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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

Nov 21

Raclette Night

Thursday, Nov 21st

Our Thursdays just got better - join us for Raclette Night every Thursday with Chef Patrice. Raclette, (a word derived from the French verb racler, meaning, "to scrape") is a traditional meal comprising of Alpine cheeses melted on the wheel and then scraped onto accompaniments, such as potato, vegetables, and meats. The Raclette dinner includes Creme Brûlée for dessert at $25 per person. Reservations recommended, please call 508-6276-3761. 

Nov 28

Grand Thanksgiving Buffet

Thursday, Nov 28th

This Thanksgiving, join us in Bettini for our Grand Thanksgiving Buffet with family and friends. With delicious options of Herb and Citrus Roasted Turkey, Classic Gravy, Cranberry Chutney or a Slow Baked New York Sirloin, Green Peppercorn, Sautéed Mushrooms, there's something for everyone. Best of all, enjoy breathtaking views of the Edgartown Lighthouse. Reservations are recommended, please call us (508) 627-3761. 

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Nov 29

23rd Annual Vineyard Artisans Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Festival

Nov 29 - 30

This largest holiday art show by Islanders, features many holiday gifts such as one of a kind winter hand-made sweaters, hand-made soaps, Island lavender, and fine crafts including leather and vintage material bags, wood butcher block cutting boards, and so much more. The best part of coming to the Vineyard Artisan Festivals is meeting the artists and listening to how they love there art and enjoy making these beautiful gifts. Great food and live music. A $2.00 parking fee is for the Vineyard Artisans Scholarship Fund, which awards several scholarships to graduating MV High School students for studies in the Arts each year.

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Nov 29

39th Annual Fall Festival

Friday, Nov 29th

The 39th annual Fall Festival is the celebration of fall on the Vineyard held the day after Thanksgiving. With hayrides, face-painting, live music, food, crafts for kids, live animals and
trail walks there is something for everyone and fun to be had by the whole family.

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Dec 5

Raclette Night

Thursday, Dec 5th

Our Thursdays just got better - join us for Raclette Night every Thursday with Chef Patrice. Raclette, (a word derived from the French verb racler, meaning, "to scrape") is a traditional meal comprising of Alpine cheeses melted on the wheel and then scraped onto accompaniments, such as potato, vegetables, and meats. The Raclette dinner includes Creme Brûlée for dessert at $25 per person. Reservations recommended, please call 508-6276-3761. 

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