The island of Nantucket was once the thriving heart of the world’s largest whaling fleet, which ran out of Nantucket Town, the main port. These days Nantucket Town is best known for being a National Historic Landmark - yes, the whole thing. It has a greater concentration of graceful, historic, pre-1850 built houses than anywhere else in the country. Some of these beautiful properties are now also some of the best places to stay in Nantucket.
The other thing our Gurus have favoured when it comes to selecting the best places to stay in Nantucket are spectacular views, often of dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, lighthouses and of course beautiful old houses.
Just off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is a small island with a small resident community. Tourists are very welcome, especially those who appreciate the five star service and finest seafood and who can afford the exclusive delights the island has to offer. Though the rest of us are welcome too!
As well as the golf clubs, fine restaurants, sailing clubs and lodges, Nantucket also has some exceptionally unique natural assets. Around a third of the island is protected by a conservation foundation, and this third includes beaches, sand dunes, marshes and bogs, heathland, meadows and hardwood forests - despite the island’s size the landscape is hugely varied. And it’s all in pristine condition.
Considering the island’s history, whale watching seems an obvious activity, but there are also seal watching and birdwatching tours on offer. And an aquarium. Most of the most historic buildings and the main sights, like the Whaling Museum, the First Congregational Church and the Brant Point Lighthouse, which was only the second lighthouse in the U.S..
It’s an obvious statement considering the list of activities, but Nantucket is a really fantastic destination for families, with many family friendly restaurants and cafes and a great, safe atmosphere. This is also a great place to explore by bike, with good bike paths.
Being such a popular destination in the summer months, we'd advise you to plan ahead if you want to book one of the best places to stay in Nantucket - they tend to fill up quickly!
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Nantucket. Alternatively you can widen the search and check out all our Massachusetts recommendations, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
A sophisticated bed and breakfast in a gorgeous Federal-style house with comfortable bedrooms and a nautical feel. Make yourself at home - borrow chairs, towels and umbrellas and wander down to the local beach. Spend evenings in the garden after visiting nearby restaurants.
A sophisticated bed and breakfast with a nautical feel just a short walk from the lively sea front. The house, originally constructed in 1880, has a relaxed feel - with spacious bedrooms and lofty ceilings. In the summer months, enjoy cheese and wine by the garden fire pit or on the shaded veranda.
Bright and colourful hotel in Nantucket, minutes from the pristine beaches and historic harbour. The intimate rooms are chic and modern, decorated with maritime furnishings and all featuring an iPad. Set on a quaint cobblestone lane, this quiet hotel also has a lovely patio on which to relax.
Intimate 1800s house on the Main Street of Nantucket with modern interiors and just minutes from the beach. The chic rooms are crisp and colourful with bold fabrics and wallpaper. The central courtyard featuring a firepit is perfect for relaxation after a day exploring the town and its activities.
Quaint colonial style cottage, in the quintessential New England seaside town of Nantucket. Exposed wood beams, fourposter beds, warm tones and soft sheets make for a snug and serene setting. The small island is navigable by bike or foot, excellent for exploring! A charming and homely Inn.
Contemporary hotel, a converted 1680s townhouse overlooking the Nantucket harbour. The modern rooms are chic and feature luxurious amenities. 3 levels of wraparound porches boast spectacular views of the harbour and gardens, and there are numerous activities and nautical adventures on offer.
With a quiet Atlantic setting and private beach, spa and boat this is a fantastic hotel. Rooms are all country-style decor, pinewood furnishing, Egyptian cotton and modern bathtubs. Founded on the success of TOPPER's, which offers locally inspired dishes and a lively bar. Water activities galore!
New-England red brick townhouse on an idyllic cobbled street off Main Street with a private garden. Beautiful four-poster beds and ornate rugs make up the classic style bedrooms. Restaurants, boutique shops and beaches are within walking distance. Relax in the homely library or explore the sea town.
Prime harbour location offers sea views, nautical themed interiors and light, modern rooms with wooden furnishings and private balconies. Brant Point Grill offers steak, seafood and stunning views - locally renowned. Spa treatments, complimentary afternoon sherry and sailing make up a perfect day.