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The seeds of a legend are sown:

The early life and times of Harbor View Hotel

Any account of the Harbor View's history must begin with Edgartown, its legendary birthplace.

Settled in 1671, this early colony steadily came to be known as a prime port for whaling. And as that enterprise grew, so too did Edgartown, in both prominence and influence.

In fact, by mid-1800, this bustling municipality had become the Vineyard's wealthiest. But as the whaling industry began to ebb, Edgartown officials turned their attention to a new source of prosperity: tourism.

With ambitions of building the finest resort of its kind, local leaders set about creating an infrastructure – starting with light rail that connected the ferry port of Oak Bluffs to Edgartown, where a proposed hotel would welcome guests from around the world.

Construction of this highly-anticipated endeavor concluded in the spring of 1891; not long thereafter – on July 23rd – the Harbor View opened its doors.

The exclusive, invitation-only gala welcomed 400 privileged guests, who mingled and danced until dawn on the hotel’s verandas, which were festively adorned with exotic Chinese lanterns.

Thus began its reputation as the ultimate island retreat, where the cultivated and wealthy, the famous and far-flung, summered leisurely upon her shores. Soon, it became the resort of choice – not only for generations of returning families, but for high-profile celebrities, powerful politicians and legendary stars of sport, stage and screen – including a rather infamous mechanical shark named “Bruce,” who, along with Steven Spielberg and a profusion of Hollywood cast and crew, virtually took over Edgartown (and the remainder of Martha’s Vineyard) while filming the blockbuster “Jaws” in 1975.

Today, with its doors open wide to greet a new generation of guests – along with a sizable contingent of the ever-faithful – this storied hotel beckons one and all to discover the new charms and refreshed allure of the Vineyard’s finest resort destination.

Upcoming Events

Apr 18

28th Annual Earth Day Beach Clean Up

Saturday, Apr 18th

Help us to keep our beaches clean during earth day! The Harbor View Hotel team participates yearly along with the Vineyard Conservation Society to help clean up Lighthouse Beach. More information to come.  



May 10

Mother's Day Brunch

Sunday, May 10th

Our Mother's Day Brunch is a signature Pink & Green Weekend experience. Chef Patrice and team have created an incredible menu in celebration of the moms we will be welcoming.

Reservations strongly recommended, please call 508-627-3761.
Harbor View Hotel and Rosewater have partnered together to cosponsor the Island Wide Mother of the Year Essay Contest. The three winners will read their essays at 11a.m. during Sunday Brunch.





Jun 1

Martha's Vineyard Restaurant Week

Jun 1 - 7

To all the food lovers, Bettini Restaurant will be participating this year in the island wide restaurant week, which showcases our best dishes and our most delicious menu items for you to try! 

Jun 11

Taste of the Vineyard

Thursday, Jun 11th

Kick off to the summer is the annual Taste of the Vineyard, the island's most anticipated party each June. This grand event features local and off island restaurants and purveyors, breweries, wineries, and more for an evening of food, drinks, music, dancing and fun. The event raises money for the MV Preservation Trust to keep the Island's historic landmarks open for the enjoyment of your children and grandchildren and for all future generations to come.

Jul 4

Fourth of July in Edgartown

Saturday, Jul 4th

By staying at the Harbor View Hotel, you will be near all the 4th of July festivities. Edgartown 4th of July parade and spectacular Edgartown Harbor fireworks are the highlights the island's favorite holiday! More information to come. 


Those who book a suite with us in December through May 16th deserves a substantial savings – and we’re happy to oblige, with a 40% Suite Savings. 

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Babymoon Package

Enjoy time, just the two of you before you welcome your newborn to the family!

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