Summercamp Hotel: Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard
Last week we shared our hotel from Edgartown and I mentioned on Instagram Stories that Martha’s Vineyard island is not just one big town; instead, there are all these small towns that you can bounce around to by bike or a quick car ride. After spending some time in Edgartown, we knew we wanted to see Oak Bluffs, just a short 15 minute drive away. A bit of research informed us that the best place to stay (in our opinion) was Summercamp Hotel, a Lark hotel.
If you attended camp as a child, then you know there’s nothing sweeter than reminiscing on campfires, meals at the mess hall, fun games and activities, and the beauty of the great outdoors. Summercamp Hotel takes all of these qualities and puts them into their hotel, making sure to tweak the “roughing it” part for a cozy bedroom and amenities. Brandon and I are like kids and fully embrace the playful sides of our personalities so this hotel was perfect for us. We truly felt at home and had to share our experience at this amazing hotel.
K: We walked into a bright room, welcomed by fresh cookies and a cheerful ambiance that matched our emotions for the day. Fun furniture, personal touches, and bright pops of color are what you can expect from this fabulous hotel. I’m not lying when I say that the sheets here were the softest I’ve ever felt. I don’t know what brand they’re using, but I have got to figure it out!! Each room is provided a canteen (a glass water bottle), so that you can go fill up in their “Canteen” area of the main lobby. After laying our luggage down and checking out the beautiful view of the harbor, that’s exactly what we headed to go do!
The Hotel & Amenities
B: This is the canteen area that Katherine mentioned earlier. Complete with snacks like candy, granola bars, bagels, chips, and cereal, it’s the perfect spot to refuel during an afternoon snack or if you’re skipping a big breakfast. My real interest came when I realized that I could fill our canteen with cold brewed iced tea. If you’re a long time reader, you know that Katherine and I both prefer tea over coffee so this was a real treat for us. Of course, they also have coffee for those who need a bit more for their caffeine.
The canteen area also has lots of table space and games so that you can eat, play, or get some work done. We loved this feature of the hotel and felt like the added space was really nice!
K: All of the decor is so playful and fun, taking notes from true camps with things like racquets on the wall, books to borrow, and even a rec room. Unfortunately, a big meeting was in process during our stay and we weren’t able to take a peek inside that for you guys! Their website shows that it’s got ping pong, Twister, bean bags, and more. We were perfectly content lazing around on the front porch that had couches and rocking chairs; in fact, that’s where we watched the sunset one night after dinner.
B: We’re going to do a full post with things to do on Martha’s Vineyard, but just focusing on Oak Bluffs and what Summercamp is close to is great to keep in mind when planning your trip. The ferry actually pulls into Oak Bluffs, so if you’re coming in that way, Summercamp is only about 3 minutes from the ferry dock. Additionally, it’s a 3 minute walk to the “Gingerbread Cottages” (pictured below). This was one area that Katherine really wanted to see, so of course it was convenient that we could simply walk to the whole gingerbread village and stroll around the colorful cottage homes. On top of all that, Summercamp is walking distance to almost every popular restaurant and shop in the town, including Back Door Donuts, a bakery with donuts and world class apple fritters. Summercamp has bikes that you can take on a first come, first serve basis, making it extremely easy to get around.
Keep your eyes out for our full Martha’s Vineyard recap, coming out next week. And be sure to stop by on Wednesday! We’re so excited to share photos from one of the most gorgeous lighthouses on the island!