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Welcome to Our Nantucket, Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast
Enjoy simple pleasures in casual elegance. The Brass Lantern is the perfect place to savor the pleasures of Nantucket, whether you want a serene spring getaway, a wonderful summer vacation, an easy-going stay during our shoulder seasons, or a perfect way to begin your Holiday season in late November and early December. We are open from April through Christmas Stroll, the first weekend of December. Our guests find that each season in New England offers something special and we're sure you'll agree.
Unlike Most Nantucket Hotels We Are Pet and Family Friendly
The Brass Lantern offers family and pet-friendly accommodations. We have seventeen rooms and enough variety to accommodate from two to four guests in our rooms and up to five people in our Family Suite. Our pet policy provides for the comfort for all of our guests, both with and without pets.
An Elegant Nantucket Bed and Breakfast
Enjoy simple pleasures in casual elegance. Our Nantucket bed and breakfast is perfectly located in the Old Historic District, just a short walk from the ferry terminals, the Whaling Museum, and the restaurants and shops of Town.
Nantucket is just over 14 miles from east to west and 3 1/2 miles north to south at the widest point. From June – September, the Wave, Nantucket Island’s shuttle bus provides public transportation around the Island, including beach shuttles from Town. Bikes are available with almost 40 miles of bike paths, so there is little need for a car when you come to the Brass Lantern.
A Welcoming Nantucket Inn
The Brass Lantern offers first-class amenities, fifteen guestrooms with full, queen, or king beds with en-suite bath, and a two-bedroom Family Suite with a sitting room. Continental breakfast is tempting and plentiful with our homemade granola and yogurt, fresh-baked pastries, fresh fruit platter, and all the trimmings. The Brass Lantern is a pet friendly inn, so you can bring your four-legged friends with you.
A Perfect Choice for Nantucket Lodging
Whether for a wonderful summer vacation, a romantic getaway, or an easy-going stay during our shoulder seasons, the Brass Lantern is the perfect choice.
We are open from April through Christmas Stroll, the first weekend of December, so you can choose how and when you want to enjoy Nantucket.
Accommodations at Our Nantucket Bed and Breakfast
The Brass Lantern Inn's 15 rooms with en-suite baths and two-bedroom Family Suite are split between our Main Inn and our Garden Wing. With so many options available, we are an ideal place for families and large groups to stay during their visit to Nantucket. All rooms include our outstanding amenities.
Main Inn Rooms at Our Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast
Built in 1838, the Main Inn at the Brass Lantern offers seven guestrooms with en-suite baths and a two-bedroom Family Suite. All guestrooms offer either full or queen beds and our outstanding amenities. Main Inn rooms feature hardwood or antique pine floors, large bright windows, and are furnished with either canopy or four-poster beds, oriental rugs, antiques, and traditional-style furniture. The two-bedroom Family Suite includes a sky-lighted sitting room and large bath.
A Unique Alternative to Nantucket, MA Hotels
Thanks to information gathered at the Nantucket Historical Association, just down the street from the Brass Lantern, the rooms in the Main Inn are named after whaling ships that left Nantucket during the period that the Inn was built. Choose from Barclay, Mary Mitchell, Harmony, Zenas Coffin, Empire, Elizabeth Starbuck, or the Family Suite - Atlantic and Aurora.
A View of the Brant Point
The Brant Point Room at the top of the Inn has a sweeping view of Nantucket Harbor and the Brant Point. From this room, you can watch the boats and ferries arriving and departing the Island throughout the day.
The Garden Wing of Our Nantucket Island Hotel
Added to the Brass Lantern in the early 1990s, the Garden Wing offers eight large rooms with en-suite baths. The Garden Wing Rooms are spacious, bright and airy – decorated in a contemporary Nantucket style emphasizing blues and yellows, white woodwork with pine furniture, simple white window treatments, and rag rugs. All Garden Wing Rooms offer king- or queen-size beds and our outstanding amenities.
The Garden Wing is attached to the Main Inn for easy access to breakfast, and also has its own entrance off the Garden Patio. Aptly named, all rooms in this wing overlook gardens, either the Brass Lantern’s or a neighbor’s, and are named after flowers that are abundant in Nantucket: Hydrangea, Forsythia, Primrose, Campanula, Jonquil, Sconset Rose, Rosa Rugosa, and Wisteria. All second-floor rooms have vaulted ceilings, high windows, and sky and rooftop views.
Perfect Nantucket Vacation Accommodations for Families
Of the eight rooms, four are queens for double occupancy, two are queens with a twin for up to triple occupancy, and two are very large kings with a twin and trundle, for up to four people.
Amenities at Our Nantucket Luxury Bed and Breakfast
We are proud to be viewed as an enjoyable, casually elegant inn, perfect for vacations and weekend getaways. As such, we do our best to provide our guests with amenities befitting a luxury inn.
All our amenities are complimentary and include:
- Wireless Internet access
- All-day coffee and tea bar available
- Non-smoking atmosphere
- Garden patio
- Afternoon tea including gourmet loose teas and home-baked cookies
- Daily newspapers, current magazines, and books for your reading pleasure
- Beach towels provided
- Fax services
- Postcards and postage
- Crushed-shell, off-street parking lot
Our room amenities are also complimentary and include:
- Luxury linens with four pillows
- Matelasse coverlet with either quilts or duvets,
- uniquely chosen for your room
- Gilchrist & Soames toiletries
- Flat-panel televisions with cable
- Cable TV
- AM-FM Radio
- Air conditioning (in season)
- Spa robes
- Bottled water
- Hair dryers
- Iron and ironing boards
Cuisine at Our Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast Inn
At Brass Lantern, we combine the hospitality of a B&B with the amenities you expect to find at a luxury hotel. One of these amenities is our plentiful and varied Continental breakfast served each morning. We serve Nantucket Roasters coffee, gourmet loose teas, fresh-squeezed orange juice and cranberry juice, a fresh fruit platter, warm-from-the-oven baked muffins, bagels with cream cheese, toasts with butter and jam, and our homemade Brass Lantern Granola with organic yogurt.
Our dining room is "casually elegant” and spacious with plenty of room for you to relax quietly over breakfast or to have easy conversation with other guests, if you choose.
Each afternoon, return to the Brass Lantern to the aroma of fresh-baked cookies ready for our daily tea, and enjoy a freshly brewed pot from our selection of loose teas. Feel free to take your goodies out onto the patio for a relaxing break during the day!
Enjoy Your Nantucket Vacation in All Seasons
There is plenty to do during your stay at the Brass Lantern. Nantucket is home to a wide variety of cultural, educational, environmental and preservation organizations that offer a multitude of activities for adults, children, and families to enhance your Nantucket getaway.
Nantucket Whaling Museum
Part of the Nantucket Historical Association (nha.org), the Nantucket Whaling Museum is housed in the 1846 candle factory building, which has been extensively and recently renovated. The museum houses a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton, memorabilia of Nantucket's seafaring residents, and other historical Nantucket artifacts. The Whaling Museum is a ‘must-see’ for Nantucket visitors, and the roof walk offers magnificent views of Nantucket Island and Nantucket Harbor.
Nantucket Film Festival
Held in June of each year, the Nantucket Film Festival's (www.nantucketfilmfestival.org) mission is "To promote the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting in the world of cinema." The event was founded in 1996 by brother and sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkart, and is now one of the premiere film festival destinations in the world.
- The Maria Mitchell Association, www.mmo.org
- The Nantucket Whaling Museum, www.nha.org
- The Egan Institute for Maritime Studies, www.eganmaritime.org
- The Nantucket Preservation Trust, www.nantucketpreservation.org
- The Nantucket Atheneum, www.nantucketatheneum.org
- Nantucket Community Sailing, www.nantucketsailing.com
- Nantucket Wine Festival, www.nantucketwinefestival.com
- Strong Wings, www.strongwings.org
- Yesterday's Island, www.yesterdaysisland.com
From late March until mid May, Nantucket offers “hosts of golden daffodils…”, long bike rides along our miles and miles of bike paths, and walks along the beach. Waking up from its wintry slumber, the Town is abuzz with activity – cartons of new inventory stacked up outside of shops and flower boxes and window boxes being festooned with new blossoms. Enjoy great value during this shoulder season with a stay at the Brass Lantern.
Our Daffodil Festival in late April offers an antique car parade with over 100 pristine antique cars all decorated in daffodil themes. The parade winds on out to Sconset along the eight mile parade route for tailgate picnics that range from the simple to unbelievably elegant! Daffodils begin to bloom in late March, sometimes peeking up through the snow, and last well into May.
The Nantucket Wine Festival (www.nantucketwinefestival.com) takes place in mid-May with dozens of wine related events – lectures, seminars, cooking demonstrations, auction, wine dinners and culminates in the Grand Tastings, which take place twice on Saturday and twice on Sunday. The Grand Tasting take place at the Nantucket Yacht Club, just one block from the Brass Lantern.
The summer season begins with Memorial Day and the Figawi Race, but early season values are available for midweek stays through the end of June! During the summer, the beaches are a main attraction and Nantucket offers a wide variety from serene and untouched at Dionis and Steps Beaches to the wild and turbulent surf beaches at Madaket or Surfside. Take along a packed picnic to our of our more remote beaches or enjoy a day at our most popular family beach, the Jetties, with full food service (www.thejettiesnantucket.com), lockers, rest rooms and rentals. The NRTA shuttle (www.shuttlenantucket.com) that stops at the corner of our street will whisk you to The Jetties in just a few minutes or rent a bike and find your way to one of our more remote beaches.
Summer also offers two outstanding events, the Pops Concert at Jetties Beach in mid August which draws about 8000 people and the Opera House Cup Sailboat Race is also in August with its rainbow sail parade around Brant Point, easy walking distance from the Brass Lantern.
If you want eco-focused activities, check out the Maria Mitchell Associations summer programs for adults, children and families. If physical challenges are your idea of a good time, see what Strong Wings (www.strongwings.org) has to offer!
Late summer and fall offer other distinct flavors to savor. Since we are an island, the summer warmed ocean keeps our days warm and bright well into October. During the cool season, our temperature is consistently up to 10 degrees warmer than the mainland – a welcome respite as we approach the cold weather! During late summer, after Labor Day, and into the fall, we offer great shoulder season values for stays at the Brass Lantern.
The main events in this season are the Nantucket Arts Festival (www.nantucketartscouncil.org), Nantucket Restaurant Week (www.nantucketrestaurantweek.com), and the Harvest Festival. You can watch a sheep shearing at the Old Mill, see cranberries being harvested and enjoy cranberry treats, or join in and vote for the best chowder on Nantucket at the Harvest Festival Chowder Contest under the tent at the bottom of Main Street.
The theme of great values during this shoulder season continues with Nantucket Restaurant Week. During Restaurant Week, you will enjoy multiple course prix fixe meals at our numerous and popular restaurants. So join the rest of us foodies and take advantage of this opportunity to savor great food at great prices!
Our winter season begins with the traditional Christmas Stroll, which takes place the first weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday. The many natural lighted and decorated trees that line Main, Federal and Centre streets set the tone for this old fashioned holiday celebration. Victorian garbed carolers, costumed bellringers and Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by Coast Guard cutter add to festivities. Nantucket Noel continues through Christmas with great sales and a winding down of the Nantucket season.
Winter on Nantucket can be mild, clear and exquisitely peaceful. It is a wonderful time to come to the Brass Lantern for a real getaway from your workaday world – and great value!
History of the Brass Lantern B&B in Nantucket
The Brass Lantern has offered lodging since the late nineteenth century – but the history of Nantucket is much longer...
The Town of Nantucket
When Nantucket, the ‘faraway isle’, was founded in 1641, it was home to over 3000 Wampanoag and a handful of English settlers who were farmers and sheepherders. The waters around the Island was rich with cod, finfish and shellfish. Occasionally, drift whales, which were prized for their oil, would wash ashore.
By the 1690s, Nantucketers began to organize expeditions to capture whales off the coast and, by the mid-eighteenth century, built ocean going whaling vessels and were hunting deep ocean whales all over the world on expeditions that lasted up to five years.
For almost 150 years, Nantucket was the whaling capital of the world and many of the magnificent homes in the Historic District were built during this time. The names of many of the leaders of Nantucket’s whaling industry – Macy, Gardner, Hussey, Folger and Starbuck – still resonate on Nantucket.
But, by the 1840s, kerosene, a less costly alternative, was beginning to replace whale oil, Nantucket Harbor began to silt over so the whale ships no longer had easy access and, in 1846, the Great Fire roared through Nantucket Town, destroyed over 300 buildings and left hundreds homeless. During the same period, gold was discovered in California and hundreds of men, former whalemen, went there to seek their fortune.
In the late 1800s, Nantucket started to attract leisure visitors who wanted a unique time and space – and this trend continues to the present day.
The Brass Lantern in Historic Downtown Nantucket
The Brass Lantern's Main Building was built after the Great Fire near the end of the Whaling Era. To evoke that part of Nantucket's history, the guestrooms in the main building are named after whaling ships that sailed from Nantucket when the Inn was built during the mid-nineteenth century.
The Garden Wing, designed to blend harmoniously with the original Greek Revival design, was built in the early 1990s, long after the Brass Lantern had become a popular lodging establishment on Nantucket. The guestrooms in the Garden Wing are named after flowers in our garden, which the wing overlooks, and provide a more spacious accommodation with a contemporary Nantucket decor.
Traveling to the Brass Lantern Lodging on Nantucket
Whether you plan to arrive on the Island by plane or boat, here is the information that you'll need.
Fly to the Nantucket Memorial Airport using any of the following carriers:
- U.S. Air (Boston, Hyannis) 800-428-4322
- Nantucket Air / Cape Air 800-352-0714
- (Boston, New Bedford, Provincetown, Martha's Vineyard)
- Colgan Air (LaGuardia, Newark, Hyannis) 888-COL-GANS
- Island Air (Hyannis) 508-228-7575
- Jet Blue 800-538-2583
- Delta Airlines 800-221-1212
Ferry Travel to Nantucket from Hyannis – Fast Boat or Slow Boat?
The Steamship Authority offers a traditional ferry service year round (passengers and cars) which takes about 2 ¼ hours; and the Iyannough, a 'fast boat' for passengers only in season. For reservations and information, call 508-477-8600.
Hy-Line Cruises offers the Grey Lady, their traditional ferry for passengers only, which operates seasonally, and year-round fast boats. Call 800-492-8082.
The 'fast boats' will take you from Hyannis to Nantucket in just one hour.
Freedom Cruises offers a (seasonal) passenger only ferry from Harwich.
An inviting alternative to Nantucket Island hotels, The Brass Lantern is located at 11 North Water Street on the Island of Nantucket. For travel around Nantucket, the Nantucket Regional Transit Authority (NRTA) shuttle buses, the Wave, has routes all around the island, and taxis are readily available.
Travel from the Airport: You can easily travel to the Brass Lantern by taxi or NRTA, the Wave, from the Nantucket Memorial Airport. The Wave shuttle departs from the Airport regularly in the summer and will drop you at the Washington Street stop, about a ten-minute walk from the Brass Lantern.
Travel from Strait Wharf (Hy-Line and Freedom Cruises dock): The Brass Lantern is just a ten minute walk from Straight Wharf and taxi service is also available.
Travel from Steamboat Wharf (Steamship Authority): Steamboat Wharf is just a five minute walk to the Brass Lantern. If you brought your car on the ferry, just go straight when getting off the boat and take your second right on North Water Street; the Brass Lantern is on the second block. Taxis are also available.