antucket in July is my most favorite place to be. Hubby introduced me this little island 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts a few years ago and I fell head over heels in love with it. The New England coastal charm, the hydrangeas, the delicious seafood, the beaches, the sunsets, the bike paths, the cobblestone streets, the humid breeze. Everything is perfect. All that aside, we also got engaged and married on the island so you could say it’s a pretty special place to us.
All year I look forward to visiting Nantucket on our annual trip in July. We usually stay for 3 nights but decided to stay for 4 this year which made a huge difference! I can’t say it was my favorite trip ever (because last year getting married will be tough to beat) but it was still amazing!
After dropping our bags off at the house we stay, we headed back to town for a light lunch at bar YOSHI. The sushi is so fresh and delicious.. we’re never the type to eat at the same place twice in one trip but we actually came here two days for lunch because it’s that good!And, a light lunch is important when you need to save room for ice cream at the Juice Bar. I literally crave this ice cream all year long.. it’s the best I’ve ever eaten. Every flavor is delicious.. trust me, I’ve tried a lot! One of the days I even tried their mango sorbet which was just as amazing as the ice cream. Serious, you can’t go wrong with anything here.We wandered around town and then headed to Jetties Beach for a stroll before heading to our room to get ready for dinner.Our first trip to the island we found a private bedroom/bathroom in a beautiful house close to town on AirBNB and have continued to go back on many trips. Look at this room.. sweet Jesus.. I need it at home.For dinner we headed to the Nautilus which is one of our favorite spots.. they have amazing cocktails (coming from someone who doesn’t drink cocktails) and mostly tapas style plates which we love because we get a bunch and share!
The next morning I planned on heading out for a bike ride and it was absolutely pouring.. which made for the most fun ride I’ve ever been on. Although there were a few times when I could hardly see because rain was in my eyes, I felt like a kid again.. making sure to hit every muddy puddle (some which came all the way up to my pedals). I eventually made it to Madaket Beach where the waves were beautifully furious.I’m always looking for new restaurants to try on the island and lots of people recommended Island Kitchen for breakfast. Well, it most definitely did not disappoint. The avocado toast was amazing but the blueberry pancake was arguably the best I’ve ever eaten.The rain turned to a drizzle for awhile so we chanced getting caught in a downpour to walk back to town and admire the cedar shingles and hydrangeas.But of course the rain didn’t let up so we parked ourselves at the Handlebar Café for a coffee and some reading before heading to Cisco Brewery.We ate dinner at Ventuno which I highly recommend if you’re into Italian food!
Friday morning I headed to the Jetties Beach for a quick workout before hubby and I went to Steps Beach for a couple hours. This public beach is relatively isolated and we had nearly the entire thing to ourselves.Since we were celebrating our one year anniversary (legal.. our destination wedding anniversary is in September) while we were away, I booked a sailboat cruise to surprise hubby.. except I’m really bad at surprises and told him about it before we left! We grabbed sandwiches for lunch at Something Natural and enjoyed them out on the open ocean.This guy.. I love him so much.And to continue our anniversary celebration, we popped open a bottle of Jarvis wine we brought home with us from our honeymoon in Napa.Galley Beach has beautiful outdoor seating on the sand so we stopped for a drink and appetizer before heading to dinner at The Pearl.. a swanky little place with coastal Asian inspired dishes.
My favorite part of our trip was our Saturday morning in Siasconset. All the way to the east of the island and the most charming little place you’ll ever see. We stopped at the ‘Sconset Market for a blueberry muffin and coffee and then wandered through the ‘Sconset Bluff Walk. This place was magical.We biked along the coastline and came to an area that has been hit hard by erosion.. it’s so devastating! But being up on this cliff, I felt like I was on the edge of the world.. Just me, the sea and nothing until Europe!Of course I had to snap a couple pictures of Sankaty Head Lighthouse.. have you ever seen a more pretty lighthouse? Didn’t think so!After exploring ‘Sconset, we stopped at the beach for a little to watch the seals (which were plentiful) and look for sharks (which we didn’t see any of).Later in the day we headed to the other side of the island to meet up with a friend at Madaket Beach.And lunch at Millie’s. We were starving because we only split a muffin for breakfast so we ate lots of food and everything was so fresh and yummy!Our last night we headed to Cru for oysters and a drink before dinner at The Club Car. The restaurant is really cool inside but I didn’t love anything we ate and honestly wouldn’t go back.
Another amazing Nantucket trip in the books. I love this tradition we’ve started and can’t wait to visit again.. maybe I’ll even convince hubby to go in the fall!