Cliff Diner
Best Seafood (Menemsha) – Larsens Lunch on a Lobster Trap – Classic MV
Best Seafood (VH) – Net Result
Private Chefs (Back to Top of Page)
More and more guests are requesting catering and private Chefs
Here are some sources – * indicates they have worked at the house before
Jan Burnham* – Kitchen Porch
Winner of the 2014 MV wild food challenge
Best use of local ingredients 2016 MV wild food challenge
from off island – live in or stay nearby
“Artfully uniting extraordinary people with extraordinary food”
Créatif – Private Chefs & Catering
Chilmark, MA, United States · +1 617-233-0880
Local Favorites of our family
Julie Moffet* – <firstname.lastname@example.org> 508-364-8968
Island Bartenders* – John Moffet 508-364-8968 – Ken Chisholm 774 327 9034
Raw Bar – Old Time Shucking – James Hoe* – 508-696-9608
See this link for more recommendations
The Classic Choice – Bill Smith
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 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
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.
Other local Island Produce (pdf)
Other Listings of selected services (pdf)
MVOL listings of wedding planners
Pool and Gym
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
Boating and fishing information
Sail Martha’s Vineyard
Windsurfing – kayaking – sailboats
Edgartown Classic Sailing on “Magic Carpet” 508-627-2889 (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
Charities We Support – you can too!
Wounded Warrior Project – Support those who preserve our freedom.
Camp Jabberwocky – Martha’s Vineyard’s Cerebral Palsy Camp
Sail Martha’s Vineyard – Community sailing on Martha’s Vineyard
Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust – Preserving the Vineyard’s Heritage
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services – Martha’s Vineyard social services