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!”

The Nantucket on Instagram

It’s a great day to have a great day. Happy 4th from all of us at The Nantucket Hotel 🇺🇸 📸: @howieguja
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Sights and scenes like this surround you on the pleasant stroll into town from our front door 📸: @pjhavel
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Did you know that the cottages at The Nantucket Hotel are dog-friendly? 👋 to @hunt.the.whoodle who was with us recently!
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In-room breakfast never looked so good 📸: @jackiegreaney // @pjhavel
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We’re having so much fun sorting through your #MyVintageSummer submissions and we’re excited to announce the second winner!Congrats to @daniellemalfitanaduane whose photo is filled with the splashy summer-y energy we’re channeling this summer. We turned her vintage summer photo into this poster to use in our Season 2020 advertising campaign and she will be receiving a voucher for two-night stay with us or our sister resort on Martha’s Vineyard, @winnetu.mv. We’re picking two more winners this summer so keep those submissions coming! Share it with us using the #MyVintageSummer hashtag or tap the link in our bio to learn how to submit if your Instagram account is set to private.
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Summer looks good on the neighborhood. What’s your favorite evening stroll in Brant Point?
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Summer rituals are already in motion at The Nantucket. A late afternoon dip at Jetties? Book by the pool? Walk to Brant Point? Cocktail on the porch? What’s your favorite summer ritual on Nantucket? 📸: @laurenswells
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Who’s excited to roll right into a timeless summer? Tap the link in our bio to learn about all the fun new experiences we’re offering this summer! 📸: @prepfordwife // @marcsford
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Love this time of the year and LOVE being able to welcome our guests back. Thinking about joining us this year and wondering what summer at the hotel or on the island is looking like this year? Head on over to the link in our bio to learn about how we’re making this summer special 📸: @merhanson
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We’re back open to the public starting tomorrow and ready for a #TimelessSummer on Nantucket. Head on over to the link in our bio to learn about the new experiences, amenities, and activities we’re offering this season.
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We’re also excited to announce the first winner of our #MyVintageSummer campaign! Congrats to @amoskovitz on her winning vintage photo submission. We loved this shot on the beach from her childhood - it reminds us of everything we love about summer!
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Feeling grateful today 📸: @mistrichins
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This week we spoke with Jasper Young, third generation Nantucketer at the family business. With their iconic spinning sign, @youngsbikeshop is a familiar sight to anyone who’s ever disembarked at Nantucket’s Steamship Authority Wharf. Tap our story for a link to our conversation with Jasper!
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It’s always magical here, but when the blooms start arriving there’s a little extra magic 📸: @zofiaphoto
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This week we spoke with Don Peacock of @tallshiplynx. Tap our Story for a link to read our a Island Spotlight about the history of the ship and Don’s involvement with the Lynx Educational Foundation
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Sunny days and flowers are here to stay | 📸: @nantucketsarah @fishernantucket
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Make Mother’s Day extra special this year with a delicious take-out feast prepared and packaged by Chef Al and his team at Breeze. Get your order in by this Thursday (May 7th) and we’ll get prepping for you! Link in bio for details.
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Daffodils on our mind today.. 📸: @ackchamber #ACKDaffy
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Our friends over at @ackhistory putting it in context 📸: @jessicajenkinsphotography .
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This week, we spoke with Jack Fritsch , proprietor of @nantucketantiques and antiquarian extraordinaire. Check out the link in our bio to read about his favorite artifacts over the years, and how a career in Evolutionary Biology first brought him to Nantucket .
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Friday is for #DogsOfQuarantine and @easton.the.nantucket.pup is ours! Share a picture of your quarantined pup with us! .
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