Today, we are excited to introduce to you to our new General Manager, Joanne Sardini. Hailing all the way from Scotland, Joanne started her work on Martha’s Vineyard at another Edgartown property, the Harbor View Hotel and fourteen years later comes back to our family of Scout Hotels to work at the Kelley House. Get to know Joanne and hear about some of her favorite island activities.
Kelley House: How did you get your start in hospitality?
Joanne Sardini: I originally studied English Literature and had a bartending job while in college. When I had to drop out because I had Mono, I picked up waitressing and bartending shifts and realized that I should switch majors, so went to The Scottish Hotel School, which is part of Strathclyde University in Glasgow.
Kelley House: Tell us about your journey from Scotland to Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
Joanne Sardini: In my 1st year of Hotel School I was hired to work at a resort on Nantucket for the summer as a housekeeper. Two years later, I was invited to join the Harbor View Hotel front desk team (they were sister properties at that time). I started out as a front desk clerk for the summer, was able to extend my stay year round then ultimately became Front Desk Manager then Housekeeping Manager before I left in 2001. I am very excited to ‘return to my roots’ with the Kelley House and Harbor View Hotel family after a 14 year absence.
Kelley House: Describe your ideal day off.
Joanne Sardini: Early morning yoga, some time to relax in a quiet spot with a good book, a beach walk with my dog and a delicious dinner prepared by my chef husband!
Kelley House: For guests looking for those off the beaten path hidden gems on island, what would you recommend they do?
Joanne Sardini: My favorite gem that many people miss is Chappaquiddick. I love to jump on a bike and head to Chappy. The Trustees of the Reservations have some wonderful tours on land or water. There’s kayaking or SUPs with guided or self guided wildlife tours, Mytoi Japanese Garden, Wasque walking trails…but my favorite is the Lighthouse Tour – you can only visit Cape Pogue Lighthouse by oversand vehicle so most visitors never make it there. It is well worth the trip! Just remember to pack your snacks and water – there is just one little store over there (seasonally) so ‘carry in, carry out’ is the way to go!
Kelley House: What’s new and exciting at the Kelley House this season?
Joanne Sardini: We are very excited about our expanded breakfast menu at the Newes From America Pub, and we have fun new menu and cocktail menu at Wave Bar (new menu coming soon) too! Our activities program will start in mid-June with fun for guests of all ages and our bike rental program is the most stylish way to get around town; lots of fun for everyone!