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If you're coming to Martha's Vineyard this summer and plan on bringing a car .... 

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Thursday 5th January until tuesday 11th January 2017 - Island residents that are part of the Excursion or Preferred Program, can book up to 5 ferry reservations for summer travel. Some generous home owners, can offer up to three of these to be transferred, and some do so as part of their rental. But if not, dont worry, the the advance reservation program for visitors opens up on the 12th January if you are booking online or by mail and on the 19th January if you want to book in person or by phone.

September rolled in with Tropical Storm Hermine and we concluded summer 2016, with a turbulent Labor Day weekend. We were treated to some amazing sunsets before the storm, Fridays being one of the most spectacular that I've ever seen. Then Saturday brought travel advisories that sent vacationers into a bit of a panic for fear of being stuck, and the Steamship Authority struggled to get people off the island.

Vineyard visitors and renters who are planning on bringing a car to the Island this summer can book their ferry reservations online tomorrow morning, Tuesday January 11th from 7:30am (eastern time) by visiting the Steamship Authority at