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Menemsha Inn and Cottages
Ranked #1 of 2 Menemsha B&B and Inns
Reviewed 14 July 2013

For $320/night, I expect something special and I think the Inn has the potential to be special. It's a lovely location with great views and low-key, friendly staff, air-conditioning or screened-in living, whichever you prefer. I gave the manager suggestions about how to bring the room up to snuff: get rid of the stain on the carpet; replace the stained bedspread; paint the replacement knobs on the furniture -- it's the little things, but I think that would make the place seem special rather than a little shabby. She was very gracious and I can only hope that someone on staff goes through each room to make sure your stay is special.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

We stayed at the Menemsha for 5 nights this June and really have no complaints other than the people staying in the room above us were quite loud and until all hours of the night (but you can't really control them I suppose). The room was great. Comfortable bed. The housekeepers were speedy and thorough. Great view of the ocean (We stayed in the Carriage House, Room #1). The grounds are beautiful with lots of flowers and rabbits running around. Downtown and the beach is within walking distance or about a 2 minute drive. The Inn gives you free breakfast every morning from 0730-1030 but it's just small things like bagels, muffins, pastries, yogurt and cereal along with juice and coffee. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

My husband and I have been coming to the Vineyard for over 25 years and have stayed in a number of different places. We settled on the Menemsha Inn but had not been back in many years. We were very happy to see that the place is still as gorgeous as it always was. We spent the first 5 nights in the Carriage House where we always stayed. The room was recently renovated and was very clean and comfortable. The king bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was nice. The view of the ocean, light house, and sunset are second to none.

We extended our stay two additional nights and moved to the Sandpiper cottage. The cottage was also clean and comfortable. It was definitely more rustic than the Carriage House, but that was OK. It could use a fresh coat of paint inside and out, as well as a new HD TV. But it had a full kitchen (no dishwasher), deck, screened porch, and outside shower. It had one bedroom, and an open kitchen/living room. My husband said he liked the cottage better than the Carriage House because of the extra room.

There is very little cell phone reception at the Inn, but they do have WIFI. It worked great in the Carriage House, but I couldn't get it in the cottage. They have free land line phones in all the rooms.

They had continental breakfast each morning from 7:30 until 10:30. However, most was gone by 9:30. If breakfast is posted until 10:30, they should keep it stocked unti then.

There was a wedding at the Beach Plum Inn on Saturday from 3:00 - 9:00 or so. We could hear all the music which turned out to be very enjoyable. It was a fun night listening to the music play. It was like a free concert. We weren't bothered at all by the wedding. If we didn't hear the music, we wouldn't have known one was going on.

We had dinner two nights at the Beach Plum Inn restaurant which is affiliated with Menemsha Inn. I give that 5 stars! It has to be the best restaurant up island. It has been completely renovated this year into a "farm to table" restaurant. The chef, Chris Fischer, is amazing. His family owns and runs a nearby farm and all of the produce is sourced for the restaurant each day from there. The food was so fresh and delicious.

The staff was all friendly and attentive, from the maids on up to the front desk personnel, especially Virginia. I also give them 5 stars.

We plan to be back again later this summer!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

We had a great stay and I could easily give the Inn a 5 star rating if I only go by what a relaxing and fun time we had. However I want to give a balanced review that is useful to others.
We stayed in the Bayberry cottage

The positives:
Friendly staff
Adequate breakfast in nice room
Fantastic location, quiet but walking distance to gorgeous Menemsha beach and village
Very relaxing
Great gardens,views. Lovely deck to sit out on and relax
Complimentary bikes. Great cycling around island.

Negatives
Cottages can be described as rustic but do not confuse this with cute rustic or shabby- chique. They are a bit shabby without the chique. Carpet in our bedroom was stained, curtains old and sad looking, mattress sagging. At some point they must have put a board underneath to stop the worst sagging. Nonetheless I always rolled to the middle and woke up with slight back ache. Come on guys: buy a decent new mattress!!
No dishwasher. Some glasses looked a bit dirty so I washed everything again.
No cutting board?
Fridge old and a tad smelly
TV ancient

The cottages are cute from the outside but inside they need a spruce up: lick of paint, nice new blinds etc.
the lounge looked ok with a nice nautical sofa,bathroom was ok too but our bedroom was quite depressing.

Anyhow, having said all that: we loved the Vineyard, we loved that part of the island as it is more rustic and quiet. Really loved Menemsha harbor and the bike ferry accross. We had a great weekend.

One last thing: there was a wedding at Beach Plum next door. We could hear everything as if we were there. Luckily music stopped at 1000 pm . Also night before wedding, a very drunken guest fell on our doorstep and demanded to be let in. He thought it was his cottage and gave us a fright. Did not like that. He was totally plastered.

Room Tip: Cottages all looked good. Bayberry seemed most private.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

Growing up I spent many summers on the Vineyard. When I was little, we would rent a place in Chilmark or Gay Head (as it was then called) and my grandparents liked to stay at the Menemsha Inn or the Beach Plum. I was recently informed that in the mid-1970s my mother got a summer job while in college cleaning cottages at the Menemsha Inn only to back out at the last minute.

Anyway, Menemsha and the Vineyard occupy a special place in my heart. We stayed in the Lookout Cottage over Memorial Day weekend. The weather was a little crazy but we had a fantastic time.

The cottage was decently equipped and we thought the bed was very comfortable. There's a nice ocean view from the top deck. The close walk to the beach is fun also.

My one quibble would be that there were a few areas in which things didn't add up: there was no cutting board in the kitchen which we found strange, but we made out ok anyway. The only thing that really distressed me was this weird smell from the curtains in the upstairs bedroom. I don't know - maybe its like a mixture of smoke from the fire place and salt air and not being cleaned enough. Whatever the case, if you happened to put your face close to the curtains the smell was def pretty gnarly.

Thing is that the Menemsha Inn is a rustic type of experience and it really delivers on the simple pleasures. So the bad curtain smell notwithstanding, its a great place that I would certainly return to. Its like its own special kind of experience that nothing else is like.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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bobnixon, Owner at Menemsha Inn and Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2013

Dear Sachsman,

Thanks for your visit and review. Sarah and I love learning of our guests connections to the inn. Its wonderful how many, like yours, go back across the generations. If you come across any classic family Menemsha photos we would love for you to share them as we are assembling an album of the Menemsha Inn and Cottages through the decades.

Also appreciate for the heads up about the missing cutting board the the musty drapes. You were one of the seasons first guests and we missed those details. Taken care of now! Thank you!

Best Regards, Bob Nixon

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Reviewed 6 February 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, travelled as a couple
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bobnixon, Owner at Menemsha Inn and Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 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 3 February 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, travelled as a couple
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Address: North Rd, PO Box 38, Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Martha's Vineyard > Menemsha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre 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: £108 - £308 (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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