Our Favorite Public Beaches

Just in time for the start of summer… here are our favorite public beaches that you need to check out while on the island!

Joseph Sylvia State Beach

State Beach

Two miles of beautiful, sandy beach located between Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, Joseph Sylvia State Beach, often just called State Beach is a summer favorite. On one side is the beach, with mild shallow waves, while on the other side of the dunes lies Sengekontacket Pond where calm conditions provide the perfect place for tots and young kids to go crab fishing, or paddle boarding for the older kids. State Beach is also home to the famous Jaws Bridge, where on sunny days you can catch droves of people of all ages driving off, providing the perfect photo opportunity. During the high summer months and weekends, parking spaces located along the beach can fill up fast. Luckily, the location of State Beach means it is a short bike ride from both Edgartown and from Oak Bluffs. So this summer, ditch the car and strap a floaty and a picnic basket to the back of your bike and hit the beach, island style!

 

South Beach

South Beach

South Beach, often referred to as Katama Beach is a popular spot during the summer months, due to its white sand and surf. Plus, there is plentiful parking and on-duty lifeguards. If you are traveling with very young children, the saltwater pond on the other side of the dunes provides a sheltered beach, sans crashing waves. If you are looking for a very Vineyard experience, deflate your car tires and drive out along the beach up to Norton Point. Bring along a barbecue and a group of friends for the quintessential summer cookout feet from the waves. If you are planning on driving out to Norton Point, just be sure to pick up a permit with the The Trustees.

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South beach is also host to the annual Edgartown Board of Trade Sand Sculpture Contest, where families or groups of friends can engage in a little friendly competition to see who can build the most creative and well-constructed sand castle. The contest, happening on August 3rd this year, features prizes for winners and honorable mentions. Be sure to check out the website for more information! South Beach is a short drive from Main Street Edgartown, or a 20-minute bike ride if you fancy a cruise along the paved bike path down to Katama.

 

Moshup Beach

Moshup Beach

Moshup Beach, also known as Gay Head Beach is located up-island in Aquinnah on the western side of Martha’s Vineyard. Moshup can be found between Philbin Beach and Gay Head Cliffs. Gay Head is known for its soft white sand and startling clear water. While Moshup is still a popular, its location further away from most major ports of entry to the island means that it is often more secluded from the heavy crowds that are characteristic during the summer months. And for the exhibitionists among us, part of Moshup is historically known for being clothing optional! Even if a beach day is not on the schedule, a trip up to Aquinnah is well-worth the drive if only to get a glimpse of the gorgeous Gay Head Cliffs, known for the photogenic multicolored clays, and which are listed as an Endangered National Landmark. Moshup has restroom facilities and parking is $15.

 

Menemsha Beach

Menemsha Beach

Located up-island in Chilmark, the charming fishing village of Menemsha and Menemsha Beach is another beautiful Vineyard spot. While the beach is rockier than its down-island counterparts, the surf is milder, making it perfect for youngsters. Plus, it’s really the views that make this spot special. The northern facing beach looks out into Vineyard Sound and provides views of the Elizabeth Islands. The beaches’ proximity to the casual restaurants of Menemsha is another thing that makes it the perfect spot for a beach day. Beach goers can walk into town and get fresh and delicious seafood to sustain them for the day. And while sunshine makes a beach day, it is actually the sunset that draws the crowds here. Menemsha is one of the best spots on the island to see the sunset, and is one of the few places on the East Coast where you can see the sun set over the water. So be sure to bring your camera on your next Menemsha Beach day! And during the summer months, once the sun sets the fun is only getting started! The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival screens thought-provoking movies and documentaries on the beach, so be sure to check their schedule online for ticket and event info. On-duty lifeguards and parking are provided in the summer, but as space is limited it is a good idea to get there early, or take public transportation.

Jamming at the Newes

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The Newes from America Pub at the historic Kelley House is a Martha’s Vineyard legend.  It has served as watering hole to island visitors and local residents for decades and has become a pillar of the Edgartown community, helping individuals fill their bellies with fantastic pub food and locally brewed ice cold beers.  As of last week, patrons of The Newes can enjoy listening to homegrown music as they indulge.  The Newes now features local musicians every Friday from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM for the entire winter season.  Patrons will jam out to the island’s very own artists such as Mike Benjamin and the Pickpocket All-Star Stringband, just to name a few.  I bet you can envision the scene: great music, sipping a Bad Martha beer and a blazing fire; let The Newes help you make that vision a reality.  Come on down and join us for lunch or dinner!

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Kelley House Bikes

The historic Kelley House sits in the heart of Edgartown. Edgartown, being a staple of Martha’s Vineyard, is one of the islands most exciting and scenic towns. When staying here, it is important to try and take in as many of the beautiful sights and surroundings as possible.

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The Kelly House Bikes ensure that you will not only see Main Street Edgartown, but they also open up possibilities to expand your experience while enjoying a pleasant ride.

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These bikes are easy to operate and offer baskets for when you need an extra hand.

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Planning a day on South Beach has never been easier; a cruise through Edgartown leads to a beautiful ride past the Farm Institute. In no time you can be enjoying one of the islands most sought after beaches without the stress of parking.

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Providing fun and convenience, the Kelley House Bikes are the way to go when planning a true authentic Vineyard day. Be sure to share snaps of your adventure with us using the hashtag #KelleyHouseBikes

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Enjoy!

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Top Coffee Shops in Edgartown

If you’re a coffee lover, the first thing you do when visiting a new travel destination is to scout out the best coffee in town. We’ve done the legwork for you and here are the some of the best coffee shops in Edgartown. SO if you’re looking to get your morning buzz on here in Edgartown, we’ve got you covered!

1. Newes From America Pub

Conveniently located next to Kelley House right on Kelley St. the Newes Pub is a coffee-lover’s haven. The outdoor seating is great for sitting and enjoying your brew and watching the action on North Water Street, or you can grab your cuppa to go as you explore what the island has to offer! BONUS: In the summer the Newes also serves breakfast daily starting at 7am! Stop by for a delicious selection of classic American pub food.

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2. MacPhail’s Corner Cafe

This local spot across from the Edgartown Harbor opens up mid-June and serves great coffee as well as lunch options. Sit on one of their benches and watch Edgartown wake up while sipping on your preferred coffee of choice.

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3. Toccopuro Coffee

Probably the one place on island that serves bubble tea, the classic Taiwanese tea-based drink. Located to the left of Jack Wills on Main Street, Toccopuro Coffee also serves Italian baked goods and brew a variety of coffees over a tabletop Siphon, which produces a delicate, tea-like cup of coffee for those of you that prefer a lighter roast.

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4. Murdick’s Cafe

Famous for its handmade fudge, Murdick’s Cafe (right next to Murdick’s Fudge in Egdartown) is the ideal spot for a morning bagel and coffee. Grab your items, walk down to the harbor, and enjoy your hot coffee while watching the boats sail by. 

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5. Coffee Culture

Coffee Culture, located on Nevin Square on Winter Street in Edgartown, is home to some great brews, where you want a timely espresso, a quick iced coffee, or a delicate pour over. The coffee tends to be Counter Culture Coffee, a coffee that has always been sourcing incredible handmade coffees directly from farmers and cooperatives. You can also find Pain D’ Avignon baked goods early in the morning. 

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6. Espresso Love

Open year-round in Edgartown (with a second location in Boston), Espresso Love is the coffee adored by locals and tourists alike. Their offerings include freshly brewed coffee and specialty drinks, baked goods, as well as soups and sandwiches for lunch and dinner (they are open until 6pm). Perfect spot to pick up an iced coffee and a sandwich to take to the beach!

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7. Behind the Bookstore

New to the coffee scene, Behind the Bookstore has reopened for their third season this year and are back and better than ever! This is the spot that makes their very own chocolate ganache for their mochas, whisks their matcha lattes to perfection, and carefully crafts delicious baked goods daily. You can also find beverages, salads, and quick meals for on the go.

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Leave a comment below and let us know where you get your coffee in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard! 

Meet Our New General Manager, Joanne

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

A Walk Around Edgartown Art Galleries

The historic village of Edgartown is a town immersed in the arts. Within steps from our inn, you will find some exceptional art galleries such as Eisenhauer Galleries, North Water Gallery, The Christina Gallery, and the Old Sculpin Gallery, just to name a few.

If you’re an art lover, a leisurely walk around town will delight you with some of the best galleries on the Cape & Islands. Take a minute to discover their exhibitions, talk to the gallery curators, and possibly meet the local and international artists showcased (most galleries have open houses with the artists during the season).

Eisenhauer Galleries

Located on 38 North Water Street, The Eisenhauer Gallery’s collection is one of the most unique on the Island. From realist marine paintings to bold expressionism, there is a diverse body of work that has been carefully selected by gallery owner Elizabeth Eisenhauer. The works of art are both national and international artists that excel in painting and sculpture. Visit them online for more information.

North Water Gallery

Right across the street from The Newes Pub from America is the North Water Gallery on 27 North Water Street. Here you will find works from some of the island’s most renowned and talented artists on display. Gorgeous landscapes and familiar nautical scenes are the subject of many pieces, and it’s a great gallery to walk around before dinner. Visit them online for more information.

Christina Gallery

Head on over to 32 North Water Street and explore The Christina Gallery, a year-round gallery that encompasses two floors focusing on traditional art, marine paintings, and contemporary Sailor’s Valentines. If you’re interested in antique maps and nautical charts, the Christina Gallery has a unique collection dating back all the way to the mid 1800′s. Visit them online for more information.

Old Sculpin Gallery

Did you know that the Old Sculpin Gallery used to be a sail loft, a whale oil factory, a grain store, and a boat builder’s shed…all before it was an art gallery? Located on 58 Dock Street, just a short walk from Wave Bar and our pool, the gallery is also host to educational programs for both adults and children. Their permanent collection of over 100 paintings is sourced from many of the island’s most accomplished artists for the past 60 years. Visit them online for more information.

2015 Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival

Do you love food and wine? Make sure to book our package for the Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival, coming up May 7th through the 10th this year!

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The 3rd Annual Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival brings together over 500 wineries, plus local chefs and personalities. You’ll get a chance to taste your way through all the wineries during the Grand Tasting event, and if you book our package, you’ll get nightly accommodations, two tickets to the Grand Tasting, a box of local Chilmark Chocolates, and a bottle of wine courtesy of the wine festival.

The opening reception will be a rose cocktail party and held at the Harbor View Hotel, where guests will taste one of the best of Provence Rose from Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel. Want a more private event? Book any of the wine dinners offered in local restaurants or private homes. 

Not a huge fan of beer? Attend either the Great Beer Challenge or the Cocktail Competition and see breweries and bartenders go head to head in these events for the coveted first place! End the weekend on Sunday with a Bloody Mary Brunch at Detente – a must not miss event!

Visit Edgartown during the kick-off weekend – there will be wine, food, and more during the weekend. To see the full event list of the festival, please visit the MV Wine Festival website. To book this wine-inspired package, please click here.

Want to be a part of more fun events that weekend? Enjoy what the Edgartown Board of Trade has prepared, alongside local businesses, to celebrate Pink & Green Weekend. A celebration of the arrival of spring, there are pub crawls, restaurant specials, and even a Pink & Green Prom! Find out more on the EBOT website.

Interview with Michael Kelley

Recently, we had the opportunity to interview one of our favorite guests, Michael Kelley. Michael is a descendant of the original owners of Kelley House. Michael and his wife Lisa were on island this past week in celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities hosted by The Newes From America Pub and Kelley House.

Photo Credit: Susan Safford

Photo Credit: Susan Safford

Kelley House: What is your favorite thing about the Kelley House?

 Michael Kelley: I’ve been coming to the Kelley House since 2001. Aside from my personal connection, the staff is what brings us back. The treatment my family and I get is superb. On the other hand, sitting in the lobby and observing first time guests, they get the same treatment. It must be the culture that was instilled. Past management teams of Steve, to Charlotte to present day manager Michael, they do put the guests needs first.

Kelley House: What is your favorite dish at The Newes from America Pub?

Michael Kelley: Whenever I try a new restaurant, I get a burger. The thought process is, if you can’t do that right, I’ll pass. I’ve been getting burgers at the Newes since 2001. It’s so good I’m surprised I’ve tried anything else but I have. The fried chicken is simple but always perfect. Don’t forget the clam chowder. (They’ll put a fried egg on the burger if you ask)

Kelley House: If you could recommend to our guests just ONE thing to do on island, what would that be?

Michael Kelley: My recommendation for a trip to Martha’s Vineyard is not to bring a car. Take the time to see the sights from a walk up North Water street, to people watching in Edgartown village. The cemetery on Pease Point is fascinating with all the old stories. My 5th and 6th great grandparents are buried there so it’s probably a little more interesting to me. They also happen to be the original management team of the Kelley House. I hope their philosophy towards guests was the same as it is today.

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Michael Kelley seen pulling the wooden nickel in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Thanks to Michael Kelley for sharing his island favorites, as well as his love for the Kelley House. If you’d like to check out our St. Patrick’s Day celebration, head on over to our Facebook page for great photos!

Get Lucky in March!

March is a fun month for us at the Kelley House and The Newes from America Pub – everything from our ever so popular St. Patrick’s Day Parade, promotions, and month-long Irish inspired recipes and contests, we have something for everyone! 

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Lucky Newes Package 

Get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day! Come stay at the Kelley House and enjoy the comfortable accommodations at our downtown inn. Included in the package is Lunch or Dinner for Two at The Newes From America Pub (includes gratuity but excludes alcohol). More information here

 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Saturday March 14th

St. Patrick’s Day kicks off in Edgartown on Saturday with the 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, hosted by the Kelley House and The Newes from America Pub. All are welcome to join in the “leprechaun-sized” St. Patrick’s Day Parade, beginning at 11 am on Dock Street. More information here

Save the Date! Saturday, March 14 the Family Dance O’Rama returns to the Chappy Room between to celebrate in full force from 1pm until 3pm! 

Parade will be followed by on-site children’s activities, live Irish music throughout the day, delicious corned beef & cabbage food special at The Newes, and more!

St. Patrick’s Contests at The Newes from America Pub

Visit The Newes starting March 5th and take your chances by guessing how many wooden nickels are in our fishbowl! Simply write down your name & email address along with your best guess and the person that guesses the correct amount (or closest amount without going over) will win a two-night stay at The Kelley House, along with dinner for two. The winner will be announced on St. Patrick’s Day at 5p.m.

Join us for lunch or dinner between March 1st and March 17th and you’ll have the opportunity to dig into a second fishbowl filled with winning wooden nickels! Prizes include: 20% off your entire bill (excluding tax & gratuity), free dessert, free appetizer and a free entree! One chance per party – you’ll get your chance to win at the hostess stand prior to being seated!

Limerick Contest 

How are your limerick rhyming talents? But first – do you know what a limerick is? Defined as a humorous, frequently bawdy, verse of three long and two short lines rhyming aabba, popularized by Edward Lear, it’s our favorite way to get your creative juices flowing! Ask your waitress or bartender at the Newes for a form to fill out (starting March 1st) with your creatively unique limerick and be entered in our 2015 Limerick Contest! Limerick Contest Form Here. (All entries must be submitted by 10p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2015)

The Newes’ Wooden Nickel Program

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The Newes From America not only offers great food and entertainment, but they also host a fun “wooden nickel program”! Read more about it below!  The Newes from America, a year round pub in the heart of Edgartown offers a variety of foods that can please anyone’s food palette. The Newes from America also offers New England’s Best Award Winning Brews. At the Newes you get one wooden nickel for each short draught you purchase and two wooden nickels for each tall draught you purchase. If you collect 500 your name goes on our Declaration of Distinction and you’ll have use of our custom Tankards. This Tankard is displayed at the bar, ready for you to drink from whenever you come in! If you collect another 500, then your name goes on our Declaration of Superiority, as well as on our brass plaque on one of our bar stools. We encourage “team” collecting, but only one person reaps the rewards! NewesNickels

See you at the Pub! 

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