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Watch the 167-Year-Old Newspaper on Martha's Vineyard Print Its Weekly Edition

Where: 34 South Summer Street [map], Edgartown, MA, United States
July 31, 2013 at 6:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Vineyard Gazette of Martha's Vineyard, MA is 167 years old and, though newspapers fail left and right seemingly weekly now, this one is only picking up steam with every crank and bang in the Press Room. It's also one of the few to welcome public visitors for a tour and to observe the actual printing...for free.

With a print run of 10,000 per week, the Vineyard Gazette considers itself a "boutique newspaper," a true broadsheet for locals as well as the summer vacationers who spend the majority of the year pining for the day they may return for sun and sea. Reading the latest news about the island's bird population, therefore, isn't trivial but integral to keeping on "island time" even on the other side of the world. The latest headline? "Biggest-Ever White Shark Tagging Expedition Launched in Woods Hole.

Speaking of, the Gazette shared with us that they'll mail papers everywhere from as near as Cape Cod to as far as Singapore, though the latter will cost a couple hundred dollars a year thanks to the international delivery fees.

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New TV Series Tries to Make a 'Jersey Shore' of Martha's Vineyard

July 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember The Hills, that faux-reality drama surrounding the minuscule details of privileged twenty-somethings living in Los Angeles? Yeah, well get set for what may be the east coast version, as ABC Family debuts The Vineyard. ABC is calling it a "docu-series," but the lives of the eleven main characters all revolve around their jobs on Martha's Vineyard, working at the Black Dog Tavern.

The show was filmed on Martha's Vineyard this last May and June, which means we may have inadvertently ordered from one of the stars when we stopped into the Tavern, but somehow we get the feeling that they actually spent very little time "working." Yes, we're majorly skeptical that this show will be worth watching, but then the scenery promised by its setting on MV could attract any fence-sitters.

It's Jersey Shore with blonde hair and boat shoes, and is aimed to appeal to the same demographic that so enjoyed peeking into those lives of summering youngsters years ago.

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What to Eat on Martha's Vineyard: 14 Foods for a Summer Weekend

July 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's only appropriate for July, the month host to Independence Day, that we reflect on the things that matter most to us as Americans. Specifically we're referring to freedom, and even more specifically, the freedom to fly to an island and fill up on seafood.

If you find yourself chillin' on Martha's Vineyard this summer and wondering what's to eat (especially when it comes to midnight donut cravings), we've got a few suggestions:

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What Everybody's Buying on Martha's Vineyard: Wampum Beads

June 27, 2013 at 5:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

The sunset is a serious moment on Martha's Vineyard. Every evening, tourists and locals alike make plans for where they'll be to watch the sun sink below the horizon, and not just because the display of vibrant colors beats anything you'll see on land, but because Martha's Vineyard is the last place where one can watch the sun set into an ocean, until you reach the west coast.

The spot for a sundowner picnic is definitely in the town of Aquinnah, at the westernmost tip of the island, which is also where you'll find Wampum jewelry for sale. Wampum is essentially the shell of a quahog, unique for its patterns of milky white and deep purple. Each shell is a harvested, hand-formed and turned into one-of-a-kind jewelry art, all by members of the island's Wampanoag tribe.

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Martha's Vineyard on a Budget: Where to Snuggle a Baby Alpaca

Where: 1 Head of the Pond Road [map], Oak Bluffs, MA, United States
June 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to summer! Let's talk island, hm? We just got back from a spur-of-the-moment trip to the notoriously expensive Martha's Vineyard and this week we'll share with you all the awesome, not-so-spendy stuff we loved on the sandy bit of land off the coast of Massachusetts. Pack your wayfarers, your preppiest pants, boat shoes (no socks!), and away we go!

Part 1: Getting there by air
Part 2: Getting around
Part 3: Spending the day with Alpacas

Looking to spend a relatively small amount of money for a whole lot of fun? Move Martha's Vineyard's Island Alpaca Farm to the top of your list. This privately owned farm is a haven for about 20 alpacas (and one llama!), and visitors can spend practically all day observing them being cute. Staff will also help you get up close to pet some of the alpacas.

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Martha's Vineyard on a Budget: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Around

June 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM | by | Comments (0)


The Chappy ferry!

Welcome to summer! Let's talk island, hm? We just got back from a spur-of-the-moment trip to the notoriously expensive Martha's Vineyard and this week we'll share with you all the awesome, not-so-spendy stuff we loved on the sandy bit of land off the coast of Massachusetts. Pack your wayfarers, your preppiest pants, boat shoes (no socks!), and away we go!

Part 1: Getting there by air
Part 2: Getting around

At 100 square miles, Martha's Vineyard is no tiny island. In fact, it can boast of the fact that it's the "largest island not connected to mainland by a bridge or tunnel on the East Coast of the United States." As such, there's a plethora of ways to get around and see all rose-covered picket fences, lighthouses (5 still standing!), cottage bakeries and ocean vistas your heart desires.

Walking

Each individual town is very walkable, and the island offers many trails and hiking-friendly areas. There actually is an annual cross-island hike if you're really keen on seeing the entire island by two feet and two feet only, but we'd recommend you stick to that official event (next scheduled for June 7, 2014).

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Martha's Vineyard on a Budget: Getting There by Air

June 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)


This garden welcomes fliers to Martha's Vineyard Airport

Welcome to summer! Let's talk island, hm? We just got back from a spur-of-the-moment trip to the notoriously expensive Martha's Vineyard and this week we'll share with you all the awesome, not-so-spendy stuff we loved on the sandy bit of land off the coast of Massachusetts. Pack your wayfarers, your preppiest pants, boat shoes (no socks!), and away we go!

Part 1: Getting there by air
Part 2: Getting around

A lot can happen in a half-hour, like traveling from a sweltering city to the cool ocean air of an island. It's true—when the winds are right, a jet takes little more than 30 minutes from take-off in New York to landing on Martha's Vineyard. Since there's plenty of scenery along the route, you'll barely even notice that any time has passed. It's faster than taking the subway from Midtown to Brooklyn!

The quick travel time from the big cities of the east coast is just one small reason why Martha's Vineyard is a major celeb favorite vacation spot; the Clintons, Obamas, Bill Gates and even Lady Gaga are regular summer visitors. Now it's your turn.

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