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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many couples do you have double beds for?

A: Up to seven couples can have double bed accommodations. There are 4 rooms with double beds on the second floor. One the first floor there is a queen with ensuite bath and a front room with a very comfortable pull out queen bed. On the top floor there are two beds that can be moved together. This is the only bedroom in which we allow the beds to be moved together.

Q: How Much Parking is there?

A: You can park 3 large cars and 4 smaller cars at the house. We have a very narrow driveway since cars did not exist when the house was built. Only experienced drivers should park the car up the driveway. Honestly you do not need that many cars on island and should leave as many on the mainland as you can. We have people who do not bring a car at all. Most everything is within walking distance and the Taxi service is excellent. The local taxi companies mostly use vans (11 to 14 passengers) so you can move all at once, say to a restaurant. The local police are strict on DUI so don’t take the chance. There is also Uber on the island and many are using this popular service. A discussion on parking at the house is in our house manual.

If you must bring extra cars you can park up at the Harbor View hotel where you may need to tip the staff for valet parking.

There is no overnight street parking and a limit of a few hours for daytime parking.
See my longer discussion on making your Vineyard vacation auto-hassle free here.

Q: Can I bring my pet?

A: We discourage pets from visiting the island but can, on special occasions, make an exception. Pet information is here.

Q: What is the weather like?

A: Martha’s Vineyard is an island well off the coast of New England. The weather can change quickly from hot to cold. It is always a good idea to check the weather forecast before venturing out and to bring a wide variety of clothes to  the island. Islanders where practical clothing and you will find few occasions to wear fancy clothes unless you are attending a special event or club. A guide to the seasonal weather pattern is here.

Q: Can I use an insurance program for my Security Deposit?

You can use insurance to protect yourself from inadvertent damage. This is up to your to purchase this for yourself. We still require a security deposit of $3,000 that is paid in advance. Special events and wedding parties are subject to a higher deposit, typically $5,000 – more info

Q: How are Security Deposits handled?

Nothing can cause more heartburn than security deposits. I have found that regardless of the cause of a charge for damage each tenant will have a very different reaction. For some it is no big deal, for some it is treated as a personal insult. I have found that NO amount of explanation is sufficient to breach this divide.

If you think about it having 20 or more guests in your house means 20 people that you cannot control yet are responsible for. You know what you did but do you know what those distant cousins did?  Be assured that I have given this subject a lot of thought and try to be as transparent and fair as I can.  more info

Q: How do I host an event at the house

A: Any event at the house that is less than 30 people total requires no notice or permission. Events over this amount can be held but you should let me know so you don’t inadvertently violate the terms of your lease which states the “Premises shall be used for living purposes only and shall not be used for large events, corporate functions, meetings, receptions, parties or any other similar event involving more than 25 people unless approved in writing by the LANDLORD.”

The event site component is separate from the lease and depends on how big you make it. My desire in charging a fee is to simply allow the property to stand up to the wear and tear of large events. A string quartet would not cost as much as a blues band due to the dancing on the lawn wear and tear. Any event under 50 people I generally do not charge for unless a tent gets put up.
Complete information on events is here.

Q: How do I do my own clambake at the house

A: As far as clambakes go the individual cost of the bake and bake master can be quite high and the fancier you try to make it the cost goes up.
An inexpensive way to do a clambake is simply order the lobsters steamed from Edgartown Seafood or Edgartown Meat Co.. They do this (or at least they did) at no charge so you pay just the cost per pound. You then use the large coolers (in my basement) to pick up the lobsters and deliver them to the back yard at the appointed time.
My parents used to do this with great success for groups of 15 or so and it can easily scale up to about 40 or so.
Add to the lobsters some steamed corn, large tossed salads, chowder and bread and you have a “bake” for around $25 a head.
A small size keg of beer and some large format wine(Our Market delivers and takes away unopened liquor) and you are done.