There's something poetic about a New England summer. Touch football, sunset sailings, barbecues on the beach, flip-flops, clam bakes and bike rides transcend generations to foster family togetherness during a traditional summer getaway. But some vacations are so steeped in history, it's hard to know where one summer left off and the next one begins.
Nantucket continues to reign as the quintessential summer spot for New Englanders, but the island hasn't been without its changes. What once was a sleepy little town is now a hot-spot for celebrity hideouts. Flip-flops are traded in for Oxfords and peep-toe pumps, and in some places dress codes have replaced the come-as-you-are comradery. But it's still Nantucket, and if you're lucky enough to spend your summers here you know the depths of the island's beauty - past and present. So when a piece of the island's past emerges as a fixture for the future, it's hard not to take notice.
Just in time for new summer vacations, the old Point Breeze Hotel - a Nantucket staple since 1891 - reopens on July 12 as the Nantucket Hotel and Resort. The hotel, which is owned by Mark and Gwenn Snider (also the owners of the Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha's Vineyard) put years of renovation and restoration int the architectural focal point on the island.
The hotel is located at at 77 Easton Street in Brant Point and now includes 60 rooms ranging from guestrooms from one-bedroom suites to cottages, a heated pool and kiddie pool, fitness center, cafe, a ballroom and plenty of modern amenities. Located close to the center of Nantucket Town, the Nantucket Hotel and Resort will offer free shuttles and ferries to beaches, as well as a children's evening program for parents and guests who want a night to themselves in and around the island.
The Sniders told ONLY Nantucket magazine they plan to work with local bike rental facilities to offer guests the option of biking around the island and will also offer discounted tickets on NRTA’s Wave busses, and plans to decorate the interior with local artists' works to keep that authentic Nantucket feel.
“We want our guests to understand that they don’t need a car on the island,” Snider said in the article. “We want them to appreciate the natural beauty of the place.” Further highlighting the new hotel’s local flavor,
Room rates start at $175/night in the low season and $435 in the high season with a minimum three night stay. Guests who book the Grand Opening Promotion will receive 20% off the total room price when staying three nights in a one-to-four bedroom suite.
Photo Credits: Courtesy Nantucket Hotel and Resort
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