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Visitors are fascinated by the rich history of Martha’s Vineyard. From the Golden Age of Whaling and the introduction of tourism to sightings of famous politicians and celebrities and the filming of Jaws, there are many sites to see and stories to hear from the locals who seem to have all the unwritten tales and the inside scoop.


While the lighthouses of Martha’s Vineyard are a perennial source of fascination for history buffs, these towering landmarks possess measures of stoic beauty, drama, intrigue and adventure so powerful, they routinely capture the imagination of even casual observers. Guests of the hotel are advised to start off “close to home,” as the Harbor View Lighthouse – perhaps the island’s most iconic – is virtually on-property. Your concierge will be happy to provide directions and information on the Vineyard’s other four soaring beacons – Aquinnah (a.k.a. “Gay Head), Cape Pogue, East Chop and West Chop.

Island Tours

For those who appreciate history and love to explore, there are many fun tours: private island tours, Gingerbread Cottage Tours, “Jaws” Tour, Oyster Farm Tours and Historic Walking Tours.


The rich history and natural beauty of Martha’s Vineyard offers something for everyone from musuems to the Flying Hourses Carousel in Oak Bluffs, the Aquinnah Cliffs and Chappaquidick Island.

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Why Choose Us?

Best Hotel on Martha's Vineyard

Best Location on Martha's Vineyard

No other resort on Martha’s Vineyard enjoys the dazzling views of seaside life and proximity to the island’s best shopping, restaurants, galleries and cultural experiences.

Renovation and Renaissance

After 129 years, the Harbor View Hotel has been thoroughly refurbished and redesigned with a $15 million renovation. Every square inch of the property is beautifully revamped.


Heated, saltwater, outdoor pool, brand new fitness center, spectacular ocean views, golf cart shuttles to beach and town, as well as Mercedes-Benz vehicles and bicycles for guest use.