Many people ask us, "What is Chappy Happy?" Chappaquiddick, or Chappy, was a place my Father went in the summer to "get happy" and eat his lobsta dinners! We thought it would be nice to share some Chappaquiddick history with those of you who may be new to Chappy. While our name originates from this small island clinging to Martha's Vineyard, we're truly about living life and staying positive no matter where you are, where you have been or where you are heading. Martha's Vineyard holds a very special place in our hearts and we hope you are able to find your "Chappy Happy" spot, too!
Chappaquiddick Island (Wampanoag: Noepetchepi-aquidenet; colloquially known as "Chappy") is a small island connected to the eastern end of Martha's Vineyard and is part of the town of Edgartown, Massachusetts. Norton Point, a narrow barrier beach, connects Martha's Vineyard and Chappaquiddick between Katama and Wasque (pronounced way-sqwee). Occasional breaches occur due to hurricanes and strong storms separating the islands for periods of time. Most recently, the two were separated for 8 years, reconnecting on April 2, 2015. During times at which Chappaquiddick is connected, it is technically considered a peninsula of Martha's Vineyard.
Visitors come to the isolated island for beaches, cycling, hiking, nature tours and birding, and the MyToi Gardens, a small Japanese garden created amidst the native brush. The island has one business, the Chappy Store, occasionally open during the summer months to serve basic needs. Two fire trucks are stationed on the island from Edgartown. Chappaquiddick Road and Pocha Road, both paved, provide access to sandy, woodland roads, trails, and shorelines.