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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

Jan 29

Japanese Bento Night

Wednesday, Jan 29th

We are fixing your sushi craving at Bettini, by offering our Bento Box Dinner Special on Wednesday Nights! Japanese Bento Special is available during dinner service. Bento Box contents will vary weekly and will be accompanied by Miso Soup and a Japanese Fluffy Cheesecake with Green Tea, Yuzu Ice Cream at $25 per person.

Sample Menu: 
Bento Box: Assorted sashimi, tuna, hamachi, salmon, spicy tuna roll, vegetable tempura with ponzu, mixed green salad with ginger dressing 
Miso soup
Japanese Fluffy Cheesecake

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Jan 30

Raclette Night

Thursday, Jan 30th

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 508-627-3761.  

RESERVE A TABLE 

BOOK A ROOM

 

Feb 5

Japanese Bento Night

Wednesday, Feb 5th

We are fixing your sushi craving at Bettini, by offering our Bento Box Dinner Special on Wednesday Nights! Japanese Bento Special is available during dinner service. Bento Box contents will vary weekly and will be accompanied by Miso Soup and a Japanese Fluffy Cheesecake with Green Tea, Yuzu Ice Cream at $25 per person.

Sample Menu: 
Bento Box: Assorted sashimi, tuna, hamachi, salmon, spicy tuna roll, vegetable tempura with ponzu, mixed green salad with ginger dressing 
Miso soup
Japanese Fluffy Cheesecake

RESERVE A TABLE 

BOOK A ROOM

 

Feb 6

Raclette Night

Thursday, Feb 6th

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 508-627-3761.  

RESERVE A TABLE 

BOOK A ROOM

 

Feb 12

Japanese Bento Night

Wednesday, Feb 12th

We are fixing your sushi craving at Bettini, by offering our Bento Box Dinner Special on Wednesday Nights! Japanese Bento Special is available during dinner service. Bento Box contents will vary weekly and will be accompanied by Miso Soup and a Japanese Fluffy Cheesecake with Green Tea, Yuzu Ice Cream at $25 per person.

Sample Menu: 
Bento Box: Assorted sashimi, tuna, hamachi, salmon, spicy tuna roll, vegetable tempura with ponzu, mixed green salad with ginger dressing 
Miso soup
Japanese Fluffy Cheesecake

RESERVE A TABLE 

BOOK A ROOM

 

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