Sunday, January 5, 2020


There is something about the island of Nantucket that steals ones heart and beckons one back, again and again.  It gets under your skin, into your very soul.  For the second time in my life, I have chosen to make the island, and more specifically the Martin House Inn, my home.  The first time, nearly 25 years ago, and with no experience beyond my mother having taught us a fierce hospital corner and how to clean a house top-to-bottom, I was offered the position of innkeeper. 

When I first arrived, car packed to the gills and cat in carrier, I had a comforting sense that I had somehow belonged here all along.  Times have of course changed.  We have the World Wide Web now.  Back then, reservations were on 11x17 paper charts – with #2 pencil as you might need to revise them. This meant any trip away from the inn meant taking those charts and pencils and something to secure them from high winds, and a mobile phone that could easily have doubled as a doorstop. The big debate had become should Cat5 internet ports (no Wi-Fi at that point in time) be added to the inns. Would people want to be working while on vacation or rather be out sitting on a beach or riding their bikes island-wide?  As it turned out, they wanted the option of both.  We now have Wi-Fi, cable TV, the ability to take reservations not only on our PC’s but on portable devices -- tablets, and on phones with a thickness of 0.4 inches.  The inn now too features a secluded patio and gardens with fountain and fire pit, outdoor shower, monogrammed robes, a roof walk with panoramic harbor and town views, and so much more.  Wonderful improvements to an already lovely locale.

Twenty-five years later, I found myself drawn to the Martin House Inn and to Nantucket, and once again I think that returning as the innkeeper is one of the best moves I have made.  The inn truly feels like home, as it did then, and I cannot imagine a better place to be.  

The best part, though, is in meeting our guests who visit from all over the world.  Hosting you is truly a gift I cherish each day.   It is my great joy that you, in turn, experience not  only the camaraderie of meeting new friends over breakfast; exploring the island and learning of its history; visiting its windswept beaches and frolicking in its restorative salt waters; and enjoying the myriad of wonderful shops, restaurants, museums and theatres that Nantucket has to offer; but that you also have an opportunity to step back in time, to slow down, and to truly relax.  No matter the season (or the weather) – there is always an adventure to be had here.  Even if it is curling up with a good read, a coffee, and a homemade brownie!  

I am overjoyed to again be a part of a team that puts so much care into making each guest’s visit the best that it can be.  To us,  you are all family, and we want you to feel that the Martin House is your home away from home and to leave each time with memories of Nantucket that will last a lifetime and with plans to return.  I am thrilled to be back and look forward to the opportunity to host all of you.  Come home to the Martin House Inn in the “Heart of the Sea”! 


For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.
–e.e. cummings







Friday, December 6, 2019

Welcome our New Innkeeper - Claire Theriault



Nantucket is never far away

Please join the Martin House family in wishing Tiffany all the best this world offers as she returns to the west coast. As those of you who visited during our 2019 season know, Tiffany’s light and joy lit and warmed the inn as well as our hearts. Our lives were enriched by her beautiful spirit and smile, her calm energy and kind humor. She will be missed, but her indomitable spirit will always be a part of the rich tapestry of our historic inn.  Bittersweet is the adjective that comes to mind as we wish her Godspeed, success and continued joy.  

 We are delighted to welcome Claire Theriault back to the Martin House Inn, after more than two decades away.  She returns, invigorated, with a huge heart and sweet smile, a genuine love for people and for the Martin House, and all the skill sets necessary to make your stay exceptional.  Her warm welcome will make you feel you’ve come home. Your warm welcome will make her know she has. 



Welcome Claire!


A Message from Tiffany 


To all the guests of Martin House Inn,


It is with a bittersweet heart that I offer my farewell to you all. I am returning to California to embark on independent business endeavors. I am thrilled for the life that awaits me. Still, it is with a great heaviness that I leave Martin House Inn.

Lisa, the owner of Martin House, is the most gracious, generous and thoughtful person anyone could hope to work for. I have learned so much under her mentorship.  I’m confident that my friendship with her will be lifelong. Likewise, my love and appreciation for Sari, the head housekeeper of Martin House, has affected my life in the most profound manner.  Her great will, drive, and compassionate spirit has made me appreciate more the divine nature of every day and the blessing of every breath.

 Indeed, I will always be grateful for the opportunity to have been the face of Martin House Inn.  It has afforded me the greatest gift of all, the opportunity to cross paths with so many wonderful people and I will cherish the many memories that were forged here. To the many fine guests I have encountered in my time here, I site Dorothy as she said to the Scarecrow upon her departure from Oz, “I think I’ll miss you most of all.”

Certainly, I was blessed to meet the most remarkable and fascinating people. I am confident that all will empathize with my sentiment however that “There’s no place like home.”  Now as I make my departure, join me in welcoming our new wonderfully effervescent innkeeper, Claire Theriault.  Her dedicated spirit will ensure you experience a one of a kind stay with her signature scones, savory breads and best of all, her warm smile. I know that Martin House Inn has an even more glorious future in her capable hands.

With love,

Tiffany Fernandez


Cheers to Martin House Inn

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