Martin House Inn
What We Love
- A charming, individually decorated room at a Historic District B&BDining on complimentary breakfast, before a day spent exploring the historic district
- Staying in a historic property yourself – one that was built in 1809
- Sampling a selection of wines and cheeses on Friday evenings
- Admiring the local artwork on the walls and the harbor views from the widow’s walk
What To Know
- Some rooms share bathrooms – if that's not your style, make sure to book a room with a private bath
- Free WiFi can be weak
- You can request a complimentary parking permit
There’s a reason that Nantucket has become the choice resort of some of the most prominent business people and influencers on the East Coast. This island off of Cape Cod has an allure all its own, an elegance and refinement that, against a striking backdrop of windswept barrier beaches and the open ocean, feels so very New England. Take in the unique atmosphere from a bed-and-breakfast with the same old-fashioned, refined approach to regional living. With a crackling fireplace, a yard and a furnished veranda, overlooking other clapboard homes, Centre Street’s Martin House Inn captures all that makes its surroundings special. It’s even got an impressive two-century history that blends in perfectly with its setting in the Historic District.
Each accommodation here is individually decorated, with tasteful appointments that might include a four-poster canopy bed, perhaps, or toile wallpaper or floral bedding. Morning brings treats like freshly baked muffins or scones, and there are snacks in the afternoons, teas on select weekends and wine-and-cheese receptions on Friday nights. If you don’t feel like a local simply sitting on one of the armchairs, sipping your Earl Grey or Sauvignon Blanc, contemplating the days when this beautiful mansion was the private home of a sea captain and his family, then all you have to do is walk around. Enjoy paintings by Nantucket-based artists in your abode or a common area, or head up to the widow’s walk, and admire the views over the famous harbor.
Each of 13 accommodations is individually – and beautifully – decorated, perhaps with old-fashioned touches of toile, paisley or florals. Many abodes feature paintings by local artists, such as Bobby Boushan, Robert Stark and Paul Galschneider.Choose first-floor Room 1 for a private bath with a large shower and a full-size canopy bed, in a 195-square-foot space. Room 2 features the same measurements, on the same floor, and a queen bed. Room 22 is 294 square feet, with a fireplace and queen and twin poster beds, and intimate 195-square-foot Room 23 includes a fireplace and a queen canopy bed. These rooms reside on the second floor.
Not only will you be staying in the charming historic district, but you’ll also be close to the harbor, in case you’d like to 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 got lucky as we chose the right place to stay. The Martin House was comfortable, quiet and warm inside and out and close to everything. The informative and lively and professional Inn-keeper, Cheryl, provided us with Island insight, travel tips and dinner destinations. Breakfast was provided and included yummy, homemade pastry and granola, fresh fruit etc. She was more than happy to make us comfortable and to accommodate our every need.
Carolyn could not have been nicer and we loved our room and canopy bed here. Breakfast was high quality continental and the atmosphere is just lovely. Our favorite bookstore, the Nantucket Bookworks, was a very short walk around the corner. Great location for everything in the town center. We can't wait to go again.
We came in for the Nantucket Stroll as newbies- the owner, the innkeeper, and the housekeeper made us feel welcome, festive and like family. The house is cozy and has great snacks and treats (I won't spoil the surprises). The rooms are impeccably clean. The service goes above and beyond-everything and anything your heart desires....I will be back
The Inn is located in downtown Nantucket area just down from the Congregational church. It is pretty, the baked goods for the continental breakfast were fresh baked daily and delicious. The manager was very friendly and accommodating. We stayed in room 21 with a very nice canopy bed and working fire place, which they supply you with an envirolog to burn. The room had a small safe and mini fridge. The robes and towels were cozy, and it had a lovely common room. It is a cozy escape type travelers inn, it is not a hotel, it's a lovely little get away. We really enjoyed it!
I can not wait to go back to this magical place! It felt like coming home. There is original artwork throughout. It is beautiful and only a few minutes to walk to the most charming downtown. They had a fireplace going and on Fri nights, wine and cheese with other guests. In fact we all went out after it was so much fun! I even met new friends for life! The innkeeper Caroline could not have been sweeter and also happens to be so much fun. She patiently gave us recommendations to everything we asked about and she was always right!
They have breakfast every morning, fresh fruit, granola they make etc. I am still dreaming of the homemade scones! Beautifully landscaped back yard -so quiet and peaceful. I left Nantucket rejuvenated which was just what I needed. The big reason for that was being in the beautiful energy that is The Martin House Inn.