Fodor's Expert Review Inn on the Sound

313 Grand Ave., Falmouth Heights, Massachusetts 02540, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice

Kim MacKinnon

At this understated and serene but stylish inn, perched on a bluff overlooking Vineyard Sound, the living room and most guest rooms face the water. Common areas include an art-laden living room with a boulder fireplace, oversize windows, and modern white couches; a bistro-like breakfast room; and a porch with more stunning water views.

YOU SHOULD KNOW A three-night minimum is standard on weekend and holiday stays from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.


All 11 rooms at the inn contain unfussy, contemporary furnishings such as natural oak tables, unbleached cottons, ample shelf space and ceiling fans. Eight of the rooms have ocean views, five have private balconies and one has a kitchenette.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Kids must be age 12 and up.


Each room has a private bath, with French-milled soaps and fine toiletries and a large basket of beach towels.


The guest living features a large stone fireplace and lovely water views. When it’s nice out, there are plenty of spots outside to relax.


A delicious gourmet breakfast might include dishes like house made granola, freshly baked croissants, waffles, French toast, or salmon soufflé, as well as fresh fruit plates, eggs, muffins and more. Guests can enjoy their meal in the dining area, their room or even on the beach.


There is a community refrigerator stocked with complimentary beverages, including soda, bottled water and juice.


Getting Around

You can easily park your car and enjoy Falmouth’s attractions on foot or by bike, if you don't mind a bit of a walk or a short ride. A day trip to Martha’s Vineyard is an option, too, with a ferry less than 15 minutes away on foot.


The Bear in Boots Gastropub (7-minute drive) is known for its from-scratch approach. Everything from butchering meats to baking bread, to drink mixes to ice creams, and even condiments, is done in-house. Dishes include burgers, lobster pot pie, marinated steak tips and more. The Quarterdeck Restaurant (8-minute drive) is a local landmark and has been serving up local seafood, steaks and more for over 40 years.


While the British Beer Company (3-minute walk) may be a chain, it’s still a lively place to enjoy a pint of beer, and it’s just a couple of minutes away on foot. The Flying Bridge (5-minute drive), overlooking the harbor, is another popular choice.


With an unbeatable setting overlooking the water, luxurious rooms and outstanding service, not to mention delicious breakfasts, it’s no wonder that the Inn in on the Sound is as popular as it is, with many repeat guests. The inn is immaculately clean, and thoughtful touches, like the stocked guest fridge, beach chairs and towels to borrow, and homemade biscotti in the afternoon, make guests feel right at home.


Near the beach
Casual Chic


Phones: 800-564–9668;508-457–9666

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