Luxury oceanfront refuge
What it is
A classic Nantucket shingled mansion and collection of cottages with private beaches on both the Atlantic Ocean and on Nantucket Bay.
What it isn't
The hotel is adults-only, so it’s not a family retreat.
What we think
The Wauwinet, named for the chief of the Native American tribe that inhabited the eastern section of Nantucket, has a long island history. It welcomed its first guests in 1875 and has hosted dinner parties, dances and clam bakes throughout the decades. Each of the 32 rooms are individually designed with floral bed skirts and upholstered chairs; for more privacy, you can opt to stay in one of the property’s three cottages or the three-bedroom Anchorage House (built in 2015), all of which still have access to hotel amenities like tennis rackets, paddle boards and a DVD library where you can also pick up popcorn. While it’s 15 minutes away from the manicured village of ‘Sconset, guests can hail the Wauwinet Woody, an antique car, for rides into town. Summer residents from all over Nantucket come to dine at Topper’s, the hotel’s in-house restaurant, home to the largest wine collection on the island. The menu changes seasonally, though you can always count on Retsyo Oysters, sourced 300 yards off property. Only hotel guests, though, can join the oystermen on their hunt.
You're here because
You’re looking for a secluded and romantic couple’s retreat with warm, New England design.
Overlooking the canvas-sand beach and Nantucket Bay from a wicker lounge chair on the freshly cut lawn. In your right hand, a glass of champagne; in your left, an oyster on the half shell with a dash of lemon.
Restaurants & Bars
TOPPPER'S Restaurant & Bar - Offers a la carte and prix fixe menus showcasing seasonally inspired cuisine
The inn caters to guests 12 and over. TOPPER'S allows children to enjoy the dining experience.
On the island’s northeastern coastline, bordering the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge. The property has private beaches on both the Nantucket Bay and Atlantic Ocean sides.