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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. 

A collage of 3 photos featuring a man playing gold, an empty room with tables, and a couple sitting on the beach
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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𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗧 𝗨𝗦 𝗨𝗣

Mom, we couldn’t do it without you.

Happy Mothers Day

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What’s your favorite order from the poolside grill?
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With scenic bike paths aplenty, exploring the island on a bike is a crowd favorite.
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𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗭𝗘!

Looking forward to some frozen drinks from the poolside grill this summer.
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Live from the Patio with @mvyradio is back this summer for more live music and good vibes. Stay tuned for this summer’s schedule.
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April means that opening day is just a few short weeks away!
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Every day from 3PM - 4PM, hitch a scenic ride on our antique fire truck.
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Share your favorite summertime treat in the comments.
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Keep it cool, but keep warm thoughts on your mind this winter.
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𝗣𝗢𝗢𝗟 𝗗𝗔𝗭𝗘

Sunny days and frozen drinks aren’t that far off. No resort fees at Winnetu means more fun. Get to know what’s included with your stay (link in bio).
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Each of our suites and cottages come equipped with our favorite beach lounger. Tap the link in our bio to explore our accommodations.
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Have you heard, our cottages are dog-friendly? Check out our Pup & Play package for the ultimate four-legged getaway.
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We make our own ice cream at Winnetu. You’ll find it on our dessert menus and for sale by the pint in our General Store.
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Our award-winning children’s program offers fun & friends all summer long for guests.
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𝗛𝗢𝗪 𝗪𝗘 𝗙𝗘𝗘𝗟 𝗔𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗧:

Beach Days, Clambakes, Firetruck Rides, Sunset Dinners, and Bike Rides into town.

Start planning summer 2023 fun today.
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Our steadfast Director of Rooms, Lizzie keeps the hotel running in more ways than one. Managing our front desk team, dispatching housekeeping, keeping our shuttles running on time, and much much (much!) more.
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… to improving our forehand this summer.

Book early and put summer thoughts on your mind all winter.
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… to making a bunch of new friends at Kids Camp this summer.

Book early and start dreaming up your summer plans.
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We welcomed chef Richard Doucette and his incredible scratch kitchen to Dunes.

Share a comment with your favorite 2022 dish from Richard’s kitchen.

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Before Winnetu (approx. 150 years ago), the Mattakeset Lodge was the place to spend the summer months in Katama. The hotel was famous for its clambakes, dances, and ocean breezes.

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Merry Christmas from all of us at Winnetu.

PC: @heyjaynic

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