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.
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Beautiful historic Nantucket home. The rooms were clean and comfortable! Bob, Melissa and Cindy were great hosts, very helpful and great to talk to about the island. Breakfast was fresh, homemade and delicious! We were in for a family event and couldn’t have been happier with the location or the hospitality!
Staying here on business. Great place to stay , I've been here 3 weeks in a row and stayed in 3 different rooms all very clean and comfortable. First day here I met the owner and staff. Great people couldnt do enough for me. Even up graded me at no charge. Always coffee, tea and things available on the first floor. Fridge and microwave for your use anytime.
Cliff Lodge does an amazing job at making you feel completely at home in their Inn! They are committed to providing the best service with such kindness and warmth!
We were treated to their delightful company at breakfast each day where they wanted to check in to help us navigate our day! Melissa and Bob make reservations for you at the best places to eat, and even took us to the airport! Cynde was extraordinary too! She put out an awesome breakfast and plenty of afternoon treats!
My daughters and I are definitely going back to Nantucket and will only stay with them!
It has been far to long and I was glad to be back. It was like going home to visit family. Bob and Melissa always remember you no matter how long it has been since your last visit.They again gave me rides to the beach for walks and named several of the open places to eat. Breakfast was great and the talks made me feel like part of the family. The room was spotless as always and the bed so comfortable you do not want to get out of bed. .Can not wait to go back for another visit. Thanks Bob and Melissa
I have visited Cliff Lodge many times and would stay not stay anywhere but Cliff Lodge. As usual Cindy was very helpful . Bob and Melissa were the best. They always take the time to make sure their guests are comfortable and happy. Breakfast was great. Every time i come I hate to leave. I always leave totally relaxed and rested. I will stay as often as I can. If you are planning a trip to Nantucket stay at Cliff Lodge. You will be treated like family.Thanks again Bob , Melissa and Cindy. See you soon.