White Elephant Hotel, Nantucket

 

With the recent heat wave, and the persistant Miami humidity, I’m dreaming of a coastal escape a bit further north. Nantucket’s White Elephant Hotel, the epitome of “beach chic”, is what keeps coming to mind. I was lucky enough to be introduced to the White Elephant a few years back on a girls’ getaway weekend. This historic inn is the largest resort in Nantucket and includes 54 guest rooms & suites within the main hotel and 11 garden cottages, all with elegant, nautical styling. We all decided it would be more fun to stay together, so we reserved the 3 Bedroom Garden Cottage. It was perfection. The cottages, separate from the main building, make you feel as if you have rented a private vacation home while still having the luxury accommodations of a resort, steps away. Each room seemed airy and fresh with ivory and white

White Elephant Hotel, Nantucket

Garden Cottage

decor, accented with touches of blue. We definitely knew we were on the coast without even venturing onto the cottage balcony. The grounds surrounding each cottage and the hotel are gorgeous and look as if they were manicured 5 minutes before you arrive.  Their restaurant, Brant Point Grill (a.k.a. BPG and highly rated by Zagat), serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch (evidently the best on the island) on the terrace where the view is never without sailboats gliding across the harbor. With all of this and a staff that couldn’t be friendlier, you can easily spend your entire stay at the stunning resort; but, minutes away are quaint cobblestone streets full of unique boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants offering THE best clam chowder and all of the charm you’ve always associated with Nantucket.

I have dear memories here of the ladies in my family in plush robes relaxing in our cottage living room, sipping champagne, and planning the next special event for all of us…my wedding (I had gotten engaged a few weeks before). It is guaranteed that you too will get an “Unforgettably Nantucket” experience, as their website says, when staying at the White Elephant Hotel.

The White Elephant Hotel was ranked #1 Resort in Massachusetts on Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Hotels in 2011, appeared in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List in 2009, 2008, 2006, and 2005, and was awarded the AAA Four Diamond Award in 2010.

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