Nantucket captures the spirit, feels on the New England coast

Nantucket is a small island off Cape Cod surrounded by beaches, gorgeous waterfront properties, numerous upscale shops and seafood restaurants. Visitors can learn about the history of the whaling, discover colorful and vibrant hydrangeas in the summer, relax and unwind while soaking up the sun at nearby beaches.

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Crossing the 30 miles of ocean to get there may require some planning. Ferry trips run regularly for customers with car space available, but they book up quickly. If you can’t find a place for your car on the ferry or if travelers prefer not to deal with difficult traffic, there’s plenty on property or offsite for a cheaper daily rate. Drop bags ready to check in at the entrance (220 Ocean St.), park the car, pay, and hop on the complimentary shuttle back to the ship. Be sure to book the rider tickets in advance and have them with you to check in, whether it’s a screenshot or a printed version. The ferry ride takes approximately 45 minutes each way. On board there are light snacks, alcoholic beverages, coffee and bottled water. Be on the lookout for the Brant Point Lighthouse when the ferry arrives in Nantucket.

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The Sherburne Inn has all the beauty and charm of a 19th century property without feeling old and dated. This property still has a touch of antiquity while having modern renovations to make it more comfortable for guests. The rooms were nice and cool and had a lovely terrace on the side for a place to have a morning coffee. Everything from the colorful wallpaper to the room designs is thoughtful and stylish. There are nice amenities like beach chairs with backpack straps and bags with beach towels for everything you need for a day at the beach. The hostel is a short walk from the Whaling Museum where there is a $2 shuttle station that takes visitors to some of the island’s popular beaches. The Sherburne Inn has a refrigerator stocked with water, seltzer, and other beverages for guests after a hot day, as well as a breakfast in the morning that typically includes pastries, bagels, and cream cheese, fresh fruit, cereal and coffee. Along with the amenities and comfortable accommodations, each of the staff members are friendly and helpful, offering great advice on where to eat and explore.

Activities

Jetties Beach on the North Shore sandbar at the Jetties Beach Bar & Restaurant

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There are so many beaches to enjoy, but one of the best is Jetties Beach. The sand is nice and clean and the Sandbar is easily accessible for food and drinks. It’s a bit pricey, but evening specials include oysters for a “buck a shuck” among other happy hour specials. The shuttle picks up guests until about 5:45 p.m. from the beach (just double-check as times can change throughout the year) and drops them off at the Whaling Museum, saving visitors a pretty penny on Ubers.

Purchases

If visitors plan to shop in Nantucket, be prepared to splurge. The shops are full of cute accessories, clothes, books and trinkets. A few outlets are Nalu (14 Cambridge St.), Salt Boutique (4A S. Water St.), and Milly & Grace (2 Washington St.) for clothing and accessories, as well as upscale options like Vineyard Vines and Ralph Lauren. Nearby, stop by Mitchell’s Book Corner (54 Main St.) or Nantucket Bookworks (25 Broad St.) to read something new at the beach.

Whale Museum

13 Broad Street

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A great rainy day activity is to visit the Nantucket Whaling Museum. The museum showcases the history of whaling in the area and features an impressive 46-foot sperm whale skeleton (in addition to other unique artifacts).

To eat

Be sure to make reservations well in advance. Popular picks like CRU (1 Straight Wharf), The Nautilus (12 Cambridge St.) and Bar Yoshi (21 Old South Wharf) book up quickly.

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41 Main Street.

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Lemon Press is aesthetically adorable and offers high-quality pastries, croissants, on-the-go breakfast items, and travel lattes. In addition to delicious grab-and-go breakfasts and lunch sandwiches, Lemon Press offers an impressive dinner menu with dishes like fluke crudo with sea salt, grapefruit, jalapeño, green apple, mashed avocado and olive oil or tender grilled octopus with shishito peppers, baby leeks, potatoes, mint and lime vinaigrette. The dishes are quite innovative, tasty and perfectly executed.

Cisco Brewers

5 Bartlett Farm Road

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For a more laid-back vibe in a pub environment, head to Cisco Brewers for an ice-cold beer or one of the house-brewed hard teas. The Shark Tracker Light Lager is a treat, and they’ve even partnered with OCEARCH, aka Real Shark Trackers, donating profits to white shark research. Hard teas are available in a variety of flavors, including lemon, orange, and peach if customers fancy something other than beer. It’s a great place to hang out, have a drink and relax.

Bar Yoshi

21 Old Quay South

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One place that has to be at the top of your Nantucket food list is Bar Yoshi. The menu is full of amazing small plates and tasty dishes. The Flotsam and Jetsam cucumber infused vodka cocktail was so light and crisp, perfect for a hot summer evening. The sushi rolls were huge, loaded with lots of fresh, local fish. The ceviche duo, especially the tuna, was amazing, soaked in lime, coconut milk, red onion, cucumber and creamy avocado. The vegetable spring rolls were loaded with fresh and tasty vegetables. The Yakitori was extremely filling, with lots of grilled plump shrimp, tender beef and the juiciest chicken breast. The seaweed salad is a good starter, perfect to accompany the sushi rolls, and don’t forget to taste the crispy shallot crepe with dill cream, red onion, smoked salmon and caviar. Finishing off this delicious meal with the creamy, slightly tangy key lime pie is the perfect bite.

Thanks to Visit Nantucket for having me

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