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
We enjoyed our stay at this quaint B & B. Very friendly hosts and staff. LOVELY breakfasts each day, with homemade delights. The hosts are available throughout the day to sit and visit, guide restaurant or sightseeing choices, etc. Evening wine and cheese brings guests together. Although the building is old, everything one needs is available. The weather wasn’t conducive for sitting outside while we were there, but in nice weather, try sitting outside on the lovely private patio. However, if you need an elevator, this might not be the place for you.
The Cliff Lodge checked all of my boxes: beautifully furnished and welcoming common areas, comfortable bed, helpful staff and perfect location. And on top of all of that, the owners were the most warm and authentically wonderful people--- they treated all of us to a delicious wine and cheese in the dining room, and they made us feel welcome and at-ease. My toddler immediately fell under the spell of the Lodge's general manager, and she generously assisted us in a number of thoughtful ways throughout our stay.
The location was a short and beautiful stroll away from the children's beach, the main downtown area, and my favorite Nantucket restau (American Seasons). We'll definitely be back soon!
Our first trip to Nantucket was amazing! Cliff Lodge was awesome! The owners and staff made our visit perfect. Far exceeded our expectations. Returning for sure because of Melissa, Bob and Cindy!!❤️❤️