Speaking of the harbor, the hotel has its own private dock and a few boats, plus the option to tie up your own vessel and stay the night. On land, you're only a 5-minute walk from the Edgartown Harbor Light, 10-15 minutes' walk to the Chappaquiddick ferry (which is visible from the hotel), and 20 minutes' walk to the rest of downtown Edgartown. We absolutely recommend blocking off a Thursday evening to drop in on The Vineyard Gazette as it goes to print.
Amenities: In addition to free WiFi, guests will find bathrooms stocked with toiletries from Vineyard Bath Co., a local company with a store down the street in Edgartown. We already mentioned the pool, but every day also packs in a range of resort activities such as s'mores making (we did it and vouch for the yumminess), yoga, harbor cruises, and even kid-focused distractions. Staying in the main building means the possibility of sweet, sweet harbor views, but all guests are welcome to the rocking chairs on the long front porch, often complimented by lemonade and snacks.
Staying in the cottages means additional treats, such as the possibility of a kitchenette, balcony with rocking chairs, or an electric fireplace.
Stepping outside your room, the hotel has the Water House Restaurant (OMG get the lobster eggs benedict for breakfast!) and Henry's Bar (cheese plates, New England beers on tap and a raw bar!), both of which still manage to look out the historic windows to the harbor.
WiFi Connect: Completely free and fast throughout the hotel.
Nightly rates & deals: Prices change with the season, with rooms beginning at $210. One-bedroom suites in the cottage command nearer $640 per night, but check the hotel's specials page for three-night packages and deals for upcoming events like the Martha's Vineyard Food & Wine Fest.
Bottom line: In case it's not immediately apparent from the air of relaxation that pervades the place, or the 120+ years of successful operation, let us say that the Harbor View is a pretty popular place. Popular with families, the young, the old, the honeymooners, the first-timers to Martha's Vineyard, and more. Book early, book often, and take them up on some of the daily complimentary activities while you're at it.
So why are we telling you this now? Because it's right now that you're likely craving a quick, last-minute summer escape and Martha's Vineyard is a very easy-to-reach destination for much of the east coast (see our post on how to fly there). Plus, it's also about time to begin planning for next summer, for those weekends in high season that book up in advance.
We visited the Harbor View as a guest of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, but all photos and opinions are our own.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/HotelChatter]