The Charlotte Inn – Romantic Dining & Enchanting Gardens

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:11

Have you ever traveled somewhere and returned home, only to keep thinking of your experience?  The Charlotte Inn of Martha’s Vineyard is truly a treasure and a feast for all the senses, as you all know from our tour of the interiors on Monday!  Everything was perfection from the food to the garden space…and today I am taking you through the dining room and into those lovely gardens!  Trust me when I say there is so much more to take in than what meets the camera lens!

The Terrace is by far one of the most beautiful and romantic dining rooms I have ever seen.  It is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the Northeast.

It is an enclosed terrace filled with light. Tables are set with crisp white linens, delicate Limoges china, and silver vases of fresh flowers. Butch and I claimed the table between the two windows for breakfast and dinner.

Classical music plays in the background as the sound of a fountain adds more ambiance to this perfect scene.

  We met the beautiful innkeeper, Paula as we were seated for breakfast on our first morning at the Inn.  As she poured a perfectly dark roasted cup of coffee, she chatted as if we were old friends.  After finishing our fabulous breakfast (including house-made cinnamon doughnuts), she pulled out a chair and helped us plan our day on The Vineyard.  She not only welcomes ordinary guests like us, but some very famous people such as Jacqueline Onassis and Billy Joel.  As I was perusing Instagram, I saw a photo of Newt Gingrich and his wife dining in The Terrace this past August.

The dining room reflects the owners’ passions for collecting for over forty-three years.  The English postal boxes came from old inns and country house manors.

Being a self-proclaimed foodie (Butch says he just likes to eat and he doesn’t need a title), the food was beautifully presented and the chef prepared his signature dishes with only the freshest ingredients and seasoned perfectly.

Grilled Trumpet Royale Mushrooms with shaved Parmigiano, arugula, and vin cotto was a perfect appetizer!

In the evening this room is softly lit by an assortment of vintage silver candlestick lamps creating an intimate atmosphere.

Definitely, romantic!

During warmer weather, you can be seated in the lattice enclosed Terrace as you enjoy the sound of the bronze water fountain.

Beautiful 19th century oil paintings in gold leaf frames fill the walls of the dining room!

All four meals that we ate in The Terrace were culinary perfection!  Kudos to Chef Justin and his staff. And a special thank you to our waiter, Jeremy, who not only took care of our dining needs,  but was very knowledgeable on things to do and places to see on the island.

A pair of the sweetest Golden Retrievers are a part of the Charlotte Inn family.

The gardens are as much a part of the experience of staying here as the art and antiques that dominate the indoors.

The land that the Inn occupies is only one acre, but it feels so spacious.

The gardens are anchored by mature boxwood, rhododendrons, privet, ivy, and arborvitae.

Beautiful cushioned wicker throughout the garden invites you to sit down and enjoy.

Meandering brick pathways and garden arches abound.

Everywhere you look are potted plants, English ivy, and manicured hedges.

Gery and Paula use the outside to extend their antique-filled world.

Each springtime, preparations on the property take “every single minute we have when the weather’s good,” says Gery!

How I would love to have these carts in my garden!

Dark green iron fencing defines the gardens.

A large French metal flower basket holds mums ready to burst into bloom.

A quiet spot for reading or perhaps taking a nap

Hundreds of antique terra-cotta border tiles line the walkways.

Another hidden spot for relaxation

So many treasures…an antique radio, golf clubs, telephone…

…antique roll top desk…

…old camera…amazing collections!

The garden was spectacular even during the last week of September…perfectly manicured and maintained.

Gery and Paula have spent a lifetime lovingly restoring Charlotte Inn and gardens.  They graciously open its doors and their hearts to welcome guests to a grand and glorious way of life, behind the times on purpose!

I hope you have enjoyed the tour of Charlotte Inn and its gracious way of life!

Source: Behind The Times On Purpose
The Charlotte Inn Of Martha’s Vineyard



  1. I have really, really enjoyed this tour, Pam! The collections are unbelievable (those letter boxes!), the gardens outstanding in their simplicity of choice greens. I would love to visit there someday!

  2. Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Pam, I have so enjoyed the tour! The Charlotte Inn looks absolutely gorgeous and like the most delightful place to stay! I hope to have the opportunity to visit one day! Have a wonderful and blessed day!!!

  3. Kim says:

    Yes, I can imagine a cart like that in your garden! Everything look so neat and tidy, even with the occasional leaf on the ground (which I would expect to be covered this time of year). Everything looks so calm and relaxing. I know you two enjoyed your stay! I’m with Butch…no names needed to like to eat! 🙂 Thursday blessings~

  4. bobbi duncan says:

    This is one of our most favorite inns! Your photos and comments depict it perfectly. We alternate between the Vineyard and Nantucket, when we’re lucky enough to go–this year, Nantucket won out. If we had the money it takes, our home would be in Nantucket (sigh).

  5. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    This reminds me so much of a restaurant we ate at 13 years ago on Martha’s Vineyard named, Le’Etoile. Could it be the same? So absolutely charming! I love the green carpet and white chairs. The postal boxes are to die for!

  6. Jann Olson says:

    What a fabulous place Pam. The gardens are breathtaking and I especially love the collection of postal boxes! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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