Monday, March 4, 2024


    Chilmark is about the beach, and about Menemsha. Like the other up-Island towns, the village is small and rural, full of great walking trails and conservation lands. The classic Chilmark day is spent on the beach, followed by a trip to Menemsha to pick up fish or a cooked lobster. Sounds good doesn’t it?

    You won’t find many amenities here, but you may find a celebrity (or two) on the porch of the Chilmark General Store. The Chilmark Community Center (and Pathways Arts in the off-season) offer some great cultural events.

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    Chilmark Beaches

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    Chilmark Eat & Drink

    Quick Tips

    • Getting Around: You won’t find any car, bike, or moped rental shops this far up the Island, so plan accordingly. The heart of Chilmark is winding, rural, sometimes even dirt roads, so the best way to get around is via car, bike, or, since Chilmark is brimming with walking trails, by foot. The Vineyard Transit Authority busses will pick you up or drop you off wherever you want, but the smartest place to hail one is either from Menemsha, or the Chilmark Store.
    • Where to Stay: Lodging in Chilmark comes with the much coveted sticker to private beaches Lucy Vincent and Squibnocket. Chilmark has rental homes galore, for a price, and a few key hotels, inns, and B&Bs that have made a name for themselves nationally, including the Beach Plum Inn, the Menemsha Inn, and the Captain Flanders House.
    • Shopping & Essentials: For essential goods in Chilmark, just decide which hub you’re closer to: The Chilmark Store, or the village of Mensemsha. The Chilmark Store has a mini grocery, lots of dry goods, and a pretty good racket for sandwiches and pizza by the slice. You’ll find an ATM next door at the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank. If you find yourself on the Menemsha side of town, you can pick up some stand-by items at the Menemsha Market. Or, there’s an ATM, newspapers, and snacks at the Texaco station. You’ll find public bathrooms here too, at Dutcher’s Dock.