7 Picture-Perfect Hotels on Martha’s Vineyard
Rustic farmland. Pristine beaches framed by windswept dunes. Seaside towns aglow with periwinkle hydrangeas. This bucolic New England island, just 40 minutes from Cape Cod and accessible only by plane or ferry, feels as remote as it is luxuriously slow-paced. Here are seven beautiful Martha's Vineyard hotels to book on your next visit.
The Harbor View Hotel
Few Martha's Vineyard sleeps are as iconic as the Harbor View Hotel, an 1891 institution steps from downtown Edgartown. Visit this summer and you’ll be among the first to experience its $30 million renovation, which brightened up guest rooms with nautical-inspired mahogany and brass details and blue-and-cream color palettes that complement the stunning water views of the Edgartown lighthouse and nearby Chappaquiddick island. If you’re planning an extended stay, consider renting a one-, two-, or three-bedroom cottage, which come with kitchens and laundry rooms. Don't feel like cooking (or wandering too far from your home away from home)? Book a table at one of two new restaurants on property: Bettini is great for an upscale meal while Roxanne Bar offers more casual Asian-, Mediterranean-, and New England-inspired small plates, from mini lobster rolls to Bluefin tuna tartare.
This Victorian-style inn—one of three Martha’s Vineyard properties by Lark Hotels—sits on quiet South Water Street just a minute’s walk from Edgartown's main shopping and dining street. Guest rooms are beach-chic, with local artwork hanging on the patterned walls and lots of cream, blue, and teal hues, but we bet you'll be spending more time on the large outdoor patio, whose fire pit makes it the perfect hangout for enjoying a sunset cocktail. Breakfast (think cinnamon swirl bread, blueberry scones, fresh fruit, and baked eggs) is included in your stay, but if you're in too much of a hurry to get to the beach, not to worry—staff will pack you pastries to go.
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Winnetu Oceanside Resort
Beach lovers look no further than the Winnetu, which includes a private path that connects the resort directly to South Beach. The main house—a New England style-mansion with weathered grey shutters, white trimming, and hanging vines—overlooks a giant lawn that features a putting green, a badminton court, and a tranquil setting for morning yoga classes. The fun doesn't stop there: families especially love included activities like swimming, tennis, and life-size chess sets, not to mention the space to spread out (choose between one-bedroom studios, small suites with kitchenettes, and spacious cottages with two to four bedrooms). We won't blame you for sleeping in, but it's worth waking up early at least once for breakfast at The Dunes, where you can listen to the sound of lapping waves from the second-story deck.
The Hob Knob
With just 17 rooms, this 19th-century New England home-turned-guesthouse is the definition of intimate and charming. Despite the hotel's small size, however, you'll find more than your average MV hotel amenities here—including two dining rooms and an on-site spa. Standard rooms are tastefully simple with plush four-posters and colorful walls while suites are more lavish with toile wallpaper and sitting chairs upholstered with rich fabrics. Breakfast is included in your stay (a delicious affair of blueberry waffles, lox platters, and eggs Benedict) but we especially love taking advantage of the savory sandwiches and sweets during afternoon tea, which is served on the wraparound porch. Have a pooch in tow? The Hob Knob is pet-friendly, too.
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Lambert's Cove Inn
The second you arrive at Lambert’s Cove Inn, you'll feel as if you’ve gone off the grid. The 15-room restored farmhouse dates back to the 1790s and sits on eight acres of land at the end of a long, wooded road, which snakes past forested ponds and crumbling stone walls. Thanks to a recent facelift, the inn's previously stuffy Woods restaurant is now a casual, elegant spot for a farm-to-table meal of local lobster, Grey Barn cheeses, Morning Glory farm vegetables, and eggs from the inn’s own chickens. Another perk? You’re just minutes from the serene and private Lambert's Cove beach.
The Charlotte Inn
South Summer Street, whose private residences hide behind white picket fences and thick hedges, is the perfect backdrop for the Charlotte Inn, a converted 19th-century Edwardian mansion that's as romantic as it is old world. All 19 guest rooms are beautifully decorated with silk bedding, turn-of-the-century paintings, and antique furniture, but if you’re traveling during the chilly shoulder season, opt for one of the suites with a working fireplace. Before you arrive, be sure to book a dinner reservation in the manicured courtyard of the Terrace Restaurant, which serves artfully plated dishes like oysters with roasted garlic butter and homemade lobster ravioli. You might even grow to love the inn’s "no cell phone" policy, which only adds to its sense of seclusion.
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The Beach Plum Inn
Menemsha, a sleepy fishing town lined with lobster shacks and bait and tackle shops, sets a serene stage for this remote hotel, which sits on seven acres of gardens blooming with hydrangeas and dahlias. We love how many of the private outdoor decks are equipped with cozy hammocks perfect for breezy vineyard nights and how, each morning, you can gather your own eggs from the inn’s chicken coop. During the day, rent a bike or kayak or borrow passes to Lucy Vincent Beach (typically only accessible to Chilmark residents), then return for a family-style dinner at the inn’s farm-to-table restaurant featuring locally caught seafood and meat and local produce from island farms.
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