Nantucket has always been a summer destination I have dreamt of visiting one day. I’ve built this charming New England island up in my head year after year and I can now excitedly confirm that it exceeded all my expectations … and then some.
Last week, my friend Kaylee (@theblondielocks) and I had the opportunity to visit the island once and for all. With only three short days on the island, we made sure to soak in all that it had to offer. Whether it was dinning at the most talked about restaurants around town or visiting the most instagramable locations, we hit the ground running the second our plane landed.
We would love for you to join our Nantucket adventure with us as we show you what we squeezed in over our three day trip.
Where To Stay in Nantucket
21 Broad Hotel (Lark Hotels): For me, researching accommodation for an upcoming trip has always been the first and most important step when planning an adventure. Although some vacations, like this current trip, may be spent more outside than inside, I always appreciate coming back to a hotel that feels like home. 21 Broad Hotel is a Lark Hotel boutique inn located in the heart of Nantucket and was not only an incredibly convenient location but fit my charming Nantucket vision. This beautifully decorated inn felt relaxing and laid back after each day of exploring. With a large patio and self-serve breakfast and happy hour, to say we made friends with the other hotel guests during our stay would be an understatement.
21 Broad also has a sister property, 76 Main, that looks equally as unique and charming. Although we didn’t get the opportunity to visit this second location on this trip, there is always next year….right?
Where to Eat
Prior to visiting Nantucket, I reached out to a few friends whom are regular visitors of Nantucket (thank you Jillian and Callie). I was surprised to learn how many restaurants came highly recommended on such a small island. Due to our trip being solely three days, I knew Kaylee and I would have to be strategic in planning our food map. With great planning and having daily afternoon ‘snacks’ (aka another meal), I can say confidently we conquered a lot of ground.
Breakfast at Greydon House: Greydon House came recommended for both breakfast, dinner and drinks. However, after scanning the menu and spotting avocado toast, breakfast seemed like the only option. Greydon House was a few short steps from 21 Broad and therefore was the perfect location for the most important meal of the day.
Breakfast at Lemon Press: If you are looking for a fresh option including smoothies and bowls then Lemon Press is for you. This adorable sit down or grab to go café has an array of different colorful and healthy options to choose from. Kaylee and I opted for the Liquid Sunshine Smoothie and the Lavender Lemonade (oh and the avocado toast….I just can’t resist).
Coffee at Handlebar Café: It wouldn’t be a full itinerary without a morning coffee run. Handlebar Café is located just at the edge of town, across from The Wave bus stop. Whether you are heading to ‘Sconset or to Madaket, grabbing one of their delicious coffees before jumping on The Wave is the perfect setup.
Lunch at Millie’s : Regardless where I visit, I can’t seem to resist a Mexican restaurant. I’ve eaten my fair share of tacos and guacamole in my lifetime and Millie’s can compete with the best of the best. The laid back picnic table set up, delicious margaritas and fresh ingredients has me salivating as I write this. I look forward to the day Millie’s and I meet again.
Lunch at Met on Main: Following our semi-long flight to Nantucket, a quick snack before dinner was the only thing on our mind once we landed. After we checked in to 21 Broad on our first day, Kaylee and I walked a few blocks over to Met on Main. We sat on their outdoor patio and caught up (because the flight was not long enough to ‘truly catch up’) over a delicious large plate of loaded nachos.
Lunch at The Summer House Beachside Bistro: Visiting ‘Sconset is a must when visiting Nantucket (see more below). After walking the Bluff Walk, Kaylee and I were in need for some more …. you guessed it… ‘snacks’. This laid back beachside bistro is the perfect location to rest following a day of exploring this area of the island.
Ice Cream at Juice Bar: I can’t say I have ever seen a line for ice cream like I saw for The Juice Bar. I also can’t say I have ever, before this experience, felt a long line is was truly justified. Luckily, Kaylee and I got lucky with the time(s) we choose to get our ice cream and had minimal amount of people in front of us. However, now knowing how delicious each scoop was, I’d happily wait again and again.
Dinner at Galley Beach: Our first night on the island, my dear friend Jennifer Lake (@jenniferlake) and her husband, Bob, took us to Galley Beach. We enjoyed rose on the beach as the sun set and then a delicious beachside dinner. The food was absolutely delicious, the atmosphere was breathtaking but what really made this night so special was catching up with old friends again.
Dinner at The Nautilus: Although it is a close race, The Nautilus was my favorite meal during the trip. This quaint tapas restaurant backs up their adorable décor and long reservation line with the most delicious food and cocktails.
Where to Shop
Although shopping was not high on our priorities for this trip, we were pleasantly surprised by all the well curated and unique items that could be found on the island. Although boutiques lined each street in downtown Nantucket, below are a few of our favorites.
The Skinny Dip: If you are looking for a knitted Nantucket sweater or a ACK baseball hat that is unique and not your typical option from a tourist shop, then The Skinny Dip is the perfect option for you. This shop included an array of Nantucket branded options but also many one of a kind pieces you will only find at this local boutique.
CJ LAING: I’ve always wanted to visited a CJ LAING boutique, however, their other two locations include Palm Beach and Aspen (both places I have yet to visit). When I spotted their boutique in Nantucket, I couldn’t wait to see what was in store. This boutique is filled with the most beautifully made cover ups, oaxacas and accessories.
Milly & Grace: If Anthropologie existed as a small boutique it would be Milly & Grace. This charming boutique is the perfect mix between clothes, accessories, books and homeware.
Peter Beaton: Peter Beaton is a Nantucket brand based on signature custom hats and totes made of finely braided leghorn straw. Each piece is one of a kind and fitted specifically for the customer. The second you walk into this very small shop you immediately become aware that each item is special and will be hard to leave behind.
Beautycounter: As someone who newly switched to all natural beauty products, seeing a store front for Beautycounter was exciting. For the past year, I have purchased through their website but this was the first opportunity I have had to truly experience their products in person.
Follain: As per above, using natural beauty products is very important to me. Although I am a fan and a supporter of Beautycounter, I also like to experiment with an array of different brands. Follain has a large selection of different natural beauty brands to choose from and is the perfect location to compare many different options all at once.
Parchment: There is nothing like visiting a stationary shop when traveling. Parchment is beautifully laid out with an array of different cards, stationary, wrapping paper and candles. This shop is the perfect option for a gift for that someone special in your life who may not be looking for a Nantucket branded souvenir.
What to Do
A Classic Beach Day: It’s hard to visit an island like Nantucket without visiting the beach. Nantucket is really just one large beach although hopping from beach to beach was a longer distance than I could have imagined. Regardless what area of the island you explore, it is guaranteed you will find a beautiful beach to spend time at. Our favorite beach was Surfside beach but other great options include Sconset beach and Steps beach.
‘Sconset Bluff Walk: As mentioned above, you can’t visit Nantucket without exploring ‘Sconset and walking the bluff walk. This beautiful area of the island is likely what comes to your mind when you think of Nantucket. The charming houses are covered in flowers, the pathways to each house are crooked and magical and the edge of the cliff that you can walk in situated in the front yards for the most beautiful Nantucket estates.
Visit the Lighthouses: Another thing that may come to your mind when thinking of Nantucket (at least it always did for me) was the Nantucket lighthouses. There are a few lighthouses on the island and are as picturesque in real life as they appear on Instagram. Although we couldn’t make it to every lighthouse on our list, I am happy we choose Brant Point lighthouse as our top choice.
Bike to Madaket: During our many stops at The Juice Bar, we noticed a bike rental shop a few doors down. Kaylee and I thought what a great way to see the island but also get some exercise under our belt during the trip. Due to Millie’s being a little further out of the way than the other locations on our list, we knew we required some sort of transportation. Kaylee and I continue to talk about how biking to Millie’s in Madaket was one of the highlights of the trip. With a beautifully groomed bike path and amazing views of the island, the bike ride was not only enjoyable but was the perfect excuse for an extra taco or two ….but who is counting?
Take A Sunset Sail on The Endeavor: Another highlight of the trip was our sunset sail on The Endeavor. The skies were so clear the night we embarked and the views around the island gave me another perspective on how truly beautiful this island truly is.
Nantucket truly stole my heart last week and it will forever be a place I will continue to visit. Thank you to Kaylee for being my travel buddy and to Lark Hotels for hosting us at one their beautiful Nantucket locations.
Until we meet again ACK ….. I’ll be dreaming of you! xx
Blare June xx
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