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


Photo Credit: Elizabeth Cecil

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.

Hitting the Road in Style

Last week the Marketing Team decided the weather was too good to spend the whole day inside. So we grabbed our new Kelley House bicycles and hightailed it out of the office for an island adventure!

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And past the Harbor View Hotel and the Edgartown Lighthouse…


And then to the docks and the beach.

Not only are these bikes fun and functional… they are pretty stylish, right? And there are plenty of places to see on the island that are just a short trip away from the Kelley House…

Morning Glory Farm  is only a 1.6 mile ride away.


This local favorite is the perfect place to enjoy a farm fresh meal from their salad bar or soups made daily.  Morning Glory offers a variety of fruits, vegetables, fresh cut flowers, eggs and dairy all season long.  Straight from the Island!


The Kelley House branded wine boxes in the back are perfect for stashing all the delicious fresh produce you’ll undoubtedly grab on your visit!

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Start your next biking adventure, just stop by the front desk and ask about renting one or call (508) 627-7900! You wont be disappointed…


Happy biking!

Cheers, Gretta x


Summer is Sizzling here at the Kelley House!

Summer is in full swing on the island and there is lots going on at the Kelley House! Come by and check out what we are up to this July!



Good News from the Newes Pub!

The Newes from America Pub is now open for breakfast daily from 7am-10am! Our signature dish is the stuffed popovers. If you haven’t tried them, you haven’t lived!

Stuffed popovers now served!

Stuffed popovers now served!

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Kelley Bikes make their debut!

Our brand new Kelley Bikes have arrived! Come stop by the front desk to rent one and take one for a spin! Take your bikes to some of the hotspots located a short ride from the Kelley House- South Beach for a day of sun and sand, Morning Glory Farm to pick up some farm-fresh fruits and veggies, or the Katama Airfields for a Biplane ride!  And you’ll look good while doing so!

Talk to the front desk about taking our Kelley House Bikes for a spin!

Talk to the front desk about taking our Kelley House Bikes for a spin!


Grand opening of the Wave Bar at the Kelley House Pool!

This past friday we at the Kelley House got down for the debut of the Wave Bar! The Wave Bar is located on the Kelley House back terrace by the pool. Open to the public everyday from 11:30am – 7:30pm, the Wave is the perfect place to grab a quick sip with friends before dinner or spend the evening kicking back poolside! Come and join us for a sip of summer!

Festivities of the grand opening of the Wave Bar included delicious drinks by Bartender Chris and live music!

Festivities of the grand opening of the Wave Bar at the Kelley House included delicious drinks by bartender Chris and live music!


If you are looking for something fun for the family, we are running kids activities all summer long for guests. Come by for face painting, rubber duck races, coloring, and more!

Stop by the Kelley House this week and check out all the new things going on- we look forward to seeing you here!

Have a great week!


Meet the Marketing Team!

Our Scout Hotels marketing family has grown, even if only for the summer. Here are the some of the people you will hear from in the upcoming weeks, so read on to meet us all!

Elizabeth (Regional Director of Marketing)


Our fearless leader Elizabeth is Vineyard bred. When she is not in the office or touring around the island on her bike, she is throwing a good party. Elizabeth owns a bright pink dresser, is fueled by Nespresso Espresso and loves to jam out to Beyonce.


Chay’lin (Marketing Assistant)

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Chay’lin is a New Zealand born mermaid. The ocean, yoga, her better half, their two pups- Luna-Kai & Springsteen, and all things “Fresh -&- Fantastic” make this Island Girl smile!

Gretta (Summer Intern)

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Hailing from DC, Gretta is a Junior at Occidental College in LA. She is so excited to be spending her first full summer on the Vineyard. A caffeine addict, Gretta loves sailing, peonies, Gossip Girl reruns and anything purple.


Carly (Summer Intern)


Carly grew up in Wellesley, MA and is a junior at the University of Delaware. Carly is practically a local and has summered on the Vineyard ever since birth. She is addicted to candy corn, loves listening to her favorite songs on repeat, and always craves milkshakes. Victoria Beckham is her spirit animal.


Lucas (Cameraman Extraordinaire)

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Lucas grew up here on the island in Vineyard Haven. A recent graduate of Savanna College of Art and Design, Lucas is now a cinematography wizard. He loves Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band (some say too much…), buffalos and romantic sunsets.


To learn more about us and our adventures on Cape Cod and the Islands, stay tuned and keep reading this summer!

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