Within an hour’s flight of NY, who knew there’d be a little island, settled by whalers centuries ago, called Nantucket?! I had the pleasure of visiting this quirky place at the height of the American summer.
With its stunning wide open beaches, this beautiful little island is a piece of history steeped in tradition and packed with things to do. Going to harbour restaurants over the water, sharing oysters and sipping champagne is certainly one of the best ways you can get into the flow of this laid back piece of paradise.
It’s easy to get a real feel for what life would have been like due to Nantucket’s truly remarkable architecture. With building codes to protect the islands tradition, all building is completed using traditional workmanship, ensuring the charm of the island is kept. You can be in a tree lined street looking at two houses, one two hundred years old, the next ten years old and not be able to tell which is which. Many of the roofs have a ‘widows walk”. The platforms on top of the roof are a vantage point for the whalers wives to watch for their husbands boats to return.
Returning from the whaling trips after days at sea, the sailors would often be bearing gifts for the loved ones. Although the whaling stopped years ago, Nantucket sailors knott bracelets date back from when the sailors used to knot their loved ones bracelets with rope at sea. It was thought to be a symbol of good luck to the island and family. You can pick up a Nantucket sailors knott bracelet from one of the beautiful boutique shops. They even shrink to your wrist over summer in the surf!
Walking the cobble stone streets of the old town provided hours of entertainment looking for that little something special, whether it be a telescope or a pair of shoes. So laid back is this little town, the cars give way to pedestrians.
Nantucket is an island off the coast of Massachusetts and was once a whaling island near Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod. It is just under an hour’s flight from NYC. We visited this beautiful island in August during the height of summer – the two most popular weeks of the season.
There is so much to see and do on the island. Our favourites were Cisco for the surf and Jetties for the lazy afternoon calm swim before popping into the very cool beach restaurant and bar right on the beach for a few drinks and snacks. We loved the $85 bottle of Veuve Cliquot and 1 dozen oyster special that was on offer when we were there. Many houses have balconies on top of their houses that are called widows walks from where the wives would look out to sea hoping for their loved ones to return safely.
You can get almost anything you want from high end boutiques to the t shirt shops selling a full range of Nantucket logo merchandise which makes great souvenirs to take home.
There are a huge range of options, we were there in peak season so you needed to book way in advance for a table at a decent time.
The Restaurants are good but really expensive so we mainly opted for a BBQ at home then would wander down the road to the famous The Juice Bar serving homemade ice cream that had queues for 4 blocks, amazing ice cream though.
If you ever get the opportunity to visit this beautiful island you simply must go. Its shingled houses with white washed window are divine and the whole town is picturesque due to very strict planning laws that make all new house be built in the traditional way with shingles as they have been building them for hundreds of years.
Nantucket is a really special place and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go there.
Nantucket is located off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA
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Bring your spending money because it’s an expensive holiday!