The Aquinnah hotels aren't plentiful in number, but visitors should have little trouble finding a good room. As is true of most of the Martha's Vineyard hotels, the hotels in this quiet town are small inns. Since they don't offer a lot of rooms between them, booking in advance is recommended. This is especially true during the peak summer season, as any and all hotels across the island are prone to filling up fast when the weather is warm.
Naming the best lodging in Aquinnah isn't easy, as there are many enticing inns that call the area home. Perhaps the very best place to stay in town, however, is the Outermost Inn (pictured) at is 81 Light House Road. This bright and airy inn is well situated near the Gay Head Lighthouse, which also means that the renowned Aquinnah Cliffs are close by. There are seven bright and cheery guest units to choose from at the Outermost Inn, and all of them feature a television, a phone, and a private bathroom. Wi-Fi can be enjoyed in most areas, and there are numerous spots around the grounds where guests can relax, perhaps with a drink in hand. The main highlight when it comes to the Outermost Inn facilities is the onsite restaurant. It is of considerable quality, so you will want to get your reservations in as soon as possible.
If the Outermost Inn is fully booked, worry not, as there are other excellent Aquinnah inns to select from. Among them is the Duck Inn, which is situated on five and a half acres of oceanview property. This five-unit inn started out as a farmhouse and was built by a Native American whaler approximately 200 years ago. Its rooms are well-priced, and while they aren't overly luxurious, they provide plenty in the way of comfort. All but one have private bathrooms. The remaining room has a semi-private bath. The suite on the first floor has the most amenities, including a fireplace, a TV, and a DVD player. A full breakfast for two is included in the rates at the Duck Inn, and you might fancy the fact that there is a path on the grounds that leads to a private strip of beach. Duck Inn is located at 10 Duck Pond Way.
The Totem Pole Inn is another option for best lodging in Aquinnah. Found at 1 Totem Pole Way, this delightful inn features four guest units with shared baths, and if that doesn't suit your needs, you can hope to secure one of the cottages. The decor is charming and the atmosphere quaint at the Totem Pole Inn, and there is a television in the main house for guests to take advantage of when they have down time to fill. The main house also features a sunroom where guests can kick back and read a book, enjoy complimentary continental breakfasts, and more. The amenities in the Totem Pole Way guestrooms are essentially limited to beds and other furnishings. Book a cottage, on the other hand, and you will have a fireplace, a private bath, a kitchen, and an outside shower at your disposal.
Since there aren't a lot of Aquinnah hotels to choose from, you might look to the nearby Chilmark and Menemsha when looking to stay in the general region. One of the best hotels that calls this area home is the Pickett House & Barn Spa. A fantastic bed and breakfast, the Pickett House offers two main rooms with private baths, and there is a third room without a bath that can be rented in conjunction with one of these rooms. Should the budget allow, the cottage is arguably the way to go. Akin to a vacation rental in many ways, the Pickett House cottage features a small kitchen, a bathroom, and a level of privacy that is hard to match. As for the Pickett House spa, or The Barn, as it is officially known, it is a small spa and salon that specializes in waxing, massages, manicures, facials, hair, and makeup. Pickett House & The Barn Spa is located at 64 State Road in Chilmark, and should you wish to enjoy a spa or salon treatment during your stay, booking it well in advance is recommended.