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Heritage with a Capital 'H': Inside The Harbor View Hotel on Martha's Vineyard

August 14, 2013 at 3:54 PM | by | ()

There's a new show on TV. It's called The Vineyard, on ABC Family, and it's a bit like if The Hills moved to an island off the east coast; to Martha's Vineyard, to be exact. Don't watch the show unless you enjoy following the drama of Blake Lively lookalikes with junior high problems, but the show is at least good for its scenery. The camera seems especially infatuated with the Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse and the sprawling Cape Cod cottage behind. That, dear readers, is no cottage but the largest hotel on Martha's Vineyard, the Harbor View Hotel which boasts its own collection of cottages and one of the only large, heated outdoor swimming pools on the island.

Originally opened in 1891, the Harbor View and its famous expansive front porch has had plenty of time to become a summer tradition for families. Of course if you're not the Obamas, the Clintons or one of the many millionaire or billionaire estate owners on Martha's Vineyard, the Harbor View is the affordable way to enjoy a large property complete with a daily list of activities and amenities (s'mores! veranda yoga! harbor cruises!).

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The Mansion House Inn Proves Martha's Vineyard Can Be an Affordable Island Escape

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  Site Where: 9 Main Street [map], Martha's Vineyard, MA, United States
June 27, 2013 at 5:34 PM | by | ()

The island of Martha's Vineyard certainly has a reputation. One, it's known as a playground of the rich and preppy. Two, MV is a favorite vacation destination for presidents, specifically Clinton and Obama (and, in the past, the Kennedys). Because of this reputation combined with the history of the island, it's believed that the island doesn't offer much in the way of affordably luxurious, amenity-rich accommodations. Not true! The Mansion House is proof that the island has more than tiny B&Bs with giant price tags.

Mansion House is at the center of the town of Vineyard Haven, which boasts most of the year-round population on the island. This means there's plenty shopping, dining and sights within easy walking and biking distance. We recommend a stroll down to nosh on lobster rolls and clams at The Net Result, and a visit to Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, where President Obama shops with Sasha and Malia.

Since the Mansion House offers year-round accommodation in 48 rooms, rates vary greatly, usually from $99 to $309 as a start.

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Let's Talk About Vine and Instagram Videos for Hotel Reviews

June 21, 2013 at 3:18 PM | by | ()

It has been said that 10% of all photos ever taken were taken in 2012. What of 2013, then? Will this be the year the same is said for videos, after the launch of Vine and, just yesterday, Instagram Videos?

Already we've noticed how the super-short films can play into travel marketing. Airlines figured this out nearly immediately but, as usual, hospitality is having a little rougher time adapting to the new social media medium. In-room hairdryers just aren't as dynamic as jet engines, you know?

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Five On Instagram: The Best Hotel Photos from the Month of October

October 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM | by | ()

With all the design details in hotels, it's no wonder they're the perfect place to get creative with Instagram photos. We're kind of obsessed with browsing the #hotel tag, and every once in a while, we bring you 5 of our favorite shots that impart major wanderlust. And don't forget to follow our own shots on Instagram under "hotelchatter," "jaunted" and "vegaschatter."

· The above shot was taken by us during a visit inside the Coach Suite at Martha's Vineyard's Charlotte Inn. Not bad, eh?

· Photo via claudialesti — Boy, this looks fun: lounging by the Hotel Santa Tecla Palace's square pool, gazing out at the Ionian Sea.

· Photo via tonyhawk — @tonyhawk says it best in his caption: "sunset from Sunset"...Boulevard, that is. Absolutely killer view from the Mondrian Los Angeles.

· Photo via o_omaab — We like to make fun of the spooky minimalist vibe at the Armani Hotel, but this shot does a great job of capturing the rooms' stark elegance.

· Photo via HotelChatter — Remember how much we liked the art at 25hours Hamburg Hafencity? Here's a shot we took from its sister hotel, the Goldman 25hours Frankfurt.

[Photo above: HotelChatter]

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What Is This At the Charlotte Inn?

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  Site Where: 27 South Summer Street [map], Edgartown, MA, United States, 02539-8115
October 3, 2012 at 9:01 AM | by | ()

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

Last year, we took a few steps around the Charlotte Inn's museum-worthy hoard of antique letterboxes, 19th century oil paintings, old medicine boxes, and stuffed pheasants in the lobby. But it turns out, the distinctive collection spreads throughout the entire hotel.

In the Coach House Suite, for example, you'll find this strange looking pulley system device hanging over one of the windows in the suite's living room.

But what does it do?

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Where To Spend A Long Weekend On Martha's Vineyard

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  Site Where: 131 North Water Street [map], Edgartown, MA, United States, 02539
August 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM | by | ()

You may not want summer to be over (we sure don't), but one thing that's keeping us distracted for the time being is the thought of fun-filled long weekend getaways in the fall. Just quick trips to help ease the transition back into the indoor months, and squeeze out those last few drops of sunshine and warmth.

Martha's VIneyard is one of those low-key, laze-away-on-the-beach type places, which for years has attracted high-profile vacationers like Tom Hanks, Bill Clinton, Larry David and Michael J. Fox. Just under three hours from Boston—and only five hours from New York—the island is an easy target for East Coasters needing some quiet time by the ocean.

A great choice for families, as well as couples, looking for that classic New England hotel experience is the Harbor View Hotel, which calls itself the "Grand Dame" of Vineyard hotels, due to both its size (114 rooms and suites) and history (the hotel opened in 1891).

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Antique Letterboxes And A Stuffed Pheasant On Martha's Vineyard

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  Site Where: 27 South Summer Street [map], Edgartown, MA, United States, 02539-8115
August 25, 2011 at 9:09 AM | by | ()

One thing to keep in mind about the Charlotte Inn on Martha's Vineyard: the exquisite three-room downstairs lobby doubles as an art gallery. Basically everything you see photographed below is available for sale, though you're likely to spend quite a bit.

The historic inn, which was built in 1864, and sits right off the main strip in Edgartown (one of the island's three main towns), has stuffed birds, live birds, paintings, antique telephones, brass statues, and even a unique collection of vintage wooden letterboxes. If you wanted to spend four hours poring over the gleaming relics, you still wouldn't be able to take it all in. Take a look below at our photos from a recent visit...

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No Work, All Play, And The Best-Ever Porch

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  Site Where: 131 N. Water Street [map], Edgartown, MA, United States, 02539
June 22, 2010 at 3:25 PM | by | ()

Our very own hotel Agent Zero returns with yet another review. Her not-real name is Myra Ellen and she's our version of Alex Goran who travels once a week for business, usually along the Eastern seaboard. Every so often, she'll be dropping in with her latest hotel and travel observations. In this episode, she goes on vacation.

On an island of vacation homes and secluded estates, the Harbor View Hotelin Edgartown, Massachusetts is a stately oasis at the end of North Water Street. Visiting for a recent wedding, I was among a few dozen guests who opted to stay in this 100-plus year-old hotel during a long, lovely weekend.

The Harbor View has the regality of a seaside estate and the wraparound porch on the main building is a particularly beautiful spot. (And it's a popular spot, where an Oscar-winning actor posed for photos with a group one morning.) Lined with pretty white rocking chairs, the patio faces Chappaquiddick Island and the Edgartown light house is easily accessible down a short, picturesque path.

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