Ferry Favorite: Dockside Inn, Martha’s Vineyard

Ferry Favorite: Dockside Inn, Martha’s Vineyard

by Betsy Rich

We are oh-so-excited about our first social media contest and all of the amazing friends and partners who graciously, and enthusiastically, donated their services to make the giveaways so desirable!

First, let me introduce your Martha’s Vineyard hotel accommodation: The Dockside Inn.

The Dockside Inn is a lovely boutique-style hotel, along Oak Bluffs Harbor where our Martha’s Vineyard ferry docks. The conveniently located inn boasts 21 contemporary rooms, beautifully decorated with a nautical theme (our fave). There is a climate-controlled breakfast area with more than your average food and beverage selections. Just outside is a cozy, hidden patio if you’d rather take your coffee outside. The Dockside has free wifi, which is has become extremely important to the modern day traveler. I can attest, personally, to its comfort and cleanliness (my fave).

So, OK – what you just read could be many choice hotels, but what makes them so special? Well, let me tell you:

Things to do. There is a board in the reception area that is updated every day with the happenings on the island. If you don’t know what to do, I guarantee you’ll find multiple ideas – great ideas – of what to do whether you’re traveling alone, with your family or as a couple.

BEACH GEAR. Yep. You heard me. You want to go to the beach? Of course you do – it’s an island! There’s no need for you to pack (or buy) beach towels, a cooler, chairs, umbrellas, shovels or boogie boards! Tell me – who else does that? 

Little BIG things: “Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are always at the ready to assist you with any need. Our complimentary ice cream treats, our fresh baked cookies each afternoon, and our Rolls Royce Silver Cloud courtesy car are sure to have you feeling warmly welcomed.”

Loomis. What’s in a name? Loomis is a virtual concierge and is hands-down one of the most impressive ideas I’ve ever come across at a hotel. Number one in customer service concept. As a guest, you have access to Loomis during the length of your stay, 24 hours a day. Want to know what to do? Ask Loomis. Need directions? Ask Loomis. Have a question about the island? Ask Loomis? Want to know what channel your show is on? Ask Loomis. What makes him so cool is that he’s not a robot, he’s a person. It’s good to be mindful of what you ask for, too. Oh, the stories I’ve heard!

So what are other people saying? For all you know, I’m just friends with John, promoting his hotel because he’s a good guy and takes me for rides in his Rolls Royce and out for drinks at the Shuck Shack. Check out some of the Dockside Inn’s bragging rights:

Featured on NBC’s Today Show “Outstanding Value for a Celebrity Getaway”
Best of Boston / Beyond Boston 2012
Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice / Best of New England 2013
Martha’s Vineyard Magazine / Best of the Vineyard 2014

In conclusion, what will it cost you to enter to win our social media contest to win a free night here plus much, much more? Not much. Just a click or two…. Good luck!

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