Periwinklenantucket is committed to facilitating the accessibility and usability of its website, Periwinklenantucket, for everyone. Periwinklenantucket aims to comply with all applicable standards, including the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 up to Level AA (WCAG 2.0 AA). Periwinklenantucket is proud of the efforts that we have completed and that are in-progress to ensure that our website is accessible to everyone.

If you experience any difficulty in accessing any part of this website, please feel free to call us at (508) 228-9267 and we will work with you to provide the information or service you seek through an alternate communication method that is accessible for you consistent with applicable law (for example, through telephone support).

Getting Here

It’s easy to get to the Periwinkle Inn. Just use the ferry, then there are walking directions below to access our luxury bed and breakfast in the heart of Nantucket.

Nantucket Ferries

Nantucket Island is located 23.75 nautical miles off Hyannis, MA or just under 28 statute miles. There are two major ferry services, The Steamship Authority and Hy-Line Cruises, both with regular schedules between Hyannis, Cape Cod and Nantucket.

There is also a Martha’s Vineyard inter-Island Ferry available seasonally and on a limited schedule.

The Steamship Authority

The Steamship Ferry operates a ferry system for both passengers and vehicles.

Passenger reservations are not needed on the traditional ferries and passengers traveling without a vehicle may purchase their tickets at the ferry terminals on the day of sailing. Pets and baggage can travel with passengers at no additional charge. However, bicycles, surfboards (including wind surfboards) and other large objects require an additional charge. The Periwinkle has a no pet policy.

If you are planning to take your vehicle, you are required to make an advance vehicle reservation. It is recommended that in peak season, you do this well-in-advance of your trip.

The ferry has spacious seating, free Wi-Fi and TV and snack bars with beverages including beer, wine and mixed drinks for those over 21 years of age.

The Steamship fast, one-hour ferry is only a 4 small block walk to the Periwinkle Inn.


The Periwinkle B&B is a short walk (0.2 miles, 4 min) from Steamship Authority.

  1. Head west on Steamboat Wharf toward Easy St.
  2. Turn right onto S Beach St.
  3. Turn left onto Whalers Lane.
  4. Turn right onto N Water St.
  5. The Periwinkle B&B (#9) is on the right- hand side, 4 houses beyond the Whaling Museum.

Hy-Line Cruises

The Hy-Line operates a passenger-only ferry service between Hyannis, Cape Cod and Nantucket. The options for travel include a high-speed ferry that takes 1 hour while the traditional ferry takes approximately 1 hour 50 minutes.

Pets can travel on the ferry with you and you may also bring a bicycle for an additional charge. All ferries have a full snack bar and alcohol is available to passengers 21 years and older.

The Hy-line is about a 5-minute walk to the Periwinkle Inn.


The Periwinkle B&B is a short walk (0.3 miles, 7 min) from Hy-Line.

  1. Head west on Straight Wharf toward Harbor Square.
  2. Continue onto Main St.
  3. Turn right onto S Water St.
  4. Turn left onto Broad St.
  5. Turn right onto N Water St.
  6. The Periwinkle B&B (#9) is on the right- hand side, 4 houses beyond the Whaling Museum.

Access Our Nantucket Vacation Guide!

This small-island town charm will provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing, romantic escape!