wooden fishing boats
Geoff Rand

With just one street of small shops, surrounded by beach, dunes, grass, mixed forest and vast saltwater ponds, Menemsha feels seductively like the edge of the world. Residents and visitors alike come here for the unhurried, untucked mood it engenders.

The harbor itself is not quite tranquil. The man-made basin is lit up by street lamps, and it's home to countless dedicated fishermen, both recreational and pro. Plus there's a small Coast Guard station.

While it may be just as exclusive as any other place on the Vineyard, Menemsha seems determined not to flaunt it.

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