Best of the Vineyard 2019: Lodging & Services

Everything you need to know about lodging and Island services on Martha's Vineyard according to you.


Best Budget-Friendly Lodging: Edgartown Commons

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

Runner-up: Madison Inn

18 Kennebec Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 800-564-2760,

Edgartown Commons’ downtown location may be priceless, but its prices are surprisingly reasonable. The efficiency hotel keeps rates in check by scaling back certain hotel amenities. Madison Inn also has an unbeatable location in Oak Bluffs.

Best Family-Friendly Lodging: Mansion House Inn

9 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-2200,

Runner-up: Harbor View Hotel

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

Take a dip in the pool, soak in the sights from the cupola, stroll down Main Street, or head to the harbor for swimming, sailing, and kayaking – Mansion House’s Vineyard Haven location has something for the whole family. The Harbor View Hotel hosts a spate of children’s activities, and has easy access to the beach and an outdoor heated pool.

Best Hotel, General Excellence: Harbor View Hotel

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

Runner-up: Isabelle’s Beach House

83 Seaview Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-3955,

Maybe it’s the in-town location, the lighthouse views, the comfortable porch, the well-appointed rooms. Whatever it is, the Harbor View is generally regarded as generally excellent. Following an extensive renovation this year, it’s even more so. For quaint seaside serenity, check out Isabelle’s Beach House.

Elizabeth Cecil

Best Romantic Getaway (tie): Hob Knob, Luxury Boutique Hotel

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

The Outermost Inn

81 Lighthouse Road, Aquinnah, 508-645-3511,

Runner-up: Beach Plum Inn

50 Beach Plum Lane, Chilmark, 508-645-9454,

Feeling elegant in Edgartown? Easygoing in Aquinnah? Guests will find something to love at this year’s co-winners, the luxury boutique hotel Hob Knob and the charmingly laid-back Outermost Inn. (Sadly, Outermost is not offering rooms this season.) Runner-up Beach Plum Inn promises peace, quiet, and Menemsha views.

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,

That seven-bedroom colonial overlooking Katama Bay? That double-gabled carriage house with a poolside cabana? If it’s an Island home with a long history, you can bet it’s Patrick Ahearn who revived it, modernized it, and made it part of its owner’s present. Hutker’s philosophy is “build once, well.”

Best Auto Detailing Company: MV Auto Detailing of Martha’s Vineyard

236 Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, Edgartown, 774-563-8878,

Runner-up: Michael Araujo’s Car Detailing

41 Manchester Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-0725

Well-used cars will look new again after a spa day with MV Auto Detailing. Think: hand wash, wax, buff and polish, conditioned upholstery, and a steam clean for the engine. Michael Araujo’s Car Detailing offers window tinting and accessorizing too.

Best Auto Repair Shop: Bink’s Auto

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

Runner-up: MV Autoworks/Angel’s Auto Body

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

Inspection stickers, broken mufflers, and pretty much anything else Click and Clack could dream up are no match for Bink’s Auto. For maintenance or collision repair, MV Autoworks/Angel’s Auto Body is the place to go.

Best Bank: Martha’s Vineyard 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,

With $820 million in assets, a $1 million charitable fund, and seven branches on the Island, Martha’s Vineyard Bank is the top choice for those who want to reinvest in their community. Rockland Trust also focuses on community investment.

Best Contractor or Builder: D. Best Construction

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

Runner-up: Rosbeck Builders

Airport Business Park, 20 East Line Road, Edgartown, 508-693-6300,

There’s a reason they call it D. Best, and it’s not just because Douglas F. Best is the owner and CEO. Clients praise D. Best Construction’s ability to complete projects on time and on budget. Rosbeck Builders has been crafting beautiful homes for three decades.

Genainna Pereira (center) of Shine Bright Martha’s Vineyard Cleaning Services scrubbed the competition to win Best Cleaning Company.
Elizabeth Cecil

Best Cleaning Company: Shine Bright Martha’s Vineyard Cleaning Services


Runner-up: A-1 Cleaning Services 


Shine Bright does everything you need – from laundry service and window washing to maid and janitorial services – and promises to leave homes sparkling with no smudge uncleaned. The experienced staff at A-1 Cleaning will leave any room shipshape.

Best Electrical Contractor: Merritt Electric


Runner-up: Willett Electric

Airport Business Park, 7 A Street, Edgartown, 508-627-9438,

Scott Merritt of Merritt Electric went from apprentice to master electrician recently and has already developed a devoted clientele. Willett Electric has been in service since 1977 when Greg Willett founded the company. Now son Craig has been passed the pliers.

Jon Parker of Best Flooring Contractor Parker Carpet knows his Berber from his Saxony from his shag.
Elizabeth Cecil

Best Flooring Contractor: Parker Carpet

Airport Business Park, 15 North Line Road, Edgartown, 508-693-7405,

Runner-up: Karpet Kare

Woodland Center, 455 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-9462,

When it comes to reliability and workmanship, you can count on Parker Carpet for impressive results in laminate, rubber, gym, and sports flooring, as well as, you guessed it, carpet. Runner-up Karpet Kare also has a large stock of flooring options, perfect for your home or business.

Best HVAC Company: Brennan & Company


Runner-up: Nelson Mechanical Design

Airport Business Park, 8 North Line Road, Suite B, Edgartown, 508-696-3120,

Brennan & Company maintains a cool commitment to providing environmentally efficient heating and air conditioning. Nelson Mechanical also specializes in green design, and offers plumbing services too.

Swatch masters Paulina Foley and Emily Lowe earned Vineyard Decorators a win for Best Interior Design Company.
Elizabeth Cecil

Best Interior Design Company: Vineyard Decorators

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

Runner-up: Tracker Home Decor

89 Pease’s Point Way South, Edgartown, 508-627-8725,

Vineyard Decorators doesn’t just stock couches and chairs; experienced in-house design consultants will help you develop a cohesive, sophisticated look. Home visits and phone consultations are also available. Tracker Home Decor offers a full range of design services.

Best Irrigation Systems & Maintenance: Bettencourt Irrigation and Landscaping


Runner-up: Island Irrigation


The grass really is greener with Bettencourt. Beyond keeping lawns happy, the experienced crew specializes in watering window boxes, landscaping, and lawn lighting. Island Irrigation excels at installing and servicing lawn sprinkler systems.

Best IT Company: Edu Comp

4 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-0803,

Runner-up: MV Tech Inc.

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

It’s easy to panic when your hard drive crashes. Thankfully, the Edu Comp technicians are there for you. With well-stocked shelves of office equipment and art supplies, you’ll find yourself stopping by during happier times too. MV Tech gets customers online quickly, including service provided by phone. 

Best Kitchen Design: Vineyard Home Center

454 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-3227,

Runner-up: Kitchen & Bath Gallery

Airport Business Park, 35 East Line Road, Edgartown, 508-696-9930,

Whether you’re building a new home or working on a renovation, the staff and stocked showroom at Vineyard Home Center will help you create an HGTV-worthy kitchen. Kitchen & Bath Gallery offers top-notch products and skilled staff.

Best Landscape Architect: Kristen Beaumont Reimann


Runner-up: Crossland Landscape

Airport Business Park, 8 North Line Road, Edgartown, 508-693-8888,

Many an outdoor oasis has been designed by Kristen Beaumont Reimann, who has years of experience working with Vineyard landscapes. She’ll also help navigate Island regulations, which is no small feat. Crossland Landscape is a full-service company that handles everything from digging to design.

Best Landscape Company: Teles Landscaping

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

Runner-up: Donaroma’s

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

Teles Landscaping can turn molehills into mountains of flowers and has a reputation for not making mountains out of landscape construction, masonry, tree work, and pest control. Donaroma’s has decades of experience tackling projects large and small.

Best Painting Contractor: Shine Bright Painting

3 Boylston Drive, Edgartown, 774-840-0124,

Runner-up: John C. Anderson Painters & Restorers


Inside or out, residential or commercial, the skilled team at Shine Bright is up to any painting task. They’ll even help you match a paint color. John C. Anderson has been trusted with Island landmarks, including the Flying Horses carousel and the Old Whaling Church.

Best Plumbing Contractor: Walter Smith Plumbing

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

Runner-up: Fullin and Bettencourt Plumbing and Heating

Airport Business Park, 23 North Line Road, Edgartown, 508-627-9595

Walter Smith doesn’t draw the line at problem pipes and leaky faucets; he also handles large geothermal system installations and custom fixture work. In addition to plumbing, Fullin and Bettencourt tackles oil and propane heating systems.

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

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

Point B Realty knows how to market a house – and how to market the Island. The boutique brokerage specializes in luxury sales and rental services and maintains a popular Vineyard blog. Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Rentals & Real Estate caters to both renters and owners.

Best Swimming Pool Contractor: Atlantic Pool


Runner-up: Island Pools & Spas

Airport Business Park, 20 East Line Road, Edgartown, 508-693-3040,

Atlantic Pool has been constructing and designing pools and spas on the Vineyard for more than twenty years, and is equally skilled with renovations and maintenance. Runner-up Island Pools & Spas has built more than 150 Island pools.

Best Tree Care/Arborist: Hagerty Tree Service


Runner-up: Beetlebung Tree Care


Just try to stump the crew at Hagerty Tree Service. These arborists have been in business for more than forty-five years and know Vineyard trees. Beetlebung has added integrated pest management and irrigation design to its
menu of services.

Best Roofing Contractor: Thornton Chandler Construction


Runner-up: Flaherty Roofing, Siding, Metal Work


Island homes need northeaster-proof roofs, and Thornton Chandler Construction has got you covered. The company even offers a two-year guarantee against leaks. Flaherty takes care of buildings from the roof on down.

Best Veterinary Service: Animal Health Care Associates

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

Runner-up: Vineyard Veterinary Clinic

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

Dog, cat, hamster, bird, and bunny whisperer Dr. Steven Atwood is a friend to all Island animals. His friendly, experienced staff also offers grooming, boarding, and after-hours care. Vineyard Veterinary Clinic provides a range of medical services at its Edgartown location.