About Us

Resort History

A Nantucket Icon for over 120 Years

Point Breeze

Opened as the Point Breeze for the summer 1891 season, the hotel consisted of forty “sleeping apartments” equipped with fine furnishings and connected to electric bells in the hotel’s office. Early advertisements boast running water on each floor, two dining rooms, billiards, water views, and that the hotel is “first-class in every particular”. 

Evening Dances and Shaded Piazzas

By all accounts, the Point Breeze was an elegant center of activity and summertime respite. Welcoming porches invited guests to linger after a game of tennis on the hotel’s lawns, and evening dances were held in the hotel ballroom after dinner. While the croquet lawns are gone, The Nantucket Hotel has held onto some of the Point Breeze’s cherished traditions, including live music in the evenings and old fashioned New England Clambakes on Mondays in the summer. 

Brant Point Sea Breezes

In the days before air-conditioning, fresh sea breezes were among the most desirable features of the grand 19th century resort hotels. Situated on Brant Point, the hotel benefited (and still does!) from cool breezes off the Nantucket sound to the north and Nantucket Harbor to the west. 

Formerly the site of shipbuilding activity, Brant Point quickly developed into an attractive summer community after the decline of Nantucket’s whaling economy in the middle of the 1800’s.

The hotel’s popularity allowed expansion in early 1900, when the hotel took the shape that we know today by adding a east wing to the 1891 building. 

Changing Times

“The stock market crash of 1929…was not kind to Nantucket and its grand hotels” says David Worth, grandson of the Point Breeze’s owner in the 1920’s. Four years earlier The Point Breeze suffered a fire which razed the west wing and its iconic tower. The days of the grand hotels was coming to an end for the moment. 

New Owners

In the mid-1930’s, Gordon Folger Jr. (grandson of the Point Breeze’s original proprietor) purchased the hotel, renaming it after himself and opening The Whale, a restaurant whose dining room and terrace are the precursor’s to today’s Breeze Bar and Cafe. The Gordon Folger Hotel was purchase in the 1990’s by the Gonella family, who restored the hotel’s original name and turned the hotel’s iconic porch into a popular spot for live music and cocktails. 

Rebirth of an Iconic Hotel

Since restoring the Point Breeze Hotel in 2012 and renaming it the Nantucket Hotel and Resort, our commitment has been to create a home away from home for our guests and a year-round hotel that is an essential fabric to the island community.  We are the only full-service hotel open on the Island year-round. It is gratifying to see how supportive our loyal guests and the community have been.  During the season our guests are here to play, relax and unwind- all are treated like family.  When the power goes out during a winter storm, we are here, with our generator to keep everyone warm; our restaurant Breeze has grown to be an exciting destination not only for dining but for all major holiday events- Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, the holidays and New Years! Our Nantucket Club is busy all year long with Hotel guests, seasonal members and locals enjoying the opportunity to work out, socialize and then to enjoy a drink or dinner afterward in Breeze. The Club has grown extensively with summer membership opportunities from weekly to seasonal use, including our swimming pools, children’s program, and gym. The hotel is an exciting place to be all year long, regardless of the weather or the season continuing in the same tradition as the old Point Breeze when it was first built in 1891.  

The Nantucket on Instagram

Clambake season is upon us and @breezenantucket’s Old Fashioned Clambakes are happening each Monday this summer. Call ahead to reserve your seat! Link in bio for details.

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Have you tried @breezenantucket this summer? Chef Adam Votaw’s menu of small plates, shareables, and coastal creations is turning heads and bringing tables together.

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Old fashion hospitality never goes out of style.

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Summer’s here. Dive right in.

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Looking forward to a good old fashioned 4th of July, Nantucket-style 🇺🇸🇺🇸

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We were honored that our bus was involved in Hafsa Lewis’ installation for @fairwindsnantucket’s Blooming Bids for Nantucket's Kids last week. Our wonderful old bus was looking gorgeous for a good cause. Follow our friends at @fairwindsnantucket for more.

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Breezing into the weekend with Lobster Tacos at @breezenantucket

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Beep! beep! Next stop, Summer!

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Happy Father’s Day to all the fun, inspiring, wise, and loving dads out there, from all of us at The Nantucket

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Monday night clambake are back starting June 28th! Each Monday this summer, @breezenantucket will be serving up our signature Clambakes with good food, good company, and live music. Space fills up fast, so be sure to make a reservation! Tap the link in our bio to learn more.

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Neither shaken, nor stirred. The Lobster Martini by Chef Adam. Follow @breezenantucket for more savory updates from Adam’s kitchen.

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Happy Memorial Day from the whole team at The Nantucket Hotel! 🇺🇸

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Strolling towards summer

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A familiar face to any guest or friend of the hotel, our versatile General Manager Jamie Holmes. Give Jamie a wave in the comment section if you met him during a stay with us!

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Looking forward to the blooming colors still to come this season 📸: @jackiegreaney

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday- how are you celebrating the mom in your life? Breeze’s Mother’s Day celebration is still accepting reservations! Tap the link in our bio to learn more 📸: @ingridbrown_

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Our new director of cuisine, Adam Votaw, is passionate about shareables, small plates, and dishes that bring the table together. Experience it for yourself- tap the link in our bio to make a reservation.

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Experience spring migration on Nantucket!

Spring migration brings a rich variety of seabirds, shorebirds, and waterfowl to the island each year, drawing amateur and professional ornithologists alike to catch a glimpse of the activity along the Atlantic Flyway in the island’s unique ecosystem. American Oystercatchers, Piping Plovers, and Northern Gannets, are staples of Nantucket’s birding season each spring.

This season we’ve partnered with the Linda Loring Nature Foundation to create a one-of-a-kind week of birding, socializing, presentation, and discussion to bring Spring migration on the island to life for enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels, including complimentary daily excursions during the week.

Led by LLNF Naturalist Seth Engelbourg, an expert on the island’s flora, fauna, and avian ecology, this program takes guests and locals alike into some of the island’s most exclusive birding sites for a closer look at the island’s annual migratory guests. Complete with a full weekend program of presentations and discussion, this program is designed to accommodate all levels of interest and experience.

Join us for a night or two between May 10th and 14th and enjoy complimentary birding each morning, or join us or for the full weekend program from May 14th - 16th.

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Mother’s Day is around the corner! Tap the link in our bio to learn about making a trip to the island or a reservation for our Mother’s Day brunch!

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