Past white, wicker lawn chairs and rolling greenscape, a sea grass–lined path to the shore reveals the Wauwinet’s trump card: its location, with private beaches on both the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Bay.
At this shingled, Nantucket-style mansion, you can experience the kind of blissful seclusion only found on the northeast tip of the island, nine miles from town. The inn is a destination in its own right, with a 1,700-square-foot spa with a couples suite; in the rooms, the plaid and floral prints are grand but cozy.
The inn also houses one of the island’s very best foodie havens: Topper’s. A table for two on the deck is the place to savor butter- basted lobster with truffles, along with a bottle from sommelier Craig Hanna’s collection of 1,450 wines. Rates start at $595; 800/ 426-8718 or wauwinet.com.
Tip: Book a lunch or dinner reservation at Topper’s and get a complimentary one-hour ride on the Wauwinet Lady. On board, try the Rob Roy cocktail spiked with Woody 25 whiskey—the Wauwinet’s single malt Scotch– style whiskey released in honor of the inn’s 25th anniversary.