Happy Martha’s Vineyard Week again! Wasn’t that house in the last post just beautiful?! Once again I loved all your comments.(Thank you.) Today I want us to take a look at a grand old hotel there on the Vineyard overlooking Edgartown Harbor – the Harbor View Hotel. It opened in July, 1891 with a huge by-invitation-only party for guests of the hotel and 400 residents of the island. It was built at a time when the island was having an economic crisis due to the end of the once profitable whaling industry there. Investors were trying to change the island’s “industry” to tourism. That change – and this hotel – are what kept the island afloat financially. (Did you catch my pun? ha ha)
The hotel has been bought and sold a dozen times over its 124 year history – the most recent being in 2006 by the Scout Real Estate Capital LLC of Nantucket. (There is a good article about this here.) An entire book has been written about the history of the Harbor View Hotel and how it changed the island, and the book is filled with old photographs.
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When I was a teenager – planning my one-day-in-the-future-dream-trip to Martha’s Vineyard, I picked out another hotel on the island for my accommodations. Back then the Harbor View was not what it is today, but I would definitely choose it today. The new investors have poured over $100 million into a renovation, expansion, and major upgrade of the hotel. Here is the newly renovated lobby. The boat in the glass case – well really the entire hotel – reminds me of the place we last stayed at Disney – The Yacht Club. (Perhaps the Disney folks looked to Harbor View for inspiration.)
There are now 3 restaurants at Harbor View. This is the Lighthouse Grill. (The hotel has a direct view of the Edgartown Lighthouse.)
And here is one of the rooms in the hotel that overlooks the water. I will be honest with you. This is a nice room, but it’s not among my favorites at the Harbor View. They have much better.
You see, part of the expansion that the Scout investors added was a group of buildings that house their “cottages” – complete residences with a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bath, and laundry. The first one was the Huxford Cottage, a building that had formerly been next door to the Old Whaling Church. Scout had it moved to an area behind the Harbor View.
These “cottages” were sold like condos – to individual owners who can use them at any time of the year and still enjoy all the amenities of the hotel. (Many are still available as overnight accommodations for hotel guests.)The Huxford cottage proved so successful that Scout then began to add more. This is the Captain Rowley Cottage. Aren’t they pretty buildings?! (Just wait til you see the inside!)
Okay… now we are getting to the rooms I want you to see. This is the interior of the Captain Rowley cottage.
See, it’s just like a little home.
Teeny tiny kitchenette.
(The microwave can also work as a convection oven.)
This is the bedroom in the Captain Collins Cottage. (Try saying that 3 times fast! ha)
And take a look at its bathroom! Love those walls!
Now here is where I get a little confused. I think this is how some of the rooms were decorated when the cottages were first built. I remember seeing this room and several others that looked similar on their website a couple of years ago, but I do not see them now. (They just disappeared!)
This was another one I saw two years ago.
I’ve read that they did a renovation of the cottages recently, so I guess the linens from above are gone. Here is another of the newer room designs. Some of these photos were taken by the talented Lisa Pyden. You can see more of the cottages on her website here.
There are lovely porches outside these cottages.
(Love those wicker chairs!)
How about a stroll down their brick promenade?
And Heaven knows I would love to jump in their pool!
(Soooo hot in Georgia right now.)
And that is almost all of the Harbor View Hotel that I have for you today. Before I go, I wanted to remind you that you have another chance at the Susan Branch books that give you a taste of the Vineyard and a $25 Amazon gift card.
You can read all the details on entering the giveaway at the bottom of the post here, or you can take a look at the gist of it below…
To enter, just leave a comment on talkofthehouse.com (not a reply on your email delivered post please) on any or all of the posts that publish between 7/13/2015 and midnight on Sunday 7/19/2015…only one comment per post please. I’ll do a random drawing from all the names and announce the winner in the next post after Sunday.
That’s all for today from hot Georgia.
I will leave you sitting in a rocker on the cool porch of the Harbor View Hotel…
enjoying this view.
Until next time…