You perused the real estate listings all winter looking for that perfect Vineyard rental home. You made contact. You secured the dates. Now here are a few more things to consider in advance so that, upon arriving on-Island, all you have to think about is kicking off those city shoes and getting your toes in the sand.
Boat reservation. You’ve probably thought ahead on this one, but if you plan on bringing a car, the time to book is about a week ago. So hop on www.steamshipauthority.com and get your transportation lined up.
Additional rentals. Need beach chairs? Car seats? A pack-and-play for your friend’s baby who’s coming for the weekend? All of these things and more are available for rental from various Vineyard sources so you can save room in the car for bathing suits and mindless paperbacks.
Batteries not included. Check your rental agreement for anything you might be responsible for bringing on your own. Many rentals do not include linens; if this is the case, don’t forget to pack sheets, pillowcases, towels, and—of course—beach towels.
Stock the cupboards. There are various concierge services that will be happy to stock the refrigerator—and the liquor cabinet, if you so choose—prior to your arrival for a small fee. Nothing like having the wine and cheese already there to greet you as you begin your vacation.
Advance book your fun. Most want nothing more than to lounge on the beach with a book and listen to the waves lap gently on the shore, but there are many other activities to consider during your vacation, and some you might want to get a jumpstart on. Byplane rides, tee times, fishing charters, summer camps for the kiddies—all of this can be lined up in advance.
Don’t forget your gear. The swimsuit and SPF have been waiting all winter, but don’t forget other clothing you might need. Should you plan on tennis or golf, check ahead for dress codes. Private clubs may require tennis whites or collared shirts.
Throw away the rulebook. Now that you’ve gotten all of this squared away, sit back, relax and enjoy your vacation. You’re on Vineyard time.