Subject: Nantucket Info
We've been to Nantucket four times so far, and simply love it. We have never taken our car (left it safely locked at the ferry dock at Hyannis), and we have never missed it. Bikes are the way to go, or mo-peds for the speed demons. You can always rent a car at the airport on Nantucket if you plan to do lots of exploring outside Nantucket Town. Do go either before the 4th of July, or wait until after Labor Day. The volume of day-trippers during the summer is REALLY heavy. Plan on either a great patio lunch at the Wauwinet House, or a memorable dinner. The Inn is a pretty posh place, and well outside of town, but worth the taxi (or bike) ride. Another favorite place is the village of 'Sconset, filled with tiny little gray-shingled former fishermen's cottages, all covered with climbing roses. For dinner, the little Sconset Cafe is wonderful. Pamela McKinstry runs it, and her food is out of this world. She's published 4 or 5 cook books, too, which are available at the book stores in town. The Brand Point light house is an easy walk in town, and the Sankity light at the other end of the island is fun to explore. If shopping's your thing, Main Street in town is far more than just a T-shirt and postcard haven. Cozy bookstores, galleries, antique shops, and the Whaling Museum, well-worth an hour or two! There are good walking tours of some of the historic houses, and be sure to explore the windmill, and climb to the top of the steeple of the Old North Church for a great panoramic view of Nantucket harbor. We stayed at the Centre Street Inn on our first trip, and since then have rented cottages or townhouses, as I adore playing house in someone else's place. It's a nice alternative if you like a bit more privacy. The restaurants on Nantucket are legendary, and you really can't go wrong. Bring comfortable shoes, as the cobblestones are very real, and your bathing suits if you enjoy wonderful beaches. Just thinking about the good times we've enjoyed on the Faraway Island makes me wish we were planning our own adventure.

Mary Jo Minneapolis