What are the best places to stay in Nantucket?

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Since it takes a bit of effort to get to Nantucket, spend the night (if not a week) to really let the “island time” mentality settle in. While Nantucket is a relatively small island, there are some truly unique experiences to be had when it comes to where to stay. Here are some of our favorites:

The Wauwinet. Want to really feel worlds away? Then you must check out The Wauwinet, a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star “inn by the sea” noted for its exquisite location, excellence in service and Topper’s restaurant. Here you’ll find the ultimate in solace and relaxation, from the sun deck where cell phones are prohibited to the beautiful spa offering rejuvenating services.

The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin. There is no better view than waking up on the boat basin and seeing the sunrise from your sweet cottage. These adorable one-, two- and three-bedroom cottages have plenty of space for relaxing inside as well as decks to feed the ducks at night while you sip on a glass of wine. Love to bring your dog with you on vacation? This is your pet-friendly spot.

The White Elephant. Occupying a prime spot on Nantucket Harbor, The White Elephant welcomes guests with its iconic brand of Nantucket hospitality and charm (and its signature elephant pillows). Boat lovers will adore the wide range of water activities available, and downtown is just steps away too. Guests and non-guests alike should head to the hotel’s Brant Point Grill for delightful menus — and views — at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

White Elephant Village. The White Elephant’s sister property is a newer option a bit further away from the downtown scene but still within walking distance. Check in to the inn for a modern, beach-inspired guest room or reserve one of the residences for a fully equipped condo. Though White Elephant Village will shuttle you to the beach, the onsite swimming pool, where staff will pamper you, is a refreshing alternative.

Jared Coffin House. An intimate inn with a colorful history — it was built by a whaling magnate in 1845 — Jared Coffin House sits on a picturesque corner of Nantucket Town steps away from shops and restaurants. Rooms are furnished with charming Queen Anne pieces and floral patterns and, while Jared Coffin House does not have its own restaurant, morning coffee and pastries and afternoon lemonade are served in the library.

Union Street Inn. If you are in search of a stunning B&B, Union Street Inn fits the bill. Though this newly remodeled inn has one of the best locations on the island (you’re just a minute from Main Street), you’re also off the beaten path on a one-way street. Breakfast is included; you don’t want to miss out on their fresh juices and food that rivals some of the best breakfast spots on Nantucket.

Regatta Inn. This gem of a B&B is one of Nantucket’s newest hotels. The eight-room inn boasts beautifully decorated rooms and, along with a great location just minutes from downtown, it offers breakfast and afternoon tea with your stay. With a knowledgeable and friendly innkeeper, this property exudes a wonderful sense of hospitality.

The Summer House. Siasconset, a sleepy seasonal village about eight miles outside Nantucket Town, is home to The Summer House and its cottages on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic. Decorated in a simple and timeless English cottage style, these one- and two-bedroom cottages give you a lovely place to rest and put you just steps away from a heated pool and the ocean.

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