As you float across the Nantucket Sound for the first time, the charm of the enduring Brant Point Lighthouse will wash over you like warm sea foam. While the ocean may call to you, the Massachusetts island of Nantucket also has much to offer for those who don’t have seafaring souls.
Romance, style and outdoor adventure await landlubbers of all ages on this New England island. These are the best hotels in Nantucket for every kind of traveler, bookable on Culture Trip.
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: you deserve a sensational spa day, and White Elephant is ready to delicately pamper you. The hotel’s seaside sanctuary uses organic Nantucket products for its Detoxifying Salt Polish and Amala Organic Facial. Extend your relaxation with a private cabana by the pool, only stirring from your solitude to summon another order of daiquiris.
Social butterflies will love connecting with friends old and new at Life House. This 19th-century mansion was reborn as a welcoming inn that feels like home. Leave the privacy of your sun-soaked room behind to mingle with other guests over breakfast in the communal kitchen. Take your coffee out to the garden terrace and let hours of conversation lead you over to the fire pit for cocktails at sunset.
Sunseekers young, old and furry will need a little extra sunscreen for a stay at the Beachside on Nantucket. It’s only a 0.5mi (0.8km) walk from both Nantucket and Jetties beaches, while the hotel’s heated outdoor pool is mere tiptoes away from your pet-friendly suite. Kids will love staring up at the Brant Point Lighthouse next to the Children’s Beach; meanwhile, four-legged friends can sniff out other visiting pets at the Cold Noses pet supply store at 16 Straight Wharf.
If sitting around on the beach all day isn’t your cup of tea, then the Wauwinet will make sure you’re active for every moment of your stay. Kayaks, bicycles, paddleboards and more are available for you to borrow. Complimentary shuttles on land and sea will bounce you around Nantucket in minutes. And if exhaustion overtakes your excitement, there’s always a spot for you on the private beach.
Whether you’re a fan of Moby Dick or a bibliophile who prefers the historical section, Jared Coffin House will not disappoint. This landmark of the historic district is one of the oldest hotels in Nantucket. Suites in both the Main House and Daniel Webster House weave historic charm with modern conveniences. Get a feel for the seafaring days of yesteryear at the Whaling Museum, the 17th-century Jethro Coffin House and adventurous yet tragic tales at Egan Maritime’s Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum.
Influencers can treat their followers to an envious look at Hotel Pippa. Minimalist design mixes with a dash of expressive art and provocative beauty to redefine Nantucket’s classic coastal vibes. When you’re not snapping photos in the crisp white rooms, share some stories of the hip surrounding area: lattes at Corner Table Café, new seafaring threads at A Salty Soul clothing store and thoughtful masterpieces at Hostetler Gallery, all of which are around the corner.
Lovebirds flying the coop for a romantic getaway will find a cozy nest to land in at Martin House Inn. Room 22’s snuggly four-poster queen bed, crackling fireplace and bathroom with tub and shower may steal away most of your weekend. If you and your beau can keep your hands off one another, complimentary treats, hors d’oeuvres, private label wine and Nor’Easter Bourbon are waiting for you to take up to the rooftop for panoramic views of the harbor.
Faraway is a dreamy seaside boutique for fans of the offbeat. Though still quintessentially Nantucket with its light and airy coastal decor and two-century-old New England architecture, quirky touches, a locally curated shop and an eclectic minibar raise an eyebrow in the most pleasingly intriguing way. The company around the fire pit and outdoor café is just as interesting – your fellow guests will be ready to raise a toast to your own uncanny travels and tales.