Best of the Vineyard 2017 Lodging and Services

The votes are in, the ballots have been counted. And the winners are...


Best Budget-Friendly Lodging: Harbor View Hotel

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

Runner-up: Edgartown Commons

20 Pease Point Way North, Edgartown, 508-627-4671,

Off-season specials and a variety of room options put the Harbor View at the top of the list for travelers looking for reasonable rates. Islanders can even get in on the action with staycation deals. Edgartown Commons has an assortment of units in an ideal downtown location.

Best Family-Friendly Lodging: Harbor View Hotel

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

Timothy Johnson
Runner-up: Winnetu Oceanside Resort

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

Face painting, crabbing, scavenger hunts: Harbor View has a host of activities for youngsters looking for a break from the beach. The hospitality extends to the entire family with yoga and dog-friendly vacation packages. Winnetu’s complimentary children’s programs make for happy family vacations.

Best Hotel, General Excellence: Harbor View Hotel

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

Runner-up: The Charlotte Inn

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

The historic Harbor View Hotel has been making guests happy for more than a century. The downtown location, complete with a lighthouse view, is top-notch. And despite its age, the hotel has plenty of modern ammenities, including a variety of rooms, on-site dining options, and a fitness center. The elegant Charlotte Inn promises first-rate service and old-world charm.

Best Romantic Getaway: The Charlotte Inn

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

Runner-up: Outermost Inn

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

A secluded downtown location, walks through English-style gardens, a drink by the fireplace, and dinner at the outdoor terrace: that’s amore at the Charlotte Inn. Outermost’s beautiful and remote Aquinnah location, plus dinner at the inn’s celebrated restaurant, makes for a special evening out.


Best Architectural and/or Residential Design Company: Patrick Ahearn, Architect

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

Runner-up: Sullivan + Associates Architects

52 Narragansett Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0500,

Whether new construction or renovation of a historic home, Patrick Ahearn’s architecture firm has carefully designed Island homes for decades. His work extends off-Island, too, with a Boston office. Sullivan + Associates combines classical architectural elements with
sophisticated computer modeling for a wide array of custom design projects.

Best Auto Repair Shop: Bink’s Auto

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

Runner-up: Courtesy Motors

11 Dickson Way, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-5010,

Cars on the brink are best off at Bink’s. From bad batteries to busted brakes, Islanders trust Bink’s for quick, thorough service at a fair price. The shop has even serviced Oak Bluffs’ old fire engine No. 2. Courtesy Motors is the place to go for one-stop shopping and repair.

Best Contractor or Builder: Squash Meadow Construction


Runner-up: Rosbeck Builders

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

Squash Meadow has built a do-it-all reputation, from new construction (modular and framed homes), to renovations, to maintenance. Need roof repairs? They have you covered, and can add solar panels, too. Rosbeck Builders has more than thirty years of experience in quality

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,

For big life decisions, from home loans to estate planning, Islanders count on the friendly staff at Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank to lend sound advice and fair options. The bank also works with local students through the long-running school banking program. Edgartown National Bank is known for its customer service and community involvement.

Best Electrical Contractor: Aurora Electric Solutions

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

Runner-up: David J. Schwab, Electrical Contractor

Vineyard Haven, 508-693-0156,

Aurora Electric Solutions shines in everything from wiring to lighting, plus audio, phone, and security systems. But this is no old-school electrical company: it also specializes in eco-friendly, energy saving projects. David J. Schwab provides full electrical service backed by time-tested know-how.

Best Interior Design Company (tie): Julie Robinson Interiors

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

Tracker Home Decor

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

Runner-up: Vineyard Decorators

35 Airport Road, Edgartown, 508-693-9197,

Reupholstery, design services, wall coverings – Tracker Home Decor does it all, and has a full retail shop, too. Julie Robinson Interiors has been honing her skills for more than thirty years. She specializes in window treatments and drapes, and has a showroom full of fabrics and wallpapers. Vineyard Decorators, the Island’s largest furniture store, provides a variety of services, plus a great selection of mattresses.

Best Landscape Company: Teles Landscaping


Carlos Teles Filho and his dad, Carlos Teles, of Teles Landscaping can remake and refine any landscape.
Elizabeth Cecil
Runner-up (tie): Contemporary Landscapes

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


271 Upper Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-3036,

Landscaping goes far beyond green lawns these days. Teles Landscaping proves that point with projects ranging from rock walls to pools and patios (and yes, manicured lawns, as well). Contemporary Landscapes specializes in working with existing ecosystems and natural environments, while Donaroma’s nursery is bursting with a broad assortment of blooms.

Best Plumbing Contractor: Walter Smith Plumbing

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

Runner-up: Fullin & Bettencourt Plumbing & Heating

23A E Line Road, Edgartown, 508-627-9595,

From problem pipes to dripping faucets, Vineyarders trust their plumbing problems to Walter Smith Plumbing, a long-running family business with decades of satisfied customers. For more than thirty-five years, Fullin & Bettencourt has been keeping things flowing and running smoothly.

Best Real Estate Company: Point B Realty

Nevin Square, 19 Winter Street, Edgartown, 508-627-4567,

Runner-up: Sandpiper Realty

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

Home-hunters are sold on Point B Realty’s client-first approach, knowledgeable agents, and concierge service. The Point B team, led by Wendy Harman, helps clients find everything from a vacation rental to a treasured family home. Sandpiper has been helping people find beautiful homes since 1969.

Best Taxi Service: Stagecoach Taxi


Runner-up: Adam Cab


A family business for generations, Stagecoach Taxi promises safe service with a smile for everything from weddings to an evening out. Call for a ride or use the company’s phone app. Drivers also offer sightseeing tours. Adam Cab’s signature whale logo has been hailed by customers for decades.

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

Island pets give two paws up to Animal Health Care Associates, and their owners seem to agree. Year after year, the clinic wins praise for its  knowledgeable and compassionate staff and variety of services, including grooming, boarding, and an on-site store. Vineyard Veterinary administers full-service care in a recently renovated clinic.