The Wauwinet Reimagined -June 2019
Nantucket’s Luxury Inn Turns 30 with a Brand New Look
by: Leslie Linsley
photography by: courtesy of the Wauwinet
Tucked away in the northeast corner of the island, on a strip of sand between the blue waters of Nantucket Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean sits The Wauwinet, Nantucket’s only Relais & Châteaux luxury property. Secluded, and surrounded by the natural beauty of the island, the Wauwinet is a one-of-a-kind Nantucket experience.
First opened in 1876 as a rustic summertime retreat at the head of the harbor, The Wauwinet has been in continuous operation for more than 140 years.
Purchased by Steve and Jill Karp in 1988, The Wauwinet was renovated into a premiere luxury inn on the island and reopened the following year. Now, 30 years later, the hotel has undergone another multi-million-dollar renovation of its lobby, library and 32 guest rooms and cottages, updating it for the 21st century. Just when it seemed impossible that The Wauwinet could get any better, its owners have proven otherwise.
The Wauwinet offers everything that a well-pampered guest could anticipate for a restorative time away. This is due to the owners’ high standards of luxury combined with their years of experience in the hospitality industry and impeccable taste and sense of style necessary to reimagine a world-class inn. The Wauwinet succeeds in every way in accommodating the needs of modern-day travelers, without losing its original seaside cottage charm. The result is nothing less than perfect.
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