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.
How to Get There
Great weekend at Kelley House. Newly renovated. Very friendly staff. Located within easy walking distances to pubs and restaurants. Great time to go. Room rates are obviously MUCH cheaper than the summer.
My wife and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on February 1, 2019. For a Christmas present, I surprised her with a special getaway at the Kelley House in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. It took me until February 12 to write about it, not because I didn’t have enough to say but because I had too much.
A 50th anniversary had to be special. With trips already planned for warmer destinations and our goal to share the occasion with our children, being close to home made sense. My wife simplified my decision-making by her reaction to the Hallmark movie, A Godwink Christmas, which takes place on Martha’s Vineyard. That set me on a mission to investigate the choices available.
I wanted a place that was a short walking distance to local shops and restaurants open during the winter. It needed to be large enough to feel roomy, yet quaint enough to provide a warm, welcoming feeling and positively reviewed by the people who stayed there.
Most reviewers described the Kelley House as clean, cozy and comfortable and multiple people made a point of the special attention they received from Bonnie. By the time I called, I felt as if I already knew her. I booked a standard room from Thursday, January 31 to Saturday, February 1. When I mentioned our anniversary, Bonnie immediately upgraded our room. I inquired about special requests like flowers delivered to the room, restaurant recommendations, entertainment (On an island, mid-week, in mid-winter) and a couple’s massage. Nothing fazed her. She made some recommendations and said that another staff person would connect with me to continue the planning. When I called the following day, Elena immediately set about making the needed arrangements. The next day, Sarah called me mid-day to let me know she had received my requests and was already working on them.
When we arrived, Sarah directed us to our third-floor suite with a private balcony overlooking the water. She asked if we needed help with the luggage and I said no but we were greeted at our car by Carlos, who helped carry our luggage to the third floor and then refused a tip, saying it was his pleasure to help. The flower arrangement was in the room as ordered, along with a hand-written note from Sarah congratulating us on our anniversary and offering any additional help. That evening we had a terrific dinner at the hotel’s News From America Restaurant, after which we attended a concert featuring traditional Irish folk music. Because we were out, we missed the evening milk and cookies. When we returned, we found the chocolate-chip cookies in our room, along with oatmeal raisin cookies for me because I mentioned my allergy to chocolate when making the reservations.
The next morning we ate at the Edgartown Diner: a delightful 50s style diner that served two perfectly prepared breakfasts. Then we enjoyed our couple’s massage at the Sea Spa. Since Friday evening was our last anniversary dinner on the Vineyard, I asked for recommendations. Elena suggested the Copper Wok in Vineyard Haven for its pleasant atmosphere, reasonable prices, generous portions and delicious food. She did not mention the outstanding service.
When I said we had reservations, the manager, Tom, smiled broadly and said, “Yes you do!” and escorted us to our booth centered on the back wall of the restaurant. The Kelley House had contacted the restaurant to make the reservations and told them about our anniversary. A bouquet of cut flowers was centered on the table. To say that our server was pleasant and attentive would be an understatement. The food was everything Elena promised and the waitress brought us a free desert. After the meal, we attended another concert only a brief walk from the restaurant. Once again, the hotel had made the reservations for us. It was a magical evening.
We left Saturday morning and on the way out we finally sampled the Kelley House’s famous home-made muffins. Had we known how delicious they were, we would not have missed them on Friday. Our final stop before boarding the ferry was another Kelley House recommendation: breakfast at the Black Dog Tavern. It was a unique and memorable eating experience.
I was hesitant booking an important anniversary event on an island in the winter. The care and attention of all of the staff at the Kelley House made my concern unwarranted. It was an anniversary we will not forget and our sincere thanks go out to all who made it such a special occasion.
Clean, rooms were very good in size,clean as a whistle and beautiful. Every day tea, coffee, hot choc. and toll house homemade cookies were to die these were put out at night. Morning homemade great selection of muffins,coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Beautiful space room downstairs with firer place and navy blue couches and chairs to relax with your company.
I was at this hotel in June 2018 and January 2019 was not disappointed either time. Great location nice accomadations. Great staff no complaints when I blew the fuse with my hair dryer in the bathroom they reset it within 5 minutes now that’s beingbon their A game.
Traveling to Martha's Vineyard in February is risky. A snow storm could easily make it very difficult to get there especially if there are high winds and the ferry isn't running. It's a risk you take when making reservations in advance. For us the weather was cold but clear so our trip to and from went well.
The Kelly House looks great with all the updates recently done.The staff was welcoming and professional. Our room for the price was outstanding.
They now have a restaurant/pub with a very cool New England atmosphere.
One suggestion for older folks like us --- they don't have an elevator at this time so try and book your room on the first floor. Our room was on the third floor but as we hit the stair master and treadmill every day it wasn't a problem. Not bad for a couple in their mid sixties!
This hotel is rapidly improving so as good as it now is we see it getting even better as it continues to evolve. Good place.