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It seems I can’t go to Nantucket without filling my iPhone with three hundred photos of houses, hydrangeas, ice cream cones, and sunsets. I had the best four days on the island with a rotating door of company — Amy for all four days, Will and my parents for two days with an overlap in between, and lots of quality time with my grandmother Grandy. It’s definitely harder for me to get up there from Dallas than it was from New York but we always say with Nantucket, the juice is worth the squeeze. We tried two new-to-us restaurants, Grey Lady and Cru, and really enjoyed both (meaning I get to cross off number #72 on my 101 in 1001 list!). Here are a few favorite moments with recommendations for anyone who might be heading out that way in the next few weeks (pack me in your suitcase?!):

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A trip to Nantucket isn’t complete without a stop at Sankaty! Fun fact: my parents took their wedding photos here 🙂

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The bluff walk in ‘Sconset is more of a hidden gem — it’s a public walkway in between the homes on Baxter Road and the beach down below. My mom spent her childhood summers on Baxter Road so it’s fun to listen to her and Grandy tell stories about Nantucket before I was born. If you’re visiting the island for the first time, the bluff walk is never crowded and is one of my favorite places to bring guests!

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I think the sunset at Galley Beach is the prettiest one I’ve ever seen. Grandy, my mom, and I all walked out the door in unintentionally matching stripes… Typical. P.S. Mine is by Mott 50, a sun protective brand I fell in love with last summer. I basically lived in it the entire trip because I packed all t-shirts and shorts coming from 100 degrees in Dallas — I always forget how chilly it can be on Nantucket after the sun goes down.

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In town, Amy and I stopped by Peter Beaton (Amy’s favorite striped shirts and Grandy’s favorite hats) and the Town Pool summer pop-up shop. We also had brunch at Met on Main which was so, so, so yummy. The wallpaper in the bathroom is my obsession in life. (Tied with this seashell clutch which makes me smile every time I see it.)

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Finally, two repeat favorites that I don’t have pictures of: the Beachside Bistro at the Summer House (which Will insists has the best lobster roll of his life) and the Juice Bar in town (where if you don’t get hot fudge on top, you’re doing it wrong). Where are your go-to spots on Nantucket? I’m hoping to book another trip soon and am always on the lookout for fun new-to-me places!




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  1. When is the best time to go to Nantucket to see all the flowers at their peak Thank you for info Donna

  2. Ah, Nantucket. Such a special place with it’s own magical vibe. A few of my favorite places are the White Elephant Hotel- a room with a fireplace and balcony looking out onto the harbor is heaven on earth. The raw oysters on the half shell with mignonette sauce at the Brandt Point Grill are lovely too. Riding bikes out to Cisco Brewery and enjoying the local brews while listening to live music, and stopping in all of the old graveyards to read headstones makes for a nice afternoon. Madaket for untamed natural beauty and ‘Sconset for charm. The Whaling Museum to remember how Nantucket got to be what it is today, and a ghost tour through town. Fresh pressed juice from the Juice Bar. And no trip is complete without a stop in Current Vintage to pick up some unique clothes and sips. Take me back!

  3. That picture of you and Amy in the Fiat is so cute! I really want to go to Nantucket after seeing your pictures.

  4. These pictures are absolutely stunning! I seriously need to visit Nantucket, it looks gorgeous! I love the matching stripes, unintentional matching is always the best! It looks like you has a wonderful trip. Thank you for sharing all of your favorite spots with us!

  5. Mackenzie, I’m so happy to see this post! My boyfriend’s family has a house on Nantucket and I’ve been spending several weekends out there this summer. Here are some of my favorites:

    Ventuno – the strozzapretti pasta is AMAZING. A must try!!
    Black Eyed Susans – thai curry scramble is a must!
    The Bean – chai lattes
    Galley Beach – sunset cocktails
    The Pearl – the tuna tartar martini
    Millies – lobster quesadilla

    Biking the entire island – I’d say the neighborhood around Brant Point and the conservation land/turtle ponds near Madaket are my favorite areas to bike
    Walking down by Straight Wharf marina at sunset and sometimes catching a performance by the Nantucket cobbletones
    Sconset bluff walk and walking on sconset beach, where you can look up at the erosion
    Exploring tuckernuck island (you can get there by boat)
    Picking fresh strawberries/other produce at Barlett’s Farm

  6. I just spent the weekend on Nantucket too!! One of my faves was some pastries and coffee to-go as we headed to board the ferry, at Pettiecoat Row. The morning bun is TO DIE FOR. Also, don’t forget the Brant Point lighthouse. It has a nearly 360 degree view of the ocean (we got a private tour and got to climb to the top as we were visiting a coast guard family). We also got lunch to-go from Something Natural (the bread is amazing and they make their own pickles and bottled drinks, the Matt Fee Tea was delish) and took is to Cisco Brewery where for $5 cover, you can bring your lunch, sit in the beer garden, listen to live music and try out their brewed-on-site beers, vodkas, and wine. I am preggo so I only had a sip or two, but the Blueberry Tea made with blueberry vodka was a big hit!!