Hotel at a Glance: The Wesley
The Wesley welcomed its first guests to its sprawling Martha’s Vineyard estate in 1879 at the height of the Victorian era. In the elegant lobby area, velvet button-back settees and crystal chandeliers invoke the inn’s original Victorian decadence. Guest rooms have a similar aesthetic, but still include modern amenities such as WiFi access and satellite TV.
- Victorian-style accommodations: Guest rooms are decorated with period furnishing and a delicate palette of white and cornflower blue. Oceanview rooms afford a scenic view of Oak Bluffs Harbour.
- Lounge on the porch in wicker rocking chairs that look out onto the ocean.
- Stay connected with free WiFi throughout the resort.
- Downtown Oak Bluffs Take a stroll to see colorful “painted lady” houses and a wooden carousel that dates back to the late 19th century.
- Dress to impress: Residents of Cape Cod have their own distinct style; check out our article on fashion in Martha’s Vineyard.
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts: Jaws, Beaches, and Whaling History
Ask a Massachusetts resident where he or she is vacationing on any given weekend in the summer, and the answer will likely be one of two places: the Cape or the islands. The Cape, of course, refers to Cape Cod, the arm-shaped peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. And the islands are Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, two dots in the sea just south of the Cape. Both are known for their typically New England downtowns, shingle-sided seafood shacks, and picturesque beaches.
Edgartown, the largest city on Martha’s Vineyard, was one of America’s main whaling ports in the early 1800s, when ships from all over the world docked in its protected harbor. During this era, ship captains built “gingerbread” mansions overlooking the harbor; these beautifully grand houses are still a major tourist draw today. Another claim to flaim: Steven Spielberg filmed the movie Jaws here, showcasing the town’s quaint resort qualities, such as compact shopping districts and narrow streets best accessed by bicycle.
Head to famous South Beach for a day of tanning and splashing, or visit one of the island’s five lighthouses for sweeping ocean views and sunset tours. Gay Head Light in Aquinnah, on the isle’s western tip, is most popular at sundown. There’s also Chappaquiddick Island, where you can travel by ferry to fish for bluefish and striped bass or check out the numerous wildlife preserves and lovely, uncrowded beaches.