Martha’s Vineyard tourists who don’t know any better, or who don’t consider themselves truly on vacation unless they’re in the immediate vicinity of ye olde fudge shoppe, tend to hunker down right where the ferries spit them out, in the quaintly commercial (and congested) “down island” towns. But if you prefer pastoral peace, visit the Inn at Blueberry Hill, a 25-room hostelry in Chilmark that feels like a cross between a nature conservancy and a laid-back health resort. The inn serves you breakfast (included in the price of the room) and then will shuttle you to Lucy Vincent beach, a spectacular, private expanse on the island’s Atlantic shore. Or settle in with a book on your porch, explore the inn’s 56 hiking-trail-crossed acres, and swim laps in the pool behind the gym (a converted barn). Tennis players might end up knocking some balls into the vegetable garden, where cooks from the inn’s popular American restaurant, Theo’s, pick herbs for the evening meal. And whatever the inn doesn’t have, it will order for you. A bicycle. The Wall Street Journal. A bottle of Pinot Grigio—no small feat, since Chilmark’s a dry town.
DETAILS Inn at Blueberry Hill, 800-356-3322 (doubles start at $220).