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Martha's Vineyard Hotels

$400 or more
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Charlotte Inn
27 S. Summer Street
Edgartown , Massachusetts
02539
Tel: 508 627 4151
charlotte@relaischateaux.com
www.relaischateaux.com/charlotte

This rustic Relais & Châteaux property in the center of Edgartown is the best hotel on Martha's Vineyard—and one of the most expensive. (Rooms start at $295 and top out at $950 per night.) A no-kids and no–cell phone policy and a doting but discreet staff make this equestrian-themed oasis with manicured gardens and intimate nooks our first choice for romantic getaways or special occasions. (Book way in advance.) Owners Gerret and Paula Conover decorated the five 18th- and 19th-century houses so beautifully that the inn inspired its own coffee-table book: Behind the Times on Purpose. While each of the 25 rooms is distinctive, all are appointed in comfortable English country style with antiques, old paintings, objets d'art, and large bathrooms. For extreme privacy, ask for the three-room carriage house; if you want to lounge on your own private terrace, snag room 21.

$400 or more
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Harbor View Hotel
131 North Water Street
Edgartown , Massachusetts
02539
Tel: 800 225 6005 (toll-free)
Tel: 508 627 7000
Fax: 508 627 8417
www.harbor-view.com

In May 2008, a stem-to-stern renovation of this gray-shingled Victorian was completed under the watchful eye of owner Alan Worden (a former investment banker who once sailed from Nantucket to New Zealand with just one other crew member). Originally opened on the Edgartown Harbor in 1891, this grand New-England–style resort is the town's oldest and—with 141 rooms spread among two main buildings and several cottages—largest hotel. Linda Woodrum, of HGTV's Dream Homes, redecorated the cottage suites, and while they feel plucked out of a Pottery Barn catalog, they have the best of everything: kitchenettes, walk-in closets, flat-screen TVs, fireplaces, private gardens, and outdoor showers. Ask for suite 24 in the cottages for its relative seclusion, ocean view, and brand-new, high-end appointments; or for any of the more traditionally decorated, ocean-facing rooms in the main house (some of which have private balconies). Avoid the motel-like Governor Mayhew building by the pool. The restaurant, Water Street, turns out sophisticated New England–style dishes, and the comfortable bar, Henry's, serves an all-day menu of crowd-pleasers, such as lobster rolls and chocolate-chip cookies. Befitting the hotel's maritime feel, a 31-foot center console boat ferries guests to private beaches (although there is a small sand beach and heated pool on site), and the young-adult learn-to-sail program will keep the kids occupied while you watch from the wraparound porch as yachts drift by. The town is a five-minute scenic walk away—far enough to keep the hotel's vibe relaxed. Guests also get advance tee times at the nearby par-72 Farm Neck Golf Club, and a spa and health club are planned.

Note: The Harbor View has announced plans to sell off up to half of its units as condos (priced from $526,000 to $1.3 million). The rest will remain available to guests.

Open mid-May through late October.

$300-$399
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The Hob Knob
128 Main Street
Edgartown , Massachusetts
02539
Tel: 800 696 2723 (toll-free)
Tel: 508 627 9510
Fax: 508 627 4560
www.hobknob.com

A few blocks north of downtown Edgartown, this friendly 19th-century Gothic Revival–style B&B has plenty of antiques and chintz like the nearby Charlotte Inn, but is airier and slightly less expensive (befitting its less central location). The 17 individually decorated rooms, freshened up during a recent renovation, have charming details: painted four-posters, dormered windows, skylights, small sitting areas, antique silver hairbrushes laid out on side tables, and a cow motif that reminds owner Maggie White of the ones she keeps on her West Tisbury farm. Adding to the homey tone are the chocolate-chip pecan-cinnamon cookies at afternoon tea, berry pancakes for breakfast, box lunches for the beach, and Maggie's Labradors, which will cheer you up if you've left your own pooch at home. But there's no lack of mod cons: AC, cable, Wi-Fi, a sauna and spa treatments, an exercise room, a 27-foot Boston whaler available for charter, as well as that Edgartown godsend—a dedicated off-street parking lot. The Hob Knob also rents out two nearby homes—a four-bedroom renovated schoolhouse and a five-bedroom house with a private pool—with daily housekeeping, concierge service, and access to the Hob Knob spa.

$200-$299
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Lambert's Cove Inn and Restaurant
90 Manaquayak Road
West Tisbury , Massachusetts
02568
Tel: 508 693 2298
inquiries@lambertscoveinn.com
www.lambertscoveinn.com

This 1820 farmhouse almost a mile from the ocean has become an unexpected star among Vineyard inns in the few years since it was taken over by former Atlanta event planners Scott Jones and I. Kell Hicklin. It's one of the most romantic places to stay (and eat) on Martha's Vineyard, which makes it a popular spot for weddings. (Note that families with children under 13 are discouraged.) Fifteen rooms, accessorized with antiques, ceramic pots, and gold-framed prints, are spread out among the main house, carriage house, and guesthouse. Each evokes a different country aesthetic: Seaside, the original master bedroom, has a refined white and ivy four-poster bed with a canopy, and wingback chairs; the playful greenish-blue St. Simons has plaid and floral fabrics and a light-filled sitting room that was once a greenhouse; Chesapeake has striking sunshine-yellow walls set off by black and white toile fabrics. Public rooms have a clubbier English country look, with lots of brick red, hunter green, and gold in the library, dining room, and sitting room. There's a kidney-shaped pool out back, but guests get a pass to private Lambert's Cove beach. The BYOB restaurant lures nonguests down the long country road for New American dishes such as grilled shrimp with arugula pesto and pan-roasted duck breast in a citrus ginger reduction. Breakfast is included for guests.

$200-$299
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Mansion House
9 Main Street
Vineyard Haven , Massachusetts
02568
Tel: 800 332 4112 (toll-free)
Fax: 508 693 4095
www.mvmansionhouse.com

Rebuilt and reopened after a fire in 2001 leveled it, the Mansion House is again the anchor of the Vineyard Haven business district. The archival photos hanging in the hallways were used as guides for its current Victorian-style appearance, and the guest rooms' authentic period decorations—old-fashioned furniture and fabric patterns—illustrate the care taken with this restoration. The 40 rooms are island-small—although rates are comparatively low for the Vineyard—and many have small private balconies, wet bars, flat-screen TVs, gas fireplaces, and original works by Martha's Vineyard artists. Ask for a fourth-floor suite on the harbor side for the best views. The hotel's best feature is its Cupola Deck, a spacious outdoor terrace at the top of the hotel with unmatched harbor views to the north, and clapboard houses surrounded by white picket fences and the church steeples of town to the south and west. Suited for wellness seekers, Mansion House has a two-level gym and an indoor pool (rare for the Vineyard); the Moshup's Mud wrap at the full-service spa uses clay from the native Gay Head Wampanoag tribe mixed with wildflower honey from Edgartown's Katama Farm; and the casual restaurant, Zephrus, serves healthy preparations of food that's been locally caught, raised, or grown.

$300-$399
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Thorncroft Inn
460 Main Street
Vineyard Haven , Massachusetts
02568
Tel: 800 332 1236 (toll-free)
Tel: 508 693 3333
innkeeper@thorncroft.com
www.thorncroft.com

Set on two and a half wooded acres, this romantic retreat is great for couples. (Children aren't forbidden, but they're discouraged; and there's a strict double-occupancy rule, so if you are bringing the kiddies, be prepared to rent an additional room.) This place is decidedly not for fans of contemporary furnishings: It's antiques all the way—sometimes to the point of mustiness. And while the inn now has Wi-Fi, which is, at least, a nod to the 21st century, a slight overall refreshing would be a good idea. Three buildings house 14 large rooms with four-poster beds, wood-burning fireplaces, whirlpools, and balconies; room 1 has a hot tub on a private screened porch and several have a private entrance. The main 1908 classic Craftsman-style bungalow once housed guests of the estate's owner, John Herbert Ware, a Chicago grain merchant. Carriage-house rooms are more secluded, but for absolute solitude, ask for the private cottage with its own deck and garage. Fuel up with hearty egg and cheese strata or cheddar French toast in the two dining rooms, or continental breakfast in bed (just don't expect a mimosa, as Vineyard Haven is a dry town).

$300-$399
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Winnetu Oceanside Resort
31 Dunes Road
Edgartown , Massachusetts
02539
Tel: 508 627 4747
reservations@winnetu.com
www.winnetu.com

On 11 acres bordering South Beach near Katama Bay, the Winnetu caters to families in a way that most of the more stylish inns on the island do not. It also has a pleasantly lazy pace—even the front desk shuts down at 6 pm (8 on Fridays). The 50 suites and studios all have washer-dryers and kitchens—which can be stocked for you in advance—as well as decks or patios facing the ocean. (Ask for an upper floor, as the view is somewhat distant: Due to strict zoning laws, the property is set back about 250 yards from the water.) There's also a private cottage for those seeking more privacy. A 2007 refurbishment introduced a bolder, cleaner look, with lots of blond wood and blue-and-white printed fabrics. The main draw here, though, is the variety of family activities: There's outdoor ping-pong, foosball, a putting green, canoeing and kayaking excursions on Poucha Pond, daily lighthouse and dune trips, tea and cookies every afternoon, and Wednesday-night clambakes. A wellness center, opened in summer 2006, hosts classes, excursions, and spa treatments. A three-mile bike path and ferry shuttle service link the resort to Edgartown. At Lure, the excellent and surprisingly ambitious restaurant, chef Mark Goldberg (formerly of Mistral in Boston) focuses on local, sustainable ingredients, such as Katama Bay oysters, fresh-caught fish, and produce grown just down the road at Edgartown's Farm Institute. The Winnetu is surrounded by the affiliated Matakesett Properties and Tennis Club, a collection of single-family homes and townhouses available for weekly rental—convenient for families with kids, as long as you don't mind the 1970s ski-chalet look.

Open late May through late October.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.