I believe traveling to different places each time you wander is the best way to really experience the world and the gift that it is to travel. However, there’s something to be said about returning to the same spot every year. Though there are very few places I have found to be worthy of that annual title, Winnetu wins at the top. There’s always a feeling you get at the end of summer camp as a child, or on a really great cruise, where you just don’t want to leave because the entire environment is so enjoyable and the staff makes you feel like family and you just don’t want to go home, because you feel more welcome there than you do at your own home – That is Winnetu. It is the complete essence of a vacation and though you don’t feel like you’ve stepped back in time, you feel as if you’re visiting another reality.
This was our first time at Winnetu and we met several other families who were first time guests and so many more that come to Winnetu every year. Located in Edgartown, MA on Martha’s Vineyard, you have that perfect blend of New England charm and island life.
We flew into Martha’s Vineyard from Boston, just under 20 min. and then we took a taxi to the resort. Rental cars are also available at the airport. If you arrive at the airport, it will be just another 15 min drive to Winnetu. You also have the ferry to bring you over from Woods Hole. Here’s a complete list of all of your options to get to Winnetu. There are pros to having your own car on the island, but if you’re just coming for a couple days, Edgartown has enough to offer to keep you happy and busy. Plus, Winnetu has several options to take advantage of including: their vintage vehicles, a water taxi, Winnetu shuttles, on site rental cars, bike rentals, and the island also has public transport with a stop right outside the resort.
The season at Winnetu is May through October and though any time would be a wonderful time to come, the summer months have a clambake every Wednesday night on the property. It is one giant lawn party, filled with fresh clams and lobster, burgers, hotdogs, steak, chicken, salads, vegetables, and plenty of dessert. After the dinner they have a special entertainment for everyone. While we were there, we had the island’s naturalist, Gus Ben David, come and teach us about reptiles and birds of prey. This evening is a real highlight to your stay at Winnetu, we recommend not missing out on the party!
On top of all of the other great amenities – our favorites include the family s’mores nights, the courtyard foosball table and ping-pong, the life-size chess board (and the bonus one in the lobby), a variety of lawn games like corn-hole, a quick walk to the beach with all kinds of beach toys provided, two outdoor pools, tennis courts (first come first serve) – Winnetu has a complimentary children’s program during the day and a great program at night for a nominal fee, where your child can have dinner, games, and a movie while you enjoy yourself elsewhere.
The Dunes is the restaurant at Winnetu. We loved their breakfast menu so much and their lunch was equally as good! Lunch is served on the patio by the pool and the ambiance is perfection with the wraparound resort covered in vines, hugging you while you eat.
The resort has so many different accommodations to choose from. We stayed in a cottage property, located right next to the main hotel section. This was our exact room floor plan. We were so so pleased with it. The King size bed in the bedroom, plus that one twin that pulls down in the room and then the queen size sofa bed and another two bunks that pull down in the family room, we had so much space! It was absolutely wonderful to have the three pull out beds – they’re real mattresses, so the kids slept great and we loved that we could put them back up for the day. It was so exciting for the children and most of the hotel rooms have one of these beds in the room.
Truly, Winnetu is such a wonderful place. We know we will be back one day, how can you not? It is probably one of my favorite destinations in the world. The only complaint that I could think of is that we didn’t get to stay long enough!
Though our stay was in partnership with Winnetu all thoughts are completely honest!