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Jared Coffin House, Nantucket Town 

29 Broad Street
Nantucket , Massachusetts
Tel: 800 248 2405 (toll-free)
Tel: 508 228 2400
Fax: 508 228 8549
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Built by a wealthy ship owner in 1845, this elegant property in the middle of town is an island icon and one of the few Nantucket hotels open year-round. The main house (a mansion, really) is a good example of the island's Federal-style architecture, and the main floor still looks and feels as if a 19th-century sea captain lives upstairs. There are 43 units in the main house and 13—the only ones with air-conditioning—in the adjacent Daniel Webster House. Room sizes and rates range widely; a few singles go for $155 a night, a steal during high season (although they really are singles—even svelte couples will find them cramped). Avoid front-facing rooms, which are subject to street noise. The place feels slightly grandmotherly, with a mix of antique and reproduction furniture, and worn flowery fabrics. At Harbor Wok, the island's only Chinese restaurant, General Gau meets Captain Coffin. But if you didn't come to Nantucket for the crispy spicy beef, or even lobster Cantonese, take advantage of the 15 percent discount at the White Elephant's Brant Point Grill (breakfast, lunch, and Sunday brunch only). The bar, the Tap Room, remains closed.

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