Courtesy Nantucket Island Resorts
Chronicled in literature and throughout history for its gritty fishermen and whalers, Nantucket’s folkloric New England community still draws adventurers (though of a more affluent variety) to the windswept dunes of the 14-mile-long island off the coast of Cape Cod. (Herman Melville wrote in Moby Dick, “two thirds of this terraqueous globe are the Nantucketer’s. For the sea is his; he owns it, as Emperors own empires.”)
The White Elephant hotel has been a major island landmark since the 1920s, representing the best of Nantucket’s elegance and simplicity with its 54 light-filled rooms and suites overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. What began as a charming collection of cottages expanded this summer, becoming the Inn at the White Elephant Village, which opened its doors earlier this month complete with 20 new units and its own lobby and business center on South Beach Street. Nantucket designer Kathleen Hay did the interiors, utilizing a warm neutral palette and oversized windows to create light, sun-drenched rooms and including wainscoting detail throughout the hotel’s lobby and corridors for a traditional Nantucket feel. A library, fitness room, heated pool and cabanas, harborside lawn and complimentary bicycles are all available to guests—but being a part of the Nantucket vibe is nearly enough. Rooms, from $750; 50 Easton St.; 800-475-2637; whiteelephanthotelresidences.com.