Best of the Vineyard 2013

Our readers determine the overall results by voting online, and the following write-ups are by Karla Araujo, Ivy Ashe, Sara Brown, Alexandra Bullen, Susan Catling, Vanessa Czarnecki, Linley Dolby, Simone McCarthy, Alison Mead, Moira Silva, and Remy Tumin. The designation “close runner-up” indicates the runner-up received up to ten votes less than the winner.


On the Water

Best Beach: South Beach

Atlantic Drive, Edgartown.

Runner-up: State Beach

Beach Road, Edgartown and Oak Bluffs.

Grab a beach towel, pail, or wake board, and South Beach will provide the rest: crashing ocean waves, great sand-castle sand, and miles of beach to explore. Seals and seagulls hang out there too – they know a good spot when they see it (see our feature on page 56). At State Beach, it’s hard to resist a swim in the gently lapping waves.


Best Place to Kayak: Sengekontacket Pond

Edgartown and Oak Bluffs.

Runner-up: Lagoon Pond

Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven.

Large, gleaming Sengekontacket Pond is the place to go when you want to get away from it all. The pond borders three conservation areas (Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Pecoy Point Preserve, and Caroline Tuthill Preserve) where you can beach your kayak and explore. Lagoon Pond offers more than five hundred acres of calm water between Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven.


Best Bait and Tackle Shop: Dick’s Bait & Tackle

108 New York Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-7669.

Runner-up: Coop’s Bait & Tackle

147 Edgartown–West Tisbury Road, Edgartown, 508-627-3909.

Conveniently located near Oak Bluffs harbor, Dick’s Bait & Tackle has you covered for a day on the docks. In Edgartown, visit Coop’s for gear, supplies, and friendly advice.


Best Fishing Charter Boat: Skipper/Vineyard Sound Charters

On the bulkhead near the Island Queen, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-1238,

Runner-up: Tomahawk Charters

Aquinnah, 508-645-3201,

Captain John Potter promises great fun and big fish stories for anglers of all ages aboard the Skipper in the protected waters of Vineyard Sound. Buddy Vanderhoop’s Tomahawk Charters is known for reeling in the really big ones.


Best Sailing Charter Boat: Mad Max Sailing Adventures

25 Dock Street, Edgartown, 508-627-7500,

Runner-up: The Black Dog Tall Ships

Vineyard Haven harbor, 508-693-1699,

For some of the best views of the Island, landlubbers set sail out of historic Edgartown harbor on Mad Max, a state-of-the-art sixty-foot catamaran that offers two-hour voyages with destinations dictated by the whims of the wind (private charters are also available). Step aboard the Black Dog’s Alabama or Shenandoah tall ships for the feel of traditional maritime history.


The Active Life

Best Bike Rental: Wheel Happy

18 North Summer Street Rear in Old Post Office Square, Edgartown, 508-627-7210.

8 South Water Street, Edgartown, 508-627-5928.

204 Upper Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-5881.

Runner-up: Martha’s Bike Rentals

4 Lagoon Pond Road at Five Corners, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6593.

7 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-6255.

The name doesn’t lie: Wheel Happy is now in its twenty-first season making its customers happy, with hybrid and all-terrain bikes for adults and kids. And for something different – “fat tire” bikes with car wheel–sized tires for sand or snow. Martha’s Bike Rentals in Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs, a minute’s walk from the ferry, has a great range of bikes for the family.


Best Fitness Center: YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard

111R Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-7171.

Runner-up: Mansion House

9 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-2200.

From early-morning boot camp to water aerobics, the YMCA offers something for everyone. Come for a swim, yoga, or a spin on the bike. Stay for the community events or even a bite at the cafe. The Mansion House’s health club offers a host of great classes, some unusual – poolates, anyone?


Best Yoga Class: Martha’s Vineyard Hot Yoga

24 Cournoyer Road, West Tisbury, 508-696-7769.

Runner-up: The Yoga Barn

1153 State Road, West Tisbury, 508-645-9642.

If you like your yoga hot (up to 105 degrees), you’ll sweat in good company with Andy Estrella and Kristin Hall, who guide participants through ninety-minute classes in Bikram, Barkan, and Hatha yoga. Scarlet and Rex Jarrell, co-owners of the Yoga Barn, have created a light-filled, tranquil setting for classes in Vinyasa, Kripalu, and classes inspired by Anusara and Iyengar.


Best Nature Walk: Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary

Obed Daggett Road off Indian Hill Road, West Tisbury,

Runner-up: Menemsha Hills

North Road, Chilmark,

Turn down any little path and you never know what you might find at Cedar Tree Neck – a running brook or beech trees turning a brilliant yellow – and all come to a head at the north shore beach. A hike through the winding paths at Menemsha Hills leads you to views overlooking Vineyard Sound and the Elizabeth Islands.


Best Summer Camp: Fern & Feather Day Camp at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

100 Felix Neck Drive, Edgartown, 508-627-4850,

Runner-up: Camp Jabberwocky

200 Greenwood Avenue Ext., Vineyard Haven, 508-693-2339,

With weekly themed activities, Fern & Feather campers discover nature as counselors lead them in explorations across a 350-acre wildlife sanctuary. Fun is the word at Camp Jabberwocky – now in its sixtieth year – providing a residential camp experience for campers of all ages with disabilities.


On the Town

Best Summer Event: Oak Bluffs Fireworks

Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0077.

Close runner-up: Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Livestock Show and Fair

95 Panhandle Road off State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-9549.

It seems as though the annual fireworks get bigger and better every year in Oak Bluffs, the entries more extravagant and the livestock finer at the Agricultural Fair in West Tisbury. These two hallmarks of Vineyard summer are not to be missed.


Best Off-Season Event: Christmas in Edgartown

Various locations,

Runner-up: MVY Radio Big Chili Contest

Portuguese-American Club, 137 Vineyard Avenue, Oak Bluffs,

Edgartown comes back to life for Christmas in Edgartown, as crowds fueled by cocoa and cookies stroll down festive streets. From the illuminating of the Edgartown Lighthouse to the annual parade, holiday cheer abounds. In January, MVY’s chili fest heats things up for a good cause: Proceeds go to the Red Stocking Fund.


Best Place to Hear Live Music: Dreamland

9 Oak Bluffs Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-560-1932.

Runner-up: Ritz Café

4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508- 693-9851.

Whether it’s a homegrown band or international performers like Quest Love, Dreamland is the newest year-round music venue on the Vineyard to bring in the crowds. For a more intimate, true small-town feel, pop over to the nearby Ritz for some boot stomping with local bands and DJs.


Best Live Band or Musician: Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish


Runner-up: Mike Benjamin Band


When Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish take the mike, the Vineyard’s own blues brothers can get anyone on the dance floor, no matter your age. The Mike Benjamin Band’s solid covers keep bar hoppers and wedding guests boogying all night.


Best Bar/Pub: Offshore Ale Company

30 Kennebec Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2626.

Runner-up: Wharf Pub and Restaurant

5 Lower Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-9966.

With beer brewing in the rafters and the warmth of Cheers downstairs, nothing beats a brewski and a booth full of friends at Offshore – that and two-for-one dinner entrées in the winter. Catch a game at the Wharf’s front bar or some sweet tunes in the back. Wednesday night in the off-season is all about bringing your trivia game.


Best Place for Cocktails: Nancy’s Snack Bar

29 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0006.

Runner-up: Alchemy

71 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-9999.

Sipping a Dirty Banana cocktail at Nancy’s Snack Bar while looking out over the harbor screams “Summer in Oak Bluffs!” Take in the scene fromtheupstairsdeck orpeople-watch from the lower level. Alchemy’s classy and tasty drink list will keep you at the bar all night, where the mojito is a must-have.


Best Performing Arts Organization: The Yard

Off Middle Road, Chilmark, 508-645-9662.

Close runner-up: Vineyard Playhouse

24 Church Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6450.

These two performing arts groups offer world-class programs year-round and feature artists who are dedicated to their craft. Take a yoga class in the barn or witness a dizzying tap dance in the theater at The Yard. The Vineyard Playhouse, currently under renovation, offers staged readings and full productions with both Equity and Island actors, along with its irreverent off-season Shakespeare for the Masses.


Best Movie Theater, Festival, or Series: Martha’s Vineyard Film Center

Tisbury Marketplace, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-696-9369.

Runner-up: Entertainment Cinemas

65 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-8008.

With the stadium seating, old-time classics, and the latest documentary making waves, the Film Center transports you out of Vineyard Haven and into the world of fine cinema. Grab your chocolate-covered malted milk balls and popcorn and head to Entertainment Cinemas for the latest flicks on the big screen.



Best Gift Shop: Rainy Day

66 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-1830.

Runner-up: Mardell’s Gifts & Jewelry

50 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-0049.

No matter the weather, Rainy Day is the place to go for a gift with its charming variety of kids’ and baby clothes and toys, housewares, scented candles,

and Vineyard-specific gifts like Island-made sea glass and wampum jewelry. Down the street, Mardell’s has a fun, eclectic mix of novelties, greeting

cards, and souvenirs.


Best Art Gallery: The Granary Gallery

636 Old County Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-0455.

Runner-up: Dragonfly Fine Arts Gallery

91 Dukes County Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-8877.

Don’t let the Granary’s rustic façade fool you – this Island institution, housed in a rambling red barn, has repped remarkable talent from the Island and

across the country for more than fifty years. A recent coup for its roster: Vineyard landscape legend Kib Bramhall. Dragonfly co-owners/artists Don

McKillop and Susan Davy share a sharp eye for spotting fresh fine art from established artists and up-and-comers. Their intimate Arts District

gallery showcases more than twenty artists each season.


Best Bookstore: Bunch of Grapes Bookstore

35 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-2291.

Runner-up: Edgartown Books

44 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-8463.

Bunch of Grapes’ welcoming new store is a book lover’s dream. Browse the shelves to find the latest book by a Vineyard author or a beach read

recommended by the helpful staff, and come back for frequent author appearances. Edgartown Books’ porch and cozy kids’ corner invite readers of all

ages to curl up with a new page-turner.


Best Jeweler: CB Stark Jewelers

53A Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-2284.

27 North Water Street, Edgartown, 508-627-1260.

Runner-up: Claudia

51 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-8306.

34 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-5465.

Looking for the perfect Island keepsake that you’ll cherish for years to come? CB Stark is the go-to destination for high-quality, custom-designed

charms, bracelets, and rings with a decidedly Vineyard flare. Claudia offers wampum jewelry as well as a wide selection of semi-precious stones, artisan

jewelry, and big names like Pandora, David Yurman, and Chan Luu.


Best Package Store: Our Market

1 East Chop Drive, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-3000.

Runner-up: Jim’s Package Store

27 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0236.

Our Market is stocked with a well-curated collection of wines, a room-sized refrigerator of icy beers, a large selection of spirits, and a wall of

confiscated fake IDs that merits a chuckle. On the other side of the harbor, Jim’s Package Store is home to another expansive collection of beer, wine,

and liquor.



Best Store for Children’s Clothing: Basics Clothing Company

24 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-8819.

Runner-up: The Green Room

71 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6888.

One thing about kids – they just keep growing, which makes a good Island children’s clothing store invaluable for year-rounders and vacationers alike.

From swimsuits to UGG boots, Basics is the parents’ top choice for keeping their kids in style. The Green Room stocks cute hipster beach wear for

babies to youths.


Best Store for Men’s Clothing: The Green Room

71 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6888.

Runner-up: Basics Clothing Company

24 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-8819.

Need to look polished for a wedding in Edgartown, laid back for a barbecue in Menemsha, or geared up for a day of stand-up paddleboarding? The

Green Room is there to dress (and accessorize). Basics is another great go-to with clothing for work or play.


Best Store for Women’s Clothing: The Green Room

71 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6888.

Runner-up: Basics Clothing Company

24 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-8819.

Whether you’re looking for a bathing suit, cocktail dress, or pair of designer jeans, the Green Room is a one-stop shop for when you need to look your

best. Check out utilitarian staples like Patagonia to fashion-plate brands True Religion and Citizens of Humanity. Basics has – you guessed it – all the

basics, from Levi’s to Columbia.


Best Store for Shoes: The Green Room

71 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6888.

Runner-up: Brickman’s of Martha’s Vineyard

8 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-0047.

Boots, flats, sneakers, rain boots, and flip-flops – if it’s fit to wear on your feet, chances are the Green Room has it, including Frye, Steve Madden, Vans,

and Hunter. Main Street staple Brickman’s keeps Islanders well-heeled with its wide selection of sneakers and work boots; it opened in 1913 as a

cobbler shop.


Best T-shirt: The Black Dog

Some locations:

3 Water Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-4786.

37 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-9826.

11 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-6412.

Runner-up: Beetlebung Dry Goods

24 Basin Road, Chilmark, 508-645-9950.

9 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-696-0006.

What’s a trip away without a T-shirt to remind you where you’ve been? Or reward those left behind? That famous Black Dog silhouette has spawned

many versions, including rowing dog, burgee dog, and tie-dye dog. Beetlebung’s Rorschach lobsters are now accompanied by crabs, starfish, and



The Best Eats

Best Place to Get Breakfast: ArtCliff Diner

39 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-1224.

Runner-up: Linda Jean’s Restaurant

25 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-4093.

A crowd waiting outside is always a good sign. ArtCliff’s menu tempts diners to stray from traditional breakfast choices, with blueberry and honey

crepes, breakfast tacos, and an Irish breakfast complete with potato pancakes and apple butter. If crepes aren’t your style, Linda Jean’s serves up all of

the breakfast staples and the prices are perfect for any budget. Try the Oak Bluffs omelette while you’re in town.


Best Place to Get Lunch: Slice of Life

50 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-3838.

Runner-up: Little House Café

339 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-687-9794.

Fried Green Tomato BLT, Crab Cake Sandwich, Asian Salmon Salad, Chicken Caesar Pizza. Plus a sinful selection of scrumptious desserts! Need we say

more? Slice of Life never disappoints – with its casual café atmosphere and window-framed porch, relax and watch the day go by on Circuit Avenue.

Over in Vineyard Haven, the simple and charming Little House Café serves up international selections like Greek Lamb Burgers, French Lentil Salad,

and Classic Falafel.


Best Fine Dining: State Road

688 State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-8582.

Runner-up: Atria

137 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-5850.

With its seasonal menus and locally sourced ingredients served in an ambience of rustic up-Island charm, State Road is again this year’s choice for high

class grub. The red ribbon winner is Atria, with a delectable menu ranging from burgers to Béarnaise.


Best Family Dining: Sharky’s Cantina

266 Upper Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-6565.

31 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-7501.

Runner-up: Giordano’s Restaurant

18 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0184.

With crayons for the kids, margaritas for Mom and Dad, and delicious Mexican fare, plus two locations, Sharky’s makes the whole family say olé! Next

up is Giordano’s, where the kids can slurp their spaghetti and party with pizza, all while convincing Mom and Dad that an after-dinner ride on the

Flying Horses is in order.


Best Outdoor Dining: Nancy’s Snack Bar

29 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0006.

Runner-up: The Seafood Shanty

31 Dock Street, Edgartown, 508-627-8622.

Nancy’s patio is a tough spot to beat for some eats and drinks with a panoramic Oak Bluffs harbor view. Close behind, the rooftop deck at the Seafood

Shanty is Edgartown’s choice for dining al fresco, overlooking the yacht-filled harbor and Chappaquiddick in the distance.


Best Year-Round Restaurant: Offshore Ale Company

30 Kennebec Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2626.

Runner-up: Wharf Pub and Restaurant

3 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-9966.

When the summer warmth fades, these pubs will keep you cozy and full. Offshore’s fireplace, microbrews, and impressive oyster menu make it a

favorite. Locals hail the Wharf’s large selection and family-friendly environment. Order an extra pint and chances are you’ll catch live music at either



Best Place to Get Coffee: Mocha Mott’s

10 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-1922.

15 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-3155.

Runner-up: Espresso Love

17 Church Street, Edgartown, 508-627-9211.

Mocha Mott’s boasts “best damn coffee, period.” Enough said. But their bakers create classics like cookies and raspberry bars and concoctions like

cannoli cupcakes and banana cinnamon chocolate chip donuts. Behind the courthouse in Edgartown, Espresso Love has hot, iced, and frozen coffee

drinks, great lunch and dinner menus, and a relaxing, sociable outdoor garden.


Best Burger: Atria

137 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-5850.

Runner-up: Offshore Ale Company

30 Kennebec Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2626.

Atria’s cozy brick cellar dishes up delicious burgers: The traditional has toppings on the side for make-your-own fun, while the portobello burger is a

good veggie choice. Go exotic with the Bombay Bird (turkey and curried aioli) or enjoy the Frenchie burger’s prosciutto and Cabernet-roasted onions.

Bon appétit! Offshore’s juicy, affordable burger is perfect with a frothy pint and a plate of crispy fries.


Best Wings: Sharky’s Cantina

266 Upper Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-6565.

31 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-7501.

Runner-up: Coop deVille

Dockside Marketplace, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-3420.

Since it’s the home of the Island’s annual Wingfest, it’s no surprise that you all flock to Sharky’s for finger-lickin’ chicken. And with so many flavors to

choose from, you can’t go wrong. An enthusiastic cluck goes to Coop deVille, where wings are served up with a harbor view.


Best French Fries: Atria

137 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-5850.

Close runner-up: Giordano’s Restaurant

18 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0184.

French fries have long been relegated to a supporting player role. But Atria’s french fries – thin, crispy, and salted just right – are worth a trip on their

own. For a decadent treat, get the truffle Parmesan fries. Gio’s addicting fries give its pizza some stiff competition.


Best Pizza: Giordano’s Restaurant

18 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0184.

Runner-up: Rocco’s Pizzeria

Tisbury Marketplace, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-1125.

It’s not officially summer until you’ve grabbed a slice of piping hot pizza from the bustling takeout window or cozied up in a dining room booth. The

Oak Bluffs landmark has been drawing crowds since 1930, and shows no signs of slowing down or ceding its Best Of status anytime soon. Rocco’s

offers made-to-order family-style pies, as well as subs, calzones, and salads.


Best Place to Get a Vegetarian Meal: Scottish Bakehouse

977 State Road, Tisbury, 508-693-6633.

Runner-up: Little House Café

339 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-687-9794.

The Bakehouse’s veggie menu, often highlighting Island ingredients, has universal appeal. Try green coconut curry with organic brown rice, local pea

shoot salad, or refreshing gazpacho. Inside Little House’s sunny café, savor crunchy falafel on a warm pita or a vegetarian panini on freshly baked



Best Takeout: The Net Result

Tisbury Marketplace, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6071.

Runner-up: Giordano’s Restaurant

18 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0184.

The Net Result is the chosen spot for those of you on the go. With sushi, lobster rolls, fried goodies, and more, it’s hard to resist this carryout purveyor.

Second place goes to Giordano’s, where Ocean Park is only steps away for convenient pizza-and-fried-clam picnics.


Best Place to Get Picnic Food: Soigné

190 Upper Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-8489.

Close runner-up: Humphreys Bakery

Woodland Center, 455 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6518.

32 Winter Street, Edgartown, 508-627-7029.

Small wonder that this petite Edgartown gourmet takeout market has reigned as an Island favorite nearly thirty years. Soigné will assemble a feast for

any outing, casual to formal, with crusty French bread, fine wines, baked goods, and delectable sandwiches. Humphreys, an institution since the 1930s,

receives raves for heartier fare, including the magnificent Turkey Gobbler sandwich.


Best Farm, Market, or Stand: Morning Glory Farm

120 Meshacket Road, Edgartown, 508-627-9003.

Runner-up: West Tisbury Farmer’s Market

Grange Hall, 1067 State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-9561.

Rows of gleaming produce, homestyle baked goods, cheese, milk, meat, and a salad bar featuring the freshest-picked ingredients – Morning Glory Farm

is the kind of store that farm-to-table dreams are made of. For a more expansive look at the bustling Island farming scene, check out the West Tisbury

Farmer’s Market, where each week fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, meat, honey, and more line the tables.


Best Caterer: V. Jaime Hamlin and Sons


Close runner-up: Tea Lane Caterers


Revelers can count on being well-feted and well-fed by these two seasoned caterers. Both are former restaurateurs who have brought their good taste

to Island events for the past thirty years. Known for barefoot clambakes on the beach and Bill Clinton’s birthday bashes, Jaime also specializes in

casually elegant wedding fare. Dee of Tea Lane puts her Culinary Institute degree to work with signature paella and savory dinner pies, and will serve as

your dinner party’s “Phantom Chef” as well.


Seafood Picks

Best Seafood Restaurant: The Net Result

Tisbury Marketplace, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6071.

Runner-up: The Seafood Shanty

31 Dock Street, Edgartown, 508-627-8622.

Whether it’s striped bass, scallops, or sushi, the Net Result has something for every seafood lover. The restaurant is takeout only, with picnic tables

outside, so make sure to call ahead to avoid the long lines. Visit the Seafood Shanty at the end of Dock Street in Edgartown for a real sit-down meal,

and enjoy views of the harbor from the second-story deck.


Best Chowder: The Net Result

Tisbury Marketplace, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6071.

Runner-up: Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company

9 Oak Bluffs Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-3000.

Chowder enthusiasts have no shortage of options on the Vineyard, and the Net Result’s light, creamy broth with just the right balance of clams and

potatoes is sure to leave anyone satisfied. Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company serves up several palate-pleasing varieties, including a gluten-free

chowder with a hearty blend of seasonings.


Best Fish and Chips: The Net Result

Tisbury Marketplace, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6071.

Runner-up: The Newes from America

23 Kelley Street, Edgartown, 508-627-4397.

Crispy breaded fish, a heaping side of thick-cut chips – fries on this side of the pond – and sloppy slaw: It’s classic summer fare and the Net Result

serves it up with an equally classic summer view of the ferries coming into Vineyard Haven harbor. If you prefer indoor dining, The Newes serves its

beer-battered haddock in a cozy pub atmosphere in downtown Edgartown.


Best Fried Clams: Giordano’s Restaurant

18 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0184.

Runner-up: The Bite

29 Basin Road, Menemsha, 508-645-9239.

What’s better than a pint of perfectly battered and seasoned fried clams? Maybe two pints – the better to share with friends. Pick ’em up at Gio’s, the

original Vineyard clam shack (dipping sauce optional; these clams don’t need condiments). If you’re up-Island, The Bite in Menemsha is the perfect

place to stop for this tasty treat.


Best Lobster Roll: Grace Episcopal Church

36 Woodlawn Avenue, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-0332. (Fridays, 4:30–7:30 p.m.)

Runner-up: The Net Result

Tisbury Marketplace, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6071.

The lines on Woodlawn Avenue say it all – arrive early to snag your stuffed-to-the-brim all-lobster-no-filler roll from Grace Church. Lobster rolls are

served on summer Friday evenings (in the off-season, you can enjoy one for lunch on the first Sunday of the month). Swing by the Net Result to satisfy

your lobster-roll craving during the rest of the week.


Best Sushi: The Net Result

Tisbury Marketplace, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6071.

Runner-up: Lookout Tavern

8 Seaview Avenue Extension, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-9844.

It’s hard to choose from the seventy-nine options on Chef Hesi’s sushi menu at the Net Result, but the daily combo specials make decisions a bit easier.

Call ahead and pick up a box or two on the way to the beach. The Lookout Tavern offers creatively plated (and delectable) sushi for the dinner crowd,

serving until 10 p.m. every day.


Best Fish Market: The Net Result

Tisbury Marketplace, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6071.

Runner-up: Larsen’s Fish Market

56 Basin Road, Menemsha, 508-645-2680.

Make no mistake: The Larsen family knows fresh fish. Louis Larsen and his crew have been serving up the daily catch to down-Islanders for nearly

twenty-seven years at the Net Result, while sister Betsy runs Larsen’s Fish Market (now in its forty-fifth year) up-Island. At the Net Result, browse the

seafood deli selections, such as clam dip and bluefish paté, and at Larsen’s pick up the chowder of the day.


Best Clambake: Bill Smith’s Martha’s Vineyard Clambake Co.


Runner-up: Fella Caters


Nothing says summer quite like a clambake, and Bill Smith’s company has been providing the red-checked napkins, fat quahaugs, and buttery lobsters

for decades. In addition to the informal beach clambake, the group provides a gussied-up option for weddings and special events, with a clambake-to

go for smaller parties. Fella Caters also offers both beach-casual and boathouse-formal options for its clambakes, and serves up to 500 guests.


Sweet Treats

Best Bakery: The Black Dog

3 Water Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-4786.

509 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-696-8190.

Runner-up: Scottish Bakehouse

977 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6633.

The display case at the famous Black Dog Bakery is filled with cookies, muffins, pies, and cakes that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Love chocolate? The

chocolate mousse bomb is, well, the bomb. Down the road, Scottish Bakehouse offers scones, muffins, cookies, brownies, and fresh bread, along with

gluten-free options. Enjoy a chai tea or an espresso with an orange cranberry scone at the picnic tables.


Best Ice Cream Shop: Mad Martha’s

20 Union Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-5883.

12 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-9151.

7 North Water Street, Edgartown, 508-627-8761.

Runner-up: Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium

20A Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-0008.

You guys are mad for Mad Martha’s delicious cones and sundaes, and continue to line up around the block for your mint chocolate chip and waffle

cones. Ben & Bill’s is the second-choice spot for dripping frozen goodness and fun.


Best Island-Made Candy/Chocolate: Chilmark Chocolates

19 State Road, Chilmark, 508-645-3013.

Runner-up: Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium

20A Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-0008.

Watch as decadent treats are created inside the tiny Chilmark Chocolates shop. Savor the sweet-smelling air as you choose from Vineyard-inspired

creations like Squibnugget, Menemsha Mint, or Tashmoo Truffle. At Ben & Bill’s, the wide assortment of handmade candies includes sea salt caramels,

butter crunch, and brittles.


Home and Garden

Best Place to Buy Flowers: Morrice Florist

149 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-0392.

Runner-up: Flowers by Donaroma’s

270 Upper Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-8366.

Whether they’re dishing out tulips in the dead of winter or fashioning elegant wedding centerpieces, the Morrice Florist team offers friendly service

and a can-do approach. Flowers by Donaroma’s brings artistic expertise and creative skills to any special day or gala event.


Best Garden Center/Nursery: Jardin Mahoney

45 Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-3511.

Runner-up: Donaroma’s

270 Upper Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-8595.

Owner Paul Mahoney and his staff are always eager to share their gardening know-how on specific plants or just to pass on some practical tips. A trip

to Donaroma’s incredibly lush greenhouse can bring cheer on a dreary day, and seasonal events bring out fabulous Easter baskets and holiday wreaths.


Best Hardware Store: Shirley’s Hardware

374 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-3070.

Runner-up: Edgartown Hardware

61 Edgartown–West Tisbury Road, Edgartown, 508-627-4338.

The well-stocked aisles at Shirley’s Hardware make for one-stop shopping for home, patio, and beach, and the helpful staff knows the shop like the

backs of their hands. If you’re over in Edgartown, stop into Edgartown Hardware. The wide selection at either store will leave you with no excuse not to

complete that home project.


Best Home Goods Store: LeRoux at Home

62 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-0030.

Runner-up: Granite Ace Hardware

242 Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, Edgartown, 508-627-3232.

Nirvana for newlyweds and foodies, LeRoux’s three floors are brimming with housewares and home décor items from the everyday to the

extraordinary. Not to be missed: the extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world. For the nuts and bolts of comfortable year

round living, Granite’s selection of indoor and outdoor goods is tough to top.


Best Architectural and/or Residential Design Company: Hutker Architects

Tisbury Marketplace, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-3344.

Runner-up: Sullivan O’Connor Architects

52 Narragansett Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0500.

Award-winning architect Mark Hutker seems to have as much regard for designing outdoor showers as he does for seaside mansions. The firm’s

signature since the mid-1980s has been the elegant shingle style but it has been earning renown lately for its clean modern lines. Chuck Sullivan and

Maurice O’Connor are at home with residential and commercial designs ranging from beachfront cottages to the spiffed-up Stop & Shop.


Best Contractor or Builder: Rosbeck Builders

20 East Line Road, Edgartown, 508-693-6300.

Runner-up: Squash Meadow Construction

30 Prospect Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-7451.

You’ve seen Rosbeck’s luxurious custom homes all over the Island in developments like Deep Bottom Pond and Hidden Cove. Their style works for

residential buildings and commercial sites. Squash Meadow is known for energy-efficient modular houses as well as full-service construction,

caretaking, and remodeling. Sometimes their modular homes seem to appear almost overnight.


Best Landscape Company: Contemporary Landscapes

33 Kate’s Way, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6788.

Runner-up: Landscope Landscape Construction

Martha’s Vineyard Airport Business Park, 6 A Street, Edgartown, 508-696-8812.

The design professionals at Contemporary Landscapes help maintain the delicate balance between plantings and ecological concerns, and also do

stonework, pools, and fireplaces. Landscope, a skilled design, build, and maintenance firm, has been winning awards for its work for decades.


Best Interior Design Company: Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design

49 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-687-9555.

Close runner-up: Julie Robinson Interiors

510 State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-5065.

From designing lighting schemes and spatial planning to hunting down the perfect vintage fixtures, the insightful design team at MVID helps make

the house a home. Julie Robinson Interiors offers decades of design expertise and a range of custom window treatments, upholstery, and wall



Best Electrical Contractor (tie):

Powers Electric

Vineyard Haven, 508-696-6400.

David J. Schwab Electric

Vineyard Haven, 508-693-0156.

Close runner-up: Dolby Electric

Edgartown, 508-627-8778.

Always a highly charged contest, Powers Electric and David J. Schwab Electric tie for the win, with Dolby Electric sprinting in just behind as a close

runner-up. We bet they all meet for coffee and a shockingly good laugh.


Best Plumbing Contractor: Walter Smith Plumbing

Edgartown, 508-627-5661.

Runner-up: Hart Company Plumbing & Heating

Vineyard Haven, 508-693-7227.

A five-time leader in this category, Walter Smith and his team lead the plumbing pack yet again, with quality service that’s reliable and quick. The Hart

Company, an Island business with strong local roots, promises “service with a smile” – for jobs big and small.


Best Real Estate Company: Coldwell Banker Landmarks Real Estate

15 Church Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6866.

Runner-up: Sandpiper Realty    

60 Winter Street, Edgartown, 508-627-3737.

These two firms rise to the top of a crowded field year after year, so they are definitely doing it right. Coldwell Banker Landmarks and Sandpiper both

strive to find the perfect home or vacation rental for their clients.


Health and Beauty

Best Hair Salon: Maggie’s Salon

31 Beach Road, 103A, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-CURL (2875).

Runner-up: Circuit Style Salon

47 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-7542.

Need to shake out the sand and even out those sun-damaged split ends? Maggie’s Salon will have you looking your best again with a sleek cut, top-of

the-line products, or a new color. Circuit Style Salon wins rave reviews for its fresh take on funky cuts and modern shapes and styles.


Best Mani/Pedi: Treat Yourself

38A Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-3800.

Runner-up: Hollywood Nails

13 Union Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-696-6197.

Before hitting the beach, relax while having your hands and feet pampered at either of these convenient in-town salons. In the relaxing atmosphere of

Treat Yourself, you can indulge in extras like gel overlay, paraffin dips, and spa-style upgrades. Low-key Hollywood Nails is a rare Island bargain with

many loyal year-round customers.


Best Massage Therapist: Allyson Cook

455 State Road, Unit 12, Vineyard Haven, 508-696-1863.

Runner-up: Chrystal Angelini

322 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-1946.

There’s no shortage of massage therapists on the Island, and yet year after year Allyson Cook and Chrystal Angelini rise to the top of this list as the

readers’ favorite picks. Both make their mark in a crowded field with reputations as skilled practitioners of orthopedic, deep tissue, and Swedish

massage, to name just a few oh-so-relaxing options.


Best Dentist (tie):

Hélène Schaeffer of Island Dentistry

23 Airport Road, Edgartown, 508-696-8426.

Sanford Nadelstein of Lagoon Dental Associates

60 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-5068.

Runner-up: John Hartley

207 Upper Main Street, Edgartown, 508-939-9000.

Drs. Schaeffer and Nadelstein are here to put a smile on your face. While always running neck and neck in this race to keep your pearly whites

gleaming, they are now tied for first place. New to the pack is runner-up Dr. Hartley. Just grin and go see them twice a year.


Best Doctor: John Lamb, MD

1 Hospital Road, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-3164.

Runner-up (tie):
Ellen McMahon, MD

1 Hospital Road, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-5700.

Julia Stunkel, MD

1 Hospital Road, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0019.

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital rules this category once again, with internist Dr. Lamb earning the most votes. Loyal patients value his experience,

friendly bedside manner, and top-notch support staff. In a tie for runner-up, Drs. McMahon and Stunkel do their part to keep us in

excellent health.


Services On-Island

Best Auto Repair Shop: Bink’s Auto

29 Winthrop Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2168.

Runner-up: Courtesy Motors

Holmes Hole Business Park, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-5010.

Car trouble getting you down? Count on Bink’s Auto, a Best of the Vineyard veteran, to save the day – and your vacation – with friendly and affordable

service. Larry Conroy and his crew at Courtesy Motors are another good bet, for everything from luxury models to “Island cars.”


Best Bank: Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank

Branches in Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, West Tisbury, 508-627-4266.

Runner-up: Edgartown National Bank

Branches in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Vineyard Haven, 508-627-1100.

With seven locations Island-wide, MV Savings Bank is our readers’ pick for convenience, friendly customer service, and “banking that’s Vineyard

sound.” A host of online options and an abundance of ATMs earn Edgartown National a spot as runner-up.


Best Taxi Service: Stagecoach Taxi

Edgartown, 508-627-4566.

Close runner-up: AdamCab

Edgartown, 508-627-4462.

More than a hundred years after Stagecoach Taxi hitched up its first buggy for public transport, the company is still at it, offering Island tours and

around-the-clock pickups anywhere on-Island. Coming in a close second is AdamCab, with its roving fleet driven by a friendly staff, also servicing the

entire Island and offering tours.


Best Veterinary Service: Animal Health Care Associates

20 Airport Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-6515.

Runner-up: Dave Tuminaro of Caring for Animals

Edgartown, 508-696-5897.

It’s no secret animals love Dr. Steven Atwood, but our readers do too. They’ve voted Animal Health Care the winner of this category every year since it

was created in 2008. Loyal fans commend the staff’s dedication and use of the latest practices, including acupuncture and alternative therapies. Dr.

Dave earns praise for offering old-fashioned house calls that never go out of style.


Places to Stay

Best Romantic Getaway: Beach Plum Inn

12 Menemsha Inn Road, Chilmark, 508-645-9454.

Close runner-up: Harbor View Hotel

131 North Water Street, Edgartown, 508-627-7000.

At the Beach Plum Inn’s beautiful and remote location, toast the famed sunsets, bask in the Menemsha moonlight, or indulge in a romantic dinner for

two at the inn’s restaurant. At the Harbor View, enjoy a romantic cruise around Edgartown harbor – the concierge can supply the wine and a picnic



Best Family-Friendly Lodging: Winnetu Oceanside Resort

31 Dunes Road, Edgartown, 508-310-1733.

Close runner-up: Harbor View Hotel

131 North Water Street, Edgartown, 508-627-7000.

With complimentary children’s activities during the day and a fire pit for making s’mores at night, the Winnetu will keep the entire family occupied.

(Baby-sitting is available if Mom and Dad want a night on the town.) The Harbor View Hotel’s heated outdoor pool is perfect for a family break from

ocean waves.


Best Overall Place to Stay: Harbor View Hotel

131 North Water Street, Edgartown, 508-627-7000.

Runner-up: Dockside Inn

9 Circuit Avenue Ext., Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2966.

Perched on elegant North Water Street, the Harbor View is a short walk to downtown Edgartown. But why leave? Snag a turquoise rocking chair on the

porch and gaze at the Edgartown Lighthouse and Chappaquiddick. At the Dockside, have a complimentary ice cream and watch the boats at the Oak

Bluffs harbor.


Thanks to everyone who went online to vote in this year’s contest. We hope this list inspires you to try something new on the Vineyard.