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Living 1500 miles from my family can be somewhat lonely and disheartening (or amazing, depending on the day). So when my beautiful younger sister, Libby, and her boyfriend, Kevin, wanted to come visit us in Boston I was ecstatic. Libby is a crazy busy grad student and Kevin just entered the work force, and they deserved a weekend to remember. They have been out to visit us in Boston a couple of times, however, I realized that while my husband and I reside in Boston on a daily basis, when we arrive on Nantucket we truly feel home. I decided we needed to introduce them to our favorite island and little slice of heaven.
Living 1500 miles from my family can be somewhat lonely and disheartening (or amazing, depending on the day). So when my beautiful younger sister, Libby, and her boyfriend, Kevin, wanted to come visit us in Boston I was ecstatic. Libby is a crazy busy grad student and Kevin just entered the work force, and they deserved a weekend to remember. They have been out to visit us in Boston a couple of times, however, I realized that while my husband and I reside in Boston on a daily basis, when we arrive on Nantucket we truly feel home. I decided we needed to introduce them to our favorite island and little slice of heaven.
21 broad
It goes without saying that there is a wide variety of amazing accommodations on Nantucket. Since it was just going to be the four of us, I wanted to try a different kind of experience and through my research, I found 21 Broad, located centrally at (you guessed it)… 21 Broad Street right in town. The hotel is managed by Lark Hotels, which operates SIX (soon to be NINE!) properties throughout New England. The pictures looked amazing and the reviews were incredible, but having a career in marketing often leaves me a skeptic as tricky lighting and Photoshop can do wonders for any brand. We couldn’t wait to get there and decide for ourselves.
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After a quick Cape Air flight from Boston to Nantucket, we arrived at our destination around 5 pm on a chilly Friday in November just in time to catch the sun setting. The cab dropped us off at a stately Victorian home, which left me confused. It was beautiful on the outside, although there was no way the pictures that I saw online of modern finishes and coastal décor could be found in such a historic structure.
Upon entering the lobby, I quickly retracted my cynical thoughts. We were met with the most charming entryway that led into a sitting room full of relaxed yet unique furniture. Everything from the warm wallpaper to the coasters had a feeling of comfortable sophistication – almost like Manhattan meets Nantucket. Citrus-colored accents were used on a backdrop of cream and white furnishings that added to the relaxing and sunny aura.
After we picked up our jaws off the floor and apologized to others in the area for our language (there were a lot of “HOLY SH*Ts”), we checked in at the front desk. Oh, how convenient… a platter of to-die-for warm cookies upon check-in. We’ll take seven, thanks. Amongst our chewing, the front desk attendants gave us a brief overview of the property and explained some of the amenities in which we might want to indulge. She showed us the dreamy back deck full of comfy chairs and a fire pit which gave a feeling of community to the guests. And then she gave each room an iPad mini to use for the weekend, loaded with recommendations for local restaurants and fun ACK adventures. This won big points as sometimes I don’t want to go to the front desk and pepper the staff with questions about where to find the best lobster roll. Sometimes I don’t want to open up a sticky binder of corporate hotel recommendations. Sometimes I just want to research on my iPad mini to find out for myself, while relaxing in bed in my flannel pajamas, k?
After we picked up our jaws off the floor and apologized to others in the area for our language (there were a lot of “HOLY SH*Ts”), we checked in at the front desk. Oh, how convenient… a platter of to-die-for warm cookies upon check-in. We’ll take seven, thanks. Amongst our chewing, the front desk attendants gave us a brief overview of the property and explained some of the amenities in which we might want to indulge. She showed us the dreamy back deck full of comfy chairs and a fire pit which gave a feeling of community to the guests. And then she gave each room an iPad mini to use for the weekend, loaded with recommendations for local restaurants and fun ACK adventures. This won big points as sometimes I don’t want to go to the front desk and pepper the staff with questions about where to find the best lobster roll. Sometimes I don’t want to open up a sticky binder of corporate hotel recommendations. Sometimes I just want to research on my iPad mini to find out for myself, while relaxing in bed in my flannel pajamas, k?
We learned that the entire building, originally built in 1872, had been completely overhauled throughout the past summer. Understandably so, it was very complicated because of the historic nature of the structure and complying with restoration standards. Great care was taken when renovating to make sure that the property kept its roots and charm even as the vision was to make it a clean, modern retreat, envisioned and executed by Interior Design, Rachel Reider and team. The result: a stunning 27-room luxury hotel, rid of the typical tired B&B personality, but still chock full of Nantucket charm and history.
We learned that the entire building, originally built in 1872, had been completely overhauled throughout the past summer. Understandably so, it was very complicated because of the historic nature of the structure and complying with restoration standards. Great care was taken when renovating to make sure that the property kept its roots and charm even as the vision was to make it a clean, modern retreat, envisioned and executed by Interior Designer, Rachel Reider and her team. The result: a stunning 27-room luxury hotel, rid of the typical tired B&B personality, but still chock full of Nantucket charm and history.
My husband and I headed to the 3rd floor to check out our King Deluxe room, while Libby and Kevin had the same room on the 1st floor. Entering our guest room was what one would describe as a shriek-worthy experience. You know, the one where you drop your bags and yelp because it’s THE CUTEST room you have ever seen? Let me explain: a king bed, spacious desk, cozy chair and a separate closet and bathroom area make up the layout. The details are what really takes the cake- I’m talking adjustable reading lamps on each side of the bed, USB ports in every outlet, picturesque windows with harbor views, Keurig coffee maker complete w/ Nantucket Blend K-cups, a mini fridge, free wi-fi, a huge LED smart TV, cozy robes, iPad/iPhone/iWhatever docking station (with sleep sounds included), and basically everything else you would need to have the best Nantucket weekend. My husband, a frequent business traveler, noticed that the iron was brand new and looked like it hadn’t ironed tires or served as a grilled cheese press. He’s so perceptive, that one.
My husband and I headed to the 3rd floor to check out our King Deluxe room, while Libby and Kevin had the same room on the 1st floor. Entering our guest room was what one would describe as a shriek-worthy experience. You know, the one where you drop your bags and yelp because it’s THE CUTEST room you have ever seen? Let me explain: a king bed, spacious desk, cozy chair and a separate closet and bathroom area make up the layout. The details are what really takes the cake- I’m talking adjustable reading lamps on each side of the bed, USB ports in every outlet, picturesque windows with harbor views, Keurig coffee maker complete w/ Nantucket Blend K-cups, a mini fridge, free wi-fi, a huge LED smart TV, cozy robes, iPad/iPhone/iWhatever docking station (with sleep sounds included), and basically everything else you would need to have the best Nantucket weekend. My husband, a frequent business traveler, noticed that the iron was brand new and looked like it hadn’t ironed tires or served as a grilled cheese press. He’s so perceptive, that one.
The bathroom is stunning, but the shower is the highlight. A luxurious pebble floor, smooth subway tile, and Vitamin C-infused water from the showerhead made it hard not to spend an excessive amount of time in the shower. If you’re thinking that a Vitamin C shower sounds strange, I did too. If I wanted to dump orange juice on my head, I’d go back to college when we thought mimosas made our hair shiny. I’m thankful my husband, the most fearless person I know, jumped into the shower as soon as we arrived to see what all the hype is about. “BABE!” he yelled from the shower, “THIS IS AMAZING! MY SKIN FEELS SO LUXURIOUS!!!!!!!! Don’t tell anyone I said that, k?” Your secret is safe with me, honey.
The bathroom is stunning, but the shower is the highlight. A luxurious pebble floor, smooth subway tile, and Vitamin C-infused water from the showerhead made it hard not to spend an excessive amount of time in the shower. If you’re thinking that a Vitamin C shower sounds strange, I did too. If I wanted to dump orange juice on my head, I’d go back to college when we thought mimosas made our hair shiny. I’m thankful my husband, the most fearless person I know, jumped into the shower as soon as we arrived to see what all the hype is about. “BABE!” he yelled from the shower, “THIS IS AMAZING! MY SKIN FEELS SO LUXURIOUS!!!!!!!! Don’t tell anyone I said that, k?” Your secret is safe with me, honey.
It turns out Libby and Kevin were equally thrilled with their abode. We attended the BYOB happy hour in the chic lobby, in which 21 Broad provides mixers, a few nibbles and great ambience to have a few cocktails and laughs before you head out for dinner. One of the unique features was the modern turntable with a selection of vinyls that guests can choose from to play during their cocktail hour. It’s wild how quickly everyone turns into a world-renowned DJ after a few drinks.
It turns out Libby and Kevin were equally thrilled with their abode. We attended the BYOB happy hour in the chic lobby, in which 21 Broad provides mixers, a few nibbles and great ambience to have a few cocktails and laughs before you head out for dinner. One of the unique features was the modern turntable with a selection of vinyls that guests can choose from to play during their cocktail hour. It’s wild how quickly everyone turns into a world-renowned DJ after a few drinks.
In the morning, the same area turns into a sunny breakfast dining area and the spread was simple and delicious. If you haven’t had overnight oats or a blue cheese and herb scone to start your day, my heart breaks for you.
We filled the weekend with meals at our favorite joints (shout out to Pi Pizzeria and Lola 41), island tours, beach walks, shopping on Main Street, and more drinks than was probably necessary. November is a stark contrast to the bustling summer months on Nantucket: it’s quiet, a little chilly, and a good amount of the shops are closed for the season.
We filled the weekend with meals at our favorite joints (shout out to Pi Pizzeria and Lola 41), island tours, beach walks, shopping on Main Street, and more drinks than was probably necessary. November is a stark contrast to the bustling summer months on Nantucket: it’s quiet, a little chilly, and a good amount of the shops are closed for the season. Nonetheless, we took the opportunity to explore businesses we hadn’t noticed before and met a handful of really pleasant locals. I can see how fall in ACK is their favorite time of the year – it’s serene, idyllic, and oh-so-adorable.
Although the island has so much to see, we really felt like we had the most fun back at 21 Broad. Whether it was conversing with the hotels’ delightful managers or simply enjoying the trance of the majestic custom-made fireplace in the dining area, we felt like we could be ourselves and reconnect as siblings, spouses (no pressure, Kevin) and friends.
All in all, our stay at 21 Broad was just what the doctor ordered. Kevin and Libby shared that they were astounded by the service, attention to detail, and exquisite décor, and can’t wait to come bACK to Nantucket as soon as possible. I’m going to chalk that up as a “Mission Accomplished.”
All in all, our stay at 21 Broad was just what the doctor ordered. Kevin and Libby shared that they were astounded by the service, attention to detail, and exquisite décor, and can’t wait to come bACK to Nantucket as soon as possible. I’m going to chalk that up as a “Mission Accomplished.”

Details:

21 Broad is closed from January –March each year. Sister property on island is 76 Main, equally as charming but has its own individual personality. Included with your stay is daily housekeeping, online discount at Vineyard Vines, breakfast, cookies in the afternoon, and BYOB cocktail hour in the evening. Off-season rates are very reasonable, starting at $259 for a queen room.
21 Broad is closed from January until March each year. Sister property on island is 76 Main, equally as charming but has its own individual personality. Included with your stay is daily housekeeping, online discount at Vineyard Vines, breakfast, cookies in the afternoon, and BYOB cocktail hour in the evening. Off-season rates are very reasonable, starting at $259 for a queen room.

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Amanda Carlo lives in Boston with her husband & two goldendoodles. She is a proud transplant from Kansas City and instantly fell in love with the lifestyle & beauty of Nantucket on her first trip several summers ago. Her ACK favorites include Bloody Mary's at Cisco Brewery, Downyflake donuts, and seal watching at Great Point with her niece & nephew.
Amanda Carlo lives in Boston with her husband & two goldendoodles. She is a proud transplant from Kansas City and instantly fell in love with the lifestyle & beauty of Nantucket on her first trip several summers ago. Her ACK favorites include Bloody Mary’s at Cisco Brewery, Downyflake donuts, and seal watching at Great Point with her niece & nephew. You can email her at alg464@gmail.com or follow her on instagram by clicking the link below!

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