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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Find Dog Heaven in Nantucket

There’s no need to leave your pet at home when this island offers canine-friendly lodgings, restaurants, and beaches.

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1. Where to Stay


The Cottages at Boat Basin cater to dogs with special beds and toys.  

Book one of the eleven “woof” cottages designated for canine stays at The Cottages at Boat Basin (from $420 in peak season, pet fee from $60), which come equipped with dog beds, water bowls, and bags, plus a squeaky toy lobster. Try to get End of Rope, a two-bedroom option with a private deck that sits directly on the downtown waterfront. Take advantage of the resort’s dog-friendly beach bus, which will drop you off and pick you up anywhere on the island.

Request a room on the first floor for easy access to the dog run at the Brass Lantern (from $175, pet fee of $20/day per animal), a quaint downtown inn with quilted four-poster beds and oriental rugs. Proprietor Michelle C. Langlois provides dog beds, water bowls, and food as well as a welcome packet that highlights the island’s pet-friendly restaurants (like nearby Starlight Theatre & Cafe and Dune), walk suggestions around the island, and information on dog walkers and pet shops.

Get easy access to Brant Point Beach from the pet-friendly Cliffside rooms at The Beachside (from $205), a cedar-shingled motel just outside town. The rooms are simple and clean if somewhat lacking in charm, but there’s a designated grassy area for dogs to roam and a negligible pet fee of $35 for your entire stay.


Published on Jun 16, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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