02554 Travel Guide
Other hotels call themselves pet-friendly or talk about VIPooches. On Nantucket, it seems, they speak a little more baldly. Enter the Woof Cottages at The Cottages and Lofts at the Boat Basin: 12 dog (and cat)-friendly cottages on the waterfront, presided over by two resident innkeepers: Killington and Ellie.
Killington, pictured above, loves leaping on a golf cart to greet guests even more than he loves napping. Ellie (the Westie here), meanwhile, concerns herself with the doggie welcome amenities: tennis balls, raw hide bones and on-the-go water bottles being her top picks.
It's not too soon to kick off our Summer Cocktails series, is it? Good! All summer long we'll profile fun new summer drinks served at hotels around the world. Got one we should know about? Send us the recipe with a photo of the drink. Otherwise, enjoy and @reply us when you're wasted!
We'll admit it, we have already had the pleasure of enjoying a liquid lunch at Nantucket's Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant Hotel. Only this was a few years ago before they added this beauty to the menu, so we had to eat our seafood and booze separately. (The local beers from Cisco Brewers are worth checking out, by the way.)
Now, we like lobster, and we love a Bloody Mary. So how can we not want to try the genius pairing of the two in the Brant Point Grill's Lobster Bloody?
The thing about staying at an inn is sooner or later you are going to bump into the innkeeper. Whether you are a social butterfly or an introvert, when you stay at a small bed and breakfast, or an inn, you need to be prepared for your "innkeeper interaction". Which is why we figured it would be a good idea for you to get to know who runs your inn of choice before you decide to check-in. Meet The Innkeeper is our new video feature where the innkeepers get to speak directly to you, oh so intimidating potential guest, and tell you what their particular inn has to offer.
More on this Nantucket guest house, including a video room tour, later this week--thanks so much to Randi for taking the time to do this.
In a conversation with an FOHC, (Friend of HotelChatter), we listened to them gripe about their search for a Nantucket hotel to visit, just before Memorial Day.
In any case, they settled on the Jared Coffin House. She was able to get a room in Spring price range of $180, but was shocked to see their cancellation policy (shown above.)
Hotel cancellation policies vary from hotel to hotel. Some give you 24 hours, some give you 14 days. We just think the Coffin's policy is a little harsh, especially because they charge you $25 even if you cancel three weeks before your arrival date. Also, if you have to leave early, you have to pay the full amount of days booked. Then again, at least it's not the Ritz-Carlton.
And we're not saying you won't have a good stay here at the Coffin but just make sure you will actually be there when you say you will.
A while back we checked in on the Veranda House in Nantucket which we thought was a refreshing and modern twist on the island's B&B theme. Meaning, it didn't smell or look like Grandma's house.
But the only downside was that the hotel requested guests to sign a "No Food or Drink" policy once they checked-in which was not only odd but like totally oppressive. Just like Grandma's house.
Luckily we have some good news today. A rep from the Veranda House lets us know:
[A]s of April 2006 the hotel has been under new ownership. The no food policy has since been abandoned and the breakfasts have been revamped...bathrooms have been completely redesigned and rooms now have flat panel TV/DVD, wireless Internet and phones with voice mail.
So not only are you allowed to bring back Funions and Mountain Dew to your room, you can watch TV and contribute to your favorite internet forums all from the comfort of your bed. Now, what would Grandma think of that?
· Veranda House: Nantucket Cool [HotelChatter]
Staying in Nantucket is not supposed to offer sleek design, hip clubs, and modern décor. It's something you have to realize before booking and take in the old-world charm and royal airs of New England's snooty island.
The New York Post recently checked out the Wauwinet Relais & Chateaux in Nantucket, an Inn built in 1860 with beachfront property and an upscale restaurant.
The hotel is not a cheap one, starting at $460 and requiring a two night minimum. Two people however, are not required and single status was notably not questioned:
I'd reserved a room for two, but arrived solo. No one questioned where my companion was...While in house, I entertained a variety of guests - bringing one male friend to dinner and another to drinks on the same night. No one raised an eyebrow.
After a rude awakening fire alarm, complimentary coffee was brought to the Post guest's room and the maitre d' apologize for the false alarm and inquired if she would be needing coffee for one or two persons.
Although it wasn't mentioned, we assume at this point the maitre d' was desperately trying to catch a glimpse of the scene behind the cracked hotel room. This whole charade of entertaining in rooms, looking the other way, but nonchalantly inquiring about the number of guests in a room, leaves us dizzy with curiosity. The floral duvets and Chinaware teacups don't fool us, the behavior of upper-class New England plays out like the rest of the world...they too, stay in hotels for sex.
Want to go to Nantucket but can't stand leaving your pet at home?
Woof Cottages, part of The Cottages at the Boat Basin have pet-friendly cottages that include:
· Blissful Bed, the ultimate in pet comfort
· Welcome basket of pet treats and play toys
· Food and water bowls, litter box and litter
· Woof Cottages Bandana for dogs or cats
· List of pet-friendly attractions on Nantucket
As for the cottages themselves, they come with one, two or three bedroooms and face the Swain's Wharf and Old South Wharf. Each cottage, despite being a tad old, also comes with "eat-in kitchenettes, full size refrigerators and ovens, polished pine floors, natural fabrics, Thierry Thiebault French bed linens, and stylish furniture."
There's even daily maid service and a concierge, so it still feels like a hotel. Room rates vary depending on the season but there is a $25 non-refundable deposit for Fido.
· Nantucket Harborside Hotel "The Cottages at the Boat Basin" Welcomes Dogs and Cats [Woman Motorist]
· Cottages at the Boat Basin [TripAdvisor]
If you are like us you totally forgot the show existed, but when we showed up at the Century House and spotted a photo of Innkeeper Gerry with the cast of Wings, it all came together.
If you remember the show you will remember it took place on Nantucket, and of course us bringing this up is apropos of absolutely nothing.
The Century House is another Nantucket Inn located on "Inn Row", convenient to town and the beaches, yet far enough away to get a good nights sleep.
The Inn's location, personality, fresh fruit breakfast, and free WiFi, were enough for us, but as you know, these Nantucket B&B's are filled with stories.
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The thing about all these quaint inns in Nantucket is the usual decorative style kinda looks like Grandma's house. Not that decoration is the be all and end all of a hotel stay, however, every once in a while we like to get that up-to-date feel in the morning, ya know? You get that feeling at the Veranda House in Nantucket.
Located on "Inn Row", right next to town, and close enough to the beaches, this 20 room inn offers minimalistic, modern looking decor, without compromising on the traditional inn qualities of three outdoor verandas and a killer view.
Some guests think that the modern decor takes away from the quaintness and friendliness of the place, while one guest liked the rooms, but not the ominous "no food in the room" agreement they made you sign:
The rooms are nicely decorated, the location is excellent, and the staff is friendly. However, this inn does not give a welcoming feeling. I also didn't like the agreement that must be signed (and who's ever heard of a hotel that does not allow ANY food or drink in the rooms!?), and the breakfast was OK - the best thing was the Portuguese toast.
We agree, drop the weird "no food" clause Veranda House.
If you are looking for a modern twist on the B&B theme, and don't mind signing a strange "no food" clauses at check-in, you should definitely give this place a close look. Oh, and if you hear that the Veranda changed the "no food" policy, give us a shout.
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North Water Street is the heart of Inn row out on Nantucket. On this street, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a bed and breakfast.
Ostensibly, most of these B&B's look almost identical. Old houses, gray shingles, expansive porches, Adirondak chairs in the yard, creaky old rooms with quaint, or haphazard decoration inside, depending on you taste.
The Carlisle is one such Inn--close to beaches, close to town, close to the ferry--but many inns boast these same attributes, so how do you choose? Price, service, and comfort level.
ACK vets no doubt have their favorites. One such vet has this to say about the Carlisle:
We tried room #20 this time. It is on the second floor with large four poster bed and fireplace. Great room that makes you feel like you have stepped back in time but with the modern goodies like triple sheets, comfy bed linens tv and a/c. The breakfast porch looks out over the garden where you can eat outside in the warmer months.
Get out to the island and play pin the tail on the Inn for yourselves, it's the only way to develop a favorite.
· Carlisle House Inn Reviews [TripAdvisor]
The Union Street Inn is a clean, well maintained inn just steps away from Main St. Nantucket, but two bits of information definitely make us think twice about staying here.
First, many of the rooms, which are old school (everything on Nantucket is) have doorways that are extremely unfriendly to anyone over 5'10". [Ed. Note: We aren't tall, and we were scared of hitting our heads on the way in...]
Once you get inside the rooms you will be treated to wide pine floors and a spoonful of Nantucket quaint, but if you consider yourself tall, you may want to think twice about the Union Inn.
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Let us teach you how travel in New England works for New Englanders'. We curse "out-of-towners" all summer, patiently waiting until all the summer tourists are gone (they leave on Labor Day) and then we pounce on summer hot spots at fall discount prices.
On that note, if you want to escape the inevitable heartache and rioting that will follow the Red Sox post season run, why not hit the White Elephant on Nantucket for a weekender this fall? Through November the White Elephant hotel reduces their astronomical nightly rates as low as $150.00.
Well over a 50% savings.