Martha's Vineyard Accomodations
From the moment you step off the ferry you will feel welcome at Martha's Vineyard. The excitement that only an island can offer greets you, whether you are here for a daytrip, a night, or an extended vacation.
If you are here for an overnight stay, or for several nights, you'll need to know your different options in the way of accommodations. By the way, if you happen to be glancing at this section on the boat ride over to the island, we hope you've already made reservations. Even in September and October it is common to see the No Vacancy signs posted.
If your choice is to stay at an inn or bed and breakfast, you'll be happy to learn that there are many sprinkled throughout the island. Some are quaint places; others are majestic showplaces. All are beautiful in their own distinct way. Many of them are old sea captains' houses, or in the case of Edgartown, the former abodes of whaling captains. The history in these houses is omnipresent, it lulls you to sleep each tranquil evening amid dreams centuries old and gently awakens you again each morning with sunlight anew.
For those not in with the inn crowd, there are a number of fine hotels, some with spectacular views. More frugal travelers might opt for the hostel with rates starting around $12 a night. Also, there is a campground starting at around $32 per night for those who seek oneness with nature.
The peak season generally runs from late May (Memorial Day) to late September--in some cases until Columbus Day in mid-October. During this peak season hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and guesthouses charge peak prices. During the off-season, room rates are lowered, in some cases substantially. It is not uncommon to see rates cut in half after Columbus Day, and with the crowds gone you feel like you own the island!
Unless otherwise noted, all accommodations are nonsmoking and welcome well-behaved children with prior approval. We'll let you know which places accept pets. Most accept major credit cards; we'll let you know those that don't.
Our price code is based on the average cost of a night's stay in a double-occupancy room during peak season, minus tax and special charges. (State and local taxes add up to about 10 percent of the bill.) Since this is an average, rooms may be had in some places for more or less than what's reflected in our code.
$ - Less than $75
$$ - $75 to $110
$$$ - $110 to $175
$$$$ - $175 and more
Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Reservations
Box 1322, Vineyard Haven
(508) 693-7200, (800) 649-5671 (Mass. only)
Since 1977, this company, the islands' oldest reservation service, has been booking rooms in inns, hotels, cottages, bed and breakfasts, and guesthouses. While the service does not handle vacation rentals, if you are looking for a room on the island, this is the number to call. About 95 percent of the islands' inns and hotels work with this service. While the sooner you book the better, especially for a room in season, the inns and hotels on the island regularly notify the service of cancellations, making this one of the first numbers to call if you are throwing together plans at the last minute. You pay no fee for the service.
Martha's Vineyard Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns
The Hanover House
28 Edgartown Rd., Vineyard Haven
(508) 693-1066, (800) 339-1066
Behind a row of large hedges hides the Hanover House, a cozy, quiet bed and breakfast inn located just steps from the harbor. This village inn offers 12 impeccably maintained rooms, each with a private bath, two double beds or a queen-size bed, air conditioning, and cable TV. Many of the rooms feature entrances that open onto one of two spacious sun decks.
In a separate carriage house are three suites, two of which have kitchenettes. Each suite has a private deck or patio. Complimentary breakfast includes homemade breads and muffins and fresh-ground gourmet coffee. Innkeepers and owners Tom Richardson and Teri Cook keep a quiet home and ask that you inquire beforehand when bringing along infants or children.
Hanover House is open year-round and is a non-smoking property.
460 Main St., Vineyard Haven
Talk about elegance. The Thorncroft is one of the island's premier inns offering 14 guest rooms in two antique-appointed houses on 3½ acres of private and beautiful land. Each room features a private bath and central air conditioning. Many have canopied four-poster beds and 10 have wood-burning fireplaces. Three rooms even offer two-person Jacuzzis, and two have private 300-gallon hot tubs.
A full country breakfast and afternoon tea and pastries are served daily in the dining rooms. This top-rated inn has been cited as one of the 10 best wheelchair accessible inns in the country as its private cottage was built keeping in mind the needs of the disabled. The entire inn and grounds are smoke-free. Special services include a fire-ready fireplace upon your arrival (just strike a match), a Boston Globe at your door in the morning, and turndown service.
Prepare to be pampered! Thorncroft Inn is open year-round.
The Tisbury Inn
9 Main St., Vineyard Haven
(508) 693-2200, (800) 332-4112
The Tisbury Inn, located at the foot of historic Main Street and just 2 blocks from the ferry, has been serving guests since 1794. The inn has 30 rooms, each with a private bath, phone, air conditioning, and cable TV. The inn also features a full-service health club that includes an indoor heated pool, a sauna, and hot tub. A continental breakfast, included in the room rate, consists of bagels, pastries, juice, and coffee and is served in the treetop sun room or porch overlooking Vineyard Haven. To satisfy a larger appetite, next door is the Cafe at the Tisbury Inn if you're in the mood for seafood, ribs, or pasta.
The Tisbury Inn is open year-round.
The Tuckerman House
45 William St., Vineyard Haven
(508) 693-0417, (800) 252-8882
Built in 1836 by seafarer Thomas Tuckerman, this inn is nestled amongst the historic sea captains' homes along William Street, just off Main Street. The five guest rooms are comfortable, air conditioned, and feature canopy beds, fireplaces, and Oriental rugs. The latticed veranda is a perfect place to sit and read or just sit and do absolutely nothing. Innkeepers Edward and Donna Herzeg serve an abundant continental-plus breakfast in the spacious dining room. The Tuckerman House is a non-smoking inn and will accommodate families by prior arrangement.
The inn is open year-round.
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Beach House Bed and Breakfast
Corner of Pennacook and Seaview Ave., Oak Bluffs
You couldn't ask for a better location: right across the street from the town beach on Vineyard Sound and within easy walking distance of all the sites in Oak Bluffs including the community of gaily colored gingerbread cottages. It is also within a five- to ten-minute walk of the ferry dock. This wonderful bed and breakfast, owned by Calvin and Pamela Zaiko, was converted to a year-round inn back in 1975 and has been owned by the Zaiko family since the 1940s. All nine rooms at the Beach House have private bathrooms. A complimentary continental breakfast buffet is served in the dining hall and on the front porch with magnificent views of the ocean.
Children 10 and older are welcome at the Beach House.
Circuit Ave. Ext., Oak Bluffs
(508) 693-2966, (800) 245-5979
The outside of this gaily colored inn is surely a feast for the eyes. A simply beautiful building to look at, it is painted a combination of cream, pink, and soft pastel blue, as are the chairs that line its front porch. With its second-floor wraparound balcony and its proximity to the harbor, the place has a riverboat feel to it. It's hard to believe that this beauty, with architecture pointing to the mid- to late 19th century, was actually built in 1989. All 22 of the Dockside Inn's rooms have air conditioning, private baths, and cable TV; most rooms have queen-size beds. Five full kitchen suites are also available. The Dockside, convenient to all that Oak Bluffs has to offer, is open from April to November.
The Oak House
Seaview Ave. at Pequot Ave., Oak Bluffs
The Oak House truly lives up to its name. Throughout most of the guest and common rooms, oak is the rule. It's everywhere: rich, warm and inviting. This 1840s Governor's mansion, overlooking Nantucket Sound, has 10 rooms (two of which are suites), nearly all resembling oak-paneled ship cabins. All but three of the rooms offer water views; all have private baths. Some rooms have private balconies and some, air conditioning. You can relax in the sun porch or in a rocker on the wraparound veranda while you watch the waves chase each other toward shore. Or, you can settle down with a book in the elegant oak parlor.
Innkeeper Betsi C. Luce, a professional pastry chef, serves a homemade continental breakfast and Victorian afternoon tea. Children older than the age of 10 are welcome.
The Oak House is open from May through October.
The Ship's Inn
14 Kennebec Ave., Oak Bluffs
(508) 693-2760, (800) 564-2760 (Eastern Mass. Only)
The Ship's Inn is just a short five-minute walk from the island ferry and an even shorter two-minute stroll to Oak Bluffs Town Beach. All of Oak Bluffs, from her fanciful gingerbread cottages to her Flying Horses Carousel, is just around the corner. Each of the inn's 15 rooms are brightly decorated and include a private bath, air conditioning in some rooms, and color TV. Several of the rooms also feature private entrances. The outdoor patio is a great place to socialize, and the on-premises Bohemian Cafe is convenient should you wish to grab a bite to eat after a day of touring the island. The DeBettencourt family are on hand to make sure your stay is both pleasant and comfortable. The inn is open from March to the end of November.
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129 Main St., Edgartown
(508) 627-9655, (800) 477-9655
This 19th-century sea captain's home features a spacious lawn with rose gardens and apple trees. Converted to an inn during the spring of 1983, it is convenient to the many shops of Edgartown. You can stroll the historic streets of the old whaling port, or simply kick up your feet and relax in a hammock out in the lawn. Each of the inn's eight bedrooms and two suites are beautifully decorated in Laura Ashley décor and has a private bath, cable TV, phones, air-conditioning, and period antiques. Innkeepers Fred and Janet Hurley invite you to enjoy a continental breakfast in the English tea room.
Children 11 and older are welcome at this year-round inn; younger children are welcome in the suites.
The Charlotte Inn
27 S. Summer St., Edgartown
Like many of Edgartown's inns, The Charlotte Inn began life as a sea captain's home. Built in 1860, it is today one of the premier inns in Edgartown and on the island. Brick courtyards and flowerbeds accent the grounds. Inside, English antiques, fine furnishings, and high ceilings convince you that you're in a very special place.
Each of the inn's 25 rooms is different and was individually decorated by innkeepers Gery and Paula Conover, who pride themselves on their meticulous attention to detail. Located within The Charlotte Inn is L'Etoile Restaurant, featuring French cuisine (see the Restaurants section of this chapter). The Charlotte Inn welcomes children older than 14. Smoking is allowed, although heavy cigarette smoking is discouraged and guests are asked to refrain from smoking cigars and pipes in the guest rooms.
The Charlotte Inn is open throughout the year.
The Edgartown Inn
$$-$$$, no credit cards
56 N. Water St., Edgartown
You don't have to be a lover of history to stay at The Edgartown Inn, but it helps. Built in 1798 by Capt. Thomas Worth (Ft. Worth, Texas is named for his son, William, a hero of the Mexican War), this Colonial inn has had many distinguished guests over the past two centuries. Daniel Webster, Nathaniel Hawthorne, abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner, and John F. Kennedy (while a senator from Massachusetts) have all stayed here. In fact, Hawthorne was writing his Twice Told Tales while a guest at the inn.
The inn is small, with 12 rooms in the main inn all with private baths; some have balconies offering harbor views. The Garden House has two spacious rooms with king-size beds, private baths, and balconies overlooking the gardens below; a smaller room shares a bath. Two of the barn's five rooms have private baths; three share bath and shower.
Children 6 years of age and older are welcome. The inn is open April through October.
The Hob Knob Inn
128 Main St., Edgartown
(508) 627-9510, (800) 696-2723
The Hob Knob Inn features great accommodations, just on the outside of the hustle and bustle of Edgartown's center. In other words, you're convenient to everything, but not in the middle of everything. Begin your day with a continental breakfast of freshly baked muffins, scones, breads, juice, and coffee in the sunlit tea room. In the afternoon, enjoy a cup of tea and sample some tasty treats or else relax in the parlor or on the porch sipping complimentary sherry. The Hob Knob Inn's 16 rooms feature private baths, ceiling fans, and king-size brass or four-poster beds. This wonderful Victorian is elegant yet comfy all at the same time. Its convenient location along historic Main Street makes for a short stroll to the shops along Edgartown's waterfront.
The inn is open year-round.
Point Way Inn
104 Main St., Edgartown
(508) 627-8633, (888) 711-6633
Beautiful high hedges, flower gardens, a vine-covered gazebo, and a regulation croquet court spread across the manicured lawn welcome you to this very special inn. Innkeepers John Glendon and Claudia Miller offer their brand of homey comfort, as well as their automobile for your use in getting around the island! Each of the inn's 12 rooms are luxurious yet comfortable. Most have double or queen-size beds, private baths, ceiling fans and a bedside decanter of sherry; many have four-poster beds and fireplaces. All rooms are air conditioned. A full breakfast is served daily and you may choose your breakfast site according to your preference (and the weather)--in the breakfast room, in the sculpture garden, or in the comfort of your own room. Afternoon refreshments are served on the stately grounds.
Children are welcome. The inn is open 12 months of the year.
5 Peases Point Way, Edgartown
(508) 627-3797, (800) 723-4292
This lovely inn was built in 1840 for the town physician Dr. Clement Francis Shiverick. It offers 11 guest rooms, many with fireplaces, two of which are suites. Through painstaking attention to detail, the inn has preserved the graceful formalities of this distinctive period, blending American and English 18th- and 19th-century antiques with rich fabrics, fine wallpapers, oriental rugs, and vivid colors borrowed from the New England landscape. Even the random floorboards here have a glowing patina only one and a half centuries of perpetual footsteps could achieve. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast of breads, cakes, and freshly baked muffins in the garden room. Afterwards, stroll the immaculate grounds or else lounge on the terrace.
The Shiverick Inn, which is open year-round, welcomes children age 12 and older.
22 N. Water St., Edgartown
Innkeeper Laura Scheuer, a native of Tuscany, has succeeded in bringing a taste of Italy to Victorian Edgartown. She has combined her skills in art, interior design, and culinary arts, and, along with husband, Rusty Scheuer, has transformed the Captain Fisher House into one of Edgartown's most unique lodging and dining experiences. Located in the very heart of the old whaling port, the inn's eight air-conditioned guest rooms are open from the middle of March to the end of December. (During the off-season Laura offers a cooking class at the inn).
In the morning you will awaken to the aroma of one of Laura's Italian breakfasts. In the afternoon, sample Laura's homemade biscotti while you sip a warm cappuccino in this unique blending of Italian and Victorian settings. The Tuscany Inn welcomes children older than 7.
The Victorian Inn
24 S. Water St., Edgartown
Directly across the street from the famous Edgartown Pagoda Tree is The Victorian Inn, built c. 1820 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Innkeepers Stephen and Karyn Caliri have carefully restored this whaling captain's home to its original elegance, and they cordially invite you to be their guest. All 14 guest rooms have private baths and are decorated with antiques and flowers. A number of rooms have four-poster beds and some have balconies. Some rooms overlook the historic harbor while others overlook the English garden below where a complimentary gourmet breakfast is served from 8 to 10 AM. An informal tea is also served in the afternoon. Children 8 and older are welcome at the inn, and from November to April pets are allowed.
The Victorian Inn is open year-round.
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State Rd., Aquinnah
At nearly land's end lies the Duck Inn with incredible views of the Aquinnah Cliffs and Lighthouse. To get to this cozy five-room, 200-year-old farmhouse you must take a dirt road. The decor varies from Southwest to Japanese. The Southwest room has pink stucco walls while the Japanese room is filled with silks. Only one room has a private bath, as well as a fireplace; all others share bathrooms. There's also a hot tub and a licensed masseuse available for facials and bodywork. Oh, and we almost forgot to tell you, miles and miles of the most secluded beaches lie outside the door. Duck Inn is open all year long and children are welcome. Pets are welcome during the summer.
Lambert's Cove Country Inn
Lambert's Cove Rd., West Tisbury
If you really want to get away from it all, this is the spot. Once a horticulturist's estate, Lambert's Cove is the kind of country inn you dream about. Off Lambert's Cove Road you take an unpaved path through wooded wilderness to this place hidden amid towering pines, 150-year-old vine-covered stone walls, lilting gardens, and an old-fashioned apple orchard. The inn comprises sixteen rooms, with eight in the original 1790 main building and the remainder in the restored carriage house and converted barn. Perhaps the most unique room is the Greenhouse Room that features a greenhouse sitting room complete with white wicker furniture. All rooms have private baths, air conditioning, and some have private sun decks. A newly built gazebo rests in the yard beyond the inn, and a tennis court awaits you just past that. Innkeepers Louis and Katherine Costable provide a full breakfast, and the inn is also home to one of the island's finest dining rooms (see the subsequent Restaurants section of this chapter). Though Lambert's Cove is in a country setting away from the shoreline, guests are entitled to passes to the two private West Tisbury beaches.
Menemsha Inn and Cottages
North Rd., Menemsha
This complex of two buildings and 12 cottages is set in the pretty fishing village of Menemsha. The main building features six suites. In a separate building you have nine rooms, six with a view of the water and all with a private bath and deck. If you are more in the mood for the independence of a housekeeping cottage, try one of the 12 cottages spread out on more than 10 acres of land. The Menemsha Inn and Cottages is open year-round.
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