What We Love
- A charming B&B within an 18th-century mansion, walking distance from downtown NantucketTaking in the downtown and harbor views from the widow’s walk
- Sampling the complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and Friday wine and cheese
- Reading well-known 19th-century Nantucket poet Caroline Parker Hills’ sonnet to the lodge
- Exploring the stately residences and elegant restaurants and shops of the Historic District
What To Know
- There's a private back deck and roof deck where you'll catch the best views of the harbor
- Free WiFi is hit or miss
- There's plenty of onsite parking
With a boatload of charm and a nearly 250-year past, Cliff Lodge knows just how to elevate your Nantucket getaway. The bed-and-breakfast was built in 1771, as the home of a sea captain. The property likely witnessed the landing of the British navy and housed one of the island’s best-known poets, who wrote a sonnet to the property. Things have calmed down a bit today, but you can experience much of what Caroline Parker Hills found so romantic in her poem “Nantucket Cliff.” “White-sailed shallops” still “glide or sleep” in the harbor, and birds still swoop in on the ocean breeze.
The surrounding Old Historic District hasn’t lost any of its charm, either. You’ll have plenty of classy, elegant restaurants, beautiful beaches, museums and shops to explore, plus the ferry terminal for rides to the Cape. And when your day begins to fade, the romance doesn’t have to. You can return to the inn for tea or treats in the afternoon, including wine and cheese on Fridays, or perhaps an hour or two by the fireplace or in the garden patio. Then, take your stay even higher, and ascend to the widow’s walk around dusk to watch the houses and those distant ships light up for the evening.
The property’s twelve accommodations are individually designed and appointed, but all are elegant, airy and inviting. All are also air conditioned during the summer, with down comforters by Ralph Lauren to keep you toasty in the colder months.Room 3, on the second floor, offers a double bed. The larger rooms 2 and 4 are both located on the second floor, with a king bed. Room 5 is even more spacious; this second-floor suite boasts a king bedroom, a private sun porch, a bar area with a refrigerator and a twin sleeper-sofa loveseat. This choice offers a tub/shower combination in the bathroom, whereas Rooms 2, 3 and 4 offer a shower only.
You’re within the Historic District, with the harbor in view, from which you can ferry over to Martha’s Vineyard or the Cape for the day. If you prefer to stick around, choose from a range of seafood restaurants, explore a lighthouse, shop for nautical trinkets and pop into some of the local galleries. The island also houses the nation’s largest collection of 18th-century buildings, giving you plenty of architecture to admire, and natural attractions are in equally high supply – consider taking a walk along one of the windswept barrier beaches, or bird watching, during migration season.
How to Get There
Our hostess for our two-day stay, Cindy, was exceptionally helpful and made our stay carefree. The inn/lodge is lovely and the location is so convenient. We walked everywhere in town and to and from the ferry. The walk to the ferry took 10 minutes, and access to town was essentially the same. Highly recommend the property and will stay there again when we're next on Nantucket.
My wife and I stayed at the Cliff Lodge. Cindy, Melissa and Bob treated us like we were long lost friends. At breakfast we hung out and talked about local restaurants, movies, family, work and whatever else. Breakfast was delicious. We spend the days trying to stay dry in Nantucket because a big rain storm rolled through. We ended up staying an extra day because the ferries did not run because of high winds. Normally that would have been a bummer except for the wonderful hospitality of the Cliff Lodge hosts! Friday night we were treated to a wine and cheese party at the lodge. Definitely we will be coming back and hopefully the weather will cooperate. Thanks!
Checked into the Cliff Lodge and Cindy met us on our arrival. She filled us in on all of the details regarding the Cliff Lodge. The lodge was built in the 1700s as a whaling captain's home. We checked into room 5 and it was quite spacious and included a porch, king sized bed- which was quite comfortable and a bar area. All of the rooms appear to be air conditioned as well.
The next morning we were greeted by Bob and Melissa as we arrived for breakfast. It was like coming downstairs to a family breakfast at home with scones,fruit,homemade yogurt, toast coffee etc. The lodge has outdoor seating as well but the weather was not conducive to dining outside
Unfortunately during our stay and intense low developed off the coast and further developed into sub tropical storm Melissa. Wind gusts up too 60 mph and heavy rain made for rather a dreary stay on Nantucket. So bad that the day we were supposed to return all of the ferries and flights were cancelled.
Bob,Melissa and Cindy we veery accommodating on our extra nights stay and went so far as hosting a Friday night wine and cheese party for the guests at the lodge.
There is also a catwalk with chaise lounges that has great views. We managed to get up on our first day before the storm started. The lodge is convenient to town and all of the ferries so I think you could get by without a vehicle
Everyone at the lodge went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and we will definitely return again