First Time Vacation Renters on Martha’s Vineyard
Finding your perfect vacation rental property on Martha’s Vineyard may seem like a daunting task if you have never been to the island before. Even though we are considered a small island, we have five towns with some very different flavors to each. There are also many different booking opportunities out there for vacation rentals. There may be something to be said for being able to go online and book your house in a few easy steps but it is important to have confidence in the services available upon arrival to the house. We, at Sandpiper Rentals, are proud of the fact that we are here and available should there be an issue at the house or questions to be answered upon arrival.
Our agents are familiar with all of the houses in our inventory and truly love what they do. They take great pride in matching a family with the right vacation home as that is often the vehicle for a fantastic time on the island and creates memories for a lifetime. The best way to determine the perfect vacation rental is to have discussions regarding what you and your family would like to do while you are here. Do you enjoy eating out regularly or would you prefer cooking in? Is a state of the art kitchen important to you? Would you prefer an “old Vineyard” style home in the woods with great walking paths or bike paths nearby? How important is beach access and its proximity? Do you want to be able to walk into town? Knowing your family’s needs allows us to introduce you to the perfect rental option creating the perfect stepping stone to the perfect Martha’s Vineyard vacation.
Christmas in Edgartown with Sandpiper Rentals
Edgartown comes alive every December with Christmas lights, smells of warm fires and Christmas wreaths and trees. Edgartown Board of Trade’s 33rd Annual Christmas in Edgartown is a celebration that throws you right into the holiday spirit. The parade features local businesses, smiling children, and… well Santa of course! This year’s parade was a bit longer with more entries, live animals, singing and dancing. Local business, Slip 77 gave out items from their fabulous retail store located in Oak Bluffs including t-shirts. Sandpiper Rentals held an Open House Tour with many surprises such as raffles, treats, and warm drinks.
At the very end of the parade the children were overjoyed to see Santa Claus.
Once that concluded, I caught up with the Alpacas outside of the Edgartown School. Then joined in the fun with all of the vendors at the Craft Fair where I purchased some homemade ornaments and jewelry.
Finally, I wrapped up the afternoon with some local shopping at MV Florist and Sanctuary in Oak Bluffs where I chatted with the dear owners, Frank and Rita. All in all, it was a wonderful way to start the Holiday Season.
Sandpiper Rentals makes it a point to continually educate ourselves in our business and industry. Anne Mayhew, Owner/Broker had the opportunity to attend the New England Vacation Rental Managers Association meeting last week and gained a great amount of information. This group provided great speakers that have expertise in vacation rentals and promoting growth in marketing and customer service for both our tenants and owners. The opportunities abound and we find ourselves on the fast track as technology provides so many ways to improve our systems.
Keep an eye out for future posts promoting the installation of some of these great new systems!
Happy Holidays from Sandpiper Rentals
Every year around the holiday season, Edgartown comes alive with lights, food, holiday cheer, and an abundance of community spirit. Local businesses open up with discounts and treats. Christmas in Edgartown weekend highlights include the Annual Great Chowder Contest, pictures with Santa, the Lighting of the Lighthouse at the Harbor View Hotel, the Christmas parade, shopping and sales, and holiday themed events benefiting Island Charities.
This year, Sandpiper is joining in this annual festivity with tours of local homes available for rental. At each house you’ll get to meet the amazing ladies of Sandpiper Rentals, as well as enjoy warm drinks and special treats.
Also if you go to all houses along the tour, we’ll donate to a local charity on Martha’s Vineyard, Red Stocking Fund, in your name and you will receive a local ornament as our thanks!
The tour will run from 11:30AM-1PM. The local homes include:
- 100 Main Street
- 20 Oliver Street
- 16 Mill Street
- 48 Mill Street
- 56 Cottage Street
- 44 Morse Street
- 123 North Water St.
- 80 South Water St.
The listings up for rent include:
– 123 N Water Street
– 41 Morse Street
– 48 Mill Street
– 80 South Water Street
Please see the Realty for the other listings available for sale!
See you all there Saturday, December 13th!
It’s a time of year that I always cherish. Having a family of vegetarians, we have a unique Thanksgiving. We do include all of the traditional sides: mashed potatoes, squash, stuffing (with veggie sausage), Pumpkin, Pecan and Apple pie and much, much more. A lot of the fresh produce and delicious ingredients came from local farms such as Whippoorwill Farm and Morning Glory in West Tisbury.
I feel very lucky to have two Thanksgivings; first at my parents’ house and then another Thanksgiving at my fiancé, James, family’s house (James’s Thanksgiving has the traditional turkey).
I am so grateful for all that I have and for all of the special people that I get to share Thanksgiving with!
Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday season!
Chilmark Waterview Vacation Rental
Driving down the wooded, rural road to this up-island property you will see the grounds and water views open up to you as you approach. Wonderful yard with lots of space for afternoon picnics, lounging on the patio and cocktails in the evening after a great day on the beach.
When entering the house, you feel the daily stresses and worries melt away. This reverse level home offers large open space on the upper floor with views of Menemsha Pond from most areas on that level. The wooden beams and stonework in the house is reminiscent of a villa in the hills of Italy.
The loft area above creates a cozy feeling in the living room away from the high ceilings in the kitchen and dining area. The large open staircase brings you down to the lower level where one can escape the activity and enjoy a good read or view a bit of television in the lounge area on the lower landing.
Enjoy the privacy of the master suite on one wing with the two guest bedrooms are on the other wing offering a private patio off of the bedrooms and a shared hall bath.
An overall gem of a rental that will create long lasting Martha’s Vineyard memories for you and your guests.
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 VRBO.com “Her experience was not 5-star.“
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!