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A Couple Hours in a Favorite Place - Menemsha

Becky Fischer | 10/20/2017

One of the aspects of Martha's Vineyard that I most love is how rural and naturally beautiful so many areas are. A few weeks ago, Jennie and I were scooting around the Vineyard for several photography appointments. Fortunately, we landed in Menemsha. Each time I explore Menemsha, I fall a little more in love with the small fishing village.

While little Menemsha is technically part of Chilmark, it has a very unique feel. As we drove along the narrow roads, we had beautiful water views. The Coast Guard station sits majestically on a hill overlooking the village of little shops, quaint houses, and fishing docks. This place makes me want to move there and become a fisherman. There are fishing boats and lobster traps lined up along the coast. There is something romantic about the town, really special.

View from lunch at the Menemsha Galley

After Jennie and I oohed and aahed a bunch, we walked to the Menemsha Galley and ordered swordfish sandwiches. Yes, the fish was fresh and juicy. We sat out back on stools overlooking the Menemsha Basin. It was heavenly. I only wish I had also ordered the french fries because they looked delicious. At the restaurant, there are pictures of several stars from the movie Jaws, which was partially filmed in Menemsha.

We then walked down Basin Street to the well-known Swordfish Sculpture that was commissioned by the town of Chilmark in 1994. Located on the east side of the beach parking lot, this bronze sculpture is impressive to stand beneath.

Swordfish Sculpture

On the long jetty about a dozen people were fishing or exploring. The weather was really beautiful, and we even spotted a couple of people swimming at the nearby beach. Off went the shoes, and we walked along the beach a little way taking pictures. Menemsha offers everything I would want on a vacation - great food, a swimming beach, cute shops, and incredible water views. And the village feels simple, almost old-fashioned in its pure beauty and slow, relaxed tempo.

Busy fishing spot
Swimming and relaxing in Menemsha

On our way out of town we passed the Coast Guard station which has been in Menemsha since 1952 when it was moved from Cuttyhunk.

US Coast Guard Station

Jennie and I had a great time exploring Menemsha, and are planning a return trip. I am certain this would be the perfect quiet place to bring my husband.