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.


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!

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.

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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Winning Chowder Recipe from Martha’s Vineyard

And the Seafood Chowder winner is…Jasper White’s inspired chowder from popular book 50 Chowders, Chef Doug of The Newes Pub put his own twist into this year’s award winning chowder South East Coast Portuguese Fish Chowder. Chef Doug, aka “Bubbles” has been living on this island since the 80’s and knows how to get to people’s bellies.

This two day fish chowder recipe preparation starts off with hours of prepping, getting that chowder stock perfect with flavor. Lastly Georges Bank Fresh Haddock is placed into the stock and simmered on low until the Island Clam Chowder Contest for Christmas in Edgartown. So what makes this Chowder the “best Seafood Chowder” according to the Annual Red Stocking Clam Chowder Contest? Chef Doug says, “Take the time to do it up right.” He has been cooking up Portuguese cuisine for years and thought this would be a great recipe for the contest.

John and Dough at the Chowder Contest

Portuguese Fish Chowder

Adapted from: Jasper White’s 50 Chowders

  • tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 2 medium onions, chopped 
  • medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 cups fish stock
  • 2 cups canned whole tomatoes with juice, pureed
  • 3-4 links of spicy chorizo or andouille sausage, casing removed and sliced
  •  Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds skinless haddock
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley


  1. Heat the oil and bay leaf over medium heat and cook for about 5 minutes. Add garlic, onions, green pepper, and all spice and stir until onions are translucent.
  2. Add chopped potatoes and stock for about 10 minutes (if stock doesn’t cover the potatoes, add enough water to cover them).
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add tomatoes, sausage and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add fish at the last minutes, only needed 5 minutes to cook. Finally stir in the cilantro and parsley.
  5. Serve immediately or freeze in quart containers once cooled. To reheat, do not boil chowder.

One of the popular specials served at the Newes, similar to the Chowder is the Fisherman’s Stew , served on Fridays, this is a similar variation the Portuguese Fish Chowder. It’s a fish lover’s dream packed with fresh shrimp scallops, lobster, and haddock! 

Fisherman's Stew, the Friday special at The Newes Pub on Martha's Vineyard.

The rest of the week, the Pub offers popular specials, such as Prime Rib Saturday, Seafood Sunday, Meat Loaf Monday, Burrito Tuesday, Chicken Pot Pie Wednesday, and Chef’s Choice Pasta Thursday.


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See you at the Pub!

Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival

Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival is one of the most exciting annual events on the island.  This year marked MVFWF’s seventh year, hosted in the town of Edgartown’s local restaurants and historical sites by the Edgartown Board of Trade.


The four day long festival features wine tasting seminars, premium wines, cooking demonstrations by nationally recognized award-winning chefs and wine personalities, culinary dinners, and the Grand Tasting.

During the ‘WINE & CHOCOLATE PAIRINGS MADE BY MAMA’ event co-founder and chocolate lover, Bennett Coffey of Not Your Sugar Mamas collaborated with Italian Wine Specialist Iris DiCicco of Palm Bay International to explore the marriage of Wine and Chocolate.


Not your Sugar Mama’s is a local chocolate company providing gluten free, vegan chocolate bars with such flavors as Salted Caramel, Lavender Sea Salt, Rose and Maca, Ginger Pomegranate, and Coconut Crunch (Below).  Not only is this chocolate delicious but it is good for you!


Guests received table side service from the Wine and Chocolate professionals in an intimate setting in the Chappy Room of the Kelley House.  Iris (Above) explains the six wines chosen to pair perfectly with Not Your Sugar Mama’s chocolate.


After enjoying wines and chocolates we ventured just steps away to the main event, the Grand Tasting!

The Grand Tasting is the highlight of the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival  with over three hundred winemakers, spirits, breweries, gourmet foods, and restaurants all under a large tented roof.



Upon entry into the grand tent located in the center of Edgartown,  we felt like celebrities.  We were each given our own wine glasses with the Kelley House and MV Food and Wine logos for a tasting adventure. You could even have a professional photo shoot with the photographer on a red carpet!

The Kelley House’s, Newes from America Pub (Above) had a grand fall display and tasty apple bacon toasts.


Wine & Vermont Creamery Cheese! Mmm… It was heavenly.


The tent was a play ground of tables each with unique tastes and flavors.  The goal was to see it all and enjoy sipping on wine while meeting chefs and wine professionals from all over the world.

Local chefs showcased their island treats like the Kitchen Porch  (Above) local chicken liver mousse and red onion jam on crusty bread.  The Beach Plum Restaurant created an intricate pork display with a tasting of headcheese made by island chef Chris Fischer and his team (Below.)


Chefs from Martha’s Vineyard, Boston and New York participated in the day long event.  Some of which even had LIVE cooking demonstrations in the tent with a state of the art kitchen (Below)!


We had such a great time, this years Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival will be a hard one to top. Looking forward to reliving it again next year!


With Love, ~C.









Chappy Happy

While visiting Martha’s Vineyard, you have to make the trip over to Chappaquidick Island or ‘Chappy’ as we tenderly call it.  It is only a small swim away from the Kelley House and all the buzz of downtown Edgartown. 

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 If you are looking for the quiet simplicities of island life, you’ll find it on Chappy.  Recently we borrowed our friends Jeep for the day and decided to venture over. 

This is the view as we were entering on to the On Time III (Below)

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Until 2007, Martha’s Vineyard and Chappaquiddick were connected by Norton Point Beach, a narrow, two-mile long strip of land.  Today, guests of Chappy can go over from downtown on the ON TIME II or ON TIME III, ferry systems that frequents back and forth daily from one side of the harbor to the next carrying only passengers and three vehicles at a time. 

Residents are able to purchase year round passes to drive on to the beaches of Wasque  (Below)

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While driving along you’ll notice Chappy has just one public business, a combination general store and automobile mechanic’s garage, which is only open in the summer.  You will also find the only commercial farm on the island,  Slip Away Farm.

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Slip Away’s farm fresh goodies can be found at several local restaurants on the Vineyard or at the West Tisbury Farmer’s Market. 

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Our favorite MUST SEE locations on Chappy are all maintained and protected by the Trustees of Reservations and include the Mytoi Japanese garden, open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset, Cape Pogue Lighthouse and the Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge

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After spending some time on the beach at Wasque we decided to head over to the Cape Pogue Gut to continue our luck at fishing and watch the sunset from the other side. 

I found an extra plump beach plum (Above) while walking down the trail.  The trail led out to a beautiful beach with views of the Edgartown Lighthouse. 

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Fishing on a dock (BELOW) with hopes of catching a pin worthy fish for the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. 

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The sunset made the whole sky glow as we drove back to catch the boat… Edgartown never looked so good! 

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The Edgartown Lighthouse in the distance (ABOVE) 

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Our trip to Chappy was just what we needed to get away for the day and enjoy the spirit of island living.

See you on the other side…

With Love, ~C.


Meals in the Meadow

139506180470_91_193_54 Every year the Farm Institute hosts a big party on their farm called Meals in the Meadow to raise money and have a good time!

“The FARM Institute is an educational non-profit institution committed to connecting people of all ages and all circumstances to agriculture through the diverse operations of a working farm…” and it just so happens to be minutes away from the Kelley House.  kh

We got all dressed up, took a few pictures in front of our new Kelley House branded bicycles and headed out to the farm.

Between June 15 and Labor Day the Farm Institute offers weekday guided tours at 10am and 2pm (there is no tour on Friday afternoons.) bunnies When we arrived there were all sorts of animals to meet.  Like these adorable albino bunnies! g  and young turkeys who happened to be escape artists. 

The Farm Institute now offers Hayride tours in the Summer, Mondays through Wednesdays at 11:30am; other times available by appointment. $10/family, $5/individual. Space is limited. kaja The cows were a favorite.  We were able to pet them, learn about their breed and really get to see their personalities…  Like the momma cow (above) who wanted all of our attention. fjasjf The cocktails & hors d’oeuvres featuring local fare donated by island restaurants were the perfect touch to an already amazing evening. 

After a few snacks, the silent auction kicked off dinner under a HUGE tent… ksjdka complete with paper lanterns over head.  It was a night to remember!

As the sunset over the cow pasture,  Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish came on and we danced the night away.  Hearing the occasional moo in the background really added an extra something to the night. untitled See it for yourself.  Purchase your ticket to next years Meals in Meadows, its worth every penny!

From October-May, call ahead to schedule a morning Chore Tour or Farm Tour.  Chore Tours are helping with morning chores from 9-10 am and are a great way to get up close with the animals. Suggested donation for Chore Tours is $25; for Farm tours it’s $10.

With Love, ~C.