Where to Stay
The world is divided into two kinds of travelers – hotel people and B&B people. Nantucket has both. You can find the kind of comfortably quaint bed and breakfast places that feel like you are visiting old friends, or you can stay in a hotel that offers some fancy resort elegance to go along with the sand in your shoes.
There are restaurants in the island’s main hotels, where you can take your meals or enjoy cocktails at the bar. Most guest houses and bed and breakfasts will get your started in the morning, often with home cooked treats.
There are nearly 1,200 rooms for rent on Nantucket at any given time, with something to fit your style and your needs in several price ranges. A number of innkeepers have minimum stay policies, which require you to book more than one night. Deposits are also usually required. A good idea is to check out (www.nantucketlodging.org) the Nantucket Lodging Association’s website when making your plans.
Most people make Nantucket vacation or wedding plans well in advance, but that should not put you off from making spur-of-the-moment trips to the island. Finding a room at the last minute – even in July – is not out of the question. Call or stop by the Visitor Services and Information Bureau (508/228-0925). They keep a list of daily vacancies and cancellations and can often find you a room.
There are no camping grounds on the island, in fact camping is prohibited here. But the truly adventurous might want to try a bed in the Star of the Sea Hostel. It is open May 19 to October 9, in a renovated building that once served as the Surfside Beach US Life-Saving Service station. If you are not a member of Hostelling International, you can buy a daily membership for $3. Understand that what you get is a bed in a dorm and not a room. But they have a well-equipped kitchen and there is no minimum stay. The hostel is also located steps away from one of nantucket’s most popular surf beaches, Surfside. The cost is $27 for a night and $117.50 per week. For more info call Hostelling International USA (888) 901-2084 or (508) 228-0433. Nantuckethostel@usahostels.org.
Nantucket has several distinctly different areas that lend a subtle flavor to your island experience. Staying near where the boats dock is different than staying near where the airplanes land, and staying on the water on the way out to Great Point is different than staying near Jetties Beach. more >
“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 more >
For travelers looking for simplicity, guest houses offer clean, well lighted rooms in town. Cranberry House (33 Centre Street, 508/ 228-2821), The Grey Lady & The Boat House (34 Centre Street, 508/ 228-9552), and the Island Reef Guest House (20 N. Water Street, 508/ 228-2156) offer rooms with private baths, phones and cable TV. more >
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. more >
Not interested in public accommodations? There are plenty of private homes and apartments available for rent, by the week, month or season.
From top of the line beach front mansions, to small apartments in town, there are rentals for just about everyone. more >
The Wauwinet, an inn on Nantucket's eastern shore, is one of the island's premier resorts.
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