This time last week, Shelby was sitting on a beach on Nantucket Island on her summer vacation! It looked like a dream and is one of her favourite places in the world...so this week on the blog, she's sharing all her favourite things about the island through a mini to-do guide for anyone who is planning or hopes to travel there sometime soon!
We hope you enjoy it!
WHERE TO SHOP
Nantucket is home to so many adorable boutiques, beautiful furniture stores and some of the best gift shops in the world...and not to mention some of the best restaurants (see "WHERE TO EAT" below). Here's a list of just a few of my favourite places to shop while i'm there...
This store is famous for what many East Coast people recognize as "Nantucket Red" shorts for men and they are also one of the oldest stores on the island. That being said, it has a great women's clothing and shoe section and definitely has something for everyone...you could explore this place for hours!
I found this super cute store this past summer on the Old South Wharf, and it has the CUTEST selection of women's clothing and a great men's section as well. They're definitely famous for their Ellsworth & Ivey Nantucket sweaters, but they have some amazing shoes, swimwear, clothing and accessories as well! They're also surrounded by some of the best boutiques on the island
This is one of the most stunning boutiques on the island that carries brands like Rebecca Taylor, Bella Dahl, and Joie amongst many others. If you're on the island, don't miss their selection of women's clothing, footwear, gifts and home decor pieces! It's beautiful.
With Nantucket being well known for their signature interior and home decor style, Nantucket Looms is a must for design inspiration and a little furniture shopping. They also have amazing knickknacks and decor pieces that are great memories of Nantucket to bring home with you. You won't want to leave this store, it's so beautiful! Another cute furniture store on the island that you can't miss is Bodega on Candle street!
You'll see a million people walking around Nantucket with Nantucket Beach Permit tees and sweaters, and this is the go-to store for those! And it's been on the island for decades! They also have absolutely everything you'll ever need for the beach!
WHERE TO EAT
There are TONS of amazing restaurants on Nantucket... you really can't go wrong! But here are some of my favourites that my family and I keep going back to!
For some of the most fresh seafood on Nantucket, you have to go to the Straight Wharf for dinner! They're located right on the wharf by the fishing boats, so if you head out on a half day fishing trip and bring back a catch, they will fillet and cook it for you that night for dinner!
Another great option for seafood is Cru...and it's probably located at one of the best locations on the island where you have the best view of all of the yachts and boats on the island while you enjoy lunch or dinner. They also have a great bar and private dining area!
For amazing food, a great beach bar, and the best view of the Nantucket sunset on the entire island, Galley Beach is a must!
Nantucket Lobster Trap
Super casual with a great outdoor seating area, this is the restaurant for lobster on the island. Definitely worth eating at one night!
The Juice Bar
The go-to spot for ice cream and smoothies on the Steamboat Wharf. Go in the afternoon or after an early dinner or you could be stuck in an hour long lineup!
Aunt Leah's Fudge
An island gem with world famous fudge that is a favourite of locals and people who visit the island every summer. Kathie Lee Gifford, Katie Couric and Joe Biden are a few celebs that have their pictures with Aunt Leah on the wall!
A really cute little coffee shop just outside the main part of town that makes speciality lattes and really good coffee!
If you want a greasy spoon for breakfast with famous donuts, Downy Flake is a hit, with huge lineups on Sunday mornings.
Perfect for a casual lunch on the wharf or if you are looking to pick up sandwiches for a day at the beach.
A beautiful theatre in town that plays the latest blockbusters every night of the week!
If you want to learn more about the island, the Whaling Museum is a must and is also super kid friendly.
Nantucket Ghost Walk
Nantucket is pretty famously haunted, so this guided tour around the town is fun if you like ghost stories and are interested in the history of the town and the haunted buildings and homes. Groups meet at the top of Main Street at 8:45pm Friday through Monday.
Nantucket has really great productions of some of the most famous broadway plays playing every summer. We saw Mamma Mia one night this summer and it was a laugh! Highly recommended.
Deep Sea Fishing
There are tons of companies on the wharf in Nantucket that offer half day fishing trips. If you're lucky you'll also get to see some whales or sharks off the island! Albacore Charters offers a great trip where you're guaranteed to catch tons of bluefish!
Surfside/Fisherman's Beach/Nobadeer Beach
This stripe of beaches is definitely a favourite of both locals and tourists. Surfside has a great surf shack with drinks and food so you don't have to bring a lunch, and they have all your beach essentials as well. The blueberry lemonade is to die for!
If you're looking for a quieter beach that isn't as busy, Miacomet is a great option and is dog friendly! It's also located near some of the most beautiful homes on the island, and is an easy bike ride from town.
Jetties was always one of my favourite beaches on the island as a kid because of the huge sand bar and lack of huge waves. Walk the sandbar and see tons of wildlife from fish to hermit crabs, a great for of Brant Point Lighthouse, plus there is a great lunch spot on the beach with a store and pretty great lobster rolls! If you're the type that doesn't like laying on the beach for too long, they also have kayak and windsurf board rentals.
If you're biking around the island, Cisco Beach is great option with a long bike path straight to it from town and on your way home you can stop by Cisco Brewery for a drink! This beach is also home to the Nantucket Surf School if you're interested in learning to surf, or you just want to watch the surfers for an afternoon.