Nantucket in the summer is a perfect place to idle away the hours. A small island, originally a hub for whaling, it’s about four miles wide and sixteen miles long. It has just about everything you’d need for a perfect get away; shops, beaches, bike trails, restaurants and lovely inns. I was able to spend some time at the Union Street Inn, located right in the Downtown district near the shops, the harbor, the restaurants and most importantly, the ferry.
Union Street Inn is a lovely building, circa 1770, that has been renovated into the quintessential New England inn. True to the building zones, it is encased in the beautiful shake shingles that patina to that lovely grey. It looks immediately restful with its creamy yellow screen door and white and silver flowers in the window boxes. It feels much like returning your rich great aunt’s summer home.
We stayed in Room #1. It was an escape of pale slate blue and whites. The fireplace was adorned with frames of sea shells, and the entire suite was an immaculate sanctuary from the bustle of the town. The wavy glass in the windows added to the charm of the whole room. Sensational chocolates were waiting for us from Ken and Deborah Withrow, the owners of this lovely boutique inn. It was a place to retreat and relax.
One of the nicest things about staying in small, cozy inns is the breakfast. The grounds include a beautiful shady patio with umbrellas and tables where you are greeted with a smile from Jocelyn and a side bar of coffee, teas and juices. The breakfast menu includes daily choices of bagel or toast with fruit as well as a full hot breakfast. Eggs are available every morning as well, so you are fueled and ready for your day. One thing I love about this inn is that all the tables are designed for separate seating. At a bed and breakfast, there’s always that make-small-talk-with-strangers-while-you-try-and-eat syndrome. I kind of, sort of, don’t like that. Do you?
This inn is literally located right off of the Main Street. It’s the perfect setting because while you can walk right to the quintessential Main Street, you don’t have all the pedestrians in front of the inn. They have a parking lot to accommodate any vehicles you may have, bikes, cars, rentals etc. It feels very much like your own summer home.
Returning back from exploring the island, be sure to sample some of the afternoon snacks. Carrot cake cupcakes and triple fudge brownies are my personal favorites. It feels like coming home to take a rest, have a snack and prepare to go out for dinner and a night on the town. It’s a cozy, lovely place. The housekeeping staff were lovely women who bustle through, including little touches such as a beach bag with towels, water and a magazine in your closet. The bathroom was immaculate, but as with old buildings, it had little nooks and crannies that could make it difficult for wheelchairs, (at least in the room I was in.)
Some of the staff live on site. We never actually saw the owners, Ken and Deborah, or if we did, they didn’t introduce themselves. I thought that was a little strange given the homey atmosphere. The staff we did meet was helpful and professional. I have to give kudos to Jocelyn. She was helpful with information such as bus schedules, bike rentals, restaurant reservations, etc.
Overall, I would highly recommend this inn for the perfect vacation on Nantucket. It’s everything you imagine when you begin to plan for this New England island getaway.
For more information check out www.unioninn.com