131 North Water Street, Edgartown, MA
- 10 Buildings, including Main Hotel, Governor Mayhew House and eight cottages.
- 114 Guest Rooms, including 11 one-bedroom suites, 13 two-bedroom suites and two three-bedroom suites
- 2 Restaurants: Lighthouse Grill (100 seats) and Henry’s Bar (30 seats)
- 4 Meeting Rooms with 7,000 square feet outdoors
- Amenities: Outdoor heated swimming pool with outdoor bar and cabanas, Gazebo overlooking the ocean, Fitness center, Expansive wraparound porch furnished with rocking chairs, Concierge services, Seasonal resort events, Guest access to golf course, biking and jogging trails, Complimentary wireless internet access throughout the Resort, Complimentary on-site parking
The historic Harbor View Hotel on Martha’s Vineyard, located in the very heart of Edgartown, Massachusetts, with stunning ocean views and refined Martha’s Vineyard décor, is regarded as one of New England’s top coastal Resorts. The Harbor View Hotel offers a thoughtful year-round array of guest services, family activities and Martha’s Vineyard special events. It has been rated one of the “World’s Best Hotels” by Travel + Leisure and the “Best Overall Place to Stay” by Martha’s Vineyard Magazine.
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Press Release January 11, 2018
Upland Capital Corporation Purchases Harbor View Hotel
Historic Edgartown hotel to undergo renovation to its classic Vineyard style in late 2018
Edgartown, Mass. – Jan. 10, 2018 – Upland Capital Corporation, founded by Bernard Chiu, has acquired Harbor View Hotel on Martha’s Vineyard. Harbor View Hotel is an iconic hotel located in a pristine neighborhood in the heart of Edgartown with scenic views of the ocean, lighthouse and Edgartown Harbor.
Upland Capital is developing plans to renovate Harbor View Hotel starting late fall 2018. The initiative will preserve the hotel’s classic island style while improving guest accommodations and public spaces.
“Harbor View Hotel has been an intrinsic part of Edgartown life for well over a century, and has played a vital role in establishing the town as the Vineyard’s tourism heart,” said Chiu, a summer resident of Edgartown. “Upland Capital is committed to protecting Harbor View’s well-cultivated legacy. We will retain all the attributes that make the hotel – and Edgartown – so special, while elevating its reputation among the premier hotels in the Northeast U.S.”
A beloved fixture on the Vineyard for 127 years, Harbor View Hotel offers luxury guest rooms and suites in the heart of historic Edgartown. From its broad veranda, the hotel boasts spectacular views of Edgartown Harbor, the Vineyard’s premier sailing and yachting location. Its popular restaurants, Lighthouse Grill and Henry’s Hotel Bar, offer a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere for island-to-table dining, utilizing the Vineyard’s freshest ingredients. In 2016, Harbor View Hotel was ranked one of the “Best Hotels in New England” in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice awards. Harbor View Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America®. Learn more at www.harbor-view.com or connect online via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About Upland Capital Corporation
Upland Capital Corporation is a privately held asset management and real estate investment firm based in Boston, established by Bernard Chiu to manage his personal and family assets. Upland develops and acquires high quality properties in exceptional locations. Holdings include office, retail, private and public golf courses and resorts, and hospitality assets in key locations throughout the New England area. Upland Capital’s corporate office is located at 745 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. For more information, visit www.uplandcapital.net.
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A Historic Landmark
The Harbor View Hotel has been an icon on Martha’s Vineyard since 1891. Families who have spent each season here for generations treasure the venerable Harbor View Hotel history. Today, the Hotel combines the traditions of the past with a comfortable, relaxing ambience for a timeless yet contemporary experience.
During the height of the whaling industry in the 1830s and 1840s, Edgartown became the Vineyard’s wealthiest town. Whaling came to a virtual halt within seven years of the Civil War, and lacking hotels the town was completely unprepared for the sudden and resolute shift to becoming a resort destination. It was at this point that Edgartown made a concerted effort to become an important summer resort. A number of the citizens, with financial assistance from the town, built a railroad across the island, then the impressive hostelry, The Harbor View Hotel on Starbuck’s Neck, overlooking the harbor entrance. The Hotel was located at the end of North Water Street, among the whaling captain’s homes.
The shingle-style Hotel opened in July 1891. The grand opening was by invitation only, with a mingling of 400 islanders and Hotel guests for an evening they would never forget. That night the verandas were hung with Chinese lanterns, the parlors fancily decorated and the entire Hotel was brightly illuminated. Mattie Josephine Atkins of Denver provided the entertainment. The string quartette of the Fitchburg Band provided music for dancing, which went on until late at night.
The first few years for the Harbor View weren’t easy. In 1895, another new manager was hired, and after two years in his position he bought out the owners of the Hotel. Within a decade, he had doubled the Harbor View’s size. He also added tennis courts and turned the Hotel into a profitable venture.
This was the beginning of the Hotel’s reputation as a favorite seasonal getaway and second home for those exploring the Vineyard. Soon, entire families would come back, year after year, generation after generation — having many generations of one family stay together nurturing close bonds. Children from many families “grew up” together each summer at the Hotel, creating friendships that spanned the decades.
Today, the Harbor View Hotel is a Martha’s Vineyard landmark renowned for drawing upon its legendary past along with offering today’s most coveted amenities and activities.