Reading a few so-so reviews on here, we decided to book anyway vs. one of the big hotels because 1) I remember briefly visiting Capricorn House 17 years ago and thinking it was pretty fab, and 2) because if you're going for the best Vineyard experience while visiting from far away, you might as well have a view of the sea. We weren't disappointed. Clearly family-run and the antithesis of the chain-type hotel/motel, this laid-back B&B has a down-home charm and uncomplicated grace about it. Well kept-up and tidy, from the screened-in porch to the guest kitchen area and cozy rooms, the Capricorn House had all we needed. We stayed during a heat wave and there was no air-con, but a ceiling fan and open door to the deck helped us stay cooler. The self-serve breakfasts were well-stocked and with plenty of variety at early and late end, and having access to the large common fridge was very helpful as we were cycling all day and needed to chill or freeze a few things beforehand. Don't expect cavernous space in the rooms (it's a beautiful island; why would you spend much time in the room anyway?) but the deck was heavenly for early sunrise viewing, drinks or take-out dinner in the evening, and for stretching after a ride or run. The beach is just across the road, and with the usual family beach sounds you also get fabulous sunrises and views out to the northeast. There's an outdoor shower for after the beach. All the nightlife, ice cream and food one could want on Circuit Ave and nearby marina are a five-minute walk away, and so is the historically-significant Camp Meeting Ground, with its pastel cottages and outdoor theatre. This was the most costly accommodation of our two-month cross-country trip, but it's a short summer season here, the other B&Bs and inns were similar in price, and it's all about supply-and-demand.
- Also Known As:
- The Capricorn House Hotel Oak Bluffs
- The Capricorn House Oak Bluffs, MA - Martha's Vineyard