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What’s in a name “Nobnocket” – a Martha’s Vineyard story (including a James Taylor bit)

Nobnocket Logo

For almost 5000 years before Europeans set their Gucci-clad feet on Martha’s Vineyard, it was home to the Wampanoags (earlier called the Pokanokets), a Native American sub-tribe belonging to the large Algonquin tribe of north-east America. The Wampanoags called the island Noepe, which simply means “dry land amidst waters” – a perfect description for the […]

Top 10 (New) Things To Do On Martha’s Vineyard

East Beach on Chappy

Martha’s Vineyard provides a long list of firm favorites and “must-dos” that bring summer visitors coming to the island year after year; a visit means being able to savour one of the award-winning lobster rolls at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven, hanging out with old friends at Nancy’s Bar in Oak Bluffs, catching a sunset […]

Secret Martha’s Vineyard – Phillips Preserve Hike

Martha's Vineyard Hikes

It would take a lifetime of Martha’s Vineyard vacations to discover all the hidden spots and secret places that are tucked away on the island. That’s one of the reasons that we are always encouraging our guests at the inn to keep returning! It’s also why I’m going to dedicate some blogs to insider tips […]

Top 10 Winter Activities on Martha’s Vineyard

Winter on Martha's Vineyard

OK call me crazy – you won’t be the first and I’m hoping not the last – but your next winter vacation should be to Martha’s Vineyard. Dispel those visions you harbor of boarded up stores, “Perfect Storm” ferry trips, gnarly islanders, sideways rain and a scary silence from your Uber app. Not true – […]

Martha’s Vineyard Christmas Tree Tradition

Martha's Vineyard Christmas

Since the 1950’s it has been a holiday tradition for many Martha’s Vineyard locals to purchase their Christmas trees from a somewhat surprising source. They head out with family in tow to select the perfect tree not from a nursery, store or garden center but instead to get a “Legion Pumper” Christmas tree from Tisbury […]

Thanksgiving on Martha’s Vineyard

Tisbury Turkey

Is there anything more traditional than to enjoy Thanksgiving in New England, where the first Thanksgiving took place way back in 1621 (on a Thursday I’m assuming). Our inn proudly bears a Wampanoag name, Nobnocket, and it was members of the Wampanoag tribe who celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims in Plymouth. Many theories […]

Top 10 Martha’s Vineyard Sunsets

Tashmoo Sunset Martha's Vineyard

A Martha’s Vineyard vacation is a bucket-list item that provides a host of exceptional experiences, be they sailing, kayaking, farm-to-table food, hiking, art events, film festivals or celebrity spotting. But one of our favourites is the stunning sunsets that are visible here from land and sea. A perfect way to end a perfect day on […]

Summer Events on Martha’s Vineyard – “First Friday” in Vineyard Haven

First Friday VH

Summer on Martha’s Vineyard provides plenty of opportunities to get your culture fix. The island is home to an abundance of gifted artists, musicians, authors and artisans, who can be seen at local galleries, their studios, the Artisans’ Fair and many local events. One of the great island events that plays host to many of […]

Where To Shop On Martha’s Vineyard – Vineyard Haven

Bookstore Martha's Vineyard

Shopping on Martha’s Vineyard is to be whisked back in time to when store hopping meant wandering a Main Street filled with small, independently owned businesses specializing in their chosen product. The Vineyard has long fought to keep chain businesses (be they stores, hotels, coffee shops etc.) and box stores off the island in order […]

Running On Martha’s Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard Running

Whatever caliber of runner, jogger or walker you may be the views on the road can make the foot thumping journey easier on the sole. So if you take your exercise on foot on Martha’s Vineyard you know how lucky you are as you drink in the stunning vistas that may greet you at any […]