Hotel at a Glance: Nantasket Beach Resort
"Nantasket" is a Massachusetts tribe word meaning "low-tide place"—which is still apropos for Nantasket Beach today, as it seems to stretch on and on at low tide. The sandy, 3-mile swath of beach is just steps from the Nantasket Beach Resort, which lies 18 miles south of Boston. In fact, you can see the Boston skyline from several vantage points on the Nantasket Peninsula, including Fort Revere Park, just 4 miles from the resort.
- Grab a bite at Paragon Grill, where Executive Chef Kevin Colby serves up fresh seafood, steaks, and pasta.
- In-room amenities: Guest rooms come with an HD flat-screen TV, gas fireplace, whirlpool tub, private balcony, microwave, coffeemaker, and mini fridge
- Go for a swim: The heated pool is both indoor and outdoor—a retractable glass roof is open or closed, depending on the season.
- Catch live entertainment at the Surf Lounge, a casual bar that hosts Comedy Night the last Saturday of every month.
Nantasket Peninsula, Massachusetts: Scenic Peninsula with Views of the Boston Skyline
Though perhaps less popular than Cape Cod, Nantasket Peninsula is just as scenic—and it's often less crowded and more affordable than its counterpart to the south. The wide sandy avenue known as Nantasket Beach has been a draw for Massachusetts locals for nearly two centuries, thanks to ferries that shuttled Bostonians to the peninsula. President Calvin Coolidge and Boston mayor John F. Fitzgerald, father of Rose and Joseph Kennedy, summered here. Go for a walk or cross-country ski along the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed carriage paths at World's End, composed of four hills along the coast. Here, you'll see panoramic views of the rocky coastline and the Boston skyline, just 15 miles away.
The seaside town of Hull is the peninsula's cultural hub. From the early 1900s through the mid-1980s, Hull was home to Paragon Park, a sprawling amusement park with roller coasters, arcade games, and an aerial tram. Though the park is no more, the carefully restored Paragon Carousel is a vestige from the park's 1920s heyday. You can climb aboard one of the carousel's 66 carved horses or two Roman chariots and spin to the tune of a Wurlitzer Band Organ.