Pitch-perfect design and fresh luxuries set a new standard on this classic New England island.

By Tracey Minkin
May 24, 2019
Combining historic and new with stylish elegance: Nantucket’s Greydon House hotel
Courtesy of Greydon House

From its daffodil-dizzy days in April through its low-light splendor in September, the island of Nantucket remains one of America’s fever dreams of how summer should look, should smell, should be. And now nestled among its colonial byways and wharves is a hideaway that has distilled that dream into clapboard and shingles, furniture and fine art, drinking and eating, and even an evocative house scent that mingles with the tangy sea air blowing in the windows.

The lively mix in a deluxe guest room
Courtesy of Greydon House
A writing desk vignette
Courtesy of Greydon House

Here, then, resides Greydon House, a design-infused inn that feels fresh amid more traditional neighbors and yet seems to have sprung from the deepest strains of Nantucket’s DNA. Credit for the sleight of hand goes to architect Matthew MacEachern, who married a new, mansard-roof addition to an 1860s Greek Revival residence, yielding 20 rooms (including two suites) brought to exquisite life by the New York design firm Roman and Williams.

Custom beds by the designers are layered with exotic linens from John Robshaw, while antique pieces and small oils evoke a dreamy sense of exploration and history. In the bath, Portuguese ceramic murals and patterned Moroccan tiles turn showers into showcases. Finally, an intimately gorgeous bar and restaurant are aesthetic, mixology, and culinary discoveries unto themselves. Rates start at $179; greydonhouse.com.

Bonus Insider's Guide: The Best Hidden Beaches on Nantucket

Ladies Beach: On the Atlantic-facing south shore, this is heaven for surf-riders of every stripe.

Schneidy’s: Go to this hideaway west of Ladies Beach for incredible views, but be ready to navigate a narrow sandy road about one vehicle wide. (And yours better be a Jeep.)

Steps Beach: The sunsets here are grand, but prepare for limited parking.

Water Tower: This escape on the calm-water north shore is known for its serenity.

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