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PLANNING YOUR STAY AT THE HARBOR VIEW

Martha's Vineyard offers visitors a myriad of unforgettable activities and experiences, and planning ahead will help you to get the very most out of your visit.

For details regarding any of the information below, please consult with the hotel’s concierge staff, who will be happy to arrange for tickets, make reservations, and provide you with expert guidance.

ACTIVITIES GUIDE

BEACH-GOING

Widely known for its relaxed and quiet charm, Martha's Vineyard is the quintessential destination for seaside retreats.

For generations, locals and tourists alike have flocked to the island's numerous beaches, enjoying the surf, summer breeze, sunshine and sand. Your stay at the Harbor View provides easy access to the shores of Edgartown and beyond, from Lighthouse Beach and its stunning views to Aquinnah Beach and its ruddy cliffs.

In an effort to help you get the most out of your stay, we've included a brief overview of popular Vineyard beaches, featured below.

Public Beaches in Edgartown:

Lighthouse Beach: Much as its name suggests, an iconic white tower - crowned by a glass-paneled lantern room - anchors this quiet. sandy haven. Originally built in 1828, the "Harbor Light," as it was called, sustained irreparable damage by a hurricane in 1938, and was replaced the following year by a pre-existing cast-iron lighthouse, transported from Ipswich to its current location, just footsteps away from the Harbor View Hotel.

East Beach: A hidden gem among the shores of Martha's Vineyard, this private paradise is often overlooked by Vineyard visitors. Located mere minutes from the Harbor View Hotel, this seaside expanse can be reached via the Chappy Ferry. An irresistible draw for mountain bikers and bird-watchers, this beach is also perfect for family picnics and meandering strolls.

South Beach: This shoreside spot comprises some of the best surfing on the island, making it a popular destination for the young - and young at heart. With ample parking and easy access via bike or shuttle, active-lifestylers are sure to find a favorite in this beach near Edgartown.

Fuller Street Beach: With calm tides and warm temperatures, this Outer Harbor beach is a favorite among families with younger children. Picnic under the sun or stroll north and west to Little Beach, which leads to the even-warmer waters of Eel Pond.

Public Beaches Beyond:

Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach: Highly recommended by the hotel, this beach is perfect for a for a relaxing saltwater soak - perhaps best initiated by a launch off "wooden bridge," a prime location for diving. Of course, those more inclined to sightseeing than swimming are invited to scan the horizon for unobstructed views of Cape Cod and Nantucket Sound.

Aquinnah Beach: This picturesque expanse of cliffs, sea and sand is the ideal backdrop for laid- back summer days. No wonder it's a favorite among families who seek a quiet, peaceful seaside retreat.

Menemsha Beach: Those with an appetite for local cuisine best head to here – because this popular surfside strand offers a countless array of options for casual, on-beach dining. Menemsha also serves up the island's most tantalizing sunsets, so be sure to stay for a twilight picnic.

Additional Beaches:

To explore more of Martha's Vineyard's numerous beaches, visit www.mvy.com/beaches.html

SWIMMING AND SUNNING

Located just steps from the Historic Building, our heated outdoor pool is the perfect place to chill on a warm summer day. Just pick out a lounge chair, roll out a warm and fluffy towel, and settle in under the Vineyard’s golden sun.

Casual summer fare – ranging from light and healthy snacks and made-to-order sandwiches to hand-crafted drinks for every age – is just a few steps away at North 41. Simply place your order in person or with a poolside attendant, and let us do the rest.

GALLERIES

In virtually every town and village throughout the Vineyard, accomplished artists can be found passionately immersed in their craft. And while their pursuits vary greatly - from sculpting and painting to casting and kilning – they share a common purpose: to showcase their work in galleries and shops, art shows and exhibitions. We highly recommend that you find time to view these feats of creativity first-hand, and discover Martha's Vineyard through the eyes and hands of an artist.

GOLF

Farm Neck Golf Course (“The Pebble Beach of the East”)

Semi-private | 18-holes | Oak Bluffs (15-minute drive from hotel)
www.farmneck.net

Mink Meadows Golf Course

Semi-private | 9-holes | Vineyard Haven (20-minute drive from hotel)
www.minkmeadowsgc.com

BIKING

Stretching the length and breadth of the island, there are close to 100 miles of bike paths – some along beautiful beaches, others through forests or alongside quiet country roads. Always ride carefully, especially in summer when visitor traffic becomes more active. Complimentary bikes are available for guest use.

BIRD WATCHING

Over 300 species of birds are known to inhabit Martha's Vineyard. However, birds from all over the east coast can be found here, including the European cuckoo, the blackburnian warbler, the magnolia warbler, the bay-breasted warbler, the Canadian warbler and the black-throated blue warbler.

Upcoming Events

Sep 26

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Saturday, Sep 26th

Explore historic Edgartown by horse and buggy. Whether you are looking for a romantic excursion or a little family fun, the magnificent Percheron draft horses and beautiful carriage will offer an unforgettable experience and a perfect photo opportunity for your holiday greeting card. The 30-minute tour will take you by beautiful homes, picturesque meadows overlooking the ocean, Eel Pond, historic Edgartown village and Edgartown Harbor. Enjoy hot cider while cozying up with a throw on cooler days. This Harbor View Hotel experience is one you don't want to miss. 

Each carriage ride is booked by parties traveling together in order to adhere to the Covid-19 safety guidelines. The maximum number of guests is 6 per ride. The pickup and drop off is in front of the hotel. Please meet the driver at the designated location 5 minutes before your scheduled time.

Times offered every Saturday at: 2:30 –3:00 | 3:15 – 3:45 | 4:00 – 4:30 | 4:45 – 5:15 | 5:30 – 6:00

Cancellation Policy: Please keep in mind that tour sizes are limited due to the covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, if you need to cancel, you will be required to notify Harbor View Hotel 10 days prior to the event in order to receive a full refund, less 10% transaction fee. In the case of inclement weather, we will reschedule the trip to the following day. We have carriages with covers that will allow us to operate in light rain, creating a beautiful atmosphere. If your schedule does not accommodate the change, you will receive a full refund. 

FOR INQUIRIES, BOOKINGS AND
RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS AT BETTINI

CALL 508-627-7000

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Sep 26

Chappy Bike & Over-the-sand Vehicle Tour

Saturday, Sep 26th

Includes a guided bike tour to Mytoi Japanese Garden on Chappaquiddick Island, and an over-the-sand vehicle tour that will take you onto East Beach and to a tour of the Cape Poge Lighthouse. Our tour guide will lead you by bicycle from Harbor View Hotel to the famous Chappy Ferry which served as a setting in a pivotal scene in the movie, “Jaws”.

The 5-minute ferry ride will take you 527 feet from Edgartown to Chappaquiddick Island. You will bike 3.7 miles to Mytoi Garden where you can explore the beautiful gardens before boarding an over-the-sand vehicle. The vehicle will take you on an hour and a half ride over the “Dike” bridge onto East Beach to Cape Poge Lighthouse. You will tour the lighthouse and then return the same way you came. The tour will end at Harbor View Hotel, where we encourage you to stay for lunch at the popular Bettini Restaurant. Ask us to make a reservation at time of booking.

Bikers must be able to ride 7+ miles. Please be mindful that if you are not booking a private tour, you will either have to keep up with the group or agree to lag behind and meet at the Mytoi Gardens in time for the 10am Over-the-Sand Vehicle Tour. You will have plenty of time for a leisurely ride. Chappaquiddick roads are mainly flat, but there are small inclines. You must be able to bike on dirt and sandy roads as the roads are not all paved.

The Harbor View Hotel can provide a complimentary leisure bike which has only one gear. Guests are encouraged to bring their own bikes or the hotel can recommend a local bike shop if you would prefer a more traditional road bike. Chappaquiddick Island does not have indoor restrooms, restaurants or shops. There are porta potties at Mytoi Gardens and Cape Poge Lighthouse, as well as a water fountain at Mytoi Garden.  Please bring a water bottle and dress comfortably for biking and the forecasted weather. In order to adhere to all all Covid-19 guidelines , guests should wear their face covering at all times. Each excursion is limited to a maximum of 8 guests only. Tour starts at 8:45am. Please meet the tour guide at Harbor View Hotel under the port cochere at 8:30 am.

Cancellation Policy: Please keep in mind that tour sizes are limited due to the covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, if you need to cancel, you will be required to notify Harbor View Hotel 10 days prior to the event in order to receive a full refund, less 10% transaction fee. In the case of inclement weather, we will postpone the trip to the following day. If your schedule does not accommodate the change, you will receive a full refund. 

FOR INQUIRIES, BOOKINGS AND
LUNCH RESERVATIONS AT BETTINI

CALL 508-627-7000

Learn More
Oct 3

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Saturday, Oct 3rd

Explore historic Edgartown by horse and buggy. Whether you are looking for a romantic excursion or a little family fun, the magnificent Percheron draft horses and beautiful carriage will offer an unforgettable experience and a perfect photo opportunity for your holiday greeting card. The 30-minute tour will take you by beautiful homes, picturesque meadows overlooking the ocean, Eel Pond, historic Edgartown village and Edgartown Harbor. Enjoy hot cider while cozying up with a throw on cooler days. This Harbor View Hotel experience is one you don't want to miss. 

Each carriage ride is booked by parties traveling together in order to adhere to the Covid-19 safety guidelines. The maximum number of guests is 6 per ride. The pickup and drop off is in front of the hotel. Please meet the driver at the designated location 5 minutes before your scheduled time.

Times offered every Saturday at: 2:30 –3:00 | 3:15 – 3:45 | 4:00 – 4:30 | 4:45 – 5:15 | 5:30 – 6:00

Cancellation Policy: Please keep in mind that tour sizes are limited due to the covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, if you need to cancel, you will be required to notify Harbor View Hotel 10 days prior to the event in order to receive a full refund, less 10% transaction fee. In the case of inclement weather, we will reschedule the trip to the following day. We have carriages with covers that will allow us to operate in light rain, creating a beautiful atmosphere. If your schedule does not accommodate the change, you will receive a full refund. 

FOR INQUIRIES, BOOKINGS AND
RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS AT BETTINI

CALL 508-627-7000

Learn More
Oct 10

Chappy Bike & Over-the-sand Vehicle Tour

Saturday, Oct 10th

Includes a guided bike tour to Mytoi Japanese Garden on Chappaquiddick Island, and an over-the-sand vehicle tour that will take you onto East Beach and to a tour of the Cape Poge Lighthouse. Our tour guide will lead you by bicycle from Harbor View Hotel to the famous Chappy Ferry which served as a setting in a pivotal scene in the movie, “Jaws”.

The 5-minute ferry ride will take you 527 feet from Edgartown to Chappaquiddick Island. You will bike 3.7 miles to Mytoi Garden where you can explore the beautiful gardens before boarding an over-the-sand vehicle. The vehicle will take you on an hour and a half ride over the “Dike” bridge onto East Beach to Cape Poge Lighthouse. You will tour the lighthouse and then return the same way you came. The tour will end at Harbor View Hotel, where we encourage you to stay for lunch at the popular Bettini Restaurant. Ask us to make a reservation at time of booking.

Bikers must be able to ride 7+ miles. Please be mindful that if you are not booking a private tour, you will either have to keep up with the group or agree to lag behind and meet at the Mytoi Gardens in time for the 10am Over-the-Sand Vehicle Tour. You will have plenty of time for a leisurely ride. Chappaquiddick roads are mainly flat, but there are small inclines. You must be able to bike on dirt and sandy roads as the roads are not all paved.

The Harbor View Hotel can provide a complimentary leisure bike which has only one gear. Guests are encouraged to bring their own bikes or the hotel can recommend a local bike shop if you would prefer a more traditional road bike. Chappaquiddick Island does not have indoor restrooms, restaurants or shops. There are porta potties at Mytoi Gardens and Cape Poge Lighthouse, as well as a water fountain at Mytoi Garden.  Please bring a water bottle and dress comfortably for biking and the forecasted weather. In order to adhere to all all Covid-19 guidelines , guests should wear their face covering at all times. Each excursion is limited to a maximum of 8 guests only. Tour starts at 8:45am. Please meet the tour guide at Harbor View Hotel under the port cochere at 8:30 am.

Cancellation Policy: Please keep in mind that tour sizes are limited due to the covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, if you need to cancel, you will be required to notify Harbor View Hotel 10 days prior to the event in order to receive a full refund, less 10% transaction fee. In the case of inclement weather, we will postpone the trip to the following day. If your schedule does not accommodate the change, you will receive a full refund. 

FOR INQUIRIES, BOOKINGS AND
LUNCH RESERVATIONS AT BETTINI

CALL 508-627-7000

Learn More
Oct 23

Chef Nate Gould at Harbor View Hotel

Friday, Oct 23rd

Chef Nate Gould, founder and creator of the popular Sweet Reaper Hot Sauce and Martha’s Vineyard Smoke House will be visiting Harbor View Hotel to collaborate with Harbor View Hotel's Culinary Director, Chef Hart Lowry, to create a delicious tasting dinner utilizing Japanese inspired, cooking techniques and flavors. Chef Nate worked for several years on Martha's Vineyard at our very own Harbor View Hotel as the Executive Chef before moving to Boston to become Chef De Cuisine at the James Beard Award winning restaurant O YA, where he met Chef Hart. Join two good friends, Chef Nate and Chef Hart, for a six- course tasting dinner accompanied by incredible wine pairings. Tickets are $200 per person. 

Space is limited. Call to purchase a ticket today. CALL 508-627-3761 or Email us at: [email protected]

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Wines Around The World Tasting Package

Book a two night stay, and join us for a complimentary tasting of wines around the world, Friday from 4-5pm in Bettini Restaurant. Wine Tasting is only offered Friday. Must be 21 or older to book the package. 

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RISE AND DINE

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