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
My sisters and I spent a spectacular long weekend at Cliff Lodge. Melissa and Bob are such wonderful hosts and made us feel like part of the family! Nino was not only a terrific chef but also an entertaining conversationalist! Cindy was sweet, helpful and accommodating!
The rooms are charming and clean! We were sad to leave and will definitely be back!
The owners treated us like royalty and bent over backwards to make our stay perfect. Nino the chef and Cindy the home caretaker were the gems of the property. Bob was so dapper! The decor was everything you would expect in an historical home. Complete with widow's walk! My daughter, sister in law, cousin in law and family friend were so delighted that I'm sure we will be back!
We spent a lovely weekend at Cliff Lodge for a ladies weekend. Bob and Cindy are such kind people and were very hospitable during our stay. We’re looking forward to coming back soon and bringing our men for a couples trip!
This property is located within walking distance from the Ferry terminal & downtown area. Clean comfortable rooms. There is a sumptuous home made breakfast every morning where all the guests can meet exchange notes. Melissa who is the manager helps with the breakfast along with Cindy & Bob. Bob also gave us a ride in his vehicle after check-out, which was a pleasant surprise.
Wholeheartedly recommend this place. ( call the Lodge directly, if you have trouble getting a booking on other websites - 508-228-9480)
A lovely weekend at the Cliff Lodge this past Memorial Wknd. Mellissa and Bob the owners and Cindy the housekeeper, simply went out of their way to make us feel at home! Homemade breakfast each morning included, yummy scones and fresh fruit and breads. Coffee and deserts were out each afternoon. The decor was just beautiful! This was the first time we stayed in a Bed and Breakfast and it was a wonderful experience for me and my girls :)