Best of the Vineyard 2016 Lodging and Services


Best Hotel, General Excellence: Harbor View Hotel

131 North Water Street, Edgartown, 508-627-7000,

Runner-up: Charlotte Inn

27 South Summer Street, Edgartown, 508-627-4751,

The Harbor View Hotel, located across from the Edgartown Lighthouse and within walking distance to downtown, is an ideal spot for both family vacations and romantic getaways. The hotel offers guest rooms and private cottages, two restaurants, a heated pool, and an expansive porch. The charming Charlotte Inn has been welcoming guests for more than fifty years and prides itself on sophisticated service and understated elegance in the heart of historic Edgartown.

Best Budget-Friendly Lodging: Harbor View Hotel

131 North Water Street, Edgartown, 508-627-7000,

Runner-up: Dockside Inn

9 Circuit Avenue Extension, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2966,

The Harbor View’s offseason specials and packages make it an affordable destination for a vacation or a quick weekend getaway. Don’t miss the breakfast buffet in the dining room with a view of Edgartown Lighthouse. Book a four- or five-person suite at the recently renovated Dockside Inn on Oak Bluffs harbor, grab a slice at Gio’s, and head up Circuit Avenue for wallet-friendly family fun. The inn even has a virtual concierge to help plan all of your activities.

Best Family-Friendly Lodging: Harbor View Hotel

131 North Water Street, Edgartown, 508-627-7000,

Runner-up: Winnetu Oceanside Resort

31 Dunes Road, Edgartown, 508-310-1733,

With its variety of rooms and private cottages, plus close proximity to downtown Edgartown, Lighthouse Beach, and Eel Pond, the Harbor View Hotel has something for every member of the family. Lounge by the heated pool while the kids swim or come for Christmas in Edgartown and visit the Teddy Bear Suite, which is hosted onsite for a month. The Winnetu, in Katama, is within walking distance to South Beach and has activities for little ones and teens, afternoon lemonade and cookies, lawn games, and weekly clambakes.

Best Romantic Getaway: Beach Plum Inn

50 Beach Plum Lane, Chilmark, 508-645-9454,

Runner-up: The Outermost Inn

81 Lighthouse Road, Aquinnah, 508-645-3511,

The Beach Plum Inn’s thirteen guest rooms and cottages sit high on a hill above Menemsha, a perfect location for scouting the fishing village’s famous sunsets. With views of the Elizabeth Islands and the Gay Head Lighthouse, Aquinnah beach passes, and rental bikes, the remote Outermost Inn is the perfect spot to relax and get away from it all.


Best Architectural and/or Residential Design Company: Patrick Ahearn Architecture

Nevin Square, 17 Winter Street, Edgartown, 508-939-9312,

Runner-up: Squash Meadow Construction

30 Prospect Avenue, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-7451,

Patrick Ahearn specializes in historical architecture and design, and prides himself on more than forty years of finely crafted, detailed work. Squash Meadow Construction builds new homes, additions, and renovations, and is the Island’s premier builder of modular homes.

Anthony Cardoza of Contemporary Landscapes lays down the lawn.
Elizabeth Cecil

Best Landscape Company: Contemporary Landscapes

33 Kate’s Way, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6788,

Runner-up: Millers Professionals


Jack D’Arcy and Caleb Nicholson of Contemporary Landscapes are committed to creating beautiful outdoor spaces with a focus on sustainability and ecological balance. Specialities include landscape design, construction, maintenance, and lighting, as well as irrigation and masonry. Millers Professionals promises to deliver on time and on budget.

Best Auto Repair Shop: Bink’s Auto

29 Winthrop Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2168

Runner-up: deBettencourt’s Service Station

83 New York Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0751

The staff at Bink’s Auto has saved many a day for Vineyard drivers. Whether it’s the check-engine light, an alternator issue, or an overdue oil change, Bink’s can handle it. Repairs are often served alongside some friendly banter. deBettencourt’s Service Station is a must for car repairs, gas refills, state inspections, and all your convenience store needs.

Best Bank: Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank    

Branches in Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, and West Tisbury, 508-627-4266,

Runner-up: Edgartown National Bank

Branches in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Vineyard Haven, 508-627-1100,

With locations around the Island, the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank is a local favorite. (It doesn’t hurt that the tellers always have a supply of lollipops on hand.) Edgartown National is the Vineyard’s oldest community bank and was the first to have an ATM.

Best Contractor or Builder: Rosbeck Builders

20 East Line Road, Edgartown, 508-693-6300,

Runner-up: Millers Professionals


The team at Rosbeck has been building some of the most beautiful homes on Martha’s Vineyard for more than thirty years. By hiring only the best craftsmen, Rosbeck can assure consistent, top-quality work in a timely manner. Millers Professionals is a family-owned construction and landscaping business with a full suite of services, from irrigation to roofing.

Best Electrical Contractor: David J. Schwab Electric

Vineyard Haven, 508-693-0156,

Runner-up: Aurora Electric Solutions

15 Merchants Court, Vineyard Haven, 508-299-3247,

David J. Schwab is a bright spark in a crowded field. Year after year, he continues to lead the pack of Island electricians. Aurora Electric Solutions does indoor and outdoor lighting and electric work for new constructions as well as renovations, and can help you go green with energy-saving products.

Best Plumbing Contractor: Walter Smith Plumbing & Heating                                  

3 Weeks Lane, Edgartown, 508-627-5661,

Runner-up: A P Fortes Plumbing & Heating

140 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-2394

The team at Walter Smith Plumbing will meet all of your plumbing and heating needs. Along with runner-up A P Fortes Plumbing & Heating, they are trusted professionals in the community with years of experience.

Best Real Estate Company: Point B Realty

15 Winter Street, Edgartown, 508-627-4567,

Runner-up: Sandpiper Realty

60 Winter Street, Edgartown, 508-627-3737,

Point B Realty owner Wendy Harman is one of the top agents on the Vineyard. Her company handles real estate sales and buyer and rental services, and offers a concierge vacation service. With over forty-five years of experience, Sandpiper has a vast knowledge of the Martha’s Vineyard community and its unique real estate market.

Best Taxi Service: Stagecoach Taxi


Runner-up (tie): Your Taxi


Adam Cab


Stagecoach Taxi has been lauded for generations for its dependable livery services. The company maintains a fleet of clean, comfortable, air-conditioned vans for all your getting-around needs, including sightseeing and wedding shuttles. Try the new Stagecoach Premier service when the occasion calls for a town car. Your Taxi and Adam Cab pride themselves on prompt, courteous service.

Best Veterinary Service: Animal Health Care Associates

20 Airport Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-6515,

Runner-up: Vineyard Veterinary Clinic

276 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Edgartown, 508-627-5292

Animal Health Care Associates is the Island’s Best of the Vineyard pick year after year. The professional staff provides an array of medical and dental services for your furry friends, as well as acupuncture, grooming, and boarding. The retail space sells premium pet food and grooming supplies. Vineyard Veterinary Clinic takes excellent care of pets large and small.

Tracker Home Decor’s John Murphy has style – and another win.
Elizabeth Cecil

Best Interior Design Company: Tracker Home Decor                        

89 Pease’s Point Way, Edgartown, 508-627-8725,

Runner-up: Julie Robinson Interiors

510 State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-5065,

Tracker Home Decor can handle  all your home design needs, whether you’re building a new house or just need to revamp an old space. The designers are well versed in lighting ideas and window treatments, and can help mix and match fabrics, wallpaper, and carpeting to reflect your style. Julie Robinson Interiors specializes in window treatments and drapes, as well as custom upholstery, slipcovers, cushions, and pillows.