In the summer months, a car is really not necessary — there are plenty of transportation options available to/from the Resort and on the Island. However, for those guests traveling with young children, or staying for a week or more, a car can be a nice convenience.
During the spring and autumn seasons, we do recommend that you bring a car, especially if you wish to explore the Island. If you’re just coming for a weekend, and aren’t interested in touring, a car really isn’t needed.
If you do decide to bring your car over to the Island, auto reservations are required and should be made as soon as possible with the Steamship Authority. The Steamship Authority operates the only automobile ferry service to the Island from Woods Hole, on Cape Cod (a short, 45-minute crossing). These large vessels operate hourly, year round.
To arrange auto reservations, contact the Steamship Authority by either calling them directly at (508) 477-8600 or booking on-line – via their website, www.steamshipauthority.com. Reservations for passengers are unnecessary.
Note: When you inquire about your automobile reservation, if you don’t get your first request, ask to have your name put on the Waiting List. It usually works out quite well and, more often than not, you’ll get the reservation time you desire.
We offer a convenient on-Island pick-up/drop-off service for our guests that choose to utilize the “Island Queen” ferry from Falmouth, Massachusetts, so long as the boat/transfer reservation is pre-reserved with us. The crossing time takes 35 minutes (i.e., the quickest to the Island). Falmouth is centrally located and the Island Queen offers mainland parking within walking distance of the dock. The boat line has guaranteed Winnetu guests parking availability in their lots — a special benefit — as long as a Winnetu voucher is shown to the parking attendant.
To utilize this exclusive service, our guests must pre-reserve via the Pre-Arrival Concierge Page on our Winnetu website (go to the “All-Aboard VIP Island Queen Ferry Package” page). Guests who choose not to pre-reserve this amenity via our Pre-Arrival Concierge service may utilize the Island Queen ferry on their own, but will not have guaranteed parking privileges or a pick-up on-Island to/from the Resort. (Taxis are available on your own).
The Winnetu Oceanside Resort operates a frequent and complimentary shuttle service to/from Main Street, Edgartown – from morning until the evening. In the early spring and late autumn this service operates on a less frequent basis. There is also an extensive and frequent bus service that runs throughout the Island…The VTA (Vineyard Transit Authority), which stops adjacent to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort. In addition, the Resort offers a nightly water taxi cruise to Edgartown (seasonal). Many guests also enjoy a bike ride to Main Street, via the bike path. It’s flat and takes 15 minutes. There are also plenty of taxi cabs to meet everyone’s traveling needs.
Check-in for Winnetu Hotel accommodations is 4:00 p.m. Check-in for Mattakesett private home rentals is 5:00 p.m.
Check-out for the entire Winnetu Oceanside Resort property is 10:00 a.m. We would be happy to store your luggage — if you either arrive early or desire to stay later — and encourage you to enjoy our extensive facilities.
Mattakesett private homes are cleaned upon arrival and departure. However, if you wish to receive additional cleanings during your stay, they can be arranged, with advance notice, for an extra fee.
All studios and suites in the main Hotel, and our private cottages adjacent to the Hotel, have individually controlled air-conditioning. Most of the resort private home rentals have air-conditioning, but some do not. They take advantage of the natural, southerly ocean breezes, and also feature ceiling fans.
We do provide bell service, as well as easy-to-use, self-service luggage carts — if you choose. We do not offer Room Service, but take-out food service can be arranged through our on-site restaurant, The Dunes. Our staff will be more than happy to help you if you need assistance.
Dining reservations at The Dunes restaurant can be made by calling (508) 627-FOOD (3663) or by e-mailing our Restaurant Manager.
There is no strict, formal dress code at The Dunes. Dining patrons should dress comfortably in a relaxed, summer dinner wear attire.
We provide two backpack beach chairs for guests staying in studios or one-bedroom suites at the Winnetu Hotel.
We provide four backpack beach chairs for guests staying in a two bedroom suite (including our private cottages), at the Winnetu Hotel.
For those staying at Mattakesett, we recommend bringing your own beach chairs or renting them when on Island.
We provide complimentary beach towels for guests staying at the Winnetu Hotel. Towels can be exchanged on a daily basis at the Garden Pavilion.
We do not provide beach towels for guests staying in Mattakesett private homes. Please bring your own beach towels!
The Winnetu General Store has beach towels for sale. Beach towels are also provided as part of our “Beach Survival Kit,” which you may purchase through our “Pre-Arrival Concierge” Page (click here).
Need a crib or highchair — or perhaps a beach umbrella to keep little ones out of the sun — while on your vacation? You certainly don’t have to carry them from home to our Resort. Just let us know — and we will have whatever items you need ready for you upon your arrival.
Guests staying in Mattakesett private homes should call the Baby Bear rental company directly at (508) 627-8830 or (877) 342-2229 to order full-size cribs, Pack n Plays, and highchairs. They will deliver them directly to your home or you can also order them on their website.
For Winnetu Hotel guests, you can order some of these items on our “Pre-Arrival Concierge” services Page (click here).
If bringing your pet on vacation is important to you, we suggest you consider staying in one of our pet-friendly private homes at Mattakesett. Pets or animals of any kind are not permitted at the Winnetu Hotel. Call our Reservations Office for more information at (866) 335-1133 (toll-free, USA only) or (508) 310-1733 if you would like local kennel information where you can board your pet while staying with us.
There is a well-stocked “Stop and Shop” grocery store in Edgartown about three miles from the Resort, as well as five other large grocery stores on the Island. Winnetu Oceanside Resort offers a complimentary Stop and Shop Shuttle on most mornings. Morning Glory Farm is located about three miles from the Resort and specializes in fresh produce grown on their 50-plus acre farm, as well as homemade breads, muffins and fabulous healthy fare…It’s a true Vineyard Experience!
Yes. The Mattakesett private homes have wireless – while the suites and cottages have both wireless and land connections. Wireless is also available in many of the public spaces throughout the Resort grounds.
We have a complimentary business office with a personal computer and printer, and also provide Internet access for all your business needs.
Many suites have their own private washer and dryer. All Mattakesett private homes have their own washer and dryer. For those accommodations without private units, the Winnetu Hotel has a coin-operated laundry facility.
Yes.Located at the Mattakesett Activities Center, our Fitness Center is equipped with numerous cardio equipment and strength training dumbells (5-to-90 lb.), cable stations and Bosu medicine and exercise balls.
We offer yoga on the lawn at the Winnetu Hotel. These sessions are very popular! Please refer to the Activity Schedule for further details.
Yes…we have two swimming pools. The pool at the Winnetu Hotel is a free-form design, perfect for relaxation and a dip. The shallow end is 4’ – while the deep end is 9′. During the summer months lunch and drinks are served at the adjacent poolside grill.
The Mattakesett pool, which is across the street at the Mattakesett Activities Center, is a rectangular 25’ x 40’ and is a better pool for swimming laps. The shallow end is 3’, so this is the preferred pool for young children, while the deep end is 9′. On most afternoons during the summer months we turn on the “water jets,” which are fun for the kids to jump through.
There isn’t a lifeguard stationed at either pool. Parents are responsible for the safety and well being of their children.
Both swimming pools at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort are heated to 84 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Unfortunately, no. Due to limited space in our pools and Children’s Programs, all Resort amenities are for the private use of Winnetu Oceanside Resort guests only.
Yes.The Winnetu Hotel provides co-mingle recycle bins in every suite.
In the Mattakesett private homes, the co-mingle bins are located directly outside of each home. Thank you for your cooperation!
We provide our guests with a list of private individuals who are interested in babysitting, so that guests can make arrangements on their own.