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The Best Place to Stay on Martha’s Vineyard?

Looking lovely even in the low season, Harbor View!

Looking lovely even in the low season, Harbor View!

Ahhh, what a difference a good vacation makes! In the five months since our baby was born, my husband and I had not left Boston together, and so it was high time. Scanning the map, we decided on Martha’s Vineyard: the famed island where New England relaxes, yet I (naughty Bostonian that I am) had never visited. But where to stay?

The living room of our "Captain's Cottage."

The living room of our “Captain’s Cottage.”

Some sleuthing revealed that one hotel’s name comes up again and again due to its long and illustrious history: the Harbor View Hotel (click for availability and rates) in Edgartown, Massachusetts. Built in 1891, the Harbor View has been slathered in accolades, from “Top 50 U.S. Resorts” by Travel + Leisure, to “Best Hotel on the Vineyard” by Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. It didn’t hurt that the Harbor View folks are highly charming on Twitter. We became oh so intrigued…

So many fun things to do in the cottage!

We got just what we needed on our vacation: Time to relax as a family!

And soon our room at the Harbor View was booked! But it was not just any room; it was a “Captain’s Cottage,” one of eight cottages in the hotel that feature multiple luscious rooms, and the feeling of a full home (just without the dust bunnies that seem to accumulate in mine).

The hallway of our cottage, displaying the fireplace in the bedroom!

The view down our hallway, displaying the fireplace in the bedroom.

The Harbor View Hotel is often described as the “Grand Dame of Martha’s Vineyard.” Indeed our cottage did have the feel of a stately New England lady welcoming us into her comfortably elegant summer home. Why, our bedroom even had a functional gas fireplace, and the living room boasted a chandelier!

The cottage's dining room, replete with an ornate chandelier.

Our cottage’s dining room, replete with an ornate chandelier.

The dining and kitchen area made our cottage eminently livable, meaning we could dine in as well as out with comfort. And see that cute little jug of three umbrellas provided to guests in the event of rain? I love those little thoughtful touches.

The cozy couch and sunny front porch.

The cozy couch and sunny front porch.

I’m a sucker for soft furniture and good light, and our cottage had both. There was a front AND back porch, and so many poofy sofas and chairs inside that I nestled in a different one every few hours.

The kitchen area has a mini microwave, drawer fridge and freezer, and... mini-dishwasher?!

The kitchen area had a mini microwave, drawer fridge and freezer, and… mini-dishwasher?!

Our baby enjoyed our new digs immensely. He even let us pose him like a cute little couch potato with the remote (large flat-screen plasma TV not shown, but existing) before falling asleep on our downy bed. (Yes, we were safe little parents and transferred him to his travel crib once he was sleeping deeply enough.)

So many ways to relax around the cottage.

So many ways to lounge around the cottage.

An unexpected delight of our cottage was found draping languorously in our walk-in closet: Two bathrobes that belong in the Hall of Fame of Happiness. These robes were so plush that you could stride outside in winter and not feel a chill. Wearing one was as if the world’s softest stuffed animal was hugging me from head to toe!

The walk-in closet contains two of the softest bathrobes ever...

The walk-in closet contained two of the softest bathrobes ever…

So of course we had to pose the baby with the bathrobe. He liked it! As my cousin Eric says, Devi is a little cuddle monster, so it’s no surprise that he and the robe got along like old chums.

Oooh that bathrobe was luxurious!

Oooh that bathrobe was luxurious!

This brings us to the bedroom. Like each room of the cottage, the high triangular ceilings let light and air dance around. The bed had a rich wood frame and was swathed in downy white linens. It was all I could do not to dive in head first upon seeing it!

Wowza! What a bedroom!

Wowza! What a bedroom!

On the other side of the bedroom sat my new love: a piece of furniture that is sort of a mix between a couch and an armchair. My only complaint was that there weren’t two, as my husband and I battled each other for who would get to sit in it each day.

The other side of the massive bedroom has a brilliant piece of furniture.

The other side of the massive bedroom had a brilliant piece of furniture.

With a cottage this nice, I’m inclined to recommend the Harbor View just as much in the off season as the high season, because it’s so relaxing to lounge inside. As we visited in April, the air outside was still a bit chilly, and we had no qualms about spending luxurious chunks of the day relaxing in our amazing suite.

What a delightful piece of furniture!

What a delightful piece of furniture to read and cuddle upon.

Stay tuned for more Martha’s Vineyard articles, from scrumptious food photos, to sunny beach walks, to a visit to an alpaca farm (no joke)! But until then, let us appreciate how rejuvenating a great hotel space can be. Thanks for a great time, Harbor View!

Our cottage had a front and back porch.

Our little family was sad to leave our wonderful cottage, but refreshed from a great stay.

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We were guests of the Harbor View Hotel, but all opinions, baby drool, and bathrobe cuddles are my own.

 

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Rashaad

Tuesday 29th of April 2014

Years ago, as a high school graduation present, my folks took me to Martha's Vineyard. I can't say I have a great memory of the few days we spent there - but I do remember us staying at Gay Head not too far from the beach. Did you stay relatively close to the beach?

Lillie

Tuesday 29th of April 2014

Since it's such a small island, most places one stays on MV are close to a beach. :) This hotel, however, was indeed within view of the ocean at Edgartown. We also took a day trip across the island to Gay Head and enjoyed it very much! Photos and article about that coming soon...

Leah Klein

Monday 28th of April 2014

That looks gorgeous! I've never been to Martha's Vineyard only Nantucket. One day I'll make it out there.

Lillie

Tuesday 29th of April 2014

It's worth it, and the ferry was super easy!

Mary @Green Global Travel

Sunday 27th of April 2014

Your cottage looks lovely! I look forward to your stories about the Alpaca farm.

Lillie

Tuesday 29th of April 2014

Just you wait... the alpaca photos are out of this world. :D

Pamela Spencer

Saturday 26th of April 2014

Wow! We could not have said it better ourselves! The Captain's Cottages, available to own or rent, are designed for care-free living. We're so pleased you enjoyed yourselves. Please spread the word and come to visit us again!

Lillie

Sunday 27th of April 2014

Thanks, Pamela! Another thing I forgot to mention was the free WiFi. Sooo appreciated after so many hotels charging for it!

Suzanne Fluhr

Friday 25th of April 2014

Looks like a perfect off season getaway and Devi is obviously "the Man".

Lillie

Sunday 27th of April 2014

Hehe-- Correct on both counts. :)

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