Veranda House, Nantucket, Massachusetts $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
This 17th-century house, now owned by a young couple, has hosted guests since 1881 (members of the Coffin family, one of the first clans to settle the island, stayed here for a reunion). Completely redecorated for the summer 2008 season by Boston interior designer Rachel Reider, the rooms are white on white, accented by handblown Simon Pearce lamps, Frette linens, four-poster feather beds, and Italian tile. The renovation also increased the number of rooms from 16 to 18, including four one-bedroom suites, two of which have private access to those namesake wraparound verandas. (Room 23 has the best harbor view, but if it's booked, ask for room 11 or, for that matter, any room facing the water.) A breakfast room opens onto a patio high above the private yard where wine-and-cheese receptions are held for guests on Wednesday and Saturday evenings; continental breakfast, including Green Mountain coffee and wild Maine blueberry muffins, and daily afternoon tea are also included. Everything here is as charming as you'd expect from a Nantucket hotel, and the friendly staff stands at the ready to make your stay perfect: If you're not into schlepping your gear to the water, the "beach concierge" will arrange for chairs, umbrellas, picnic lunches, and a taxi.
Closed mid-October through mid-May.