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A Literary Oasis In The Heart Of Nantucket Town

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath With Spiral Stair Loft And Books Galore!

The Second Story Loft is a modern gem in downtown Nantucket. Located on the second floor of a completely renovated building which houses Nantucket Bookworks and ACKfresh juice bar on the first floor, the Second Story Loft features three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and has a striking Great Room with a wall of books, comfortable seating area, generous table, and gourmet kitchen perfect for entertaining.

The Second Story is a great spot from which to explore Town and the island. Cars are not necessary, as the loft is located in easy walking distance from the ferries, and shuttle buses and taxis are readily available. Ask us about corporate retreats or parties - we work with local caterers and can help plan your trip.

Wifi, Sonos sound system, custom packages, and more. We can't wait to welcome you to the Second Story Loft!

More Details

Property Manager
Melanie Gowen
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

About Melanie Gowen

I love beer and books and Nantucket and am so grateful to be following those passions as the owner of Nantucket Bookworks and Mitchell's Book Corner and as the co-founder of Cisco Brewers. After growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, I arrived on Nantucket in 1988 during a summer break from Smith College to work at Bartlett's Farm. I was a philosophy major in search of the good life, and found it on the island... so I kept coming back, and back, and stayed for good after meeting my husband Randy in 1992. We have two kids in the high school here and with all this action we are busy busy.

The fabulous Melanie Gowen, a realtor with years of experience in hospitality, serves as property manager for me, so she will likely be the front line helping you with your stay. No doubt I'll be breezing around though and am happy to help however I can. Cheers!

Melanie Gowen purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Melanie Gowen chose Nantucket Town

I began working at Bookworks in 1995 (same year we started the brewery) and in 1999 the then owners decided to sell. Huzzah it was my chance to realize my dream of bookstore ownership! My parents bought the real estate as an investment, and I bought the store. It was a one story building that was slowly returning to the earth, and in 2014 it was finally time to renovate. We added a second story and basement to help cover the costs of the renovation, so we can keep the bookstore at a rent it can support. We hope it will be a win/win for all.

What makes this apartment unique

In designing the apartment, I asked myself "What belongs in a bookstore apartment?" The answer was obvious. Books! So we have thousands. A wall of hardcovers that I hope stays, and a loft wall full of advance readers that our guests are welcome to keep. I wanted a clean yet warm aesthetic, so kilim rugs, a leather couch, and found objects accent a clean white space with dark wood floors and a gorgeous kitchen featuring brass and open wood shelving.

For anyone who knows Nantucket, you already know that the location is superb for those who want to be in the heart of the action. In my humble opinion there is simply no place more fun than Nantucket for fine dining and night life in season.

In the off season, this apartment would be the perfect place to retreat to write. Climb the spiral staircase and find a wonderful little desk (actually built by my great-grandfather in Michigan) that makes a perfect writer's garret. I suspect Emily Dickinson or Mark Twain would be right at home.


Nantucket Town Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Books: Do not take books from main room, but please help yourself to any of the paperbacks on the upper level!
  • Noise: Please be mindful of the bookstore downstairs. Thank you!
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , In king bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , In queen bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , In hallway at bottom of spiral stair
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Ensuite bathroom with oversized tiled shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Ensuite bathroom with pedestal sink
    Loft room - 1 twin/ single , Reached by spiral stair
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
When you stay at the Second Story Loft, you can pop down to the bookstore not just for books, but for coffee, juice, and grab and go foods as well! The building is surrounded by hotels and restaurants. (Please note that it is an "urban" environment in that sense, so restaurant activities may be audible at times.) You'll be mere steps from the Brotherhood of Thieves, Le Languedoc, Dune, Nantucket Prime, the Corner Table at the Nantucket Culinary Center, and many more. The Nantucket Visitors' Center is right around the corner, as is the free shuttle to Cisco Brewers. The Nantucket Whaling Museum is just a few doors down on the way to the Steamship Authority and the fast food "Strip." World class shopping is located blocks away. So much to see and do!


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A Literary Oasis In The Heart Of Nantucket Town
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Wonderful apartment in a convenient location

  • 5 of 5

We hope to come back to this special rental. It was a much better choice for our family than a hotel. Privacy when we wanted it, and a huge living room when we wanted to hang out.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely light filled, book filled space located over a charming bookstore. It is situated well to enjoy downtown Nantucket, and will make your stay on this beautiful island even more fun!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing property. Best location. An incredible stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Perfect Trip

  • 5 of 5

A fabulous one of a kind property in a perfect location. We are looking forward to returning soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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What a terrific place!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful visit to the Second Story Loft. The location in the heart of town was great for our family and the loft had everything we could think of. The bookshop downstairs was a special trip and our daughters spent a good bit of time there.

Thanks for a memorable stay on Nantucket and we can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Gorgeous, peaceful apartment in killer location

  • 5 of 5

This is just about the prettiest place ever. New, beautifully decorated, thoughtfully appointed. I contacted the owners a couple times (my fault--I was tired from my flight and in my fog couldn't figure out the shower) and they got right back to me, and were very nice. I showed some friends the place and they were equally enthralled. Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Cisco Brewers
Whaling Museum
Nantucket Bookworks
Mitchell's Book Corner
Triple Eight Distillery
Corner Table Cafe
"Great coffee and grab and go foods, right across the street!"
Le Languedoc Inn & Bistro
"Love the downstairs bar!"
"Great restaurant and bar!"
Brotherhood of Thieves
"So handy! Great pub fare and family friendly atmosphere. Patio in season and cozy downstairs..."
Galley Beach
"Splurge during your visit with bubbles on the beach for sunset, or a full on fancy meal. "
Barnaby's Place
"Cute little kids' "cafe" in the back corner of Bookworks. Candy and healthy treats themed wi..."
Maria Mitchell Association
"Quaint museum celebrating the life of one of America's first women astronomers. They have a ..."
Chicken Box
"The best dive bar for late night live music. So not fancy which is one reason to love it!"
Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Nantucket Memorial Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Brotherhood of Thieves
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Steamship Authority
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Miacomet Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Le Languedoc
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Children's Beach
Car: not necessary

Built in 2015, the Second Story Loft apartment is truly a brand new, one of a kind space on Nantucket, located above the charming little bookstore Nantucket Bookworks. You will feel part of the action as you are perched with views of Broad Street on three sides.

Even better, the literary theme continues with a full height wall of books, a leather Chesterfield sofa, and a striking table big enough to entertain 10-14 comfortably.

Work with the hosts for packages to suit every taste. We can stock the fridge with Whale's Tale Pale Ale, Nantucket Vineyard wines, or Triple Eight Distillery spirits, or load the bedside tables with copies of Nathaniel Philbrick's In the heart of the sea, or Nantucket novels by Elin Hilderbrand and Nancy Thayer. You and your guests will love feeling part of Town and the bookstore when you stay with us.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning $120
Refundable damage deposit $500

A pet will be considered on a case by case basis for an additional $500.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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