Location, location, location. They say it’s the most important factor in buying real estate, but it’s just as crucial for choosing your hotel or inn—and Nantucket’s Periwinkle Bed and Breakfast has it. This adorable inn, built in 1846, is just around the corner from the Whaling Museum and Nantucket’s top restaurants. Cute boutiques, cafes and a scrimshaw shop are just steps away on Center Street, the island’s oldest thoroughfare.
Inside, the Periwinkle’s period-design guestrooms offer antique four-poster beds, piled chest-high with king-size mattresses. Modern tech hookups blend seamlessly with the Victorian armoirs and comfy wing chairs. And best of all, proprietor Sara O’Reilly has her finger on the pulse of Nantucket news. She can recommend the best places for a traditional breakfast, a gorgeous restaurant right on the sand and a great spot to unwind with tasty burgers and cocktails. I tried all of her recommendations, and she never steered me wrong!