Edgartown in June

Last weekend we had big plans for a 4 day trip visiting Green Harbor, Marblehead, and Provincetown. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate so we had to change our plans. We cancelled Saturday (our first leg) and based on rain forecasts north, we decided to change everything and go as far south as possible instead. The new plan was Martha’s Vineyard for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. … Continue reading Edgartown in June

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

A Sneak Peak of Summer at The Lookout Tavern

Yesterday was a big day for partying. Not only was it Cinco De Mayo, but it was also Kentucky Derby Day. It turned out to be a nice day to take our first cruise to Martha’s Vineyard. It was a weird weather day. Friday night the wind howled and it was still blowing close to 20 when I went over to clean the windows for … Continue reading A Sneak Peak of Summer at The Lookout Tavern

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

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

The Final Weekend Tradition…

The time is near to close up the beach house and head to our winter home in the desert of Southern California. We had planned to get in one more cruise over the weekend, stay at Bowens in Newport, and attend the Seafood Festival with our dear old friends Peter and Mary Lee. Once again, the lousy weather of the summer of 2017 appeared and … Continue reading The Final Weekend Tradition…

Benjamin’s – Newport Rhode Island

I admit it, Mrs. Horne and I have been working hard to make up for lost time on Vigilant due to the wave of hurricanes that messed up the second half of September. Last week we ended up spending 3 days in Vineyard Haven thanks to some pea soup fog. This week we threw together a last minute overnight cruise to Newport with our #1 … Continue reading Benjamin’s – Newport Rhode Island

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 

Fogged In On Martha’s Vineyard 

Our quick overnight trip to Oak Bluffs became an adventure when we woke up Wednesday morning to near zero visibility in the fog.  I was hoping it would burn off like it did on Tuesday but it looked darker. Still, it was a little erie and beautiful at the same time.  Dock Building in the Fog Oak Bluffs seems to have become a major recipient … Continue reading Fogged In On Martha’s Vineyard 

Oak Bluffs – An Ideal Autumn Destination

After cancelling a couple of trips early this month due to nearby hurricanes, Mrs. Horne and I decided to take a spur of the moment overnight cruise on Tuesday. She was arriving that morning after caring for her dear mother Doris and I had no idea exactly where we were going until she arrived. I was determined to go somewhere we hadn’t visited this summer … Continue reading Oak Bluffs – An Ideal Autumn Destination

Ernie’s Block Island Breakfast

Today I’ll be continuing my series of reviews on the various attractions on Block Island with my review of Ernie’s restaurant. Like Ballard’s Inn, Ernie’s is a mere 1,000 feet from Ballard’s Marina. And much as ending our days listening to John Brazile at Ballard’s Inn became a daily routine, breakfast at Ernie’s was our go-to breakfast spot. As you may know, I love going … Continue reading Ernie’s Block Island 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 – Mattapoisett

I’ve written a few stories about dining in Mattapoisett and The Mattapoisett Boatyard and decided it was time to tie them all together with a Destination Report. Why Mattapoisett? I’ve boated and lived in Mattapoisett since I was a kid, so it was never a destination to me. The truth is, it’s not really a destination anyone ever mentions, but it’s really a great one… … Continue reading Destination – Mattapoisett

Big Day With The Little Prince

My grandson Jack will be 3 in September. Although he’d been out on Tenacity at 9 months and 21 months, he never really got into boating until yesterday. Yep, I’m Papi; you gotta have a special name for your grandkids. Anyway, as soon as Jack figured out that he wasn’t going to be driving the boat, he settled into the side lounge and gazed out … Continue reading Big Day With The Little Prince

The Sail Loft – Padanaram

This is quickly becoming my Sunday afternoon hang-out. My friends Ken Richard and Neal McCarthy seem to have a standing gig there from 3-6 on Sundays, it’s seldom crowded around 3:00 and they have a limited free Dock and Dine deal going with South Wharf (just make sure you bring plenty of dockhand tip cash). Not only does the Sail Loft have all that going on, … Continue reading The Sail Loft – Padanaram