Salt House Nantucket
Modern Americana, $$$
If a group getaway to Nantucket sounds like a fun idea .... unless you have to do all the planning ... consider pointing friends toward Salt House Nantucket. The new boutique hotel, run by the very capable Salt Hotels hospitality company, has covered all the bases by keeping things simple: The building (a lovely 17th-century replica) has a variety of freshly designed rooms, a nice green lawn to play games on, a roaring fire pit, and a few quiet corners to enjoy a good book and a well-made cocktail. It’s set in one of Nantucket’s most desirable areas, just a short walk from the town’s main drag, the port, and the beach, but it's quiet, with a residential feel. The rooms accommodate kids and pets as well as people who care about nice design (these things do not have to be mutually exclusive). The atmosphere is friendly, relaxed, and convivial — isn't that all that we're really looking for when we vacation with friends?
At a Glance
The Vibe: Don't-think-just-book-it beach house harmony.
Standout Detail: Relaxed (!) but thoughtful design.
This Place Is Perfect For: The easy multi-family trip (with pets!) you've been wanting to plan all year.
Rooms: Eighteen rooms include a mix of Standard and Deluxe and Superior rooms, as well as a one-bedroom suite, ADA-accessible studio, a two-bedroom apartment, and spacious and accessible Brant Suite — with a living area and kitchenette, a second bedroom with twin beds, and a terrace with an outdoor shower. (It can be combined to make a three-bedroom suite.)
Food + Drink: Complimentary breakfast and evening libations are available at the house.
On Site: Bikes and beach gear: boogie boards, coolers, towels, umbrellas.
What to Do Nearby
Exploring the island by bicycle is a must. Start with the Brant Point Lighthouse, the second-ever built on American soil. Connect with the sea or jump into it and then wind your way around to visit various shops, markets, and mansions (just a peek). Start with this year-round guide to Nantucket and check out the entire Fathom guide to Nantucket.