The Nantucket Hotel & Resort History

Our grand Nantucket Hotel has over 100 years of intriguing history behind it that we’d love to share with you.

Late in 1890, work began on “The Nantucket Hotel & Resort,” then called the “Point Breeze,” a new hotel close to the Nantucket Sound beaches. Among the islanders who watched the building rise from its foundation that fall were men and women who remembered the great Nantucket whaling industry days.

Just 50 years previously, Nantucket whaleboats had set out across the oceans returning, oftentimes after years at sea, laden with oil that helped light a pre-industrial world. However, by the mid-1800s, a cheaper, more abundant way of powering America’s homes and factories was discovered and Nantucket found that half its population had fled and, for the first time, that its warehouses and wharves had fallen silent.

However, Nantucket possessed a spirit and beauty unlike any other and it wasn’t long before summer visitors began disembarking from the steamers that now linked the Island to New England’s coastal towns. They came every year to admire her mansion-lined streets, historical sites, and pristine beaches. After decades of decline, Nantucket had discovered a new kind of business…tourism.

The Nantucket Hotel & Resort (The Nantucket) opened its doors in the summer of 1891 and, today, still embodies the spirit of that age. Early advertisements boasted of the hotel’s running water, gaslights, billiard halls, croquet lawns, sea views, and orchestra. Guests danced across the Hotel ballroom’s polished, wooden floors or reclined in rocking chairs on the verandah. The more adventurous guests even allowed themselves, in the words of a newspaper from that period, “the invigorating and delightful indulgence of sea bathing.”

Today, visitors are still drawn to Nantucket. They come to experience the Island’s charming streets, and to take in her seascapes and shifting Atlantic Ocean light. And, The Nantucket still stands…the last of the grand, old Nantucket hotels from the Island’s age of elegance.

In the summer of 2012, The Nantucket, re-opened its doors after the most extensive refurbishment in its history. The Hotel retains the authentic feel of its historic exterior – while inside – it embodies a completely new, casual-style atmosphere and 21st-century, family-friendly comforts. The Hotel’s new name pays tribute to the Point Breeze’s predecessor and neighbor, “The Nantucket,” which was the first grand hotel built on Nantucket in 1885.

With its two outdoor heated swimming pools, The Nantucket Club, Breeze restaurant, and Grand Ballroom, The Nantucket offers the all-suites’ accommodations and amenities that guests expect from a world-class hotel that is within close proximity to the beach and heart of Nantucket’s historic, old town. Welcome to “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.

📸: @jackiegreaney // @pjhavel

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

#Nantucket #Nantucketing 📸: @tasteofmassachusetts @trendsandtolstoy
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Happy Memorial Day from the whole team at The Nantucket Hotel! 🇺🇸

📸: @alisonatalya

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Strolling towards summer

📸: @thedrk_knight

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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!

📸: @shorelinesillustrated

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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.

📸: @trendsandtolstoy

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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.

Tap the link in our bio to learn more!

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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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Many a friend at last weekend’s Yappy Hour 📸: @allisoncolejewelry

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While we are missing our annual Daffodil Fest celebrations, we’ve lined up some fun activities at The Nantucket Hotel to help you feel the springtime spirit of the island. Tap the link in our bio to learn how we’re celebrating this year!

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Last call for Easter brunch! Tap the link in our bio to learn about our dine-in and takeout options!

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Our first yappy hour was fun for all!

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Last chance to book a magical weekend (3/26 - 3/28) of rest and wellness with yoga instructor, Patricia Dolloff.

Enjoy daily, socially-distanced morning and evening meditation and yoga in our large and airy ballroom.

In the morning join Pat for a guided walk in nature, treat yourself to an hour of total relaxation with a massage, and simply enjoy the signs and smells of spring on the island to bring you inner calm.

Tap the link in our bio to learn more!

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We’re almost back! The Nantucket reopens March 5th for some cozy off-seasoning in the heart of historic and downtown Nantucket. Tap the link in our bio to learn more! 📸: @styleinherited

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Valentines Day is around the corner and maybe you’re still looking for a gift... give the gift of Nantucket this year with a Nantucket Hotel gift card. Tap the link in our bio for details! 📸: @marcsford // @prepfordwife ...

We're closed for the moment to spruce the hotel up for the year ahead of us. We'll be back open in March and ready to host more cozy moments like this PC: @dirtandglass

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Missing celebrating the new year with all of you but can’t wait to see you all in the next year none-the-less! Happy 2021 from all of us at @thenantucket

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