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This was our first time at Menemsha. The docks are not floating so the tie-up is stern-in and you run the lines to the pilings. A dock hand helped us tie up. You can go bow-in, but our 35' boat did not allow exit off the bowsprit so we had to dinghy to the dock. The benefit to bow-in is that your cockpit will face the inner harbor view which is much nicer than facing a stone wall and a parking lot; and also provides more privacy. If you have a dinghy it's fun to explore the big "pond". The beach is right there and the sunsets are spectacular. Several fish markets offer take-out of both cooked and raw fish. TIP: Order early in the day and/or be prepared for a long wait, both at the ordering and pick-up windows. Long lines at dinner time were so bad that we would not do this again. One place actually closed early because they ran out of much of their menu. Dining options are very limited. Don't overlook the Menemsha Galley where service was much better but it's a longer walk and more of a lunch menu. There are a few small shops. Not so good for biking as the roads are all narrow and busy. Overall, though, worth the stay. We'll come back next year.