Wednesday Wonderings #WW The Risks of Not Using an Agency

 Use an Agency when Booking Your Vacation Rental

Let’s make this easy. Go through an agency when booking. Always. Period. When you decide to go through an agency, you lose the risk of being double-booked, locked out of your home, given false promises, and a ruined vacation. Now, we’re not saying every person out there is out to bamboozle you, but mistakes happen. Going through an agency ensures that if mistakes happen, they have your best interests in mind and will get the problem fixed pronto.

This article from WSBTV shares renter, Jessica Spence’s experience with a Rental-by-Owner site “Her experience was not 5-star.

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Meet the Agents Monday #MAM: Melissa Peters


I’ve been known to be a bit of a “Food Snob.” Friends often ask my opinion of specific restaurants before trying them out.

I have only rave reviews for Copper Wok located on Main Street, Vineyard Haven.

Friendly hostesses greet you at the door, and you then have a choice of three dining experiences.

If you choose to sit up at the bar you will make new friends each time you dine there. Be sure to say “Hi” to Jerry and Ting (Sushi chefs). Watch them create their masterpieces.

Then there’s the communal bar where it would be fun to get a group of friends together as you’re seated across from each other making it easier to share the tasty Pan Asian dishes coming from the kitchen.  This would also be the time to order the Copper Love Boat- twelve pieces of assorted sashimi (Chefs choice), ten pieces Nigiri (Chefs choice), Spicy Tuna Roll, and Special Roll of Choice.  Yum! My mouth is watering.

There are also smaller tables available for a more intimate meal.

The restaurant is decorated in a Pan Asian theme, it’s fun to look around at all the little touches incorporated throughout.  I have to say, one of the bigger pluses to the restaurant is when you are traveling home on the ferry, you can call ahead, and your to-go order will be waiting for you when you arrive.

I hope to see you at Copper Wok soon!

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#FF Feature Friday: Dorothy West Oak Bluffs


This beautifully renovated home has plenty of room for everyone. Everything in this home is new, up to date and very comfortable. It is also just a short distance to town in Oak Bluffs and State Beach.


This Oak Bluffs cottage is large enough to hold up to 10 people comfortably with enough entertainment for everyone to enjoy.



For those that would like a little private time, the guest house is a charming get away.SandpiperRentals_5295


The inside of the guest house has the needed amenities to make this a great vacation home away from vacation home.SandpiperRentals_5312

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Wednesday Wonderings #WW: Conservation on Martha’s Vineyard


Martha’s Vineyard has a history of conservation and put some good regulations in early so that development did not occur on our South Shore beaches. The dunes have been kept intact and you’ll see lots of beach grasses with rosa rugosa in your travels.  That being said, we do not have many rental options on the South Shore that are beach front.  There are many pond front rentals that have access to the barrier beach via boat which can be a fun adventure for your family.  Therefore, it is not unusual to have a short drive to the beach or share an association beach with many of our rentals.

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Meet the Agents Monday #MAM : Darlene O’Neill

Halloween on Martha’s Vineyard!

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I know it was a couple of weeks ago, but it was so impressionable that my husband, Owen and I will be making this an annual event.

This year Halloween fell on the weekend that Owen was commuting to the island…we alternate our weekends on and off the island since we also still own a home in Mansfield MA. Besides, Thanksgiving, Christmas and his birthday, Halloween is one of my husband’s favorite holidays. Frankly, it frightens me too much and I am anxious for it to pass. NOT this year. I picked Owen up at 5:45 in Vineyard Haven from the Steamship Authority (which runs year round) and we casually walked up Union Street, crossing Main Street, left on Church and finally a right or left on the infamous William Street. During our walk, we were all smiles and laughter due to the adorable children and most of the adults in and out of the storefronts all dressed in full costume. As we strolled to our William Street destination, the exterior lighting, ghoulish music, dry iced lawns were so impressive. Everyone was full of enthusiasm and having a blast. We later learned that each year there are approximately 700 to 1000 “treaters” that come through to show off their garb and grab a special treat. For safety sake most neighboring roads were closed to vehicle traffic during the prime hours of the evening.

My husband’s exact words when we reached our car to head home, “This was the best Halloween of my entire life!” We are both in our 50’s and as you can imagine have been through our fair share of Halloween events, but this one tops them all. Can’t wait for Halloween 2015 on MV – how about you?


#FF Feature Friday: Pease’s Point Way Edgartown

This Downtown Edgartown home is the epitome of a Martha’s Vineyard and New England lifestyle.


The minute you enter this elegantly appointed and immaculate home, you feel the essence of Edgartown charm and grace.

SandpiperRentals_1263The state of the art kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops is any chefs dream. The kitchen opens to a very private outdoor patio fully equipped with gas grill and outdoor furniture for those summer cookouts on Martha’s Vineyard.


This lovely traditional in-town property is equipped with surround sound home theater system and wireless internet. A grand first floor piano room opens to a cozy outdoor patio for those quiet moments.


All of the bedrooms are on the second level. This master bedroom is equipped with it’s own fireplace and alcove for a private and refreshing tête-à-tête.

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A finished basement offers a wonderful area for entertaining, a game of ping pong or a challenging game of chess. Be sure to check out the closet full of board games too.


Fuller Street Beach, shops and restaurants are all within a short distance.


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Winner of the Sandpiper Rentals Review Contest

Congratulations to Lynn Shepardson for winning the $100 Gift Card to Le Roux!Contest

Many of you received an email requesting a review of your experience with us, here at Sandpiper Rentals. For those that left a review on our Facebook or Google+ Pages, you were entered into our drawing for an $100 gift card to Le Roux. Le Roux,  on Martha’s Vineyard, is perfect for decorating your island home and kitchen. Plus, they have sweets like Lake Champlain’s tin of Chia Hot Chocolate that is just delicious! Their other locations are in Maine and New Hampshire.

Many thanks to those who left such lovely reviews. We cannot wait to see all of you on the island again soon!

For those that missed out, don’t worry! Please leave a review for our next contest coming soon.

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Wednesday Wonderings #WW: What’s Your Price Point for Rentals on Martha’s Vineyard ?

Aerial View of Martha's Vineyard
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How to Determine a Price Point for your Rental?

Martha’s Vineyard is not so very different than most places.  You basically get what you pay for.  On the moderate side – a simple three bedroom vacation home in Katama will range from $2100-$3,000/wk.  As you add amenities like air conditioning, upgraded furnishings, screened porch, outdoor living your rate increases.

The high ticket rental usually has some water orientation whether it have views and/or access to the beach.  These rentals range from $6000/wk and up.

As the saying goes: location, location, location!

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Meet the Agents Monday: Annie Sylvia

A Sense of Fall on Martha’s Vineyard

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As the leaves turn, the weather cools and the island hustle and bustle transforms into the slow pace way of life “island life”……The shops are offering sales, the restaurants are serving comfort food, and the fact that you can skip the bathing suit and walk around in leggings, boots and a cozy sweater is in my mind a bonus.

My weekends look a little like this…

Dinner with the Fam:

At The Newes from America- Onion rings, and the simple salad with tenderloin is my favorite. While my husband prefers the buttermilk chicken and my 2 year old son eats the fish and chips and of course the pickles and ice cream that our favorite waitresses Ashley brings.

Or date night out: Alchemy is wonderful. The second floor offers a cozy fireplace and a great bar. The risotto balls are amazing and I love the Jonas crab salad.

Sunday morning breakfast: Black Dog for sure, finally no wait! The French toast is my best friend.

A stroll in Vineyard haven, (to walk off the French toast) into Rainy Day to look at the amazing Christmas ornaments and stocking-stuffers they start to set up.

Top it off with leave cleanup and a visit to Morning Glory Farm for a hot apple cider and donuts to go.

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#FF Feature Friday: Fuller St. Residence

This newly renovated Edgartown location is worth a look as our #FF Feature Friday

Nothing was missed on the renovation of this magnificent home from the outdoor fireplace to the heated salt water pool to the state of the art furnishings. Lots of space for the whole family and wonderful large yard, just a short walk to Fuller Street beach and Downtown Edgartown.

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