If you wander down the cobblestone streets of “faraway island” (as named by the Native Americans), you’ll soon find yourself at the door of Nantucket’s Union Street Inn. Ken and Deborah Withrow are the experienced hoteliers who own this intimate boutique hotel, and make it the warm and welcoming place that it is. It was my pleasure to design its public spaces and private rooms several years ago. The circa 1770 Inn’s many fireplaces and historic town views provide the perfect setting for beautiful antiques and luxuriously duvet-covered beds, authentic period details and fine marine art, all signatures of Dujardin style. Come along with me and and experience the distinctive charm that makes the Union Street Inn one of my favorite places in the world.
What do guests dream about after a stay with Ken and Deborah? Deborah’s homemade gourmet breakfasts top the list. French toast, blueberry buttermilk pancakes, poached eggs and sausage greet you in the morning, and home-baked white chocolate chip cookies or double chocolate brownies tempt you in the afternoon.
The Union Street Inn is the only B&B on the island to serve a full breakfast. There’s a home cooked entree every morning. Deborah is a fabulous chef!
Best place for breakfast and a cup of coffee on a warm summer morning? The patio.
There are twelve guest rooms, all beautifully outfitted for your comfort. The couple describes the Inn’s elegant feeling as “New England by way of France.”
Guests who return every year call it romantic.
The authentic period ambiance makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, but each of the guest rooms offers flat screen tv, complimentary wi-fi, private baths and air conditioning on warm summer days. It’s the best of old and new.
After a day of sand, sun and surf, each elegant room promises a quiet night’s rest, so you’re ready for the next day’s island adventure.
Ken and Deborah utilize their shared backgrounds in hotel management to create an exquisite experience for their guests. The Inn’s town location means it is only steps away from world-class restaurants, museums and shops. The town’s grey-shingled buildings were built to withstand seaside weather; they create a unique island look you won’t see anywhere else.
The Union Street Inn is the recipient of “Best Of” awards from Boston magazine (2006) and Cape Cod Life (2006-2010), as well as a “Fodor’s Choice Award” from Fodor’s Travel (2008-2010). The rare beauty of “faraway island,” complete with skippers piloting their boats past lighthouses and rows of ship captain’s houses lining the streets a stone’s throw from wharf and waterfront makes a trip to Nantucket a memorable one. A stay at the Union Street Inn makes it unforgettable. Visit the inn at www.unioninn.com.