How to Enjoy Vineyard Haven Shopping

Vineyard Haven ShoppingEach part of Martha’s Vineyard has its own charm and people love different areas for different reasons. One of the great reasons to visit Vineyard Haven is to take advantage of all the great little shops in town. Vineyard Haven shopping choices include a large variety of goods of different types and styles. Next time you make your way to Martha’s Vineyard, make sure to make time for some Vineyard Haven shopping.

Where to Go Vineyard Haven Shopping

When you head to Vineyard Haven to go shopping, you will find everything from clothing and accessories to home decor and furniture. Vineyard Haven shopping will have something in store for everyone!

The Black Dog General Store

One of the most iconic places to go Vineyard Haven shopping, Black Dog General Store is the perfect place to find gifts for the whole family. Their signature t-shirts and other Black Dog branded items are all high quality and stylish. There is plenty for ladies, men, kids, and “Lil’ kids” as well as home goods, things for dogs, and other gear.

Rainy Day

Rainy Day is a unique Vineyard Haven shopping experience that home goods and decor as well as things for children and parents. You can look forward to finding unique products that are made on the island. This shop in the heart of Vineyard Haven is also a wonderful place to find a nice gift for yourself or someone you love.

Thrift Shop

Part of the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, the Thrift Shop in Vineyard Haven has a wide selection of donated items to choose from. There is clothing, jewelry, housewares, furniture, artwork, collectibles, and an excellent book department. The Thrift Shop is able to donate some items to those in need as well.

Midnight Farm

Co-owned by Tamara Weiss and singer-songwriter Carly Simon, Midnight Farm has an eclectic collection of high-quality clothing and artisanal housewares. Shoppers can find wonderful accoutrements for the home as well as wearables such as homemade jewelry and designer clothing.

Beetlebung Dry Goods

Part of the well-known Beetlebung family of establishments that includes restaurants and coffee shops, Beetlebung Dry Goods is a good place to go shopping in Vineyard Haven for simply branded t-shirts and other clothing. They also have other souvenirs like mugs.

The Green Room

The Green Room is a unique place to experience Vineyard Haven shopping. They have a large selection of surf, skate, and snow gear as well a stylish clothing and shoes. On the main floor you’ll find sportswear and downstairs they have a good variety of surf and skate gear as well as a “tight selection of snowboard gear.”

Claudia Jewelry

At Claudia Jewelry is home to lines of jewelry from well known designers as well as local artists. Brands include Alexis Bittar, Jamie Joseph, Pandora, Chan Luu, Hidalgo, John Apel, Trianon, Seamen Sheps, and others. There is also a selection of French & Italian perfume, eyewear, handbags, hair accessories, and blown American glass.

Bespoke Abode

Bespoke Abode is a home furnishing and decor store that has beautiful selections for those wanting to update the style of their home. They have custom furniture, rugs, lighting, and many other home accessories.

When you’re planning your Vineyard Haven shopping trip, be sure to make your accommodation arrangements with Sandpiper Rentals. Our Martha’s Vineyard rental properties are located throughout the island so you can choose to stay near your favorite Vineyard town. All of the properties offer luxurious accommodations and are perfect for making your home-away-from-home during your time on the island.

6 Great Reasons to Visit Oak Bluffs MA Soon

Oak Bluffs MAThere are many great places on Martha’s Vineyard to explore. Quaint towns, beautiful coastline, and pristine landscapes beckon visitors from far and wide. One place you need to make time to visit is Oak Bluffs MA. This Martha’s Vineyard town is full of old fashioned charm and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Oak Bluffs is home to several impressive points of interest as well as one of the best beaches on Martha’s Vineyard. So,  during your Martha’s Vineyard getaway, be sure to plan a visit to Oak Bluffs MA for some great fun!

1. Oak Bluffs Campground

One of the first things that comes to mind when people think of Oak Bluffs MA is Oak Bluffs Campground and the charming and whimsical gingerbread cottages found there. These 19th Century buildings make you feel like you’ve stepped back into another place and time. The atmosphere at the campground is serene and utterly relaxing. There is no hustle and bustle here. Oak Bluffs Campground is the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll while you admire the colorful and intricate details of these cottages. You’ll be hard pressed to pick just one favorite!

2. Ocean Park

Ocean Park is another must-see location in Oak Bluffs MA. The park is beautifully kept and makes the perfect backdrop for leisurely walks, bike rides, and general enjoyment of the Martha’s Vineyard scenery. It’s right on the water, so there are amazing views of the ocean.

3. East Chop Lighthouse

One of several iconic Martha’s Vineyard lighthouses, East Chop Lighthouse in Oak Bluffs MA is a great site to visit. There is plenty of space to walk around and get pictures of the light and enjoy the gorgeous scenery.

4. Joseph Sylvia State Beach

Joseph Sylvia State Beach is one of the best beaches on Martha’s Vineyard. With a clean sandy shoreline, gentle surf, and serene atmosphere, it’s the perfect beach to visit when you want to spend some time relaxing and soaking up some sun.

5. Island Alpaca Company

For a unique Martha’s Vineyard experience, head to the Island Alpaca Company. You can visit with these unusual looking yet adorable creatures and learn more about them. They even have an annual shearing day where you can see the Alpacas be shorn and have their fleece collected to make garments and other items!

6. Flying Horses Carousel

The Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs MA is the oldest operating platform carousel in the nation. It has been named a national landmark by the Department of the interior. The carousel was built in 1876 by Charles Dare and originally started out as a Coney Island, NY ride. This picturesque carousel is a delight to both children and adults with its handcrafted horses and decorations.

No matter what you decide to do in Oak Bluffs MA, you’ll have a great visit to Martha’s Vineyard when you choose one of Sandpiper Rentals‘ gorgeous properties. With houses all over the island, you can choose to stay near whichever town or beach you want to. All of the houses are unique in their own way, but they’ll all provide you with a comfortable stay and wonderful memories. Our Martha’s Vineyard rental properties will make all the difference in your time on the island. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!

Photo: Barry Peters via Flickr on Creative Commons

Are You Ready for the West Tisbury Agricultural Fair?

West Tisbury Agricultural FairHere at Sandpiper Rentals, we know that summertime on Martha’s Vineyard is a truly special time of year. The weather is perfect for going to the beach and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the area’s fresh seafood. If you’re going to be on The Vineyard during the summer, make sure you make time to go to the West Tisbury Agricultural Fair. This annual fair is the perfect place to indulge in some old-fashioned fun with rides, live entertainment, agricultural contests, great food and more. The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society is responsible for the fair each year, and it’s a good time for everyone involved. So, be sure to plan a trip to Martha’s Vineyard for the West Tisbury Agricultural fair in August.

About the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society

Founded in 1859, the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society has the mission of promoting “the pursuit of agriculture, horticulture, land conservation, youth activities, mechanic and domestic arts and encourages the raising and improving of plant and animal stock and the sale of island-grown produce and flowers at local farmer’s markets.” There are more than 1000 seasonal and year-round members in the society who participate in carrying out that mission. The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society is best known for the annual agricultural fair. The society is located in the town of West Tisbury on a 21-acre site at the Panhandle.

2015 West Tisbury Agricultural Fair

This year’s West Tisbury Agricultural Fair will be the 154th fair and will take place on August 20th through August 23rd at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society on Panhandle Road in West Tisbury. The fair will be open on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd from 10 am until 11 pm and on the 23rd from 10 am until 7 pm. Thousands of native islanders and visitors will come to the fair to take in the events and have a good time. The fair has many judged events that showcase individual talents and agricultural products. Events at the fair include horse pulls, shucking contests, fiddle contests, skillet toss, woodsmen competition, dog and livestock shows, and more. There will also be a fiber arts tent where you can explore locally made fibers and textiles as well finished goods. There will be a midway with rides provided by Cushing Amusements, a company with a reputation for safety. You won’t want to miss out on this summer tradition when you visit The Vineyard. It is an encapsulation of what summer should be and is a seriously fun event.

Staying on Martha’s Vineyard

When you’re making plans to visit the West Tisbury Agricultural Fair, make your accommodation arrangements with Sandpiper Rentals. Our luxurious yet affordable rentals are the perfect place to call your home-away-from-home while you’re on Martha’s Vineyard. With rental properties all around the island, you can choose which town you’d like to stay in and what attractions you’d like to be near. Our Martha’s Vineyard rental properties feature amenities like luxurious bathrooms and kitchens as well as waterfront views. When you’re visiting the island, there’s no better way to stay.

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