The Summer House Inns
What We Love
- Jetsetter rate includes daily continental breakfast
- An authentic Nantucket experience: quaint, romantic and charming
- Location just a five-minute walk from downtown Nantucket
- Free shuttle to the beach club at Siasconset runs until the second week in September
What To Know
- Rooms at the Summer House are spread over multiple buildings — two at Fair Street, one India Street, and another at Pineapple Street. The buildings are a seven-minute walk apart but share all amenities (breakfast is served in each); rooms are comparable
- The Cottages are located at 17 Ocean Ave. in Siasconset, about a 15-minute drive from downtown
- Children eight and under are not permitted in the Pineapple Inn or India Street Inn (and are only allowed in suites at Fair Street Inn)
- WiFi is free but works best in the main common areas
Nantucket, a tiny island about 30 miles out in the Atlantic, has many charms, but we like to pare them down to three biggies: the tony island vibe, the authentic local flavor and the charming historical qualities (it’s the only town in America with more than 800 pre–Civil War buildings). A five-minute walk from the main drag, the Summer House is actually comprised of multiple authentic Nantucket inns, two on Fair Street, another on India Street, and one also nearby called the Pineapple Inn. Just a seven-minute walk apart, the buildings share a common check-in and staff, and all amenities, and they both have lovingly restored interiors and exteriors.
Bed and Bath
As is common in historic buildings, the guestrooms are on the small side (India Street Rooms are a teeny 145 square feet), and some are showing the scuffs and scrapes of the busy summer seasons, but all are tastefully decorated with reproduction antique furniture. The hand-painted walls add to the rooms’ cheerful, girlish ambience, and crisp white linens and colonial-style nonworking fireplaces complete the cottage-chic feel. Petite bathrooms are done up in a hodgepodge of styles (over-tub showers with floral curtains, sinks in bedrooms, pitched ceilings), but you’ll find all the requisite comforts and amenities.
You’ll definitely want to explore Nantucket’s history, shopping and foodie scenes, so start the day with the inn’s free breakfast to fuel up. Served in each building, the selection may include fresh fruit, home-baked muffins, granola and local coffee from Nantucket Roasters. At the end of the day head to the charming English garden at the Fair Street location to read the rest of your free local paper or simply admire the three levels of hedges, flowers and herb gardens.
In the Area
Clock up some classic Nantucket experiences on a boat ride to Topper’s restaurant on the Wauwinet Lady, or take a tour of the island’s whaling museum, where you can admire the harbor from a rooftop observation deck. For an idyllic beach day, hop on the Wave bus to Madaket, and don’t miss dinner at the Galley Beach restaurant or a drink at Cisco Brewers, makers of 888 Vodka and Whale’s Tail Beer. The flat, three-mile-wide island is also ideal for cycling — it’s crisscrossed with paved trails. Nantucket Bike Shop offers rentals ranging from one hour to several days.
How to Get There
Unfortunately I had to cancel my booking on account of a family medical drama. I tried calling the property SIX times. Each time I was told "the innkeeper" would process the cancellation request and call me back. Neither happened. I also emailed three times - no response to these either. Terribly disappointing that even this most basic of customer service requests could not be honored, leave alone that I had to kiss all my money goodbye. Good luck to all the people who actually stay there.
Only thing about this place that rates anything is location. Tiny room big price. Crack in door large enough for creepy crawly things to come in. Bathtub a dingy gray. Witness to screaming match between owner and manager. Though staff were polite we never got towels changed or any housekeeping for the 3 nights we were there.T.V. finally worked after 2 days though frankly we stayed in room as little as possible during our stay.
Located within a block of Main Street downtown Nantucket, walking distance to ferries, and a shuttle to the included pool/beach club, Helpful courteous staff, our space had a large sitting room, large bedroom, large bathroom, outside porch, we had our own floor. The antique furniture added to the ambiance. Breakfast included. Gardens were relaxing. Chairs, umbrellas, towels and assistance provided on the ocean beach. Price was very economical compared to other places.