Travel Destination: Martha’s Vineyard’s Colonial Inn

Martha’s Vineyard’s Colonial Inn is known to discerning hotel travelers for it’s exceptional service, unparalleled Edgartown location, and value. Overlooking the harbor and nestled in the heart of Edgartown’s historic waterfront district, the historic Inn has been a popular hotel retreat for affordable Martha’s Vineyard family vacations since it first opened in 1911.

The Colonial Inn offers a variety of accomodations to please everyone.  From affordable guest rooms to luxury suites, everyone can afford a stay in downtown Edgartown.  Even your canine companion can be accomodated in one of the Inn’s dog friendly suites.
Martha’s Vineyard’s Most Friendly & Knowledgeable Hotel Staff

The Colonial Inn staff takes pride in providing the sophisticated comfort and amenities of a full-service hotel, while maintaining the intimate atmosphere and personalized service of a small bed and breakfast. The Colonial Inn’s first advertisement, run in the Vineyard Gazette at the time of it’s opening, set forth the hotel’s policy which is still practiced today:

This convenient and affordable Edgartown Hotel provides all of the modern comforts for a relaxing and memorable Martha’s Vineyard vacation.  Complimentary wifi and continental breakfast, a fitness room, salon and day spa, and concierge service are all available for the pleasure of Colonial Inn hotel guests.

When ready to explore Edgartown, all of the popular restaurants, galleries, and boutiques are just moments from the Colonial Inn’s front door.  The other Martha’s Vineyard towns are also easily accessible with bus transportation within an easy stroll.

A family friendly, non-smoking, affordable boutique hotel in downtown Edgartown, the Colonial Inn of Martha’s Vineyard is recognized for it’s warm hospitality, unmatched location, and comfortable luxury… providing guests with the ultimate Martha’s Vineyard vacation experience.

Mullion Cottages – Enjoy Cornwall

In the days of covert smuggling, piracy and shipwrecking Mullion Cove, on the tip of the Lizard peninsular in south Cornwall was awash with fishermen setting sail to find pilchards.  The old creaking ships would sail the indigo waters for shoals of pilchards to sell at market and hope that they did not run into any pirates or any rogue rocks that would dash their ships to pieces.

Today Mullion is much more peaceful and has an old world charm and appeal that attracts visitors and tourists from afar.  The waters no longer have the danger of a pirate ship and the ship wreckers have found better ways to make their money.  Pilchards are no longer the main catch of the day but a fresh crab and a lobster are more likely to whet the appetite.

Mullion Cove is owned by the National Trust and is still a working harbour protected by the lashing winds and sea storms by two stout walls.  With impressive views out to sea and the vista of St Michael’s Mount just across the water there is hardly a more beautiful spot along the south Cornwall coast.

Taking a break here will allow you to relax and indulge whether you choose a luxury hotel or a cute Mullion cottage pre owned by a fisherman.  In just a few days Mullion will cast a spell over you and you will want to return t this lovely village time and time again.  With shops, bars, cafés and galleries it has become a very forward thinking village offering everything a visitor could want when on holiday.

Taking stock in North Devon

Traditionally viewed as one of the best places to enjoy surfing in England. The dramatic North Devon coastline has a lot to offer visitors to this part of the world.

After last week’s review of Mellion in Cornwall, it seemed a good time to visit Devon and offering something so different but within easy reach was the North Devon coastline. Staying in the market towns of Bideford and Barnstaple, I explored the coastline for a number of days and found a delightful amount of things to tell all you readers.

Firstly, as I’ve said earlier, anyone interested in surfing and heading to England will be sure to want to get to grips with this part of the world. The beaches at Saunton and Croyde can offer opportunities to enjoy some of the finest conditions around on a good day, while Westward Ho!, & Puttsborough can also have great waves in the right conditions.

However, it’s not just surfing that makes the coast in this part of the world special. Head over towards Lynton and Lynmouth, a delightful collection of two villages, one at the top of the hill and one at the bottom to find what can quite literally be described as the most beautiful views. Head to the ‘Valley of the Rocks’ in Lynton to quite literally have your breath taken from you. Amazing.

The English Riviera

After considering the northern part of Devon in my last post, this week we’ve decided to consider the contrasts that exist at the other end of the county. While both have amazing coastlines, they’re different in so many ways – here we explore the beauty of the South.

The hotels that line the sea front here are quite amazing. Something you’d probably be more likely to see in a Spanish resort or in a French town on the edge of the Mediterranean. Torquay though is perhaps most famous for its links to the famous crime writer Agatha Christie – I’ve read quite a few of her books over the years, and it was wonderful to go and visit some of the places that so obviously inspired her work.

If you go over to the nearby town of Paignton, the Zoo here is easily one of the best that I’ve been to anywhere in the world. A truly brilliant visitor attraction, we saw amazing gorillas, lions and zebras, as well as some very old looking tortoises!

One of the best things about this coast though were the beaches. Unlike the north coast you won’t get to surf here, but if you’re looking for somewhere to build a sandcastle or take the family I couldn’t recommend anywhere better. The tides are much calmer so swimming is perfect – though at times I can imagine it might be a little cold!

Welsh Wonder

This week we’re looking at Wales as a holiday destination, with specific focus on the Brecon Beacons in the middle of the country.

While many people will be aware of everything that’s on offer in Cardiff.

1,344 square kilometres of beautiful countryside welcomes any traveler here, and it rates up there alongside the best of what’s on offer in the UK. If you’ve ever fallen in love with one of the National Parks across the land such as Dartmoor, Exmoor or the Lake District then you’re bound to enjoy this fantastic part of the world.

There are a huge selection of cottages and B&B’s as well as pubs that offer accommodation throughout the countryside, with the Cathedral town of Brecon at the very heart.

In the beacons you can find any manner of outdoor activities to get stuck in to, including hiking, pony-trekking and canoeing.

With a number of brilliant pubs lining the canals that snake their way through the area, if you fancy a jolly day out on the water with a few beers as you make your way along your route then canoeing could well be the perfect afternoon out for you and a number of friends.