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Lawn Games and the Yard

Occasionally I get asked about the use of the yard for games. We think that the yard is a great feature of the house and want to encourage it’s use. Unfortunately the use of the yard can rise above what one might consider normal wear and tear. A bunch of 5 year...

Beach Chairs and Umbrellas

We have a selection of Tommy Bahama beach chairs with backpack straps ideal for biking or walking to the beach. These are pretty good models. We have six on hand (last I checked) along with two umbrellas...

Ticks and Lyme Disease

I don’t want to be an alarmist but knowing about ticks is VERY important. Prevention starts with you. You cannot be clueless and careless especially where Deer Ticks are prevalent. Martha’s Vineyard is an island of mostly sand. The population changes...

A celebration of a man and his family

There is no doubt that the house is perfect for family reunions and celebrations but it is rare that it gets used by such a wonderful group with such a colorful story. Paul Simko celebrated his 90th Birthday surrounded by his large family who came from as far away as...

WiFi in this old house

Here on the island you have two choices of Internet provider, Verizon (no FIOS yet) and Comcast. The Verizon is provided over DSL using a POTS (plain old telephone service) copper wires coming in. The DSL service is generally slow. Since many of our guests are working...

Owning a Vacation Rental

Owning a vacation rental property is no walk in the park. There are many challenges to overcome and many distractions you will encounter. My first house was a three family home. I lived upstairs and rented out the bottom two apartments. As my family grew we took over...