What We Love
- A Historic Inn of America with plenty of New England charm, steps from the waterfrontThe fishing, kayaking and sailing expeditions that the staff can set up
- The clapboard architecture, some of it dating back to 1742
- The bikes that you can ride around bustling Edgartown and along the waterfront
What To Know
- You can borrow bikes to ride to Oak Bluff and Vineyard Haven
- Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and milk are offered each night
- Located in the middle of town so you can easily walk to nearby restaurants and shops
Looking to get away like a true New Englander? Look no further than Kelley House, in Edgartown, on Martha’s Vineyard. This beautiful property invites you to “live your location,” capturing all that makes its surroundings so charming, so you can get the full Vineyard experience. The colonial architecture is original – the building dates back to 1742 – and the laid-back lifestyle echoes that of the island: There’s a peaceful swimming hole for the warmer weather, and the Travel + Leisure-approved British-American restaurant serves fish and chips, while the poolside bar mixes margaritas and mules.
Edgartown too has a lot do and see. You can attend a concert at the Old Whaling Church, shop for the requisite Black Dog T-shirt, or watch the boats come in and out by the harbor. There’s also a ferry to Chappaquiddick, and buses travel to all the other popular towns and attractions: Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, the cliffs of Aquinnah. But if you’d rather spend your trip cycling around the quaint streets, you only need to borrow one of the bikes from Kelley House’s fleet. And if you’d like a go at all those preppiest of New England water sports, like kayaking, fishing or sailing, you only need to alert the hotel staff, and they’ll set up your seafaring excursion.
Rooms are distributed among four different historic buildings. Their accommodations vary in design and layout, but all have one amenity in common: warm cookies and milk each night. The Garden House offers 42 spacious abodes, which hold either one king or two double beds.
Amenities- Refrigerator?- Wi-Fi- Coffee and tea in the morning- Cable TV channels- Hair dryer- Iron and ironing board- Private parking area
The Newes From America is a British-American restaurant that Travel + Leisure hailed as one of the Vineyard’s best eateries. It’s set in a brick-walled Colonial, with a warm hearth for when the weather’s cold. Try the fish and chips – a must when you’re in Massachusetts – or one of the clam-chowder bowls or breakfast egg dishes (the eatery opens for three meals a day).
Along with the harbor, beaches and scenic bike paths are within easy reach of the hotel’s address. Also nearby are golf courses, art galleries, lighthouses, the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and the historic Flying Horses Carousel – the nation’s oldest operating platform carousel and a National Historic Landmark. And don’t forget to stop by the famous “gingerbread houses,” Carpenter Gothic-style Victorian cottages with intricate woodwork, which once welcomed dignitaries like Ulysses S. Grant and Harriet Beecher Stowe. If you want to try fishing, sailing or kayaking, the staff will help you arrange an outing, and bikes are complimentary to ride.
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We absolutely loved it. No detail overlooked and so courteous. Great spot. The use of the bikes was a great way to see the island. We could walk everywhere. It was clean and new and loved the outside bar and pool.
Excellent Service, Great Location, Awesome Pool, Fabulous Staff.
Located in the center of Edgartown, there is no better location.
Coffee in the morning, Cookies in the evening....Bikes available, beach towels, and The Newes Pub.
An awesome experience!!
Place was beautiful and location excellent. Gave you the feeling you were on the vineyard. Walked out our door and we were right in town. Had a great dinner at newsies which was casual. Great place for a girls trip and our place had 3 bedrooms and 3 baths
My husband and I visited the Kelly House for our 1 year anniversary. The staff was extremely attentive and polite. Bonnie, the site manager I believe, was so welcoming. She honored the upgrade that we qualified for, during our booking, and placed us in a beautiful suite. I would recommend The Kelly House to anyone visiting the Vineyard.
This was our 1st trip to the Vineyard. Our room and the Hotel were wonderful. The morning coffee and Muffins were a great option to get the day started and the cookies and milk a great way to end a wonderful day. We took frequent advantage of the Wave Bar, Myx Market and Newes from America Pub. They were all top notch and so convenient. The Pub had the best Corned Beef sandwich I ever had and I have had countless over the years to compare it to. If I ever visit the Vineyard again I wouldn't stay anywhere else. It was so convenient to all the great spots in Edgartown.