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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

With charming boutique stores, classic architecture and some of the best beaches around, Nantucket is a great getaway spot year round.

Traditional guesthouses, beachside cottages and classic inns are just a few of the places where visitors can relax before and after they explore the island each day. Although each of these places offers something different to patrons, when it comes to creating a truly unique and convenient island experience, 76 Main is sure to impress.
Freshly renovated, 76 Main offers lodging in the tailored Main House and more relaxed Guest House, both of which are plenty comfy. Even better, each room comes with free wireless Internet, beach bags and beach chairs, Apple TV and a whole lot more.
A look around 76

Photo: 76 Main interior via Facebook

While the top-tier amenities, along with a tasty coffee café and a courtyard where you can enjoy it, make 76 Main an excellent place to stay, what makes this spot so special can be summed up in three words: location, location, location.
Nantucket’s small size means that travelers can enjoy an intimate island experience no matter where they stay but few accommodations put visitors in the thick of it that way that 76 Main does.
Situated near the intersection of Main Street and Centre Street, 76 Main provides patrons with a seven-minute walk to the harbor and similarly quick strolls to Nantucket’s many gems, both well known and hidden.
To start, the Nantucket Whaling Museum, which houses many items drawn from the island’s unique maritime history, is less than a ten-minute walk away. At the museum, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week starting on May 24, visitors can also check out a remarkable 46-foot Sperm Whale skeleton, which washed ashore nearly two decades ago.
Nantucket Whaling Museum

Photo: Nantucket Whaling Museum by Michael Galvin

If you’re a little more partial to shopping than you are history, 76 Main will have you right at home, too. Murray’s Toggery Shop has clothes for men, ladies and kids, and is just a couple hundred feet outside the front door. Blue Beetle, which specializes in Nantucket specialties, monogrammed jewelry and other one-of-a-kind gifts, is only a bit further, residing four minutes by foot from the hotel.
Not the indoors type? No problem at all, as 76 Main makes it easy to spend time outside and see what the island has to offer. Children’s Beach, which also includes a park and a playground, is no more than a ten-minute walk away and is a great place for a day out with the family. Nantucket Bike Tours, which introduces riders to some of the island’s finest sights and scenes, is also right around the corner.
Children's Beach

Photo: Children’s Beach playground by Michael Galvin

The Nantucket Downtown Historic District, a treat for anyone with an appreciation for architecture, is even closer, just a few minutes’ walk away. Walking the district is a great way to spend a nice day, as visitors can amble through today’s closest replica to the New England seaport towns of the 18th and 19th century.
Along with attractions and outdoor spots, there are more than a few places near 76 Main to fill your appetite and wet your beak, too. The Club Car, which opens for the season on May 15, is island dining at its finest, while Black Eyed Susan’s is great for a bite in the morning or evening. For local fare with a Latin twist, try Corazon del Mar, another quality option.
When it comes to reaching the island itself, there are several ways to do it. Ferries leave regularly from Hyannis and from Harwichport (starting Memorial Day weekend) on Cape Cod, as well as from Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. Flights are available, too, and can be further explored here. For on-island transportation questions, get answers here.
You can also discover more places to stay around Nantucket and all of Massachusetts here and here, respectively.
Photo at the top courtesy of 76 Main on Facebook