Where to Stay

Bed & Breakfasts

Because B&B accommodations are basically a room in someone’s house there is often an interesting story about past owners. The original owner of the Anchor Inn (66 Centre Street, 508-228-0072), the captain of the whaleship Cyrus, was said to be the first man to kill a sperm whale in the Pacific Ocean. In the 1950s it was owned by the Gilbreth family, who contributed to the Nantucket story with a story of their own – Cheaper by the Dozen. The Centre Street Inn (78 Centre Street, 508/ 228-0199) was built as a private home in 1742 but has been accommodating island visitors since 1855.

Beachway (3 North Beach Street, 508/ 228-1324), the Brant Point Inn (6 North Beach Street, 508/ 228-5442) and the Dolphin Guest House (10 North Beach Street, 508/ 228-4028) are short strolls away from both town and the Brant Point Light, which is as fine a place as any to spend a few quiet evening moments watching the boats. If you are traveling with your family, the Brass Lantern Inn has a Family Suite made up of two guest rooms, a sitting room, a large bath. It will accommodate up to five people. Pete Kaizer, who owns the Brant Point Inn with his wife Thea, is a former tuna fisherman who now runs a charter boat. He knows these waters as well as anyone, if you need a tip on fishing.

Centerboard Guest House (8 Chester Street, 508/ 228-9696) has seven rooms. If you are traveling with your family ask about The House Boat room, which has a private entrance and can sleep five.

There are small lanes just off Main Street that are so quiet it is hard to imagine you are in town. The Carriage House (5 Ray's Court, 508/ 228-0326) is on one of those lanes. Along with your room there is a Nantucket & nature library, parlor & patio. Check out the Nantucket Historic Association’s Fair Street Library on the corner.

Captain's Corners (89 Easton St., 508/ 228-1692) is a turn-of-the-century home where you can rent a room with a private bath. Just down the street is their Garden Cottage, which has four separate suites with private entrances.

Carlisle House Inn (26 North Water Street, 508/ 228-0720) offers fireplaces, canopy beds, antiques, private baths, two-room suites, on a tree-shaded street in town.

Cliff Road is where the town begins to give way to a more open part of the island. If you are in the mood for a walk and a sandwich you can find both by heading up the road to Something Natural. Century House (10 Cliff Road, 508/ 228-0530) has a wrap around porch perfect for watching the world pass by. Cliff Lodge (9 Cliff Road, 508/ 228-9480) has 12 rooms all with private baths. House of the Seven Gables (32 Cliff Road, 508/ 228-4706) is a bright and sunny Victorian inn with water views. The Westmoor Inn (Cliff Road 508/ 228-0877) is a former Vanderbilt Mansion with 14 guest rooms with private baths. Guests are invited to evening wine and cheese, bicycles, beach towels.

The Chestnut House (3 Chestnut Street, 508/ 228-0049) is open year round and is filled with the decorative crafts of the Carl family who runs it. A full breakfast is served between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The cobblestones that line some of the streets of the town began life as ballast on whaling ships. In the early morning or at dusk it is easy to feel the echoes of those whalers. Cobblestone Inn – 1725 (5 Ash Street, 508/ 228-1987) This18th-century home on a quiet, cobblestoned street is open year round.

North Water Street is steps away from the Whaling Museum, where visitors can get to know local history. Easton House (17 N. Water Street, 508/ 228-2759) offers10 rooms with private baths, canopy beds, and a garden cottage for 2. Nantucket Whaler (8 N. Water St., 508/ 228-6597) offers private room entrances & decks. The Periwinkle (7 & 9 N. Water Street, 508/ 228-9267 is an authentic, old-fashioned B&B w/ just the right modern amenities.

Hawthorn House (2 Chestnut Street, 508/ 228-1468) is an1849 guest house that is open year round, also run by members of the creative Carl family.

Orange Street was once where whaling captains built their homes. La Ruche Inn (109 Orange Street, 508-325-4644) is a new boutique B&B with down feather beds.

When Nantucket men chased whales in the Pacific Ocean, Nantucket women ran the town. Centre Street is at the heart of what used to be called Petticoat Row because the stores had female proprietors. Ask about the off-season packages at the Manor House Inn (31 Centre Street, 508/228-0600) The Martin House Inn (61 Centre Street, 508/ 228-0678) is a restored 1803 house with a widow’s walk. Check out the Internet specials at 72 Centre Street (508-228-0072) which is operated with the Anchor Inn a few doors down at 66 Centre Street. The White House (48 Centre Street, 508/ 228-4425) offers queen beds and private baths in every room, plus a full breakfast daily.

While most B&Bs were once homes, The Nesbitt Inn (21 Broad Street, 508/ 228-0156) is Nantucket’s oldest inn that was built to be an inn. It is open March thru December.

The Pineapple Inn (10 Hussey Street, 508/ 228-9992) is just down the street from the center of town, but quiet enough to feel out of town. It offers 12 rooms with king or queen beds and private marble baths. The architecture of Three Hussey Street (508/ 228-4298) is Victorian Gothic.

Safe Harbor (2 Harbor View Way, 508/ 228-3222) is just across the street from Children’s Beach, where you can watch the sailboats leave the Yacht Club or the Steamship pulling in. You can also get a great breakfast across the street at Mac’s Place.

There are few things better than a view of the harbor and the town’s lovely rooftops form a roof deck. Seven Sea Street (508/ 228-3577) is a
newly built post & beam inn that has such a deck.

76 Main Street (508-228-2533) is a mansion on cobblestoned Main Street with 18 rooms to let. Be sure to check out the famous “Three Bricks” also on Main Street, brick homes build in the 1800s by a wealthy Nantucketer for his three daughters.

Island school children know that the town was once called Sherburne. The Sherburne Inn (10 Gay Street, 508/ 228-4425) dates back to 1835 and has two parlors with fireplaces to warm yourself during foggy evenings and a garden for warm afternoons. It is open year round.

Have your breakfast outside in a tree shaded backyard patio at Union Street Inn - circa 1770 (7 Union Street, 508/ 228-9222) just a stone's throw from the bustle of Main Street.

‘Sconset is world away, different even from the rest of the island, with rose covered cottages and cool breezes. Wade Cottages (Shell Street, 'Sconset, 508/ 257-6308) is on the 'Sconset Bluff overlooking the dunes and sea.

The Veranda House (Three Step Lane, 508/228-0695) began life as the Veranda House, then became the Overlook, and now is back to its original style. Stop in the Whaling Museum’s new exhibit, Signs of the Times, and see a photo of the original place. You can look out over the harbor from the wraparound verandas.

76 Main Street

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