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Anyone can find a room in any destination, you don’t need us for that. But not everyone can find those special places with a particular charm to them. That takes time, tenacity and a special perspective. We try to find places that evoke a “wow” when you open the door to your room, places you’ll tell your friends about when you get home.

Charlotte Inn  |  The Harborview Inn
The Hob Knob  |  Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites

Charlotte Inn
27 South Summer Street

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If I only had one more day on this fine earth, I just might want to spend it at the Charlotte Inn. This is a magnificent inn with museum quality antiques and oil paintings that still manages to be one of the most comfortable places I have ever stayed. The owners, Gery and Paula Conover have created and maintained one of the most glorious inns I have ever encountered. The attention to detail is extraordinary. Unobtrusive staff members are constantly trimming bushes, clipping dead flowers, sweeping sidewalks and polishing brass railings.

The Inn is a tranquil oasis located just a block from the bustle of Main Street in Edgartown. The property is actually a compound of 5 buildings surrounded by a waist high heavy black iron fence. Within, the manicured lawns are bounded by sculpted hedges, potted ivy and colorful flowers. A brick walk meanders through the property past a gold fish pond with a softly bubbling fountain and under an arched hedge leading to small secluded patios along the way, festooned with flowers, comfortable patio chairs and sofas.

On one visit I spent a wonderful cloudy afternoon on a sofa on the porch at the Summer House. I read, I dozed, I read, and I dozed. The only sound I heard was the fountain in the gold fish pond.

Guests are welcomed in the Main Building at an antique mahogany desk and asked to sign an old guest ledger. A welcome diversion from our computerized world. The Living Rooms are formal and beautifully decorated in Edwardian era antiques, but the most stunning public room is the Green Room. There can be no finer room in any private men’s club in the world. Mahogany paneled walls, softly lit “hunt” oil paintings, a ceiling to floor paned bay window overlooking the gardens, easy chairs in front of the fireplace and subdued lighting from brass floor lamps. The room, used for breakfast, tea and cocktails, is set with three groups of mahogany tables and chairs and a serving cart and sterling tea set. A fire, a cocktail, something to read…..not a bad way to spend your time.

While all of the rooms are spectacular, many with fireplaces, private terraces and brick courtyards, my favorite is Room 14 on the first floor in the Summer House. I could have never left this room during my visit, it was so comfortable. The room and the bathroom are huge and feature an antique desk and chair, a baby grand piano, a fireplace with two very comfortable club chairs on either side, book shelves, a dressing table with sterling silver brushes, combs and mirrors, oil paintings, a table with a sterling wine bucket and two decanters, one scotch and one gin, sterling silver vases with fresh flower bouquets, a Bose radio and plasma TV, Bvlgari toiletries, a 4 poster queen bed, brass lamps and colors of hunter green and burgundy. High quality linens on a feather bed made for a wonderful sleep. Wow!

The bathroom is equipped with two mirrors, a heated towel rack, a clothes hamper (don’t you always wonder where to put your dirty clothes?) and the best shower, bar none, that I have ever used. They even think to provide q-tips, cotton swabs and feminine products. Oh yes, the bathroom glasses are cut crystal……

The Inn is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux organization
I will return to the Charlotte Inn every year. Not just because of my business, but because it is one of my favorite places to stay anywhere. A romantic weekend here will rekindle or ignite any relationship.

A recent visit reinforced my belief that this is a very special place. My room, #3, was a suite over the Carriage House. It was spacious and comfortable with a fireplace, wonderful antiques and, once again, a killer shower.I didn't want to leave...

RATES: What is most extraordinary about the Inn is that the room rates are very reasonable, particularly in the interim or off-season, for a place of this stature. In season rates range from $295-$695, interim and off season from $295-$495. Breakfast is included in the rate.

“Like staying in an English aunt’s home”, this “romantic” Edgartown Relais & Châteaux inn that dates to 1864 is a “charming” “choice for a weekend on the Vineyard”; “wonderfully kept lawns”, “cozy common areas with fireplaces” and “sophisticated dining” ...are to be expected from a member of Relais & Châteaux..." ZAGAT

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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The Harborview Inn
131 North Water Street

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At the eastern end of the Island, perched on a bluff overlooking the Lighthouse and Edgartown Harbor, the Harbor View Hotel opened in 1891 and remains the island’s premier full service hotel. While boasting all the modern amenities you would expect, it still retains the charm and elegance of days gone by. A wonderful wrap-around veranda with rocking chairs is a great place to sit and read or just watch the boats go by on the harbor. This is the best view on the Island for any accommodation.

New owners took possession at the end of 2006 and have been busy making changes and upgrades. The lobby has been brightened and freshened, the exterior has been renovated and many of the rooms have been refurbished.

The restaurant, now called Water Street is under the direction of Executive Chef Shaun Brian Sells who showcases native island produce, meats and poultry from centuries-old producers, including Allen Farm, Morning Glory Farm, and Whippoorwill Farm.

The more casual restaurant, Henry's, features a "small plate" menu and a new wine list about to be introduced of all California and Spanish wines. I had a wonderful Katama Farm chicken with Mennonite dumplings, braising greens and pan gravy on my last visit and it was delicious.

The grounds are beautifully and meticulously landscaped, awash with flowers and bushes and trees. Behind the hotel there’s a heated pool surrounded by a brick patio and wonderful gardens. Food and beverage service is offered around the pool and if you feel like you need some exercise, there are lighted tennis courts just a few steps away.

The rooms are tastefully decorated in yellows, blues and greens with contemporary maple furniture. Many of the beds are canopied and most rooms are oversized. Rooms #313, 315, 316 and 415, in the Main Building, are particularly large, have great views of the Harbor and balconies. The new Guest Suites, while without the views, are elegantly furnished in cheerful colors with vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, 4 poster beds, porches and outdoor showers.

RATES: Rooms range from $245-$695 (Guest Suites) in Spring and Fall, waterview rooms from $370-$485. Same rooms are $385-$1200 and $625-$695 in Summer.

It’s “worth the ferry ride for the fantastic brunch” (the food’s overseen by Drew Nieporent’s Myriad Restaurant Group) and to enjoy “incomparable vistas” from the “wraparound porch, with rocking chairs overlooking the lighthouse” at this Martha’s Vineyard hotel “on the edge of Edgartown”; though it opened in 1891, the rooms are “modern” – and a bit “glorified motel”-like – but the real problem is that the hotel “occasionally attracts a tour bus group, which changes the ambiance”; happily, one can escape to the “lovely beach a short walk away.” Zagat

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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The Hob Knob
128 Main Street

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Affectionately named after her grandparent's sprawling country home in Ohio….The Hob Knob, owner Margaret H. White has created a charming and comfortable eco boutique hotel which may be the only truly "green" property on the island.

Everyone has their preference for the type of accommodations they prefer; B&B's, inns or full service hotels. The Hob Knob has managed to combine the best of all three...the intimacy of a B&B, the charm of a country inn and the amenities of a top notch hotel. Elegant and cozy public rooms, beautiful gardens, a wonderful wrap-around porch, a scrumptious organic breakfast and a terrific staff all come together for an ideal weekend retreat. Located on the northern end of Main Street, it is a a short walk to shopping, restaurants and beaches.

The hotel has 17 guest rooms, 15 with king beds. Standard rooms are a good size at @ 300 square feet. The deluxe rooms are larger and have more amenities like skylights and one has a small kitchenette. I particularly liked my deluxe room, #14. It had a skylight in the both the bedroom and bathroom, a small dormer area with a reading chair, great antiques and a soothing color scheme. Rooms have luxury linens, down pillows and hand monogrammed comforters. Each room is individually and elegantly decorated in cheerful yet soft colors, beautiful antiques and hand painted furniture. You'll find a flat screen TV, DVD's, Bose radios, mini bars and fresh flowers. Bathrooms have plush terrycloth robes and towels and Aveda toiletries. I don't know maybe it's me but there's something about washing your hair with rosemary mint shampoo in the morning. It feels so organic.....

A delicious full organic breakfast is served each morning, with lots of choices like perfectly cooked poached eggs with grilled tomato and Canadian bacon on an English muffin. Don't miss the scones....they're legendary. Tea and fresh lemonade are served with homemade scones and local berry preserves in the afternoon. Sit on the porch or in the garden and while away the afternoon. After dinner help yourself to a vintage port in the library.

On the lower level the Inn offers a compact Fitness Center, a Business Center and a Spa. Steam and sauna are offered in the spa and massage and other treatments are available by appointment. Bikes are available to explore the island and there's even a 27” Boston Whaler available for charter to fish or just cruise around. ($450 1/2 day or $225 for two hours) They’ll even prepare a sumptuous picnic lunch for you for a modest fee.

RATES: In season rates are $300-$600 (Memorial Day to October 31st), shoulder season, April to Memorial Day, May $225-$550 and low season, November-March, $175-$375.

Conde-Nast Johansens - Recommended
Martha's Vineyard Magazine - Best of the Vineyard
Cape Cod Magazine - Best Bed & Breakfast
Country Life - Inn of the Month

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites
39 North Water Street

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With wonderful views of the harbor, 28 room Vineyard Square Hotel and Suites is perfectly located in the center of town, surrounded by shops, art galleries and restaurants. Virtually anywhere you would like to go in Edgartown is only steps away. Hardwood floors and sparkling white trim give this hotel a crisp, fresh feel. The lobby has comfortable couches and a fireplace and the breakfast room is bright and airy.

The front porch is strewn with comfortable rocking chairs and is a favorite spot to read the morning paper, curl up with a book in the afternoon or just to watch the people go by.

The rooms are painted in a cheery pale yellow with crisp white pine furniture and trim, four poster high boy beds, and flowered print bed coverings. The best rooms are the harbor view rooms with a fireplace. They are slightly larger and have their own private balcony overlooking the harbor. For non-harbor view rooms, guests still have the use of 4 common harbor view decks. For longer stays or when traveling with children, the wonderfully appointed Residence Guest Suites are ideal. More space, great views and wonderful amenities. The roof deck is the perfect place to enjoy the sunrise or sunset.

A very complete continental breakfast is served each morning in a room just off the main lobby as is afternoon tea. Breakfast and newspapers are available at 6:30am which is a real bonus for those of us who are early risers.

The very popular Chesca’s restaurant adjoins the hotel and is open for dinner each evening.

One word of caution. The hotel has 4 floors and no elevator. Not a tough walk up, but it’s something you should know.

RATES: In season-$265-$450. Suites $450-$895. Rates lower in Winter, Spring and Fall.

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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