I am so, so, so excited to share my new Nantucket guide with you! This new-and-improved guide has been in the works for several months and I’m so happy to be sharing it in time for many of you to make your way to the island this summer.

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As many of you know, my family has had a home on Nantucket since the 1880s (full story here!) and I’ve been coming to the island since the summer I was born. In addition to living in my family’s home and working on the island with my cousins and siblings over the summers in high school and college, my husband Will and I were married in ‘Sconset last summer (and borrowed more than a few details from my parents’ wedding there 31 years before ours!). I like to think that after 28 years of Nantucket summers (and off-season visits throughout the year) that my Nantucket guide will offer a uniquely personal perspective on everything the island has to offer.

I would love any feedback you have on how I can add to or further improve my Nantucket guide to make it as helpful and thorough as it can possibly be. My hope is that you will use this as a resource in planning your own travels and even share it with any Nantucket-bound family and friends. I am always happy to answer Nantucket questions over email or Instagram direct messages so feel free to reach out if you’re planning a trip! There is truly nothing I love more than sharing this special place with a new friend (or reader!) and I hope my guide will have you falling in love with the island as well. Click here to check it out and please let me know what you think!


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  1. The layout looks great! Just a suggestion that adding in a “night life” section could be helpful for those who haven’t been out to the island before. (Plus a ‘cocktails’ section could also be helpful, I feel like for such a small island, Nantucket has a large variety of shouldn’t-miss, can only get here cocktails that should be tried! Mudslides at the Gazebo, Figawi Wowies at Straight Wharf, Elbow Benders at the Trap, Blue Haired Ladies at the Brewery, Life is Goods at the Chicken Box, etc.) This is making me want to run out of the office and straight to the island/any island immediately!

    1. I agree, the layout and the information included is amazing. Nice job!

      Another thought are the beaches, seeing as there are so many on Nantucket, and each one has their own distinctive qualities. From Children’s Beach to Surfside, or 40th Pole to Sconset…so many to choose from!