Best of Boston


2016 BEST Inn, Nantucket

Union Street Inn


Co-owner Ken Withrow spent 20 years working for famed hotelier Ian Schrager, and the in-town inn he runs with his wife, Deborah, puts that pedigree on full display, from staffers trained to remember your name and wine preference to guest… read more»

2016 BEST Inn, Cape Cod



This saucy bed-and-breakfast brings a splash of urban charm to the outermost Cape. Rooms are painted bright colors—no staid New England décor here. The food stands out, too: At breakfast, dig into treats like caramelized-onion-and-shiitake clafoutis; by night, mingle with… read more»

2015 BEST Inn, Cape Cod



Owners Allison Baldwin and Ilene Mitnick (a.k.a. the “Roux Deux”) call their restored 1870s Victorian in P-town’s East End Gallery District a “French girl about to have a wonderful party,” and she’s a saucy lady indeed, with cheekily named rooms… read more»

2015 BEST Inn, Nantucket

Regatta Inn


Thanks to a recent renovation, this centrally located Federal-style building has all of the history but none of the outdated décor. The inn’s eight guest rooms boast luxe amenities, including Frette and Matouk linens and marble bathrooms. But perhaps the… read more»

2014 BEST Inn, Cape Cod

Winstead Inn & Beach Resort

The Winstead’s two Harwich properties offer something for everyone: Sun worshipers and relaxation seekers gravitate toward the 14-room manse situated on a private beach, while families enjoy the recently expanded, bike-path-adjacent 15-room estate in the heart of town, just a… read more»

2014 BEST Inn, Nantucket

76 Main


This sleek downtown inn offers rooms done up in stripes and poppy colors by Boston designer Rachel Reider, as well as plenty of modern amenities (iPads, Apple TVs). Your best bet is Room 16 or 17 in the guesthouse, each… read more»

2013 BEST Inn, Cape Cod

Salt House Inn


This is P-town’s first boutique hotel, new this spring, and already we’re smitten. Each of its rooms, snug and brilliant white, has plush bedding, nautical curiosities hung on the walls, and unique touches we love. WiFi and parking are gratis,… read more»

2013 BEST Inn, Martha's Vineyard

Lambert’s Cove Inn & Restaurant

Vineyard Haven

If you want a real island retreat, head to the north side, take a quiet road through the woods, and book yourself into a room at the idyllic Lambert’s Cove Inn. You can stay in either the main building—a converted… read more»

2013 BEST Inn, Nantucket

Union Street Inn


Though there’s a flurry of hotel action on the island (the renovated retro-chic Chapman House, Lark Hotels’ sleek new 76 Main), the Union Street Inn continues to define the gold standard for boutique lodging on Nantucket. In addition to Matouk… read more»

2012 BEST Inn, Cape Cod

The Platinum Pebble

West Harwich

This eight-room inn, now in its second season, is more Design Within Reach than scalloped dust ruffle (think: hide rugs, mirrored side tables, and his-and-hers rain showers). Fortunately, that modern vibe doesn’t come at the expense of those all-important B&B… read more»