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 headed to Nantucket for annual Christmas Stroll for the second time. And, for the second time stayed at Cliff Lodge with Bob, Melissa & Cindy our gracious hosts/hostesses. The Inn is warm and friendly, their Friday night Happy Hour is well-provisioned with food and wine. They make you feel so comfortable and at home! We are already booked for next year! The location is convenient, breakfast tasty, and the beds cozy and comfortable. As you can see, we love staying at Cliff Lodge!
I love Cliff Lodge. Bob and Melissa bend over backwards to ensure that everything about your stay exceeds your expectations. Bob even offered to drive me when I was about to order a cab. Rooms are well appointed. The Breakfast is terrific. Fresh baked goods and fruit and yogurt and boiled eggs. Perfectly located just outside of downtown - quiet and lovely in every way.
This was our third visit at the Cliff Lodge this year. Every time we leave, it is our belief that our stay can’t be topped. Every time we are proven wrong. There is a reason this B&B is at the top of the list for Nantucket B&Bs. Melissa and Bob host the most incredible Friday night wine and cheese parties on Nantucket. They are all supposed to be an hour. This one lasted four hours. And each one is different. But they all are so much fun. Love the working fireplace. My son had a blast coming with us for the first time in several years and is already plotting his next visit. Thank you Bob and Melissa cannot wait until July 2019.
“The hosts Melissa and Bob and their staff were friendly, kind and so welcoming. It felt like a home away from home. Room was comfortable, clean and welcoming. The breakfast was delicious, Melissa is a great baker. Gathering around the breakfast table was a highlight in the morning. Very close to center of town and just a beautiful, comfortable step back into Nantucket/New England.”
We were in town for a wedding at season's end when the weather was still nice. Two couples traveling together. We chose a higher priced room and our friends ~$10/night less. Could easily walk from ferry landing(s) but not with a lot of luggage. Updated old house with very nice rooms, internet, TV, baths, access to shared fridge and after-hours tea and coffee. Especially enjoyed meeting our hosts and spent several very nice breakfasts with them both inside and in garden area. Had a personal tour of the 'widow's walk' with guide to neighboring sites from top floor.
We found we could walk to almost all wedding activities and also to restaurants, museum, waterfront. Our hosts even gave us a ride back to the ferry!
Given the hype of Nantucket and it's high priced 'resorts', this was a gem.