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The Wauwinet

Nantucket, New England

In a peaceful corner of north Nantucket Island overlooking Nantucket Bay is the gracious Wauwinet Inn. The Wauwinet offers a real getaway experience, a delightful setting with beaches on two sides, cozy homely accommodation and an outstanding restaurant.

We organize stays to this property as part of a longer customized itinerary, please contact our travel specialists to start crafting your vacation.

At a Glance

  • A romantic and secluded property

  • Toppers is an outstanding restaurant with great service

  • Nantucket island has purposefully shunned chain stores and over commercialisation

  • Choose from two private beaches - calm Nantucket Bay or the wilder Atlantic side

  • Regular transport to Nantucket main town which is worth exploring for its historic homes, restaurants and whaling museum

Beach, Couples, Sailing & surfing

Insider's View

The Wauwinet is the best spot for sunset on the island - sit back in a Adirondack chair on the lawn with a G&T and watch the sun dip into the ocean.

Katie Aston

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Wauwinet


Thirty miles from mainland Cape Cod and easily accessible by flight or ferry lies Nantucket Island. With its picture postcard main town of cobbled streets and handsome historic homes, glorious beaches, lighthouses, fascinating whaling history (one that inspired Moby Dick no less) and lack of chain stores Nantucket has long been the destination of choice for discerning travelers.

On the northernmost tip of the island, 20 minutes from downtown, the Wauwinet is an ideal place to unwind and disconnect. A path leads you from the hotel to a narrow beach promenade which stretches for miles and separates the surf of the Atlantic on one side from the calm Nantucket Bay on the other and the hotel can pack beach chairs, and umbrella and picnic for you. The Wauwinet is a historic Inn conforming to the simple Nantucket vernacular of white cedar shingles that “grey out” almost instantly in the salt air. Inside it has the air of an English country home with deep sofas, floral fabrics, antiques and artwork, roaring fireplaces, chessboards and glossy magazines.

The 32 spacious rooms have marble bathrooms and are decorated in restful creams, deep reds and blues and have bright white shutters. Suites also have private patios. The restaurant, Topper's, serves imaginative dishes from around the world

The outstanding Topper's restaurant offers some of the best food on the island and a phenomenal wine list. The menu is modern American using local, seasonal ingredients and although Toppers is a formal dining experience the service is anything but stuffy. Guests of the Wauwinet can take advantage of the regular transfer service to their sister property, the White Elephant or hop on the Wauwinet Lady (the hotel's boat) to main town where there is an endless choice of excellent restaurants and cafes.

The attraction of the Wauwinet is that you are away from the bustle of main town but close enough to dip in when you want because it is a fun place to explore with its boutiques, museums and restaurants. At the hotel there are kayaks, sunfish dinghys and paddle boards, tennis or grab yourself a yoga mat or indulge in a treatment at the tranquil Wauwinet Spa.


The Wauwinet has 32 guest rooms and four picturesque cottages. The rooms are individually decorated with unique furniture, hand-stencilled finishes, fresh flowers and lavish linens giving them a lovely bright feel. Rooms either have garden views or views of Nantucket Bay. The cottages are either one-bedroom or two-bedroom, have a living room and some have a private sun deck.


The Wauwinet welcomes children age 13 years and over. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel. Babysitting can be arranged upon request.


Wauwinet is home to Toppers, serving delicious cuisine and offering exceptional views Nantucket Bay, it provides a wonderful dining experience. Topper's Deck has a slightly more informal atmosphere, and if you are after some tasty cocktails, head to Topper's Bar.

The Wauwinet's Spa by the sea offers a selection of treatments to soothe and rejuvenate the mind and body. Sea inspired ingredients are used in a range of massages, facials and body treatments to make you feel and look your best.


The Wauwinet has a host of activities available on site. Apart from its own private beaches on both the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Bay, you can play tennis, go stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, dinghy sailing or kayaking and there are hiking and biking trails for you to explore.

On Nantucket you can arrange cooking classes, go on an island tour, head to the Great Point or go lobstering to name a few activities. Nantucket is also filled with wonderful antique and collectable shops and boutiques. Local museums are a pleasure to explore, especially the Whaling museum. The hotel will, of course, provide knowledgeable information about what there is to do and organize activities of your choice to help you make the most of your stay.

Location & Directions

Nantucket, New England

The Wauwinet is situated on the northeast point of Nantucket island, 20- minutes drive from Nantucket Town. The lively surf of the Atlantic Ocean is on one side and the calm, warm waters of Nantucket Bay on the other. Nantucket is located 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

When to go

The most popular time to visit the island for most visitors is in the summer, when the beaches offer healthy waves and the days are long. The season is generally from Memorial Day till Labour Day weekend. There are occasional rainy days even in the summer, but most days are sunny. There may be a morning or late evening fog that can be almost surreal as it envelops the town. The ocean breezes keep temperatures mild with rarely a blistering heat or major snowstorm in the winter.

Many visitors also enjoy the autumn months the most as September offers cooler temps and far less crowds. There is usually an "Indian summer" in October with a few beach days as well. The fall also offers lower rates, easier reservations, and virtually kid-free. The off-season makes for a good getaway, too, as many of the restaurants and shops stay open till the vacations.

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