Nantucket Weekend Trip
Nantucket is a great place to recharge, refresh and enjoy the summer season. Where to stay? A personal favorite is Cliffside Beach Club, a small, intimate family owned resort, located just a mile from the center of town on a spectacular stretch of beach. What could be better than waking up every morning to a view of Nantucket Sound, and stepping right outside your door onto the private beach? Nothing.
After taking the fast ferry over to Nantucket late Thursday night, on Friday morning take a walk into Town and rent bicycles or a cool Jeep from Young's Bicycle Shop, Nantucket's oldest bike shop, located on Steamship Wharf. Pick up sandwiches for an afternoon picnic on the beach before hopping in your Jeep to head up to the northern most point on the island where the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Sound currents meet. Stop at the gatehouse, reduce your tire pressure, and head onto the sand for a spectacular ride on a spit of sand to the Great Point Lighthouse which is still operational today. Enjoy the utter seclusion and scenery of the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Reserve. There are 16 miles of over sand vehicle routes and walking trails. You are sure to spot seals this time of year as an added bonus.
Saturday is for shopping. Nantucket was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1966 for being the "finest surviving architectural and environmental example of a late 18th- and early 19th-century New England seaport town." The cobblestoned Main Street is a perfect example of this. Not only is it beautiful, Main Street and the surrounding neighborhood have many interesting and unique boutiques, so bring your credit card. A couple favorites are ViVi G. Shoes, The Toy Boat (not just for kids!), Pollacks, Murray's, and Jack Wills. You can also stop in at Cold Noses for the perfect Nantucket collar for your furry friend. Cru restaurant is a fabulous lunch spot with an outdoor patio. A very interesting cultural stop is the Nantucket Whaling Museum where a complete skeleton of a 46 foot sperm whale is suspended from the ceiling. This is also a good excuse to cross the street for a home made ice cream cone at The Juice Bar. Be prepared to wait on line! The best ice cream around (well, maybe tied with Purity ice cream in Ithaca, NY).
On Sunday, it is time to be adventurous once again. Pack sandwiches this time from Provisions in Town and pedal on Nantucket's highly developed bike path system of over 29 miles. You can pedal out to 'Sconset Beach which is the village on the eastern end of Nantucket or head west of town to Dionis. There are plenty of options to explore the island's beaches and vistas. A popular spot for drinks, to unwind, and to watch the sunset is Galley Restaurant. There are tables and fire pits right on the beach, so even if it is a bit chilly, you will be nice and warm! Wrap up the day with dinner at Lola 41 for the absolute freshest sushi. Eat at the chic bar, and enjoy the people watching and soak in your weekend getaway!
Now, check out what to pack for your weekend trip to Nantucket.
JCrew Linen surfboard sweater
Tory Burch Miller Sandal
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