Friday, January 4, 2019

Best Nightlife Spots in Nantucket

When visiting Nantucket Island, you can make the best use of your time by knowing all about the nightlife spots before you arrive, and the information here will get you off to a good start in that regard. Whether you're looking for a rowdy rocking night, an enjoyable theater experience, or just a great dinner, you'll find exactly what you want in Nantucket.

The Chicken Box

Highly recommended by both locals and visitors, The Chicken Box is a no-frills establishment at 16 Daves St. which features live music, pool, darts, and shuffle board to keep patrons entertained and engaged.

The Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown is located at 23 S. Water St. in Nantucket, and for those who appreciate a nautical theme, you'll love the decor at this bar and eatery. It is recognized as a venue which is very comfortable and casual, where good food and drink can be enjoyed in surroundings evocative of the long maritime flavor of the area.

The Muse

This fun bar is situated just outside of Nantucket, at 44 Surfside Road, and if you like live music, you'll love what The Muse has to offer, because there is music for every taste to be found here. Known for its Keno, ping-pong, pool, beer, and fabulous local and national entertainment, The Muse has been a staple of Nantucket night life for a long time, and continues to please all kinds of crowds.

Slip 14

Situated at 14 Old South Wharf, Slip 14 has been called a Massachusetts institution, claiming the freshest seafood in the region, as well as the finest libations. Its terrific location on Old South Wharf gives it the added appeal of seaside atmosphere and wonderful views, and for late-night action, it provides a great setting for singles and couples to make the most of an evening out on the town.

The Club Car

Known as a piano music bar, and famous for its Mediterranean fare, The Club Car is located at 1 Main St. in Nantucket, and it's a place you should really try to include during your stay on the island. The venue has recently been completely refurbished, and everything has a sparkling new aspect that adds to its overall appeal. Both visitors to the area and long-time residents have been impressed with the outstanding food served at the new Club Car, and it seems even better when enjoying music from some of the great piano artists, offering their personal style.

To maximize your Nantucket enjoyment

While you're staying in Nantucket, why not treat yourself to the best B&B lodging for a romantic getaway, as well as the best nightlife spots? At Cliff Lodge Bed & Breakfast, you'll enjoy the historical mystique of a dwelling originally built by a sea captain in 1771 for his family, and which retains that character to this day. Of course, it has since been modernized, but its spectacular location on the hills above Nantucket provides a breath-taking view of the surroundings, and you'll love the friendly service as well. Contact us with any inquiries, or to discuss lodging for your next stay in the area.

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Best Spas and Massage in Nantucket

You probably already know about the excellent beaches and rich history to experience in Nantucket but you may not know how great Nantucket is for a romantic, relaxing getaway. Thanks to numerous spa and massage options close to Cliff Lodge, Nantucket is great for an exciting or relaxing vacation, or both!

Darya Salon & Spa

Darya Salon & Spa is a full-service salon and spa that is open throughout the year in downtown Nantucket. Their services include the latest techniques and trends, and they offer a variety of services such as hair styling, nails, waxing, and massage. Darya Salon & Spa is also a leading salon in the Nantucket wedding scene, having received recognition from some of the top bridal magazines in the country.

Sisters' Salon & Spa

Sisters' Salon & Spa offers a wide range of advanced services to care for both hair and body. The staff is known for paying attention to the smallest details to make sure that all of their clients look and feel their best. They also offer full spa treatments for those who really want to pamper themselves during their Nantucket vacation. Sisters’ is definitely one of the more modern spas on the Island, and it is perfect for those with more sophisticated tastes.

RJ Miller Salon & Spa

Said to be " of Nantucket's true island treasures," RJ Miller Salon & Spa is known for its experienced staff of stylists and specialists. Some of their services include hair styling, spa treatments, bridal services, and their Fantasy Tan services, which can help you achieve your ideal tan with no sun exposure at all.

This smaller spa located at 19A Surfside Road specializes in hair styling for men, women, and children as well as a high-quality manicure and pedicures and waxing. They may be a smaller spa, but it is still ideal for anyone who wants to stop in for an affordable haircut or manicure.

Those who are more interested in a massage as opposed to a beauty treatment can check out Life Massage at 13C Amelia Drive. Some of the services offered include Swedish massage, aromatherapy, deep tissue massage, and even a "mother-to-be" massage to ease the pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy.

These are just a few of the many spas and beauty salons that you can find in downtown Nantucket, and they are easily accessible from the Cliff Lodge Bed and Breakfast. Cliff Lodge is only a short walk from downtown Nantucket, so you will be able to explore all that the island has to offer during your stay.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Best Shopping Locations in Nantucket - 2018

The first thing you'll notice about shopping on Nantucket Island is that there's no Walmart, no Target, and in fact, no chain stores at all. All chain stores are banned from the island, so every shop in business on Nantucket has the charm and character of a pleasant boutique. Some people visit the island just for this kind of Old World experience because there are precious few locations in the country where this kind of atmosphere prevails. If you're planning a visit to the Island, make sure to include plenty of time for browsing these wonderful shops, and for exchanging pleasantries with the locals and other appreciative shoppers.


This shop is located at 29 Centre Street and features herbs and spices, some of which are grown locally, as well as hand-made chocolate treats and a wide variety of teas to sample. You'll love the retro look of wood shelving built into the wall from the floor to the ceiling, and the conscious effort to retain the appeal of an old-time shop. In the summertime, you can purchase hand-picked Rosa Rugosa petals, which contain Wild Rose Sea Salt to add zest to your favorite foods.

The Lion's Paw

You might come to consider The Lion's Paw to be your one-stop shop for any kind of furnishings you need on the Island, or you can consider it the single best place to find a memorable home furnishing to adorn your residence back on the mainland. Here, you'll find chinaware and flatware, day beds, farmhouse tables, throw pillows, and textiles from Walter G.

Mitchell's Book Corner

For those with a literary bent, Mitchell's Book Corner is sure to fill the bill. Located at the corner of Orange Street and Main Street, the store has a 48-year history and numerous books which detail the Island's own remarkable history. The shop is host to the annual Nantucket Book Festival and during the summer months, you can always count on notable authors to be present for book signings and for engaging conversation with patrons.

Milly and Grace

Named for the owner's two grandmothers, this store exudes charm both inside and out, with its ivy-covered exterior and vintage-style interior. All kinds of home decor items can be purchased here, for instance, candles, pillows, and gifts, as well as jewelry for almost any occasion and any taste. Located at 2 Washington Street, Milly and Grace is known for its shabby-chic appeal and very friendly hosts, who are anxious to please everyone walking through their doors.

The Hub

Situated at 31 Main Street, The Hub is one of those buildings which can hardly be overlooked, even though it has been around throughout all living memory of Island residents. It's the best place to secure your morning newspaper, and while you're at it, you can shop around for magazines and all the other sundry items typically available at a newsstand. Now that the establishment also offers coffee and bagels, it has become quite common to see people out in front of the shop, sitting on benches and reading their newspapers, while sipping coffee and munching on a bagel.

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Best Historical Tours and Museums in Nantucket

Nantucket is a community with a rich history, one that can be experienced through its many museums and historical tours. The Cliff Lodge Nantucket Bed and Breakfast puts you right in the middle of some of the most fascinating historical attractions on the Island such as the Jethro Coffin House, the Old Mill, and the Old Gaol. Built in 1771 as a whaling master's home, the Cliff Lodge is only a short walk away from downtown Nantucket and all that it has to offer.

There is no question that our bed and breakfast is a great place for a romantic getaway, but while you're here, why not take the time to better acquaint yourself with this Massachusetts island and its history? There are plenty of historical tours and museums to choose from, but here are some of the best:

Nantucket Historical Association Whaling Museum

Whaling is a major part of Nantucket's history, and the famous Whaling Museum located at 13 Broad Street reflects that. The museum was restored in 2005 and features top-quality tours, galleries, and exhibits, including a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton and a restored 1847 oil and candle factory. There is also a fully accessible rooftop observation deck that offers a beautiful view of Nantucket Harbor. The Whaling Museum is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM and is a must-see for anybody interested in Massachusetts history.

Nantucket Historical Association Walking Tours

The Nantucket Historical Association offers walking tours in the summer and fall every year. The hour-long downtown walking tour begins at the Whaling Museum and goes to the Quaker Meeting House, and the Historic House & Garden Walking Tour starts at the beautiful Hadwen House and allows visitors a glimpse into the lives of those who have lived in Nantucket over the years. Both tours provide an excellent opportunity to experience some of Nantucket's rich history.

Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

Hundreds of ships sailed passed Nantucket during the 19th Century, all without the benefit of modern navigational technology. While many of these ships navigated the island without any trouble, there were over 700 shipwrecks during that time due to treacherous shoals and severe weather. The Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum preserves the memory of those who have risked their lives to save the shipwrecked mariners. This is a great place to visit for anybody interested in the history of what would eventually become the U.S. Coast Guard.

Barrett's Tours

For those who would rather experience Nantucket's history from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus, there is always Barrett's Tours. The tour guides will provide you with an excellent view of Nantucket's past and present. If you're only just arriving in Nantucket and want a great introduction to all that it has to offer, this is a fantastic way to start your vacation and decide what else you want to experience on the island.

These are just a few of the many tours and museums that provide a glimpse into Nantucket's past. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or you want to take a historical tour with your family, contact Cliff Lodge today to ask about availability and reservations.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Nantucket Events That Make it Worth a Visit

If you've never been to the charming island of Nantucket off the coast of Massachusetts, you've been missing out on something really special. Situated at the southern edge of the Nantucket Sound in the Atlantic Ocean, there could hardly be a more picturesque place to spend some time with your family, or to arrange a romantic getaway in an idyllic setting.

To make sure everything goes perfectly, you can stay at the Cliff Lodge Bed and Breakfast and add a special touch to your visit. This gorgeous facility was originally built by a sea captain in 1771 as a home for his family, and even after some restorations, it retains the original appeal of the historic colonial era.

Apart from the beauty of the natural surroundings, you can also enjoy some of the exciting annual events which take place on the island, for the enjoyment of both locals and visitors.

Daffodil Festival 

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Every year at springtime, the annual 3-day Daffodil Festival is held in celebration of the beautiful daffodils which adorn the island. As part of the festivities, a classic car and antique car parade is also held, many of which are decorated with colorful daffodils.

Figawi Race

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One of the largest sailboat races on the East Coast, the annual Figawi Race covers a course from Hyannis to Nantucket, with a post-race party and clambake. In 2018, the race will be staged from May 26-28 and will include both a sailboat race and a powerboat race.

Nantucket Film Festival 

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This film festival was begun in 1996 by a brother and sister team who are natives of the island, and who have a deep love of films. From its humble origins, this festival has grown every year to become one of the biggest events of its kind. The 2018 festival will be held from June 20-25 and will include signature films, preview screenings, and a huge helping of hospitality for all.

Boston Pops 

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For the 22nd consecutive summer, the Boston Pops Orchestra will be performing on the island (this year on August 11th), and because it has grown into one of the most popular events on the island, crowds are now limited to 800, so the beach area does not become overcrowded.

Christmas Stroll through Nantucket

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Even though this is a bit beyond the typical tourist season, it's well worth the off-season visit, to experience the snow-covered streets (which are closed to traffic), and the warmth of community shops during the early part of the winter season. In 2018, the Christmas Stroll will be held on December 1-2, and as always, a number of special events are planned to accompany the Stroll itself.

Enjoy the events, enjoy your lodging 

Contact historical Cliff Lodge B&B on Nantucket Island to arrange for the best way to enjoy your stay. In a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, you'll love the views, the accommodations, the great food and beverage, and the connection to a time when America was young and full of promise for the future.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Nantucket Island Outdoor Recreation Guide

The cozy beds and cozy vibe of Cliff Lodge are great.  In fact, so great that guests find it hard to leave our lodge so they can explore all the activities that Nantucket has to offer.  But you are probably only here for a short while and you really do need to make the most out of your stay.  There are plenty of wonderful things to see and do around Cliff Lodge and the outdoor recreation in this area are experiences you really don’t want to miss out on.  Here is a quick list of all the best outdoor recreation in the area that you can enjoy any time of the year you visit this superb island.

Explore the beaches

Exploring the beaches in Nantucket is an absolute must for your visit here.  Our beaches are breathtaking and well maintained. The Madaket Beach, Surfside Beach, Jeffries Beach, Siasconset Beach and Dionis Beach are all incredible areas to take a long walk or simply have a good rest so you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets.

Take a bike tour

A bike tour is one of the best outdoor activities you can enjoy.  Biking is great fun and very healthy. It is also the best way to enjoy fresh air and all of the scenic sights that this island has to offer.  Bike rentals are available from various shops and there are quite a few breathtaking bike tours to enjoy if you want something great to do.

Enjoy deep sea fishing

Charters are incredible and deep sea fishing is a bucket list item you should definitely complete when you visit this superb island.  Deep sea fishing is one of the best water sports to enjoy and the fishing charterers are superb when it comes to teaching you the ropes.


Sailing is one of the best water sports you can possibly enjoy at any beach.  Sailboat tours are great fun to enjoy and it is also a superb way to see the rest of the island from a different, yet beautiful point of view.


Nantucket is a great place for paddleboarding. This activity is quite scenic and incredibly fun.  It is also one of the easiest water sports out there and you can master perfect paddling and balancing skills within minutes.


It is great to learn a new skill while you are on holiday. You can learn to surf at the ACK Surf School and rent surfing equipment from the same place.  Surfing is very exhilarating and isn’t for the faint of heart.

Flying tours

This is one of the best things to do while you are visiting the island.  The Red Baron Adventure includes a flying tour in a retro biplane that is – you guessed it – brilliant red!  If you have always dreamt of feeling the wind in your hair and of flying over a gorgeous island then you should definitely save time for this flying tour.

The outdoor recreation in Nantucket is something you will never find anywhere else.  Pack in as many of these activities as you can for a memory that will last a lifetime.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Nantucket Festival Guide

The Nantucket festivals are events you definitely don’t want to miss out on whether you are residing here or only enjoying this gorgeous island for a holiday.  People here are particularly enthusiastic about festivals, which is why there is such a huge variety of these superb events to enjoy.  Here is a quick guide to the best festivals around Cliff Lodge that you can enjoy while you are staying over at our amazing lodge.

Nantucket Wine and Food Festival

The Wine and Food Festival is one of the biggest and most celebrated festivals in this region.  This festival is celebrated in May.  Chefs and wine experts from all over unite to create all the best foods for residents and tourists to enjoy.  These festivals are particularly cheery – no doubt that wine tasting has quite a lot to do with this – and a very flavorsome activity to enjoy.

Nantucket Film Festival

The Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) is held in June and is focused on creating awareness for the art of writing and storytelling.  This festival is great fun and has been celebrated and enjoyed for over 20 years.

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Nantucket Comedy Festival

What is a trip to this superb island without a few laughs?  The Comedy Festival is held in July and is a superb way to learn more about this islands culture and its biggest jokes. Comedians from all over reveal their funniest and best cracks that are sure to put you in a great mood.

Nantucket Christmas Stroll

If you are someone who loves the traditional Christmas vibe then you will adore the Nantucket Christmas Stroll.  During this event, everyone dresses up in costume and carolers and bell-ringers can be heard singing and celebrating all over the streets.  This event is held the first weekend of December.

Nantucket Cranberry Festival

The Nantucket Cranberry Festival is a glorious event for those with a craving for cranberry-flavored goods.  This island is known for its superb cranberry farms and farmers put up quite a spectacle in October where you can enjoy all the best cranberry goods in creation as well as fantastic music.

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Nantucket Daffodil Festival

If you are planning a holiday to Nantucket on April 27 – 29, you will be in time to catch the Daffodil Festival.  This weekend blossoms with all types of flowery and gardening activities that you can enjoy while having fun.

Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival 

This festival is sure to put the spring in anyone’s step.  The Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival happens in July and star dancers from around the world unite for the sole purpose of dancing.  The dance festival includes all types of dance activities, performances, films, workshops and you can attend the best dance classes during this festival.

The festivals in Nantucket are brilliant and well worth your time.  Just be sure to book your room at Cliff Lodge well in advance of these festivals because accommodations are packed during these events and for good reason.