This yr, summer time on the Harbor View Lodge in Edgartown shouldn’t be a case of enterprise as regular. A seven-month, $15 million renovation to the 128-year-old Victorian gem means considerably redesigned interiors, together with two new eating places, and a wholly up to date constructing exterior, from shingling to landscaping.
“There’s not an inch of the landscaping that hasn’t been modified,” stated proprietor Bernard Chui, the Boston-based chairman of Upland Capital Company, who acquired Harbor View Lodge in early 2018.
Chui and his household are longtime summer time residents of Edgartown and had been frequent guests to the resort.
Working with Boston-based Niemitz Design Group, the resort has added a palette of wealthy brown, daring blue, and delicate cream to the general public areas. The 40 visitor rooms now have cream wainscoting, mahogany furnishings, and delicate brown carpeting with a white lattice sample. A local oak tree print was used for the drapes, mattress skirts, and upholstered headboards.
Not all the things is new, although: “We labored painstakingly to protect and restore the unique moldings and doorways to offer an outdated really feel,” Chui stated.
The 49 visitor rooms in Harbor View’s separate Governor Mayhew Constructing not solely acquired a facelift — in an American mid-century trendy seaside model — nevertheless it additionally has a brand new identify: The Amity, honoring the fictional city in Steven Spielberg’s film “Jaws,” which was filmed on the island. The solid stayed within the Mayhew whereas filming within the 1970s.
Chui admitted that he’s a fan of the film: “I watched it 10 occasions,” he recalled. “It made an enduring impression.”
Inside the principle constructing, the Presidential Sky Home was created from previously unused house. The highest-floor, four-bedroom, five-bathroom suite has a main bedroom together with his and hers bogs, a kitchen, and views all the best way to Chappaquiddick Island.
“It’s designed to offer an extremely luxurious keep for a household,” Chui stated. “The suite has essentially the most wonderful view of the ocean on all the island.”
The outdated Henry’s bar and Lighthouse Grill at the moment are Roxana and Bettini, named for Chui’s daughters. Roxana is decked out in bottle inexperienced tartan and retains Henry’s membership really feel, however Bettini, which appears to be like to the harbor, is totally remodeled by inlaid reclaimed wooden and deep pink banquettes.
Each, Chui stated, are casual — “Bettini could be very good, however you’re on trip, you don’t really feel you need to put on a tuxedo.” — and overseen by new govt chef Patrice Martineau, an alum of London’s Savoy Lodge, Daniel Boulud’s flagship Daniel in New York, Tokyo’s Peninsula Lodge, and Beverly Hills’ Montage.
“We went on a nationwide seek for the perfect certified chef and located no higher candidate,” Chui stated. “His expertise with high-end delicacies is what we wish right here. Our technique is to raise the brick and mortar, however it is vitally necessary to supply a really particular meals and beverage expertise, too.”
Chui introduced in modifications behind the scenes, as effectively, together with switching to extra sustainable practices. The eating places will supply a lot from native farms, together with hen, butter, and cheese, and add a chef’s backyard.
The resort will not supply bottled water, plastic straws, or plastic cups. Trash will likely be compressed, decreasing waste by 80%. And there are bikes and a automobile to borrow.
“It is rather necessary that we discover options to do issues higher,” Chui stated. “We could have lovely bottles for company to refill, they usually can maintain it as a memento, if they want. Visitors don’t have to convey a automobile onto the island. We now have bikes, and in the event that they wish to go additional, perhaps to Menemsha to see the fishermen, we’ve a model new Mercedes that’s free for them to make use of. We wish to be accountable members of this neighborhood and of the earth.”
Harbor View Lodge, 131 North Water St., Edgartown; rooms begin at $450 in the summertime season and $270 within the off-season; harborviewhotel.com
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