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Top Picks for Martha’s Vineyard and Edgartown

Services | Cycling | Music | Theater | Dining | Chefs & Catering | Clambakes | Groceries | Wedding Planners | Pool and Gym | Boating | Charities

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Martha’s Vineyard General Information

Martha’s Vineyard Wikipedia
Martha’s Vineyard Gazette
Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
Martha’s Vineyard Online

Helpful Services  (Back to Top of Page)

Sitter City Babysitting

MV Kid

MV Sitter Match

Strollers, Cribs and Baby Rentals

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

Photography – Robert Morrison 508 308 9332 cell *
Photography of Events – Wayne Smith Photography

Cycling (Back to Top of Page)

Wheel Happy Bike Rentals and Service – good basic rentals – check out the Surly Bikes for beach riding

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).

Local Nightlife – The Atlantic, Seafood Shanty and Wharf Pub – 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.

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

Top Rated – Atria – Their Brick Cellar Bar under Atria is GREAT for Burgers, Beer and surprising Entrees.

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

Julie Chef

Little Rock Farm

Jaime Hamlin*

Catherine Walthers

Katie Kidder~Principal Owner
The Chappy Kitchen
PO Box 1762
Edgartown, MA 02539
Tyler Gibson – Private Cooking –
(508) 733-6930
Winner of the 2014 MV wild food challenge
Best use of local ingredients 2016 MV wild food challenge
Barbara Gold <>
from off island – live in or stay nearby
“Artfully uniting extraordinary people with extraordinary food”

Shane Tank
Chilmark, MA, USA · +1 920-737-5752

Créatif – Private Chefs & Catering
Chilmark, MA, United States · +1 617-233-0880

Local Favorites of our family

Julie Moffet* – <> 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

Bill Smith Clambake


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)

Wedding Planners

MVOL listings of wedding planners

Generic Searches

Trip Advisor

Serious Eats

Urban Spoon Edgartown

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

Catboat Nantucket heading out for a sunset sail

Catboat Nantucket heading out for a sunset sail

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

Recommended Fishing Charters

Captain Tom Delotto – Nifty 2 – 646-465-2150
Captain Robby Coad – Sea Hawk Edgartown  Cell 508-332-8260
Captain Jefferey Canha – Done Deal Vineyard Haven  508-737-5717

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

Other Interesting Links!