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Hotel Near Biking, Hiking, and Beaches on Martha’s Vineyard

May 24, 2021 7:10 pm

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Nature lovers, outdoors enthusiasts, and beach devotees have much to delight them on an island getaway at the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard. Our bright, warm-hearted hotel at the doorstep of the Edgartown Harbor Village Historic District puts you within easy reach of the wonderful network of hiking and biking trails on Martha’s Vineyard—not to mention those lauded beaches!

Hiking on Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard claims a wonderful collection of protected preserves and refuges, sanctuaries that offer a glimpse of the island’s natural side as well as fine excuses to work in a hike or three during your Edgar Hotel getaway. Close by, for example, you’ll find the 150-plus glacially sculpted acres of the Caroline Tuthill Preserve with its oak/pine woods, meadows, saltmarshes, and swamps. Larger yet is the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, which includes four miles of trails foraying through forests, meadows, wetlands, and shoreline habitat. Another protected gem not far from the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard is the Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary, which earned its name in the 1850s as land owned by Sheriff Isaiah Pease. Protected a century later, this refuge includes not only upland sandplain meadow but also the tidal pond of John Butler’s Mudhole, the Ice Pond, and other wetland features. Extensive hiking opportunities also await you to the east on Chappaquiddick Island, a highlight of which is the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge; the old, gnarled coastal junipers in the refuge’s “Cedars” grove are one of the natural treasures of Martha’s Vineyard.

Biking on Martha’s Vineyard

Bike trails, multi-user paths, and quiet lanes crisscross Martha’s Vineyard, providing wonderful opportunities for cyclists. Here again, some of the most popular biking routes are right within our neck of the woods at the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard, including the very popular Beach Road ride to Oaks Bluff, with its splendid prospects of Nantucket Sound and Sengekontacket Pond, and the South Beach Route down to the Katama seashore. Hop the ferry to Chappaquiddick (“Chappy,” as the locals call it), and you’ll find miles of quiet backroads to pedal.

Beach-hopping as an Edgar Hotel Guest

Of course, for many Martha’s Vineyard visitors, beachgoing’s at the very top of the priority list. Superb sandy strands can be found in all sectors of the island, including a number of must-visit ones right here in Edgartown: Fuller Street, Lighthouse, and Katama beaches among them, plus Wasque and East (Leland) beaches on Chappaquiddick Island and the Joseph Sylvia State Beach leading to Oak Bluffs. We also suggest extending your sand-and-surf safari to other parts of the island, checking out (for example) Owen Park Beach in Vineyard Haven and Chilmark’s Menemsha Public Beach, which provides great front-row seats for an Outer Lands sunset. Be sure to pay your respects to the famous Moshup Beach (Aquinnah Public Beach) on the far west side of the island, where you can admire perhaps the most celebrated natural landmark of Martha’s Vineyard: the colorful clay Cliffs of Aquinnah, or Gay Head Cliffs. In other words, we’d definitely recommend spending a goodly portion of your getaway to the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard in barefoot mode!

Boutique Hotel for your Summer Vacation in Edgartown

May 4, 2021 6:55 pm

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Now’s the time to start planning your summer vacation in one of the most all-around fabled summertime getaways in the country. Enjoy boutique accommodations in historic Edgartown at the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard, and you’ll have the many and varied delights of the fabulous Vineyard at your fingertips—plus the pinnacle of New England hospitality!

The Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard: Your Offshore Home Away From Home

As a guest of ours at the Edgar Hotel, you get to enjoy as your Martha’s Vineyard home base one of the island’s loveliest and most history-rich settlements. Edgartown includes a slew of 19th-century architecture, including the famous Old Whaling Church, one of the greatest embodiments of Greek Revival style in all of New England; with a room or suite at the Edgar, you’re a mere 10-minute stroll from the heart of the Edgartown Village Historic District downtown. For a summer escape to the Vineyard, it doesn’t get any better than a guest room or suite at the Edgar Hotel. These spacious accommodations, filled with natural light and showcasing artwork by Paul Elliott Thuleau and Abraham Pieciak, immerse you in the spirit of the island with their whitewashed bed frames, fine cabinetry, and other nautical flourishes. With supremely walkable Edgartown at your doorstep and the convenience of a Vineyard Transit Authority bus spot and bike paths close by, you’ve got a wealth of island sightseeing, shopping, and dining to enjoy. As it happens, you don’t even need to leave our hotel to enjoy outstanding cuisine: Our on-site Town Bar & Grill serves up daily lunch and dinner, weekend brunch, and late-night eats, plus a delightful outdoor beer garden.

Summer Pleasures on Martha’s Vineyard

It’s not summer on Martha’s Vineyard, of course, without plenty of quality beach time, and some of the island’s finest sands are just a seashell’s throw (give or take) from your Edgar Hotel room or suite. They include beaches right here in the village and its immediate surrounds, including Fuller Street Beach, Lighthouse Beach, and Katama Beach. Close by you’ll also find the gorgeous strands of Chappaquiddick Island—“Chappy,” in local parlance—which is, most of the time anyhow, actually a peninsula within Edgartown’s limits. On the other side of Martha’s Vineyard, don’t miss Moshup Beach and the famous Cliffs of Aquinnah: beautiful sedimentary bluffs whose vibrant hues, local Wampanoag legend says, stem from the blood of a whale the giant Moshup pummeled upon the cliffs. Sandy and bluff-edged seashores aren’t the limit of Martha’s Vineyard’s natural beauty. Summer’s ideal for hiking the island’s many preserves, from the small but superb Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary with its sandplain grassland and tidal ponds to the sprawling Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary—where guided kayaking and standup-paddleboarding are offered in the summer—and the Caroline Tuthill Preserve, host to serene oak and pine woods, saltmarsh, and other native habitat. Multiple picturesque lighthouses await, including the Edgartown Harbor Light and the Cape Poge Light on Chappaquiddick, plus other coastal landmarks—not least the “Jaws Bridge” featured in Steven Spielberg’s iconic 1975 blockbuster.

Book Your Summer Escape to Martha’s Vineyard

Throw in golf courses, food and wine festivals, and watersports, and you’ve got a truly classic taste of a coastal New England summer to savor as a guest at the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard. We can’t wait to welcome you ashore!

Best Hotel to Enjoy Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard

April 24, 2021 6:40 pm

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Relish an elegant, boutique “down-island” home base at the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard, which nestles you within the historical and scenic delights of Edgartown, Massachusetts. You won’t find finer hospitality on the island—or in all of New England, for that matter—and meanwhile you’ll be marvelously situated to explore this fascinating seaside area.

Edgartown Harbor Village Historic District

Incorporated in 1671, Edgartown boasts some of the most accessible history on Martha’s Vineyard, presented in a coastal setting that manifests the essence of the island’s beauty. It’s all yours to enjoy—from the swoony beachfront to vintage architecture—while relaxing in style at the Edgar Hotel! Staying in one of our light-filled, nautically accented guest rooms or suites, you’ll find yourself just a short and pleasant mosey from the heart of downtown Edgartown, which anchors the Edgartown Harbor Village Historic District. A plethora of historical buildings, most of them wood-frame beauties, stand here, including the wellknown, 1842-built Old Whaling Church. That structure is considered among the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in New England, and—along with such other notable sites as the Captain Abraham Osborne House—serves as a reminder of Edgartown’s role as the hub of Martha’s Vineyard 19th-century whaling industry, particularly between the 1820s and 1860s. Besides Greek Revival, you can admire a variety of other architectural styles in the Edgartown’s historic district, including Federal, Colonial Revival, and Queen Anne. Edgartown, meanwhile, boasts two of Martha’s Vineyard’s time-tested lighthouses: the Edgartown Harbor Light and, over on Chappaquiddick Island, the Cape Poge Light—both well worth visiting.

Other Edgartown Attractions

As Edgartown’s whaling days wound down, its status as a summer resort destination was already getting established, and its appeal in that regard certainly hasn’t dimmed. Calling the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard home, you’ll be within shouting distance of such celebrated strands as Fuller Street and Katama beaches, plus Chappaquiddick’s coveted beachfront. You can also explore native island habitats at preserves such as the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary and Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary, or linger amid the serenity of the pine-tucked Mytoi Japanese Garden on Chappaquiddick. If you’re a movie buff, you’ll surely enjoy seeking out the many recognizable sites featured in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws, not least the so-called “Jaws Bridge” at Joseph Sylvia State Beach, connecting Edgartown to Oak Bluffs.

Soak Up Edgartown’s Charms on a Martha’s Vineyard Getaway at the Edgar Hotel

You’ll also find no shortage of shopping and dining on offer in Edgartown, including our own Edgar Hotel restaurant, the Town Bar & Grill. So don’t wait another moment: Book your room or suite with us, and use our boutique hotel—easy to reach by ferry or air—as your springboard for exploring one of Martha’s Vineyard’s quintessential corners!

Boutique Hotel Near the Best Edgartown Beaches

April 7, 2021 6:34 pm

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Plush sand beaches flanked by grassy dunes and broad sea views: the most iconic pleasures of summer on Martha’s Vineyard. With boutique accommodations at the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard, the island’s postcard-perfect strands are yours to enjoy to the fullest! Those strands include a number right here in Edgartown, among them some of the most coveted on Martha’s Vineyard.

Beachgoing as a Guest at the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard

It’s hard to resist the lure of the Edgartown beachfront—and why try? With a lovely and wellappointed perch here at the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard, you’re just minutes from quite the collection of ravishing seashores. Among the easy-to-reach beaches here in Edgartown are Lighthouse Beach at Starbuck’s Neck, Fuller Street Beach, and surf-kissed Katama (or South) Beach, with Norton Point Beach just east along the south barrier of Katama Bay. The island-peninsula of Chappaquiddick, meantime, is just a stone’s throw away, tempting with its own expansive beachfront on the far down-island realm of Martha’s Vineyard. Easily one of the finest shores on Martha’s Vineyard is Chappaquiddick’s East (or Lelane) Beach, which links the Wasque Reserve in the south with the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge. Stroll the open Atlantic beachfront, admire the tenacity of ancient red-cedars in their salt-wind-beaten grove, and visit the calmer margin of Cape Poge Bay. Casting opportunities for stripers and bluefish are outstanding.

Wander Other Martha’s Vineyard Beaches on Your Edgar Hotel Stay

You can happily content yourself with the grade-A beaches of Edgartown while enjoying our hospitality here at the Edgar Hotel, but you’ll also be well rewarded for touring a bit farther afield on Martha’s Vineyard. Among numerous other exceptional sand-between-your-toes spots, we definitely recommend Menemsha Public Beach in Chilmark, which offers calm swimming waters and an extraordinary sunset vantage, and the much-photographed Aquinnah Public Beach (or Moshup Beach), set at the foot of the striking Cliffs of Aquinnah at the far western reach of the island.

A Martha’s Vineyard Beach Getaway at the Edgar Hotel

Accessible year-round by Steamship Authority ferry or a flight into the Martha’s Vineyard Airport— and also seasonally reachable with a ride aboard the Pied Piper docking right in Edgartown Harbor—the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard provides an unbeatable boutique perch for enjoying this world-famous island and its justly celebrated beaches. Relish a beautiful guest room or suite at the Edgar, taking advantage of such on-site amenities as our popular Town Bar & Grill, our business center, and our guest laundry services as well as our walkable proximity to downtown’s Edgartown Harbor Village Historic District. Treat yourself to a beach getaway this summer with an Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard H.Q.!

Perfect Vineyard Escape for the Whole Family

March 24, 2021 6:29 pm

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If you’re seeking the perfect accommodations for a family getaway to Martha’s Vineyard—well, you’ve found them in the Edgar Hotel! Our conveniently situated Edgartown hotel provides spacious guest rooms and suites, a rich array of on-site amenities, and ready access to the island’s top attractions—just the formula for an unforgettable Martha’s Vineyard stay with the whole crew.

Family Vacations at the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard

Featuring nautically inspired designs, modern smart technology, and an immensely comfortable layout, the sunny guest rooms and suites here at the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard provide impeccable, family-friendly accommodations in one of the most sought-after summer resort getaways in the country. Visit some of the famous beaches of Martha’s Vineyard for swimming, surf-casting, shelling, and sunbathing. Hit up one or more of the island’s golf courses. Take a bike ride through pine woods and grassy dunes, hike along bird-rich saltmarshes and serene sloughs, stroll the paths of the Polly Hill Arboretum or the Mytoi Japanese Garden. Marvel at the Cliffs of Aquinnah at the westernmost edge of the island, check each of the island’s historic lighthouses off your sightseeing list, and enjoy some oversand safaris amid the transfixing beauty of Chappaquiddick Island.

Amenity-Rich Family Accommodations at the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard

You and the rest of the gang will be a mere pleasant stroll from the historic architecture and shopping of downtown Edgartown as a guest here at the Edgar Hotel, and just a hop, skip, and a jump from Edgartown Harbor itself. You’ll find one of the best dining options in Edgartown right within the bounds of our hotel: the Town Bar & Grill, which serves lunch and dinner every day as well as weekend brunch. There’s something for everybody at our restaurant, from such crowd-pleasing starters as Mac Fritters, Popcorn Chicken, and Four Cheese Ravioli to burgers, wraps, steak, seafood, and tacos as well as sushi rolls, sashimi, and nigiri—plus a special kid’s menu, to boot. There aren’t many more pleasant places to be on a summer’s evening in Martha’s Vineyard, meanwhile, than the Town Bar & Grill’s outdoor beer garden. Our hotel is also well set up for family reunions and other special events. We’re also delightfully easy to reach, whether you’re coming in on the year-round Steamship Authority ferry or the seasonal Falmouth Edgartown Ferry’s Pied Piper, or flying in to the Martha’s Vineyard Airport.

Escape With the Whole Family to Martha’s Vineyard on an Edgar Hotel Getaway

So come join us amid the sun and sand, the whitewashed 19th-century homes and noble lighthouses, the sunset-fired dunes and bluffs of Martha’s Vineyard. For family-friendly accommodations on this coveted New England isle, you simply can’t do better than the Edgar Hotel!

Summer Bucket List for Martha’s Vineyard

March 5, 2021 6:19 pm

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Martha’s Vineyard has been one of the top summer getaways in all of the U.S. since the 19th century, and it’s not hard to see why. The beauty and splendor of the New England coast’s “Outer Lands” are epitomized by this sand-rimmed island, yours to call your own—at least for a little while— as a guest of ours here at the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard.

Summer Touring and R&R on Martha’s Vineyard

From its charming seaside towns to its rolling countryside, Martha’s Vineyard still casts an incomparable spell. With the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard as your friendly, boutique, wellappointed spring board, you’re all set up to drink deep of the island’s iconic summer pleasures. There are the beaches, first and foremost: beaches of diverse character, from the calm, placid strands of the north to the surf-pounded majesty of the south shore. Your guest room or suite at the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard puts you nice and close to some of the most sought-after sands on the island, including Katama Beach to the south and broad, piercingly beautiful East (or Leland) Beach on Chappaquiddick, on the far eastern edge of Martha’s Vineyard. Hunt for shells, take a dip, cast for striped bass, watch the sunrise (or the sunset, depending on which side of the island you’re touring): A day at the beach on Martha’s Vineyard checks all the boxes. There’s much more to outdoor recreation and leisure on Martha’s Vineyard than the beaches alone. There are miles of bike paths, hiking trails, and overland dune roads to explore, and extensive protected spaces such as nearby Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary, Caroline Tuthill Preserve, Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, and Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge that evoke the older, wilder side of the island. Historic landmarks are a dime a dozen on Martha’s Vineyard, meanwhile, and with accommodations at the Edgar Hotel you’re close to some of the best-known—not least the many wood-frame buildings of the Edgartown Harbor Village Historic District, which includes the Old Whaling Church and other stunning examples of Greek Revival style. The island’s also celebrated for its photogenic lighthouses, including the Edgartown Harbor Light and Cape Poge Lighthouse not far from our hotel. You can also go golfing, attend the delicious Big Chili Contest, hop your way between Jaws filming sites (such as the “Jaws Bridge”), and—of course—sample the delights of our very own on-site hotel restaurant the Town Bar & Grill, which includes a summertime outdoor beer garden.

Make the Most of Summer on Martha’s Vineyard With an Idyll at the Edgar Hotel

There’s really nothing like summer on Martha’s Vineyard, and its yours on a platter when you choose the Edgar Hotel Martha’s Vineyard for your boutique accommodations. We’ll shower you with hospitality while you soak up the sand, surf, and sunshine of the Outer Lands!

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