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A desired address. A window into life on Nantucket.
A place where the rhythms of the island meet the aesthetic of the people who inhabit it.
Visit 76 Main and discover an impeccably designed Nantucket boutique hotel offering exceptional rooms and amenities; the ultimate relaxing “Nantucket getaway” courtyard; an all-day coffee cafe; the latest tech amenities; and exceptional (yet unobtrusive) service.
All of Nantucket’s sights, sounds and tastes — from the well known (beaches, boats, world class restaurants) to the lesser known (shark diving, vodka making) — are reflected in our halls and are just a short stroll outside our front door. In fact, our newly renovated Nantucket hotel is a block from the heart of town and an six-minute walk to the harbor.
We look forward to welcoming you to 76 Main and helping you enjoy the good life that is time on Nantucket.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Dawn Hagin for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
It's the only boutique hotel on tony Main Street - a landmark location in the heart of Nantucket town.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Our secluded courtyard with fire pits and cocktail mixer bar (BYOB), high-tech amenities (such as Apple TV and iPads in the rooms), our all-day coffee cafe and our incredible location.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Nantucket creeps into your soul and finds a home. Many aspects of the island capture visitors' imaginations -- from the gorgeous beaches to the cranberry bogs, to the charm of downtown with its brick streets and whaling captains' homes.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
"I never want to leave."
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
You can dine at the best waterfront location around. Snag a bag of “to go” mussels, steamers or little necks from Sayle’s Seafood and mosey over to the beach beside Brant Point Lighthouse. Nosh as you watch the ferries glide into the harbor.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Check out our Nantucket Underground hints here: www.76main.com/nantucket-life/nantucket-underground/
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The entire town! Restaurants, shops, the Whaling museum, the harbor, and much more.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
There are so many! However, American Seasons -- offering imaginative, “haute humble” cuisine that features what’s seasonal, local and lush -- is consistently the most buzzed about Nantucket restaurant. Hands down.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Nantucket.net has all the info on upcoming events and festivals.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 20 rooms.
Do you accept pets?
We don't accept pets.
Nantucket creeps into your soul and finds a home.
Many aspects of the island are bound to capture your imagination and your heart. Let us help you find those points of connection -- your brand of Nantucket lifestyle.
To help you on your way, we’re sharing some of our own favorite restaurants and lesser-know “Nantucket Underground” hints. We also invite you to visit Nantucket magazine’s website, published by the hotel’s owner.
The inside scoop on lesser known Nantucket activities and attractions
1. Thrill in the Deep
Climb aboard the Tracker with Captain Bryce Rohrer of Nantucket Shark Divers. Enter the cage with the ocean’s most feared predators and experience a rush of sheer joy and terror combined. There’s nothing like it. Read more about how Rohrer can get you safely up close and personal with the water’s most fearsome species.
2. Sip the Sparkly
Settle in at Topper’s Deck on a crystal clear late morning and work your way through the Bubble Brunch Menu. Enjoy stunning views of Nantucket Bay as you discover so many delightful ways to sip sparkling wine. Our favorite? It's a tie between the Venice Spritz and the Mon Cherie. Trust us - cab it back to Main Street.
3. Walk the Wild Isle
Step deeply into Nantucket’s wilderness and tune into the island’s wiles of wanderlust with both feet. Delight in the primal necessity of being outdoors with these four “back woods” walks around “the rock.” Ask your concierge for directions and make sure you take along your camera:
- Coskata Pond. Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge. Moderate to Strenuous. 3.2 miles
- Head of the Plains. Madaket. Moderate. 2.3 miles
- Squam Swamp. Squam. Easy 1 mile.
- Serengeti. West of ‘Sconset village. Moderate. 2 miles
4. Journey to the Edge
Rent a jeep and drive to the end of Coatue. Of course, the rental car company will tell you not to... but since when do you listen to authority!? The view of the island from this angle is glorious.
5. Grab a Paddle
Join the Nantucket Community Sailing’s outrigger club for an evening trip around the harbor. Test your endurance and rhythm with this experienced group of paddlers. Read more about the club and these timeless watercrafts.
6. Visit a Beloved Institution
While the Whaling Museum certainly deserves its due, nothing is more emotionally rousing (and, oh, so very Nantucket) than the Shipwreck Museum. Exhibits chronicle the heroism of stalwart islanders who routinely braved all odds to rescue shipwrecked sailors. Memorable and moving.
7. Start Your Day Stretching
Rise and shine for Yoga on the Beach, held every day but Sunday at 7 a.m. on Children's Beach in season. Afterward, enjoy fruit and granola from Mac's Place or head back to the hotel for a baked good from the cafe.
8. Rock at The Box
Get your groove on at The Chicken Box , hands down the best venue for live music on the island. Act like a real insider and only refer to it as “The Box” and don’t bother going before 10:00 pm. That’s when the real fun starts.
9. Explore Madaket
Board the bus to Madaket for the afternoon. Browse the 'giveaways' at the little house at the Madaket Dump (or the Madaket Mall, as locals call it) for some of the finest castoffs in the world. See the real neighborhood of Mr. Rodgers at his summer cottage “The Crooked House.” End the evening watching the sunset. Madaket offers the only “all over the ocean” sunset this side of Santa Monica.
10. Picnic at the Point
Snag a bag of “to go” mussels, steamers or little necks from Sayle’s Seafood and mosey over to the beach beside Brant Point Lighthouse. Nosh as you watch the ferries glide into the harbor.
11. Find your Sun
Whether you are searching for a pick-up volleyball game or a quiet place to loll in the rays, Nantucket offers a beach for every mood and inclination. Click here for a great Nantucket beach summary.
12. Sip a Martini
Of course, you can do this anywhere, but why not with a winter wheat vodka that was “Born in Nantucket and raised in the Rocky Mountains?” Dune restaurant delivers decadent cocktails made with Lucky Dog Vodka, the brainchild of Nantucket local Greg Nichols. The incredibly smooth, crisp spirit is distilled with Rocky Mountain meltwater from the Snake River aquifer in Idaho. Plus, it won the Gold Medal at the 2011 New York Wine & Spirits Competition. Not too shabby! Read more about Lucky Dog Vodka and its maker, local, Greg Nichols.
Dining well on Nantucket is never a problem. Nantucket restaurants offer everything from "five napkin" burgers to the buzziest of haute cuisine. Check out our favorites:
Flip Flops Fine
- Brotherhood of Thieves (508-228-2551). Flowing taps, big juicy burgers, and killer fish and chips lead the list at this 1840’s whaling bar. As Nantucket restaurants go, everybody knows (and goes) to "the brotherhood."
- Black Eyed Susan’s (508-325-0308). Intimate and unpretentious, this tiny island favorite’s fare is truly inspired and gloriously fresh.
- Center Street Bistro (508-228-8470). Stroll in wearing flip flops or a tie and get the same friendly welcome. Uncomplicated Nantucket restaurant with creative cuisine. BYOB.
- Met on Main (508-325-5111). Great grilled dishes and a lively back patio make the "Met" perfect for post beach cocktails. Unique Tartare Bar is the cafe's answer to sushi and offers anywhere from six to ten selections.
See & Be Scene
- Cru Oyster Bar. (508-228-9278) Expansive water-side glamour scene where the glitteratti gather. A feast for the eyes as well as the mouth with extensive raw bar, elite wine list and interiors by Gautheir Stacy.
- Corazon Del Mar (508-228-0815). A latin-inspired love letter to food with a playful vibe and colorful surroundings (both decor and the people!) Scallop ceviche is truly sublime.
- Dune. (508-228-5550) Pop your collar and throw on your Nantucket Reds -- the locals are out and playing at Dune. Great bar scene and solid menu featuring day-caught seafood. Try the Hot & Dirty — Thai chili-infused vodka with a splash of olive juice.
- LoLa 41 (508-325-5001). Upscale finger food sets the tone - think exquisite sushi rolls, spicy pork bahn mi and mouth-watering burgers in foie gras dipping sauce. Bubbling with local gossip and music, eating at this Nantucket restaurant makes you want to bob your head while licking your fingers clean of hoisin and ginger-laced BBQ sauce.
- The Pearl (508-228-9701). Nantucket meets Miami with cool white interior, tropical fish tanks and Asian-influenced menu. Select, but excellent, cocktail and wine list.
Nights for Celebration
- American Seasons (508-228-7111). It’s about the food. Imaginative “haute humble” cuisine features what’s seasonal, local and lush. Exceptional American wine list. Consistently the most buzzed about Nantucket restaurant. Hands down.
- Company of the Cauldron (508-228-4016). Cape Cod Life said it best, the Cauldron exudes a "darkly handsome, romantic-as-a-novel" atmosphere. Limited menu features daily special items prepared with care and skill.
Tried & True
- Brant Point Grill (508-228-2500). Waterside favorite features the classics: steaks done right, lobster and cherished dishes of New England seafood.
- Oran Mor (508-228-8655). Inspired simplicity showcasing native seafood, fresh local produce and naturally raised meats from select farms.
- Straight Wharf (508-228-4499). A great place to end the day, Straight Wharf exudes vintage Nantucket restaurant. Serving re-interpreted summer classics and foods that speak of Nantucket culture.