02539-8115 Travel Guide
What Is This / Martha's Vineyard Hotels / Historic Hotels / Bed and Breakfasts / Relais and Chateau Hotels / Hotel Furniture / Hotel Antiques / Hotel Snapshots / → All Tags
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?
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...