Martha's Vineyard, United States

The Christopher

Price per night from$315.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD315.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Grandly gabled homestead

Setting

Leafy Edgartown side street

There’s a crisp clapboard-meets-Caribbean charm to rooms at boutique Martha’s Vineyard stay the Christopher, but that’s as far the formality goes: breakfast is tapas-style and in your room if you wish; the prevalence of lounge furniture suggests staying put is more than OK – on the porch or patio or your private balcony, as you prefer, and the right to roam and pop home is a welcome happenstance of its close-to-town locale. Charter a vintage yacht, cycle the coastal trails, picnic on the beach, and sink your yearly seafood allowance: all the classic hallmarks of a New England escape are here.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

15, including two suites.

Check–Out

11am; earliest check-in, 4pm, but earlier arrivals can be accommodated with notice and subject to availability.

Prices

Double rooms from £272.96 ($346), including tax at 9.7 per cent.

More details

Rates include a tapas-style breakfast to enjoy on the porch, in the lounge or your room. There’s a minimum stay of two nights at weekends; three nights over holiday weekends and in high summer.

Also

A storied stay, the Christopher is not ADA-compliant, so not suitable for wheelchair-users. For guests with some mobility, there are first-floor rooms.

Please note

The Christopher was recently redecorated: although unchanged in style with their New-England-meets-Caribbean panache very much intact, rooms now look a little different to the photography on our website. Please refer to the descriptions on the Get A Room tab for accurate information. 

Hotel closed

The hotel opens seasonally from May until October.

At the hotel

Patio lounge area; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, air-conditioning, waffle kimono robes, wine glasses and corkscrew, ice bucket, and Lather bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms are sumptuously dressed in a style that blends New England’s crisp nauticalia with zingy geometric prints and pops of colour that are more typically Caribbean. King Deluxe rooms are covetable in scale, including space to lounge – opt for one with a balcony if you can’t get enough of the island’s sea air. The Lark Suite is top of house literally and figuratively with wraparound terraces and superlative views.

Packing tips

Wayfarer shades, sailor stripes and deck shoes for off-shore adventures; crop trousers or shorts for cycling; light knits for lingering on the porch long after dessert.

Also

In front of this former captain’s house (a registered historic building), a much-Instagrammed, towering pagoda tree looms: brought in a pot from China centuries ago, it’s said to be the oldest of its kind Stateside.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome at the Christopher (from $50 a night); book a King Deluxe or suite to accommodate an extra bed. Please note there are no specific activities or kit for children here.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

On the patio on sunny mornings; on your sofa in your room when the weather’s less appealing.

Dress Code

The first meal of the day requires no formality – let your agenda to sail, walk, cycle, or mooch the shops, galleries and cafés of Edgartown dictate your attire.

Hotel restaurant

Sweet and savory small plates served tapas-style are the Christopher’s way of doing breakfast: enjoy them on the porch or patio, in your room or at a table in the lounge. For lunch or dinner, there’s no shortage of dining spots on your doorstep in Edgartown.

Hotel bar

Ice buckets, corkscrews and wine glasses are your trio of hints that it’s fine to head out to the bottle shop for wine supplies chez vous

Last orders

Breakfast is served 8am until 10am.

Room service

Your room’s sofa or lounge chairs, private balcony or even your bed are all perfectly acceptable locations for breakfast, 8am–10am. And a selection of in-room snacks is restocked daily.

Location

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Address
The Christopher
24 South Water Street
Edgartown
02539
United States

The Christopher is a registered historic building in Edgartown, on Martha’s Vineyard, opposite Chappaquiddick Island.

Planes

Martha’s Vineyard has its own regional runway, but for international arrivals, Boston is your airport of choice: it’s a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Logan International to Edgartown.

Automobiles

Yacht trumps car on Martha’s Vineyard, but if you are bringing wheels, there’s private parking from $50 a day at the Christopher: spaces are very limited, so book with as much notice as you’re able to give.

Other

From the Massachusetts mainland, you can take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard from Hyannis.

Worth getting out of bed for

MV’s island locale makes sea-based pursuits the obvious choice: if you’re swimming, beaches vary, so find out about undertows and wave sizes before you wade in; take a guided kayaking tour, or book onto a sailing cruise or more exclusive private charter. From Edgartown’s Memorial Wharf, Magic Carpet – a 56ft wooden yawl – sails daily, for a classic yacht experience. Two wheels are the land transport of choice on MV, with miles of trails for cyclists, including a 14-mile round trip looping Edgartown, as well as a six-mile jaunt to Oak Bluffs that’s scenic and waterside most of the way. Some of the island’s outlying beaches make for an idyllic day trip: pack a picnic and take the Chappy Ferry to East Beach, a quieter, boulder-strewn beach of Atlantic rollers and plentiful birdlife. An easy bike ride from the Christopher’s sister stay Summercamp, Joseph Sylvia state beach is where you can jump off ‘Jaws Bridge’ of the Spielberg movie fame.

 

Local restaurants

A trio of eateries on Main Street are your introduction to Edgartown’s rich culinary scene. Fish and chop house Atlantic is a white-timbered homestead with tables out front and on the porch, as well as in the wood-panelled dining room. It doesn’t take reservations, but it’s worth a gamble to sample its waterfront views accompanying platters of oysters, grilled swordfish, sea bass (branzino) or steamed lobster; for turf lovers, artfully plated lamb cutlets and seared prime cuts hit the spot. For local, farm-to-table fare that changes with the seasons, head to Atria, where you can dine on the canopied patio, at a linen-topped round table indoors or bar-style in the brick-walled cellar. It’s hard to pin down such an ever-evolving menu, but chef Christian Thornton describes it as ‘international comfort food’ with refined plates as well as burgers (meaty or vegan) catering to all moods. In a porticoed brick building with tables on the sidewalk beneath its awning, the Port Hunter is a raw bar, cocktail den and kitchen. Maine mussels, Edgartown clams and oysters, and halibut ceviche are the overture to roasted half chicken, fish tacos, curry bowls or burgers; or go for the Manhattans, Moscow mules and margaritas. You can find more recommendations via Smith-approved sister property, the Sydney, too. 

 

Local cafés

A foray at Edgartown Books involves our kind of multi-tasking: picking up a paperback or two, then heading straight to Behind the Bookshop, its resident café, for a caffeine fix and a muffin; they also serve lunch and have a modest cocktail menu.  With outposts in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven, Mad Martha’s ice-cream is an island institution that’s been serving scoops of the cold stuff since the 1970s.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this elegant villa stay in Edgartown and unpacked their deck shoes and Wayfarer shades, a full account of their island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Christopher on Martha’s Vineyard…

The warmth of the welcome that awaits at the Christopher is at hot-toddy levels of hospitality. This 15-room stay on a leafy side street just back from the harbor at Edgartown has a bed-and-breakfast set-up and is all the more homey for it. And yet it’s not just the laissez-faire ambience that’s relaxing. Rooms in this historic homestead come with space to unwind – some with balconies – as well as a lounge, porch or patio where you can savour downtime undisturbed. Breakfast is an equally casual affair of small plates – some savory, some sweet: for pre- or post-dinner tipples, you’re welcome to bring home a bottle of wine and use the in-room glasses and corkscrew provided. Help when you need it, however, is never far away – whether it’s to sift through the surfeit of Edgartown eateries, find your dream date in yacht form, or get the lowdown on local art galleries, staff can advise on everything from picnics to day trips, taking in lesser-known beaches, remote lighthouses and windswept hikes. The Christopher may be in a dream location for accessing lively Edgartown, but it comes with a side of cocooning R ’n’ R.

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Price per night from $315.00