New Newes Menu

Good Newes! If you haven’t already heard, The Newes reopened in August and is better than ever with a updated menu!

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The Katama ($10) is a delicious blend of cheeses and a sunny egg served on boat-shaped bread. The Katama was the winning starter and we anticipate it to quickly become a customer favorite!

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The PCS ($14) pub sandwich is made with Smoked Turkey, apple and onion chutney, lettuce, Swiss cheese avocado spread all on whole wheat. Like all the pub sandwiches on the menu, the PCS comes with your choice of French fries or coleslaw and comes with a pickle. We chose fries (obviously!)

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The Tavern Wrap ($14) is made with roast beef, lettuce, tomato, onions and horseradish coleslaw. The wrap is the perfect item to take to-go, either as a beach picnic or the perfect boat snack (for all you MV Derby fishermen!)

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The Lamb and Corn Quesadilla ($15) is a delicious twist on a traditional cheese quesadilla is going to be the go-to menu item, especially as the weather cools down! The Newes version is made with shredded cheddar, caramelized onion, tomato and comes with cucumber-mint yogurt dipping sauce.

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The Chef’s Risotto ($15) changes daily based on the what is in season. The risotto shown here is made with stewed tomatoes and feta cheese (DELISH!) The risotto is going to be a comforting staple once fall temperatures drop! And one of the best parts- the risotto is vegetarian and is also gluten free, making it a tasty menu option for those with dietary restrictions.

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And finally- the Bag O’Rings (not new to the menu, but how could we not!) And better yet, now through October 17th The Newes is serving up a MV Derby Special in honor of a the Martha’s Vineyard Stripped Bass & Bluefish Derby! Bring in your 2016 Derby pin and get a FREE order of Bag O’Rings or fries with your purchase of any regular-priced menu item!

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We are so glad The Newes From America is back up and running! If you haven’t already checked out the new menu, then be sure to join us here really soon! Open daily at 11:30am!

EDGAR arrives in Edgartown

Here at the Kelly House we cannot believe that it is already nearing the end of August on the island! The good news is that that Edgartown show no signs of slowing down! A few short weeks ago, the town welcomed our newest retail boutique EDGAR, located on Kelley Street in the heart of Edgartown. We recently caught up with Brooke Lera of EDGAR.

EDGAR is not just your new favorite place to score comfy-chic clothing, it also happens to be your new favorite hangout, complete with a giant inflatable gold swan outside.

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What sets this store apart from others, says Brooke Lera, is the relationship with the customer. “The focus of EDGAR is not simply on the sale, it is on developing the relationship with the customer. We want people to feel comfortable coming in, and hanging out with us.”

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Walking around the store, flooded with natural light clean racks of highly curated clothes, one almost feels like they are shopping in their own closet. The EDGAR looks are on-trend (the store is being constantly turned over, with new merchandise arriving daily), but are also appealing to a variety of tastes and budgets. All the pieces are fresh and wearable, and could be taken easily from the sand of South Beach to drinks Port Hunter or dinner reservations at Alchemy.

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“We want to start a conversation with the customer. Shopping should be fun! There is never any pressure to buy here, we want people to grab a drink and feel like they can stop by and chat,” says.

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Speaking of drinks, EDGAR is conveniently located right next to the Wave Bar, and a side door means customers can mingle, drink in hand, with friends and peruse the racks. What could be better?

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On the response from the community, Brooke reports, has all been good. “We have had a great response from fellow retailers and stores in the area. It’s a very welcoming, very supportive community.”

EDGAR feels fun and fresh and is a welcome addition to the Edgartown shopping scene! Visit the store, open daily from 10am to 8pm at 6 Kelley Street here in town!

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Stop by EDGAR today and be sure to say hello to Brooke when you do!

History and Schedules of the Vineyard Lighthouses

Vineyard Lighthouses

 

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When you picture Martha’s Vineyard, you probably think either A) Black dogs or B) The bright white and black lighthouse that has found its home in Edgartown or C) The gingerbread houses in Oak Bluffs. Today, I will talk expand on B: the lighthouses found on island. Each of these five structures has a rich history tied to the island. These lighthouses served an important role in American history, as the Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds at one point saw more ships pass through than any other place in the world (except for the English Channel).

 

Lighthouses were especially necessary on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, because it sits in between rough waters. The south side of the island is affected by tides from Boston, and the north side is affected by a tide coming in from Rhode Island. To add to the list of fun things making the waters dangerous, reefs, shoals and rocks can be found basically everywhere. And, of course, sharks. Kidding. But the lighthouses greatly reduce this danger.

 

The West Chop Lighthouse (Location: Vineyard Haven)

 
Built in 1817, the West Chop Lighthouse was the only manned light on the island. While it was originally a wooden structure, West Chop Lighthouse was replaced with the current brick structure it is today. At two separate intervals, the lighthouse has been moved back from the 60-foot bluff it sits atop, in order to prevent this historical landmark from falling into the sea. The caretaker’s cottage, found right next to the lighthouse, is now occupied by the Coast Guard. This acts kind of like a nod to the history of Vineyard Haven, or “Holmes Hole” as it once was called. This connection is able to be drawn because for 300 years, Vineyard Haven was one of the most important ports on the Atlantic coast, and globally recognized as a port of protection.

 

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The East Chop Lighthouse (Location: Oak Bluffs)

 
The East Chop lighthouse stands on an important place of history. The land there once housed one of the first ever telegraph signals in 1828, when Nantucket would send messages to Martha’s Vineyard, and then relayed to Woods Hole and South Plymouth, amongst other places.
A man by the name of Captain Silas Daggett was the one to actually found the lighthouse. He created it originally as a private establishment, on the funding of local merchants found in the area, and by some of the ships that would pass through. In 1875, the U.S. government bought the lighthouse and surrounding lands for $6,000. It originally had the moniker “Chocolate Lighthouse” for its brown-red color. Unfortunately for those who enjoyed the nick-name, it was painted white in 1988, leaving many confused as to why their older relatives referred to it as the Chocolate Lighthouse.

 

2016 Schedule

 

Open for sunsets
Open Sunday evenings June 19 – Sept 18
June 19 – July 31, 7pm-9pm
August 7 – Sept 18, 6pm-8pm
Admission is $5.00 for adults, children under 12 are free

 
The Edgartown Lighthouse (Location: Edgartown)

 
An Act of Congress provided money to build a lighthouse a quarter of a mile from shore in Edgartown. A little bit later, $5,000 dollars was given to complete the project. The first year it stood, the lighthouse was only accessible via boat. But more money was appropriated later in order to build a footbridge to remedy this issue.
In 1938, the original lighthouse was replaced by a new building that was rafted over from Ipswich. It was placed in the same place as the original structure. Sand has since filled the area between the shore and the island, eventually making the lighthouse attached to the mainland.

 

2016 Schedule
Open weekends May 28 – June 26 10am-5pm
Open daily June 27 – Sept 5, 10am to 5pm
Open weekends Sept 10 – Oct 9 10am to 5pm
Admission is $5.00 for adults, children under 12 are free

 

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The Gay Head Lighthouse (Location: Aquinnah)

 
President John Quincy Adams decided to authorize the building of a wooden tower on the cliffs of Aquinnah. This structure was replaced, however, with a more durable brick light in 1844. This particular lighthouse has always been just too close to the eroding cliffs there, and the possibility of it tipping into the ocean is just too possible.
In 1856, the famous-at-the-time Fresnel lens, which has 1,009 prisms was installed after a showing at the World’s Fair in Paris. It is currently preserved by the Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society in Edgartown. It is lighted every night throughout the entire year.

 

2016 Schedule
Open weekends May 28 – June 19 11am-4pm
Open daily July 1 – Oct. 10, 11am-4pm
Lighthouse will also be open for sunset on Thursday evenings in July and August
Admission is $5.00 for adults, children under 12 are free

 
The Cape Poge Lighthouse (Location: Chappaquiddick)

 
The 4-acre location where the Cape Poge Lighthouse was built was purchased for $36 (a pretty good sum at the time) from a small group of men. Another Act of Congress appropriated $2,000 for the building of the light on the bluff. Originally built from wood, this particular light has had a series of unfortunate events.
In 1838, the building was destroyed by the sea, so it was rebuilt further inland. This new one lasted 50 years until the sea destroyed it again. It was again rebuilt, this time, opting out of the old reflector lamps for the new-age red and white revolving prisms. It fell victim to the sea yet again in 1892. Rebuilt again, the structure was now 33 feet tall, and lasted only another 35 years before falling apart. Again.
The present lighthouse was built in 1922 and revamped completely, understandably. It is now 55 feet tall, and its visible light distance is 12 miles. 1985, it made lighthouse history (a very exciting honor) by being the first entire lighthouse to be moved by helicopter. It was moved again in 1997 by helicopter again for repairs. Now, it stands 300 feet from the sea that has taken it down upwards of four times.

 

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All the lighthouses, except for the Cape Poge one, are all very easy to get to. The Cape Poge lighthouse, however, can be visited through the Trustees of Reservations services, as they provide tours. The MV Museum has more information about the East Chop Lighthouse, the Edgartown Lighthouse and the Gay Head Lighthouse. Those three lighthouses are also available for special occasions including wedding ceremonies.

 

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Kelley House Gallery Meet the Photographer Series

There is plenty of exciting things going on in Edgartown this summer, but here at the Kelley House it is the summer of the Kelley House Gallery. The gallery features the work of 17 photographers as both framed prints and as a rotating display of images on 6 flat screen monitors. Both Kelley House guests and the public are able to view 419 photographs in this unique and inspired combination of mediums.

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While the Kelley House Gallery opened late summer 2015, this summer has hosted the “Meet the Photographer” receptions every Thursday since the start of summer.

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The receptions, held every Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and are open to the public. Each reception features a different photographer whose work has been hanging in the Kelley House the past year. Visitor and guests alike are able to meet the artist and discuss their work.

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Since we here at the Kelley House are lucky enough to be located on a spot as stunning as Martha’s Vineyard, it is fitting that the work featured in the Kelley House Gallery celebrates the beauty of the island. While the subject matter is not exclusive to photos of the island, all the photographers featured in the gallery are ones for whom the island is a special place.  This comes out clearly in the images on display, many of which capture Vineyard moments with a unique perspective and perceptive eye.

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The Kelley House Gallery located in the lobby of the Kelley House is open 24/7, but will be hosting Meet the Photographer receptions now through early September. Be sure to join us on Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm! For more information, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook for up-to-date news!

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

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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! 

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!

2015 Martha's Vineyard Wine Festival

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.