I’ve wanted to share our trip to Nantucket with you for so long, but I guess now’s as good a time as any. Actually, it might be the perfect time because once you read about how beautiful Nantucket is you can go and plan a trip for next summer!
It was another fantastic adventure with my daughter. This time we spent four days and three nights on Nantucket. It was a quick, easy flight from New York and we arrived on the island in the late morning.
We checked in to our hotel, changed our clothes, and headed out. We walked along Cliff Road, ogling the gorgeous homes and gardens. OMG the gardens!! The homes!! We eventually made our way to Steps Beach and relaxed for a bit. But not for long! We knew there was so much to explore, and while the beach was beautiful, we couldn’t wait to see more of this island. So off we went.
Of course ice cream was first on her (our) list so we headed to The Juice Bar for ice cream and homemade waffle cones. There was a long line, but luckily it moved quickly. One night we were walking by and the line was across the street!! I will tell you that we visited The Juice Bar a few more times during our stay! 🤫
Next we decided to do some shopping (of course!). Gypsy is a fabulous clothing boutique and we spent a bit of time there. We walked and shopped along Main Street, India Street, and a couple of other streets. It’s really a cute town with some really nice shops. We continued to walk around stopping at The Constitution House at 18 Old North Wharf. It’s such a pretty street, definitely worth a visit. For dinner that night we ate at Bar Yoshi and we enjoyed it. We were supposed to go to another restaurant where we could see a beautiful sunset, but unfortunately the weather wasn’t cooperating.
We started our second day with a walk on Cliff Road to see The Hydrangea House. Hydrangeas are plentiful on Nantucket Island and this house showed them off beautifully. From there we walked back into town for something to eat.
The night before while walking around we came upon a cute restaurant called Provisions and we both wanted to try it so that’s where we headed. When we walked in and looked at the menu there was a sandwich called Turkey Terrific. My son always made his version of a turkey terrific sandwich the day after Thanksgiving. We called him to tell him about this one and guess what? When he was younger he spent time with a friend’s family on Nantucket and that’s where he first had the sandwich!! We got our Turkey Terrific sandwiches to go and they were delicious. And yes, I did stop back again for another one the next day!
We then headed over to ‘Sconset and I just fell in love with this whole area. We walked the ‘Sconset Bluff Walk and it was like a tennis match-my head kept moving from side to side as we walked by beautiful homes on one side and the gorgeous water view on the other. We walked by the Nauma Cottage where the first recorded resident lived dating back to 1676. Everything about this cottage, and all the homes in the area, was breathtaking. The flowers in their gardens, the shingles on the homes, the picket fences-everything was just so perfect!
We headed back to our hotel only to return to ‘Sconset later that evening for dinner at The Chanticleer. We were supposed to eat in their garden, which was so pretty, but once again the weather had other ideas! We had a lovely table on the second floor by a window overlooking the garden so we were happy, and dry!
Day three started with a bike ride around the island and it was such a fun way to begin our day! After our ride my daughter decided to go for a run so I walked around a bit stopping in to the Hospital Thrift Shop. I do enjoy thrift shopping and the ladies who volunteered there were so nice!
I then met my daughter at Bartlett’s Farm, Nantucket’s oldest and largest family owned farm, and it was a dream. The produce was so fresh, they also had prepared foods, beautiful flowers, and really good cookies!
Later that day we were planning on taking a long walk to see the Great Point Lighthouse. We started walking along the beach, but it was so cold and windy that we decided to call it quits! We went to The Wauwinet to see the sunset on the lawn, but again it was too cold, plus it was really early as we thought we’d be walking an hour and a half to the lighthouse. Instead we went to the hotel’s restaurant, Topper’s, for an early dinner.
Once we got back to the other side of the island, where we were staying, we decided to walk over to the Brant Point Lighthouse since we hadn’t made it to the other one. We caught a beautiful sunset and a much shorter walk to the lighthouse! It was beautiful.
Our last day began with another bike ride along Cliff Road. It was just as beautiful as the first time we saw it! We headed back to ‘Sconset and again walked along the Bluff Walk. Then we grabbed sandwiches at Claudette’s and headed to ‘Sconset Beach. Incredibly we found lounge chairs on the beach and decided we’d use them until someone claimed them, but no one ever did!The beach was glorious, but the sea gulls were brazen. My daughter was eating her sandwich when one of the birds, who had been circling, dive bombed her and got part of her sandwich! She recovered and we did enjoy the rest of our stay at the beach and on Nantucket!
So, yes, the weather did get in the way of some of the things we planned to do, but not enough to spoil our trip. The island was beautiful, especially ‘Sconset, and we had a wonderful time. You might have noticed that I didn’t talk much about our hotel. Well, I’ve always believed if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything. That being said, if I go back to Nantucket, and I hope I do, I’d like to stay in a house. Any house in ‘Sconset or town would make me happy!
I’m looking forward to our next adventure although it might not be for a while as my daughter just returned from a three week solo trip to Australia. Now there’s another place I dream of visiting!