Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Martin House is Dreaming of Christmas Stroll

At Martin House Inn we celebrate the kick-off to the holiday season with the annual celebration of Christmas Stroll.  This year it is held from December 5th-8th and is sure to get one in the spirit of the season. After all, where else can you holiday shop, sip mulled wine with cookies, hear Dickensian carolers and ride in a horse-drawn carriage? Main Street, of course!

Snap a picture of Brant Point Lighthouse all decked in holiday décor if you arrive on the ferry.  Also, be sure to throw those pennies overboard to ensure a return visit to the island!

While on Main Street you can peruse quaint shops and even participate in a silent art action if you are in the market for a locally inspired gift.  Save your shopping for this event!

Let's not forget the magical trees that line the street the day after Thanksgiving and the crème de la crème 20-foot tree at the top of Main Street decorated by one lucky local artist.
The Festival of Trees at the Whaling Museum is not to be missed with over 80 trees decorated by local businesses.  It's truly a winter wonderland and marshmallow world!

What about Santa, you say?  Well, he doesn't arrive by sleigh in Nantucket.  He arrives by boat at the wharf!  He and Mrs. Claus are welcomed by the Town Crier and children sit on his lap at the Jared Coffin House just down the street. Picture perfect!

So, join Martin House Inn as we ring in the holidays with Christmas Stroll.

 Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Farewell Indian Summer in Nantucket

Click below to listen to 

Summer, you old Indian Summer
You're the tear that comes after June time's laughter
You see so many dreams that don't come true
Dreams we fashioned when summertime was new
You are here to watch over
Some heart that is broken
By a word that somebody left unspoken
You're the ghost of a romance in June
Going astray, fading too soon
That's why I say,
Farewell to you, Indian Summer!
Enjoy the stunning memories of another enchanting summer come and gone. 
Martin House Inn now embraces the autumnal gold of a warm sun with fresh air but not yet the chill.  Welcome bountiful, beautiful autumn in Nantucket!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Stunning Siasconset-Escape to the East Side

Bluff Walk

Running along Milestone Road, one heads east toward Siasconset.  Siasconset was developed in the late 1800's to be a beach resort town.  Many famous actors of that time visited 'Sconset (the local's name for the town) including Henry David Thoreau in 1854. On the Milestone Bike Path is the site known as the "Serengeti".  It has a landscape of mixed vegetation of about 400 acres and is conservation land.  It resembles the African Serengeti and even has animal cut outs set up to make visitors laugh. To ride from town into 'Sconset is about 6 miles one way.  One will also pass the large cranberry bog and see in the distance Sankaty Head Lighthouse.

'Sconset Beach

Many visitors flock to 'Sconset Beach on the eastern tip to see the sunrise and to see the 'Sconset Footbridge, a ninety-foot wooden bridge built in 1873.  The view of the beach from the bridge is worth the trip alone.

Center of 'Sconset

Most however come to see the 'Sconset Bluff Walk, a scenic walk past the backyards of the homes on the left and the ocean below off the bluff to the right. In the summer when the flowers and roses are in bloom, it is a gem not to be missed.

Oldest 'Sconset Cottage

Finally the Sankaty Head Lighthouse built in 1850, which from the Wampanoag word means "Cool Hill", has a red and white stripe and nestles along the Sankaty Head Golf Course.

Siasconset is a charming town not to be missed in the summer.  It's a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

Sankaty Head Lighthouse

Friday, June 14, 2019

Surfside-Yesterday and Today

Surfside is a popular beach destination on the southern end of Nantucket close to the airport.
Its popularity is due in part to its close proximity to town and the ease of a bike ride with a sandwich, blanket, and a fun Nantucket read.

The cascading wisp of pines at Surfside

It was once the hope of investors to become a prosperous beachfront community with access by train in the late 1800's including a boardwalk hotel and fine dining. Storms dashed those dreams as waves destroyed and washed away part of the hotel and railroad tracks.  The instability of the weather and erosion scared many investors away from purchasing summer homes and the plan eventually failed.

Star of the Sea Youth Hostel

The location of the island's first Life Saving Station was built in 1874 and is today a youth hostel offering semi-affordable accommodations to visitors of Nantucket.  

Picture Perfect Surfside Beach

So, grab your flip flops and take in the vast open sky at Surfside.  Did I just hear the sound of an old train whistle or was it the crashing of the waves?

Upcoming Events:

Film Festival June 19-24th

July 4th Celebration July 4-5th 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Majestic Madaket

Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited by a long time Nantucket resident to take a personalized driving tour of the island. One may think that because Nantucket is such a small location that all can be discovered in one trip.  Not so!
I took a deep breath to slow down and fully experience the many natural wonders of my new island home. I share with you Madaket, the western tip location of Nantucket. It is a perfect spot for self reflection or fun with family and friends.

The Gut
Madaket Road
This is a very peaceful scenic turnoff, separating Long Pond from the North Head of Long Pond.  One can throw in a fishing line and take a small non-motorized boat in the water.  You will find this dirt turn-off on the way to Madaket beach either by bike or car.

Majestic Madaket Beach

At the end of Madaket Road is its vast and beaconing beach.  It has limited public parking, but if you have an off-road vehicle, there is room along the sand.  The name "Madaket" is possibly related to the Algonquin words meaning "land without wood."  Gorgeous sunsets and surfing are always a guarantee.

Millie's Restaurant
Millie's Restaurant and Millie's Market offer something for everyone.  From coastal cuisine to ice cream from the market window, this location is a must stop for visitors and locals alike.
Named after native Millie Jewett, she was a local legend who spent her time caring for the beaches, animals, and residents of Madaket.  Always on the lookout for shipwrecks, she earned the highest civilian rank from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Madaket Millie

Millie's Bridge and Hither Creek are the entrance to Smith's Point Beach, an-out-of-the-way hidden gem. The bridge was named after Madaket Millie. She sold ice cream ice cream from her yard and greeted visitors, which was located on Hither Creek. The creek is a famous spot for watching egrets.
Smith's Point is named after one of the early Smith settlers on Nantucket.

Hither Creek

These are just some of the sights and discoveries of majestic Madaket.  Our next location will be Surfside and beyond.

"Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets."

Upcoming Events

Restaurant Week-June 3rd-9th
Book Festival June 14th-16th
Film Festival June 19th-24th

Saturday, May 4, 2019

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou

The 24th Annual Nantucket Food & Wine Festival is right around the corner, May 15th-19th, and Martin House Inn will be joining in the celebration offering our own house label wine and cheese tasting every Friday evening. 


The coming together for wine and cheese in our warm and inviting inn helps break the ice and opens up spontaneous conversation among strangers.  Strangers who soon become friends.  Only the intimacy of an inn can allow for that kind of relaxed engagement. And we do it best!

Our wine tasting flight is also an indulgence for smaller parties.

One should always find a reason to celebrate and joining us for wine and cheese Fridays is just that kind of reason!
Join us for the Nantucket Food and Wine Festival May 15th-19th. 

"Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures."
~M.F.K. Fisher 

Martin House Mini Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Renew Your Senses in Nantucket

On a recent windy morning newly planted in Nantucket, I happened upon a beach full of perfect unbroken shells. They were a mirage of pink, lavender, and blue and my eyes could not be diverted from this endless blanket of layer upon layer of cool color.  I was completely in awe of the backdrop of turquoise water and the crisp sun rising over the horizon.  

All I could think about in that moment was that this experience every day could renew my spirit and bring me endless peace.  

Yet it seems inevitable that the initial awe we feel in seeing something inspiring loses its luster over time if we see it continuously, often dulling our senses.  Is this why we keep seeking and exploring?  Must we strive to find solace in the road less traveled? 

I can only say that for myself and many of the guests I've met here at Martin House, that Nantucket is a destination that so many return to for that very personal renewal of spirit and in the joy of the simple pleasures that only this island can offer.  Summer is right around the corner....come experience serenity again with us.

Upcoming Events
April 26th-28th 45th Annual Daffodil Festival