|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
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