Best of the Vineyard 2018: Lodging & Services

We give you everything you need to know about Services and Lodging on Martha’s Vineyard according to you.

Services On-Island

Best Architectural and/or Residential Design Company: Patrick Ahearn, Architect

Nevin Square, 17 Winter Street, Edgartown, 508-939-9312,

Runner-up: Hutker Architects

Tisbury Marketplace, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-3344,

Patrick Ahearn and his crew have specialized in historically motivated architecture and interior design for more than forty years. His imprint is all over Edgartown, and he has an impressive portfolio that includes large restaurants and clubhouses, urban townhouses, and Cape cottages. Hutker begins every project by listening closely to their clients’ wants, needs, and patterns to create a unique space every single time.

Best Auto Repair Shop: Bink’s Auto

29 Winthrop Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2168 

Runner-up: M.V. Autoworks/Angel’s Auto Body

30 Evelyn Way, Vineyard Haven, 508-696-7467

For diagnostics, repairs, and inspections, Bink’s is the place to go. The crew earns praise for its thorough and trustworthy service. M.V. Autoworks and Angel’s Auto Body will keep your car looking good and on the go.

Best Bank: Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank

Branches in Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, and West Tisbury, 508-627-4266,

Runner-up: Rockland Trust 

Branches in Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, and Oak Bluffs, 508-627-7038,

Some of life’s most important decisions are made at the bank. Thankfully, Islanders have been relying on the user-friendly, fair, and balanced information from Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank for years. Rockland Trust, a newcomer to the Island, took over long-time runner-up Edgartown National Bank last year and has maintained a loyal and satisfied clientele.

Best Cleaning Company: Eco Maid Martha’s Vineyard


Runner-Up: A Perfect Cleaning Company


What’s better than a clean house? One that you didn’t have to clean yourself. Eco Maid specializes in eco-friendly residential cleaning services and rental turnovers. The professionals also clean windows, businesses, and help to organize homes. A Perfect Cleaning Company believes that a clean home is a happier and healthier home, and it’s hard to argue with that.

Best Veterinary Service: Animal Health Care Associates

Who’s a good girl? And who’s a good vet? Kota goes to longtime winner Animal Health Care Associates.
Elizabeth Cecil

20 Airport Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-6515,

Runner-up: Vineyard Veterinary Clinic

276 Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, Edgartown, 508-627-5292

You wouldn’t trust your favorite pairs of paws to just anyone. For more than ten years Animal Health Care Associates has reigned supreme among Best of the Vineyard winners for its practiced care of animals large and small, domestic and exotic. It also offers grooming and boarding. Vineyard Veterinary Clinic is a full-service provider offering quality and compassionate care.

Best Electrical Contractor: Aurora Electric Solutions

15 Merchant’s Court, Vineyard Haven, 508-299-3247,

Runner-up: Merritt Electric


Whether you’re looking for lighting expertise, electric wiring, audio installation, or phone and networking services, Aurora Electric Solutions does it all. The company also has a line of energy-saving products and the know-how to talk you through them. Merritt Electric offers a full range of electrical services as well as lighting and shading solutions.

Best Interior Design Company: Julie Robinson Interiors

510 State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-5065,

Runner-up: Vineyard Decorators

35 Airport Road, Edgartown, 508-693-9197,

Julie Robinson specializes in window treatments, but that’s hardly the extent of her expertise. Her fully stocked showroom makes browsing a cinch. Vineyard Decorators is the Island’s largest furniture store, with a large inventory and an experienced team of designers to help you choose what will work best in your home.

Best Contractor or Builder: D. Best Construction

156 Winyah Circle, Vineyard Haven, 508-696-8448,

Runner-up: Rosbeck Builders

20 East Line Road, Edgartown, 508-693-6300, 

From project management, general contracting, and new constructions to trim work, tile work, and fencing, Doug Best and his team do it all. And how do they do it? The best. Rosbeck Builders has been crafting fine Vineyard homes for happy clients for more than thirty years.

Best IT Company: North Star Cell

249 Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, Edgartown, 508-627-3200,

Runner-up: M.V. Tech Inc.

480 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-3178,

Nothing bums out a vacationer and Islander alike like a broken cell phone. How will you snap a pic of the sunset at Menemsha, record a video of your daring jump off Jaws Bridge, or call in a reservation to the Red Cat? North Star Cell specializes in smart phone repair and replaces cracked screens with same-day service. Island-owned and operated M.V. Tech Inc. can help with laptop repairs and recommendations, and also sells cell phone accessories. 

Best Landscape Company: Teles Landscaping

25 Holmes Hole Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-627-0754,

Runner-up: Donaroma’s

271 Upper Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-3036,

Teles Landscaping uses safe, innovative methods to keep your outdoor space beautiful and healthy, whether it’s a rambling seaside lawn or a tidy cottage garden. Donaroma’s expert landscape crew knows the lay of the land and will take care of  installation and maintenance.

Best Plumbing Contractor: Walter Smith Plumbing

3 Weeks Lane, Edgartown, 508-627-5661,

Runner-up: A P Fortes Plumbing & Heating

155 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-2394

Walter Smith Plumbing has been tending to the underbelly of Island homes for decades with great results, as evidenced by ten years of repeated wins. Need help now? A P Fortes is another trusted Island tradesmen with plenty of satisfied customers and years of experience.

Best Real Estate Company: Point B Realty

Nevin Square, 19 Winter Street, Edgartown, 508-627-4567,

Runner-up: Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Rentals & Real Estate Sales

107 Beach Road Suite 102, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-7711, 

Point B prides itself on a foundation of ethics, professionalism, and customer service. The team of multi-disciplinary agents can give clients the best buyer, sales, rental, and concierge experience. M.V. Vacation Rentals & Real Estate Sales’ team of experts gives clients an inside look at the rental and real estate market.


Best Budget-Friendly Lodging: Edgartown Commons

20 Pease’s Point Way North, Edgartown, 508-627-4671,

Runner-up: Dockside Inn 

9 Circuit Avenue Extension, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2966,

Just steps from downtown, with beaches a short walk away, Edgartown Commons offers efficiency accommodations both large and small: studios, suites, and even a two-bedroom house, all with kitchens. The boutique-style Dockside Inn is located on the bustling Oak Bluffs waterfront near shopping, restaurants, and services.

Best Hotel, General Excellence: Harbor View Hotel

Harbor View Hotel former manager Justin Mercier and general manager Diana Rosure are ready to make you want to stay forever.
Elizabeth Cecil

131 North Water Street, Edgartown, 508-627-7000,

Runner-up: Dockside Inn

9 Circuit Avenue Extension, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2966,

An historic hotel with contemporary comforts, the Harbor View boasts both a fine-dining restaurant and a cozy bar with its own menu, plus a great location near Edgartown Village. Guests of the Dockside Inn can get a ride from the ferry or airport in a 1956 Rolls Royce, which is also available for trips to the beach.

Best Family-Friendly Lodging: Harbor View Hotel

131 North Water Street, Edgartown, 508-627-7000,

Runner-up: Dockside Inn

9 Circuit Avenue Extension, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2966,

Crafts, games, and other children’s activities are on the house at the Harbor View Hotel, which also has a heated outdoor pool – not to mention spectacular Lighthouse Beach across the street. The Dockside Inn serves complimentary ice cream treats in summer and freshly baked afternoon cookies. 

Best Romantic Getaway: Harbor View Hotel

131 North Water Street, Edgartown, 508-627-7000,

Runner-up: Hob Knob, Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa

128 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-9510,

Cozy robes, exceptional linens, and suites with private decks and water views set the scene for romance at the Harbor View Hotel. With its expansive porch and lighthouse views, the hotel is perfect for settling in with a glass of wine and watching the sunset before heading into town for dinner. Across town, the Hob Knob’s Rejuvenation Spa offers relaxing body treatments and massages for couples who want to unwind.