FAQ

How do we get to Martha’s Vineyard?

Martha’s Vineyard is an island. You may arrive by boat or plane. For more details, please see here. Here you will find all the information you need for your modes of transportation and where to buy tickets.

Do we need a car?

Make the most out of your Martha’s Vineyard experience and rent a car, or bring your own on the ferry from Wood’s Hole, MA. Taxis and Ubers are fairly expensive, and rides can last from 30 minutes to an hour to get to nearby towns. Can’t bring a car? No problem. This side of the island supports other modes of public transportation, or walking and biking.

How are the Beach Plum and Menemsha Inn related?

The Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant is a boutique extension of the Menemsha Inn & Cottages. Joined by the same property, guests at both institutions share the same amenities. Beach Plum Inn guests are closer to the happenings during the high season (July & August). The Beach Plum Restaurant hosts breakfast, pop-up dinners, s’mores nights and outdoor movie screenings.

What kinds of amenities do you offer?

We offer numerous amenities, and on-site activities.

Amenities:

Daily housekeeping

Freshly brewed coffee every morning in the lobbies

Lemonade and cookies

Private beach access

300 yards from a working fishing village

Sunset views

Heat/ A.C.

On-site Activities:

Tennis (for non-professionals)

Basketball

Ping-Pong

Poker table

Tire swing

Board games

DVD’s

How do we get access to private beaches?

Between June & September, private beaches in Chilmark like Lucy Vincent and Squibnocket are only available to island residents. However, when you stay at the Menemsha Inn & Cottages, or the Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant we grant you access through collaboration with the Town of Chilmark. There are two types of passes, walk-on’s (hard passes) and car passes (stickers). If you are staying in a room, just come to the front desk to fill out the paperwork to get the walk-on pass, and a complementary car sticker. If you are staying in a cottage, or house, we will give you a car pass, and lease agreement that you will take to town hall down the road to purchase your walk-on pass. We will reimburse you! Prices may vary year-to-year.

What are some common activities?

Lots of guests come to enjoy the water; relax by the beach, fish, surf, or boat. Some hike on nearby trails or bike through Aquinnah and Lobsterville. Shop in Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, or Edgartown and explore the different atmosphere, architecture, and style of these unique towns. On a rainy day, come to the lobby for hot coffee, choose your DVD or board game, and race back to your room to build a fire and cozy up.

Where to eat?

Breakfast is served at the Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant from 8-10:30am. The Home Port is a waterfront restaurant, in the village of Menemsha just a short walk from the inns, that is open for lunch and dinner in season. Please call to find out the days of operation, as they may vary year to year.

Where to drink?

Chilmark is a dry town, meaning alcohol cannot be purchased or served on this side of the island. You may purchase alcohol in Oak Bluffs or Edgartown before arriving in Menemsha. We support BYOB: please bring any wine, beer or spirits you choose to compliment your meal at The Beach Plum and Home Port Restaurants. We make it easy by providing ice buckets, glassware and mixers.

What is the canteen?

The canteen offers snacks and beverages to guests staying at either inn. It is located in the Tea House Breakfast Room. We operate on the honor system, please write your name on the sign-out sheet, or put cash in the box and take what you please.

Hosting an event or wedding?

We host many types of events, including weddings,welcome cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners, and brunches. If you’re interested in using location please contact, events@beachpluminn.com.

We will be arriving late- how can we check in?

If you’re arriving after 6pm, come to the Menemsha Inn reception, where we will leave an envelope with your keys, a map, a flashlight, and a night letter directing you to your room.

How is the shoulder season?

The shoulder season (May & October)is a wonderful time for the independent travelers. Island pace slows significantly from the July and August rush. Enjoy the serenity of Martha’s Vineyard that makes islanders stay year-round. Bike, hike, or fish in the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby. Restaurants are open, but with limited hours and days. Call (508) 645- 2521, or view our rates here to book now.

What is the “same time next year” special you run?

We have guests that have been coming the same time every year for decades. When you stay with us, you have rights to the same time the next year in houses and cottages. We will pencil you in without taking a deposit, until your plans are less tentative. Between November and December we will call you to confirm your reservation at which case we will require a credit card to make the booking.

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