An Innkeeper’s Tale

In Martha’s Vineyard, on the east side of the island, sits a captain’s house designed in the traditional British style. Once the haunt of fearless whale hunters, The Charlotte Inn—one of the Vineyard’s most special destinations—transports you to another world. At this lovely inn, tranquility and hospitality meet Edwardian elegance. The staff, attentive and courteous, are alert to every detail, and there no computers or cell phones are allowed, except in the privacy of the guest rooms.

The gardens and artfully tended grounds at The Charlotte Inn are reminiscent of an old-world English country home, with immaculate lawns and manicured hedges. (Images courtesy of The Charlotte Inn)

Here, the suites are exquisitely decorated with English lamps and other creative antiques. They are all appointed with fine art, luxurious linens, and fresh flowers, offering a romantic reflection of a bygone era. The gardens and artfully tended grounds at The Charlotte Inn are also reminiscent of an old-world English country home with immaculate lawns and manicured hedges. Guest can walk around the ground and see lush flowering planters, wicker and wrought iron garden furniture, meandering brick walkways, and relax in quiet courtyards.

Barclay welcomes guests to The Main House of The Charlotte Inn in Martha’s Vineyard.

Secluded, yet minutes from the village shops, restaurants, and Edgartown harbor, The Charlotte Inn embodies a simpler way of life, with top-notch service that fosters a sense of peace and well-being. It’s easy to discover the beautiful island and explore its famous lighthouses and beaches, which are ideal for water sports and sailing. The Terrace restaurant at The Charlotte Inn also offers exceptional fine dining with an innovative approach to classic French cuisine, highlighting regionally sourced, seasonal ingredients, all expertly prepared.

The Terrace restaurant at The Charlotte Inn offers exceptional fine dining with an innovative approach to classic French cuisine, highlighting regionally sourced, seasonal ingredients—all expertly prepared.

Now entering its fifth decade as an internationally renowned destination, The Charlotte Inn is a longtime haven for generations of discerning travelers, a retreat in which to unplug and unwind in style. The transformation of the original 1866 house and property—including its meticulously restored buildings, and impressive collections of art, antiques, and period furnishings—has been a longtime labor of love.

Llocated on a quiet side street in the town of Edgartown, Mass., The Charlotte Inn has the look and feel of one of Europe’s great country homes.

At the foot of the inn’s grand staircase, for instance, the library gives its guests a quiet sitting area overlooking South Summer Street. Leather-bound books fill glass-fronted cases, gorgeous photography books are stacked on a marble-topped table under the crystal chandelier, and a working fireplace flanked with two antique tufted-leather chairs offers a relaxing place to read.

In its four buildings, antiques at The Charlotte Inn are true to the 
periods of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Owners and innkeepers on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Gery and Paula Conover, have earned countless praise and awards for the inn’s gracious hospitality, elegant luxury accommodations, and devoted attention to detail and comfort. The Charlotte Inn also released Behind the Times on Purpose, an elegantly designed coffee-table book showcasing the manicured gardens and grounds, the restored buildings, and the collections of art and antiques housed within The Charlotte Inn. Published by Vineyard Stories, with photographs by Nina Bramhall, the book is a nice reminder of your visit to The Charlotte Inn. It’s the perfect accompaniment to an inn gift certificate, or a source of endless inspiration for your own home.