About Don and Kathy Welch
Welcome to our family home! We have been on the Vineyard for over 40 years where we enjoy not only the entire island but also visits from our children and grandchildren. Recently we started wintering in Key West, Florida (where the above picture was taken by Key West's 'parrot man'), but we still spend late Spring, the Summer and late Fall on the Vineyard. Throughout the years we have worked to improve the condition, appearance, cleanliness, amenities of our home with equal emphasis on landscaping which is our passion. We truly believe that you will feel right at home and that you will have a great vacation. Our goal is to make our home your home away from home! Thanks, Don and Kathy Welch.
Why we chose Katama
Katama is one of the most desirable areas on Martha's Vineyard.The word 'Katama' comes from a Wampanoag word meaning 'crab-fishing place.' The terrain is a flat out-wash plain, characterized by sandy soil and few trees. It is sometimes referred to as the 'Great Plains.' Katama has been a popular summer resort since the late 1800s. Our Katama home is strategically located close to South Beach/Katama Bay and the Village of Edgartown. Better yet, it is located on a private and quiet road, just a short walk to 1) the island-wide biking trails, 2) a Vineyard Transit Authority bus stop which goes to South Beach and then returns to Edgartown where you can connect to all island destinations and 3) the Katama Airfield.
Just down the road from us are South Beach ( public beach with summer lifeguards, restrooms and free parking) and Katama Bay's public boat landing ramp which, since it is protected by a barrier beach, is particularly safe for kayaking and is also a great spot for shell fishing, not to mention boat launching.
Or you may want to visit the close by Katama Farm which is owned by the Town of Edgartown and leased to The Farm Institute a nonprofit teaching farm that educates and engages children and adults in sustainable agriculture through the diverse operations of a working farm by providing year-round educational programs offering learning experiences in: Farming (field crops, produce, fruit, hay); Land preservation; The culture and history of Martha's Vineyard farming; Nutritional awareness; and Humane livestock management (cattle, poultry, swine, sheep, goats).
And a favorite for all, check out the Right Fork Diner 508-627-5522 (Summer only) at 12 Mattakesett Way (right at Katama Field Airport). Food is served inside or on their deck right in the middle of Katama Airfield so you can watch the private planes take off and land.The bi-plane tours of the island are fun too.