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About the Hotel
The name Richard has long been considered a regal and kingly title, making it perfectly suited for this fully renovated new Edgartown hotel—complete with 16 guest accommodations and luxe lounges—both indoors and out. From its dignified front porch to its well-appointed rooms and suites, The Richard is a stately escape in the heart of historic Edgartown.
The Richard boasts handsome guest rooms that quietly assure style and comfort, creating an escape born of a rich, coastal heritage. The hotel’s palette of warm neutrals, fresh natural tones, and bright whites is punctuated by deep accents of pure black, regal purple, and emerald. The result is a crisp, modern aesthetic with a distinctly royal edge. Clean lines, textured wall coverings, and reflective metallic details add to The Richard’s opulent look without an air of pretension. This sophisticated vibe continues in The Richard’s first floor lounge and breakfast area, where patterned marble-inspired wallpaper and tufted leather banquette seating are contrasted by sheer drapery and light driftwood elements. Outside, a sleek cement fire pit is the focal point of the property’s relaxed lounge space, where modern wicker seating and lush greenery create the perfect setting for an afternoon cocktails.
History of The Richard
Formerly the Point Way Inn, the building dates back to 1851 and was originally used as a sea captain's house. Situated at the corner of Main Street and Pease's Point Way, the structure is an elegant mix of Greek revival and colonial architecture. The private home, complete with lush gardens, was converted to a bed and breakfast in 1979. In the 2004, the owner—a German-born sculptor—evolved her business into a free seasonal creative retreat where artists could gather, relax, and exchange ideas. Renamed Artists Pointing the Way, she housed and supported notable local organizations such as the Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven and Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs.
Today, The Richard reclaims its heritage as a seasonal escape in the heart of Edgartown.