Kelly House: Martha's Vineyard's Charming 54-Room Inn

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Steps away from the Chappaquiddick ferry ensconced in the compact and pedestrian-friendly village of Edgartown in Martha's Vineyard, Kelley House stands as a testament to island life before tourists dominated the scene with beach umbrellas and sunscreen. Near the corner of North Water and Kelley Streets, the main 54-room historic inn was built in 1742 and now features an art gallery in the lobby with rotating exhibits showcasing local artists.

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A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the property prides itself on providing a memorable guest experience and offers complimentary house-baked chocolate chip cookies every evening and an assortment of warm muffins and fresh brewed coffee in the morning. The privilege of reserved parking is particularly handy during summer months when the Island's population more than triples and Edgartown becomes the epicenter of activity.

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Kelley House also owns three historic homes next door offering 11 additional accommodations which have just been recently updated. Chappy House has six, one-bedroom suites with efficiency kitchens and private porches. Court House boasts three suites ranging from one- to three-bedroom options and features period furnishings, and private kitchenettes. Its traditional wraparound porch is also a great place to relax outdoors and take in the fresh vineyard air. For families, Mizzen Top is a nice option since it offers three, two-bedroom suites that blend modern décor with wood floors and kitchenettes outfitted with stainless steel appliances.

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Newes from America Pub, the hotel’s signature restaurant, is decorated with exposed wood beams overhead and a gigantic brick fireplace exuding a genuine colonial character. The eatery serves classic comfort dishes such as three-cheese lobster mac & cheese as well as bangers and mash accompanied by a wide selection of house brews. They even make their very own micro brewed root beer.

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In addition to being family oriented, Kelley House is also dog friendly. During the summer, Kelley House's outdoor pool and accompanying Wave Pool Bar is the place to hang out just one block away from the ocean. Exploring the island is made easier with the property’s custom three-speed cruiser bicycles. Nearby towns are interconnected by a flat, well-paved network of bike paths leading to scenic beaches and country lanes.

Steve Mirsky

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