Nantucket, United States

Veranda House Collection

Rates from (inc tax)$139.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Classic coastal cool


Preppy port

Choose from two charming boutique stays on Nantucket Island: survey tidy the harbor from Veranda House hotel, an 1684 landmark island perch with three tiers of porches iced with white gingerbread-trim. Or check-in to Chapman House hotel (just around the corner), which redefines coastal cool, with a mod makeover of a historic 1830 home – daring texture and pattern mash-ups, Jonathan Adler needlepoint pillows and custom-upholstered furniture. Both have premier views and a prime location just two cobblestone blocks from the sophisticated shops, galleries and world-class restaurants of this nautical town.

Smith Extra

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A glass of sparkling wine each on arrival


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Need to know


In Veranda House, 18, including one suite; in Chapman House, 11.


11 am. Check-in 3 pm. Guests arriving early may store luggage and relax until their room is ready.


Double rooms from $139.00, excluding tax at 11.7 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD155.26), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a Continental à la carte breakfast at Veranda House, a buffet at Chapman House. During summer, a three-night minimum stay is required on weekends, two nights during the week.


Act the sea-faring part while on the island. Have the concierge arrange whale watching, sea kayaking and charter fishing excursions, plus sailing lessons or any number of aquatic adventures.

Hotel closed

Late-October to mid-May

At the hotel

Private terraced gardens and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV and DVD player, iPod dock, beach towels and totes, back-pack beach chairs and umbrellas, Frette kimono robes, Lather bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Watch ships come and go from the private porch lookout of Veranda House's Suite 9, a spacious second-floor king room. It’s airy and open with breezy white curtains and sand-hued floors reminiscent of the unspoilt beaches. French doors separate the bedroom from the living space, which has a crisp white sleeper sofa (sleeps two children) and writing desk should you wish to channel your inner Melville. Room 22 on the third floor is a queen room with pops of red that bounce off the elegant black and white motif. On the third floor of Chapman House, Room 38 has a bird’s-eye view of the cobbled village below. Curl up on the ikat love seat with a sea-faring thriller, or pen your own at the Lucite writing desk. Room 34 is more affordable, a tranquil turquoise and white room on the second floor. Overall, rooms are compact, but space is maximised wisely, and the entire house is wired for the 21st-century traveller.

Packing tips

Leave your beach gear at home. The hotel will outfit you with towels, roomy totes and handy backpack-style beach chairs for sand and surf excursions. Windswept-adventure seekers should leave the car in Hyannis and book passage for your bikes instead. The island is known for its scenic cycling loops.


In Veranda House, Room 4 is wheelchair accessible. Chapman House complex is completely non-smoking.


Over-10s only. Extra guest charge is £23 ($35) a night per guest and extra beds can be added to Junior Suite 16 and Junior Suite 20 in Veranda House.

Food and Drink

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Dress Code

Pop those polo shirt collars and revive madras shorts or a classic shirtdress, island-wear remains straight from the pages of The Official Preppy Handbook.

Hotel restaurant

None, but a kingly Continental breakfast, either à la carte or buffet-style (fresh-baked breads and croissants, home-made muffins, fruits, cheeses, granola parfaits) is served. Stop in around 4pm for the daily sparkling wine reception and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. When you get peckish later on, take advantage of Nantucket's status as a gourmet-dining destination: restaurants such as Boarding House (1+508 228 9622) on Federal Street, which works with local farmers and fishmongers to create award-winning farm-to-table cuisine, or Dune on Broad Street (+1 508 228 5550), which has an intimately lit dining room and much-coveted patio seats, keep the locals and out-of-towners happy.

Hotel bar

None onsite. Nantucket Island has a slew of bars to suit all tastes, whether you want a briny, historic watering hole, or a sleek contemporary hotspot by the coast. 

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 8am and 10am.


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Nantucket Memorial Airport is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Jet Blue, Delta Airlines and American Airlines all offer direct or connecting flights from major US cities.


Those traveling with a car to the island need to book passage from Hyannis, Massachusetts on the Steamship Authority ferry. There are several reliable taxi companies (including All Point Taxi: +1 508 228 5779) and car rental agencies on the island.

Worth getting out of bed for

Maritime enthusiasts of all stripes will find something of interest – from nautical museums to Nantucket arts and crafts, fine seafood restaurants and boutiques to help you look the island part – along the winding cobblestone lanes of this picturesque 17th-century port town. Familiarise yourself with this small but influential island, once the whaling capital of the world, with a stop at the Whaling Museum, housed in a former candle factory, or take an educational amble to significant spots such as lighthouses and notable homes on a Nantucket Historical Association guided tour. Three miles outside of town you can dive deeper still into watery tales at the Nantucket Shipwreck and Life-Saving Museum.

Briefed on local heritage, it’s time to explore the 80 miles of pristine beaches, iconic lighthouses and well-preserved natural areas. Rent a kicky bike cruiser and pedal Nantucket’s sea-grass-fringed bike paths, or zip out to your sandy spot via scooter. Stop off for a cold Sankaty Light or Grey Lady micro-brew at the ever-expanding libations empire of Cisco Brewers (+1 508 325 5929) on-island beer brewers, wine makes and liquor distillers. If the sea calls, kayak through wildlife-rich salt marshes or set out on your own whale-watching quest.

Local restaurants

True to its name, American Seasons on Centre Street (+1 508 228 7111) serves seasonal, regional dishes – day-boat cod and local Bartlett’s Farm beet terrine – with a boutique, all-American wine list in a romantic, candlelit room. The Proprietors Bar & Table (+1 508 228 7477) uses local ingredients in its internationally-inspired shareable plates. It's open for seafood- and vegetable-centric dinners five nights a week (not Sunday or Wednesday) and Sunday brunches; try the short rib Philly cheesesteak omelette and don't miss the mojito fried dough. Tucked upstairs in a traditional cedar-shingled home is Òran Mór (+1 508 228 8655) on Beach Street, an intimate bistro known for an innovative menu of catch-of-the-day, naturally raised meats and fresh and local produce. Latin-inspired dishes such as beer-battered cod in Baja-style tacos, native fluke crudo and sea-scallop ceviche pair nicely with the extensive tequila menu at Corazón del Mar on South Water Street (+1 508 228 0815).

Local bars

On island time, happy hour translates to briny-oyster-slurping, bubbly-sipping o’clock: slip into a booth at Cru Oyster Bar (+1 508 228 9278), a superb waterfront raw bar and restaurant reminiscent of the sleek cabin of a Chris-Craft yacht. Toast the scarlet sunset on the island’s west end with a locally-brewed beer from the second-floor deck at Millie’s on Madaket Beach (+1 508 228 8435). Just a 15-minute drive from town is the Summer House on Ocean Avenue (+1 508 257 9976), a piano bar for classic cocktails. It’s replete with old-school Nantucket style – white wicker chairs, gorgeous dark-hardwood floors, men in Nantucket Red chinos and Gucci loafer (sans socks, of course) and women in bright Lily Pulitzer frocks. Back in town, martinis and specialty cocktails like the Piscine, a mix of prosecco, ice and fresh berries, along with spectacular water views are found at the Galley Beach Lounge on Jefferson Avenue (1+508.228.9641). As the evening progresses, the cosmopolitan crowd swells and moves like the tide towards the sofas set out in the sand.


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Anonymous review

'Is this place for real?' asked a saucer-eyed Ms Smith, my co-editor and the Thelma to my Louise on a whirlwind New England road trip. 'Yes and no,' I replied as we clacked our way over Nantucket’s cobbled streets lined with white clapboard and cedar-shake shingled homes branded with captain-so-and-so historical markers.

Sure, this place actually exists, but the very nature of off-shore escapes – accessible only via boat or puddle-jumper plane, dodgy WiFi, an abundance of ice cream stalls– give the sense that you’re pleasantly floating in a suspended reality. As traditional summer colonies go, this pristinely preserved maritime village sets the fantasy island stage better than most.

Willing to play our part, we chugged over on the ferry from Hyannis for a two-night stay at the Veranda House hotel. Built in 1864, this private home-turned-inn has a history of offering shelter to the community’s founding members and vacationing guests alike. Set on one of the highest points in town, this stately manse and its namesake wraparound terraces dominate the harbor views from sea. Dramatic setting? Check.

Climbing the stairs (three flights – good for the glutes) we found our way to Suite 20, a corner aerie overlooking the neighboring rooflines. Simple, yet contemporary in style, there were two beds thick with tufts of white linen and a charming writing nook nestled behind a partial wall. The updated ensuite – gleaming fixtures, shiny new tiling, a rainfall shower – was a pleasant surprise in this former boarding house.

Sweet as our new perch might be, we had an ambitious list of things to see-eat-do. What this whale tale-shaped island may lack in size (it’s 3.5 by 14 miles) it more than makes up in diversions.

At the height of the season, when the population swells from 10,000 to more than 50,000 people, you’ll witness crowds of just-in-from-a-sail types costumed in Bermuda shorts embroidered with tiny lobsters or dresses blooming in Lily Pulitzer florals. Cyclists pedal in packs to the surrounding stretches of sandy beachfront, and those who keep this place humming – innkeepers, shop owners, chefs and bartenders – are in overdrive.

Summer is spectacular and loaded with activity, however, Ms Smith and I had arrived in the quiet season, permitting us access to a behind-the-scenes look at the show and its crew. Such as Elise Gura, the owner of Space boutique, a shop on Old South Warf stocked with alluring designer and handmade finds.

Elise took the time to walk us through her well-curated treasure trove and even scribbled off a list of her favorite spots. Despite having visited several times, this would prove to be my most insider excursion.

On Elise’s orders we marched directly over to the Straight Warf to take a peek inside Isobel & Cleo, a just-opened knitwear shop of sumptuous sweaters, capelets and teensy-weensy bikinis made on-island. There we gabbed away the better part of the day with Charlotte Hess, the engaging co-owner and woman behind the loom.

So this is how it went everywhere we ventured. No one appeared rushed, there was ample time for conversation and little wait for everything from sandwiches (don’t miss Provisions) to bike rentals (Young’s Bicycle Shop).

Calling a cab (bike rentals and taxis make it a breeze to navigate sans car) we made the obligatory visit to Cisco Brewery, a happening brewery, winery and distillery on a stretch of rolling farmland. We slid right up to the bar where Dwayne, a friendly barkeep, was pulling us samples of new brews, and we even created a signature half-and-half hops concoction.

We waltzed right into Corazón del Mar one evening, a popular Latin restaurant with an expansive tequila and ceviche menu. The following night we were shown directly to our table at Proprietors Bar and Table, a small plates concept with cozy farmhouse kitchen decor, from the couple behind the fine dining institution American Seasons.

Crowds or not, I’m sure that the staff at Veranda House would have been just as attentive and charming in the high season as they were during our stay. Inns are not permitted to serve a full breakfast, but the chef offered creative options – a savory potato hash, fruit-filled crepe – presented in the sleek little breakfast room or out on the sun-warmed porch.

Lounging in the lobby in front of the fireplace is a relaxing spot if you must catch up on email during your holiday. The hushed lawn area trimmed with high hedgerows and set with white Adirondack chairs makes an ideal book-reading sanctuary.

Renting bikes on our final (sniffle, sniff) morning, we pedaled out to Siasconset on the island’s eastern end and passed only a handful of other cyclists. We coasted through this long-ago whaling outpost, now an enchanting clutch of weathered cottages and rambling mansions set high on a bluff, and happened upon a movie being filmed.

Our host had mentioned that the crew of a thriller titled The Grey Lady, a nickname for this atoll often shrouded in dense frog, had been bunking at the inn during the weeks of shooting. We paused to watch as grips worked against the bright blue sky to create smoke and hazy fog, but it appeared to be a losing battle against such a perfect day. Is this place for real? The answer still stands: yes and no.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Veranda House Collection’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Carl was amazing - great advice and top tips on where to go and what to do. Great location, incredibly close to the town centre, but incredibly quiet. Lovely garden, turn down service and we loved 'bubbles time' (4 until 6pm every day)!!!!!

Don’t expect

In-room facilities, such as tea and coffee (but that is not usual in other hotels we have visited in the US).


Stayed on 31 Jul 2015

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