Fodor's Expert Review
With its expansive one-acre landscaped grounds ringed by a wrought-iron fence, this elegant 1849 Italianate inn with a wraparound porch resembles a private estate. A grand foyer welcomes newcomers, and when the weather is cooler, you can warm up in one of the several rooms outfitted with gas fireplaces. Although the inn is steps from the town center, you can lounge in the greenery and feel a world away.
Tip The inn’s elopement package is a tempting option for couple who want a small, yet beautiful, place to get married. For a quite reasonable fee, the couple can have their ceremony in the gazebo in the back gardens or in front of the fireplace in the living room; a bouquet of roses and rose boutonniere (or two corsages or two boutonnieres); a celebration toast with Champagne or sparkling cider; a 6” wedding cake; and a two-night’s stay, along with other perks.
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The eight guest rooms are gorgeously and tastefully decorated, with many luxurious amenities, including decadent pillow-top mattresses and bedding and plush robes.
You Should Know Kids must be 12 and older.
Most rooms have rain showers and are stocked with Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities.
Tip If you want a bathtub in addition to a shower, book the Hatch Room, which has a large clawfoot tub, or the Robinson Room, which has a large soaking tub.
The elegant living area, with its original black marble fireplace and plantation-style windows that open onto the veranda, is a lovely place to relax.
A full breakfast is served in the formal dining room or on the veranda and includes items like fresh fruit cups, blueberry scones, personal quiches, breakfast potatoes and sausages, as well as coffee, tea and juice. Yogurt, cereal and granola are also available. In the afternoon, muffins, cookies, cupcakes and other treats are laid out.
There is a small guest kitchen area with brewed coffee and tea and a refrigerator guests can use.
It’s easy to get around on foot, so you can park your car and leave it for trips into town. There’s a free shuttle bus to the Steamship Authority about a five-minute walk away from the inn if you want to head to Martha’s Vineyard for the day.
The innkeepers have a list of favorites, which includes The Glass Onion (2-minute walk) which they call one of their favorite fine dining dinner spots. Items on the menu include dishes like seared sea scallops, hangar steak and butter poached lobster. C Salt Wine Bar & Grille (25-minute walk) is another favorite, with an eclectic American menu, as is LaCucina Sul Mare (6-minute walk), which offers authentic Italian food.
Anejo Mexican Bistro (5-minute walk) has a tasty a la carte margarita menu. The Quarterdeck Restaurant (4-minute walk) has been a local landmark for over 40 years. Head to the bar for lively conversation.