The White Elephant Hotel in Palm Beach has a sister property in Nantucket. Actually, the newly renovated, shingle-style New England version is the original. Iconic. Nantucket island’s main town is so charmingly, historically dense that it’s almost a surprise to walk through the well-appointed parlor rooms of its best-known hotel and see such vast open space—a verdant lawn that leads to a swimmable pocket cove and the masts of so many sailboats.
All that is the backdrop to one of New England’s finest breakfasts at the White Elephant’s Brant Point Grill. New England’s breakfasts are typically hardy and sweet; Nantucket isn’t the place to count calories. The brioche French toast—with whipped mascarpone, fresh berry compote, creme Anglais and Vermont maple syrup—captures that spirit of indulgence. It’s thick and rich and presented halfway between sculptural and messy, which is exactly what you want on vacation.
Best of all, JetBlue offers flights from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm (via New York and DC), so even this far-flung island, located south of the spot where Cape Cod takes its bend north, is easily accessible for South Floridians.