A quick flight from major cities on the east coast, I chose to arrive on Nantucket by ferry and as we approached I immediately felt its magical appeal, something right out of a children’s novel. With no need for a car, I soon discovered bicycles are the preferred mode of transport to explore the wilderness and unspoiled ocean views. Trails will lead you all over the island where, to the east, you’ll find houses that used to belong to fishermen and whalers or to the west, where the village of Madaket offers views of Tuckernuck Island. It’s possible to ride for hours without seeing another person and if you’re really adventurous you can walk the five or six miles through the sand all the way out to The Great Point to witness the tide rip against the shores overlooked by its isolated lighthouse.
I opted to charter a fishing boat for the day where we were able to catch our tuna lunch.
If you’re not up for fishing for your feast, here are a few recommended places for chowing down:
Boarding House – Their fresh ricotta fried oysters are a must-have.
American Seasons – Set right in the center of downtown, they have a great wine list.
The Brotherhood of the Thieves – Offers a great cup of New England Chowder, guaranteed.
The Jetties – Perfect for watching the sunset on the beach while enjoying some great seafood.
Sayles Seafood – Get takeaway from their market for a picnic on the beach or back at your hotel.
With food and activities covered, you just need a nice place to lay your head. Here are my hotel recommendations:
Instead of renting a home, the White Elephant residences are an ideal place for an extended stay since they offer hotel amenities and include fully-equipped kitchens and laundry facilities. A spacious entertaining area, fireplace, big bedroom, and charming styling and décor complete everything you’d need to “take off your coat and stay a while.”
If you find yourself on Nantucket for a shorter stay, The Veranda House offers a romantic and private retreat. A retro chic hotel right in the heart of town, it’s a short walk from the marina and among many stores and restaurants. From its large porch entry to the personal welcome from GM Scott Alan, the hotel oozes charm. Reminiscent of a bed and breakfast, the rooms here have big windows and modern amenities.
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