Martha's Vineyard

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About Martha's Vineyard

A picturesque island escape, Martha’s Vineyard is known for its lack of chain restaurants (it has zero), its grand swathes of sand, its green almost pastoral interior and, of course, for being the setting for Jaws. Our Gurus have quite a lot to choose from when refining their recommendations for the best places to stay on Martha’s Vineyard. There are a number of cosy New England Inns, charming converted colonial mansions and some really beautiful farmhouse hotels.

You’ll find some of our recommendations for the best places to stay on Martha’s Vineyard in gentrified Edgartown, which has some seriously impressive celebrity second homes, some incredible restaurants and a gorgeous bay. But there are also properties dotted across the island, from old-fashioned beach resort, Oak Bluffs, to pretty Tisbury which is also where you’ll find the ferry port to Cape Cod, which is about seven miles away.

There’s plenty to see and do here, but don’t think seeing just one or two lighthouses will tick that particular box, see all five if you can. Long Point Wildlife Refuge is wonderful for a walk, but the whole coastline really deserves exploring. There are also some well-considered vineyards, good fishing and great food.

What not to miss

  • The Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association is a small village with plenty of quaint, brightly-coloured gingerbread houses that are utterly charming. A lovely place to stroll through.
  • Head to the stunning Aquinnah Cliffs and watch the sun go down whilst enjoying the dreamy views.
  • Ocean Park and South Beach are other lovely options if you enjoy heading off on a good walk.
  • Or, if you're a culture-vulture then be sure to check out the Cottage Museum.

During the warm summer months the area is particularly popular so to be sure to bag one of the best places to stay in Martha's Vineyard try to book well in advance.

The Best Places to Stay on Martha’s Vineyard

For Couples

  • The Crocker House Inn is a picturesque B&B overlooking the Vineyard Haven Harbor. There are ten charming rooms, all with balconies and spectacular views of the bay and the inn’s gardens.
  • Kelley House in Edgartown, was built for a captain in 1742 - which is ancient by American standards. It’s now a boutique hotel with light, modern rooms, a British/American fusion restaurant and an impressive bar. A super spot for exploring the island.
  • The Charlotte Inn is another Edgartown classic, a 19th-century colonial style house turned 19 room boutique hotel. The rooms are large and elegant, complete with four-posters and fireplaces. There’s an excellent restaurant too.
  • Lambert's Cove Inn, Farm & Restaurant is a large farmhouse surrounded by manicured lawns, with a heated pool, a tennis court and a spa. Perfect for a relaxed country house style break.

For Value

  • Mansion House is a clapboard charmer you can stay in for under $120 per night. There are 48 cosy, elegant rooms with huge windows and hardwood floors, and a beautiful terrace with incredible views of the bay.
  • If you want a view of the harbour stay at Edgarton’s Harbor View Hotel, a vast converted beach house built in 1891. With over a hundred rooms now, the hotel has all the mod. cons. you’d expect including a great grill restaurant, a poolside restaurant and a cocktail and tapas bar.

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Travel Information

  • If you're coming from various destinations inside the US - Washington, New York, Boston and Providence - you can fly into Martha's Vineyard Airport.
  • Alternatively, you can take a ferry from nearby Falmouth or Hyannis across to the island.
  • Weather-wise, the best time to visit is in the summer months; the average temperature rises to 23°C in July.
  • However, this is peak tourist season, so for a quieter and cheaper alternative consider coming in spring or autumn.
  • If you'd like the freedom of having a car with you then see what's available with Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Martha's Vineyard

  • Harbor View Hotel 114 rooms from £100

    Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard

    This 1891 coastal hotel has over 100,000 cedar trees, an outdoor pool and views of Edgartown Harbour. Light comfortable rooms with modern bathrooms and vineyard views. The Lighthouse Grill focuses on fish and steak, whereas the North 41 is poolside. Head to Henry's Hotel Bar for cocktails and tapas.

    Sights nearby  -  Five lighthouses in Martha’s Vineyard are the most diverse in a small, contained area in the country.
    Birdwatching  -  Over 300 species of birds are known to commonly inhabit and frequent Martha’s Vineyard.
    Full of character
    Back to Nature
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  • Lambert's Cove Inn, Farm & Restaurant 15 rooms from £140

    Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard

    Large farmhouse resting in manicured lawns with heated pool, all weather tennis court and spa. Rooms are different but collectively comfortable, similar to that of an English country house. Restaurant menu incorporates fresh local ingredients. Relax or explore the local area, a stunning spot!

    Sights nearby  -  Lambert's Cove Beach nearby is private and requires a free pass from reception.
    Great walks  -  The gardens are yours to explore.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Kelley House 54 rooms from £115

    Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard

    Classic 1742 New England captains home turned boutique with garden, pool and ocean views. Light, modern rooms with coffee machines and noteworthy fluffy bathrobes. The Newes is a mix of American and British cuisine with a full bar. Perfect location of sea based activities or a romantic break away.

    Sights nearby  -  Head down to the beach and spend a day by the sea whilst catching a glimpse of Edgartown Lighthouse.
    Hideaway  -  A quiet spot.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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  • Summercamp Hotel 95 rooms from £127

    Oak Bluffs, MA, Martha's Vineyard

    An old Methodist summer camp, turned funky upscale boutique hotel in Oak Bluffs. The interiors have been carefully selected to invoke feelings of nostalgia for camp days of your childhood, while maintaining a level of elegance and style that places you right back in the present day. Characterful.

    Families  -  With plenty of activities in the hotel and the area this is an ideal spot for the whole family
    Local exploring  -  A funky and vibrant base from which to explore this charming town and the coastline beyond
    Fishing  -  Book in with the Skipper down at the harbour for an afternoon's fishing in the protected waters of Vineyard Sound
    Sights nearby  -  The Historic Oak Bluffs Gingerbread Cottages are found just outside the hotel, well worth taking a tour
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Nobnocket Boutique Inn 7 rooms from £131

    Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard

    A chic owner managed B&B in the lovely Martha's Vineyard. With seven elegantly styled rooms, all offering en suites, parquet floors and light natural tones. The breakfast is utterly delicious and can be served in bed or in the sunny dinning room. With extensive gardens and the village nearby.

    Romantic Break  -  For a romantic break book the Grand room, complete with fireplace, freestanding tub and plush linens
    Great walks  -  The property boasts a 1.8 acre garden, turning into woodland- perfect for an afternoon's wandering
    Birdwatching  -  The woods are filled with a variety of birds, make sure to pack your binoculars
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 16s only
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Hob Knob 17 rooms from £192

    Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard

    19th Century home turned boutique hotel with manicured garden, sit out porch and classic interiors. Rooms house big beds, bright bathrooms and delicious breakfast in the dining room. In-house spa, gym and sauna are for all to relax in wine country. Check out the The Hob Knob 27' Boston Whaler boat.

    Fishing  -  Aboard the in-house The Hob Knob 27' Boston Whaler organise a fishing trip with the captain.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • The Christopher 15 rooms from £210

    MA, Martha's Vineyard

    A charming Victorian era mansion turned upscale B&B by the famed Lark group. The vibrant and thoughtfully curated interiors are a welcome breath of fresh air in Edgartown. Serving a hearty breakfast, as well as evening snacks in the courtyard, guests are made to feel welcome and looked after.

    Beach Life  -  A beautifully laid out beach-chic B&B offering J Crew beach bags, towels and chairs on loan, as well as hot local tips
    Sights nearby  -  The hotel provides an ipad filled with info on local attractions such as local restaurants, spas, bars and bike trails
    Great walks  -  There are plenty of hiking and walking trails on the island, ask at the front desk for details
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • The Charlotte Inn 19 rooms from £250

    Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard

    British style 1864 house turned romantic boutique, with manicured gardens and antiques. The perfect place to unplug and unwind. Large, classical rooms with four poster beds, fireplaces and fine linens. Delicious American cuisine with French and Italian influences. The perfect romantic break.

    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Back to Nature
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, CN Traveller
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  • Crocker House Inn 10 rooms from £310

    Martha's Vineyard

    A picturesque B&B overlooking the Vineyard Haven Harbor, on Martha’s Vineyard. Charming rooms sport comfy beds, neutral tones and balconies with spectacular views of the bay and gardens. Sit out on the wrap around porch and enjoy the views! A quaint and homely hideaway.

    Great walks  -  Mytoi in Chappaquiddick, an enchanting 14-acre Japanese garden with walkways, drooping Cherry trees and wooden bridges.
    Sailing  -  Enjoy state-of-the-art sailing aboard the 60ft. catamaran, with Mad Max Sailing Adventures.
    Birdwatching  -  Cape Poge Lighthouse, a migratory stop for over a hundred species of birds.
    Full of character
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