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Home to the quintessential, picturesque Martha’s Vineyard experience since 1950.

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 was standing in his Menemsha sheep pasture, watching the sun set across Massachuset’s Vineyard Sound. As the final light of day painted orange across the sky and cast the shoreline of Martha’s Vineyard into shadow, Edwin judged his view to be as beautiful a view one could find anywhere. So, he hitched up the oxen team and moved his farmhouse, The Mainstay, from Middle Road onto the highpoint of that pasture. That moment marked the beginning of what would become the Menemsha Inn.

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, the Menemsha Inn a center to it all.

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

Menemsha Inn was has been featured in “The Best Places to Stay” in New England in the Travel & Leisure Magazine, named Fodor’s top pick for Chilmark Inns, and voted the “Best Cottage Colony on Martha’s Vineyard” by the readers of Cape Cod Life Magazine.

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