We spent an idyllic week on the Vineyard with home base in Oak Bluffs, the slightly more touristy and family-friendly town on Martha’s Vineyard. We were staying at Summercamp Hotel, a playful, family-friendly hotel from Lark Hotels, a bright and beautiful boutique hotel company. Summercamp was perfect for us, as we were a trio of sorority sisters looking to play in the sun and sand, read magazines on the porch while drinking our morning coffees, and eat too many lobster rolls. For our first visits to Martha’s Vineyard, Oak Bluffs was the right town, as it was all things touristy and fun.
That said, I’ll be staying in Edgartown the next time I visit the Vineyard. Oak Bluffs is a playful and child-like town filled with ice cream shops, bicycle rental huts, and seafood joints. In contrast, Edgartown is Oak Bluffs’ sophisticated older sister, with delightful cafes, restaurants and bookstores, chic boutiques, and million dollar houses with white picket fences. While Oak Bluffs was fun for a silly girls week, Edgartown is the type of place I’d aspire to own a second home.
It’s a long bike ride, or a quick Uber ride between the two towns, and we opted for the latter given the 90 degree temperatures. We began our day of shopping and sightseeing with breakfast at The Christopher, a boutique hotel also owned by Lark Hotels. Inspired by St. Barth’s, The Christopher’s decor is a cross between New England proper and island vibes—the classic furniture is accented with bright colors, printed wallpaper and throw pillows, and unique light fixtures.
The Christopher serves a unique, small plates breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. each morning to guests or patrons looking for a lovely spot for a light breakfast. Like the rest of the hotel, the breakfast room is decorating in bright shades of blue, turquoise, and white. You’ll pour yourself some local coffee, snag some bites from the breakfast spread, and pick up the paper to kick off your morning.
The breakfast menu changes daily, with everything being made in house. It’s a bit heavy on the pastries—but that can often be expected at breakfast. And, that said, the pastries are delicious. I also noted the playful names of the breakfast dishes: the “Sunburst Yogurt Shooter” and the “Nauty & Nice” bacon.
The “Nauty & Nice” bacon was served two ways: one plain, one with chocolate dipping sauce. I was “nauty” twice over and damn was that bacon worth it. Meanwhile, the Sunburst Yogurt Shooter had fresh mango and pineapple in a Greek yogurt shot, which was a great fruity, healthy start to the week.
The Christopher’s Benedict was a personalized eggs Benny, served on house-made, fluffy white bread. The eggs were hard poached, which I love, and topped with a delicious, lemon-y Hollandaise sauce. I was initially skeptical that the Bennys had been sitting out, but they were still delicious.
The baked goods are the real winners at brunch at The Christopher, which stocked the buffet spread with house-made biscuits, cheddar biscuits, banana Nutella chocolate chip bread, and lemon poppyseed cake. Obviously, the Nutella chocolate chip bread made its way onto our plates, and it was quite the confection. But the winner here was the lemon poppyseed cake, which was moist, fluffy, lemon perfection.
The Bitches say: A. A unique, fun breakfast and brunch in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard. Next time we’re on the Vineyard, we’ll be staying and brunching at The Christopher.
The Christopher Hotel
24 Waters Street
Egardtown, Martha’s Vineyard
BitchBiz: We were hosted by Lark Hotels to stay at Summercamp Hotel and brunch at the Christopher. That means this visit was on the house. This article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch.