Escape to Charlotte Island
Welcome to Charlotte Island, seven miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A longtime summer destination, the island is dotted with harbor towns and lighthouses, sandy beaches and farmland. You can only get here by boat or air. Charlotte Island holds many memories for those who have visited, and many more for those who live here. The Charlotte Island series offers you books of emotion, love, struggle, and triumph. The characters and their stories will touch your heart and keep inviting you back for more.
About Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
(The inspiration for Charlotte Island)
I grew up in Massachusetts and have made several trips to Martha’s Vineyard over the years. It is the inspiration for Charlotte Island. However, as in all fiction, the characters, places, and events are a product of my imagination. Nonetheless, here is a little overview of the island that is the inspiration behind Charlotte Island.
In 1602, Bartholomew Gosnold, a British fisherman, discovered the Island and named it after his firstborn daughter and the thick vegetation.
The Island is roughly triangular-shaped with its base the straight south shore, and northern points facing Cape Cod. It is 9 miles (12.8k) wide and 26 miles (40k) long at its furthest points; the total land area is approximately 96 square miles. Martha’s Vineyard has a total of 124.6 miles of tidal shoreline spread over six small towns, and approximately one-third of the Island’s land mass is protected – meaning it will never be developed.
The population changes dramatically from one season to the next. Martha’s Vineyard has a year-round population of about 15,500 swelling to 115,000 in the summer. Approximately 63% of the Island’s housing stock is second homes for seasonal residents, and an additional 10,000 visitors are coming and going on ferries, in private boats and via air travel every day mid-June through Labor Day.
The shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn are perfect times to enjoy our temperate climate, diverse festivals, natural beauty and lower price points for lodging. Winter holds the magic of Vineyard holidays, cozy inns and B&Bs and the romance and tranquility of seemingly having the Vineyard all to yourself.
What makes Martha’s Vineyard such a special place?
- Authenticity: No chain stores, restaurants or hotels here; rather, a perfect place for entrepreneurs, and to find one-of-a-kind shopping, dining and lodging.
- Lifestyle: A vibrant arts and culture scene means that year round you can enjoy sophisticated experiences such as galleries, live music, theatre, dance and exciting speakers series in a wonderfully casual environment.
- Romance: If your idea of romance is being out all day, enjoying the robust natural beauty in any number of ways, and then enjoying a fabulous meal or delightful entertainment or a cozy blanket on the beach for sunset, then you can’t help but fall in love.
- Ahh, the FOOD! Local farms, plentiful oceans and local commitment to sustainable agriculture means whether you’re at a picnic table or the finest restaurant, you will enjoy wonderful locally grown, made or caught food prepared with you in mind.
- Casualness: Nearly every native has a great story to tell about being an extra in JAWS or meeting President Clinton; Dressing up means exchanging your flip-flops for sandals; You swear you just passed a celebrity on the bike path; Island time is anything within 15 minutes is “on time”; What’s a tie?
Source: Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce – http://www.mvy.com/press-room/island-information