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Where to Stay in Nantucket
Nantucket Island is the quintessential New England getaway. The small island located 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod is home to beautiful beaches, picturesque lighthouses, historic sites and world-class golf. Visitors who want to stay close to the island's many seafood restaurants and cozy pubs can search for accommodations in downtown Nantucket. As the island's main city, Nantucket features a host of activities and attractions. Shop at the chic boutiques on Main Street, or visit the Whaling Museum, which documents the island's whale-hunting history. Just north of the city's center is Children's Beach. Family vacationers can find boutique hotels within easy walking distance of this kid-friendly beach. Or compare rates at the inns and guesthouses located on the eastern shores of the island in Siasconset. This small island community is home to two renowned golf clubs. Or stay in seclusion on the northeastern edge of the island in Wauwinet. This area provides travelers with excellent access to the harbor and the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, a popular place for hiking, fishing and bird watching.
Nantucket Hotel Tips
The peak tourist season for Nantucket Island occurs during the summer months. At this time, the island's small population of 10,000 can easily swell to 50,000. With limited accommodations, it's important to search for hotels months in advance to ensure availability. Early fall is also a popular time to travel to the island. Many visitors come to fish, golf and enjoy the spectacular autumn foliage. Most of the island's restaurants, shops and historic sites stay open throughout the fall to accommodate tourists.
Winter through early spring is the cheapest time to travel to Nantucket Island. The influx of tourists subsides during this cold season, and the island can see ample snow. Some attractions may close during this time, though there are special holiday celebrations throughout the month of December. You can find the best Nantucket flight deals and hotel discounts during this off-season.
Nantucket Hotel Recommendations
Located north of downtown Nantucket near Children's Beach and Brant Point, the White Elephant hotel has been an island landmark since the 1920s. The establishment began as an eclectic mix of cottages and has grown into a luxury inn with 53 stylish guestrooms and suites as well as 11 garden cottages. Many rooms boast working fireplaces and views of the adjacent harbor. Garden cottages offer even more privacy and some can accommodate as many as six guests. The hotel offers exclusive amenities including organic fine linens, bottled water, cotton bathrobes and mini-fridges. Guests can workout at the hotel's fitness room or enjoy complimentary coffee and muffins in the morning. Every afternoon, the hotel hosts a port and cheese reception in the hotel's beautifully appointed library.
Get out of busy downtown Nantucket and head east to The Wauwinet. This elegant inn is situated on a small strip of land with the Nantucket Sound to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The sophisticated resort caters to family vacationers with numerous on-site activities, including biking, sailing, fishing, kayaking and yoga on the beach. The hotel also offers cooking classes, history excursions and lobstering cruises. Each guestroom is individually decorated with antique pine, fine bed linens and fresh flowers. Guests can relax with a massage from the resort's spa or dine at TOPPER'S, the hotel's gourmet dining room. The Wauwinet is open from mid May through the end of October and welcome guests age 12 and over.
If you're looking for a more moderately priced accommodation, book reservations at the Woodbox Inn near downtown Nantucket. This mid-range hotel dates back to around 1850 and has been maintained and updated throughout the years. Guests have convenient access boutiques, antique stores, restaurants, art galleries and the Whaling Museum. The small guesthouse features five quaint and cozy rooms and suites, each with its own private bath and small refrigerator. The inn closes during the off-season from late October through early May. You can find the best rates during the months of June and September on the shoulders of the heavy July and August tourist season.
Nantucket Island has its own shuttle service known as the Nantucket Regional Transit Authority. The shuttle provides island-wide seasonal service, operating nine routes with 13 buses. The island is also incredibly bike friendly. Bike paths are located throughout the island, and bike-rental facilities are plentiful. Travelers can also rent mopeds and cars from a handful of island rental agencies. Taxi service is available as well. If you're limiting your visit to Nantucket Island to the city of Nantucket, you can explore most of the region on foot.