Nantucket Highlights: A Charming Island Escape

Mallory Hanig  |  July 5, 2023

Nantucket Highlights: A Charming Island Escape

Nantucket, the picturesque island off the coast of Massachusetts, has long been a beloved destination for beachgoers, food enthusiasts, and those seeking a genuinely charming New England getaway. Explore boutique shopping, gorgeous accommodation, and culinary delights. Nantucket offers a unique blend of relaxation and entertainment. 

Getting There

Reaching Nantucket is an adventure in itself. The most common way to access the island is by ferry from Hyannis, Massachusetts. Several ferry companies provide regular services to Nantucket. Alternatively, you can fly into Nantucket Memorial Airport, which has connections to major cities on the East Coast.

Hot Beaches

Nantucket boasts some of the most stunning beaches in the region. Surfside, Madaket, and Jetties Beach are popular for beach activities and leisurely walks along the shoreline. For a more secluded experience, check out Great Point Beach on the northeastern tip of the island, accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Top Nantucket Restaurants

Nantucket is a culinary haven with a diverse range of dining options. Here are a few notable recommendations:

  1. The Nautilus

A favorite among locals and visitors alike, The Nautilus is renowned for its creative Asian-inspired seafood offerings. Make reservations in advance or arrive early to secure a bar seat.

  1. Brotherhood of Thieves

This historic establishment combines the charm of a pub with the sophistication of a speakeasy. They have exciting rotating live music acts and a delectable menu featuring award-winning single malt whiskey. Take advantage of their outdoor area, reminiscent of a beer garden.

  1. Galley Beach

Galley Beach has humble beginnings as a lunch shack but has now transformed into an island hotspot. This Nantucket hot restaurant serves casual lunches and sophisticated dinners. Enjoy your meal with a breathtaking view of the beach.

  1. Topper's

Located within The Wauwinet Resort, Topper's is an upscale restaurant offering exquisite New England cuisine. Indulge in oysters that are harvested just 300 yards away, then savor the best of their seasonal menu, all while taking in the scenic beauty of Nantucket Bay from the patio.

Local Entertainment

Beyond its stunning natural beauty, Nantucket offers a range of entertainment options. Explore the island's rich history by visiting the Nantucket Whaling Museum or take a stroll through the charming streets of downtown, lined with boutique shops, art galleries, and quaint cafes. For a taste of the local art scene, check out the various art studios and galleries scattered throughout the island.

Where to Stay

Nantucket offers a variety of accommodation options, ranging from cozy bed and breakfasts to luxurious resorts. 

  • The White Elephant, situated along the harbor, has elegant rooms and waterfront cottages. 
  • The Wauwinet Resort, home to Topper's, provides a tranquil retreat on the island's eastern side, surrounded by nature and panoramic views. 
  • Union Street In or Roberts Collection are charming inns that offer a more intimate experience.

Nantucket, with its idyllic beaches, delectable cuisine, and rich history, is a destination that captivates the hearts of all who visit. Whether you're seeking a relaxing beach getaway or a culinary adventure, this charming island offers something for everyone looking to escape Boston this summer.

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