Nantucket, MA - Jim Flynn's BestWeekends

Nantucket, MA

Nantucket, MA Overview

About 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts sits the magical island of Nantucket, unmatched in its beauty and ability to relax even the most ardent Type A personality. Once the whaling capital of the world, Nantucket is 14 miles long and 3.5 miles wide and has a charm like few other places; cobblestone streets and gas lamps, quaint lanes of cedar shingled cottages and homes surrounded by white fences and adorned with window boxes of colorful flowers. Roses and hydrangeas are everywhere and there are miles of pristine beaches to enjoy. Lighthouses and cliffs, ponds and moors, cranberry bogs and fields of wildflowers make the island the perfect romantic hideaway. Visitors and islanders alike are passionate about their island. As a sign says, “God made Martha’s Vineyard, but he lives on Nantucket.”

Nantucket’s year round population of 10,000 swells to 50,000-60,000 at the height of the season and both air and water temperatures average in the mid-70’s in summer. The locals are obsessed with preserving the historical integrity of the island and building and renovation codes are strictly enforced. 40% of the island can never be built upon. There are no fast food outlets, no national chains (except 2 food stores), no neon signs, no garish architecture and no traffic lights.


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Where To Stay

Century House

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OVERVIEW The Century House is the oldest continuously operating inn on the island, yet its condition is so pristine you would think it was just built. Gorgeous wall coverings, freshly painted trim, original plank flooring buffed to a brilliant shine and a wonderful collection of antique furniture all contribute to an overwhelming feeling of comfort...…

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Cliffside Beach Club

OVERVIEW Begun as a private beach, The Cliffside Beach Club became a private club in 1949 where the same members returned year after year to get the same locker, the same umbrella and the same spot on the beach. The Currie Family bought the Club in 1959 and in the 80’s and 90’s added hotel...…

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Nantucket Hotel

OVERVIEW A few years back, the Snider family purchased the old Point Breeze Hotel (circa 1891), poured a ton of money into a complete renovation and the result is the wonderful, family friendly Nantucket Hotel + Resort. Properties are run better when the owners are also the operators and The Nantucket proves the rule. THE...…

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Where To Eat

Company of the Cauldron

I couldn't write a better description of Company of the Cauldron than Malcom A. Willson of Cape Cod Times. "This little Nantucket restaurant has charm written all over it -- from its dark red, ivy-framed, single-story front, pierced by small-paned windows, to its darkly handsome, romantic-as-a-novel interior. The inside's post-and-beam and rough plaster construction seems…

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Galley Beach

Galley Beach is our final night tradition during our stay on the island. It is the best combination of food, ambiance and service on the island. What makes it particularly fun is that everyone seems to know everyone, or you do by the time dinner is over. One night Stiller and Meara sat at one…

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Le Languedoc Bistro

We never miss Le Languedoc Bistro when we are on the island. Eating at the downstairs bar is like coming home to friends. Give me steak frites and a good bottle of red and my trip is complete. There are a number of dining choices here; outside on the terrace, downstairs in the intimate cafe…

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May 2020: Little Nell

This months featured property is… charming and sweet. THE ROOMS In 2017, Champalimaud Design refreshed all 86 rooms and suites and all guest floor corridors. The approach was to reinvigorate the spaces to be fresh, light and welcoming, utilizing palettes of blue, tan and grey to complement the relaxed nature of Aspen. Key features include… read more.

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