“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 3:5
If you’ve been a part of our everyday living for very long, you know that Butch and I love to travel! It doesn’t matter if it’s right here in our great state of Alabama or across the ocean…we are just thankful that we have been able to go and see many fascinating places over the last thirteen years! After a business trip to Seattle in June, we had no other plans for the year, and we were ok with that! But in late August, we started talking about the possibility of taking a trip to a place in the US that we had never seen before – Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod…New England! And get this, it would be a road trip!
Well, there was no time to waste since we wanted to go the third week of September, so I immediately began to check hotels for rates and availability. And boy, did I discover a gem on Martha’s Vineyard – Charlotte Inn in Edgartown. I called to inquire and was met by the friendly voice of Carol, the general manager. My expectations were very high after reading the reviews and let me say…I was not disappointed! The Inn is beyond anything I could have imagined, with the look and feel of one of Europe’s great country homes. But that wasn’t the best part…we were treated as family by the innkeepers Gery and Paula and their entire staff…as if we were the only people there! The Inn is truly a “window into a gentler age” and I think we all agree that we could all use a dose of that!
My camera and my photography abilities could never capture the essence and atmosphere of this most beautiful Inn, but hopefully I captured glimpses of this lovely place- a step back into time – that I would love to visit again!
The Charlotte Inn’s Main House was built in 1866 and we were so thrilled to be guests in Room 11 on the second floor of the three-story home. There are a total of 19 guest rooms spread throughout four buildings on the property.
Immediately to the right of the entry is a perfect Library. A pair of rare antique tufted leather chairs are from England. The furnishings in this room (as in all the rooms) invite you to sit down and take time to enjoy the simple things.
The large oil painting “Waiting for the Master” by John Morris sets the mood for this warm and cozy library. English paintings of birds, ducks, dogs, and horses are prominent features in many works of the Inn’s large art collection.
To the left of the entry is the Living Room that warmly welcomes you with overstuffed chairs. The public rooms have been transformed into a visual reminder for the past, an atmosphere dominated by antiques and art, a feast for those who love both.
The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, in their annual poll, voted the Charlotte Inn one of the top fifteen small hotels in the world-and Number Three among all hotels in the US and Canada. I’d say that’s a pretty good endorsement!
The Charlotte Inn’s extraordinary attention to detail plus the unusual collection of fine antiques make it unique among hotels! Hotel reviewers continually laud the over-the-top quality found here. I’m sure you can understand why!
As one who loves lamps and happens to own just a few, I was intrigued with the lamps at the Inn. I can’t even imagine how many there might be. Shades are all handcrafted by Blanche P. Fields, a hundred-year-old firm in Boston and New York.
Hallways have nooks and crannies that are so inviting. A hand carved oak mirror reflects portraits and comfortable chairs and books beckon you to sit and enjoy this little spot on the second floor hallway of the Main House.
The large mahogany chest was purchased in London and barely made it up the steps of the Inn and got no further than the hall outside the room. First, the door was removed, then the door jamb and the door casing. When that still didn’t create enough space, workers took out part of the plaster wall!
Charlotte Inn is a member of Relais & Chateaux, an international association of privately owned boutique hotels and restaurants that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality.
I hope you enjoyed the tour today and will come back on Thursday when I take you into the most gorgeous dining room, and as we walk through the beautiful gardens!
Source: Behind The Times On Purpose
The Charlotte Inn Of Martha’s Vineyard
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