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Menemsha Inn and Cottages
Ranked #1 of 2 Menemsha B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 6, 2013

This was our first trip to Martha's Vineyard, and it was absolute perfection. We spent 3 nights in the Driftwood Cottage at Menemsha Inn in early October 2012. There are many smaller villages on the island, each with its own flavor -- some abound with farmland, others lined with charming little shops -- and Menemsha was a perfect launching point from which to explore each day.

Menemsha itself was gorgeous, with a distinct small-seaside-town feel. We spent time walking down to the waterfront during sunset, taking the back way from the Inn. It was magical. We were secluded, following the path marked by hand painted driftwood (see photos). We walked through the Inn's meadows, passing wild turkeys, alpacas, then through a forested trail, and over marshland, down to the ocean. We found our way to the town center, where you can buy fresh lobster and explore a few shops. I will never forget that evening.

Getting around MV from Menemsha was never an issue. We rented a car (convertible actually) and had a blast driving around the windy roads. No matter what we saw that day, it was always a pleasure coming back to the Inn. It was like our little peaceful, secluded retreat.

The accommodations are exactly as they're described: rustic charm. We were never disappointed. Everyone at the Inn was incredibly kind and helpful, and there was even a selection of wine and cheese waiting for us in the cottage once we checked in.

The food at the Beach Plum was impeccable. We had dinner there the first night, and breakfast each day. So many tiny details went into the dining experience, from the tongue-in-cheek menu descriptions to the rustic milk bottles. Not to mention the quality of the food, which was excellent. One of our favorite dining experiences on the trip by far.

All around, a fabulous destination. We'd recommend Menemsha Inn to anyone visiting MV, including those getting married on the island. There was an absolutely a gorgeous wedding there just behind the Beach Plum the weekend we visited. Breathtaking views of the ocean!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Kristen F
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bobnixon, Owner at Menemsha Inn and Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2013

Thanks Kristin F,

So glad you enjoyed your stay with us! It is always wonderful to hear from a guest who appreciates the Menemsha Inns and Cottages rustic charm and beautiful setting. It is what made us buy the historic property 15 years ago and why we are stil working hard to keep the magic going strong.

October is my favorite time of year. Did you meet any of the wounded soliders we bring up from Walter Reed Hospital then to fish the Derby? You may enjoy the documentary Sarah and I produced for the National Geographic Channel. Its called The American Heroes Fishing Challenge and features the Menemsha Charter fleet taking some pretty remarkable men and women out for some "extreme saltwater therapy". Its a real slice of what makes the Vineyard, and our country, special. It airs tomorrow night , June 3.

Hope to see you back soon.

Best regards, Bob Nixon

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Immaculately kept gardens with friendly and helpful staff. We stayed in room 51 of the Tea House, a ground floor, large room with a wide terrace. Good beds and plenty of wardrobe space. We only spent two nights and wished we had been able to stay longer to re-charge our batteries. Such beautiful countryside. Breakfast takes place on the first floor terrace of the tea house with wonderful views of the ocean. It is a buffet breakfast and perfectly adequate. We knew it was a "dry" area so stocked up on wine at the store in Oak Bluffs about ten minutes drive away. Home made lemonade and biscuits in the afternoon are provided on the house.
We ate in the Beach Plum restaurant overlooking the ocean in the evening and although expensive we felt it was worth it; the food was excellent and the view of the sea was mesmerising.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

A lovely part of the world, we only had one night here but wished we could stay longer, the rooms are large, with a veranda and view over the bay. Only issue was that we did not know it was a "dry" area. So BYO wine! The lobsters from the local fish markets are amazing.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed in the "Mainstay " suite above the reception area. We had a great week there. It was very spacious, and bright. Nice to have the two bathrooms, and the kitchen area. You could see the ocean from the balcony that comes off the master bedroom. The living room furniture could do with an update. Nice central and bright breakfast area for guests. Staff are very very friendly and go out of their way to make your stay a great one. Lots of activities available to do and lovely very well kept grounds. They have beach chairs and other sports items you can use to enjoy your day at the beach. Lots of great beaches around the area. Their sister property has a great restaurant that is well known to both travellers and residents of the area.We travelled with our two kids and met family there who stayed in the Shell Cottage which is a lovely two storey home with a fabulous stone fireplace and central air for the hot temperature days. Bedrooms are nice and spacious. The cottage has a nice large deck. The cottage is located right near the tennis court and fitness area so no water view. The afternoon lemonade and fresh baked cookies at reception are a nice touch! Cute villages in the immediate area. Lots of options for bike trips too.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

I agree with the previous reviewer, the facilities did not meet my expectations. We stayed in room 1 of the Carriage House, the room had a beautiful view, a private deck, king bed, seating area and a small fridge. A wedding was taking place at the Beach Plum the following day and it many of the guests were socializing in the dining area and on the terrace until sometime after 10:00 pm. This is understandable but the Carriage House is adjacent to the dinning area and we could hear all of the festivities. My husband is extremely allergic to dust and starting sneezing immediately when he entered the room. We assumed that this room probably is not used very often, but a dusting prior to our arrival would have been nice. We noticed the cotton blanket on the foot of our bed had a hole in it, so we grabbed the extra blanket from the closet only to find long black hairs in it. Some sound attenuation in this building would be nice, as we could hear everything in the room above us. The water pipes groaned when the water was turned on by us or the room above. The carpets are dirty and stained, and the overall condition of the entire place needs attention. The staff changed out linens as requested and were pleasant.

Room Tip: Room 1 of the carriage house is very noisy.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

Pictures on their website look much better turn the actual room they definitely need to do improvements. We stayed in a room with a couch area beautiful view of the water and king size bed. Found hair more then once in bed. Staff remade bed for us no problem might of been from Cleaning staff. I didn't like the carpet in the hallway and upstairs. They had stained and new to be upgraded. Our sing in bathroom moved back and forth. Bathroom needs improvements.

Breakfast was nothing special. Simple. Fruit. Yogurt. Cold cereal. Bagels. Toast and occational muffin or biscuits. Coffee and tea were good.

Front desk staff brenna very nice and sweet. When I asked directions from others they would just tell me where to make lefts and rights no street names which I found annoying. There was this one woman who works thr night shift I asked her about the wifi in the room she said there was wifi and I asked her her name but she didn't want to give it to me. I was pissed. And by thr way wifi wasn't that good. And you don't get cell signal. We have AT&T and Verizon.

They have lemonade and cookies everyday in the lobby at 3pm. Which was nice. An ok selection of DVD to watch and a one cup coffee machine in lobby.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

If I had a chance to spend the weekend anywhere in the world, I would spend it at the Menemsha Inn, in the Sandpiper cottage.

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Sandpiper cottage with our two little dogs. And it was the most wonderful two days I've spent anywhere in my life. The property is comprised of a big house and set of connected rooms that are more like small cottages. But the real treat are the actual cottages that are sprinkled across the spectacular grounds of the property, some with a second floor that include large balconies from which you can see the ocean and spectacular evening sunsets, and all with fireplaces.
With the crisp early September evenings, we had fires in the fireplace every night. And every night we had lobster and fresh seafood from the little "town" of Menemsha (which is really just a little harbor with a gas station from 1950 something--one pump--and three amazing, AMAZING, fresh fish stores where you go in in the morning, tell them what time you'll pick up, then come back at the designated time and get bag fulls (we ate for 10 every night) of the most wonderful fresh lobster, crabs, shrimp, potatoes, etc. you can imagine. Next to the fireplace in our little cabin we had 5 star meals every night. Every morning we woke up to another amazing meal--breakfast in the big house at the Inn. Then we'd take the dogs out on the huge grounds where they ran like crazy and then we'd all walk down to the beach (following little wooden pointer signs along the way--it's 500 feet from the main property, through a magical little woods). On our two nights there in the evenings we sat in our adirondack chairs on our cabin's little front porch and witnessed beautiful sunsets. And to the amazement of a die-hard New Yorker, the guests themselves seemed so happy sharing this paradise everyone smiled and treated each other like best friends. It may also have had something to do with the post-Labor Day special since you get your cottage or room for half price immediately following Labor Day weekend.
Trust me, Menemsha is the most special place you can imagine, and the only regret I have is that we didn't take Virginia's advice and book our reservation for the following year when we left that morning. I should also mention Virginia and the staff are the best of the best.

Room Tip: Any of the cottages seem wonderful. We stayed in Sandpiper, and by the end of our stay I wanted to b...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: North Rd, PO Box 38, Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Martha's Vineyard > Menemsha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Menemsha
Price Range: $152 - $416 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Menemsha Inn and Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Founded in 1923 the Menemsha Inn and Cottages is the quintessential Martha’s Vineyard vacation base camp. Our guest spend at Chilmark's famous private beaches Lucy Vincent and Squiby and come "home" to witness the stunning spectacle of the sun setting into the waters of Vineyard Sound. Luxurious yet laid-back, the very family friendly Inn is nestled on 30 acres of rolling seaside farmland just short stroll down a winding path to the calm waters of Menemsha Beach and our 300 year old commercial fishing wharf. We are a working farm where kids help tend to Red Devon Cattle and Rhode Island Red Chickens that roam near our tennis court and fitness center. A family treasure is a weekly rental in one of our twelve cottages with full kitchens and fireplaces. Many families return to "their" for decades. These are but a few of the reasons the Menemsha Inn and Cottages has remained the perfect base camp for unforgettable family vacations for ninety four years! ... more   less 
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