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Thorncroft Inn, Vineyard Haven 

460 Main Street
Vineyard Haven , Massachusetts
Tel: 800 332 1236 (toll-free)
Tel: 508 693 3333
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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).

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