No matter how many times you visit the Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha’s Vineyard, you can always find a new experience. After all, the South Beach-adjacent resort offers not only hotel rooms and suites, but also cottages, townhouses and private homes for guests to enjoy stays from a weekend to the entire season. The rooms aren’t the only places the resort shows off its versatility: activities range from beach days to bike rides, fitness classes and outdoor yoga—and visiting families will find a similarly robust menu of undertakings for kids to enjoy. Indeed, while there’s plenty to enjoy on site (including a recently overhauled restaurant), it’s also exceedingly easy to access everything the storied island has to offer, from shopping to dining to an evening at one of the Vineyard’s two recently refurbished movie theaters. Here, Winnetu owner Gwenn Snider discusses the resort’s most-requested room.
Most requested room:
Our Ocean View suites are the most popular and most requested by both new and returning guests. As the only hotel on the south coast of the Vineyard, we offer views that can’t see anywhere else. Some of the Ocean View suites are one-bedroom and others are three, but all enjoy the lovely vista over our rolling lawn to the ocean that make them truly unique.
What makes it so special:
Each suite has its own character, and we like to think that our ability to accommodate groups and families so comfortably make our suites special.
Suites range from $250 to $2,000 per night depending on the time of year.
Your personal favorite:
I personally love the Garden Cottages, which we built four years ago.
They are cozy despite being spacious; perfect for a weekend getaway or extended summer stay. The landscaping is quintessentially Martha’s Vineyard and the Garden Cottages are private and romantic, great for honeymooners and couples.
Hannah Storm, Bill Pullman, Brad Marchand, Art Garfunkle, Audra McDonald, Jay Winik
The hotel has an interesting history. Before we built the Winnetu (which means “beautiful” in Wampanoag) in 2000, there was a naval base on the site, and many training exercises for the Normandy invasion were held on South Beach. In addition when the base was converted to a hotel it was where the “boiler room girls,” who had worked on Robert Kennedy’s campaign stayed. Among those girls was Mary Jo Kopechne who met her tragic end on Chappaquidick with Ted Kennedy in 1969.