A decade ago there were only two kinds of lodgings on Nantucket. For those who could afford them there were (and still are) a few grand, wallet-bruising seaside hotels. For everyone else there were scores of smaller, less expensive 19th-century inns. These bed-and-breakfasts almost uniformly embraced an authentic whaling-era aesthetic, which included period details both charming (canopy beds, lace curtains, antique furniture) and less so (thin walls, musty smells, and shared hallway bathrooms).
Over the past few years, however, younger, trendier travelers have discovered the island. To cater to these visitors several innkeepers have upped their game. Since last summer more than a half-dozen properties have undergone complete redesigns, replacing doilies with Jonathan Adler textiles, breakfast nooks with slick cafes, and tour brochures with in-room iPads.