Such Fun in Sedona

We have been having such beautiful weather for a while now and Ed and I decided to do a day trip to Sedona for some hiking and picture-taking. So, we woke up at 4:30am and stopped for a quick breakfast on the way up to Sedona. It’s only 1 ½ hours away from our vacation rental at Troon North (www.breovacationrentals.com). We stopped for some photos and then headed to our first stop – Devil’s Bridge.

It was a great hike…moderate in level…and so, so beautiful. It was well worth getting up that early (says the gal who is NOT a morning person) to see this site. And the road to get there…WOW, was it ROUGH. But it was SO worth it! All in all, it was a 2 mile hike and we were ready for lunch at the end of it. But when you go to Devil’s Bridge, you need to walk out on the bridge. It was scarier looking than it really was…it was scarier walking over to the bridge than being on it. Check this out.

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It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? But now take a look. I am on the bridge but the photos of Ed really show the bridge in its glory.

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The hike was a nice one, not too hard but not too easy either. The air was so fresh and there was a hint of a pine scent. There are people hiking but it’s not super-crowded.

We then headed to lunch and then onwards to our second hike.

The second hike was Soldier’s Pass. We are not exactly sure of the distance we hiked, but we estimate it was somewhere between 3-4 miles roundtrip. We did get to see Devil’s Kitchen Sinkhole and the Seven Sacred Pools. Both were worth the hike. We never did find the Arches and next time we want to do the whole 5 mile loop hike – Soldier Pass > Brin’s Mesa > Cibola Pass > Jordan Trail. We will surely find the Arches then.

I don’t have my photos yet of this hike, but it was another great one that ended a really fun day on a beautiful, sunny Saturday in March. I will be sure to post the photos once they are processed. But here are some photos from other people, so you can see the beauty.

Devil’s Kitchen Sinkhole Devil’s Kitchen Sinkhole2 Seven Sacred Pools

And here is a great photo of Jeep Rd from Ed (CEB Imagery), right next to the Seven Sacred Pools. You are allowed to drive your Jeep Wrangler on this road. It was very cool to see and it is definitely a tough road. If you drive it and make it through, you have accomplished a great feat!

Jeep Road- Soldier's Pass

Here is information on Soldier’s Pass and the whole hike:
http://www.wildsedona.com/trails/brins.htm

Some more Sedona photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/breoaz/sets/72157642473401194/

Some more of Ed’s Sedona photos (CEB Imagery):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/cedwardbrice/13096219213/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cedwardbrice/13096224553/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cedwardbrice/13052581383/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cedwardbrice/13047313535/

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A Rare Rainy Day in Scottsdale…What To Do…What To Do

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Today was the first rainy day since December. And boy did it rain! The roads were flooded and the sun only came out in very short snippets. So it was a bit of a bummer, even though people who live out here always say things like “I love the rain”, Enjoying the rain” and things like that. Those words will never come out of my mouth, but I guess we need the rain sometimes.

If you come across a rainy day like this, here’s a suggestion for a really nice day and you will not believe how fast the hours slip away. My husband, Ed and I went to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in North Phoenix (Tatum Rd and the 101). It is easy to get to (especially from our Troon North vacation rental, www.breovacationrentals.com) and it is immediately off the exit at the 101. You can see it from the highway.

Ed was sure we would be in and out in 1 hour. We spent 4 hours there and still had so much we did not see. Seriously, we need to go again to finish it. They give you wireless headsets so you can do your tour any way you want to do it. There is no order you need to follow. You pick and choose what you want to see and what you do not want to see. When you stand in front of an exhibit (and a TV monitor), you will automatically hear the music on the TV monitor in front of you. The way they have laid out the museum is great. They had a special exhibit call Women Who Rock. They also have a Mechanical Music Gallery (where you see self-playing instruments) and an Experience Gallery (where you can touch and try some instruments). There is also an Artists Gallery (where they have items like John Lennon’s piano on display). And then the bulk of the galleries are sectioned by geographical regions. There is Africa and Middle East, Asia and Oceania, Europe, Latin America and United States/Canada.

So this IS what we did get to see today:

  • Women in Rock Exhibit
  • The Mechanical Gallery
  • Africa and Middle East
  • Asia and Oceania
  • Latin America (very little because it was closing time…so we need to revisit this one)
  • United States/Canada (not completely…as the closing time was coming soon…revisit required)

There is a Steinman grand piano in the lobby and invariably, someone will always sit down and start playing. Two people did that today and the music just wafts through the museum. It’s a lovely touch!

Their café is quite good, so if you plan a whole day there, you can get lunch.

It’s a great way to spend a day or an afternoon and you will learn a lot. The history of music, throughout the world is really quite interesting. The instruments are amazing from country to country, throughout the world.

Enjoy!

The Musical Instrument Museum Website:
http://mim.org/

Check out Lady Gaga’s infamous “meat dress” below, from the Women Who Rock exhibit. Also check out one of the instruments on display and something that is now obsolete – vinyl albums.

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Get Out of the Cold…Come to Spring Training in AZ

The weather back east, in the mid-west and most of the country is chilly. VERY chilly. It’s time to head out to Arizona.
salt river fields tempe angels stadium  A's phoenix stadium
While there are so many things to do in Scottsdale, and Arizona in general, one thing that is a favorite activity in March is baseball. If you are a fan of baseball, the perfect excuse to take a trip to this beautiful state is Spring Training and the Cactus League. There are 15 MLB teams who hold their spring training activities out here in Arizona. The only team missing, that I would LOVE to see out here, is the New York Mets. Oh well, I have to settle for their once-a-year visit against the D-Backs.

If you have never been to a spring training game, it is a lot of fun. The stadiums are small and intimate and it’s a great way to see a baseball game. I have only been to the new D-Backs/Rockies Stadium, Salt Rivers Field in Scottsdale, and it is a beautiful stadium. They did a great job with it and I love the food concessions they have there.

But there’s a ton of buzz about the new Cubs Park in Mesa. It should be an absolutely awesome place to watch a spring training game.

If you are a fan of the D-Backs, Rockies, Giants, Cubs, A’s, Rangers, Royals, Indians, Mariners, Brewers, Angels, Dodgers, Padres, White Sox or Reds, come on out and check out the Cactus League.

Hiking, spas, hot air balloon rides, Sedona, The Heard Museum, Taliesin West, golf, horseback riding and baseball…there are many activities to keep you busy. The weather is ideal in March…perfect for a baseball game. Don’t miss it.
 
Check out all the Cactus League teams, their stadiums and their schedules:

http://cactusleague.com/

Diamondbacks (in Scottsdale): http://cactusleague.com/diamondbacks.php
Cubs (in Mesa): http://cactusleague.com/cubs.php
White Sox (in Phoenix): http://cactusleague.com/sox.php
Reds (in Goodyear): http://cactusleague.com/reds.php
Indians (in Goodyear): http://cactusleague.com/indians.php
Rockies (in Scottsdale): http://cactusleague.com/rockies.php
Royals (in Surprise): http://cactusleague.com/royals.php
Angels (in Tempe): http://cactusleague.com/angels.php
Dodgers (in Phoenix-Glendale): http://cactusleague.com/dodgers.php
Brewers (in Phoenix): http://cactusleague.com/brewers.php
A’s (in Phoenix): http://cactusleague.com/athletics.php
Padres (in Peoria): http://cactusleague.com/padres.php
Giants (in Scottsdale): http://cactusleague.com/giants.php
Mariners (in Peoria): http://cactusleague.com/mariners.php
Rangers (in Surprise): http://cactusleague.com/rangers.php

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What To Do In Scottsdale – A Hike at Pinnacle Peak Mountain

Scottsdale was always my favorite vacation destination and it still is…even though I live here now.

Pinnacle Peak Mountain Pinnacle Peak Mountain 2 Pinnacle Peak Mountain 3 Pinnacle Peak Mountain 8

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There is so much natural beauty here. Hiking is a favorite activity of AZ residents and visitors alike. There are so many wonderful mountains to hike. To name a few in the area and a bit of a drive away:

  • Squaw Peak/Piestewa Peak
  • Pinnacle Peak Mountain
  • Camelback Mountain
  • South Mountain
  • The McDowell Mountains
  • The Grand Canyon (multiple trails)
  • Tom’s Thumb, North Side
  • Sedona (multiple trails)
  • Shaw Butte with towers
  • Deem Hills West with Summit
  • Thunderbird H-2
  • Deem Hills East
  • Dreamy Draw
  • Papago Park
  • Lost Dutchman State Park
  • Black Mountain

I am trying to hit all of them, little by little. But not far from our Troon North rental (you can see it from our rental home), Pinnacle Peak Mountain is a beautiful hike. You will notice that Arizona mountains have such a different view from each other and none are similar, which makes it so nice to try each of them. Pinnacle Peak Mountain is such a gorgeous mountain. The views are spectacular and there is a lot of green in the scenery, which is very different from many of the other mountains. It is, however, an easy hike, compared to a lot of the other mountains. But it is well worth the trip, especially on a sunny day with 73 degree weather, like my New Year’s Day hike.

Check out the photos on Flickr.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/breoaz/sets/72157635437705385/

For more general information on hiking in AZ, check out these sites:
http://www.everytrail.com/best/hiking-arizona
http://www.everytrail.com/best/hiking-phoenix-arizona
http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Hiking+Trails&find_loc=Phoenix%2C+AZ

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The Most Perfect Time to Visit Arizona

I consider the 2 most perfect months here in Scottsdale to be October and March. The weather is truly perfect, not too hot and not too cold. It is the reason we live here…for the weather in these 2 months. Now, this is not to say that September, November, February and April aren’t pretty damn near perfect. And December and January are nice but can be a little cold (by Arizona standards).

When I moved out here, I really made a promise to myself to do Arizona type things and take advantage of this spectacular weather. I went to Ballet Under the Stars (a fantastic experience if you like the Ballet), tubing down the Salt River and eating on the patio as often as possible. The Arizona State Fair is 3 weeks in October/November and there is always lots of great BBQ and good musical acts. It’s all good and life doesn’t get any better than this.

This is the perfect time to come out and visit this beautiful state. There are many outdoor fairs and festivals and of course, there is always lots of golf…spectacular golf.

Come out to Arizona and spend some time here.

Here are some ideas for things to do and festivals to enjoy:

OCTOBER

9-11: Arizona Dance Festival: Individual dancers and a variety of dance troupes, from emerging to professional perform. Guests include Conder Dance and Desert Dance Theatre. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. FREE. 480-962-4584, desertdancetheatre.org.

9-11: Greater Phoenix Greek Festival: Food, wines, pastries, a village market, art, music, jewelry and Greek dancing. James A. Speros Community Center, 1973 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix. $2. 602-264-7863, holytrinityphx.org.

Rt 66 Cultural Heritage Day9-10: Route 66 Cultural Heritage Days: Route 66 photo-journal exhibit, Taste of Williams. Downtown Williams. $25-$30. 928-635-4451, williamsarizona.gov.

9-11: Tucson Film and Music Festival: A celebration of the work of independent filmmakers and musicians of the Southwest with music and featured films. Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. $40. 520-622-8848, tucsonfilmandmusicfestival.com.

10: Fly-in and Classic Car Show: Static air show, aerobatic exhibit and pancake breakfast. Wickenburg Municipal Airport, 3420 W. Wickenburg Way. FREE. 928-684-6579, outwickenburgway.com.

10-11: Italian Street Painting Festival: SanTan Village, 2361 S. SanTan Village Parkway, Gilbert. FREE. 480-898-0228, shopsantanvillage.com.

10: Tour de Fat: New Belgium beer, parade, costumes, live entertainment, bike showcases and vendors. Tempe Town Lake, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. $5 for beer tokens. 480-350-8625, newbelgium.com.

10: Fiesta Glendale: Hispanic music, dances, food, crafts, fine art and a fiestas patrias ceremony. Downtown Glendale. FREE. 623-930-2299, glendaleaz.com.

10: Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest: Beer garden, Bavarian bands,oktoberfestlogomay08rgbwebsmall German food, dancing and contests. Margaret T. Hance Park 1134 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $5; free for age 12 and younger. 602-534-2406, phoenixoktoberfest.com.

Railroad Park10-11: Railfair: Railroad displays, demonstrations and concessions. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. $2 train rides; $1 carousel rides; free for age 3 and younger with adult. 480-312-2312, therailroadpark.com.

10-11: FallFest in the Park Arts & Crafts Show: Holiday arts, crafts and vendors. Montezuma and Gurley streets, Prescott. FREE. 928-445-2000, prescott.org.

16-Nov. 8: Arizona State Fair: Live music, home arts, booth games,AZ State Fair livestock, rides and food. Closed Mondays. State fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $6-$12; free for age 5 and younger. $7 lot parking. 602-258-6711, azstatefair.com. | Live music: State Fair lineup

17-18: Fall Plant Sale Festival: A variety of arid-adapted plants are for sale. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. FREE. 480-941-1225, dbg.org.

17: Community Street Faire: Clowns, pony rides, dunk tank and a rock-climbing wall. Resurrection Lutheran Church, 4930 E. Greenway Road, Scottsdale. FREE. 602-971-7979, rlc-scottsdale.org.

17: Third Annual Harvest Festival: Food, cornhusk dolls, face painting, live music and sale of arts, crafts and antiques. The Rosson House features the “Mourning in Victorian Times” exhibit. Rosson House Museum, 115 N. Sixth St., Phoenix. FREE. 602-262-5071, rossonhousemuseum.org.

22-29: The Great Pumpkin Festival: Hayrides, pumpkin patch, hay-bale maze, petting zoo and country music. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. $2-$17; free for age 3 and younger. 480-941-1225, dbg.org.

22: Black Crowes: Band performs hit songs such as “She Talks to Angels,” “Jealous Again” and “Hard to Handle.” State fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $15 reserved seating. 602-258-6711, azstatefair.com.

23-24: Mesa Storytelling Festival: Vendors, live music and storytelling by Bobby Norfolk, Motoko, Mary Gay Ducey and Dovie Thomason. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $15 per day; FREE on Saturday. 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.

23-25: Taste of Greece: Three-day festival features Greek cuisine, live entertainment, folk dancing, games, activities and raffle prizes. $5 or 5 for $20 for raffle tickets. St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 10320 N. 84th Ave., Peoria. $2; free for age 11 and younger, military and students with ID. 623-486-8665, peoriagreekfest.com.

23-25: Tucson Bluegrass Festival: Workshops, contests and music from the Gibson Brothers, Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike, Goldwing Express, the Brombies, the Headline Bluegrass Band and Jam Pak. Desert Diamond Casino, 7350 S. Nogales Highway, Tohono O’odham Reservation. $30 for weekend pass; $20 Saturday and Sunday; FREE Friday night and for age 16 and younger. 520-294-7777, desertbluegrass.org.

23-25: Fine Art and Craft Show: Southwestern decorative and handcrafted art. Frontier Town, 6245 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. FREE. 602-789-7222, dixiegreenpromotions.com.

23-25: Mesa Powwow: Intertribal Native American gathering and dance competition. Pioneer Park, 526 E. Main St. FREE. 602-799-0260, cityofmesa.org/parksrec.

24: World Water Day Festival: Hands-on water-related activities, presentations, magic tricks, recycling games and hiking. Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, 2439 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. FREE. 602-262-6863 or 602-262-6713, phoenix.gov/riosalado.

24-25: Anthem Autumnfest: Arts and crafts, food, kids zone and dance performances. Anthem Community Park Amphitheater, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. FREE. 623-742-6050, onlineatanthem.com.

24: Gilbert Family Halloween Carnival: Frankenstein’s Fishing Hole, ghost bingo, pumpkin decorating, inflatable bounces and slides, food and beverages, and live entertainment. Freestone Park, 1045 E. Juniper Ave, Gilbert. $4; free for age 3 and younger. 480-503-6200, ci.gilbert.az.us.

24-Nov. 1: Sedona Plein Air Festival: Live open-air painting sessions, demonstrations, workshops, guest speakers, a public exhibition and art sale of work from Sedona plein-air painters. L’Auberge de Sedona, 301 L’Auberge Lane. Prices vary. 928-282-1661, lauberge.com.

31: The Arizona Irish Festival: Irish music, dance performances, food and live entertainment. Halloween costumes encouraged. Irish Cultural Center 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $10; $1 for ages 6-12; free for age 5 and younger. 602-258-0109, azirishfestival.org.

31: Trunk or Treat Festival: Trick-or-treating out of car trunks, bone garden, phantom fun house and canine-costume contest. Desert Mountain Park, 22201 S. Hawes Road, Queen Creek. FREE. 480-358-3700, queencreek.org.

NOVEMBER

1: Great Cajun Cookoff and Food Fest: Amateur Cajun gumbo and jambalaya cooking contest, samples, and live music. Historic Heritage Square, 115 N. Sixth St., Phoenix. $25-$40. 602-262-5071, greatcajuncookoff.com.

1: Knock Out Parkinson’s Jazz and Blues Festival: Live music, buffet and silent auction. Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road. $75. 480-595-6890, parkinsonaz.org.

5-8: Arizona Classic Jazz Festival: U.S. and European bands perform. Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler. $35-$95. 480-620-3941, azclassicjazz.org.

6-8: Fine Art and Wine Festival: Wine, live entertainment and crafts from more than 160 artists. Carefree Town Center Amphitheater, 101 Easy St. $3; free parking. 480-837-5637, thunderbirdartists.com.

6-8: Tucson Celtic Festival: Beer garden, jumping castles, crafts, storytelling, petting zoo, life-size board game, Celtic dancing and food, historical re-enactments, sheepherding demonstrations, bagpipe bands, and athletic and musical competitions. Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. First Ave. $5-$12. 520-807-9509, tucsoncelticfestival.org.

7-8: Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts: The 39th year of the Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts features music, artists, wine tasting, and a book and antique sale. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Litchfield Park. FREE. litchfield-park.org.

14-15: Chiles and Chocolate Festival: Chocolate and salsas samples, cooking demonstrations, dance instruction, children’s activities, music and vendors. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. $5-$15. 480-941-1225, dbg.org.

14: Phoenix Faerie Festival: Crafts, fantasy artists, authors, music, dance performances, live performance theater, storytelling and masquerade ball. Estrella Mountain Regional Park, 14805 W. Vineyard Ave., Goodyear. $10. 623-932-3811, westerngatesfaerierealms.com.

20-22: Thunderbird Artists Fine Art and Wine Festival: WineFeatured-Art tastings, live music and art displays, boutiques and specialty stores. CityCenter at CityNorth, 5515 E. Deer Valley Drive, Phoenix. $3. 480-837-5637, thunderbirdartists.com.

27-28: Glendale Glitters: 1.5 million lights illuminate 12 blocks of downtown Glendale. Entertainment, food booths, handcrafted holiday gifts, children’s winter wonderland, horse-drawn-carriage rides, shopping and visits with Santa Claus. 5-10 p.m. Downtown Glendale. FREE. 623-930-2299, glendaleaz.com.

DECEMBER

Las Nochas de las Luminarias3-30: Las Noches de las Luminarias 2009: Each year during the holiday season the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix lines the paths of this extraordinary desert garden with thousands of luminarias for Las Noches de las Luminarias. Combine the evening desert glow, with the unique environment of the Desert Botanical Garden, entertainment, food, wine, and snacks, and Las Noches de las Luminarias is an event that you won’t want to miss. 480-941-1225, dbg.org.

4-6: Tempe Festival of the Arts: Art, gifts, hands-on kids activities, food and entertainment. Mill Avenue District, Mill Avenue and University Drive. FREE. 480-355-6075, tempefestivalofthearts.com.

12-13: Holiday Art and Music Festival: Live entertainment, art, kids activities, food and artist demonstrations in glassblowing, metals and ceramics. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. FREE. 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.

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Lots of Stuff Going On in Martha’s Vineyard

There is lots of excitement on the island right now.

 

First, there was the warning and worry about the possibility of Hurricane Bill arriving on the island this weekend.

 

Second, there is the excitement (or dread, not sure which one) about the arrival of the president and his family for a weeklong vacation on the Vineyard.

 

I am happy to see that Hurricane Bill did not cause big problems for Martha’s Vineyard. I was sad to hear the news about the young girl in Maine who died as a result of the hurricane. Thankfully, we are not hearing news like that about the Vineyard.

 

Video of beaches up and down the East Coast, including Martha’s Vineyard:

http://www.weather.com/multimedia/videoplayer.html?clip=15134&from=36hr_outlet_video

 

The Obamas have arrived! I guess it’s always exciting to have the president on the island. Hopefully their visit won’t disrupt vacationers’ (and our renters’) fun and planned activities. And hopefully the general public won’t disrupt the plans of the first family and allow them some privacy. Knowing the folks on the island, I think Martha’s Vineyard has proven itself to be a good place to go and allow famous people to go out and about without issue.

 

I read on Twitter, this past week, about 2 new island restaurants. If both restaurants are open during my fall visit to the island in October (for the wine festival and closing of our home for the season), I will make a point of trying both of them.

 

One of them, the Chilmark Tavern, is one I have heard about from my cousin. She had mentioned it and said it was good. Then I read this article in the Boston Herald, which confirms my cousin’s assertion.

 

I hear business has been tough on the island this summer season, so please go out and try these new restaurants and the ones I spoke about in my last posting.

 

State Road Restaurant

http://stateroadmv.com/

 

Chilmark Tavern

http://chilmarktavern.com/

 

Enjoy the week on the island. Eat, swim, bike and have a great vacation!

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New Restaurants and Old Stand-Bys on Martha’s Vineyard

New Restaurants and Old Stand-Bys on Martha’s Vineyard

I have let the busy-ness of life and work get in the way of posting to my blog. I MUST get out of that habit and get into a good habit of posting regularly.

When Ed and I were in Martha’s Vineyard prepping the house for the summer season, we tried some restaurants we had never tried before. Some were new restaurants and some were new to us but have been around for a while.

I also went to one very mediocre bar/tavern type restaurant in Oak Bluffs while I was on the island by myself and before Ed arrived. But I don’t want to mention the ones by name that aren’t worth mentioning. I will only name the ones we enjoyed.

Jimmy Seas, Oak Bluffs

We were in the mood for Italian but we had heard very mixed reviews on this restaurant. One of our friends absolutely loves this place while another thinks it is just “ok”. Our neighbor also thinks it’s just “ok”. But we really enjoyed it although the restaurant is very small. They serve extremely large portions (much like Carmine’s in NYC), like family style. For the two of us, we only ordered salads, 1 appetizer and 1 entrée and we still had a lot of food to bring home. You MUST like garlic because they use a ton of it on all their food. We ordered the roasted garlic appetizer, which was great. It’s big cloves of garlic in olive oil. Yummy! And we found the prices to be reasonable.

The Atlantic Fish & Chop House

While I was still by myself and eating out by myself before Ed’s arrival, I ate at the bar at Alchemy Bistro. The bar and wait staff told me that they had just gone to the opening of the Atlantic, the night before, and they were raving about it. So Ed and I decided to try it and we LOVED it. There’s a lot to love about this place. First, there is the spectacular view. The restaurant is right on the docks at the end of Main Street in downtown Edgartown. The food was excellent. If you like Lobster Mac and Cheese, you will love theirs. The steaks were great. The lobster was great. We also enjoyed the pub atmosphere. It’s an upscale pub atmosphere. We ended up going here twice within one week, we liked it so much. It’s not inexpensive, but it wasn’t more than any other place that’s considered fine dining.

The Wharf Pub

This place is a place I discovered in May 2008, when I was by myself. Ed could come to MV last year to help me prep the house due to a new job. So while I was exploring “new” places by myself, I came across the Wharf Pub, which I had seen a hundred times but had never gone in there. I was so pleasantly surprised by their food. It is a very casual place but the food is quite good. I have never been disappointed when I have gone. They have very good seafood dishes and even good pasta dishes. I found this restaurant to be reasonable priced and it’s a fun place to watch a baseball game. I took Ed here in October 2008 and we went here again this past May twice, once with friends.

Alchemy Bistro

This is also a place I discovered in May 2008, when my dear friend Joyce came up to MV to help me prep the house because Ed could not come that year. She and I tried this restaurant and really enjoyed it. I took Ed here in October 2008 and he also enjoyed it. I went here by myself before Ed arrived on the island and it was as good as ever. I had a wonderful seafood pasta dish and this restaurant is always busy, even when others are not. It’s worth going here. It’s not what I would call inexpensive but it is in line with pricing for fine dining. Their desserts are great too and they give you healthy portions. I had to take home half of my dessert, which was a yummy chocolate and cream cake.

David Ryan’s

This was a restaurant I hadn’t been back to since my best friend’s wedding rehearsal dinner in 1998. We have passed it a million times since then and just hadn’t stopped back in there, for no particular reason. I went there by myself (again) this year and had the absolute best fish and chips. They were great. And their spicy fries were also wonderful. The locals at the bar were quite entertaining. This restaurant is nicer than just a pub menu and the food was enjoyable. I also found it priced reasonably. It is located right in downtown Edgartown.

Lookout Tavern

This is a very casual place in Oak Bluffs. In fact, if I remember correctly, they serve you with plastic forks and knives. The lobster was good but this restaurant is strictly for the location. There is no better view of the water than at the Lookout Tavern. It is facing the water, right near the Oak Bluffs ferry. It’s the perfect place for a beer and a quick bite right before you board the ferry. On a sunny day, there is nothing better than that view. I am told the sushi is very good here and I have heard that now on several occasions. I am just afraid to try sushi at a pub but I am told it’s great. I’ll stick with the lobster. The prices are reasonable here.

Mediterranean

We went here with a group of friends and enjoyed our meal. I think I enjoyed this restaurant more than Ed did, but I liked their menu. They had quite a choice between tapas, appetizers, entrees and light meals. The desserts were good too, and large in size. The pricing was in line with the pricing of fine dining.

John’s Fish Market/Sandy’s Fish and Chips

Ok, so this is not exactly a restaurant but they make the BEST lobster roll sandwiches on the island, in our opinion. We have now tried several lobster roll elsewhere and we always come back to John’s. Unfortunately they close at the end of September so we won’t be able to go there when we head back to the island in October. Their seafood is awesome too. We often will buy lobsters to grill from them. They crack it for us and all we have to do is throw it on the grill. Delicious! They are located on State Road in Vineyard Haven.

Offshore Ale Co.

Located in Oak Bluffs, we first found this place a few years ago. It’s pub food but good pub food. How many pubs have you been to that have Truffle Parmesan Fries? They are delicious. Overall, we really like this place. You have a good choice of homemade brewed beers and the prices are reasonable. We go here every time we visit the island. This place is one of the favorites of my friend Joyce.

Plane View

This is a very small restaurant located at the Katama Air Field. You can watch planes come and go if they happened to be scheduled while you are there. There are also small planes just there at the airport for all to see. This restaurant is known for its great breakfast and we really enjoyed it. It’s very busy and chances are, you will have a wait. The prices are reasonable and we enjoy going here.

I will try to go back and think about other restaurants we enjoyed during other visits and post them. We will be visiting the island in October, to close down the house, and we definitely want to try other restaurants we have not yet tried. And we will have to continue our quest to find other delicious lobster roll sandwiches since John’s will be closed when we go back later this year.

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