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Resort History

For More Than 100 Years, Vacationers Have Summered in Katama Along South Beach’s Shore

Resort history

Mattakeset Lodge

Before the days of air conditioning, the old Mattakeset Lodge was an ideal place to spend the summer months. Opened in 1873, the Lodge was popular for its clambakes, dances under the stars and, most importantly, its unique south-facing location by the sea that was consistently cooled by the gentle sea breezes during the heat of summer. It was one of the island’s earliest resorts. 

To Katama, By Rail

For more than 20 years at the end of the 19th century, the Mattakeset Lodge was reached by the Martha’s Vineyard Railroad, a narrow gauge line that ran from the Oak Bluffs steamship wharf to the hotel’s front lawn. The railroad, though ultimately a financial flop, took vacationers on a spectacular ride along the island’s coast on its way to Edgartown and then to Mattakeset. 

An old photo of the railroad and ferry
A large group of people standing next to a train

Sea Breezes &
Farm-Fresh Dinners

Early writings about the Lodge mention its well appointed facilities, including its own farm, steam laundry, twice-daily mail, tennis courts, billiards, bowling, bath-houses, and a rooftop promenade with views of Katama Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. 

The hotel closed towards the end of the century and pieces of the building were floated down the Bay to Edgartown to be reused. 

Read one summer guest’s review of the Mattakeset Lodge at Vineyard Gazette’s Time Machine.

Naval Station
to Summer Resort

During World War II, Mattakeset’s region of Katama served as a U.S. Naval Air and Sea Base. After the war the site was developed into the Katama Shores Inn, which was removed in 1999 to make way for today’s Winnetu. 

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A view of the water and beach, with Winnetu Oceanside Resort in the background

A New Summer
Tradition at South Beach

In the summer of 2000, the Snider family opened the Winnetu Oceanside Resort, carefully designed to reflect  the Vineyard’s late-nineteenth century shingle-style character while providing all the modern conveniences guests expect today.  

Timeless Experience

Through changes in seasons and passing of years, the Vineyard experience remains timeless and enduring. Hop a boat, leave the mainland behind, and enjoy what generations of visitors have come to our shore to seek. 

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Kicking our feet up because @travelandleisure ranked us #6 in their annual list of New England’s top resorts. Oh, and a pat on the back to our sister resort, @thenantucket for tying us at #6.

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We’re honored to be nominated once again for the Condé Nast Readers' Choice Awards in the hotel and resort category.

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Hitch a ride to Edgartown by boat! Starting June 18th, our guests can enjoy a Water Taxi ride to and from town through Katama Bay. ...

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No need to bring a car on the island. Winnetu offers complimentary shuttles downtown to all of our guests! Enjoy all there is to experience downtown without the hassle of parking! ...

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! ...

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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. ...

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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. ...