Laura’s Nantucket Guidebook - The Summer

Laura

Laura’s Nantucket Guidebook - The Summer

Sightseeing
We *highly* recommend renting an electric bike to get around the island. Parking and traffic is a nightmare in the summer, and this way you can zip to town and the beach and avoid the pain. Plus this is a nice way to keep your carbon footprint low while on island. You definitely must wear a helmet and really be cautious with cars.
The Shanty
4 South Beach Street
We *highly* recommend renting an electric bike to get around the island. Parking and traffic is a nightmare in the summer, and this way you can zip to town and the beach and avoid the pain. Plus this is a nice way to keep your carbon footprint low while on island. You definitely must wear a helmet and really be cautious with cars.
A nice calm beach that is close to town. The lack of waves makes it perfect for small children. Be aware that it's called steps for a reason, a long staircase leads you down to the beach, which is beautiful but pack lightly.
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Steps Beach
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A nice calm beach that is close to town. The lack of waves makes it perfect for small children. Be aware that it's called steps for a reason, a long staircase leads you down to the beach, which is beautiful but pack lightly.
Go to 'Sconset while you're here! The village is quaint, and has some of the oldest homes on island. It's really like time traveling.
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Siasconset
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Go to 'Sconset while you're here! The village is quaint, and has some of the oldest homes on island. It's really like time traveling.
A rainy day must! The Whaling Museum is so great for adults and families to learn about this history of Nantucket and the wild stories of the whaling industry that this island was built on.
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Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street
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A rainy day must! The Whaling Museum is so great for adults and families to learn about this history of Nantucket and the wild stories of the whaling industry that this island was built on.
This beach is great for surfing and seal sightings.
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Cisco Beach
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This beach is great for surfing and seal sightings.
If you want to have an adventure on the water, book with next level water sports! They have a variety of the coolest water activities available on island.
Next Level Watersports - Nantucket Kiteboarding School & Watersports Camp
24 Washington Street
If you want to have an adventure on the water, book with next level water sports! They have a variety of the coolest water activities available on island.
Food scene
The food, the ambiance, all of it is amazing. Do the chef's tasting menu, and you won't be disappointed. Perfect for date night, but we don't recommend bringing young children. For all eating out while you stay, download RESY and Open table to book reservations *well* in advance.
Via Mare
17 Broad Street
The food, the ambiance, all of it is amazing. Do the chef's tasting menu, and you won't be disappointed. Perfect for date night, but we don't recommend bringing young children. For all eating out while you stay, download RESY and Open table to book reservations *well* in advance.
Super fun place for the whole family! Grab a drink, have lunch, bring the kids. Just off the bike path and under 3 miles from us, this is a great spot rain or shine. We REALLY recommend biking here so you aren't drinking and driving, and again-- parking can be limited. Tends to get crowded, so we recommend going early (11AM) or so and posting up, and having lunch. *NOT* open past 7pm, this is a daytime only brewery!
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Cisco Brewers
5 Bartlett Farm Road
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Super fun place for the whole family! Grab a drink, have lunch, bring the kids. Just off the bike path and under 3 miles from us, this is a great spot rain or shine. We REALLY recommend biking here so you aren't drinking and driving, and again-- parking can be limited. Tends to get crowded, so we recommend going early (11AM) or so and posting up, and having lunch. *NOT* open past 7pm, this is a daytime only brewery!
A quick walk from our place, grab some sugar donuts! Cash only, but ATM inside.
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Downyflake Restaurant
18 Sparks Avenue
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A quick walk from our place, grab some sugar donuts! Cash only, but ATM inside.
A summer favorite! Great sunset views! We recommend going early to get a table. Try the Madaket mystery, altar rock, and eel point tacos.
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Millie's Restaurant
326 Madaket Road
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A summer favorite! Great sunset views! We recommend going early to get a table. Try the Madaket mystery, altar rock, and eel point tacos.
Get the meatloaf or veggie sandwich with "the works." -- This is also a good place to stop for lunch if you are making the trek to sconset on your bike.
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Claudette's Sandwich Shop
10 Main St
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Get the meatloaf or veggie sandwich with "the works." -- This is also a good place to stop for lunch if you are making the trek to sconset on your bike.
Great place for breakfast or dinner! Breakfast is first come first serve, get there early. Order the dutch cakes. Dinner is seatings, call ahead for a reservation, and it is BYOB only with a corking fee.
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Black-Eyed Susan's
10 India Street
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Great place for breakfast or dinner! Breakfast is first come first serve, get there early. Order the dutch cakes. Dinner is seatings, call ahead for a reservation, and it is BYOB only with a corking fee.
The best ice cream on island! Beware of a line wrapped around the corner. Hit it up at a random time in the afternoon so you don't have to wait in the post dinner rush. Get a waffle cone! House made & warm.
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The Juice Bar
12 Broad St
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The best ice cream on island! Beware of a line wrapped around the corner. Hit it up at a random time in the afternoon so you don't have to wait in the post dinner rush. Get a waffle cone! House made & warm.
One of our favorites. Order the double vongole for dinner, a side of the ricotta crostini, and a bombolocini for dessert. Best for date night, I don't recommend bringing children.
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Ventuno Restaurant
21 Federal Street
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One of our favorites. Order the double vongole for dinner, a side of the ricotta crostini, and a bombolocini for dessert. Best for date night, I don't recommend bringing children.
Walking distance from our place, great locals joint that's one of the few that is open year round. Get the fresh squeezed orange juice and turkey hash for breakfast. Order the fried clicker for lunch.
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Island Kitchen
1 Chins Way
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Walking distance from our place, great locals joint that's one of the few that is open year round. Get the fresh squeezed orange juice and turkey hash for breakfast. Order the fried clicker for lunch.
Stop by on your way out to the brewery or beach! Grab some crackers, blue fish paté, and some smoked mussels-- or hit up their food truck for a lobster roll.
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167Raw
167 Hummock Pond Road
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Stop by on your way out to the brewery or beach! Grab some crackers, blue fish paté, and some smoked mussels-- or hit up their food truck for a lobster roll.
Craving a burger, fries and shake? Walk to Lola Burger, it's about a 7 minute walk from our place. Get a burger + truffle fries with a side of foie.
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LoLa Burger Nantucket
1 Sparks Avenue
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Craving a burger, fries and shake? Walk to Lola Burger, it's about a 7 minute walk from our place. Get a burger + truffle fries with a side of foie.
Great for a quick grab and go pizza! Personal sized pizzas, with thin, crispy crusts. Grab a pizza and sit on the docks for an easy dinner with a view.
Pizzeria Gemelle
2 East Chestnut Street
Great for a quick grab and go pizza! Personal sized pizzas, with thin, crispy crusts. Grab a pizza and sit on the docks for an easy dinner with a view.
Shopping
Grab your favorite beach read at this indie book store.
Nantucket Bookworks
25 Broad Street
Grab your favorite beach read at this indie book store.
If you are shopping for home goods, this is the place to go! Steph, the owner, has curated the *best* items to give your home the modern beachy vibe.
Bodega
2 Candle Street
If you are shopping for home goods, this is the place to go! Steph, the owner, has curated the *best* items to give your home the modern beachy vibe.
5 Minute walk from our place. Stop here to grab some wine on the way to the beach! Our favorite chilled summer wines : Mary Edwards Chardonnay & Lini 910 Lambrusca Rosso, and for a non alcoholic drink: grab some Vermont blueberry juice they have in the fridge.
BRIX Wine Shop Nantucket
1 Windy Way
5 Minute walk from our place. Stop here to grab some wine on the way to the beach! Our favorite chilled summer wines : Mary Edwards Chardonnay & Lini 910 Lambrusca Rosso, and for a non alcoholic drink: grab some Vermont blueberry juice they have in the fridge.
A women owned business! Stop here to buy great up and coming designers and capsule collections.
For Now
31 Centre Street
A women owned business! Stop here to buy great up and coming designers and capsule collections.

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BYOF - Bring Your Own Food (to the brewery)

You can bring your own food to the brewery! Which is helpful when posting up with children (but they also have food trucks) and beaches are close by to the brewery as well. You can purchase beers to go for the beach! Bartlett Farm is also just up the street and we love to grab snacks there if we want to load up before the beach or brewery. Don't fret if you don't feel like bringing your own food with you, our favorite food trucks at the brewery are Eat Fire Farm Pizza and Millie's.
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Make those reservations!

As soon as you know you are coming to Nantucket, BOOK RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS! I cannot stress this enough. Download RESY, Open Table, or give the restaurant you are interested in a call. It is a small island, small restaurants and the ones you probably want to go to, get entirely booked for the night. You rarely get lucky by just stopping by and getting a table. Also a note on restaurant reservations: embrace the later or super early times available. Grab a bottle of wine and have drinks on the beach before or after. Watch the sunset.
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Pack for chilly nights

It's New England! It's about 10 degrees cooler here in the summer than it is on the mainland. Pack layers, bring rain gear. Toss that extra sweater in your bag for going out at night.
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Service Industry

Nantucket is an island of highs and lows, busy summers, slow winters. Most of the working class here is in the service industry that heavily rely on tips. Tip your servers, and be extra nice-- they are doing their best!
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Hit up the ATM 💰

Nantucket is in its own time capsule. Some places *only* take cash or local check. A lot of that has changed with COVID but be prepared to have cash on hand. There is a Bank of America ATM at the bottom of Main Street in town.
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Keeping the Island clean! ♻️

Nantucket takes trash and recycling very seriously. You'll note walking in town and how we have our trash set up, that items must be sorted properly. The island has banned the use of plastic straws, plastic single use water bottles, styrofoam, balloons, and other items to keep Nantucket free of trash. If you see some sort of "plastic" on island with restaurants, it's biodegradable plastic. Be sure to sort your trash and recycling accordingly, never leave trash on our beaches, trails or town, and bring a reusable water bottle to fill up during your stay!
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DON'T Rent a Moped / Vespa

Don't rent a moped -- as enticing and fun as it sounds, the roads and traffic are not well suited for riding moped. They have a speed limit set on them, and you end up blocking traffic on roads. Rent an electric bike instead so you can use the bike lanes!
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⛴ Ferry Activities 🎥

If taking the ferry, pre download a movie on your phone or tablet! There's little service or wifi on the boat. If it's a nice day, sit out on the deck. Also-- if taking the hyline, spring for the captain's view!
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Weather = Unpredictable ⛈

Getting to the island can be a game of planes, trains, and automobiles-- but more like planes, buses, trains, and ferries. I recommend giving yourself a good amount in between layovers and traveling because the weather can be so unpredictable any time of the year. Have some buffer time in between the bus and ferry or flight you are trying to catch incase one is late or cancelled. Ultimately, how difficult it is to get here makes it that much more of a special destination!
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DON'T Pack heels 👠

Going out? Wear flats! Cobblestones and bumpy sidewalks makes Nantucket really hard to wear high heels, if you must-- opt for a wedge!
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Taxi! 🚕

Nantucket does have uber and lyft, it’s just very limited. There’s a cab stand at the bottom of main street, I recommend grabbing cash before getting into the taxi. For pick ups and drop offs, you can also call cabs to schedule them ahead of time.