FOUR RESTAURANTS WE TRIED ON NANTUCKET THIS SUMMER

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! 

design darling wauwinet

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.

design darling the wauwinet lady boat service

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. 😬

design darling topper's at the wauwinet

dress  //  sweater  //  sunnies  //  sandals

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.

design darling topper's

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!

design darling sunset at topper's

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!

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P.S. What Nantucket means to me and our Nantucket wedding.

15% OFF AT 28 CENTRE POINTE NANTUCKET

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!

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28 centre pointe nantucket on design darling

28 centre pointe nantucket design darling

28 centre pointe on nantucket

28 centre pointe nantucket promo code

nantucket beach signs 28 centre pointe

How fun are these Nantucket beach signs? They’d be beautiful hanging above a doorway or in a gallery wall.

white picnic basket 28 centre pointe

This chic picnic basket comes with wine glasses, melamine plates, flatware, napkins, a corkscrew, and a food cooler.

nantucket boudoir pillow 28 centre pointe

This Nantucket boudoir pillow is coming to live in baby boy’s future nursery!

This framed Nantucket scarf makes for such a unique piece of art.

nantucket beach permit art print 28 centre pointe

I’m obsessed with this beach permit print.

I like that this Nantucket coordinates pendant is a subtle way to wear your love of the island. (You’ve seen me wear it here!)

nantucket playing cards

We have a couple decks of these Nantucket playing cards and they’re great for the ferry or the beach.

lindroth design glasses 28 centre pointe

These seagrass wrapped glasses and pitcher are perfect for leaving on display or giving as a hostess gift.

nantucket plastic cups

The perfect plastic cups to pack in a beach cooler.

sankaty lighthouse watercolor print 28 centre pointe

A sweet watercolor print of my favorite lighthouse (but there are lots of different icons available!).

asha basket tote

I love the hydrangea blue leather trim on this pretty beach tote.

oomph westport mirror 28 centre pointe

How fabulous is this Oomph mirror? We just ordered these end tables by the same brand for our new house and I’m so excited for them to arrive!

I’m obsessed with these framed shadow boxes — the starfish, the sand dollars, and the sea fan!

It doesn’t get any more luxurious than a cashmere throw pillow.

nantucket sleep masks 28 centre pointe

The cutest sleep masks on an Oomph tini table — I’m eyeing this shape for our future nursery.

lacquer backgammon set 28 centre pointe nantucketThis lacquer backgammon set is even prettier in person.

aerin hurricanes 28 centre pointe

A stunning assortment of Aerin hurricanes and picture frames (available in store or over the phone).

lindroth design island tray 28 centre pointe nantucket

I’ve been dying for one of these wicker and leather trays to keep on our coffee table (or maybe my desk?!).

nantucket throw pillow 28 centre pointe

This white glass bowl is striking in person and you won’t find a better selection of Nantucket throw pillows anywhere else on the island.

I love these buoy bottle openers! So cute on a bar cart or as a hostess gift.

nantucket cocktail napkins 28 centre pointe

These Nantucket cocktail napkins were made for displaying on a bar cart.

Ending on a particularly high note… this Nantucket coffee table is the stuff dreams are made of. I love it, I love it, I love it! You can browse the entire assortment online here and don’t forget to use code DESIGNDARLING15 for 15% off your purchase through August 1. I’d love to hear what you scoop up!

BEACH BARRE BUS ON NANTUCKET

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!

nantucket barre bus class 2

nantucket barre bus class 3

nantucket barre bus class 1

P.S. In a similar vein, stand up paddleboard yoga on Nantucket.

MY NANTUCKET UNIFORM

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!

design darling lightship basket saint james minquiers moderne striped sailor shirt and nantucket lighthouse stubbs and wootton slippers

saint james minquiers moderne striped sailor shirt and nantucket lighthouse stubbs and wootton slippers

design darling nantucket lighthouse stubbs and wootton slippers

saint james minquiers moderne striped sailor shirt

design darling nantucket lightship basket

saint james minquiers moderne striped sailor shirt and nantucket lighthouse stubbs and wootton slippers on design darling

Saint James striped shirt (usually wear size XS, sized up to a S while pregnant)

Polo Ralph Lauren cable-knit cashmere sweater (wearing boys’ size L while pregnant — see my women’s to boys’ sizing recommendations here)

DL1961 white maternity jeans (more sizes here)

Nantucket lightship basket (similar here, here, here, and here)

Stubbs & Wootton bespoke slippers (use code DESIGNDARLING for 20% off any full-price purchase)

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NANTUCKET PACKING LIST

Our bags are packed, our car is stuffed to the brim, and my dad, husband, and I are headed to Nantucket tonight! (My mom and youngest brother will join us once they’re back from Kenya — I’m living vicariously through their trip here!) Bring on the family time and the floating time for this 27 week bump — I’ve been daydreaming about being in the ocean for weeks and the day is finally here!

I’m often asked about what to pack for a trip to Nantucket and while I have a few ideas in my Nantucket guide, I wanted to put together a list of the specific items I’m bringing with me this summer for those of you with similar destinations on your calendar. Per usual my Nantucket packing list for summer features lots of stripes, white jeans, basket bags, comfy dresses, and shoes like espadrilles and Jack Rogers that are easy to walk in (don’t be the girl twisting her ankle in heels on cobblestones!). I spend most of my time on Nantucket relaxing at the beach, hanging around our house, and (let’s be honest) waiting in line for ice cream at Juice Bar, so there’s nothing fancy here (and the navy dress or jumpsuit will work for dinners in town and my Grandy’s birthday in a couple weeks!). You can expect to see most of these photographed for the blog over the coming weeks so consider this a little summer sneak peek!

nantucket packing list on design darling

one  //  two  //  three  //  four (use code DESIGNDARLING for 20% off)

five  //  six  //  seven (on sale in more sizes here)  //  eight  //  nine  //  ten

eleven  //  twelve  //  thirteen  //  fourteen  //  fifteen  //  sixteen  //  seventeen

eighteen  //  nineteen (subbing in my favorite maternity jeans this year)  //  twenty

I ordered this striped shirt in a size up in all four colors to get me through the rest of my pregnancy, which might have been overkill considering I also love this striped maternity shirt that has a swingier fit, but they’re easy to throw on with white jeans for a casual dinner at Millie’s or even over a bikini for an afternoon at the beach.

P.S. My Nantucket guide has all my recommendations for where to eat, where to shop, and what to do on island.

P.P.S. Our Nantucket wedding.

P.P.P.S. What Nantucket means to me.

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