Meet the Innkeeper
Matt has been innkeeping at Seven Sea Street Inn since 1987, when the inn was designed and newly built by the Parker family, not to replicate an early Nantucket colonial home but to function as a thoughtfully considered bed and breakfast. The inn is the fulfillment of a childhood dream for Matt, who loves innkeeping and hospitality and the opportunity of meeting new and interesting people from across the United States and around the world.
An “army brat,” Matt was born in Germany and raised in Rhode Island, while his father served in the army corps of engineers. As a boy, he first came to Nantucket in 1969 visiting friends with his family. Nantucket made such an impression on him that he vowed, along with his sister, to not take the rope bracelets off their wrists until they could return to the Island. The plan worked and this began his love for Nantucket, which eventually merged with his interest in innkeeping and culminated in his earning a B.S. in management engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Recently, Matt has served as chairman of the Nantucket Lodging Association, has been on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce, and has served as a member of the Nantucket Visitor Services committee. When not at the inn, he’s a single dad raising his three boys or on the soccer field coaching the next group of would-be high school soccer stars, just waiting to be discovered by Manchester United. He has recently become a running enthusiast, participating in area running events.
And then there was Puddy, our discreet and lovable tabby who taught us a few things about hospitality. He was a very special presence at the inn for 19 years but passed away on June 12th 2009 – we miss him very much. Oreo, our black and white Cavapoo, makes an appearance at the inn on occasion, and does a wonderful job of filling the void left by Puddy.
Please allow us the opportunity to share with you the beauty, the history and the magic of Nantucket, as our guests.