The Veranda House

3 Step Lane, Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554
Innkeeper(s): Carl Christian
  • Introduction

    The Veranda House, exterior

    Welcome to The Veranda House!

    At our Nantucket boutique hotel you can indulge in the serenity of sweeping shoreline views without sacrificing the convenience of charming Nantucket town. Just steps from pristine beaches, gourmet Nantucket restaurants and the quaint shops of beautiful Nantucket Island, our retro-chic New England hotel is the perfect starting point for your Massachusetts getaway.

    The Veranda House Hotel Collection is made up of three unique properties. The Chapman House, is our retro-chic bed and breakfast with an edge. Our captivating Veranda House is the largest of our three properties, offering 18 beautiful rooms that rival others in Nantucket town. Although both are beautiful historic houses and at one point connected, their interior has been fully renovated to provide you with modern comfort. Truly the best of both worlds. If you are looking for the classic, easy breezy Nantucket style then the Arbor Cottage is the place for you. All three of our properties are steps from each other and exude a friendly and relaxing environment, the perfect oasis for a summer vacation.

    Our three wraparound verandas offer spectacular vistas of Nantucket Harbor and our terraced gardens mingle fresh salt air with blossomed breezes. Our tailored common spaces blend the flair of the fifties with the amenities of now. After a cozy night in one of our charming rooms or suites, start your day with a gourmet breakfast. At The Veranda House hotel, exceptional service and casual luxury awaits. Your relaxation is our priority.

    The Veranda House, Breakfast

    We've earned our reputation as one of the finest Nantucket bed and breakfasts by our focus on our amenities. We notice the little things when we travel, and we delight in providing them for you. All Veranda House hotel guests will enjoy our outstanding service -- friendly, genuine, and professional. We take care of the details so you can simply relax.

    Wake to a complimentary Epicure-Style Breakfast -- served daily in our Nantucket hotel's cheery downstairs breakfast room, or outside on the back patio on warm summer days. Savor a delicious selection of fresh seasonal fruit, artisan cheeses, fresh-baked pastries and breads, bagels, organic yogurt, homemade granola, juices, coffee and a variety of teas.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Hillary Hamilton for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We find that most of our travelers are here to relax and enjoy our island, where we boast amazing beaches, and great restaurants.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    The Veranda House is best known for it’s unique verandas that offer spectacular views of the Nantucket Harbor. We also have one of the most beautiful gardens on island.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    they come to experience a relaxing getaway in the most quintessential New England location.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Our guests are most impressed with the property itself, as it really is something special.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secret on Nantucket is the entire month of September, as it truly is an amazing month to be here.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    In four days there is a lot to do on our little island. We would suggest renting bikes and making use of our well maintained bike paths. A large portion of the island is preservation land, which allows for some really beautiful nature walks. There are a multitude of fantastic restaurants to enjoy and some great museums to gain perspective as to how we came to be.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Everything is within walking distance of the hotel! We are two blocks from town where dining and shopping is abound and the closest beach is a 15 minute walk.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Seafood! Nantucket restaurants have a tremendous reputation, and are known to use as much local foods as possible.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Our website offers links to some of our favorite dining options and things to do. We also love

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    The Veranda House offers 18 rooms. We have an additional 11 rooms next door at our sister property, the Chapman House.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets, however, we recommend

  • History

    The Veranda House, exterior

    In 1881, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Chapman moved to Nantucket. Tired of the ceaseless farm work along the rocky shore of the Long Island Sound, the couple sold their farm and invested part of the proceeds in Gayer's property. The couple intended to spend their retirement in relative seclusion, but the festive community of Nantucket Island soon changed their plans.

    Shortly after the Chapmans arrived, news of a grand reunion of Nantucket's historic Coffin family began to spread. One of the original purchasers of the island in 1659, the Coffins were well known for their kindness and progressive thinking. During periods of extreme racial tension, they treated Native Americans and European settlers with equal respect and later fought for the abolition of slavery.

    How to feed and lodge the hundreds, or possibly thousands, of visitors for the reunion was a problem for the small town. A house-to-house solicitation was made, and every room that could be made available was appropriated. Even the quiet farmers Chapman were persuaded and to their surprise, they found it a pleasure to entertain.

    The Veranda House, harbor

    Guests, too, loved their stay with the Chapmans. Their desire to return to the spacious, beautiful home the following summer inspired the Chapmans to build a viewing platform on the harbor side of the property. The summer of 1882 marked the return of old friends and the acquisition of many new ones.

    Their new life of hospitality and friendship was an exciting alternative to the idleness Mr. and Mrs. Chapman had originally planned. They purchased more property to accommodate the needs of their visitors. The open platform, so loved as a perch for admiring the island, was duplicated, then triplicated to provide multiple breathtaking vantage points of the harbor. Soon, a sign bearing the name "The Veranda House" was erected on Step Lane.

    Today, The Veranda House stands as one of Nantucket's landmarks. Its white porches welcome incoming ferry passengers to the island and its terraced garden stands as a reminder of the steep origins of Step Lane, whose slope has since been tamed.

  • Hotel Amenities

    The Veranda House - Nantucket, Massachusetts

    Whether you would like a reservation at the hippest of Nantucket restaurants, directions to the island's magnificent brewery, or simply a shoeshine, our Nantucket hotel staff is happy to oblige.

    • Harbor Views
    • High-Speed Wireless Internet
    • Complimentary Epicure's Breakfast
    • Lavish Beds, Linens, and Towels
    • Bath Products
    • Concierge Services
    • Business Services
    • Turn-Down Service
    • Beach Concierge Program

    The Veranda House, Relax in Our Beautiful Common Spaces

    No Request Too Big...or Too Small

    A day at the beach? We will guide you to the perfect spot for a day of sun on one of the Island's most prized white sand beaches. Perhaps a fishing charter, reservations at the island's finest day spa, or maybe just a beach towel? Large or small, your wishes inspire our dedication to service. Our superbly trained Nantucket staff will happily attend to your every need.

    Our Nantucket hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Old Nantucket Town.

    The Veranda House, Quintessentially Nantucket

    Walk out the door and explore the Island on foot or by bicycle.

    • Beaches
    • Bicycling
    • Golf
    • Historical Tours
    • Fishing
    • Sailing
    • Water sports
    • Whale Watching
    • Nature Hikes
    • Restaurants
    • Seasonal Events
    • Shopping
    • Tastings
    • Tennis
    • Walks
  • How To Find Us

    The Veranda House, guests

    Walking Directions

    From Steamship Authority at Steamboat Wharf:

    1. Walk straight up Broad Street and take your second right onto North Water Street.
    2. We are quite visible at the top of Step Lane on your third left.

    From HyLine at Straight Wharf:

    1. Walk straight out of the HyLine and take your first right onto Easy Street.
    2. Follow this until you dead-end into Broad Street.
    3. Take a left onto Broad Street and then take your second right onto North Water Street.
    4. We are quite visible at the top of Step Lane on your third left.

    Driving Directions

    From New York City (270 Miles)

    1. I-95 to Providence
    2. I-195 to Wareham
    3. Route 25 to the Bourne Bridge (follow signs for the Cape and Islands)
    4. Route 6 to Exit 6
    5. Route 132 into Hyannis
    6. Follow the signs to ferry docks or airport. Approximately 5 hours depending on traffic.

    From Boston (80 Miles):

    1. Follow Route 3 (Southeast Expressway) to Route 6 over the Sagamore Bridge, to Route 132 into Hyannis.
    2. Follow the signs to ferry docks or airport.
    3. Approximately 1 1/2 hours depending on traffic.

    Ferry Information

    South Street Dock:

    • The Steamship Authority
    • (High speed ferry and vehicle ferry)
    • 508-477-8600 (reservations recommended)
    • Passengers only high speed ferry: Seasonal service. 1 hour crossing
    • Passengers & vehicles ferry: Year-round daily service. 2 1/4 hour crossing

    Ocean Street Dock:

    • Hy-Line Cruises
    • (Passenger ferry only)
    • 800-492-8082
    • Passengers only high speed ferry:Year-round daily service (except 12/25). 1 hour crossing
    • Passengers only ferry: Seasonal service. 2 hour crossing

    Airplane Information

    From Boston: 40 minute flight Cape Air 800-352-0714 US Air Express 800-428-4322 From Hyannis: 15 minute flight

    Nantucket Airlines 800-352-0714 Cape Air 800-352-0174 Island Airlines 800-248-7779

    From Martha’s Vineyard: 15 minute flight Cape Air 800-352-0174

    From New Bedford: 25 minute flight Cape Air 800-352-0174

    From Providence, RI: 30 minute flight Cape Air 800-352-0174

    From LaGuardia, NY: 1 hour-15 minute flight US Air Express 800-428-4322

    JFK, NY: 1 hour-15 minute flight Jet Blue 800-538-2583

    From Newark, NJ: 1 hour-25 minute flight Continental Express 800-525-0280

    From Philadelphia, PA: 1 hour-25 minute flight, late June – late September

    US Air Express 800-428-4322

    From Washington, DC: 1 hour-30 minute flight, late June – late September

    US Air Express 800-428-4322

  • Recognition

    "...drift off to sleep to the twinkle of lights over Nantucket Harbor." - Bon Appetit

    "A younger generation of trendsetters is breathing new life into Nantucket... The 20 rooms at the ginger-bread trimmed Veranda House are furnished with Frette linens and Simon Pearce lamps." - Travel and Leisure

    The Veranda House, sand

    "It's amazing what a "simple" generational change of ownership can do. The three-story structure, commanding an enviable position with some sweeping harbor views, preserves the best of the past and marries it with modern services." - Yankee Magazine

    "Everyone is talking about the renovation and opening of this classic guesthouse. The younger generation has taken over and given the inn a stylish face-lift. The inn is located in a quiet neighborhood, a short walk from the center of town." - Frommer's

    "The old Overlook can still be seen in the classic exterior of the building, but inside there's a world of difference. Gone is the Victorian decor, and in its place is a stripped-down, pared back look that's more the look of a W Hotel than an inn on old Nantucket." - Nantucket Today

    "In town, the place to be and see is the top porch on the newly renovated Veranda House, a view that can never be impaired and hardly be believed. The view. The view is astounding." - Nantucket Magazine

  • Weddings

    The Veranda House, wedding

    The Veranda House would love to be included on your list of suggested accommodations for your Nantucket wedding. We are within walking distance to nearly all churches on Island.

  • Nantucket Guide

    The Veranda House, ocean shore

    Our Nantucket hotel complex is conveniently located in the heart of Old Nantucket Town. Walk out the door and explore the Island on foot or by bicycle


    Grab a Veranda House hotel tote and towel and head for the beach. Nantucket’s calm harbor-side beaches are within walking distance of the hotel. The surf at Nantucket’s south shore beaches is just a short bicycle ride away.


    The island’s three major bicycle and moped rental shops are all within four blocks of the hotel. We also have a bicycle storage area for you to park your bikes at the hotel.

    • Easy Rider Bicycle Rental
    • Island Bike & Sport
    • Young’s Bicycle Shop

    The Veranda House, boat

    Fishing, Sailing, Watersports, & Whale Watching

    From charter fishing or whale watching to sailing lessons, sailing charters and sea-kayaking, our Nantucket hotel can arrange the most exciting seafaring activities that Nantucket has to offer.


    Miacomet Golf Course, located in the rolling hummocks southwest of Nantucket town, is the only public golf course on the island. The 18-hole course offers breathtaking views and challenging golf shots. Veranda House hotel staff members can assist you in securing a tee time.

    Historical Tours

    Nantucket’s Historical Association and private tour operators host both walking and van tours of the island’s many historical landmarks.

    Nature Hikes

    Head out to one of Nantucket’s pristine wildlife areas and amble through miles of untouched beaches, rolling grasslands and moors, ponds, bogs, shrublands and forests. Over 13,000 acres of land, nearly 45% of the island, is protected, allowing for the preservation of unique habitats and rare or endangered plants and animals.

    The Veranda House, dining Restaurants

    Most of Nantucket’s best restaurants are located in town, just steps from the hotel. We will gladly suggest and reserve the perfect restaurant for you. We also maintain a menu book for your perusal. Some of our current favorites:


    • Brotherhood of Thieves (508-228-2551)
    • Black Eyed Susan’s (508-325-0308)
    • Center Street Bistro (508-228-8470)
    • Starlight Theater and Cafe (508-228-4479)

    The Veranda House, dessert Fine Dining

    • American Seasons (508-228-7111)
    • Brant Point Grill (508-228-2500)
    • Company of the Cauldron (508-228-4016)
    • Corazon Del Mar (508-228-0815)
    • LoLa 41 (508-325-5001)
    • Oran Mor (508-228-8655)
    • The Pearl (508-228-9701)

    Seasonal Events

    • April: Daffodil Festival
    • May: Nantucket Wine Festival
    • Summer: Nantucket Film Festival, Opera House Cup
    • October and November: Harvest Festival, Cranberry Festival, Nantucket Arts Festival
    • Fall and Winter: Cranberry and Scallop Season
    • December: Christmas Stroll


    Nantucket’s main shopping area begins just two blocks from the Veranda House. Stroll down cobblestone lined streets and visit dozens of quaint shops, unique galleries, and urbane boutiques.

    The Veranda House, lighthouse


    Visit Nantucket’s renowned brewery, distillery and vineyard, home to Whale’s Tale Pale Ale and Triple Eight Vodka. Pull up a stool, sample the brew and vino, and chat with the personable employees.


    Let us reserve clay or hard courts for you ahead of time to ensure you get a court at the hour you desire.


    There are a number of fine walks around the Veranda House. One favorite is the quick walk to Brant Point, America’s 2nd oldest lighthouse.