I can’t believe the next time we’ll be on Nantucket we’ll be bringing our BABY! This past weekend was our final trip to the island before my due date at the end of September and while saying good-bye to Nantucket always feels like saying good-bye to another summer, I of course couldn’t be more excited about what the next few months have in store!
I keep my Nantucket guide updated with all my favorite spots on the island, but I wanted to highlight a few of the places we tried for the first time this summer. Some of these are new to the island and others just new to us — it’s hard to stray from our tried-and-true favorites when we dream about them all winter long!
First we tried The Green, a breakfast and lunch spot where you order at the counter and can eat on one of their benches outside. My dad has been on a major smoothie kick so he was a big fan of their juice menu, but it’s also a great spot to grab a breakfast sandwich or wrap en route to the beach. I probably still prefer Lemon Press in town, but if you find yourself near the rotary and want something healthy and convenient, I’d keep The Green in mind.
Will and I grabbed a quick lunch at Pizzeria Gemelle, which I was excited to try as it’s by the same owner as Ventuno, our favorite Italian restaurant on the island. Maybe my expectations were too high or maybe they just need more time to work out some kinks, but I was pretty underwhelmed. The pizza was good but not incredible, and the kale salad we ordered seemed like it had been prepared days before. Maybe still worth a shot if you’re looking for a late night slice (they’re open until 1 a.m. on weekends) but I honestly prefer the create-your-own pizzas at Oath. 😬
I was so bummed when I read over the winter that Met on Main had closed — their biscuits had been one of my favorite foods on the island for the past several years. I’d heard mixed reviews of Or The Whale, the concept that took over the prime location on Main Street, before we gave it a shot and while it was busier than I ever remember Met on Main, we didn’t order anything that would have me racing back for seconds. Perhaps it’d be worth going back for dinner or drinks once I’m no longer pregnant, but for brunch we’ll be sticking to Black-Eyed Susan’s and Island Kitchen.
To end on a more positive note, Will and I made reservations at Topper’s for my 30th birthday on Friday (when all these photos were taken) and I don’t know why it took me so long to get out there! We took the Wauwinet’s boat service from the White Elephant in town and enjoyed every second of it. Meeting the other couples on board kind of reminded me of getting to know other couples on our honeymoon — we don’t usually chat with other diners when we’re out to eat so it was fun to socialize for the 45 minutes out and again on the ride back to town. We did the prix fixe menu in the main dining room which was over-the-top delicious and perfect for a special occasion, but next time I want to come back for brunch on their outdoor patio for a more casual experience with the same killer views. If you’re looking for a dining experience worthy of a honeymoon or big anniversary, Topper’s 100% gets my vote. And be sure to book ahead so you can score seats on the boat!
Be sure to check out my Nantucket guide for all my tried-and-true island favorites. And do tell if you think there’s anything I’m missing— I’ll keep a running list of places to try for next summer!
I have a fun treat for you guys today! 28 Centre Pointe is one of my very favorite boutiques on Nantucket and I connected with the owner Margaret Anne after including it in my Nantucket guide that I published last summer. She has an incredible eye for home decor, artwork, and accessories and I always love stopping in to see what’s new. They carry so many of my favorite brands as well as exclusive pieces you’ll only find in their store and on their site. If you’re looking to bring a little Nantucket style into your home or to source a chic souvenir from your favorite island, I know you’re going to love 28 Centre Pointe as much as I do! And I’m so excited to share that they’ve agreed to offer an exclusive discount to Design Darling readers! Just enter code DESIGNDARLING15 at checkout to take 15% off your purchase now through August 1. Here are a few pretty peeks around the store as well as links to some of my favorite items in their current assortment. Happy shopping!
I’m always looking for fun new places and activities to add to my Nantucket guide and this is a great one! Forme Barre invited me, my mom, and my cousin Emily to experience their barre bus at Nobadeer Beach and it was such a blast. Not only was it a killer workout (especially at 29 weeks pregnant!) but I simply cannot think of a more gorgeous place to get in a little exercise. You start the class on beach towels layered over yoga mats and finish on the bus which is outfitted with a barre on each side and exercise balls for each participant. They offer 45-minute classes daily at 8:30 and 9:30 — highly recommend incorporating a class into your next girls’ weekend or bachelorette party on the island!
We’ve been on Nantucket for a little over a week and I’ve been soaking up every second of time with family in our favorite place. So far it’s been me, Will, my dad, my sister Reilly, my brother Grayson, my cousin and her husband, and my aunt and uncle. My aunt, cousin, and Grandy all arrive today and my mom and brother Camden return to the island after their trip to Kenya on Thursday so we have even more fun planned for the weekend!
Before we got here I added a few things to my summer maternity wardrobe so I could recreate my usual Nantucket uniform at 28 weeks pregnant. Thank God for these white maternity jeans! They were my favorite pair after my intense maternity jeans search and I’m so glad I ordered two pairs because I’ve been living in them out here. And I’ve gotten lots of questions about these bespoke Stubbs & Wootton slippers featuring two Nantucket lighthouses — to order your own, click bespoke > motif > miscellaneous and you’ll see both Brant Point and Sankaty. And you can use code DESIGNDARLING for 20% off any full-price purchase on their site!