What’s the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon on Buzzards Bay?

The Sox don’t play til 7:00 and Pats don’t play til 8:20, so what’re you gonna do this afternoon? We have one or two days left on Buzzards Bay In 2018. Mrs. Horne and I are going to start clearing stuff out of Vigilant before she’s hauled for the season. Then we’re heading to Oaks Bluff for lunch. If your boat’s already been hauled, or … Continue reading What’s the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon on Buzzards Bay?

Cuttyhunk Marina With Slip Numbers and Map

Mrs. Horne and I returned to Cuttyhunk for an overnight stay last week. It was very special since it’s just a few weeks short of 38th wedding anniversary when we spent our Honeymoon there on my father’s 25′ C&C Sailboat – The Banana Split. A lot has changed and mostly for the better! Back then there were no slips, it was all straight wharfs, but … Continue reading Cuttyhunk Marina With Slip Numbers and Map

The Seafood Shanty – Edgartown (2018 Update)

The Seafood Shanty has always offered just about everything you could want in a Seaside Eatery – Ocean Views, Great Food, and Super Friendly Service. But I was always a little disappointed when sat at a table on the outside deck. During the off-season they completed a major renovation that dramatically improved the second floor dining experience and for that reason I decided to update … Continue reading The Seafood Shanty – Edgartown (2018 Update)

West Island Marina – Buzzards Bay’s Newest Dock and Dine

You know what they say about waterfront property? They aren’t making any more of it! And this is even more true in New England with all the zoning restrictions on every inch of our seacoast. As I’ve pointed out in the past, many oceanfront restaurants eventually fail and end up as private residences – never to serve the public again! Here in Mattapoisett, the Silver … Continue reading West Island Marina – Buzzards Bay’s Newest Dock and Dine

The Wharf Pub – Newport

Monday morning Mrs. Horne decided that we’d take advantage of a beautiful 75 degree day and head to Newport for a mini vacation (full story to follow). Although we mostly enjoyed our favorite restaurants, we did find time to try a new one – The Wharf Pub located right off Bowens Wharf. I admit having walked by The Wharf Pub dozens of times and never … Continue reading The Wharf Pub – Newport

Falmouth Friday

Our quest for preseason seaside eating and free Dock and Dine continued Friday when we visited Falmouth for a little late Cinco De Mayo with our favorite yacht broker – Joyce Richards of Boston Yacht Sales. Falmouth was one of the first Dock and Dine reports I ever did, but Friday was the first visit in our largest boat – Vigilant. The free dockage is … Continue reading Falmouth Friday

Destination – Martha’s Vineyard

Growing up in Mattapoisett, Martha’s Vineyard was always the island we saw off in the distance just outside of Buzzards Bay. But when it came to boating, it was always “so close, and yet so far.” Those of us who boat on Buzzards Bay are quite fortunate to have such an exotic venue so close. People all over the world know about the Vineyard. It … Continue reading Destination – Martha’s Vineyard

The Harborside Inn – Edgartown

In 2017, Edgartown eliminated their free blue town moorings and put all their moorings on Dockwa for $40 for 11:00 AM through 10:00 AM regardless of how long you stay. Want to stay over night for 23 hours? It’s $40. Want to stay for 2 hours and go to lunch? Its still $40! On top of that, those cool Vineyard Vines launches are $4/head each way. … Continue reading The Harborside Inn – Edgartown

First Cruise of 2018 – Back to the F/V

The season began today as Mrs. Horne, her sister Paula and I kicked things off with a little Dock and Dine. Considering that it snowed here 3 weeks ago, the temperature forecast was unbelievable – mid 70’s. Of course it’s May 2nd so the wind forecast was more typical for Buzzards Bay – light winds in the morning followed by a steady 20+ knot southwest … Continue reading First Cruise of 2018 – Back to the F/V

22 Bowens – Newport Rhode Island

My new favorite marina in Newport is Bowens. I love it because it’s right in the center of the action on the Newport Waterfront. I also love the fact that you dock east-west which allows you to dock stern out and get a view of Newport Harbor without being blocked by mega yachts that require the deeper water. We first docked and dined at Bowens … Continue reading 22 Bowens – Newport Rhode Island

Calaveras – Block Island

When we arrived at Ballard’s Marina, we asked Breezy (the Dockmaster) for some local restaurant recommendations and one of the first she mentioned was Calaveras, a Mexican establishment. You have to understand, Mrs. Horne and I spend our winters in the desert of Southern California about 75 miles north of the border. Not only do we have many Mexican neighbors, but we’re also surrounded by … Continue reading Calaveras – Block Island

The Oar – Block Island

In 2016 we made our first trip to Block Island and we stayed at The Block Island Boat Basin in New Harbor. We had planned to stay for 3 days, but ended up getting bumped by an incoming tropical storm. Fortunately, we ate at The Oar the first night! That Beach Club Feel It’s funny how the restaurants on Block Island vary wildly in atmosphere. … Continue reading The Oar – Block Island

Dead Eye Dick’s – Block Island

One of the nicest aspects to acquiring our first cruising boat Tenacity has been visiting Block Island at the same time my cousin Sharon and her family are there at her home. We never know how many cousins will be there, but in 2017, it was a dozen so we ate at the only place on Block Island that would take a reservation for 12 … Continue reading Dead Eye Dick’s – Block Island

Final Cruise of 2017 – Fisherman’s View Restaurant 

All good things must come to an end and so it goes for our 2017 season on our new Back Cove 41 Vigilant.  She was Christened on April 24 which means she’s been in the water almost 6 months.  We put 125 hours on her this summer and somewhere around 2,000 miles.   Final Friday  We leave our beach house for the winter on Sunday … Continue reading Final Cruise of 2017 – Fisherman’s View Restaurant 

The Copper Wok Saves Breakfast 

Mrs. Horne’s sister Paula and 5 of her girlfriends came to visit this weekend to celebrate her birthday on Buzzards Bay.  Many of them had never been to Martha’s Vineyard so we were planning on taking them to Edgartown on Saturday.  Unfortunately, it was another one of those weekends with a rainy Saturday! Sunday looked like it would be a much nicer day so I … Continue reading The Copper Wok Saves Breakfast 

September At Fisherman’s View

As you know, I’m a huge fan of F/V (that’s how the Fisherman’s View refers to themselves). I love the ride up the canal, I love the indoor water view, and I love the food. Speaking of food, here’s a review I did a while back. Saturday I took Mrs. Horne and six of her childhood friends out for the day and lunch at the … Continue reading September At Fisherman’s View

Destination – Cuttyhunk

After a great early dinner on Friday at The Chartroom and a surprisingly pleasant gray day cruise to Edgartown, we wrapped up our annual weekend with the McGrath family with a visit to Cuttyhunk. I haven’t been there is a while mostly because the food options are pretty sketchy. If you’re in the same boat, you may want to stay tuned, I think they’ve gotten … Continue reading Destination – Cuttyhunk

Menemsha and the Jimmy Buffett State of Mind!

Saturday was an odd day. It was very sunny when I woke up, but quickly grayed to a thin haze. Mrs. Horne was coming home around 11:00 and our dear old friends Peter and Mary Lee were arriving at 1:00. Since this was their only visit this summer, I wanted to make it memorable. I told Peter to meet us Mattapoisett Boat Yard since it … Continue reading Menemsha and the Jimmy Buffett State of Mind!