Clarion Inn Marthas Vineyard
227 Upper Main St.
Edgartown, MA 02539
Phone: (508) 627-5161
Fax: (508) 627-3444
Established in 1926 and designed by Cornelius Lee, the Edgartown Golf Club is a private link. The 18-hole course has many slopes making it ideal to any player while offering magnificent views of the Vineyard Sound. The golf club features a pro shop, clubhouse and a practice area. There is also training provided for those who want to learn the game. It also hosts yearly golf tournaments which is open for all.
A perfect spot on a rainy day, the library boasts an extensive collection of books, reference materials, compact discs and audio and videotapes. You can also get access to the Internet, use a personal computer, or dig into the island's fascinating history, a library specialty. There is a children's room and a play area for toddlers. Residents of Massachusetts get free library cards, all others are asked to pay a nominal fee.
A welcome refuge on a rainy day, this library offers Internet access in addition to the expected books and tapes. There is an active children's program, including story time for pre-schoolers, with times that vary with the season. Library cards are free for Massachusetts' residents; there is a nominal charge for out of state residents. Other services available to the public are a fax machine, a copy machine and "mainland" newspapers for those who need their New York Times fix.
Wind's up, surf's up, sail's up, you name it, they've got it. This shop sells everything from waterproof watches to snorkel gear. Their motto is, "If it's for the water or the beach, chances are we have it." Indeed they do. In addition to sale items, you can lease a kayak, sailboat, canoe, body board, surf board, and wet suit. Enjoy the water vehicle of your choice by hour, day or week. Lessons are also taught in sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.
Chilmark Library opened on December 15, 1882 with 33 books for rent for three cents a week. Today, it boasts over 30,000 books, as well as magazines, tapes, compact discs and audio-visual materials. Residents of Massachusetts get free library cards, all others are asked to pay a nominal fee. The library presents story time from September-June at 10:30a on Saturdays for children age three and up. Various arts and crafts seminars and classes are also held throughout the year, call for details.
Focused solely on local waters, this small but impressive aquarium has been delighting visitors since 1871. Kids especially love the "touch tank," where they can reach into tide pools filled with starfish and sea cucumbers. Other displays include sea turtles, lobster and wolffish. A special exhibit shows the effect of plastic trash on marine life. Two harbor seals have taken up residence in an outdoor pool and are a star attraction. The aquarium is operated by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
North Shore Charters offers avid fishing fans and sportsmen a great way to enjoy a day out on the water. Located on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Menemsha, a fishing village has a long history of charter fishing. North Shore Charters conducts both inshore and off shore trips for the best chances to experience a fulfilling trip. With the inshore option anglers looking to catch bluefish and striped bass can charter the boat for half day at USD650 or full day at USD1300; while off shore fishing expeditions of up to 10 hours are offered for tuna, marlin, mahi mahi and shark. For both experienced anglers as well as family and group outings, the company is perfect for a fun day out or big game fishing. The charter is operated from May to October, with two inshore trips daily at 7-11am and 12.30-4.30. To charter a whole day or off shore excursion contact Captain Scott McDowell directly.
If you're looking for an experienced guide to help you navigate the waters around Martha's Vineyard and take advantage of the island's bountiful marine life, then Captain Clarke Charters is a great choice. Hop aboard Captain Jennifer Clarke's "Femme Fatale", a marvelous 30-foot center console, and allow her to take you on what is sure to be an unforgettable fishing excursion. The waters around the island are teaming with Bluefish, Sea Bass and False Albacore and several other species. Stop by the dock to check out the boat, or simply contact Captain Clarke through the charter's website to schedule an excursion.
Made up of 2500 acres of marshlands, open water, barrier beaches, trout streams, watersheds and uplands, with 11 wilderness campsites and several walking tours, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Reserve makes for a great day trip. Other park activities include swimming, shell fishing, canoeing, kayaking and even restricted hunting on Washburn Island, which is accessible only by boat. The reserve also includes the 500-acre South Cape Beach State Park.
Designed to combine fun with learning, the displays at this museum are educational and interactive. A puppet theatre, planetarium, Dress-Up Castle, submarine and train are open for exploration. The highlight is a 30-foot pirate ship where children can imagine themselves riding the high seas. Special programs include holiday parties, cooking classes, crafts and workshops with unusual themes such as "All About Cranberries." Admission: $6 ages 5-59, $5 ages 1-4 & 60+.
This beach, located on Nantucket Sound, is one of the largest and most popular on Cape Cod. The water is a very pleasant temperature from mid-July to early September, and the gentle swells are refreshing compared to more placid Cape waters. It is generally free of seaweed and rocks, as well. There are lifeguards and bathhouses in season, as well as noisy kids and parking hassles, but that's summer on the Cape, right? The long beach and foamy surf make for beautiful walks in quieter seasons.
Stretched across 133 acres (0.53 square kilometres) , this former dairy is part of a larger 780 acre (3.1 square kilometre) property comprising of Ram Pasture, Sanford Farms and The Woods. The area offers trails for hiking and walking, and is open for dogs too. The main point of departure is the parking lot. There are a multitude of options to follow, including three main trails. Continue exploring and you could come across the stunning, virtually private beach along the southern side, or climb hills and absorb the beautiful scene of the ocean before you. Nature enthusiasts can bird-watch or observe the local flora and fauna.