Nantucket is the most charming island on the planet. Everyone would visit this perfect place if it weren’t SO HARD to get to there! (My journey from LA involved 2 flights and a ferry.) It took me all of 3 minutes to fall in love with Nantucket. I stepped off the ferry and felt like I was home. The former whaling town feels like a time capsule and the historic district is all cobble stone streets and family owned shops that seem to have been there forever (and a Ralph Lauren, of course.) Having only visited the island a few times, I am no local but I hope to be someday!
Below is my Tourist's Guide to Nantucket:
The Nantucket Hotel picks you up from the ferry in their vintage bus adding to the historic feel of your experience. The hotel is completely renovated and includes access to The Nantucket Club’s gym, spa, and swimming pools. Accommodation options range from a single room to suites and cottages - perfect for families!
The Union Street Inn for when renting a house feels like too much work. This place is a true B&B (hold the Air!) in a classic Nantucket house on a residential street tucked a block away from Main Street. Perfect for couples… or a couple of friends!
This INCREDIBLE RENTAL HOUSE! My best friend rents this house each year and it’s my dream house. It’s in the BEST location (walking distance to the ferry, main street, bike rentals, ice cream, the whaling museum, movie theater, cute shops, grocery and liquor stores…) so no need to rent a car! This house has a brand new kitchen so you can cook delicious meals (or convince your friends to cook for you) and great outdoor space. PERFECT for a group of friends to spend a fun and relaxing weekend together!!
CRU is classic Nantucket. Feels like Cheers but fancy. This waterfront restaurant is equal parts elegant and casual. (I have never seen so many white jeans in my life!) Make a reservation.
LOLA41 for sushi and a “sexy”… well sexy for Nantucket atmosphere. I love anywhere that I can get a spider roll and truffle fries!!
BLACK-EYED SUSAN’S is the best breakfast spot. Cozy (aka TINY), cash only, no reservations. Worth getting there early to put your name in. This place is so cute and the tasty breakfast has cured many a hangover… so I hear. ;)
Galley Beach has the most incredible sunsets every night. My friend jokes about their “buy two, get one” cocktail special because the drinks are so expensive. But you’re paying for the beachfront fire pits and the prettiest sunset on the east coast.
The Chicken Box is my favorite place to dance off my dinner. They always have a fun cover band and the crowd ranges from 20-70 years old and everybody feels right at home!
RENT BIKES! Nantucket has many bike paths that you can ride all over the island without having to share the road with cars. I love to pack my beach towel and some snacks and bike from town to Siasconset (7 miles) where I can visit the Sankaty Head Lighthouse and spend my afternoon swimming and playing on the sand before biking back to town. I also love biking to Cisco Brewers (4 miles from town) where I enjoy local brews, oysters, and live music. Or bike to one of the other 10(00?) beaches I have yet to explore!
The Whaling Museum is a great museum and it’s the perfect size for my limited/vacation attention span. You’ll learn about the history of the island and they have a full sperm whale skeleton!
Whether it’s a $5 bracelet or a $500 dress, I love to pick up something special while I am on vacation that will remind me of the fun I had on that trip. Sunburn doesn’t count! Nantucket has so many cute shops - CJ Laing, Murray’s Toggery, and Current Vintage (a true one-stop shop: selling vintage clothing AND wine and cheese!) are a few of my favorites.
Have you ever visited Nantucket?! What great spots have I missed? Tell me in the comments section!!