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Mansion House, Vineyard Haven

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9 Main Street
Vineyard Haven , Massachusetts
Tel: 800 332 4112 (toll-free)
Fax: 508 693 4095's insider take:

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.

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