The Siberian American: Island Exploring: What to Do in Nantucket

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Island Exploring: What to Do in Nantucket

Hey, friends! I am almost ready to come back to this space of mine (I've missed y'all so much!), but first I have one more treat. Audrey Louise at Life at Louise is sharing what to do in Nantucket. I really looked forward to her post because it's an area of the country I would love to explore! I will definitely be pinning her guide to use in the future. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Audrey Louise!

I am so excited to spend some time here in Olya's world with her lovely readers while she recovers from her surgery. (A quick prayer & good vibes to you, Miss Olya!) Since she is the Travel/Food/Fun Queen I decided to steer things in an adventurous direction and take notes from my most recent vacation! Earlier this month I traveled to the Cape Cod region with my husband & my parents for a week-long vacation. While we were there we took a ferry ride across the Nantucket Sound (Atlantic Ocean) to Nantucket.

Before we were engaged or married, nearly six years ago, my husband Kyle and I attended a wedding on the island of Nantucket for his childhood friend (whose family just happens to have a summer home there). If it weren't for that wedding, I doubt we'd ever have looked at Nantucket as an agreeable vacation destination. I know islands can seem boring or intimidating (or ritzy), but Nantucket is a wonderful place to visit (or stay) if you find yourself along the upper East Coast! The small size (only 14 miles wide!) is what adds to the friendly, laid back nature of this little community.

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Here are some must-see and must-do things while on Nantucket!

Rent a bike! If you take the ferry to the island you will encounter three bike shops within minutes of stepping onto the pier. Bike rentals typically cost about $30 for the entire day & you receive a bike & basket, helmet, bike lock, and map of the island. You can get anywhere on the island via bike! During our trips to the island we rent bikes as our main source of transportation.

Get some ice cream at The Juice Bar. K and I were so excited to return to our favorite shop on the island- the local ice cream shop! After our 18 mile bike ride (I'm still sore thinking about it) ice cream was a necessity. We have a particular fondness for their cookies & cream and cake batter flavors!

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A trip to the 'tucket isn't complete without taking in some lighthouses. Here's a funny story... During our first trip to the island K and I biked to a small beach to check out the ocean and the lighthouse there. We sat on the rocks for a half hour and walked back up the beach hand-in-hand until a man stopped us and excitedly asked if we'd just gotten engaged! We hadn't and we awkwardly told him so. He apologized and said that tons of men bring their girlfriends to that lighthouse to propose.

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The Whaling Museum. In the middle of town, just across from The Juice Bar, is the Nantucket Whaling Museum. To be totally honest, K and I have tried to go during our trips to the island but we've never actually been there! (So much to do, so little time!) We've heard wonderful things about it so you'll have to report back to me once you've gone. It's on our to-do list!

Go sailing or whaling! During our last trip to the Cape we went whale watching out of Provincetown, MA and it was an insane experience. Seeing an animal in the wild- especially one as large and majestic as a whale- is so incredible! I believe that taking a tour out of a mainland city is much less expensive than taking one from Nantucket but regardless this is something you should do!

Check out the shopping and food. For only being 47 square miles of land (and a lot of that being beaches, homes, and foliage), the island has a ton of shops and restaurants. Ranging from beach casual to country club formal, there are so many food options. Nantucket is accessible via ferry or plane- neither of which is too agonizing or expensive. I know we'll be heading back as soon as we can; I hope I've sparked a little interest in you, too!

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A huge thanks to Olya for inviting me into her corner of the internet today! Hoping you feel 100% soon, girl! I hope to see the rest of you over at Life as Louise in the near future! Let's chat about travel!

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14 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to go to Nantucket! Thanks for the tips for when we do go!

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    1. It's a gorgeous island! You won't be disappointed when you go!

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  2. Thanks for letting me help out, Olya! I'm so glad you'll be back to blogging soon!

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  3. I so want to go to Nantucket! And I looove Audrey so basically I need to listen to her and go ASAP!

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    1. Mattie! You're too nice :) But yep, you basically do need to go!! Haha! :)

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  4. Nantucket looks like such a beautiful place to visit! I've only read about it in books, but it looks and sounds like a great and relaxing place!

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    1. It's so relaxing! The island-vibe is a little different than the Caribbean-vibe, but it's still relaxing and slow and laid back!

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  5. Nantucket sounds like an amazing family summer vacation spot! Never even though about vacationing there but I'm sure they have some cute rental properties on the beach.

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    1. I've never thought about rental properties! I bet they do! The houses on the island are works of art themselves!

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  6. Thanks.
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    1. Absolutely! Hope you get a chance to visit the island someday!

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  7. You've definitely sparked my interest! Sounds beautiful. Lol, I love the awkward "no" responded you have to give people when they ask if you're engaged. I once had a local homeless man tell me he was very insightful when it came to love and he predicted I'd end up marrying the guy I was on a date with at the time. No pressure or anything, right...lol.

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    1. I don't know why it's so awkward to have a stranger allude to marriage, but it is! Haha! K told me that he considered bringing me back to that lighthouse to propose when he finally did, but instead he took me to a closed down ice cream shop- hahaha! (It was where we had our first date, though ;) lol)

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  8. My group of friends enjoys eating and trying lesser known beers, or the amazing cocktails all the time. This is one of the best lofty spaces I know with the most perfect environment. It has become my favorite venue over the last year.

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