This charming island is quickly becoming my new favorite east coast getaway. Located only 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod and only a 35 min flight from Manhattan, Nantucket features beautiful iconic cottage style homes, lush landscaping, white sandy beaches, cobblestone streets and an energetic charm. We spent 5 days in Nantucket with friends for a wedding and I could have stayed all summer. Here are my favorites and recommendations below!


Where to stay:

Westmoor Farm – a family-owned compound, which was originally part of the Vanderbilt Estate on Nantucket Island. The old mansion still sits up on the hill with green acreage surrounding. The compound is full of lush greenery, flowers and fruit trees! Multiple houses on the estate make it great for a large group traveling together. Complete with a qio pond, swimming pool, large yard space and event space, it makes for the perfect group getaway.

White Elephant Hotel – One of Nantucket’s most iconic hotels, located right in town. Chic rooms with abundant natural light, spacious suites many with balconies and beautiful harbor views, garden cottages, luxurious residences and downtown lofts. Enjoy some oysters overlooking the harbor and have the flexibility to walk into town or the beach!

Rent a house – There are so many cute cottages in town or beautiful homes on the water to rent! AirBnB is my personal favorite to use when renting a home. 


Where to eat:

Lemonpress – We went every morning if that says anything! They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. This cute cafe has grab and go or dine in options. Personal favorites are the fresh cucumber juice, golden mylk latte, make your own acai bowl and avocado toast! 

Nativ Made – Cute little grab and go place with juices, acai bowls, pastries and salads

Straight Wharf Restaurant– Overlooking the water this restaurants serves amazing food and romantic ambiance. There is a formal dining room and a more casual bar area. Perfect little date night spot. 

Galley Beach – This gem is ON the beach with the BEST sunset views! Definitely go for the afternoon enjoy some cocktails, delicious food and views. 

Cru – Perfect lunch spot for a cocktail (I recommend the CRUcumber – or mocktail) and the lobster roll and some oysters. The ambience is classic with all the east coast vibes.

Juice Bar – They do have smoothies and juices, but they are famous for their homemade ice cream! BONUS they have vegan options too! I had the blackberry chocolate chip and it was heavenly. 


What to do:

Cisco Brewery – Live music, food trucks and multiple drink options. The perfect afternoon chill spot and dogs are welcome! 

Chicken Box – Iconic dive bar with live music

Rent a Jeep – A fun way to see Nantucket! It is hard to see the island if you don’t have a car, so renting one for the day is a perfect way to go off the beaten paths to see more of what the island has to offer!

Steps Beach – My favorite beach – quiet and beautiful. Pack some snacks and relax with your toes in the sand for the afternoon. Also is the perfect beach for a sunset view!

Sconset Bluff Walk – Hike the Sconset Bluff Walk, about 30 minutes east of town. The one-mile walking path, open to public access, takes you through private gardens and past rose-covered cottages, with views out to the ocean. There is a cute market in town you can grab sandwiches and snacks to head to the beach afterwards!

Rent Bikes – One of the best ways to see the island! There are multiple bike rental places in town! The island is 15 miles long and 3 miles wide making it managable to see the whole island by bike! 

Great Point Lighthouse – The hardest to get to, but the most fun! You will need a rent a jeep to get here, but it is worth it! The views and beauty around you is breathtaking. So secluded!

Walk through town – There are so many unique, cute shops as you walk along the historic cobblestone streets. You could spend a whole day walking around and stopping for lunch and ice cream along the way to refuel! 

Sunset Sail – Endeavor Sailing Excursions offers a daily sunset sail on a beautiful sailboat. Make sure to reserve your tickets ahead of time. The boat only holds 14 people and in high season fills up fast! A must do!


We cannot wait to go back next summer! 


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