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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. 

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. 

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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Feeling grateful this weekend and can not wait to welcome you back in just a few short weeks 📸: @catboatcharters
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Keep them coming! We’ve been receiving some amazing #MyVintageSummer submissions and we’re looking forward to seeing more. Tap the link in our bio to learn how submitting a vintage vacation photo could win you a stay with us or our sister resort @thenantucket! While you’re there, check out the other submissions in our virtual scrapbook, like this one from @amoskovitz!
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Love this lighthouse and this shot by @crossroadsgallery. What sights are you looking forward to in your return to the island?
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This red bi-plane is a familiar sight in the sky above the Winnetu. Hoping to hear its engines roar again soon. 📸: @lucydahl4 .
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Take 10% off select weekly rentals with us this summer. Follow the link in our bio for more.

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This week we caught up with Ryan Smith of MV based Select Oysters. Link in bio to read our conversation with Ryan! #Winnetu #NewEngland #igersNewEngland #MV #MarthasVineyard #Vineyard #TimelessSummer ...

On this week’s Island Spotlight, we spoke with Chick Stapleton at @islandspiritkayak to learn more about the business and their involvement with Sengekontacket Pond. Link in bio to read on! .
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This week we’re talking to Lindsay Brown at the @farminstitute in Katama (our neighbors!). Link in bio to read on! ...

Thinking of sunny days and good company- share your Winnetu memory with #Winnetu and we’ll share it on our Instagram Story! 📸: @rosemary.tufankjian ...

During this difficult time, we are trying to remain positive, looking forward to brighter days. We are wishing that everyone remains healthy and safe.

To help bring some Island-life to our guests who may be missing the Vineyard, we are launching a series of conversations featuring some of our favorite Martha's Vineyard small businesses and organizations. And some, are just right outside our door. Link in bio to read on!
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We love this foggy shot by @bostonchigirl. Share your Winnetu memory with us at #Winnetu and we’ll share it to our story! 📸: @bostonchigirl #Winnetu #MV #NewEngland #igersNewEngland #MarthasVineyard ...

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Say hello to our new Winnetu firetruck! A 1953 Ford F600 pumper. We can’t wait to get it dressed up with a Winnetu logo and ride guests around in it! #Winnetu #VintageTruck #AntiqueFiretruck #MV #NewEngland #igersNewEngland #MarthasVineyard ...

During this uncharted moment, our thoughts are with our local community, our wonderful guests, and on the long summer days ahead of us 📸: @bekah_cherise .
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We’re excited to offer our guests complimentary fudge making classes with our friends over at @murdicksfudgemv this season. Check out the Spring section of our new website for more info! .
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Sound the alarm! We were named #1 hotel on Martha’s Vineyard by @usnews! Follow the link in our bio to learn why they call us the island’s “sought-after vacation haven”! .
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We’re thrilled to announce the appointment of Colin Coyle to Executive Chef at the Winnetu! . You could say that Colin was born in a kitchen, as his father has been a professional chef for his entire life. However, officially Colin got his start in the culinary-arts in Florida at The Dye Preserve Country Club in 2012 and progressed to have more and more responsibility in better and better kitchens throughout South Florida – usually holding down multiple culinary jobs to get as much exposure to various cuisines, techniques and flavor profiles as possible. No stranger to the Vineyard, Colin has been at the very busy and highly acclaimed Red Cat Kitchen in Oak Bluffs as the Sous Chef, for Restaurateur Ben Deforest, the last 4 summers. ...

All calm and bright in the new year | 📸: @vineyardlights .
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Thanks for an amazing season everyone! We’ll see you all on South Beach in 2020!
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You’re almost out of time to join us for @mvfoodandwine festival! If you change your mind, we’ll throw in a bottle of wine and cheese plate! Call us up and mention WINEFEST19! .
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@mvfoodandwine is just around the corner. Head to the link in our bio for the lowdown on what we’ll be up to throughout the weekend! ...