Tuesday, June 25, 2024


    To most Islanders, Aquinnah means the world-famous cliffs, the Gay Head Light, and the Wampanoag Tribe.

    Throw in the beach and the Outermost Inn and, truth be told, there’s not a lot more to the town. Which is exactly how we like it. Aquinnah is where you can leave it all behind, as long as you brought enough groceries up from down-Island to last.

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    Quick Tips

    • Getting Around: Parking can be hard to come by at Aquinnah’s cliffs and shops — it’s limited to just a few spots at the top of the hill. If you’re headed to the town beach, there is a $15 fee to get into the lot. For the other beach parking lots, you need a residential pass. The scenic bike ride around Moshup’s Trail is a favorite way to get around. If you’re coming from down-Island, stop off in Menemsha and take the bike ferry to Aquinnah’s West Basin for $5. Your legs will enjoy the break.
    • Where to Stay: Unless you’re lucky enough to call dibs on an Aquinnah rental property, there are really only two options for lodging in Aquinnah. The Duck Inn is a 200 year old farmhouse built by a Wampanoag whaler. Now, it’s a funky five-bedroom bed and breakfast (farm fresh, organic breakfast, mind you), with a five minute walk to a private beach. People come to the high-end Outermost Inn as much for the restaurant as the lodging. It offers sweeping views of the Aquinnah cliffs, the Gay Head Light, and the sunset.
    • Shopping & Essentials: The first rule of Aquinnah is stock up before you head up. There are many among us who believe hand-crafted wampum is a necessity, but in truth, the nearest place to get anything resembling groceries is the Chilmark Store…