Nantucket is like no other island in the world, less then 15 miles long, this well-preserved whaling village is like stepping back in time 200 years. Here are some great ways to discover just how special Nantucket Island really is.
Simply walk down any cobble stone street and time travel! Historic factories, shingled cottage and rooftop platforms take you back to an era long ago. Combine that magic with the island’s beaches, charming lighthouses, world class museums and dining to make for an unforgettable visit. So, fill that itinerary and make the most of your stay!
Nantucket was discovered in the 11th century and originally inhabited by the Wampanoag Indians. The first European settlers moved to the island in 1659 and named it Sherburne. In 1795 the name became Town of Nantucket. Nantucket was known as the whaling capitol of the world until petroleum replaced oil as an illuminant in 1830. With the end of the whaling era recreational boating, and thus tourism, became the big industry and still is today.
What To Eat
Looking to grab a superb lunch? Hidden away and known mostly to locals, Something Natural’s sandwiches are piled high with the freshest of fixings and your choice of homemade bread! Try favorites like liverwurst and onion or curry chicken salad. Grab an outdoor picnic table or head to the beach.
Established in 1976, Le Languedoc is a true bistro offering two different experiences. Sit in the bustling downstairs bar for a casual burger and toffee crunch sundae. Or, for refined dining, reserve an upstairs table for mouthwatering pan roasted lobster or seasonal favorites like soft-shell crab.
What To Do & Experience
Learn the maritime history and culture of Nantucket's whaling industry - from captains and ships, to the hunted whale and its economic uses. See well preserved artifacts like the enormous whale skeleton. A must see museum showcasing the true essence of the island.
Great Point Lighthouse
Off the beaten path and first established in 1784, this operating lighthouse stands over 60 feet! Set your alarm, rent a jeep and enjoy a breathtaking sunrise view. Or pack some cheese and wine for a romantic sunset picnic while watching seals at play.
Make your day at the beach the best stretch on the island! Hop on a bike or bus and delight in warm ocean waves, swim and surf. A large, clean beach with lots of great shells for beach combers! Snack bar, restrooms, showers and easily accessible!
Cast your line for some of the best offshore fishing on the East coast aboard the oldest charter in town. With over 35 years of experience your guaranteed fish or your money back! So pick your fishing focus and leave the rest to the crew. Whale watching charters are also available.
Where To Stay
The Nantucket Hotel & Resort
A charming old hotel, in town, renovated and decorated to blend beautifully with its historic feel. Rooms, suites and cottages are spacious, upscale, and exceptionally planned. Enjoy two sparking pools or walk to the beach. The staff anticipates your every need.
Seven Sea Street Inn
A cozy respite from the busy world and conveniently located for ferry travel. Adorable and quaint with beautifully exposed knotty pine woodwork. Enjoy homemade breakfast and cookies 24/7. Enjoy morning coffee on the rooftop platform overlooking the harbor.
For tech lovers, try Nantucket's new hip boutique hotel in the heart of town! Leave the modern details to Chapman’s - high end styled rooms have an Apple TV and iPad awaiting your stay. Complementary Wi-Fi, concierge service and homemade scones for breakfast!
Credits // Author: Wendi Wendt