Sea Worthy

A beachside inn and club that's worth the price

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unique combination of an inn and private club, the Cliffside benefits from this by being right on the sand, just west of Jetties Beach, and only a mile from Nantucket Town. There are only 26 rooms and suites, the occupancy of which entitles you to one of the trademark yellow, blue, or green beach umbrellas in the inn’s own private stretch of sand along Nantucket Sound. There’s a beachside bar for guests and members only, and the beach pavilion and old-fashioned changing rooms are more than a century old. The rooms and lobby, too, feel vintage, all antique wood and wicker furniture. The 3,000-square-foot gym may be the best on the island, and there’s also a hydrotherapy spa and outdoor pool—though we don’t know why you’d care, considering the ocean is just steps away.

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You don’t have to stay at the Cliffside Beach Club to hang at Jetties Beach. You can practically live there without charge. There are changing rooms, a playground, public tennis courts, and a boardwalk, and windsurfing, sailboat, and kayak lessons and rentals. Just no bar …

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