Where to Stay


“It was quite late in the evening when the little ship came snugly to anchor, and Queequeg and I went ashore; so we could attend to no business that day, at least none but a supper and a bed.” – Moby Dick

Times have changed since Melville’s characters wandered the darkened Nantucket streets looking for an inn called Try Pots. Today you can find any number of inns and guest houses here, often with their own restaurants, nestled into the historic downtown or side streets.

Le Languedoc (24 Broad Street, 508/ 228-4298), in the heart of the historic district, has a variety of rooms available in two buildings. The restaurant offers fine dining influenced by the French province that gives the place its name and is well known for its selection of wines.

The Roberts House Inn (11 India & Centre Sts, 508/ 228-9009) mixes history with modern amenities such as massage, Jacuzzi and WiFi. It is open year round and offers off-season packages. It is literally steps away from shops and restaurants.

Ships Inn (13 Fair Street , 508/ 228-0040) is a restored mansion from the days when whaling ships still sailed from Nantucket. It has 12 guest rooms above an intimate fine dining restaurant and lounge. A short walk up the street is the island’s oldest inn. The Woodbox Inn (29 Fair Street, 508/ 228-0587) was built in 1709 and offers delicious breakfasts and romantic dinners in their restaurant, as well as nine rooms. Open June through December.

The building might date back to old Nantucket, but the Vanessa Noel Hotel (5 Chestnut Street, 508-228-5300) is about chic over history. The young, hip, New York shoe designer opened the doors in 2002. It includes eight rooms and the Vanno bar, a caviar and champagne bar. Noel’s island shoe store is directly next door.

There are several inns operating under the Summer House flag, but the original overlooks the ocean in Sconset and features rose-covered cottages and a fine dining restaurant with a popular piano bar player. Across the street and directly on the bluff they offer poolside lunches. The Summer House - 'Sconset (Ocean Ave, Siasconset 508/ 257-4577) is open from April through October. In town you can find The Summer House - Fair Street, 27 Fair Street 508/ 257-4577, The Summer House - India Street (31 India Street, 508/ 257-4577) both are open late April through December.

The Jared Coffin House.

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