About Us

The Menemsha Inn and Cottages is one of the quintessential Martha's Vineyard hotels. Our lodging is nestled on a hill overlooking Menemsha Harbor. Our 25-acre estate consists of flowering gardens with green fields lined by moss-covered stone walls which roll westward towards a sweeping vista of the waters of Menemsha Bight where on a clear day, there is a postcard perfect view of the Elizabeth Islands. The Inn is a quarter mile walk down a winding path to the famous Menemsha Beach and Dutcher Dock, Menemsha's 300 year old commercial fishing wharf.

On a clear evening, the pinks and purples of our sunset saturate the skies giving way to a blanket of stars that will take your breath away. The sweet smell of ocean air and the gentle toll of the Menemsha bell buoy lull our guests into a restful night's sleep.

Visit our stunning Martha's Vineyard accommodations for a stay you won’t forget!


In 1923, Edwin Thompson receded his Menemsha sheep pasture had about as nice a view as you could find anywhere. So, he hitched up the oxen team and moved his farmhouse, Mainstay, from Middle Road onto the highpoint of that pasture. The Menemsha Inn was open for business. Since then, the Inn has catered to the world traveler and world weary alike, all of whom have reaped its restorative magic.

Menemsha Inn is a unique spot, where visitors who return every year mingle with those who never leave, all sharing the casual atmosphere of up-island life. And the Menemsha Inn resides at the center of it all.

The Inn is an oasis of indulgent relaxation, providing as pure and unadulterated a Martha’s Vineyard experience as you’ll find.

Featured in The Best Places to Stay in New England and Travel & Leisure Magazine, Menemsha Inn was named the Fodor's top pick of Chilmark Inns and voted the Best Cottage Colony on Martha's Vineyard by the readers of Cape Cod Life magazine.