The Charlotte Inn

A charming New England retreat
Originally the 1866 home of a whaling merchant, The Charlotte Inn is a quietly elegant bastion of Edwardian splendor, even though it’s located in the middle of the busiest town on Martha’s Vineyard. Once you walk along the garden paths under the linden and chestnut trees, you just know this is a place coveted by those with a penchant for privacy and peace.

When you see the picturesque lawns and gardens with grand fountains adorning the entrance, you will know you have arrived. This quiet and secluded location is just a short walk away from the livelier historic town center.

Inside, the rooms are outfitted in elegant 19th-century art and original antiques. The guest rooms continue the luxe treatment with flat-screen TVs and down pillows and comforters.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The New England hotel is surrounded by immaculately landscaped lawns, shrubs, ivy and colorful flowers, and babbling fountains scattered throughout. Follow the brick-lined path through the grounds and take a seat on one of the many benches to drink in the island air among roses, wisteria and more.
  • Enjoy classic French fine dining with local ingredients at The Terrace at The Charlotte Inn. The indoor dining room is beautiful with glass panels, but it's also tempting to dine on the patio surrounded by ivy.
  • Each day between 4 and 5 p.m. on the summer house’s deck, unwind with a glass of iced tea or lemonade and munch on cucumber sandwiches on sourdough and chocolate chip cookies. A staff member will serve the refreshments while you mix and mingle with the other guests.
  • The 19 accommodations at this stately inn are the antidote to cookie-cutter hotel rooms. Each is uniquely decorated with numerous English antiques purchased by the owners. 
  • You will want to linger in the handsome common rooms. Sit in front of the fireplace amid equestrian paintings in the Living Room for tea, or head to the mahogany-paneled Green Room to sip sherry.
Things to Know
  • Children under the age of 12 are not allowed at The Charlotte Inn, as its focus is on giving adults a relaxing getaway. 
  • The inn asks that you refrain from using your cell phones on the property, so you don’t disrupt other guests. The tranquil setting of the hotel’s gardens and sitting rooms are best without cell phone noise.
  • The inn doesn’t allow food in guest rooms, but there are great restaurants and cafés just about a block away from the inn on Edgartown’s main street.
  • If you’re planning on spending some time at the beach, you’ll find beach towels in the closet of your room, and you can snag beach chairs and umbrellas from the hotel, too. Just be sure to let the front desk know that you want an umbrella, as it's first-come, first-served.
The Rooms
  • Guest rooms at this Martha’s Vineyard inn are styled elegantly and classically with wallpaper and draperies featuring rich hues.
  • You’ll find grand mirrors, four-poster beds with canopies and fine Frette linens, and all sorts of vintage pieces — beautiful antique paintings, handmade throw pillows, silver brush and mirror sets sitting on the mahogany dresser, crown molding and vintage black-and-white photos.
  • Bathrooms are decently sized with a shower/tub, a vanity with a makeup mirror, beautiful wallpapering and crown molding.
  • What you won’t find in The Charlotte Inn’s guest rooms is top-of-the-line technology, a mini-bar or a work desk (in most cases). There’s no mini-bar because food and beverages aren’t permitted in the well-appointed rooms.
  • State-of-the-art technology is omitted to allow you to truly vacation and enjoy the island. Spend your time sitting in the beautiful gardens that cover the property or wander through town’s lovely boutiques and galleries.
The Restaurant
  • The Charlotte Inn is on Martha’s Vineyard, which means fresh seafood restaurants are not far away — in fact, there’s a great one right inside the Four-Star inn. The Terrace offers delicious food in an elegant setting.
  • This space has a breathtaking conservatory dining room that’s perfect for a romantic dinner.
  • For breakfast, the restaurant transforms into a bright, sunny space, making it the perfect place to wake up with a warm cup of coffee.
  • Because of The Terrace's popularity, the Martha's Vineyard hotel recommends making advance reservations. 
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Getting There
27 South Summer Street, Edgartown, Massachusetts 02539
MVY (12 min)   BOS  
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