Summercamp Hotel, Martha's Vineyard

The largest ocean-front hotel in vacation town Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, was reimagined in 2016. Designers drew from Martha’s Vineyard’s Methodist summer camp heritage when furnishing the 95-room complex. Built as a resort hotel in 1879 in a distinctive Victorian style, the structure looks out onto the famous Wesleyan Grove, a series of Gothic houses also known as the Gingerbread Cottages built on the former Methodist campgrounds.

The Summercamp of today is a boutique hotel built for re-living the glory days of childhood. A complete overhaul of the interiors resulted in sunlit, pastel colored rooms with mid-century furniture, geometric patterns and a strong Scandinavian feel. Beds seemingly suspended from the ceiling share space with wall decorations made from old sports equipment and art by local artists.

Instead of a restaurant, you’ll find a camp style canteen that sells classic summer snacks and offers bottomless coffee. The lobby features Green Furniture Concept’s sound-absorbing Leaf Lamp Pendants adding to the whimsical atmosphere, and hanging side by side with hanging egg-shaped rattan chairs. The check in desk is made from English Elm from the Vineyard.

Just off the lobby lies the rec room, complete with vintage board games, ping pong table and Twister AstroTurf floor. This room also doubles as a conference room. The grand veranda serves as the natural spot to enjoy sunsets and sunrises. Some guest rooms feature bunk beds, and some are even dog-friendly.

Photography by Rare Brick Photography.