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Welcome, From the Snider Family

Season 2021

Welcome, from Mark & Gwenn Snider - Owners of Winnetu Oceanside Resort

My wife, Gwenn, and I are often asked about the history, culture and traditions of the Vineyard and why Katama and The Winnetu are so special, not only to us, but to our many returning guests, year after year. Sharing with you the answers to these questions is really the story of how I started out to create a resort experience that captures what, I believe, makes the Vineyard so special – its innocence.

The essence of the Vineyard today harkens back to a sepia tone experience that exudes nostalgia, playfulness and timelessness.  Families who know and love the Vineyard appreciate the simplicity of Island life and respect its traditions and lore.  There’s a wholesome innocence on the Island for those who wish to find it.  Children are enabled more independence and, therefore, more self-confidence.  Families can spend more quality time together playing games, doing things,…hokey things…such as hermit crab races on the beach, or enjoying scrabble matches, bike rides into town, and going to the movies together and then walking down Main Street for an ice cream. These are experiences that just don’t happen for many of us except in a place like the Vineyard!

When being on the Island becomes a state of mind.  Psychologically separated from the mainland, the ebb and flow of arrival and departures circulating around boat schedules, and rituals, with little room for impromptu planning make the Island experience.  Cell phones don’t always work.  The Internet can be erratic.  The fog can delay the morning newspaper boat.  Pizza isn’t delivered.

Everything is just a little bit different than the mainland, a little slower, a little simpler.

So as you rest at our resort and experience some of the island’s innocence, we hope you have a wonderful stay with us and that you’ll make it an annual family tradition or couples getaway as it has been for me since the summer of ’68 and with my wife, our three children, Oliver, Annie and Matthew, since the summer of ’84. 

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Mark, Gwenn, Oliver, Annie, and Matthew Snider

Owners of Winnetu Oceanside Resort

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Looking to head into Edgartown? Our signature Water Taxi cruise can get you there in style. Enjoy your night out and your ride there! ...

Opening day is tomorrow! It’s wonderful to see the lobby filled with old and new friends as we welcome in our first guests this weekend. Let the summer begin! ...

Chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of prosecco, a couples massage, and so much more is waiting for you at Winnetu! The perfect vacation is on us when you sign up for our Couples Package. ...

Bring the ENTIRE family on vacation and treat your pup to our Pup & Play package! We’ll supply you with everything you need for your furry friend, including our special biscuit basket. 🐾 ...

South Beach is Katama’s backyard. For Winnetu guests, this iconic Vineyard beach is as easy as a hop, skip, and jump down our private beach path. ...

It’s May and that means Winnetu is back in only 10 days! We can’t wait to spend another sun-filled season with you. 🌼 🌊 ...

Capture your favorite moments by booking family portraits at Winnetu! Working with @randibairdphoto is a great way to bring your vacation memories home with you. 📸 ...

Adventure awaits! Winnetu’s private beach path leads you directly from the hotel lawn, right to this very spot at South Beach. It’s like your own slice of oceanfront heaven. ...

Here’s a reminder to stop and smell the flowers! 🌺🌷🌼 ...

Dispatch from the Caribbean: Have you seen the dreamy accommodations at our sister resort in the #USVI? Tap the link in our bio to learn about @lovangoresort’s Treehouse, Glamping, and Villa accommodations.

#USVI #Caribbean #StJohn #Lovango
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One of the most enjoyable ways to get around the island is on a bicycle. No need to bring your own, M.V. Bike Rentals has you covered. Your bike will be ready and waiting at Winnetu so you can begin exploring! ...

Grab some rackets and get ready to put your skills to the test on our tennis courts! Need a few pointers? Join our complimentary tennis clinics every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting June 14th. 🎾 ...

Make your family memories of Martha’s Vineyard and Edgartown. Share with us your favorite activity in Edgartown. ...

Our taxi trades wheels for waterviews… Cruise between Edgartown and Winnetu on our signature water taxi. 🌊 ...

Anybody else get this excited about our chocolate chip cookies? 🍪 Looking forward to lemonade and cookies, each afternoon in the lobby this season. ...

Our antique fire truck is the best ride on the island! Who wants to go for a spin?! ...

80 days until Winnetu is back for another season filled with clambakes and sunset cruises! 😍 ...

No car, no problem! The Island Queen Ferry is the best (and most fun) way to get to and from Winnetu. Learn more about our Island Queen VIP package by visiting our website.

📸 @islandqueenmv
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Just around the corner from Winnetu is the stunning Katama Airfield. If you’re looking for incredible views and wonderful food, visit @katamakitchen and get a front row seat to the planes coming and going.

📸 @katamaairfieldtrust
📸 @marthasvineyardeats
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We can already picture you devouring our signature dishes at Dunes this summer. ☺️ Check out the 360 views of our dining room and picture yourself there too!

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Our incredible staff is what makes Winnetu feel like home for so many. We’re lucky to have our Martha’s Vineyard family consist of such kind and helpful people. ...

Inspired by the Islands, @Tuckernuck’s new resort collection made its debut in a photoshoot at our sister resort, @lovangoresort, in the #USVI last month. Their fresh spin on American style is the perfect look to pack next time you’re on your way to Martha’s Vineyard. Use promo code LOVANGO20 at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase. Offer valid February 1-28, 2022. Not applicable on sale items or previous orders. ...