Our Stay at Harbor View Hotel: Edgartown, MA
Walking through the doors of Harbor View Hotel instantly transported us to the most charming coastal hotel Brandon and I had ever seen. True New England style, mixed with beach-y furniture and a casual atmosphere made us feel like we were on the set of the TV show Revenge (minus all of the drama). We have been so incredibly excited to share this first set of Martha’s Vineyard pictures with you all because it was such a magical trip and part of that is due to our fabulous hotel!
Harbor View Hotel is located in Edgartown, Massachusetts (our personal favorite and recommended town to visit on the island). We’ll be sharing more about this colonial community soon, but for now, we want to focus on the amazing qualities of Harbor View.
K: We were given a room with (what had to be) the best view in the hotel. Our room overlooked the harbor and the lighthouse. We could see all of the boats and the beautiful lighthouse from our windows and our small porch. A comfortable reading nook, coffee bar, and cozy king size bed made this such a romantic spot for the two of us.
Upon settling into our room, a delicious cheese tray was delivered, giving us the perfect snack before our dinner reservations at Lighthouse Grill, the hotel’s restaurant. Brandon and I always take note of hotel rooms now and can’t help but compare all of our experiences. We loved the size of this one and how homey it felt, down to the light blue paint color that exuded tranquility. We quickly changed clothes and headed down to start exploring the beautiful grounds of the hotel.
B: Harbor View is everything you would picture a New England beach hotel to be. Sprawling on luscious landscape, the hotel makes you feel like you’re in another world. We were drawn to the wrap around porch, rocking chairs, and the slow pace that everything seemed to have, similar to our southern roots. American flags decorate every entrance, and much to Katherine’s delight, wild peonies were growing on the front lawn. To say that Harbor View is manicured and well-kept is an understatement; the hotel is absolutely gorgeous and we couldn’t help but get a little “snap happy” with our camera, taking pictures around every corner and relishing in the beautiful grounds.
K: One of the things we loved about the hotel was its close proximity to the beach and the lighthouse. We quickly discovered that New England beaches are not like Texas beaches in the slightest. They aren’t overcrowded with sunbathers and kids; they’re quiet and calm and most people don’t even wear a swimsuit (at least when we were there they didn’t). In the mornings and evenings it was chilly, so we bundled up on our first night there to walk towards the lighthouse. The breathtaking views at sunset and sunrise were amazing and I’m so glad we were walking distance from this awesome attraction.
B: The hotel staff was kind enough to let us borrow their bikes. Although they’re typically reserved for guests in the cottages of Harbor View (we were in the main building), there are several bike rental places around town that would also be great to loan from. I think the bikes were our favorite amenity offered because they allowed for us to see the entire town and get around easily.
K: We had the most delicious meal at the hotel restaurant, Lighthouse Grill. Overlooking the harbor, the restaurant gives a great view of the boats and the lighthouse itself. In our opinion, it was one of the best meals we had on the island during our time! I had lobster tacos as an appetizer, Brandon had the New England chowder, and we split the seared halibut. Everything was caught locally and tasted so fresh. I think the highlight of the meal were the warm, homemade chocolate chip cookies that came with a scoop of ice cream. Heavenly!
B: Another great amenity of the hotel is the pool area. Not only do they have a fantastic pool, but Katherine and I really loved all of the lawn games they had set up. It wasn’t quite warm enough to comfortably swim, but it felt great being outside in our swimsuits, just playing games on the grass. We kept marveling at the fact that we were in swimsuits without feeling the need to constantly dip into the water. If you do decide to visit the Vineyard in their warmest months (July or August), there’s a bar at the pool, and of course you’re only a short walk from cooling off in the ocean as well.
By the way, we’ve got a full post coming your way on Wednesday, all about these swimsuits from Cabana Life. In the meantime, you can shop them at the bottom of this post.
Overall, Harbor View Hotel blew us away with the ambiance and atmosphere. We cannot imagine a nicer spot to stay in Edgartown. The charm and character makes this hotel what it is, ultimately contributing to one of the most memorable trips we’ve had so far!
*Thank you to Harbor View Hotel for hosting us*