Aquinnah

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Aquinnah (formerly known as Gay Head) is a town on the west side of Martha's Vineyard. The bright, multi-colored clay cliffs at Gay Head are a fabulous sight. Aquinnah is home to the Wampanoag Tribe, residents of Martha's Vineyard for thousands of years and the majority population of the town.

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  • Gay Head Cliffs
  • Gay Head Lighthouse, Off State Rd., Phone: +1 508-645-2211, Tours on summer evenings to see the sunset. Adm: $2 adults, under 12 free.
  • Moshup Beach (Gay Head beach), (Pay parking lot located on Moshup Trail just south of State Road; drop-off located on Moshup Trail about 0.4 miles south of parking lot). Located at the far western end of the island, this is a public beach with pay parking available. A small walk is required from the pay lots to the beach. This beach is known for the picturesque clay cliffs that rise up from the edge of the beach. Nudity has at times been common and tolerated on the northern end of the beach.  edit
  • West Basin Bike Ferry, West Basin, Aquinnah. Bike and people ferry to Menemsha. Operates summer only. Beach. Fishing. Beautiful and unusual eco-system.  edit
  • Gay Head Moraine, Lobsterville, Rd.. Land Bank property for hiking, picnicking, birding.  edit
  • Martha's Vineyard Leisure Charters, [1]. Take a tour of the magnificent cliffs from the water. Day trips for 1 to 6 people. Departs from Oak Bluffs. The adventurous may want to ask about their clay bath option, using imported french bentonite clay  edit

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  • Stay off the cliffs and out of the clay. Both are illegal.

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  • The Aquinnah Shop Restaurant, 27 Aquinnah Circle, Aquinnah, MA, +1 508-645-3867, [2]. Seafood menu, with terrace overlooking Moshup Beach and the ocean.  edit
  • The Outermost Inn, 81 Lighthouse Road, Aquinnah, MA, +1 508-645-3511, [3]. High-end restaurant run by the Taylor family. Prix Fixe menu $88; beer and wine menu.  edit
  • The Orange Peel Bakery, 22 State Road, Aquinnah, MA.  edit
  • The Orange Peel Cafe, 33 Aquinnah Circle, Aquinnah, MA. From a Vineyard Gazette article (https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2016/06/14/open-business-ready-summer-gay-head-cliffs): "The Orange Peel Cafe is the first restaurant at the Circle to offer fresh baked goods. But unlike its sister bakery down the road, the new menu will feature local fare, including lobster rolls and chowder, along with less familiar items like udon noodles and possibly dumplings."  edit
  • Cliffhangers, 21 Aquinnah Circle, Aquinnah, MA. From a Vineyard Gazette article (https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2016/06/14/open-business-ready-summer-gay-head-cliffs): "Cliffhangers will offer Island staples such as lobster rolls and chowder, along with a variety of healthier options (fish tacos and stuffed quahaugs top the menu)".  edit
  • Faith's Seafood Shack, 33 Aquinnah Circle, Aquinnah, MA. Takeout seafood near the picnic tables at the top of the Gay Head. Appears to have permanently closed around September 2014.  edit
  • The Dreamcatcher, 21 Aquinnah Circle, Aquinnah, MA, +1 508-45-2600. Takeout window serving ice cream and lobster rolls near the picnic tables at the top of the Gay Head. Appears to have permanently closed in September 2015.  edit

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  • Outermost Inn, 171 Lighthouse Road, Aquinnah, MA (West side of Lighthouse Road, just north of Gay Head), +1 508-645-3511 (, fax: +1 508-645-3514), [4]. 7 rooms. Top shelf and not letting down. Season $310-$390.  edit
  • Duck Inn, 10 Duck Pond Way, Aquinnah, MA (Turn south off State Road between Aquinnah town offices and Gay Head), +1 508-645-9018 (fax: +1 508-645-2790), [5]. One suite and four rooms. Great location on a bluff.  edit
  • Totem Pole Inn, 1 Totem Pole Way, Aquinnah, MA (On north side of State Road, adjacent to the Aquinnah town offices), +1 508-645-2815, [6]. Four rooms with shared baths, plus stand-alone cabins.  edit

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