As far as you can travel west on Martha's Vineyard, you will find the dazzling and colorful mile-long clay cliffs of Aquinnah topped by the stoic red-brick Gay Head Lighthouse, a registered National Historic Landmark. The Island’s Wampanoag tribe is situated here, at this prominent viewpoint, offering a shopping outpost with quick eateries. The Outermost Inn is the restaurant with views to die for, often booked far in advance, and an anniversary favorite of couples.
There are few homes that you will see from the road in Aquinnah. Most are tucked away, affording privacy to the residents who claim them. Beaches stretch the horizon for as far as the eye can see, bringing a certain sense of peace to the soul. Aquinnah beholds a quiet beauty, much in the way the heathlands sway with the breeze. When you want to get away from it all, find your way here to Aquinnah - from a writer’s retreat cottage to a luxury home in a waterfront or water view setting; you’ll enjoy the quiet escape this town has to offer.
Where to Stay in Aquinnah:
Aquinnah Circle: the furthest western end of the island, with views towards Gay Head Light.
North Shore: from Gay Head Light towards Lobsterville Beach, cottages and beach houses.
South Shore: expansive views of the ocean with discreet privacy, home to the 377-acre estate originally purchased by Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy.
Beaches in Aquinnah:
Gay Head Cliffs and Beach (viewing only)
*Photo by Michael Blanchard Photography