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Meli Melo Travel

Culinary Weekend on Martha's Vineyard - DEPOSIT


Culinary Weekend on Martha's Vineyard - DEPOSIT

Meli Melo Travel

Culinary Weekend on Martha's Vineyard - DEPOSIT


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Celebrate the Fall Harvest on Martha's Vineyard With Local Chef and Cookbook Author Catherine Walthers! 

This artisanal food tour on the spectacular island of Martha’s Vineyard includes visits to small farms, an oyster-bed tour by boat (seen in photo), cooking and cocktail classes in Catherine's kitchen (in photo), dining at some of the island's best restaurants, beach walks, optional yoga and more. 

Guests will stay in Catherine's beautiful farmhouse in West Tisbury or another rental home on the island. Jenn Wolcott and her husband, Bernard Cabrera will assist with the tour. Jenn is founder of Meli Melo Travel, a tour company that specializes in thoughtfully crafted small-group culinary and cultural tours. She and Bernard have hosted many such tours in France, where he is from. Jenn also hosted culinary tours in the Azores, on the island of San Miguel, for two years. 

Catherine is not only a local chef on Martha's Vineyard and in the Boston area, but also a much sought-after cooking teacher and author of four cookbooks.

This is a uniquely local, once-in-a-lifetime tour. We expect it to sell out quickly so sign up soon to secure your spot!

The following is a DRAFT itinerary. It will likely change before the tour, and we will keep guests apprised of changes. 

Sept. 27-29, 2019 
Guests stay in two beautiful homes - either Catherine's home in West Tisbury or a nearby rental. 

Friday, Sept. 27:

Guests will be picked up at the 2:30 ferry from Woods Hole, which arrives at 3:15 into Oak Bluffs.

They will be assigned housing prior to the weekend and could drop off bags if staying at rental near Catherine's.Settle in, then tour Grey Barn farm across the street from Catherine's home and taste their award-winning organic cheeses.

About 6 pm: Welcome cocktail party featuring seasonal cocktails and delicious appetizers made with local ingredients, with some hands-on cooking as well as muddling, stirring, and shaking. 

Saturday, Sept. 28:
Breakfast at home. 
Early Bird’s Choice: Morning beach walk or yoga.

After breakfast, depart from houses to tour various farms around the island, possibly including Mermaid Farm (yogurt, cheese, lamb) and MV Mycological Mushroom Farm.

About 12 noon: Hands-on cooking class and lunch at Catherine's home. 

Late afternoon: Guests' choice - walking tour in Oak Bluffs (view the "Gingerbread"-style Victorian cottages, the bustling town, etc.), beach walk, or simply enjoy a bit of downtime at the house. 

Dinner at one of the island's finest farm-to-table restaurants. 

Sunday, Sept. 29:
Early breakfast, Jenn and Bernard serve guests sweet and savory crepes. 

After breakfast, depart for boat tour of oyster farm, including tasting of super-fresh oysters. (Weather permitting.) 

About 1 pm: Head to fishing village of Menemsha for lobster rolls enjoyed on the beach. (Weather permitting.)

Then depart for ferry back to the mainland. (The 2:30 ferry departs from Vineyard Haven and arrives in Woods Hole at 3:45 pm.)


Cost for all-inclusive weekend tour: $950 per person (king or queen bed and private bath), $850 (full bed, shared bath). 

For accommodations, since we’ll be staying in homes, not a hotel, we have a variety of rooms, and they will be booked on a first-come first-served basis. 

Payment may be made by credit card on the Meli Melo Travel web site: or via Pay Pal directly:

Non-refundable deposit of $150 is due right away to secure your spot. 

Remainder of payment due Aug. 20, 2019. 

If you must cancel, and you can find someone to take your spot and pay in full, we will offer a full refund. If you cannot find someone to take your spot, we will have to charge 50% (in addition to deposit) if cancelled before Sept. 1 and 100% if cancelled after Sept. 1. 

Contact Jenn Wolcott at or 978.460.4336. 

Thank you. 

We look forward to hosting you! 

Jenn & Catherine