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Jared Coffin House is located in the center of Nantucket Town on Broad Street. The stately 1845 red-brick mansion occupies a peaceful corner across the street from its own private garden. It’s only two blocks from the island’s excellent Whaling Museum and about five blocks from the waterfront, so there’s no need for a car here. Just stroll out the front door, which is adorned with an antique-style flag bunting, and down cobblestone streets lined with shops (from Nantucket Candy Company to Ralph Lauren), restaurants, galleries and historic homes — though few are as historic as Jared Coffin House, which was fortunate to survive Nantucket’s great fire of 1846.
Getting to Jared Coffin House begins with either a flight or ferry ride from the mainland. If you arrive via the two-hour car ferry or one-hour high-speed ferry from Cape Cod, it’s a short walk from the dock to the Nantucket hotel. (Though you may want to take a cab if you have luggage — the occasional cobblestones can be rough on wheels.) If you opt to fly — there are seasonal direct flights from Cape Cod, Boston, New York, Washington D.C. and Providence — you’ll arrive at Nantucket Memorial Airport. From there, it’s about a 10-minute taxi ride into town and to Jared Coffin House.