Summertime is a perfect time to take those mini vacations and tons of day trips. I know every summer I’m one of those people that has a bucket list strictly for summer. This summer, I have to say, has been a great one for mini-vacations.
One of the places on my list that I’ve always wanted to go to was the island of Nantucket. Quaint, historic, beautiful and full of hidden celebrities at times.
Nantucket is one of those places, that if you live on the East Coast, let alone in New England, there is no excuse as to why you haven’t been there yet. Living in Rhode Island, we are so fortunate to be close enough to be able to go there and come home in just one day.
I’ve included how to get there, what to do and where to eat in this quick little guide.
We took the fast ferry by The Steamship Authority in Hyannis, MA. If you travel same day from Monday-Thrusday, it costs $50.00 roundtrip. A price you can’t beat. Also, when you arrive in Hyannis, MA there are parking lots for $15/day for you to park your car and take a shuttle bus to the ferry. This way you don’t have to walk to the ferry.
Once you’re on the ferry, enjoy a quick 60 minute ride to the island. The ferry is equipped with air conditioning, drinks, snacks, television and tables with outlets for your convenience.
Getting around the island
When you arrive, there are a few ways for you to get around the island. You can rent some bikes, a scooter, walk or take a mini tour with a guide to learn some of the island.
We chose to take a tour to see some of the famous spots and learn a little bit of the island. Since it was very hot yesterday, we were thankful for the air conditioned van.
There are a few companies that do tours and we chose to go with Gail’s Tours. Make sure to call ahead and make your reservation prior to getting to the island. She will pick you up just a few blocks away from where the ferry drops you off.
Getting your grub on
When it comes to eating, I love my food. For lunch we decided to do a quick bite and sit outside right down by Steamboat Wharf. My mom grabbed a delicious sandwich at Walter’s Delicatessen, The Turkey Gobbler, to be exact. She said it tasted just like Thanksgiving in a bun. Perfect portion and price was reasonable. The rest of us decided on some pizza, which happened to be right next door, at Steamboat Wharf Pizza. It was so good! They had a variety of slices to choose from and you could either buy by the slice or whole pizza. This was a perfect choice for all of us because we knew we wanted to sit down for dinner.
A couple of hours later, we decided to go sit down by the other marina and have some dinner. We chose to eat at The Tavern, which is located right next to Vineyard Vines and bunch of other little shops. The wait was reasonable, the service was great and the food was delicious!
When we were leaving, we wished we had had time to wait in the extremely long line for one of the best places to get ice cream, The Juice Bar. So will someone please go and have a cone for me!
And last but not least,
Getting your shopping on
Now there a TON of stores and boutiques that you can do some damage in, but here are a few that we went in and maybe you would too.
Best of the Beach– Here I bought this awesome reusable and lined tote for only $12! (They also had a lunch tote size)
Nantucket Peddler– I bought comfortable Nantucket pants and sweatshirt. Can never go wrong with these!
Four Winds- Another great shop for all things Nantucket.
Lilly Pulitzer– I finally bought my first pair of Lilly’s.
Eye of the Needle- Adorable boutique for all loving and living life on ACK.
Vineyard Vines by Murray’s of Nantucket– Nantucket’s exclusive store of all things preppy.
For more information visit Nantucket Island Resorts
If you visit any of these stores, you will look like you fit in right on Nantucket. And believe me, it’s hard to not want to be part of the life there on ACK.
I cannot wait to go back there and it’s definitely one of those places I will continue to keep on my bucket list.
Have you ever been to Nantucket?