This little island off the coast of Cape Cod has been the destination for some of my most beloved memories. From our dating days of long bike rides to Sconset, engagement at Cisco Brewers, wedding at Brant Point Lighthouse and now our annual summer vacation.. I don’t think there could possibly be a location in the world I love more. It really is a magical place with so much classic, coastal charm. And if you’ve never visited, I highly suggest adding Nantucket to your list of summer travel destinations soon.
Lots of people that are planning a visit have asked me for recommendations on things to do so I decided to compile a list of my favorites.
1. Go to the beach. After all, you are on an island and Nantucket has a beach to fit every style you may prefer.
2. Eat ice cream at The Juice Bar. You can smell their homemade waffle cones around the corner and their ice cream is my absolute favorite.. which is saying a lot since I make ice cream eating my second job in the summer.
3. Visit the lighthouses. If you’re traveling by ferry, you can’t miss Brant Point Lighthouse as you approached the harbor. Sankaty Head is the most beautiful, in my opinion and located in Siasconset. Great point is tricky to get to unless you’re willing to take a 7 mile walk in the sand or have access to a four-wheel drive vehicle bearing a beach permit sticker.
4. Spend an afternoon at Cisco Brewers. The laid back atmosphere, delicious food trucks, live music and adult beverages to fit everyone’s preference make this a popular spot.
5. Sail the harbor with Endeavor Sailing Excursions. Pack some food and a bottle of wine and set sail with Captain James. We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary on this boat!
6. Go on a bike ride. We always pack our bikes when heading to Nantucket but you can also rent them on the island. There are so many paths for riding and, if you don’t bring a car, it’s a great way to see more of the island’s beauty in a short time.
7. Dinner with a view. Grab take out at Millie’s Restaurant and enjoy it on Madaket beach as you watch the sunset over the ocean.
8. ‘Sconset Bluff Walk. Newly discovered by me but definitely not newly created, this walk quickly became one of my favorite parts of the island. This scenic footpath runs along the backyards of waterfront homes and has some amazing views.
9. Drinks at The Nautilus. My favorite restaurant on the island with delicious food but, more importantly, the best cocktails ever.
10. Visit the Whaling Museum. Nantucket’s history is deeply rooted in the whaling industry and so intriguing.