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
A peaceful stay at a 200-year-old clapboard home in the historic district, with breakfast included
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.