My family and I are fortunate to be able to end each summer on the island of Nantucket. We have our traditions and must-visit establishments but also anticipate new experiences which pop up on the island each season. With a couple days left until our arrival, I’ve highlighted some of our itinerary below:
Groceries: my first stop is always Bartlett'sFarm
. Here I’ll stock up on local produce, organic groceries and happy hour supplies. This year I’m planning to stitch a few ornaments during our evening cocktails on the deck.
Beaches: We tend to stick to beaches on the Nantucket Sound where the water is calmer. Our favorite Sound beaches are Steps and Dionis. We grab sandwiches at Something Natural
on our way out. For longer beach days, I might go with a more ambitious canvas
. On a cloudy day, we like to bundle up, pick up coffee and donuts from Downyflake
and drive out to Cisco Beach to watch the surfers.
Restaurants: The dining offerings on the island are unparalleled. For an old school experience, we love Languedoc
, a French bistro in town that has watched the island evolve while remaining the same for nearly 50 years. Ventuno
is an intimate Italian restaurant housed in a historic building on Federal Street. We usually dine here at least once during our visit. We always plan a night in Siasconset, the sleepier village across the island from town, either at Chanticleer
or Sconset Cafe. Reservations are highly encouraged at all of these places and far in advance. Family friendly restaurants include Millies
to watch the sunset over margaritas, chips and guac
and Jetties Sand Bar
for feet in the sand low-key dining. Both of these restaurants accept walk- ins. The newer Sister Ship (pictured below) in the Faraway Hotel is also a great meeting spot for drinks and mediterranean style apps with a buzzier atmosphere.
A trip to Nantucket would be remiss without a day spent shopping in town followed by an ice cream at Juice Bar. Some favorite stores include Erica Wilson
for canvas hunting, Skinny Dip
, for shopping up and coming designers, Mitchell's Book Corner, and Eric Holch
for limited edition Nantucket prints. This year I’m also planning to visit the new Cartolina Nantucket, a women's clothing brand founded in Nantucket with a storefront on Centre Street.
We always plan a day to meet friends at Cisco Brewery
. There are food trucks, live music and even activities for the kids
We’ll also try to fit in a morning strolling through town to admire the architecture. We start the day early with the locals for coffee and pastries at the Hub. We then walk down the cobblestone streets to admire the Quaker style clapboard houses and periwinkle hydrangea. With its rich history, natural beauty and endless locations to stitch, Nantucket offers something for everyone.
Tell me what you like to do on island!