White Elephant Residences, Nantucket Lodgings

Fitting that the first guest blogger to Checking In would be buddy Max Hartshorne from GoNOMAD. In sixteen years I’ve met some of the most hotel hopping travelers out there and it is time to get some input. While sites like Trip Advisor and Oyster are wonderful it is always good to get some pro advice, we are going to give it right here.

Nantucket’s White Elephant Residences: The Next Best Thing to a Friend with a House

Nantucket island conjures up images of sleek yachts, elegant women with expensive jewelry, and a beachside manse you can only hope your best friends owns…and they’ve invited you for the weekend!

If you don’t have such luck, a good alternative is to visit the White Elephant Residences, which give you a location right smack downtown, and amenities that will make you swoon. A beautiful pool…three flat screen TVs…some of the most sumptuous and comfy beds you can find in a hotel, and best of all…a concierge service which can squire you around this picturesque island in the backseat of a BMW 7 Series…one of the world’s nicest luxury automobiles. Whatever you need to make you stay more enjoyable, they will bring it to you with a smile.

The residences are two and three bedroom condos you can rent by the night or by the week, and are part of the elegant and upscale White Elephant Hotel, just up the street on Brant Point, where the hotel also has a very class restaurant, the Brant Point Grill.

We stayed for a weekend at the Elephant that turned out to be fortuitous…it was the exact date that New England suffered its famous Halloween snowstorm and everything turned white back out west where we lived. Nantucket didn’t see any snow, just a lot of rain, but this made for a cozy weekend enjoying the ambience of both the White Elephant and the other island attractions.

If you do go, here are some must sees: The Whaling Museum presents a movie that tells the history of life as a whaler for the 100 years before 1840 when the island was the epicenter of the hunt. The museum contains a collection of fascinating artifacts from the era. They also have whaling ‘gams,’ or talks by local writers like Nantucketer Nathaniel Philbrick who wrote “The Heart of the Sea,”about the whaleship Essex and other books.

Another treat was a visit to the Cisco Brewing company, where the dreadlocks sway to the beat of bands on Sunday afternoons and they pour samples of their own beers, vodkas and wines. It’s a fun place to spend time sipping and chatting, and trying your hand at the dice games they have on the counters.

If on Nantucket—go to the head of the class at the White Elephant Residences.