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
I highly recommend the Kelley House if you visit the Vineyard.The staff was so very friendly and suggested several places to visit and eat while we were there. The room was warm and inviting, well decorated and very clean. The restaurant on property was also excellent. And it was within walking distance of the water, lighthouse and main shopping area in Edgartown.
We stayed in the main guest house and it was lovely. Our room had a classic New England feel. I loved the bead board ceiling, dark blue painted ceiling in bathroom, the updated bathroom, nice area rug over the hardwoods, extremely comfortable beds and bedding. The free WiFi and cable was nice along with the miniature fridge. We enjoyed the muffins in the morning and cookies at night served in the lobby. It’s centrally located in Edgartown within easy walking distance to everything! We enjoyed walking around the area and seeing the lovely home and quaint shops. Parking wasn’t a problem at all. If we ever make it back to Martha’s Vineyard we will definitely stay here again.
We stayed in the carriage house, and it was by far our favorite lodging on the Vineyard!!! Pet - friendly, it's a bonus that while in the carriage house you are in your own building. The room itself if comfortable and spacious. Morning coffee and evening cookies at the lobby are a must, as is a stop at the Newes from America - our favorite pub on the island. Couldn't be happier with our stay!
The Kelley House has always been our favorite place to stay on the Vineyard, and after a renovation, it is even better. We loved the beadboard ceilings, the recessed lighting, and the great LED frame around the bathroom mirror. The super-thick mattresses made us wish we could pack them up and bring them home with us! The extra touches like morning coffee and muffins and evening cookies and milk continue to be a delight. We love this place!
I have stayed at the Kelley House numerous times. It’s always a pleasant experience. The rooms are very comfortable and the setting is very quaint. I love the decor and it’s nice to go visit The Newes from America pub. It’s a great place to get away for a few days.