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!
- 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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- Menemsha Inn And Cottages Hotel Menemsha